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Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Innovative Courses Taught By Field Leaders

Internationally recognized faculty train culturally aware and culturally sensitive therapists dedicated to serving a diverse client base.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies provides students with the most comprehensive and the highest-quality education in their respective creative arts therapy discipline.

Through an integrated blend of classroom, experiential and practical learning in the field, students learn side-by-side with future colleagues in the other creative arts therapy specialties.

Program courses are taught by faculty that are national leaders in their respective fields. Students take advantage of Philadelphia’s lively arts community, which nourishes the artist, dancer and musician within and enables you to continue practicing your art form while pursuing graduate study.

The Department and Diversity

As a community of learners, Drexel’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies is committed to cultivating a diverse and dynamic student population. We are interested in, and enriched by, diversity, including but not limited to: culture, race, ethnicity, gender identification and expression, socio-economic class, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, learning styles, and political perspectives. We value these identities, shaped by experience, which support empathetic understanding and enlivened critical thinking in and outside of the classroom and in field placements.

Here in this community, we are aware of our past and present shortcomings and deficiencies. We understand that our programs, like the society in which we live, have too long habitually failed to provide just and plentiful opportunities and resources to all people, a perpetual misstep that has resulted in recurrent exclusion for some and disproportionate inclusion for others. We strive for an expansion of diversity. We recognize, embrace and proclaim that it is only by welcoming all people that we may reach our full, and true, potential as an educational community.

Programs

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers three Master of Arts degrees: Art Therapy and Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, and Music Therapy and Counseling. The 90 quarter-credit curricula can be completed in two years on a full-time basis. We encourage full-time enrollment, yet part-time study can be arranged.

We also offer a PhD in Creative Arts Therapies, an innovative and unique research degree for art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists who are interested in focusing their careers on scholarly pursuits and academic leadership in their specific discipline.

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
Engage in art therapy at a prestigious health center aligned to a school of fine arts.

Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy Counseling
Integrate dance and movement into a whole-body approach to mental health.

Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Counseling
Study in the only music therapy program housed within an academic health center.

PhD in Creative Arts Therapies
Earn your PhD in a culture of creativity, innovation, initiative, and support.

Creative Arts Therapies Faculty

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News & Events

 

10/04/17

Faculty Accolades

A poster titled "Internship Match and Entry Level Exam Performance of Undergraduate versus Graduate Level Didactic Students" by Beth L. Leonberg, MS, MA, RDN, CSP, FAND, LDN, ’16 assistant clinical professor, was accepted to the 2017 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo™ (FNCE®) in Chicago. Leonberg’s poster is among a select group to receive recognition as an Outstanding Abstract at FNCE® 2017. She also received a Fulbright Scholar award to teach in Uzbekistan from February to June 2018.

Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP, CNHP’s assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor Behavioral Health Counseling received an award for “Contribution to the Field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation” from the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Abu Dhabi from the 1st Congressional Congress for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She receive this honor on September 23, 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Katherine Kaby Anselmi, JD, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, associate clinical professor, received the “Outstanding Educator Award” from The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) at their annual education conference. Anselmi along with Anita Hill, JD, university professor at Brandeis University, were recognized for their contributions to the health care and legal communities.

Ann McDonough Madden MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, assistant clinical professor, was accepted as an official member of the AAPA Distinguished Fellows recognition program. She has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the physician assistant profession and joins an accomplished group of Distinguished Fellows of AAPA.

Sponsored Research

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, Associate Professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, principal investigator, and collaborators have been awarded a $1,270,000 grant by National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR016681) for their study Mechanisms of Music Therapy to Palliate Pain in Patients with Advanced Cancer. Chronic pain is one of the most feared symptoms in people with cancer. Insufficient relief from pharmacological treatments and the fear of side effects are important reasons for the growing use of complementary pain management approaches in cancer care. The purpose of this 3-year multi-site randomized controlled trial is to examine the underlying mechanisms of interactive music therapy for chronic pain management in people with advanced cancer.  The study will recruit outpatients with advanced cancer and bone metastases pain at Hahnemann University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Drexel University and Hahnemann University Hospital co-investigators are Lydia Komarnicky, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Hahnemann University Hospital and Co-Director of the Hahnemann Cancer Center; Cynthia Gifford-Hollingsworth, PhD, Research Administrator, Department of Surgery, DUCOM/Hahnemann Hospital; Fengqing Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology; and Juan Muniz, PhD, Director of the Drexel University Excellence in Nutrition and Exercise Lab. Thomas Jefferson University co-investigators are Andrea Barsevick, PhD, Professor, Population Science Division, Department of Medical Oncology; and Brooke Worster, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Palliative Care.

