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Jeff Radel, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy Education

Jeff Radel, Ph.D., teaches in KU's occupational therapy degree programs as associate professor. He holds the position of graduate director of the department and also serves a variety of roles in the doctorate in therapeutic science program – from academic mentor and admissions manager to instructor on several courses. In February 2016, Radel was appointed the school's interim associate dean for academic and student affairs and the interim tag was removed effective January 1, 2018.

In the occupational therapy programs, Radel teaches courses in the areas of principles of neuroscience applicable to clinical practice and occupational performance as well as in implementation and dissemination of research related to occupational therapy. He also directs students as they pursue research projects related to the theory and practice of occupational therapy.

With training in developmental neuroscience, Radel has interests in visual neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. His background includes neuroanatomy, histology, electrophysiology, and behavioral testing in animals, and he possesses a broad range of experience in assessing visual function in humans. He serves as a grant reviewer for the Veteran's Administration, and regularly serves as a peer reviewer for journals.

Radel's expertise in guiding students through the formulation, assembly, and delivery of effective scientific presentations is recognized internationally, and he often provides workshops on this topic for many academic programs.

Academic Background

Radel earned a bachelor's degree in psychobiology from Oberlin College in 1979, and both master's (1982) and doctorate (1987) degrees in experimental psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

After six highly productive years of postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, Radel joined the faculty at KU Medical Center. In addition to his primary appointment in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Research Focus

Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

A major focus of Radel's research is directed toward animal models of brain development and retinal function through a long series of investigations exploring experimental perturbations in the developing brain. His work also has explored dietary fatty acids in relation to brain and retina development, and vascular pathology of the retina after perinatal oxygen exposure (a model of retinopathy of maturity in humans).

Driven both by a personal and growing community interest in neurorehabilitation after brain injury, Radel also studies biophysical and social risk factors for concussions and other causes of traumatic brain injury. Of particular interest are the subset of patients who are slow to recover full function after brain injury and who continue to experience persistent post-concussion symptoms that often limit return to normal activities. An evaluation of factors that may influence the trajectory of recovery and to explore social factors that influence participation by parents, students, teachers, and school officials in such studies.

Curriculum Vitae PDF document

Selected Recent Publications

Wu, A.J., J. Radel, and B. Hanna-Pladdy (2011) Improved Function after Combined Physical and Mental Practice Following Stroke: A Case of Hemiparesis and Apraxia. Amer. J. Occupational Therapy, 65(1): 161-168.

Burgard, E., L. Foster, L. Kraus, and J. Radel (2011) Performing Single Subject Research Designs in Practice. OT Practice, 16(13), 21-24.

O’Bryhim, B.E., J. Radel, S.J. Macdonald, and R.C. Symons (2012) The genetic control of avascular area in mouse oxygen-induced retinopathy. Mol. Vision, 18:377-89.

Döpp, C., E. Steultjens, and J. Radel (2012) A Survey of Evidence-Based Practice among Dutch Occupational Therapists. Occupational Therapy International, 19(1):17-27.

Spangler, N., J. Koesten, M. Fox, and J. Radel.  Employer thoughts on stress and resilience intervention. J. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 54(11):1421-9.

Weigel K.J., L. Rues, E.J. Doyle, C.L. Buchheit, J.G. Wood, R.J. Gallagher, L.E. Kelly, J.D. Radel, K.A. Bradley, and S.M. LeVine (2012) Anthrax Lethal Toxin Induces Rapid Vascular Changes in Congenic Mice Containing an Introgressed Segment of Chromosome 11 from the CAST/Ei strain on a C57BL/6 genetic background. PLoS One, 7(7; e40126): 1-11.

Aljitawi OS, Y. Xiao, J.D. Eskew, N.K. Parelkar, M. Swink M, J. Radel, T.L. Lin, B.F. Kimler, J.D. Mahnken, J.P. McGuirk, H.E. Broxmeyer, G. Vielhauer (2013) Hyperbaric oxygen improves engraftment of ex-vivo expanded and gene transduced human CD34+ cells in a murine model of umbilical cord blood transplantation. Blood Cells Mol Dis. Aug 13. doi:pii: S1079-9796(13)00164-2. 10.1016/j.bcmd.2013.07.013.

Vavilala, D.T., B.E. O’Bryhim, V.K.C. Ponnaluri, R.S. White, J. Radel, R.C.A. Symons, and M. Mukherji (2013) Honokiol Inhibits Pathological Retinal Neovascularization in Oxygen-Induced Retinopathy Mouse Model. Biochem. Biophysical Res. Comm. 2013 Sep 6;438(4):697-702. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2013.07.118. Epub 2013 Aug 3

Wu, A. J., Burgard, E., & Radel, J. (2014). Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcome of Patients with Apraxia After Stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil, 21(3), 211-219. doi: 10.1310/tsr2103-211

Han, A, Radel J. (2015) Spousal Caregiver Perspectives on a Person-Centered Social Program for Partners With Dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. Dec 24. pii: 1533317515619036. PMID:26705379

Jones, S.S. and Radel, J. (2015)Caregivers’ Perceptions Of Burden When Providing Care To Loved Ones With Chronic Neurologic Health Conditions. ECHO: J. Nat’l. Black Assoc. Speech-Language Hearing. 10(2), 29-40.

Han, A., Radel, J., McDowd, J.M., & Sabata, D. (2015) Perspectives of People with Dementia about Meaningful Activities: A synthesis. Amer. J. Alzheimer’s Dis. and Other Dementias. Sept 03. pii: 1533317515598857. PMID:26340962.

Selected Recent and Current Projects

Feasibility of individualized physical activity and mindfulness programs in attenuating duration and severity of post-concussion symptoms.” J. Radel (P.I.), J. Pierce (co-I) and S. Billinger (co-I), Frontiers Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 2016-2017.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy as an aid in evaluating post-concussion recovery” M.Rippee and J. Radel (co-PIs), Frontiers Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. 2014-2015.

“Gait analysis following lower-extremity injury using smartphone technology” M. Santos (P.I.) & J. Radel (Co-I & mentor), School of Health Professions. 2013-2014.

 “Evaluating an Investigative Device in Screening for Sports-related Concussions among Adolescents” J. Radel (P.I.), M. Rippee & M. Moncure (Co-Investigators) Lied Basic Science Program. 2012-2014.

“Characterization of Pupillary Responses to Assess Diabetic Autonomic neuropathy”  J. Radel (P.I.)  Kansas Lion’s Sight Foundation. 2010-2011.

Last modified: Nov 26, 2020

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Jeff Radel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Associate Professor

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