Taking a new approach on health research

Researchers at RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology are actively exploring new approaches to treating behavioral health issues and addressing the social ramifications of substance abuse, addiction and male aggression. Other research areas include community nutrition, global health issues and autism and neurodiversity research.

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Our programs

Our exceptional degree programs are designed to prepare students for exciting careers in the growing and ever-changing healthcare field. Our students combine their technical knowledge with their passion for helping others and enter the workforce or graduate school committed to improving healthcare delivery and to making a difference in the lives of their patients and the community. RIT aims to prepare students with lifelong career skills from a combination of teaching, research, and practical work experience. And undergraduate students can engage in research as early as their freshman year, working alongside faculty.

Degree programs

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Encouraging healthy eating

Community nutrition is an essential focus of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. The NEEDs (Nutrition Education Engineering & Design) Center promotes evidence-based health and nutrition education and research through U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded programs like “Cleaned.Cut.SNAP,” where RIT teamed up with community partners Wegmans Food Markets and Foodlink Inc. to encourage healthy eating. 

RIT pilots community nutrition program

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Helping children in Ghana

International research addresses global health issues like childhood anemia in Ghana is the focus of current research and a study abroad experience for students. Post-doctoral fellow Brenda Abu has developed a program that capitalizes on RIT’s goal of offering more global and experiential learning experience for its undergraduates, and it’s the first global research experience to be offered by the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition

Students study anemia in Ghana

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Developing interactive therapeutic games

The Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-Regulation at RIT conducts autism and neurodiversity research. Researchers at the center collaborate with RIT’s MAGIC Center and the nationally recognized School of Interactive Games and Media to develop innovative interactive therapeutic games and apps using physiological controllers that focus on helping young people with anxiety and autism spectrum disorders help themselves.

The Center For Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation

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Addressing behavioral health issues

Innovative mental health treatment methods developed at RIT and in use locally, nationally and in the United Kingdom and in Australia promote integrated therapies that treat the whole person with an evidenced-based therapeutic model. Developed by forensic clinical psychologist Caroline Easton in the School of Behavioral Health Sciences, the therapy targets domestic, family and intimate-partner violence with an innovative cognitive behavioral approach.

Health app helps victims of domestic abuse