Keyanna Bynum, a nursing undergraduate coop student, received funding through an NIH NINR Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research. This is a 4-year administrative supplement to the parent R01 Grant “Enhanced Ultrasound treatment of chronic wounds with monitoring of healing and quality of life outcomes.” The supplement will specifically support Bynum during her co-op where she will be conducting the long-term follow-up of our study participants under our mentorship. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, associate professor in doctoral nursing and nutrition sciences and Peter Lewin, PhD, the Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems will serve as Bynum’s mentors on this award.

Publications

Bruneau Jr., M., Walsh, S., Angelopoulos, T., Gordon, P., Moyna, N., Visich, P., Zoeller, R., Seip, R., Bilbie, S., Thompson, P., Devaney, J., Gordish-Dressman, H., Hoffman, E., Pescatello, L. (2017). A Genetic Variant in IL-15Rα Correlates with Physical Activity Levels among European-American Adults. Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine. (In press)

Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, ’77, chair, Creative Arts Therapies PhD Program; creative arts therapies PhD student, Kate Myers-Coffman; and alumni Gioia Chilton, PhD, ’14, and Victoria Scotti, PhD ’16, published chapters in Handbook of Arts-based Research, a seminal work edited by Patricia Leavy, PhD, who is at the forefront of Arts-Based Research. Bringing together interdisciplinary leaders in methodology and arts-based research (ABR), this comprehensive handbook explores the synergies between artistic and research practices and addresses issues in designing, implementing, evaluating, and publishing ABR studies.

Melchiorri G1,2, Viero V3, Sorge R1, Triossi T4, Campagna A5, Volpe SL6, Lecis D7, Tancredi V1, Andreoli A7. Body composition analysis to study long-term training effects in elite male water polo athletes. Journal Sports Medicine Physical Fitness. 2017 [Epub ahead of print] 

N.A. Naseeb, S.L. Volpe. Protein and exercise in the prevention of sarcopenia and aging. Nutrition Research. 40:1-20, 2017

S.L. Volpe. Carbohydrate and Caffeine Mouth Rinsing and Exercise Performance, ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal. 21(5):46-47, September/October 2017.

S.L. Volpe. The Gut Microbiota and Exercise Performance, ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal. 21(3):34-36, May/June 2017.

Douglass, B. & Solecki, S. (2017). Youth vaping: A cloudy culture of concern, Contemporary Pediatrics, 34(8), 24-38.

Zuzelo, P. R. (2017). Smokers’ guilt and shame. Reactions to smoking and to providers’ cessation efforts. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31, 353 – 355. [Sept/Oct 2017]

Zuzelo, P. R. (2017). The practical struggles of urinary incontinence. Holistic considerations. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31, 274 – 276. [July/Aug 2017].

Angelow, A. (2017). Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner certification exam review and advanced practice update. Fitzgerald Health Education Associates: North Andover, MA

Campo, T., Angelow, A., Tombasco, M.  (2017). Emergency nurse practitioner certification exam review and advanced practice update. Fitzgerald Health Education Associates: North Andover, MA

Keynotes and Presentations

Hosick, H., Bruneau Jr., M., Van Heest, J. (2017). Exercise and Fitness in Obesity. Symposium Session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Fall Meeting, Harrisburg, PA.

Bruneau Jr., M. (2017). Efficacy of Exercise in Chronic Kidney and End-Stage Renal Disease: Current Recommendations for Evidence Based Practice. Slide Presentation at the Drexel University Department of Nutrition Sciences Seminar Series, Philadelphia, PA.

Faculty of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences and Nutrition Sciences will be presenting at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARC) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in November in Harrisburg, PA. Sinclair Smith, ScD, teaching professor and department chair; Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD, assistant teaching professor, Maria Benedetto, PT, DPT, associate clinical professor, Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, associate clinical professor and Stella Volpe, PhD,RD, professor and department chair are among those representing CNHP. 

Douglass, B. and Solecki, S. (2017). What's the Vibe on Vaping? A Novel Gateway to Addiction and Abuse at the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) October 18-21, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

Montgomery, K. A. & Winland-Brown, J. E. (2017). Female Problems, Chapter 15 In Winland-Brown, JE & Dunphy, LM, “Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination: Review Questions and Strategies”, Chapter 15. Philadelphia: FA Davis, Co.

