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Research Opportunities at NSU


College of Osteopathic Medicine - Department of Family Therapy

  • Project Title: Use of the Theme Song for Change in Pursuit of Achieving Goals
  • Project Description: The aim of the research project is to empirically evaluate the music intervention "Theme Song for Change" (TSfC) developed by Reiter (2019). This intervention was developed for psychotherapy purposes. This study examines the intervention's effectiveness in a non-therapy situation. People connect to songs on at least two levels; the music and the lyrics. The Theme Song for Change intervention uses a person’s chosen theme song as a way to access underutilized resources that can help them live more fulfilling lives. These resources are aspects of living, such as behaviors or personality traits, the person may not have been engaging in to the level where they find it useful. This technique has previously been used in clinical situations with individuals, couples, and families where clients consider important images and themes from the lyrics of their chosen song. These themes pertain to values and practices related to their identity they may not have been honoring in their lives. These values, practices, and meanings are personal resources that can be accessed and utilized to enhance the person's life. The current study moves the Theme Song for Change intervention out of the clinic and applies it to non-clients who are working toward a self-determined short-term goal. Empirical studies have begun on using the Theme Song for Change in non-clinical situations with university students at the University of the Bundeswehr Munich in Germany. This study examines the use of the intervention with a university sample in the United States.
  • Possibility of Co-Authorship: Yes
  • Recommended Majors: Psychology, Health and Wellness
  • Preferred Experience: Research Methods
  • Position Description: Volunteer/Unpaid
  • Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/week
  • Semester: Fall 2020

Contact: Jeff Hartman at 

College of Osteopathic Medicine - Department of Nutrition (Winter 2021)

  • Project title: Recipes of Health: A Community-Based Intervention
  • Project description: The project will entail writing a literature review, as well as being involved in various activities related to this project such as data collection (pending COVID). We will have a mobile kitchen cart and teaching individuals how to cook and be healthy and taking their measurements. The beginning of the semester will focus more on literature review and getting project on track due to COVID. Data collection will likely occur during the Winter semester.  
  • Possibility of Co-Authorship: No
  • Recommended majors: All health-related
  • Position description: Volunteer/Unpaid
  • Time Commitment: Flexible
  • Semester: Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Contact: Jeff Hartman at 

Game-Based Cognitive Training

  • FocusIn this project we will complete initial development of a gaming-oriented cognitive training app to promote improved psychomotor speed, attention, and executive function in older adults with age-related cognitive decline.
  • Position description: Research Volunteer
  • Student Participation: Any major; programming experience and interest in video game creation essential.
  • Time Commitment: Five or more hours per week.
  • Skills/Experience: ·  Knowledge of C# and Unity helpful

Contact: Dr. Raymond Ownby at for more information.

Independent Study Opportunities

Independent student opportunities are available in the following areas:

  1. A Phase II study of Bacopa in Gulf War Illness (GWI)
  2. Oleoylethanolamide supplement in GWI
  3. Identifying APOE4 related lipid biomarkers for diagnosing chronic neurocognitive deficits in TBI patients
  4. A Phase I/II study of B cell depletion Therapy in Gulf War Illness
  5. Nicotinamide riboside clinical trial for GWI
  6. Exploring dietary influence on complex multi-symptom illnesses by exploring molecular mechanisms and genomics
  7. Exploring Autism - A comprehensive study

Contact: Amanpreet Cheema, PhD at for more information.

NSU Research Pages

Areas of Research

College of Dental Medicine

College of Osteopathic Medicine

College of Psychology

Department of Biological Sciences

Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

Health Professions Research

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