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 Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Developing Industry Leaders

Through technology-enhanced practice facilities and cutting-edge research labs, Drexel’s PT programs allow students to develop advanced skills through evidence-based clinical practice, teaching and research.

Physical Therapy Department

For over 30 years, Drexel’s nationally ranked Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Programs have provided a rich, technology-infused environment for students to develop skills in evidence-based clinical practice, teaching, and research. Drexel’s faculty, through structured instruction and mentorship, strives to develop leaders who excel in health care settings, classrooms and research labs.

Drexel’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are among the most highly respected and productive academicians, researchers and clinicians in the country with expertise in a variety of specialty areas. Through their work, they have developed numerous local, national and international clinical teaching and research collaborations and garnered funding from a variety of different agencies. Drexel’s research laboratories and funded researchers provide students with the opportunity to pursue exciting initiatives in multiple areas. 

Many of our faculty have won numerous teaching awards and over half of the faculty members continue clinical practice. The department’s faculty practice, Drexel University Physical Therapy Services, has sites at the 11th Street Family Health Services, in the Drexel University Recreation Center on Drexel’s University City Campus and in the Parkway Building on Drexel’s Center City Campus. Students in the department’s programs get the opportunity to work with faculty in these clinical settings to help refine their patient care skills.  The faculty believe that co-treating patients with developing clinicians helps to foster strong, innovative clinical decision making skills in its graduating clinicians.

Additionally, Drexel’s clinical practice facilities are closely aligned with its research labs and other disciplines within the college so that faculty and students have the opportunity to make connections between patient care and discoveries in the lab as well as appreciate the interaction amongst the entire healthcare team.  The College of Nursing and Health Professions includes Nurses, Physician Assistants, Couple and Family Therapists, Nutritionists, and Creative Art Therapists.  A 37,000 square foot multidisciplinary clinical and research facility on the center city campus helps facilitate interaction amongst these groups and provides opportunities for each discipline to contribute to optimal patient care.

Programs

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Become a competent, compassionate and innovative physical therapist.

Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc)
Take a leadership role as an educator and master clinician in Rehabilitation Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)
Prepare for a leadership role as a researcher and educator in rehabilitation sciences.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program
Participate in a comprehensive curriculum of didactic and structured mentorship to develop into evidence-based practitioners ready and able to advance the profession and patient care in the community.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Faculty

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09/20/17

Drexel undergrad students Valerie Iovine and Lauren CertoLauren Certo and Valerie Iovine have a lot on their plates. The third year Health Sciences students go to classes, work part time jobs, are involved in student organizations, volunteer, and on top of it all, are co-investigators on a research project they came up with.

Iovine knew she wanted to go to Drexel from the start. “Drexel was my top choice all along. It was my first college visit ever and it was at the end of 10th grade. It was a rainy day, and I totally loved it. My parents were like, `Relax. It's your first college visit. You'll like other colleges, too.’” She continued to visit other schools, but kept coming back to Drexel. “I just knew, for some reason, that I loved it here so much. I just liked that everybody here knows what they want to do and they're so passionate about it and want to get going with their goals,” she said. 

Iovine’s Drexel career didn’t begin quite how she expected. She knew about Drexel’s quarter system, but knowing and experiencing are two different things. Iovine found that she struggled with one class in particular, and even after dedicating all of her time and energy to homework and studying, her GPA at the end of the quarter wasn’t quite what she had hoped for.  She was able to use that as motivation and drastically improved her GPA in the second quarter, and by the third, she had earned a 4.0.

“Now I feel like I've finally got a hang of this. CNHP is a place I take a lot of pride in—it isn't easy work and I think that people know that. It’s a really satisfying feeling to hear that reaction whenever I say ‘I go to Drexel University’” she said.