Montgomery, K., & Montgomery, O. (2017). The “Not So Secret” Secrets of Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice. Pennsylvania State Nurse Association (PSNA) Star Leadership Conference, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 11, 2017.

Brenda Douglas, DNP, CRNP-BC, Kym Montgomery, DNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FAAN, Alis Panzera, DNP, CRNP-BC and Barbara Osborne, DNP, CRNP-BC presented “The Many Hats of the DNP-Prepared Nurse in Academia and Clinical Practice Aligned with the DNP Essentials” at the Doctors of Nursing Practice National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

High-Impact Academic Highlights

CNHP’s new dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD will be the next Chair of the Advisory Council to the Department of Health and Human Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. She will be replacing Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD. The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) creates an important opportunity to build upon and leverage HHS programs and other federal efforts to help change the trajectory of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). The law calls for a National Plan for AD/ADRD with input from a public-private Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services. The Advisory Council makes recommendations to HHS for priority actions to expand, coordinate, and condense programs in order to improve the health outcomes of people with AD/ADRD and reduce the financial burden of these conditions on those with the diseases, their families and society.

08/03/17

Faculty Accolades

Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Nutrition Sciences department, received the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists’ Distinguished Scholar Award, March, 2017
 
A CNHP clinical professor was among the recipients of a Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity. Denise Wolf, MA, ATR-BC, LPC received the Adjunct Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at this year’s Provost's Awards for Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Service.
 
Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, an assistant clinical professor in undergraduate nursing, received an International Travel Award from Drexel to present at the XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Prague this July. Her peer reviewed presentation was titled: "Intimate Partner Violence Screening Practices by Registered Nurses in the Emergency Department." 
 
Assistant clinical professor of graduate nursing Susan Solecki, DrPH(c) received an International Travel Award from Drexel to present at the conference.  Susan's peer review presentation was titled: "Policy and Practice Implications of Electronic Aggression in the Pediatric Population." The sessions included presenters from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
 
Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, an assistant clinical professor in creative arts therapies, received a 2017 Drexel University, Teaching and Learning Conference Travel Award.
 
The Department of Creative Arts Therapies adjunct faculty Denise Wolf, MCPHU ’99, MA received a 2017 Conference Travel Award, Drexel University. She also received the Drexel Provost’s Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award, May, 2017
 
Abby Dougherty, PhD, assistant clinical professor in creative arts therapies, received an American Counseling Association award to attend the ACA Institute on Leadership Training in July 2017.
 
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC received the CNHP Teaching Excellence Award for classroom teaching in May 2017.
 
Joanne Loewy, DA, LCAT, MT-BC, adjunct faculty in creative arts therapies, received the World Federation of Music Therapy Clinical Impact Award at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan, July 4-8, 2017.
 
Michael Bruneau Jr, PhD, health sciences assistant teaching professor, was named the marketing chair of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association and to the membership committee of the American College of Sports Medicine.
 
Vincent Zarro, MD received the Sir William Osler Award for distinguished service to medicine and education DUCOM Internal Medicine Residency Program in June 15, 2017.
 
Health Sciences’ William D’Andrea, MS, clinical professor, Michael Kirifides, PhD, assistant professor, Margery Lockard, PT, PhD, clinical professor, Robert Mele, DPM, assistant professor, Janell Mensinger, PhD, associate teaching professor and Sinclair Smith, ScD, teaching professor and department chair  were inducted into Alpha Eta.
 
Assistant Clinical Professor Krista Rompolski, PhD received a fellowship: Gross Anatomy and Dissection Completed Limbs, Head, and Neck Modules Anatomical Society's Anatomy Training Program at University of Oxford, UK.
 

