Research, Projects & Grants

Below is a listing of our current projects and grants. If you are interested in becoming a potential collaborator, student, or participant, please contact the faculty member directly.


John Brittelli, RT, MS, RRT-NPS, RPFT
Phone: (631) 444- 3183
Email: john.brittelli@stonybrook.edu

  • VO2 Max: In Vivo Model for Functional Red Cell Testing. Can RECESS Be Explained?  PI: Dr. Elliot Bennett, Co-PIs: Russell Rozensky, and Ann Cuccia
  • Prediction and prevention of adverse respiratory events in at-risk patient populations through use of a multi-function monitoring platform device coupled with advanced analytics
  • Infant Exposure to Breath Carbon Monoxide in Adult Cigarette Smokers
  • Medication Management system for patients at home receiving multiple drugs 
  • Portable, foldable infant incubator for the developing world and mass evacuation of infants from hospitals

GRANT

VO2 Max: In Vivo Model for Functional Red Cell Testing. Can RECESS Be Explained? PI: Dr. Elliot Bennett, Co-PIs: Russell Rozensky, and Ann Cuccia


Christina Burke, PT, DPT, NCS
Phone: 631-632-5107
Email: christina.burke@stonybrook.edu

  • Three-year study examining individuals with PD and the effects of providing Large Amplitude Movements, Aerobic and Balance intervention on gait speed and balance scores
  • Beginning to investigate the collection of gait analysis for pre and post 6MWT on individuals with MS and comparing this to healthy controls.  We will be studying individuals who are minimally disabled with an EDSS of below 2

Ann D. Cuccia, MPH, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Phone: 631- 444-3797
Email: ann.cuccia@stonybrook.edu 

  • Development of a novel breath-enhanced jet nebulizer:  Collaboration with Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Stony Brook University, and  InspiRx Inc. 
  • Control of aerosol drug delivery during mechanical ventilation:  Collaboration with Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Stony Brook University
  • "Multidrug Aerosol Delivery During Mechanical Ventilation":  Collaboration with Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Stony Brook University
  • Breath Enhanced Aerosol Delivery During High Flow Nasal Cannula:  Collaboration with Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Stony Brook University

Nadya Dimitrov, DPM, PAC
Phone: 631-444-2231
Email: nadya.dimitrov@stonybrook.edu

  • Revision of Online Training Module entitled “What Every Physician Assistant Needs to Know About Palliative Care” sponsored by CSU Institute for Palliative Care.
  • "Community Based Interprofessional Palliative Care Training in a Spiritual Setting”, with Lisa Johson and Nadya Dimitrov, to involve Physician Assistant and Respiratory Therapy students with African American seniors in serious illness conversations.
  • Rounding with the Chaplain: Spirituality Training and Service Learning for PA students. Pre-and-post tests and surveys are conducted for students and chaplains, with orientation and debriefing buy the chaplains.
  • "Strengthening the Palliative Care Team through Interprofessional Education". IPE project with Physician Assistant, Respiratory, Occupational, and Physical Therapy programs. Josiah Macy Foundation grant proposal.
  • Cambia Health Foundation Sojourn Scholars Leadership Program project to develop a credentialing pathway for Palliative Medicine and Hospice appropriate for Physician Assistants

GRANT

  • MJS Foundation to support Palliative Medicine Training for Physician Assistants 

Lisa Endee, MPHc, RRT-SDS, RPSGT, RST
Phone: 631- 444 - 6627
Email: lisa.endee@stonybrook.edu

Projects and Grants

  • Funded General Highway Safety Grant Improving Fatigue and Healthy Lifestyle Practices of NY State Law Enforcement Professionals 2021-2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Survey of post-COVID-19 symptoms and impact in Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) Healthcare Workers: A pilot study 2021-2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Endee, Lisa M.  Spriggs's Essentials of Polysomnography: A Training Guide and Reference for Sleep Technicians, 3rd Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1284172218
  • Funded General Highway Safety Grant, Evaluation of Fatigue and Lifestyle Practices of NY State Law Enforcement Professionals  2019-2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Funded Governor’s Highway Safety Association and National Road Safety Association’s State Grant, Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign 2017-2018 
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Clinical Sleep Health Educator Online Webinar Collaborative Sleep Programs 2021
  • American  Association of Sleep Technologists Educational Webinar Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology 2021
  • New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving, 2020, 2021, 2022 Stay Awake! Stay Alive! Public Service Announcement Challenge NY Campaign
  • Chair, New York State Society for Respiratory Care Education and Research Committee
  • Chair, American Association of Sleep Technologists Standards and Guidelines Committee

Renee Fabus, PhD, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Phone: 631-638-0502
Email: renee.fabus@stonybrook.edu  

  • Examining the speech acoustics effects of a Multidisciplinary Telehealth Interdisciplinary Therapeutic Chorus Program on Individuals diagnosed with PD. with Ilene Morris, Dr. Sarah Cohen, Dr. IV Ramakrishnan, Dr. Petar Djuric, Dr. Ciara Leydon, Dr. Paul Fodor, Dr. Guy Schwartz
  • Lip Reading by Unobstrusive Multimodal Sensors and Machine Learning Algorithms  with Dr. Shanshan Yao and Dr. Petar Djuric
  • Aspiration Detection in collaboration with Dr. Petar Djuric, Dr. Milutin Stanacevic, and Dr. Guanchao Feng

Erik Flynn, MS
Phone: 631-444-2770
Email: Erik.Flynn@stonybrook.edu

  • Mechanismic’s U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase II project on development of A Design-driven Educational Robotics Framework. I have been working weekly to assist with Dr. Anurag Purward and Riverhead Central School District to administer Phase II of SnappyXO program as a Key Personnel.
  • Mentorship and Empowerment program with Eastern Suffolk BOCES. I have been a Faculty Advisor to several Stony Brook University undergraduate students to implement an online high school mentoring program, for 20 high school students, in Spring 2022.

Jeannie Guglielmo, MS, MAT, MLS(ASCP)CM
Phone: 631-444-3046
E-mail: jeannie.guglielmo@stonybrook.edu 

GRANT

  • PI: DOH Grant for Online Retraining for Laboratory Personnel as Clinical Laboratory Technologists for Long Island
  • Collaboration with TRUETOX Laboratory studying the consumption of Hemp-Based products and their impact on THC detection in oral and urine fluids using EMIT/LC-MS-MS platforms
  • My Brother's Keeper (Project Director along with Erik Flynn)New York State Department of Education grant to raise college and career readiness for 90 9th grade students in Brentwood Union Free School District. Project leaders will provide STEM and healthcare educational activities, and college mentoring services for participating students.

Eric Lamberg, PT, EdD, CPed
Phone:
631-444-3058
Email: eric.lamberg@stonybrook.edu 

  • Assessment of prosthetic mass and mass location for people living with TT amputation
  • Assessment of the soccer athlete living with limb difference

Sharon Martino, PT, PhD
Phone:
631-444-3256
Email: sharon.martino@stonybrook.edu 

  • Longitudinal data base for the Fit Kids for Life program  - ongoing, collecting baseline data (anthropometrics (ht, wt, BMI, waist circum, hip circum), blood pressure, heart rate on participants of the program.  Measures are done at baseline, after 10-week program, 6 months after ending program and 1 year after ending program
  • Effect of COVID-19 pandemic on eating behaviors and physical activity levels in children who are overweight /obese - Collaboration with Peter Morelli, MD,(Stony Brook Children's Hospital) and Amy Canterella, RD (SBU Healthy Weight Center)
  • Presidential Mini Grant,2021-2022. Martino, SA, Mercier, H, Ballan, M, Cuff, S, Truhlar, M. Empowering Students with Disabilities to Advance Accessible Health and Wellness at Stony Brook University. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Presidential Mini Grant For Departmental Diversity Initiative, 2019-2020.Martino, SA, Greco, J, McKenna, R. Weight bias and healthcare students.Role: Principle Investigator
  • NYPTA, Alfred J. Nelson Foundation, 9/2018- Martino, SA, Morelli, PJ, McKenna, R. The effect of exercise intensity on cardiovascular health and body composition in children who are overweight or obese: A pilot study.  Role: Principle Investigator
  • COVID-19 Survey for LISVH employees. PI: Kelly Warren, Co-PIs: Lisa Kayser, Jillian O'Brien, Sharon Martino, Stephen Smith, Jeannie Guglielmo, Lisa Endee and Russell Rozensky
  • Feasibility trial on the use of the Styku, 3D body composition system among pediatric overweight and obese children, Collaboration with Raymond McKenna  
  •  The effect of 10 weeks of strengthening and aerobic exercise on resting metabolic rate,functional capacity and body composition in female adults undergoing sleeve gastrectomy: a pilot study.
    Investigators: Catherine Tuppo PT, Kelly Warren PhD, Sharon Martino PhD PT, Aurora Pryor, MD  [was on hold due to COVID - hoping to resume this Fall]

Hannah Mercier, PhD, OTR/L
Phone: 631-444-6728
Email: Hannah.Mercier@stonybrook.edu

