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Christina Devereaux, PhD, LMHC, LCAT, BC-DMT, NCC, the new director of the Mater of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling

New Director Featured on NPR

Christina Devereaux, PhD, LMHC, LCAT, BC-DMT, NCC, the new director of the master's in dance/movement therapy and counseling program, was recently interviewed about dance/movement therapy on The Colin McEnroe Show on NPR in an episode about the history and social and cultural functions of dance.

July 18

Stephen Gambescia

Faculty Member Re-elected to Board

Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD has been re-elected to the board of trustees at Delaware County Community College. He will serve once again on the leadership team as secretary. Gambescia, a distiguished fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, is a professor in the health administration department.

July 18

Tools of the Trade July Discussion on July 19

Join us for an informal discussion among faculty and staff on tools used in teaching and learning. This month will be Flip Grid: easy-to-use video discussion.

Presenters include Jackie Murphy,MSN, assistant clinical professor in graduate nursing, and Joanne Serembus, EdD, associate clinical professor in advance role MSN.

FlipGridis a free tool that can be used to host video discussion boards. These discussions help to increase a sense of community among learners. Join us for a “how-to” session presented by Murphy and Serembus, who have extensively used the tool and collected student feedback. Goals for webinar: explain the theory behind the use of FlipGrid; set-up an introductory discussion board using FlipGrid and examine multiple ways to engage learners in a discussion using FlipGrid

  • Date: July 19
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Via Zoom
  • Call: 646-876-9923 Passcode: 131149412#

July 17

CNHP faculty researchers Lisa Chiarello, PhD, Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD and Maggie O’Neil, PhD

Research Summer Workshops

Continuing the Summer Workshop Series, the next event is scheduled for August 1.

Recruiting Participants for Your Research Project: Tips and Opportunities

  • August 1, 12–1 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, Room 639


  • Lisa Chiarello, PhD, director of the PhD and DHSc programs in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences and associate director of the Center for Family Intervention Science
  • Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, professor in graduate nursing
  • Maggie O’Neil, PhD, associate professor in physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences

Please register here.

July 17

Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD

New Faculty Appointment To CFIS

Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has accepted a secondary appointment in the Center for Family Intervention Science. This Center is directed by Guy Diamond, PhD.

July 17

Roberta Waite

New Appointment at 11th St. Made

Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN has been appointed executive director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University and assistant dean of Academic and Community Integration, effective July 1, 2018.

Serving as a professor of nursing since 2003, Waite’s clinical specialty is adult mental health nursing—dedicating her career to promoting mental health, enhancing diversity in the nursing profession and improving leadership competency among interdisciplinary students in the health professions by applying a lens of equity and justice. Her important work has been widely published—60 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters and two books.

Since 2012, she has led the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program at Drexel University which engages students from all undergraduate programs at the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) as well as the School of Public Health.

As executive director, she plans to further develop 11th Street Family Health Services by implementing an exemplary model of community-based care while also working in partnership with the Family Practice and Counseling Network. Additionally, the renowned work occurring at the Center will be shared at national and international forums and through publications. Furthermore, collaborations will be fostered to promote improving population-focused practices and to develop research opportunities.

As assistant dean of Academic and Community Integration, she intends to galvanize resources at Drexel University and CNHP to attend to patient/client and community- defined needs and support interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty as well as students at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services.

Congratulations Dr. Waite!

July 16

Safiyyah Muhasin Butler

More Baby News!

Joy Terrell and her husband welcomed Safiyyah Muhasin Butler on Wednesday, July 11 at 9:56 p.m. Safiyyah weighed in at 8lbs amd 10.8 oz and measured at 19".

Mom, Dad, Baby Safiyyah and big brother, Hamzah, are doing well and loving having their bundle of joy finally here.

July 16

Dissertation Defended

Michele Nicolo, PhD from nutrition sciences, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, on July 10, 2018, entitled: “Predictors of Hemoglobin A1c among Adults, 40 to 59 Years of Age, in the United States: NHANES 2003 to 2004 and 2013 to 2014.”

Dissertation Chair: Stella Volpe, PhD (nutrition sciences)

Committee Members: Nutrition sciences faculty, Joseph Boullata, PharmD, Trish Shewokis, PhD, Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, health sciences faculty Sinclair Smith, ScD and Charlene Compher, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

July 16

Girija Kaimal

Art Therapy Faculty Featured

Assistant Professor and art therapist Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, was recently featured in two articles about the practice and efficacy of art therapy. In an interview with The Hindu, a daily newspaper based in Chennai, India, Kaimal gives an overview of the field of art therapy, which is less widely used in India than it is in the U.S.

July 16

2018 Mandela Fellows at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Services

Fellows Visit 11th St.