Her enthusiasm led her to become a member of the executive team of student ambassadors as well as a member of the Dragon Recruitment Team. “I really love it. It’s so exciting to be able to share my experience with all the people who are coming into the school.” Though, Iovine makes sure to manage expectations. “I remember being on my college tour and hearing `Oh, your average class size is 18,’ but then getting here and having a lecture and it wasn’t 18 at all.” Now I'm the tour guide. So I tell them, `The average class size is 18 but you're going to have these lectures. This is how this really works. It’s not easy, but you'll get used to it.’”

Certo’s experience was very different. She didn’t have a particular school in mind when she began her college search. “I looked up schools that had an accelerated PA program, and Drexel was in the top three.” The Pittsburgh native made her way to Philadelphia to visit Penn, Philadelphia University and Drexel. After visiting all three, her choice was clear. “I liked it so much! I love how fast-paced Drexel is and how really passionate about their careers everybody is, too. Our professors are actually practicing in whatever discipline they teach, and that's really important. Also, the cadaver lab was a big draw for me.”

Certo credits the quarter system with improving her time management skills. Not only did she take the regular health sciences course work, but during her spring quarter, Certo also took an EMT course and received her certification. She is now the treasurer of the Drexel EMS club, volunteers as an EMT with a station in Lancaster and works in the Drexel College of Medicine Emergency Medicine department teaching EMT and CPR classes.

As if her coursework, work and volunteering wasn’t enough, Certo is also the president of the Dragon Recruitment Team (DRT), an organization specific to College of Nursing and Health Professions. As president, she works to advance the mission of the DRT— to increase the awareness for both current and prospective students of the outstanding opportunities the College of Nursing and Health Professions offers like a wide variety of courses, unique co-op experiences and programs that facilitate a smooth transition between undergraduate and graduate/doctoral programs. She also recruits and trains members of the organization—including Iovine!

As an executive ambassador and president of the DRT, the two have the opportunity to work together during University recruitment events such as open houses and accepted students days. “I think that our roles, hers as an executive ambassador and mine at DRT, kind of collide and create something awesome. We work together because no one represents Center City Campus except for the Dragon Recruitment members. Having presence on this campus as well as in University City is kind great because we're able to work together and represent both campuses and everything they have to offer,” said Certo.

Certo’s and Iovine’s next joint venture is as co-investigators on a research project inspired by Certo’s study abroad trip to Greece. Certo is currently participating in a ten-day intensive study abroad course called Mediterranean Crossroads for which the final project is a ten-page reflection paper. She and Iovine decided that if she had to write the paper, they should make it worthwhile. “We came up with the idea to assess the difference between Greek and American cultures based on body appreciation and intuitive eating and how that affects depression, anxiety and stress in those two cultures,” said Iovine.  The two will use Qualtrics to survey Greeks and Americans and SPSS Statistics software to analyze the results. Though the results are not yet finalized, they do have a hypothesis. “We think that Greek people will likely have lower depression anxiety and stress because their body appreciation is higher and they intuitively eat in a better sense that Americans do,” said Certo.

Drexel study abroad in Greece with Lauren Certo

Both Certo and Iovine have applied for accelerated programs, Certo in physician assistant and Iovine in physical therapy. While the coursework, jobs and extracurricular activities may seem overwhelming, both want to assure prospective students that it becomes manageable and a new normal.

“My advice is to stick through it because there was a little while where I was like, `I can't do this. I'm going to have to look at other schools. This is insane,’” said Iovine. “But it's so worth it. Everything that I've done since then has been beyond worth the work I put in. I have learned so much about myself, about my work habits, about how to manage time and to really mature and be an adult. I feel like I couldn't have learned those skills at any other school, and I'm so happy with my choice here.”

Certo wholeheartedly agrees. “You just have to stay strong, believe in yourself, and realize that you're investing so much time into yourself, and your education is the most important thing you will ever put your time into. So don't cheat yourself, take everything seriously, and seize all opportunities.”

  By Maggie Rowan McCrea

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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