Keynote Presentations

Virginia R. Lemon, Jody Herman, Emily N. Werner, Jacqui Van Grouw, Rachel C. Kelley, Francesco Alessio, Michael Bruneau Jr, PhD, health sciences assistant teaching professor and Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Nutrition Sciences department, presented “Validity of Self-Reported Energy Intake Compared to Resting Metabolic Rate in Athletes” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
Michael L. Bruneau Jr., health sciences assistant teaching professor, Susan Sotir, Richard J. Wood, Samuel A.E. Headley, Elizabeth O’Neill, Susan E. Lachowski and Vincent J. Paolone presented “Influence of Aerobic Exercise on Ghrelin-o-Acyltransferase in Normal Weight and Obese Adults: A Pilot Study” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
Ritanne Duszak, Jody L. Herman, Emily N. Werner, Jacqui Van Grouw, Rachel C. Kelley, Francesco Alessio, Michael L. Bruneau, Jr. PhD, health sciences assistant teaching professor and Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Nutrition Sciences department, presented “Evaluation of Nutrient Intakes of Masters Athletes” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
Anneliese M. Kuemmerle, Jody L. Herman, Emily N. Werner, Jacqui Van Grouw, Rachel C. Kelley, Francesco Alessio, Michael L. Bruneau, PhD, health sciences assistant teaching professor, and Stella L. Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Nutrition Sciences department, presented “Exploring the Relationship between Soluble Fiber Intake and Bone Mineral Density in Athletes” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
Nutrition sciences Clinical Professor Joseph Boullata, PharmD, FACN was an invited speaker Asociacion Colombiana de Nutricion Clinica, 31st Annual Clinical Congress, Bogotá, Colombia. He gave the following presentations: “How Malnutrition Affects the Therapeutic Response to Medication,” “Safe Practice Recommendations for Enteral Nutrition Therapy” and “Safety Recommendations: Enteral Drug Administration.
 
Girija Kaimal,EdD, an assistant professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department, presented on Research in Art Therapy, New York University.
 
Christen J. Mendonca, Jillian L. Hawkins, Sinclair A. Smith, ScD, health sciences teaching professor and department chair presented “Validity And Reliability Of A Low-cost System To Measure Oxygen Uptake During Submaximal Exercise” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
Manal A. Naseeb, Sinclair A. Smith, ScD, health sciences teaching professor and department chair, Emily N. Werner, Jacqui Van Grouw, Rachel C. Kelley, Francesco Alessio, Stella L. Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Nutrition Sciences department presented “Age Related Decline in VO2max and Lean Body Mass in Masters Athletes” at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017. 
 
Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Stella Lucia Volpe, PhD presented “My Path to My Career” at the American College of Sports Medicine Student Affairs Committee, Pre-Conference, Meeting in Denver, CO in June 2017.
 
 

Sponsored Research

Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences associate professor, and collaborators have been awarded a $662,720 grant for a Spinal Cord Injury Research Project by the Department of Defense. The three-year project, “Development of a Biopsychosocial Prospective Surveillance Model of Shoulder Pain in Individual’s with Spinal Cord Injury,” will investigate presentation and progression of musculoskeletal pain and psychosocial impairments the first year following spinal cord injury beginning with inpatient rehabilitation in the acute phase. The overall goal is to develop a biopsychosocial Prospective Surveillance Model to provide a proactive approach for early identification and intervention programs to ameliorate the debilitating consequences of activity limitations and participation restrictions in individuals with spinal cord injury, reducing burden to military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers. Co-investigators are CNHP’s David Ebaugh, PT, PhD, physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences clinical professor; Edward Gracely, PhD, associate professor in the College of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health; and Thomas Trojian, MD, professor, in the College of Medicine. The multisite project will be conducted in collaboration with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute.
 
Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, CNHP associate clinical professor and department chair, and Dennis H. Novack, MD, CoM, are the principal investigators of a project that Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation approved a Board grant of up to $420,094 for a three-year period effective July 1, 2017 to Drexel University to support a project titled, “A Multi-Institution Effort to Advance Professionalism and Interprofessional Education with ProfessionalFormation.org.” This project proposes to enhance ProfessionalFormation.org (PFO) so that it can be used effectively in interprofessional education, for the assessment of development of professionalism and interprofessional competencies by learners in multiple professions and for remediation. Thirteen institutions have agreed to work with Novak and Montgomery to enhance and expand their education in professionalism and interprofessional care and to pilot and evaluate the use of PFO in at least two professions per institution. If successful, PFO should become an important, tested resource for widespread use in health professional schools as part of their individual and interprofessional curricula.
 

Civic Engagement

On July 10, 2017, Kate Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS, associate clinical professor and assistant director of clinical education in the physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences department provided a 4-hour training course to Magee Physical and Occupational Therapists on Balance-based Torso Weighting®. This newer technique involves the use of targeted sensory weighting throughout the trunk to assist individuals with balance problems stand and move better. Mitchell is a certified BalanceWear practitioner and as part of the Drexel Faculty Practice has fit over 90 individuals with this new garment. Please check out www.Motiontherapeutics.com for more information on this exciting treatment modality that allows patients to move more safely and confidently.
 