  • Healthcare experiences during COVID-19 for adults with mobility limitations (with SBU Student Research Assistants)
  • Characterizing Patterns of Depression, Community Mobility, and Social Engagement in Sub-acute Spinal Cord Injury- (with SBU Student Research Assistants) (Funded by National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Administration for Community Living Switzer Research Fellowship Program grant: # 90SFGE0024-01-00)
  • Digital phenotyping to evaluate psychosocial well-being and the effect of exercise in spinal cord injury (Ongoing work, previously funded by Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Psychosocial Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant #542007)
  • Effects of short-term residential rehabilitation programs on physical independence and psychosocial wellbeing for adults with spinal cord injury (with Empower SCI, Inc.)
  • An Interdisciplinary Pilot Telerehabilitation Study to Increase Functional Independence after Spinal Cord Injury- SBU Co-investigator Christina Burke, Physical Therapy (Funded SHTM Inaugural Innovation Seed Grant)
  • A Culture of Self-Protection through Empowerment for Women with Spinal Cord Injury: Addressing the Knowledge Gap among Rehabilitation Professionals- SBU Co-PI Michelle Ballan, School of Social Welfare (Funded Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Creating Opportunity & Independence Community Support Grant #853991)
  • Empowering Students with Disabilities to Advance Accessible Health and Wellness at Stony Brook University- SBU Collaborators Sharon Martino, Sharon Cuff, Maria Milazzo, Michelle Ballan, Mary Truhlar (Funded by SBU Presidential Award Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiative)
  • Working Together: Interprofessional Telehealth Interactions- SBU Collaborators Erin Hulfish, Mary Truhlar, Wei-Hsin Lu, Melissa Earle

Lisa Muratori, PT, EdD
Phone:
631-444-6583
Email: Lisa.muratori@stonybrook.edu

  • PI: iWEAR - Integrating wearable technologies to quantify meaningful activity in Huntington Disease
  • co-I:  Physical ACtivity and Exercise outcomes in Huntington’s Disease (PACE-HD)     
  • PI: Sonification of Gait to Create Real-Time Auditory Feedback for People with Parkinson’s Disease, Stony Brook collaborators: Margaret Schedel, PhD, Department of Music
  • PI: Dual-task treadmill training to improve gait and cognition in Parkinson's disease (D3T_PD). Stony Brook Collaborators: Christina Burke, PT, DPT;  Maryjo Kaleda PT, DPT; Raymond McKenna, PT, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy.
  • PI: Achieving impact through translation of novel findings of motion perception deficits in Huntington’s disease to therapeutic interventions; Stony Brook Collaborators: Hoi-Chung Leung, Department of Psychology
  • Key Personnel: Development and validation of a balance outcome measure for Huntington's disease (Balance_HD).
  • co-I: Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence; Stony Brook Collaborators: Guy Schwartz, MD, Department of Neurology (PI)
  • co-I: DIRECTION: A Multicentre, Interventional, Post-marketing, Randomised, Double-blind, Crossover Study to Evaluate the Clinical Safety and Efficacy of AbobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport®) in Comparison with OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®) when Treating Adults with Upper Limb Spasticity; Stony Brook Collaborators: Guy Schwartz, Department of Neurology (PI)
  • PI:  Exploring Telehealth Delivery of Early Intervention Services in Suffolk County in response to COVID-19 

Russell Rozensky, MS, RT, RRT-SDS, CPFT, RPSGT, CCSH
Phone: 631-444-6654
Email: Russell.rozensky@stonybrook.edu

GRANTS

  • Improving Fatigue and Healthy Lifestyle Practices of NY State Law Enforcement Professionals         
    $130,501; 1-year 2021-2022
    Principal Investigator: Lisa M. Endee Co-PI’s: Russell Rozensky and Stephen G. Smith.
  • Role of the Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Subtype 5 in Circadian Rhythm Misalignment and Depression: Implications for treatment:           
    $5,000,000; 5 years 2019
    Principal Investigator: Christine DeLorenzo PhD, Co-I’s: Ramin Parsey, Mark Slifstein, Wenchao Qu, Paul Vaska, Dinko Francheschi, Chuan Huang, Xiang He, Russell Rozensky

PROJECTS

  • Survey of post-COVID-19 symptoms and impact in Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) Healthcare Workers: A pilot study
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Clinical Sleep Health Educator Online Webinar : Co-Author on Module on Evaluation of Sleep Treatment and Therapies
  • National Board for Respiratory Care’s Sleep Disorders Specialist Examination Committee National Job Analysis Study 2021
  • New York State Partnership Against Drowsy Driving, 2022 Annual Stay Awake! Stay Alive! Public Service Announcement Challenge
  • Board Member on the New York State Respiratory Therapy Licensing Board
  • Chair: Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, Professional Review Committee
  • American Association of Sleep Technologists; Standards and Guidelines Committee
  • American Association of Sleep Technologists; Education Advisory Committee  

