Advancing research in health & human sciences

Neurorehabilitation. Opioid addiction. Non-pharmacological pain reduction. Nutrition and human performance. Movement and rehabilitation. Orthotics. Sports fan experiences. Destination marketing. Dark tourism. Travel. Ethics and palliative care.

Research activities at the School of Health & Human Sciences are as diverse as the programs we offer. As a student, if you are interested in moving toward an advanced degree of study, you can carve out opportunities to gain experiences. Students have opportunities to assist faculty in developing their research agendas, particularly graduate and professional students. Talk to a researcher about opportunities to get involved.

Research faculty:

Community-engaged research

Musculoskeletal health

Physical activity, movement, pain, and wellness

Sports, tourism, and events

Neurological and behavioral health

Scholarship of teaching and learning 

Special opportunities are available for undergraduate students in kinesiology. Contact Keith Naugle to learn more. 


Special research programs for underrepresented populations

Considering a career in biomedical or behavioral sciences? Wanting to pursue a STEM program? Two IU Indianapolis programs might be for you, and both are connected to undergraduate majors and professional programs offered within SHHS. 

The IU Indianapolis Diversity Scholars Research Program is a performance-based scholarship for undergraduate students who want to engage in faculty-mentored research while pursuing their degree. Keith Naugle is a member of their advisory board. Contact Naugle or founding dean Rafael Bahamonde for more information. 

Learn more about IU DSRP


The university's IPREP program (post-baccalaureate research education program) prepares recent college graduates from underrepresented minority or disadvantaged populations for admission to graduate programs. Managed by the founding dean of the School of Health & Human Sciences, the program strives to increase the number of Ph.D. graduates who are underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences. 

The dean and his colleagues recently received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue this program at IU Indianapolis. 

Learn more about IPREP

Victoria Wilburn

The strong commitment to community-engaged scholarship is an asset to our state.

Victoria Garcia-Wilburn, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy