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Sadeeka Al-Majid, PhD, RN - School of Nursing

Sadeeka Al-Majid

Professor

Graduate Programs Coordinator

sal-majid@fullerton.edu

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Al-Majid has three main research focus areas. 

  1. Cancer-related fatigue and skeletal muscle wasting; exercise to mitigate biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue.
  2. Tissue interface pressure in intraoperative patients and mitigation strategies.
  3. Evidence-based practice; applying research findings to improve patient outcomes.

Current Projects:

  1. Dr. Al-Majid just finished a study where they measured patterns of tissue interface pressure in 150 anesthetized patients during surgical procedures. This is the second study in this program of research.  The goal is to increase awareness of operating nurses of the patterns of interface pressure and their relationship with patient-intrinsic and extrinsic variables.  A manuscript is under review.
  2. ENRICH - Enriching nursing representation to impact Community health.  Dr. Al-Majid is the Project Director of a 5-year (2020-2025) grant funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The main goal of this grant is to enhance the recruitment and retention of disadvantaged students into graduate nursing programs and promote employment in primary care and medically underserved communities upon graduation. This $3.25 M grant provides financial support (scholarships) to disadvantaged nursing students.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Cervantes-Ortega, M., Du, S., Beigler, K., Al-Majid, S. et al. (2020). Participatory decision-making for cancer care in a high-risk sample of low income Mexican-American breast cancer survivors: The role of acculturation. International Journal of Healthcare, 6(2), 30-43. DOI:10:543/ijh.v6n2p35Opens in new window Opens in new window
  2. Al-Majid, S., Carlson, N., Kiyohara, M., Faith M., & Rakovski, C. (2018).Assessing the degree of compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among critical care, oncology and charge nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(6), 310-315. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000620Opens in new window Opens in new window
  3. Al-Majid, S., Vuncanon, B., Carlson, N., & Rakovski, C. (2017). The effect of offloading heels on sacral pressure. Association of Operating Room Nurses Journal, 106 (3), 194-200. doi:10.1016/j.aorn.2017.07.002Opens in new window Opens in new window
  4. Al-Majid, S., Wilson, L., Rakovski, C., & Coburn, J. (2015). Effect of exercise on biobehavioral outcomes of fatigue: results of a feasibility study. Biological Research for Nursing, 17(1), 40-8. doi: 10.1177/1099800414523489Opens in new window

 

Tricia Kasamatsu, PhD, ATC - Kinesiology

Tricia Kasamatsu

Associate Professor

Co-Coordinator of Clinical Education, MS in Athletic Training ProgramOpens in new window

tkasamatsu@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Kasamatsu’s primary research focuses on the return to school process after a concussion and the clinical documentation behaviors of athletic trainers. Her interests stem from her previous experience as a credentialed secondary school science teacher and athletic trainer.

Current Projects:

  • Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a novel, online personalized learning pathway to improve athletic trainers’ knowledge of clinical documentation.
  • Building an academic electronic health record system and developing educational modules to improve clinical documentation in athletic training students.
  • Investigating the perceptions of multiple stakeholders regarding newly credentialed athletic trainers’ transition to practice.
  • Exploring faculty perceptions of the return to school process and academic support for college students after a concussion.

 

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Kasamatsu TM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Welch Bacon CE. Supporting students after a concussion: School administrators’ perspective. Perspectives in Learning. 2021;29(1): 39-55.
  2. Nottingham SL, Kasamatsu TM, Welch Bacon CE. Documentation practices of athletic trainers employed in clinic, physician practice, and emerging settings. J Athl Train. 2021; 56(3): 243-251. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0149.20Opens in new window
  3. Kasamatsu TM, Nottingham SL, Eberman LE, Neil ER, Welch Bacon CE. Patient care documentation in the secondary school setting: Unique challenges and needs. J Athl Train. 2020;55(10):1089-1097. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-0406.19Opens in new window
  4. Ha M, Kasamatsu TM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Welch Bacon CE. Teachers’ knowledge and confidence regarding concussion and return-to-school. J Education and Learning. 2020;9(5):27-37. https://doi.org/10.5539/jel.v9n5p27Opens in new window

Phillip Gedalanga, PhD - Public Health

Phillip Gedalanga

Assistant Professor

pgedalanga@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Gedalanga is primarily interested in understanding the fate and transport of water contaminants and their pathways to human exposures.  His research utilizes molecular and microbiological techniques to estimate the risks to human health from biological and chemical pollutants in our environment.