Publications

Prevalence and potential factors associated with overweight and obesity status in adults with intellectual developmental disorders. 
Ranjan S, Nasser JA, Fisher K., Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1111/jar.12370. [Epub ahead of print] Review
 
Shuggi, I. A., Oh, H., Shewokis, P.A., & Gentili, R.J. (in press). Mental workload and motor performance dynamics during practice of reaching movements under various levels of task difficulty. Neuroscience. [IF: 3.277].
 
Liu, Y., Ayaz, H. & Shewokis, P.A. (in press) Multisubject “learning” for mental workload classification using concurrent EEG, fNIRS, and Physiological measures. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,  [IF: 3.634]
 
Aiello, L., & Chiatti, B. (2017).  Primer in genetics and genomics, article 4 – Inheritance patterns. Biological Research for Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 
 
Chiatti, B. D. (2017). [Update] Chapter: Ethiopians. In Cultural Perspectives Content Set. Lippincott Advisor Nursing Online Reference Database. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
 
Aiello-Laws, L. (2016). Clinical research. In Gobel, B.H., Triest-Robertson, S., & Vogel, W.H. (Eds.) Advanced oncology nursing certification review and resource manual (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA:  ONS Publishing.
 
Christensen ML, Ayers P, Boullata, JI, et al.  A lipid injectable emulsion survey with gap analysis. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. (in press).  
 
Ayers P, Boullata, JI, Guenter P, Holcombe B. Lipid injectable emulsions: infusion confusion. The Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN) . 2017  
 
Guenter, P, Ayers P, Boullata, JI, et al. Parenteral nutrition errors and potential errors reported over the past 10 years. Nutrition in Clinical Practice
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Petroka, K, Campbell-Bussiere, R, Dychtwald, DK, Milliron, PhD, B-J. Barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and disease self-management among older adults residing in subsidized housing. Journal of Nutrition and Health. 2017; [Epub ahead of print].
 
Gambescia, S. F. (2017). Get our children off the gridiron: Part one. Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal, LXII (1), 33-36. 
 
Schwartz, J., Gambescia, S. F. & Patton, C. (2017). Impetus and creation of an Accelerated, Second-degree Baccalaureate Nursing program readmission policy. Sage Open Nursing, 3, 1-6. 
 
Gambescia, S. F. (20 June 2017). Cut down on plastic bags. [letter]. The Philadelphia Inquirer, A15. 
 
Gambescia, S. F. (2017). Health Education Specialists and the interprofessional education movement. Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 3, 75-76.
 
Bruneau Jr., M., Angelopoulos, T., Gordon, P., Moyna, N., Visich, P., Zoeller, R., Seip, R., Bilbie, S., Thompson, P., Devaney, J., Gordish-Dressman, H., Hoffman, E., Pescatello, L. (2016). The Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Insertion/Deletion Polymorphism Associates with Habitual Physical Activity among European-American Adults. Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
 
Diamond, G., Herres, J, Krauthamer Ewing, E.S., Atte, T., Scott, S., Wintersteen, M., & Gallop, R. (2017). Comprehensive screening for suicide risk in primary care.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 53(1): 48 - 54. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.02.020.
 
Wenger, S., Drott, J., Fillipo, R., Findlay, A., Genung, A., & Bradt, J. (under review). Reducing opioid use for patients with chronic pain: An evidence based perspective. Physical Therapy.
 
Shim, M., Johnson, B., Bradt, J., & Gasson, S. (under review). Using mixed methods grounded theory to generate and test a theoretical model of dance/movement therapy for pain resilience. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.
 
Hohmann, L., Bradt, J., Stegemann, T., & Koelsch, S. (under review). Effects of Music Therapy and Music-Based Interventions in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review. PLOS ONE
 
Bradt, J. (2017). Threats to legitimacy? [editorial]. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26(4), 291–292. 
 
Gerber, N., & Myers-Coffman, K. (In press). Translation in arts-based research.  In P. Leavy (Ed.). The handbook of arts-based research. New York: NY:  Guilford Press. 
 
Haddock, L., Dougherty, A., & Calley, T. (2017). Non-nuclear families. In B. Flamez (Ed.), Introduction to marriage, couple, and family counseling: Applied practice. New York, New York: Sage.
 
