College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Institute for Integrated Healthcare (IIH) - Member Highlights

News Update

Project Rose Research Institute for Sports Science, founded by former NFL stars and Tyler natives Earl Campbell and Gary Baxter, donated  $25,000 to the Institute for Integrated Healthcare on February 20, 2019. This gift will allow faculty and students at the Institute for Integrated Healthcare to collect data to aid in the development of innovative rehabilitation strategies for athletes with ACL reconstruction that will restore normal joint mechanics and slow down the onset of post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis. There are more than 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries reported in the U.S. yearly. On average, 50 percent of people with ACL injuries will develop knee osteoarthritis 10 to 20 years after diagnosis.

Project Rose Research Institute Donation

Please click here for news from KLTV
Please click here for news from KETK

Current Research

 The IIH and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are involved in various research activities. If you are interested in learning more about any of these research efforts, please email the primary contact.

Research Highlight for Dr. X. Neil Dong, Director of Institute for Integrated Healthcare

Dr. Neil Dong

The objective of Dr. Dong's research is to apply the basic principles of biomechanics to solve real-life problems and improve the quality of life for those with chronic musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Dong is currently working on the following research projects:

1. Fracture risk assessment of spine using stochastically enhanced DXA images.

A total of 54 million U.S. adults aged 50 years and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, correlating with approximately two million broken bones annually in the United States. Dr. Dong will establish an economical and effective method for identifying patients at high fracture risk and monitoring the treatment response of osteoporotic drugs by combining bone mineral density (BMD) and stochastic predictors – the assessment of the inhomogeneous distribution of BMD from Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scans. This project was supported by a research grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 2012-2017.

Figure 1

Figure 1. (a) DXA images of lumbar spine from the Hologic densitometer; (b) The BMD map of L1-L4 vertebrae from the lumbar spine; and (c) experimental variogram and stochastic predictors from the L2 vertebra. The stochastic predictors, correlation length (L), sill variance (c) and nugget variance (c0), were extracted from the hole-effect model.

2. Rehabilitation strategies to overcome quadriceps weakness for athletes with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

The goal of this research project is to facilitate complete recovery of quadriceps strengths after ACL reconstruction and allow athletes to return to their previous sports activities.

Research Highlight for Dr. Cathy Miller, Advisor of the Institute for Integrated Healthcare

Dr. Miller’s program of research is focused on child sex trafficking and human trafficking in all forms, with an emphasis on prevention of victimization of marginalized and vulnerable populations and improving the mental and physical health outcomes of victims and survivors.  Dr. Miller’s research is inter-professional and intercollegiate in nature working with nurses, physicians, federal and state prosecutors, federal judges, economists, law enforcement, social workers and others from universities and clinical sites internationally. 

Dr. Miller’s research collaboratives include:

  • The Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking-a United Nations Initiative
  • The North Texas Academic Collaborative Against Trafficking (NTACT) for the Texas Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team
  • HEALTrafficking

Current and previous original research includes:

  • Child Sex Trafficking:  Development of an Educational Framework to Guide Health Care Provider Practice. 
  • A Framework for the Development of Healthcare Provider Education Programs on Human Trafficking Part One: Experts.
  • A Framework for the Development of Healthcare Provider Education Programs on Human Trafficking Part Two: Survivors.
  • A Framework for the Development of Healthcare Provider Education Programs on Human Trafficking Part Three: Recommendations and Guidelines.
  • Implementation of Policies, Procedures, and Education on Trafficking in Persons in Six United States Health Care Systems; an Outcomes Study.
  • Restitution and Victim Services in Human Trafficking Cases-A Multidisciplinary Delphi Study with State and Federal Prosecutors
  • The Role of the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Perceptions vs. Realities.
  • HEALTrafficking Protocol Toolkit Evaluation