Sargent News

MS in Speech-Language Pathology Spring Information Sessions

The Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers the following Spring 2017 information sessions:

Friday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m.

To RSVP, please contact Allie Michels.

Newsmax: “Is Tom Brady’s Extreme Diet Right for You?”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(2/7/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“The diet works for Tom Brady, but he has a lot of help from his personal chef and trainer, and other amenities, to properly incorporate it into his life.”

Read full article here.

U.S. News & World Report: “How to Overcome Your Genetic Risk for Heart Disease”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(2/6/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake looks at lifestyle factors that can affect heart disease, including smoking habits, obesity, exercise and a well-balanced diet, arguing that family history isn’t the only thing to take into consideration. She includes a list of foods, such as cocoa and whole oats, to incorporate into your diet to lower risk of heart disease.

Read full article here.

U.S. News & World Report: “11 Healthy Super Bowl Recipes and Ideas”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(2/1/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“I can’t kick off the Super Bowl game without a platter of cooked and chilled jumbo shrimp and a vat of a cocktail sauce. Shrimp are low in saturated fat, high in protein and provide some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.”

Read full article here.

PT Faculty Honored with New Grants

Several faculty in the department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training were honored with prestigious grants from Boston University this semester.


Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD

Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor Lou Awad was awarded an Integrated Pilot Grant from the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute for his research on “Integrating Computer Vision with Wearable Sensors to Advance Targeted Locomotor Retraining.” Awad is examining the feasibility of merging two sensing modalities—computer vision and body-worn inertial sensors—to advance post-stroke gait rehabilitation. He is collaborating with co-PI Assistant Professor Roberto Tron from BU’s department of Mechanical Engineering.

Awad is also an associate faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and a research faculty member at Harvard University’s Stroke Research and Recovery Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is the director of Boston University’s Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory. 


Julie Keysor, PhD, PT

Julie Keysor, PhD, PT

Associate Professor and Director of BU Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) Julie Keysor received an award from the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research on BU’s Medical Campus.

Keysor’s grant will help fund her work at the new Mobile and Electronic Health Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC), where she serves as co-director. This ARC is an inter-disciplinary collaboration that seeks to conduct state-of-the art research and training in mobile and electronic health to improve the health of underserved populations across the lifespan. Keysor’s project brings together researchers from across Boston University—including ARC co-directors Assistant Professor Lisa Quintiliani at the School of Medicine, Professor Belinda Borrelli at the School of Dental Medicine, and colleagues from the College of Engineering—to advance mHealth and eHealth initiatives.

Keysor is also the PI for one of three pilot projects to build effective mHealth and eHealth applications. Keysor’s project, “Development of a Novel e-Health App for Knee OA Exercise Adherence,” will explore user preferences to develop features of a mobile application to support adherence to physical activity programs among people with OA. Based on this feedback, investigators will develop a prototype and intervention program followed by user testing.


Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD, OCS

Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD, OCS

Assistant Professor Deepak Kumar received an Integrated Pilot Grant from the Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute for his project “Quantitative Tool for Assessment of Varus Thrust in Knee Osteoarthritis.” Kumar is developing a clinical tool for identification and quantification of varus thrust in people with knee osteoarthritis, ultimately using this tool to identify interventions to reduce varus thrust in this population.

Kumar is collaborating with co-investigators Dr. David Felson and Dr. Ali Guermazi from the BU School of Medicine, Dr. Michael LaValley from BU School of Public Health, and Professor Jim Richards at the University of Central Lancashire.

Kumar holds a joint appointment as assistant professor at the BU School of Medicine and is the director of BU’s Movement & Applied Imaging Lab.

Whitney R. Powers Award for Teaching Excellence – Nominations now Open!

The Sargent College Faculty Council invites students, alumni, and faculty to nominate current full-time or part-time Sargent faculty for consideration for the Whitney R. Powers Award for Teaching Excellence.

This award recognizes an outstanding teacher from the Sargent faculty and is named in honor of Whitney R. Powers, professor emeritus of BU Sargent College, who for more than 25 years shared his gifts as an outstanding teacher.

To nominate a faculty member, please use our online nomination form.

LaDora Thompson Named Inaugural Travis Roy Professor

Dean Chris Moore, LaDora Thompson and Travis Roy. Sargent College received a $2.5 million gift to establish the Travis M. Roy Professorship in Rehabilitation Sciences and support an ongoing partnership with the Travis Roy Foundation.

Dean Chris Moore, (from left), with Travis Roy and LaDora Thompson, the inaugural Travis M. Roy Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Thompson to work with researchers, therapists

LaDora Thompson has been named the first Travis M. Roy Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences. Thompson, who arrived at BU in October from the University of Minnesota Medical School, also chairs the department of physical therapy and athletic training. She says she sees the professorship as a unique opportunity to translate basic research to clinical application—to collaborate with other scientists, students, and patients to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.

“There are experts here at Sargent College who investigate what are the optimal tools that will assist individuals to have a greater quality of life. There are also leaders in the field of technology development for those that have disabilities,” says Thompson, a physical therapist whose current research focuses on understanding how muscles function at the cellular and molecular levels.

Read the full article in BU Today

Parade Magazine: “Your Best Diet After 40: Top Dietitians Answer Our Questions”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(1/24/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“If your diet is low in nutrients and antioxidants and high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, your skin will show it.”

Read full article here.

Parade Magazine: “What We’ll Eat Next: 12 Food Trends for 2017”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(1/5/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

Chickpeas “may help you lower cholesterol levels and increase that feeling of fullness at meals so you eat less and possibly weigh less.”

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Food Network: “What Nutritionists Order at Restaurants”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(1/5/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“When I dine out, seafood is tops on my list. Fish is low in heart-unhealthy, saturated fat, and research suggests that consuming two fish meals weekly may help increase longevity. My favorite is lobster. A 1-pound steamed lobster will yield only about 3 ounces of meat, so the portion size is perfect. Also, you have to work to crack open the lobster to get to your dinner, so it slows down your eating. It’s worth the price.”

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