The College of Health and Human Services is excited to welcome two new faculty to the college, each with unique knowledge and expertise within their field of study!  Learn more about each of them below. 


CaioSarmento_smDr. Caio Sarmento joins the Department of Physical Therapy as an assistant professor, where he will specialize and teach courses in anatomy. Prior to Fresno State, Sarmento served as a graduate teaching assistant and graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center for five years.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is also where Sarmento obtained his doctorate in Rehabilitation Science. Earlier, he received his master’s in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy from Gama Filho University in Brazil.

Sarmento has practiced physical therapy for 13 years all over the world, including Brazil, England, Japan and now in the U.S. with clinical experience specifically in the area of cardiorespiratory, neurologic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

His research interests focus on chronic pain, particularly in evaluating biomarker responses in patients with fibromyalgia during moderate to high-intensity exercise. With further study, Sarmento plans to develop comprehensive exercise programs for patients with chronic pain conditions. His other research interests include rheumatology, opioid use disorder and exercise immunology.

Aside from the academic sector, Sarmento loves to ride his mountain bike and plans to do plenty of that here in the Central Valley.

ShaunaMiller_smDr. Shauna Miller is a familiar face in the School of Nursing, as she has been involved with the school since 2011 as an instructor and adjunct faculty member – and most recently as coordinator of the high-tech Knorr Simulation Lab on campus. She is now an assistant professor and serves as lead instructor for the community health nursing curriculum.

Miller is a proud Fresno State alumna, having received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the California State University, Northern California Consortium (a joint program between Fresno State and San Jose State) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, from the University.

A practicing registered nurse since 1981, Shauna brings her unique skill set to the forefront, with expertise in flight nursing, emergency/trauma care and nursing education.

Miller’s research interests include public health nursing, learning abroad and simulation in education, as well as adults with Autism. As the mother of an adult with Autism, Shauna has a passion for teaching health care professionals “best-practices” for this unique population.

An avid learner and traveler, Miller enjoys visiting and comparing health care systems throughout the world.