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Stanbridge College

June 09, 2015 09:00 ET

Fordham University, Stanbridge College Partner for Health and Deep Space Exploration Research

Stanbridge College Partners With Fordham University in an Initial Pilot Project Involving the Investigation of Human Behavioral Readiness in Deep Space Exploration for the Mission to Mars

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - June 09, 2015) - Stanbridge College has partnered with Fordham University through the Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Health, Environment and Human Performance created by Debra McPhee, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) at Fordham University. The exploratory relationship begins with an initial pilot project called the Long Duration Space Exploration Behavioral Readiness Consortium for the manned mission to Mars.

The Consortium is overseen by Dr. McPhee, and Yvonne Cagle, M.D., Physician, Space and Life Science Directorate at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and visiting professor at Fordham University and Stanbridge College. Stanbridge College Occupational and Physical Therapy programs are working with the Collaborative to assist in the research.

"These are exciting times we live in with many challenges," said Dr. McPhee, "the Collaborative offers a unique opportunity to bring together a variety of inter-professional researchers and institutions to explore, innovate and solve some of the most pressing issues we face and will face in the future -- yes in deep space but also right here at home. We value our partnership with Stanbridge College and look forward to expanding our resources and skill sets in behavior and therapeutic expertise for our initial project with its faculty."

"We are very pleased to partner with the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University in conducting research for the benefit of the health sciences," said Yasith Weerasuriya, President of Stanbridge College. "We have the utmost respect for Fordham University's commitment to research and Dr. McPhee's leadership in the mission of the Collaborative."

"The Master's in Occupational Therapy program is looking forward to the partnership between Fordham University and Stanbridge College," said Janis Davis, Ph.D., OTR/L, Director of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Stanbridge College. "This unprecedented relationship provides our OT students with the opportunity to be at the forefront of a significant human endeavor as part of the Collaborative. Stanbridge College OT students and faculty are thrilled to work with Dr. McPhee and Dr. Cagle on this extraordinary project."

The partnership officially launched in April when Dr. McPhee, Dr. Cagle, and other members of the Collaborative including NeuroEngineer, Dr. Curtis Cripe, and Forensic Psychologist, Dr. Sonnee Weedn, visited Stanbridge College to meet with the administration. Dr. Cripe led a special presentation and discussion for students and staff in the Stanbridge College Occupational Therapy program on the development of neurobehavioral models for crewmembers for the mission to Mars.

Stanbridge College hosted a luncheon to celebrate the partnership where guests included the Honorable Matthew Harper of the 74th Assembly District, as well as representatives from the occupational and physical therapy employment communities in Southern California, and several Stanbridge College Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant alumni.

About Fordham University Founded in 1841 Fordham University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university distinguished by the Jesuit tradition and located in New York City. Fordham is composed of ten schools/ colleges, four of which are for undergraduates and six of which are for postgraduates. It enrolls approximately 15,000 students across three campuses in New York State: Rose Hill in the Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Westchester in West Harrison. In addition to these campuses, the University supports a study abroad center in the United Kingdom and affiliate programs in China, Spain, and South Africa. Fordham awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as various masters and doctoral degrees.

About Stanbridge College Founded in 1996, Stanbridge College offers specialized degrees at the Master, Bachelor, and Associate levels in the fields of Healthcare and Information Technology. Stanbridge is based in Irvine, California with an annual enrollment of over 1,200 students.

For each year from 2009 through 2014, Stanbridge has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Stanbridge College has received an award from Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., as one of America's Best Technical Colleges for each year from 2009 through 2014. From 2013-2014, Stanbridge College OTA graduates achieved a 96% average annual NBCOT-COTA pass rate. From 2007-2014, its Vocational Nursing graduates have achieved a 91% average annual NCLEX-PN pass rate. Its Hemodialysis Technician students achieved a 95% two-year average annual CDC CHT exam pass rate. For more information, please visit or call (949) 794-9090.

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