UCA physical therapy program welcomes esteemed pain specialist 

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, the University of Central Arkansas Department of Physical Therapy will host a special lecture from internationally known pain scientist and physical therapist Adriaan Louw, on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Ida Waldran Auditorium from 1:40-2:30 p.m. The lecture, titled "Pain Science Science Education: How science is changing our approach to pain," is free, … [Read more...]

UCA Speech-Language-Hearing Center receives grant to help patients with Parkinson’s

The University of Central Arkansas’ Speech-Language-Hearing Center has received a grant from the Parkinson’s Voice Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the voices of people living with Parkinson’s disease.  The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd grant includes speech therapy workbooks and certification training for speech-language pathologists and graduate students. UCA is one of 4 … [Read more...]

CHBS associate dean receives National Science Foundation grant

As increasingly digital lifestyles produce more and more data, one University of Central Arkansas faculty member aims to incorporate the study of data science into the study of psychology. Darshon Reed, associate dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, recently received a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education initiative … [Read more...]

UCA alumna tabbed as to lead CPS foundation

A University of Central Arkansas alumna has been selected as the new executive director of the Conway Public Schools Foundation. Marti Jones, who earned a bachelor’s in health sciences from UCA in 1999, began her new role as the foundation’s leader on Aug. 1. The Conway Public Schools Foundation provides philanthropic support, above and beyond the district’s operating budget, for a variety of in … [Read more...]

Two-time alumnus earns prestigious fellowship

A University of Central Arkansas alumnus has been selected to participate in the Southern Regional Education Board’s highly competitive Doctoral Scholars Program. A two-time UCA graduate, Shun Ingram received a Bachelor of Science degree in health education in 2014 before earning a master’s degree in health sciences in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in health pro … [Read more...]

UCA nursing professor earns prestigious award

University of Central Arkansas professor Julie Meaux received the 2022 Outstanding Nurse Educator Award. Meaux, who has been a UCA faculty member for 28 years, is also the undergraduate program coordinator in the School of Nursing.  “I am very honored and humbled,” Meaux said. “To even be nominated reinforces the fact that I have earned respect from faculty and students. It’s a good feeling. … [Read more...]

UCA graduate students show up big for inaugural Arkansas para track and field meet

Sarah Malakoff was not sure what to expect when she volunteered to help with the inaugural Meet in the Middle event. But by the time she left, the University of Central Arkansas doctoral student realized the experience had solidified her dreams of becoming a physical therapist.  “It was really encouraging to see all the support among the athletes, volunteers and parents,” said Malakoff, a firs … [Read more...]

UCA psychologist finds connection between racial stereotypes and perceptions of risk-takers

University of Central Arkansas Assistant Professor James Wages has found that perceptions of risk-takers as reckless or responsible are often based on racial stereotypes. His research was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  Wages has always been interested in how people think about others and how those thoughts can lead to judgment and inaccurate … [Read more...]

Four children receive modified ride-on cars in UCA’s first Go Baby Go event

Aleeah Rodriguez’s anticipation was palpable as occupational student Destanie Nelson and physical therapy student Aaron Hoschbach strapped her into her newly modified hot pink ride-on car. The 7-year-old from Jonesboro had been waiting on this day for months. Her parents Jesus and Judy Rodriguez stood nearby smiling proudly.  “I had the phone on speaker when I got the news she may be a cand … [Read more...]

School psychology students celebrate National School Psychology Week with volunteerism

Students in the school psychology program at the University of Central Arkansas are recognizing National School Psychology Week with volunteer activities at a local elementary school. Graduate students from the second-year cohort of the educational specialist program in school psychology are spending the year at Theodore Jones Elementary (TJE) School for their practicum. The … [Read more...]