GCU Allied Health and Health Care Professions Interdisciplinary Research Division

GCU Allied Health and Health Care Professions Interdisciplinary Research Division Overview

The scope of the GCU Allied health and health care professions interdisciplinary laboratory is to prepare clinical scholars that give competent, compassionate care to promote and research health, wellness, safety, and quality care for all. This scope is supported by the various degree programs offered by the CONHCP and built on a foundation of evidence-based practice, Christian worldview, and the complex changes in the landscape of medicine. In the GCU Allied health and health care professions interdisciplinary laboratory, students work on various projects that apply methods and techniques in healthcare administration, public health, physical medicine, nursing, and other allied health professions. Students will gain experience in scientific inquiry, including but not limited to, literature review; planning, preparation, and research; data collection, analysis, and interpretation. This research also provides further opportunities for the interprofessional interaction with other research groups, preparation and presentation at various conferences, seminars, and other forms of clinical scholarship. Our commitment to the students is to prepare the next generation of clinical scholars to increase the body of literature to enhance patient outcomes and quality of life. Students involved in this laboratory will gain valuable problem-solving techniques and mindsets that will increase their competitiveness in academics, job placement, and future clinical research participation.


Investigator Bios

Brandon Warner Brandon Warner is entering his 12th year at Grand Canyon University and his 8th as the Program Director for their accredited program.  As Program Director, he oversees three faculty and 60-80 Athletic Training students annually. He is a Doctoral Candidate, in Kinesiology, at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Mr. Warner obtained his master’s in education from the University of Virginia in 2011 and his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 2009.   Prior to his employment as the Program Director, Mr. Warner was an intern athletic trainer with the University of Evansville, Indiana working with softball, a graduate assistant Athletic trainer at the University of Virginia working with both swimming and diving teams, and lastly the Associate Head Athletic Trainer at Grand Canyon University with Track and Field, Wrestling Men’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf.  He currently works with USA BMX and provides medical coverage at national events and the student clinic at Grand Canyon University. Brandon has served as the College and University representative on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association (AzATA) and currently serves on the professional education committee.  He was the recipient of the Warren H. Lee Athletic Trainer of the Year for the AzATA in 2020.  This award was given to Mr. Warner for his contributions to the profession, participation in the state’s practice act, scholarly contributions to the literature, and advocacy of the profession.   In addition to his academic and professional success, Mr. Warner has contributed and presented at International, National, Regional and Local conferences on topic pertaining to best practices in education, faculty and student development, and therapeutic modalities.  He also has a passion for research and serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals and publishes research related to contemporary medical issues in sport.  His particular interest is in pain relieving therapeutic modalities and non-traditional approaches for managing pain.  This serves as the topic for his dissertation as well as his personal research agenda. Brandon is an ICTA cupping therapist, certified in RockTape Blades, and Niel-Asher Technique (NAT) Level 2 Practitioner.  Brandon has also earned practice credentials through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES).  His coursework for his NAT credential was: the Anatomy of Pain – Trigger Point Master Course, Anatomy of Sports Injuries and Stretching, Vacuum Cupping, Taping for Trigger Points and Trigger Point Foundations Course.  


Dr. Kate FetterKate Fetter has over 17 years of prehospital care as a paramedic and clinical experience in emergency medicine, intensive care, trauma, and quality improvement and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Fetter is still involved in prehospital care and assists with teaching American Heart Association (AHA) courses and participates in skills stations for National Registry testing. Currently, Dr. Fetter is the Program Director/Lead of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Fetter holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Dr. Fetter has authored on peer-reviewed journal articles and has a current research project with her full-time faculty to improve the information literacy of doctoral students. She has presented at conferences locally, regionally, and on an international level. Dr. Fetter serves on the AHA’s Education committee, is a member of the Medina County Human Trafficking taskforce, and volunteers for the Medina County Health Department as part of the volunteer medical corp. She tutors prelicensure students and mentors, doctoral students, at several different universities. In addition to her professional career, she is married to her husband of 30 years, Ricky Fetter, and a proud mother of three adult children who are all in healthcare, Adam, Savannah, and Suzzanne.  

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