The 2018 Mandela Fellows spent time with the College of Nursing and Health Professions this wee. In addition to a welcome and open house where members of this cohort met with faculty from many disciplines and professional staff, they took a tour of Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services. A great discussion took place at a Q and A session and voiced their awe for the compassionate care and holistic services offered at 11th Street.

July 13

Young adults performing planks in a gym.

Looking for Research Participants

A new research study examining effects of an exercise video game on exercise behavior is seeking participants. Click here for information.

July 12

Welcome Mason Patrick McCrea

New Addition to the CNHP Family

Marcom's Maggie McCrea, husband Matt and new big brother Mark welcomed Mason Patrick on July 7 just in time for dinner. Mason weighed 8 lbs and 13 oz and was 19.5" long. All are healthy, happy and bursting with love for their new addition.

Welcome Mason!

July 12

Older female adult practicing yoga

Looking for Reseach Participants

New research study is seeking breast cancer survivors between the ages 45 and 65. Researchers are interested in examining the effects of gentle program of yoga in decreasing stress for survivors.

For additional details about this eight-week program email M. Velma Weitz or call 267.549.3355.

July 12

Infant recieving massage

Save the Date: Parent-Baby Massage Class

The International Loving Touch® Foundation will be holding free parent-baby massage demonstration classes at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health. In the classes, parents receive guided instruction on how to massage their babies.

  • November 17-18, 2018
  • 2:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Three Parkway Building, Room 1043

If you would like to participate, please contact Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, CNM, PMHNP, CIMI® at 215.495.3050 or to reserve your spot.

July 12

A professional woman receiving a chair massage

Mini-chair Massages 

A Healthier U offers monthly mini-massages. They are open to all Drexel University faculty and professional staff monthly and are available on the first Wednesday of the month in Parkway Health & Wellness Center on the second floor. No registration necessary. Just show up between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

July 11

Nyree Dardarian

NPR Story Features Nutrition Sciences Faculty

A WHYY-FM "The Pulse" story featuring Nyree Dardarian, an assistant clinical professor in nutrition sciences, on the health aspects of hot dogs, in light of the Independence Day holiday, was picked up by NPR July 7 and 8.

July 11

Girija Kaimal

New York Times Article Features Faculty Research

Research by Girija Kaimal, EdD, an assistant professor in the creative arts therapies department, about the effect that art-making has on stress hormones was cited in a July 8 New York Times article.

July 11

Workshop for Effective Global Classrooms Scheduled

Join representatives from the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad for a Global Classroom and Intensive Course Abroad workshop on July 24, 2018 from 12-1pm in room 1043.

Adam Zahn, associate director of global engagement will discuss with faculty how they can enhance their courses with global classrooms, courses that engage Drexel students with students at one of our partner universities abroad through a range of interactive technologies. Ahaji Schreffler, associate director of study abroad, will also share with faculty and staff information about how to get started on a faculty-led intensive course abroad.

Please RSVP here.

July 10

Paulina Sockolow

Nursing Informatics Research Presented

Paulina Sockolow, DrPH, an associate professor in health systems and sciences research, traveled to Mexico to present results from their group's R01 research. The International Conference on Nursing Informatics focused on nursing informatics as the science that integrates nursing with the management of information and knowledge. The paper and the presentation will address our analysis investigating the home care admission information process with regard to information that nurses self-report that they need and what they actually have.

Specifically Sockolow will be presenting the following paper: Sockolow, P., Wojciechowicz, C., Holmberg, A., Bass, E. J., Potashnik, S., Yang, Y., & Bowles, K. H. (2018). Home care admission information: What nurses need and what nurses have. A mixed methods study. Nursing Informatics 2018 (NI 2018): ICT to Improve Quality and Safety at the Point of Care, June 6-8, 2018, Guadalajara, Mexico.

July 10

Claire Milner

Faculty Research Published

Clare Milner, PhD, FACSM (@ClareEMilner), associate professor, and Jillian Hawkins, MS, doctoral student, in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences recently published a research article in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research in collaboration with researchers at East Carolina University. The article 'Walking velocity and step length adjustments affect knee joint contact forces in healthy weight and obese adults' suggests those at risk for knee osteoarthritis take shorter steps during walking to protect the knee from high loads.

July 10

HSAD Student Publications

Korah Lovelace, as part of her experience as a University of Pennsylvania Department of Genetics scholar, she had her first research article published in Disease Models and Mechanisms. The title, "Prenatal ethanol exposure in mice phenocopies Cdon mutation by impeding Shh function in the etiology of optic nerve hypoplasia," is co-authored by Benjamin M. Kahn, Tanya S. Corman, Mingi Hong, Robert S. Krauss and Douglas J. Epstein.

