Meet graduate student Steven Davi

Steven Davi
Steven Davi

This self-described ‘South Jersey’ native has gone places with athletic training. Steven Davi received one masters from UConn, two bachelors from King’s College and is now working on a Ph.D. Plus, his affiliation with a research lab took Davi to a national conference and research and training opportunities in such locales as West Point and New Orleans. Here is what he told us about his graduate student experience.

Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major? I attended King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where I double majored in athletic training and neuroscience.

Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I wanted the opportunity to become involved with teaching and research in an athletic training setting.

Who is your advisor? What is your field of research? Department of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Lindsey Lepley is my advisor. We focus primarily the effect knee joint injury has on the neuromuscular system during recovery and rehabilitation.

Name one aspect of your work that you like. Our lab has afforded me the opportunity to travel and gain experience from other researchers around the country, which has been beneficial for my educational development throughout my graduate work. Continue reading

Social media becomes healthy

MHealth UConnTechnology, if not used wisely, can have a problematic effect. However, one group at CAHNR is collaborating with those in other disciplines to find ways that mobile communication devices can help people improve their health, such as in losing weight and reducing the risk of cancer.

Maximizing mHealth at UConn

A general term for the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in health care is called mobile health or mHealth, for short. UConn’s efforts are conducted in the Center for mHealth and Social Media.

The Center’s director, Professor Sherry Pagoto, says that the Center has core missions of interdisciplinary research methodology, technology and training. Various experts from UConn and off campus, such as engineers, behavioral scientists, physicians and computer scientists, “collaborate to tackle health problems from different angles,” Pagoto said. The Center also provides expertise in grant writing and creating collaborations.

Pagoto is the principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous ongoing grants and is on the faculty of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (AHS). As part of an mHealth research group, she works on understanding how to use technology tools in weight loss and cancer prevention, specifically. Continue reading

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesUConn Today mentioned and depicted four CAHNR students who participated in the United Nations Conference of Parties (COP) 24th Climate Change Summit. They are UConn@COP24 Fellows: Luke Anderson (dual degree in anthropology and nutritional sciences with a minor in mathematics), Kayleigh Granville (environmental science with a concentration in global change), Risa Lewis (applied and resource economics with a concentration in environmental policy and economics with a minor in English) and Adrienne Nguyen (pathobiology and molecular and cell biology with a minor in Human Rights).

USA Today published an article written by Professor Sherry Pagoto about career equality in relationships. Pagoto is on the faculty of the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

UPI quoted Rebecca Boehm in an article about how students were shown to choose fruit juice over more nutritious whole fruit or milk. Boehm is a former postdoctoral research associate in agricultural and resource economics. Continue reading