 


Richard Thailer, MS, PA-C
Phone: 631-444-6184
Email:  Richard.Thailer@stonybrook.edu

  • Jena Nicols Curtis, Richard Thailer, Vincent Mascarenhas , "Leveraging mobile phone technology to improve community and public health interventions in India: a review of current initiatives and directions for future innovation", https://www.ijltet.org/journal_details.php?id=908&j_id=3445, Special Issue - SACAIM - November 2016, 266-272 

Lynn Timko-Swaim, MS, PA-C
Phone: 631-444-3621
Email: lynn.timko-swaim@stonybrook.edu

  • Virtual PA Program Interviews: Faculty and Applicant Perspectives
  • Assessing the Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Didactic Education and Mental Health of PA Students in the NYC Region

GRANT

Sponsor: 2021 Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiative
Project Name: Stony Brook PA Mentoring Program Diversity Initiative
Dates: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022


Gloria Viboud, PhD
Phone: 631-444-3225
E-mail: gloria.viboud@stonybrook.edu

  • Diverse roles of the global transcriptional regulator PhoP in the life cycle of Yersinia pestis. In collaboration with Vadyvaloo V. from Washington State University and Hana Fukuto. 2020

  • Effectiveness of molecular diagnostic training program for medical laboratory scientists in a low- income country. In collaboration with Hana Fukuto, Iulian Nelepcu and Steliana Necula from Roche -Romania. PI Funded by Roche Romania. 2021-2022

  • Development and Pilot Testing of an Open Access, Modular Bioinformatics Lab for Remote Learning of Graduate, Undergraduate and High School Students”. Funded by SHTM Inaugural Seed Grant in collaboration with Hana Fukuto (PI). 2021

  • Cytometry Analysis of Histone Acetylation Combined with Lymphocyte Typing for the Detection of Epigenetics Modification in Cancers and Immune Pathologies. In collaboration with the Department of Pathology. Rebecca Connor, Hong Lin Smith-Jones, and Gloria Viboud. Funded by ASCLS Graduate Student Research Project I.Dean Spradling Graduate Research Grant 2019

  • Comparison of a PCR/Microarray-Based Dermatophyte Detection System with culture for the Identification for dermatophytes. In collaboration with Hana Fukuto and Jakub Micko. 2020


Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development

Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP – Director
Phone: 
631-444-6477
Email: brooke.ellison@stonybrook.edu

Currently Funded Projects:

General Highway Safety Grant (October 2017- September 2018). Stony Brook University Prevention of Drowsy Driving Data Collection, Curriculum Development, Pilot Training and Evaluation Project.  Principal Investigator:  Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith, Leonie Huddy.

Summary: Data collection on drowsy driving and sleep habits among SBU commuter students to inform the development of a Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Curriculum.  The project will include a pilot implementation on campus followed by an external program evaluation. 

Governor’s Highway Safety Association and National Road Safety Association’s State Grant (March 2017 – December 2017).  Drowsy Driving Awareness Social Media Campaign. Principal Investigator:  Lisa M. Endee, Co-PI’s: Pam Linden, Erik Flynn, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.

Summary: Development of a Drowsy Driving Awareness interactive and educational website and launch of a targeted social media campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drowsy driving and provide educational content about improving sleep habits to reduce risk of falling asleep at the wheel.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant (Jan 2017-Dec 2017) (4th consecutive year) Principal Investigator: Carlos Vidal, Pam Linden, Co-PI’s: Lisa M. Endee, Erik Flynn, Lisa Johnson, Carrie Ann Miller-Engel, Russell Rozensky, Stephen G. Smith.

Summary: This project builds on the work accomplished over the last five years in raising awareness about distracted and drowsy driving.  It includes implementation of a Distracted and Drowsy Driving Prevention curriculum within participating high need school districts on Long Island and Train the Trainer workshops aimed at increasing the reach of the curriculum and the important message of saving lives through prevention of distracted and drowsy driving. 

My Brother's Keeper
Pl: Carlos Vidal

Erik Flynn and Jeannie Guglielmo (Project Directors)
New York State Department of Education grant to raise college and career readiness for 90 9th grade students in Brentwood Union Free School District. Project leaders will provide STEM and healthcare educational activities, and college mentoring services for participating students.

Inclusive Future
Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP (PI)
Funded by the Loreen Arbus Foundation, this project looks at the intersection of disability and human rights, investigating policies and practices in countries around the world, as they pertain to Access to education, employment, healthcare, and participation for people with disabilities. This project looks to establish best practices in different contexts so that they can be replicated in international efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.