The college’s vision is to create a School of Behavioral Health centered on its current research in the fields of addiction, family violence, and autism. The college also plans to launch a master's degree in behavioral health and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Helping children deal with behavioral issues is the focus of research of pediatrician Laurence Sugarman, M.D., director of the Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation. He examines how biofeedback techniques can help reduce anxiety in children with autism. Caroline Easton and Cory Crane, both clinical psychologists, conduct research on addiction and intimate partner violence. Their work is helping to shape proposed legislation in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence. As the health care industry undergoes a transformation and pushes for integrated care models, RIT's researchers are at the forefront by studying co-occurring treatment models for addiction and family violence. Research students from the college's medical illustration program create 3D models of the brain and spinal cord to show the effects of drugs on the brain and behavior (aggressive behavior/family violence). Alan Gesek, adjunct professor and a graduate of RIT's medical illustration MFA program, created the above image.
Emphasizing nutrition and physical activity is an objective of the college’s recently formed Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. The school has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition management and an exercise science minor. The college plans to establish new degree programs in exercise science, health and wellness, and applied nutrition.
“We see community-based research as a key component to developing new approaches and programs that make health and wellness a priority,” said Daniel Ornt, M.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology. A new campus facility set to open in 2015 will house the school and a primary care clinic to be run by Rochester General Hospital. An alliance between RIT and Rochester Regional Health System helps support the university’s academic programs, clinical training, and applied biomedical research.
An undergraduate program in biomedical sciences is the college’s largest academic program. Its other degree programs are in diagnostic medical sonography (BS), medical illustration (MFA), nutrition management (BS), physician assistant (BS/MS), and health systems administration (MS).