The College of Allied Health is always excited to introduce new faculty members. We are grateful to welcome professor, Dr. Robert G. LaChausse this fall to our Allied Health team, he will be teaching HSC210: Ethics, HSC300: Health Communication, HSC310: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HSC480: Research Methods, HSC410: Health Behavior.
Dr. LaChausse received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, along with his Master’s in Health Promotion and Behavior; as well as his PhD in Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Fun Fact: Dr. LaChausse’s wife Audra is CBU Alum, with whom he has three children: Sydney, Robert, and Hannah. His favorite moment with his family is dinnertime at 6:30pm.
Follow Dr. LaChausse on Twitter @RGLPhD
We were lucky to arrange a Q & A with Dr. LaChausse; here is a look at that.
CAH: How you decided to obtain your degree in selected field?
Dr. LaChausse: I was always interested in science. I took an AP psychology class in high school and I was hooked on learning why people do what they do. As an undergraduate, I planned on being a clinical therapist. After doing an internship, I decided that practicing therapy everyday was not for me. I worked on a research project with a professor studying ethnic identity formation in teens and learned that I could actually get paid for it. How cool is that!
CAH: What type of service projects are you involved in?
Dr. LaChausse: I am the Health Evaluation Chair for the American Health Evaluation Association (AEA), I am on the California Department of Education’s Health Framework Committee, a Faculty Mentor for the NIH’s Drug Abuse Research Training Program, and I serve on the Citrus Valley High School (Redlands) School Site Council.
CAH: What are some things you’ve learned at CBU that stand out to you?
Dr. LaChausse: Three things…
• You have to buy a skateboard if you are a student.
• I’m probably going to gain 10 pounds because of the ADC.
• Students are connected to the school and have a lot of school pride.
CAH: What are some things you WANT to know about CBU?
• When does the back gate near Diana Ave. close or does it close at random times on random days?
• Can you really have an entire wardrobe of CBU clothes?
• What is TWIRP and why does everyone ask me if I know anyone twirpable in my classes?
CAH: What knowledge you would like to pass on to students?
Dr. LaChausse: Only a little learning occurs in the classroom. Visit your professors during office hours. That’s where the real learning occurs. Be sure to develop some skills applicable to your major during your time at CBU and work on a project or research study with a professor. I have never heard a student complain that she/he was mentored too much.
CAH: Where and what Church are you involved in?
Dr. LaChausse: I attend Imagine Church in San Bernardino, CA. We do a huge Easter egg hunt (over 25,000 stuffed eggs) for the neighborhood during Easter. I also cook a spaghetti dinner for the whole church at least one time a year.
CAH: What Organizations you are involved with/participate in?
Dr. LaChausse: American Evaluation Association (AEA)
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
Society for Prevention Science (SPR)
Western Psychological Association (WPA)
CAH: What things do you like to do in your spare time?
Dr. LaChausse: My wife and I run marathons (LA, California International, Mammoth Lakes, Tucson). I am also a triathlete and race bicycles. I have ridden some of the routes in the Tour de France. My dad passed along a passion for fly-fishing to me and I am partial to using a #18 elk hair caddis for Eastern Sierra brown trout. Everyone should learn how to fly fish and practice catch and release. I am a volunteer Forest Ranger for the Department of Forestry (the ones in the green uniforms). Only you can prevent forest fires… and hypothermia, dehydration, getting lost, blisters, bears getting into your food…
CAH: What are your thoughts on the Department (Excited for growth, etc.)?
Dr. LaChausse: I’m excited for our Master of Public Health degree program. Public health is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary field that is rapidly changing and public health professionals need to be practice ready and research driven. Dr. Sands and Dr. Fletcher have been very supportive of both my teaching and research. I’m excited about working with CBU students on my research projects.
CAH: Why did you choose to work at CBU?
Dr. LaChausse: The culture of both the faculty and students at CBU is refreshing. The opportunity to integrate faith and science at a Christ-focused university is a blessing. I don’t view faith and science as mutually exclusive.
CAH: What is your Favorite Health Tidbit for Students/Faculty (Exercise, Diet, Recipe, etc.)?
Dr. LaChausse: Find an athletic activity (running, cycling, surfing, hiking, etc.) learn how to do it, do it often, and make it apart of your identity. Then, pass your knowledge and passion for it to others.
CAH: Favorite Bible Verse, Why?
Dr. LaChausse: Matthew 28:20- I am with you… always.
Thank you Dr. LaChausse for offering us an honest insight into your life!
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