Current Projects:

  1. Application and validation of microbial source tracking biomarkers to differentiate viable and non-viable targets of human fecal pollution in natural and engineered environments throughout South Orange County, CA.
  2. Understanding the sources and ecological impacts of microplastics pollution in diverse water environments.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute, Colgate University, Interdisciplinary Research Grant, 06/01/19 – 08/31/2022. Project Title:  Investigating the fate and transport of microplastics and their ecological impacts in natural and engineered systems. Role: Co-PI
  2. Zhang, L., Liu, Y., Zhong, M., Li, Z., Dong, Y., & Gedalanga, P. (2021). Insights into enhanced biodegradation of sulfadimethoxine by catalyst: transcriptomic responses and free radical interactions. Science of The Total Environment, 145641
  3. Miao, Y., Johnson, N. W., Phan, T., Heck, K., Gedalanga, P. B., Zheng, X., ... & Mahendra, S. (2020). Monitoring, assessment, and prediction of microbial shifts in coupled catalysis and biodegradation of 1, 4-dioxane and co-contaminants. Water Research173, 115540
  4. Johnson, N. W., Gedalanga, P. B., Zhao, L., Gu, B., & Mahendra, S. (2020). Cometabolic biotransformation of 1, 4-dioxane in mixtures with hexavalent chromium using attached and planktonic bacteria. Science of the Total Environment706, 135734.

Rachel Fenning, PhD - Child and Adolescent Studies

Rachel Fenning

 

Associate Professor

Co-Founding Co-Director, CSUF Center for AutsimOpens in new window

 

rfenning@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Fenning’s research focuses on child and family contributions to social and emotional development, regulatory processes, and clinical outcomes in children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is also actively engaged in the development and testing of interventions to support families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on improving health and wellbeing in historically underrepresented and underserved populations.

Current Projects:

Dr. Fenning’s current NIH-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted in collaboration with Loma Linda University is focused on testing the efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for underrepresented families of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Fenning is also presently leading dissemination activities for a recently concluded HRSA-funded multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted with the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health, which found a novel parent training intervention to be efficacious for improving preventive health behavior and oral health outcomes in underserved children with ASD. In addition, Dr. Fenning continues to engage in the dissemination of findings from an NIH-funded collaboration at CSUF that examined parenting, child psychophysiology, and clinical outcomes in children with ASD.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

  1. Neece, C. L., McIntyre, L. L., & Fenning, R. M. (2020). Examining the impact of COVID-19 in ethnically diverse families with young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jir.12769Opens in new window
  2. Fenning, R. M., Steinberg-Epstein, R., Butter, E. M., Chan, J., McKinnon-Bermingham, K., Hammersmith, K. J., Moffitt, J.,* Shui, A. M., Parker, R. A., Coury, D. L., Wang, P. P., & Kuhlthau, K. A. (2020). Access to dental visits and correlates of preventive dental care in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 3739–3747. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04420-8Opens in new window
  3. Fenning, R. M., Erath, S. A., Baker, J. K., Messinger, D. S., Moffitt, J.,* Baucom, B. R., & Kaeppler, A. K.* (2019). Sympathetic-parasympathetic interaction and externalizing problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 12(12). 1805-1816. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2187Opens in new window
  4. Fenning, R. M., & Butter, E. M. (2019). Promoting parent engagement in parent training for children with autism spectrum disorder. In C. R. Johnson, E. M. Butter, & L. Scahill (Eds.), Parent training for autism spectrum disorder: Improving the quality of life for children and their families (pp. 61-84). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0000111-004Opens in new window

 

Gary Germo, PhD - Human Services

Gary Germo

Associate Professor

ggermo@fullerton.edu

Research Interests:

Dr. Germo is an applied developmental psychologist. His research focuses on factors that promote the development of youth in foster care.

Current Projects:

Dr. Germo’s current focus is on the role of formal mentoring of youth in foster care.

Recent Scholarly Achievements:

Publications

Chang, E.S., & Germo, G.R. (2021). Generativity and shared agency with foster youth for education. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 72, 101127.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2020.101217Opens in new window

Lemus, D., Farruggia, S.P., Germo, G.R., & Chang, E.S. (2017). The plans, goals, and concerns of pre-emancipated youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 48-55. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.003.

Presentation

Germo, G.R., Shane, J., & Chang, E.S. (2020, March). The four subtypes of the court appointed special advocates. Paper symposium: Promoting Optimal Context for Foster Care Youth. Biannual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence.