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Special Acknowledgments

October 4, 2017

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.


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.