From the Provost
We all know that if you don’t have good health, not much else matters. That’s why health research is a passion for many of Clemson’s faculty. Indeed, health-related work is widespread — representing nearly every discipline across our campus.
There’s John DesJardins who has created the Engaged Knee System for people who have suffered from trauma or a failed knee replacement surgery. Too often these people are left with a knee that no longer works, leading to a fused knee. John and fellow researchers at Clemson invented a new knee implant that allows the patient to lock and unlock fused knees. Although the person will walk with a stiff leg, with the wave of a wand he or she can lock and unlock the knee to sit or stand. The patient will be much more mobile and comfortable.
Architecture professor David Allison has been recognized several times as one of the most influential people in health care design. David is the director of graduate studies in Architecture + Health at Clemson. This program is one of the country’s most comprehensive professional degree programs concentrating on architecture and health. Research by David, his faculty colleagues and students in the program is leading to better designs for health care delivery that are having positive impacts on support care and wellness.
There are hundreds of examples of this type of life-changing work going on at Clemson. You can read about a few more within this website. You can also learn about Clemson University School of Health Research’s (CUSHR) efforts to engage faculty and students across disciplines in applied health research. We are especially proud of the professional learning and immersion experiences that the school has created, including our novel Embedded Scholars and Faculty Fellows program, which brings Clemson faculty and health system partners together for highly focused research collaborations.
Together with our strategic partner Prisma Health–Upstate, we are advancing health care and building a stronger community in South Carolina. And we are just at the beginning! Investments and success stories are on the rise. Our best days are ahead.
All the best,
Robert H. Jones, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
About our Leadership
Windsor Sherrill, Ph.D.
Dr. Windsor Westbrook Sherrill serves as associate vice president for health research at Clemson and chief science officer at Prisma Health–Upstate. She is a Provost Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson and an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. She received her PhD in health policy from Brandeis University, graduate degrees in health administration and business administration from University of Alabama at Birmingham and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. She is an award-winning teacher and former health care administrator whose research spans health care finance and administration, medical education, and health disparities. Dr. Sherrill's research has been funded by NIH, AHRQ, HRSA and numerous state and national foundations.
Thomas Britt, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Britt is a Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. He is also the Clemson University Research Director of the Health Science Research and in his role, will work to generate increased collaboration in health research between Clemson faculty from all 7 colleges and Prisma Health clinical faculty. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Florida in 1994 before entering active duty as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army. He came to Clemson University in 2000, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2007. His prior research on organizational stress and resilience has been funded by the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NASA. In January of 2019, Dr. Britt began his position as a CUSHR Faculty Fellow in the Emergency Medicine Department at Prisma Health-Upstate. In this role he was involved in multiple research projects on meaningful work and other determinants of emergency physician burnout and resilience, as well as multiple research projects in support of the Enhancing the Practice of Medicine Initiative at Prisma Health Upstate.