Research Foci:

During the past 30 years of my career, I have been involved in research related to several areas in health.  My focus has been in nutrition  and children especially children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Early on in my career, I was fortunate enough to work with Eberhard Heinrichs, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatrician and early childhood specialist.  Together we published two manuals on “Nutrition and Feeding for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.”  I have been a contributing author to three editions of the Pediatric Nutrition and Developmental Disabilities text published by Oxford University Press.  More recently I have been focusing my research in two areas: “Interprofessional Education and Team-Based Practice in the 21st Century Health Care System” and “Positive Maturity in a Global Aging Demographic Shift.”

As an academic administrator for most of my career, I have always felt that research and generation of external funding was critical to the Academy and that all of us as faculty need to be involved in some aspect of research and grant funding to not only advance science (in all areas of study) but to inspire students to conduct research both within the academic environment and in the health care work environment.  In addition, research in our interprofessional disciplines allows us all to live healthier and longer lives.

Publications:

Pediatric Nutrition and Developmental Disabilities (text), chapter on “Community Resources for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities.”  ed. Shirley and Valli Ekvall, Ph.D., R.D., New York, NY:  Oxford University Press, 3rd Ed., 2016. (Also in editions in 2005 and 1989)

Rokusek,  “Interprofessional Patient and Family Centered Coordinated Care.”  American Journal of Palliative Care, Winter 2016.

Rokusek and L. Taylor.  “Consular Emergency Management.” Global Encyclopedia of Public Policy, and Governance. , August, 2016.

Sklar and C. Rokusek.  “Body Image:  A Matter of Importance for Male Health.”  American Public Health Association Conference Proceedings, Washington, D.C, October 2015.

Levy and C. Rokusek.  “H1N1 College and University Preparedness: An Interdisciplinary Campus-Wide Model Approach – Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future. Proceedings of the meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Washington, D.C., March, 2014.

Rokusek. “Interprofessional Education:  The Key to Unlocking the Door in the 21stCentury. Proceedings of the meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Baltimore, MD, March, 2013.

Rokusek.  National Association of County and City officials (NACCHO) May, 2010.  “Pandemic Preparedness on College and University Campuses – A Case Study.”

Levy, C. Rokusek, S. Bragg, J. Howell.  “Interdisciplinary Approach to All-Hazards Preparedness:  Are you Ready? How Do We Know?  Journal of Public HealthManagement and Practice.March 2009:  15 (2 suppl) pp. 8-12.

Rokusek and S. Bragg.  “Flooding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.”  Jrn. Of Emerg. Nurs.  March, 2009, 35:2, pp. 151-154.

Braun, L. Levy, C. Rokusek, and A. Fox.  “Campus Safety and Security:  Do We Have the Best Practices in Place?”  Conference proceedings of the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November, 2008.

DeLeon, A. Fox, M. Braun, and C. Rokusek.  Evaluation of a School Nurse Training Program on Bioterrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness.  Conference proceedings of the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November, 2008.

Lou, M. Braun, J. DeLeon, A. Fox, and C. Rokusek.  “Emergency Preparedness for Children with Autism:  A Needs Assessment for a Vulnerable Population.”  Conference proceedings of the American Public Health Association annual meeting, November, 2007.

Author – C. Rokusek.  Developmental Disabilities: A Handbook for Interdisciplinary Practice – Chapter I – An Introduction to the Concept of Interdisciplinary Practice,” Brookline Books,  Cambridge, MA, 1999.

Layton, J., Blaine, Jr., N., and Rokusek, C., The Recruitment and Retention of Minority Trainees in University Affiliated Programs – Native American Indians, ed. M. L. Kuehn, Madison, WI:  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990.

Rokusek, C., “Community-Based Nutrition Services,” position paper for the Nutrition and Dietetic Division of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR), printed in Division newsletter, May, 1988.

South Dakota Farmer – Magazine, fall, 1986, “Serum Cholesterol Levels Among South Dakota Ranchers.”

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Washington, D.C., Proceedings of National Meeting, “Dietary Intake and Incidence of Hypertension Among Hutterites in Southeastern South Dakota, 1986.