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Exercise Science Students Present at Conference in Chicago

Students in the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) Exercise Science Program gave presentations at the American Society for Exercise Physiologists’ (ASEP) annual conference, held Oct. 25, 2013 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Students in the MNSON EXCM 390 Psychology of Health and Exercise course presented “Evidence-based recommendations for young exercise physiologists using self-efficacy building strategies to improve adherence to cardiac rehabilitation” and “Review of self-efficacy beliefs and their role in patient adherence to cardiac rehabilitation treatment.”

Course instructor John Coumbe-Lilley, PhD, coached the students on the organization and presentation of their findings. They spent nine weeks preparing by identifying, critiquing, and applying primary research and evidence-focused literature reviews to the patient experience of cardiac rehabilitation. They also studied the use of self-efficacy theory and relapse prevention programming.

At the conference, Coumbe-Lilley provided an overview of key psycho-emotional aspects of cardiac rehabilitation and his students Nicole Nowak, Kinjal Panchal, Lindsey Rohlfs, Faraaz Ahmed, and Kerry Hampston presented their research findings with the help of Alyssa Arwady and Mohammed Rashed. Students Jonathan Traquena and Brian Bernal fielded questions from the audience.

The student presenters were recognized as demonstrating mastery of their subject, eloquent presentation skills, and a professional approach to the event by educational leaders and professors from institutions in Texas, Minnesota, and Michigan.

“This was a very educational experience and has shown me how much time and effort it takes to successfully prepare for a conference of this magnitude,” Nowak said.

Traquena agreed, adding,  “I hope my colleagues and I were as successful in contributing meaningful information to the exercise community as other presenters at the conference.”

The ASEP is committed to the professional development of exercise physiology, its advancement, and the credibility of exercise physiologists. This is the second consecutive year students from Coumbe-Lilley's course have presented at the ASEP’s conference.

Papers presented at the conference:

"Review of self-efficacy beliefs and their role in patient adherence to cardiac rehabilitation treatment."

Nicole Nowak*, Kinjal Panchal*, Mohammed Rashed, Lindsey Rohlfs*, and Jonathan Traquena

"Evidence based recommendations for young exercise physiologists using self-efficacy building strategies to improve adherence to cardiac rehabilitation."

Faraaz Ahmed*, Alyssa Arwady, Brian Bernal, and Kerry Hampston*

* Conference presenters