CHSS Connection

November 8, 2023


Call to Service Grants flyer

The Institute for Civic & Community Engagement is now accepting applications for the 2024 Call to Service Grants. 

Call to Service Grants support SF State faculty and staff by providing funding opportunities for community engaged activities, research and community service learning course development.  

For more Information on grant categories, please visit: 2024 Call to Service Grants.


Group of DPT students in 7th grade classroom where they led lesson

Current Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students led a lesson on Body Systems to 7th graders at the School of the Epiphany as part of the Teen Fit program. For this session, they were supervised by Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Sarah Pawlowsky

Teen Fit is a partnership between the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and the School of the Epiphany in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood. DPT students lead monthly movement-science education sessions to 7th grade students in an underserved San Francisco community.

Pictured left to right: (Back row) Hart Caligagan, Allie Banks, Madison Young, Regina Sid, Mary Dyell, Sophia Sears, Nicole Shak, Tanvi Mamtora, Sophie Baghdoyan; (Front row) Amy Ding, Stephanie Huynh, Abbey Lea

Group of Clinical Laboratory Science students at CAMLT annual meeting

Students in SF State’s Clinical Laboratory Science Program attended the annual meeting of the California Association for Medical Laboratory Technology (CAMLT), held October 20–22 in Burlingame, California.

SF State has one of the largest clinical lab science programs in California. Clinical lab scientists (also called medical technologists) run lab tests ordered by physicians to diagnose and treat patients. The program teaches students clinical chemistry, hematology, medical microbiology, immunology, transfusion medicine and other topics relevant to the medical laboratory. While in the SF State program, students complete internships at various hospitals across Northern California to train at a hospital lab. Once they graduate, they must pass a board exam before they become licensed clinical lab scientists. Graduates work at various hospitals across the country, analyzing patient samples that help doctors make decisions on patient care. 

Lecturer of Nutrition & Dietetics Jami Baltz (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) co-authored “Evaluation of nutrition components within prehabilitation programs in gastrointestinal cancers: Is prehab worth the hype?” with Shelly Yaceczko. The article was published in Nutrition in Clinical Practice, a journal of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Gretchen George and co-presenters at FNCE meeting

Gretchen L. George, associate professor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) recently moderated and spoke at an educational session at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, held October 7–10 in Denver.

Weight bias and stigma impact all people and all health professions and are especially prevalent in dietetics and nutrition. The talk, titled “Overcoming weight stigma: A conversation to face personal and professional bias,” shared strategies that individuals can use to overcome personal bias as well and discuss opportunities to combat institutional bias within the dietetics profession. 

Pictured: Gretchen George (far right) with speakers (left to right) Jennifer Barnoud (University of Texas at Austin), Dalia Kinsey (Bibb County Schools) and J. Lauren Butler (Texas State University)

Professor Richard Harvey (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) gave the invited lecture, “How good are the new tools: Off-the-shelf wearables in biofeedback practice,” at the 48th International Conference, Back to Basics: Getting the most out of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, held virtually October 27–28 by the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society.

The lecture presented some recent advances in the art and science of portable and wearable instruments useful in biofeedback practice. Learning outcomes include conceptual considerations describing “when, where and for whom” would wearable devices work best, along with a discussion of practical versions of tools, both worn on the body and/or woven into clothing. The overview concluded with some recommendations for the future of biofeedback training approaches that take advantage of portable pieces of technology.

Associate Professors of Counseling Molly Strear and Tiffany O’Shaughnessy attended the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) 2023 conference to both present on their scholarship and help recruit for the open School Counseling Faculty position in the Department of Counseling. Strear presented a 50-minute education session titled “The Intersectional School Counseling Supervision Model: A Tool for Change.” Strear and O’Shaughnessy also co-presented a 50-minute education session titled “Equity and Justice-Focused Integrated Behavioral Health Training Project,” highlighting how to use federal training grants to better support student development. They also held a 30-minute “job talk” session, allowing them to meet and answer questions from prospective applicants. The meeting was held October 11–15 in Denver.

Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Jackson Wilson received the David L. Gallahue Champion Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. The award recognizes contributions of alumni who advance the cause of justice and equality.

Established in 2016, the award is named after David Gallahue, who served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington from 1970 to 2007 and as dean from 2002 to 2007, and was a champion for diversity and inclusion. Recipients are alumni who have made significant and sustained contributions in the advancement of health equities.

Current Events

Professor Erik Peper (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) discussed the physiological impact that technology has on the human body. The Root Cause Medicine Podcast 10/30/2023

A 2018 SF State study by Peper and Professor Richard Harvey (Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism/Institute for Holistic Health Studies) linking posture to mental health was mentioned in an article about how slouching can affect productivity and mental health. (This article was originally published by Desert News.) KSL-TV 10/25/2023

Peper was also quoted in an article about the benefits of leg movement on heart health. Experience Life 10/26/2023

Professor of Urban Studies & Planning Jasper Rubin (School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement) commented on a plan to build a new city in eastern Solano County that’s being supported by Silicon Valley investors. San Francisco Chronicle 10/25/2023

Featured Photo

CHSS group at SWACSM meeting

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley (front) pictured with SF State Kinesiology students at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SWACSM), held October 27–28 in Costa Mesa, California. Grad student Omar El-Kurd (second from left) earned the 1st Annual SWACSM Brent Ruby “Outside of the Lab” Award for his work on ultra-endurance runners. Photo courtesy of @musclephyslab on Instagram

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Due to the Thanksgiving break, the next issue of CHSS Connection will be published on Wednesday, November 29, 2023. The deadline to submit items for the next issue is Friday, November 17. Send submissions to CHSS Director of Communications Michael Broder at