Goodill, S. (2017) Movement, Metaphor, and Money, American Journal of Dance Therapy, 39, (1), 6-18. DOI: 10.1007/s10465-017-9244-6 
 
Schelly, Hill, E. (2017) Marian Chace Foundation Lecture: Introduction of Dr. Sharon W. Goodill. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 39, (1), 3-5.
 
Jones, J.P., Walker, M.S., Drass, J.M., & Kaimal, G. (in press). Art Therapy Interventions for Active Duty Military Service Members with PTS AND TBI. The International Journal of Art Therapy
 
Kaimal, G., Mensinger, J.L., Drass, J.M., &, Dieterich-Hartwell, R. (in press). Open studio art therapy versus Coloring: Differences in outcomes of affect, stress, creative agency and self–efficacy. Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal
 
Kaimal, G, Metzl, E., &, Millrod, E.T.* (in press). Facilitative Leadership: A framework for the creative arts therapies. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association
 
Kaimal, G., Ayaz, H. Herres, J.M., Makwana, B.*, Dieterich-Hartwell, R.M.*, Kaiser, D.H., & Nasser, J.A. (2017). fNIRS assessment of reward perception based on visual self-expression: Coloring, doodling and free drawing. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 55, 85-92.
 
Melchiorri G, Viero V, Sorge R, Triossi T, Campagna A, Volpe SL, Lecis D, Tancredi V, Andreoli A. Body composition analysis to study long-term training effects in elite male water polo athletes. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2017 June 21 [Epub ahead of print]
 
Naseeb NA, Volpe SL. Protein and exercise in the prevention of sarcopenia and aging. Nutrition Research. 40:1-20, 2017
 
Volpe SL. The gut microbiota and exercise performance. ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal. 21(3):34-36. 2017
 

07/05/17

 
Producing a commencement ceremony honoring all our graduates is a huge undertaking, months in the making and includes many, many volunteers, but it pales in comparison to the work the College of Nursing and Health Professions graduates did to earn their seat at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 12, 2017. Drexel University Provost Brian Blake, PhD welcomed our graduates and all who taught, nurtured and supported them along the way including their family and friends who made up their greatest support network. He commented about CNHP graduates having a higher level of capacity for knowledge, innovation and most importantly, for service to others. That theme, so deeply embedded in the curriculum of all the programs in the College, was highlighted in the speeches given by student speaker Kimberly Allen and Sueann Navarez-Brown and David Baiada, who delivered the commencement address.
 
Allen stated how humbling it is to be part of a person’s most difficult and vulnerable moments and how important it is to empower patients or clients to make the choices that matter the most to them. “Drexel’s programs have educated us to promote social justice and healthcare equality as we serve our clients in the various wellness/health pathways,” she articulated. She acknowledged that it is necessary to be skilled to be able to perform, but that it is far more important to choose to be present in each and every moment while with clients, to choose to be in service of others. 
 
Navarez-Brown, in her speech, noted that both faculty and classmates assisted each other in becoming the best they each could be by providing outstanding support and encouragement. However, sometimes it did require a gentle and loving push. Benefitting from the confidence professors and fellow students had in each other, she concluded that they are skilled and determined, able to learn from failure and equipped with a sense of service and success.
 
Nowhere is service to others better explained than in the keynote speech delivered by David Baiada. Baiada is the incoming CEO of BAYADA Home HealthCare, a company that brings vital services into homes across 23 states, India, Germany, South Korea and Ireland. Their staff of 50,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers and other healthcare professionals live the mission, vision and beliefs — the BAYADA Way — while caring for their patients. They put their clients first. They value their employees and they believe in building relationships based on trust, compassion, honesty and service. Baiada told a story of a client he called Mr. Jones who he visited in his West Philadelphia apartment.
 
Mr. Jones is an elderly man who, because of cerebral palsy, relies on his electric wheelchair as his lifeline to the outside world. When Baiada arrived for a visit, Mr. Jones took a while to answer the door as his wheelchair was inoperable and he was forced to drag himself with the use of his walker. Baiada carried him back into his apartment and helped him get situated all the while Mr. Jones, clearly agitated, ranted about his frustration. In order for him to safely stay independent and in his home, he uses BAYADA for his Medicaid-funded home health services. When his aide Mary arrived, who is completely in tune with his needs and anxieties, Mr. Jones was finally able to calm down. Mr. Jones is someone who represents so many of the BAYADA clients who struggle day-to-day living because of disease or illness and Mary represents the thousands of people who bring their clients comfort and compassion and facilitate a better quality of life for them.
 