Health services administration senior Karol Zhong and Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, a clinical professor in the health administration department have had an article accepted for publication. "Attributes Used in Hospital Services’ Advertisements in a Metropolitan Newspaper’s Sunday Health Section," will appear in Health Marketing Quarterly and is slated to appear in Volume 35, Number 3, although this is subject to change.

July 10

PhD students Dan Dychtwald and Lisa Lanza presenting at a workshop

PhD Student Selected for Delta Omega

Dan Dychtwald, a doctoral student in nutrition sciences,working with Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, was selected for membership in the Beta Omega Drexel Chapter of Delta Omega. Delta Omega is the national scholastic honorary society established in 1924 to recognize scholarship devotion to public health principles and outstanding service in public health. Election to membership in Delta Omega is intended to confer honor upon graduating students, faculty members and alumni with outstanding qualifications and to encourage further excellence in a devotion to public health work.

July 9

Civic Engagement Results in Scholarship

Drexel alumna and president of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Foundation, Sandy Sheller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, is the lead author of the article "Family Care Curriculum: A Parenting Support Program for Families Experiencing Homelessness" in the Maternal and Child Health Journal. This scholarship was the result of Joan Bloch, PhD, an associate professor in graduate nursing and the director of global health initiatives, reaching out and partnering with community stakeholders for community-based participatory action to improve maternal and child health in Philadelphia. Sheller and Karen Hudson, PhD, MSW, another community humanitarian, developed and implemented of family care curriculum, which is thoroughly described in the article. Co-authors include Hudson, Bloch, Bridget Biddle, MSW of the Maternity Care Coalition, and CNHP faculty members Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, MPH, and Jaime C. Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH.

July 9

Visiting Luthern Settlement House

Joan Bloch, PhD, director of global health initiatives, and CNHP's Star Scholar, Megan Walsh, joined the Mandela Fellows as volunteers in West Philadelphia's shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Going to the Lutheran Settlement House and spending the hot afternoon working side by side with staff and the African leaders proved to be a meaningful experience.

July 9

Grants Administrator Sought

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is seeking a Grants Administrator to support faculty applying for research grants and contracts and to provide post-award management of funded research. This person will report to the Director of Grants Administration and work closely with faculty and personnel across the University, especially coordination of efforts with personnel in the Office of Research and Office of Research Accounting Services. See listing here.

July 9

 Mandela Fellows Serah Naneu Mayon and Muhammad Ahmad Saddiq with CNHP's Joan Bloch, PhD, director of global health initiatives

Two Nurses Selected as Mandela Fellows

The cohort of Drexel's 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows have arrived. The Fellows represent a variety of disciplines and this year, two nurses are among this amazing, accomplished group of African leaders. Below is Serah Naneu Mayon from Kenya and Muhammad Ahmad Saddiq form Nigeria. Veronica Carey, PhD and Kate Clark, MPA and Joan Bloch, PhD are serving as Drexel's 2018 Mandela Fellow Peer Mentors.

Don't forget about the Mandela Fellows Welcoming event when we get to know our guests from Africa.

  • Wednesday, July 11
  • 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, room 612

Register here.

July 9

Bobbie Posmontier

New Fellow Announced

Bobbie Posmontier, PhD, an associate professor in graduate nursing, midwife and advanced practice psychiatric nurse, has been elected to be a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Being a fellow is considered one of nursing’s highest honors and not an easy task. An individual must demonstrate sustained work in an area of nursing that has a profound effect on research, education, practice and policy nationally and internationally. The American Academy of Nursing officially acknowledges Posmontier's outstanding contributions and achievements in nursing at the induction ceremony on the evening of November 3, 2018 in Washington, DC.

July 5

Photo COURTESY OF NICOE: The mask that Stowe created in April 2014.

CNHP Study Center of Article

The results of an eight-year study by Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA, ATR, an assistant professor in the creative arts therapies program, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer recently. Based on a paper published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ Open), it provides an overview of art therapy, PTSD and TBI in the military.

July 5

Angela Colistra

Opioid Faculty Expert talks to Business Journal

Choosing a reputable treatment center for substance abuse is becoming more confusing because of government funding that became available through the 21st Century Cures Act. Angela Colistra, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the counseling and family therapy department and opioid use researcher talked to the Philadelphia Business Journal about the surge in treatment centers.

July 3

Vicki Schwartz

Faculty Lecture Given

On June 4, 2018 Vicki S. Schwartz, DCN, RD, LDN, CNSC, FAND, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, presented a lecture entitled: "Pleading My Case: Evidence for the Optimal Diet" to the Philadelphia Bar Association. This keynote presentation launched a new program initiated by the Wellness Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association to improve the health and performance among attorneys in the Philadelphia area.

July 3

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