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Master of Arts in Dance and Movement Therapy Counseling

Program

Established in 1974, the two-year master’s program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice. This unique program addresses both the art and science of dance/movement therapy. The graduate work develops students’ personal, creative, cognitive, and movement resources so they can effectively engage in therapeutic movement relationships that facilitate access to these resources in their clients.

Dance/movement therapy is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement in a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual. The profession is positioned to meet an increasing interest in mind-body approaches to mental and physical health that have emerged in health profession circles and in the general public.

Upon graduation, students go on to work in schools, early intervention programs, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, medical, social service, and wellness settings. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application.

The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program's 90-quarter-credit curriculum is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. Be advised, however, that licensure requirements vary widely from state to state, and may change at any time. Therefore, if you are or will be interested in counseling licensure in the future, you are strongly advised to access and check the requirements for any state(s) in which you plan to work and practice. It is the students' responsibility to know and understand the requirements for any type of future licensure.

What you'll learn

The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program integrates dance and movement into a whole-person approach to mental health.

Students learn to apply the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to the evaluation of individual and group functioning and to the design of therapy interventions. The program also recognizes the importance of the therapist's function on a treatment team and fosters students' abilities to communicate valuable knowledge that may not be available to the team through strictly verbal treatment approaches.

Key program components include:

  • Collaborative education in a small dance/movement therapy student cohort.
  • An educational environment vitalized by faculty member involvement in clinical practice, scholarship, and professional service.
  • Supervised dance/movement therapy clinical education experiences in three different settings, with both children and adults, beginning in the first term of study.
  • Ongoing integration of theory and practice in classroom and clinical education settings.
  • Preparation to serve multiculturally diverse populations.
  • Introduction to recent developments in neuroscience as relevant to the mind-body discipline of dance/movement therapy.
  • Dance/movement therapy research and capstone project guided by a multidisciplinary advisory committee.

What makes the Drexel Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program unique?


  • Learning enrichment derived from interaction with students and faculty from other creative arts therapy disciplines.
  • Specialty elective coursework in medical applications of dance/movement therapy.
  • Opportunity to enroll in dance classes and audition for the Drexel Dance Ensemble.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to various practice environments and educational facilities.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Background checks:

As a student of the College of Nursing and Health Professions you will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, child and elder abuse checks, drug test, immunizations, physical exams, health history, and/or other types of screening before being permitted to begin clinical training.

You will not need to submit documentation of these requirements as part of your application to the master’s program. Failure to fully satisfy these requirements as directed upon enrollment may prevent assignment to a clinical site for training.  A background check that reflects a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect your ability to be placed in certain facilities, and later, to become board certified and licensed.

Deadline:

Completed applications due by April 1 for the following Fall. After April 1, applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Degree:
Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Standardized Tests:
N/A

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions

Prerequisites:

  • Familiarity with at least two dance or movement forms, with a minimum of five years dedicated study to at least one form in a studio or academic setting.
  • Creative dance or movement improvisation experience.
  • Teaching, performing and/or choreography experience preferred.
  • Liberal Arts coursework, including coursework in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Human Development or Anthropology).
  • Volunteer or paid experience in a helping relationsip.

References:
Three letters of recommendation required. At least two recommendations should be from current or former academic instructors. Letters of recommendation should be requested and submitted electronically through your online application.

    Personal Statement/ Essay:
    This 300-750 word  typed essay that addresses interest in and aptitude for dance/movement therapy and counseling, with reference to personal, service and arts experience.

    Interview/Portfolio:
    Select candidates will be invited to participate in an on-campus movement audition and interview. Due to the number of applications received, we are not able to schedule an audition/interview with every applicant.

    Interview/Portfolio:

    Audition: The movement audition involves a group improvisational experience. We are primarily interested in how you communicate, express yourself and interact through movement. Applicants need not prepare anything. Those living overseas may submit videotape or DVD in lieu of movement audition. International candidates should request instructions about these requirements with admission materials and are advised to begin admission process early.

    Interview:
     Faculty will conduct in-depth in-person interview with applicant consisting of review of personal, academic, interpersonal, and creative aptitudes. For international applicants, telephone interview or video chat may be substituted for in-person interview.

    CV/Resume:
    Required. Include relevant education, dance, work and service/volunteer experience.

    Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
    A social service work or volunteer history and cross cultural experience is highly valued.

    Additional Requirements for International Applicants

    • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212.966.6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site: www.wes.org/.
    • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information visit the Web site: www.ets.org, then click on TOEFL.
    • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit the I-20/DS-2019 Application Form (PDF). 

    International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
    P.O. Box 8629
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
    215.222.8454, ext. 603

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    3600 Market St., Suite 400
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
    215.349.8767

    World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    212.966.6311

    Tuition and Fee Rates
    Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

    Application Link (if outside organization):
    N/A

    Curriculum

    The MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling is a 90-quarter credit curriculum that can be completed on a two year full-time plan of study or a three year decelerated plan of study (per-term credit loads still meet university full-time minimums for financial aid eligibility). The majority of classes are taught in-person on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions campus in Center City, Philadelphia with select classes offered online.

    The coursework consists of both Dance/Movement Therapy-specific and general mental health counseling coursework. Dance/Movement Therapy-specific topics include:

    • Theory and practice with child and adult populations
    • Social and cultural foundations in dance/movement therapy
    • Laban movement analysis
    • Movement perspectives in human development
    • Mental health applications of movement assessment
    • Therapy relationship skills
    • Group dynamics in dance/movement therapy
    • Movement observation

    Mental health counseling coursework covers theories and skills in:

    • Human psychological development
    • Psychopathology and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    • Social and cultural foundations in counseling
    • Behavioral research
    • Group dynamics in counseling
    • Theories of counseling and psychotherapy
    • Career counseling
    • Clinical appraisal and diagnosis
    • Professional ethics
    • Foundations of Creative Art Therapies

    Clinical experience is integrated with classroom learning, with students participating in two practicums and one internship throughout the course of the program. Students receive both individual and small group clinical supervision. For more information on the clinical education component of the Dance/Movement Therapy program, click on the "Clinical Practices" tab above. 

    A Culminating Project rounds out the curriculum. Second-or third-year students conduct a Culminating Project that integrates practice with theory and/or research. Under the guidance of their Culminating Project advisor, students design a project that explores aspects of both their respective Creative Arts Therapies discipline and counseling. Examples of Culminating Projects include development of a method, a community engagement project, research thesis or artistic project. Culminating Projects may be connected to a student's internship, but it is not a requirement. At the end of each academic year, students present their Culminating Projects to peers, faculty, friends and family at their respective program's Colloquium. Students are also encouraged to submit projects to regional and national conferences when applicable. 

    Accreditation

    The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association.

    http://www.adta.org/

    Clinical Practice

    Students engage in dance/movement therapy clinical education in three different settings during the course of their two years of study. In both years individual clinical supervision is supplemented by small group mental health and dance/movement therapy supervision in the academic setting, a reflection of the program’s commitment to clinical supervision as a learning tool.

    In the first year students are placed in two practicum experiences, one with children or adolescents and the other with adults. The student has the opportunity to observe and practice beginning therapy skills with the role modeling and support of an on-site dance/movement therapist.

    Students are actively involved in the selection of their second year internship sites with respect to their individual learning needs and interests. The second year internship offers an opportunity for students to mature and specialize as clinical interns over the course of a full academic year. The student functions as an integral member of an on-site treatment team. Students participate in individual supervision with a dance/movement therapist holding the advanced credential of BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist).

    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. 
     
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    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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