The biology student and doctor of physiotherapy at Clarkson University is the lead author of the scientific article

Camille Devereaux

Camille Devereaux, who received her Bachelor of Science in Biology (Pre-physiotherapy) from Clarkson University in 2021, is the lead author of an article published in the June 1 issue of the Journal of Allied Health.

Devereaux, now a graduate student of the Clarkson Doctor of Physical Therapy, and associate professor of physiotherapy Ali Boolani are the co-authors of the article “Predictors of Feelings of Anxiety in Graduate Allied Health Students – An Exploratory Study”.

“Camille wanted to know more about anxiety,” Boolani explains. “So we decided to look at some data that I had collected previously from graduate health science students.”

They found that 100 percent of the sampled population said they had experienced some anxiety in the past 30 days.

“Women reported having the most anxious feelings and the highest anxiety levels were associated with poor sleep and more time spent sitting per day,” Boolani explains. “Exercise couldn’t make up for sedentary behavior.”

Boolani says the study shows students should try to get good sleep and be more active during the day. “We also need to understand why women reported feeling more anxious than men. We couldn’t tell from this study, but it would make a great project going forward.”

“The idea and the writing from start to finish were Camille’s, so it is she who deserves this manuscript”, he adds. “She came to ask me the question, I suggested that we look at some data previously collected and she understood the rest.”

“I am very grateful for the experience I had to conduct research under the direction of Professor Boolani that revolved around the topic of mental health,” said Devereaux. “I appreciate the opportunity I had to uncover information that implied the importance of feelings of anxiety in individuals – especially since these factors were specifically related to graduate health students when I was becoming so. myself.”

The other co-authors of the article are Chelsea Yager, medical assistant, department of neurology, St. Joseph’s Hospital health center, Syracuse; Assistant Professor Andrew C. Pickett, Division of Kinesiology and Sports Management, University of South Dakota; Associate Professor Matthew Lee Smith, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University; and Associate Professor Joel Martin, Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory (SMART), George Mason University.

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