The collaboration and coordination of care people have come to expect from BAYADA is most successfully achieved through interprofessional work. And Baiada noted that that kind of practice is purposely taught and demonstrated at CNHP because it is what is needed when dedicated to serving others. He learned many lessons over his career at kitchen tables in apartments like Mr. Jones’, but Baiada chose three to share with graduates.
  1. Listen closely, show empathy and respond to the needs of others. Helping others starts with a willingness to listen, connect, and tune in.  Your perception of their goals and needs might be biased or distorted by your own preferences, Making the most meaningful impact is dependent on your willingness to take the time to sit at the proverbial kitchen table and listen. 
  2. Set specific goals and work hard and efficiently to achieve them.There is no more powerful force than a clear goal.  You all are here because you set a goal to get your degree, and now as you look ahead, what will your next goal be?  I challenge you to think big, write it down, think about it often.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish once you put it out there. 
  3. Be creative, flexible and determined. Reaching your goals will not come easy.  Like the patients and clients we care for, ups and downs are inevitable.  But I always find that those that are willing to think differently, adapt to change with an unrelenting determination will inevitably overcome almost any obstacle. 
Compassion, excellence and reliability are elements of The BAYADA Way and they are also what so many have learned as students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Provost Blake, before introducing Susan Smith, PhD, interim dean, affirmed that the world needs those who received their diplomas that day citing that the long-term health and prosperity as a society depends on how graduates use their education.

Smith thanked graduates for the privilege of learning from them, mentoring them and working alongside them for as long as they had been at Drexel. She acknowledged University administrators and Stephen Sheller, a prominent Philadelphia attorney and Drexel University trustee. Smith thanked both Sheller and his wife Sandra, a creative arts therapies and couple and family therapy alumna, for their support of the College and the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University before presenting him with a gift for his service as a trustee.
 
Honoring accomplishment and excellence continued as exceptional academic achievement was recognized. Students designated Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude, as well as Pennoni Honors College students and the recipient of the Harold W. Pote “Behind Every Graduate” Award where acknowledged before the specific award winners were announced.
 
  • Harold W. Pote “Behind Every Graduate” Award – Donald Little of Pennsbury High School
  • College-level Outstanding Promise Award – Kendra Ray, PhD (Creative Arts Therapies) and Anniliese Marie Kummerle, MS in Human Nutrition
  • Teaching Assistant Excellence Award and Outstanding Civic Engagement – Leah Tsui, MS in Human Nutrition and Jessica Liu, MS in Human Nutrition
  • Outstanding Civic Engagement – Corinne L. Ellis, MS in Human Nutrition
  • Dean’s Award – Anne E. Woolley, BSN
  • Achievement Award – John Ghee, MHS
  • Community Service Award – Kevin Carrasquillo, BS in Nutrition and Foods
  • Clinical Service Award – Nahidah R. Rahman, BS in Health Sciences
  • Social Justice Research Award – Mariya Kesselman, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling
 
Graduates names were announced by Yasmine Awais, Beth Leonberg, Virginia Wilson, and Drs. Theresa Campo, Nancy Gerber, Stella Lucia Volpe and Linda Wilson with Dr. Michael Bruneau and Lauren Karch assisted with distribution of the scrolls.
 
Doctoral graduates earning degrees in Couple and Family Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies, Nursing, Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences were hooded by their supervising professors first. Then graduates earning Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Counseling, Master of Family Therapy, Master of Health Administration, Master of Health Science (Physician Assistant), Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Master of Science in Nursing (Advance Practice and Nurse Practitioner) were escorted to the stage. They were followed by the graduates who earned Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Foods. Once all graduated has been announced, an alumna for the classes of `90, `92 and `99 greeted the newest alumni — a long-standing tradition – to the more than 25,000 CNHP alumni.
 
To conclude a week of celebrations, CNHP participated in the University-wide commencement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park in the evening of June 13. All schools and colleges had the opportunity to hear the inspiring words of John Maeda — the global head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, the parent company of Jetpack, WooCommerce, Longreads, WordPress.com and more. The night was capped off by a exciting display of fireworks sending Drexel’s newest alumni out in to the world to leave their marks for the betterment of society.
 
 
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