Distinguished Scientist Joseph Norman, Ph.D.
Joseph Norman, Ph.D.
The Distinguished Scientist Award
The Distinguished Scientist Award -- which is sponsored by the chancellor -- recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.
- Name: Joseph Norman, Ph.D.
- Title: Professor, UNMC Department of Physical Therapy Education, College of Allied Health Professions
- Joined UNMC: 1992
- Hometown: Schenevus, N.Y.
Chronic heart failure
The goal of my research is to investigate the use of physical exercise to improve the physiologic response and quality of life of individuals with cardiopulmonary disorders, as well as to examine strategies for improving adherence to exercise protocols to achieve positive outcomes. I have been fortunate to collaborate with a number of outstanding investigators at UNMC over the years. Currently our interdisciplinary team's focus is on evaluating strategies to improve adherence to the exercise guidelines outlined by the American Heart Association and Heart Failure Society of America for individuals with chronic heart failure.
My research will make a difference because: For individuals with heart failure, there are a number of physiological and psychological benefits achieved from regular exercise training, which have a positive impact on mortality, quality of life, physical function and hospitalization rates. Although we now have a better understanding of the type and dose of exercise needed to achieve these benefits from exercise training in the short-term, long-term adherence tends to remain sub-optimal. Our research into using behavioral strategies and interventions to improve exercise adherence on a long-term basis will benefit individuals with heart failure as they achieve and maintain exercise adherence at an appropriate level to sustain the health benefits over the long term.
The best advice I've ever been given is:
- From my parents: "Always be willing to try new things" and "Just do your best."
- From my mentor, Dr. CW Miller: "Don't be afraid to fail. That is often when you learn the most."
Three things you may not know about me
- My wife, Joan, and I have four great children who never cease to amaze me.
- I come from a family of nine and am a first-generation college graduate.
- I am a Secular Franciscan.