St. Catherine University has named Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD, as the GHR Endowed Chair for Health Education and Research in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health Sciences. The new position will lead efforts to support and grow research and scholarly activity across the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing, in collaboration with health science and nursing faculty, staff, and students.
“We are incredibly excited for Laura Gilchrist to begin her work as the Endowed Chair of Health Education and Research,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, interim dean of health sciences. “She brings a strong record of scholarly accomplishments, including significant grant funding. More importantly, she has a true passion for fostering the research skills of students and colleagues. Under her guidance, I am confident that the impact of research within the two schools will grow considerably.”
Gilchrist has been with St. Kate’s since 1999. She is a professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, primarily teaching in the areas of neuroscience and pathophysiology, and is also a clinical research scientist at Children's Minnesota. Her research focuses on improving physical function in children and adolescents undergoing treatment for cancer, specifically investigating chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Her work has received awards both institutionally and nationally.
“I am thrilled to accept the GHR Endowed Chair position,” Gilchrist said. “I see great potential to advance research and scholarship efforts in the Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing at St. Catherine University. We have a passionate and talented faculty and staff with a wide array of interests. Given time and space to gather those with common interests, we have amazing potential to shift the landscape of community-centered healthcare.”
The new position is funded through an endowment established with a portion of the Academic Excellence Grant from the GHR Foundation. St. Kate’s has a long relationship with the GHR Foundation, which provides grants to support innovative programming and partnerships at the School of Health.