Mari Matsumura Receives Graduate Equity Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Mari Matsumura, master’s student in public health as a recipient of a Graduate Equity Fellowship (GEF) award for the academic year 2019-2020.

The graduate equity fellowship is a need-based scholarship awarded by the university to a diverse group of students. The scholarship encourages and assists people to successfully complete the program. “One great feature of the award is the faculty mentorship. “With Dr. Michael Harvey’s mentorship, I feel more confident to successfully finish the program and start a career in public health after graduating,” says Ms. Matsumura.

Separate from the fellowship, Mari has been participating in a research project related to the topic of opioid use disorder in the United States with Dr. Harvey. Mari and Dr. Harvey will be presenting a poster for the research at the upcoming American Public Health Association conference.

Wilson Yuan Assistant Professor, Justice Studies Wins Significant Grant from National Institute of Justice

Congratulations to Wilson Yuan, assistant professor, Justice Studies, who was awarded a significant grant from the National Institute of Justice. He submitted the grant with time and support of the University Grants Academy.

Dr. Yuan and his research team propose a mixed-methods, city-wide victimization study focused on criminal victimization across Hispanic and Asian subgroups. The goals of this study are to: (1) identify patterns of criminal victimization across first-, second-, and third-generations of immigrants, (2) identify patterns of criminal victimization across Hispanic and Asian subgroups; (3) identify correlates of crime reporting among immigrants; (4) identify whether perceptions of immigration policies among immigrants are associated with responses to crime and victimization; (5) examine how neighborhood immigration concentration levels are associated with criminal victimization; (6) explore how immigrants view the threat of victimization for themselves and their local community; and (7) explore how victims of crime who are legal and illegal residents cope with victimization and utilize different resources (e.g., police, courts, and community organizations).

Dr. Yuan and his research team plan to address these aims in three ways. They will conduct a cross-sectional survey of local residents’ victimization experiences, in-depth interviews with both legal and illegal local residents, and focus groups with police officers, victim services providers, and members of community organizations.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Approves Assembly Bill 829 to Pave the Way for Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree

The College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to announce that Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill 829 Aug. 30, clearing the way for San Jose State University to offer a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. “The next step will be for the Chancellor’s Office to approve an executive order that will set the scope and guidelines for the new degree,” says Pamela Richardson, Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences.

In anticipation of the approval of this bill and pending approval by the Chancellor’s Office, faculty in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) Department of Occupational Therapy have already begun work on developing curriculum for a doctoral degree.

“They started about a year ago in anticipation of this going through,” said Richardson. “We are looking at what the balance will be between the master’s and doctoral programs.”

The college anticipates admitting the first cohort in 2022-23.

“The OTD gives graduates additional training in research and evidence, more coursework in program evaluation and program development, and will have a capstone project and experience,” Richardson said. “They will have more potential for leadership opportunities.”

A doctoral program also will build a pipeline for future educators.

“Most academic programs hire OTDs as faculty so it creates opportunities for teaching as well,” Richardson said.

The College of Health and Human Sciences already offers one doctoral program with another in development. This year marks the first year SJSU is offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice on its own following six years of offering a joint program with Fresno State University. The College is also working on the final stages of a  doctoral degree in its newly created Department of Audiology. Faculty are in the final stages of developing the curriculum, gaining conditional accreditation and recruiting audiology students for the first cohort to begin Fall 2020.

“These are certainly elevated health degrees and there will be lots of opportunity for interprofessional education,” Richardson said. “It will increase the visibility of our College as producing healthcare leaders across a variety of disciplines.”

She noted that accrediting boards in most healthcare disciplines require programs to provide interprofessional education so that graduates are prepared to work effectively on healthcare teams.

“This gives us an opportunity to build robust doctoral programs and ramp up the amount of collaborative research opportunities for faculty and students,” she said. “It takes research active faculty to appropriately train and mentor doctoral students.”

Occupational Therapy Students Work with Vietnam’s Children’s Hope in Action Clients

While Occupational Students were studying in Vietnam this summer they had the opportunity to work with Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) a Vietnam non- profit. Professors Gigi Smith and Alison George led a Faculty Led Program to Vietnam this past summer that allowed OT students to become a regular part of working with children with disabilities.

Here is what CHIA had to say about SJSU’s OT students:

“Having OT and PT students attending CHIA is now a regular part of our programming. CHIA is now busy on Monday and Friday every week, and is happy to have the OT and/or PT students
from GGC volunteers come along and work with our staff and the kids at CHIA. This is a great time for the GGC students as well as our staff and children at CHIA. The children are always excited about their activities with the students and the staff are eager to share what the problems the children have and the students are thrilled to find suitable methods or exercises to work with each child’s health condition.”

In June, CHIA was happy to have visit of OT students and teachers from San Jose State University. This is the 3rd year that San Jose State University visited us and worked with our children. Besides working with children with disabilities at CHIA, each year, they come and were humble to join at least one different project to learn about our work within the rural communities. This time we were happy that the group was so excited with “a beach day out” for the kids. All the children, staff and volunteers were so thrilled to have a morning out at Hidden Beach, Hoian.

School of Information News

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) board of directors is pleased to announce Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director, School of Information has been elected as its 2019 President Elect.

Congratulations to Bill Fisher, Professor Emeritus who will be inducted into the Special Libraries Association (SLA ) Hall of Fame at the SLA conference in June in Cleveland.  This award is in recognition of Bill’s tremendous contributions to SLA throughout his career.  Fisher is a professor emeritus at San Jose State University’s School of Information, where he joined the faculty in 1988 after a teaching stint at UCLA. He was named a Fellow of SLA in 1998, served as president of SLA in 2002-2003, and received the John Cotton Dana Award in 2008. He served as president of the SLA Southern California Chapter in 1986-1987, as president of the San Andreas Chapter in 1996-1997, and as chair of the Leadership and Management Division in 2010.

Dr. Michele Villagran’s publication, Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries, 2nd edition, is one of the recipients of the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award.

In addition, Dr. Villagran received a grant from Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (AALL) to continue her work with cultural intelligence in law libraries. Dr. Villagran spoke about this topic in the recent faculty research committee meet-up.