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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership Sex & Gender Research Forum

An attendee asks a question at the 2018 Sex and Gender Research Forum

The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership presented a highly successful university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum on Thursday, March 8, 2018. This interactive program, held on International Women's Day, highlighted Drexel's interdisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in a local, national and global context.

The Forum was well attended by Drexel students, faculty, and staff who represented several different schools and colleges at the university, as well as many members of the community.

View photos from the forum

The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership is pleased to present this important program dedicated to sex and gender research and thanks everyone who participated. If you were unable to attend, you can still experience the Forum:

Watch the video on YouTube
Download the program booklet for a list of presentations [PDF]
View the presenters' slides and virtual posters

Women in Global Science panelists at the 2018 Sex and Gender Research Forum
Participants and attendees at the “Women in Global Science” panel, from left to right: Dr. Cato Laurencin, Dr. Kristy Kelly, Lynn Yeakel, Dr. Gabriela Marcu, Dr. Pamela Geller, Dr. Ana Núñez, and Dr. Kara Spiller, joined virtually by keynote speaker Dr. Kathrin Zippel (on laptop).

The event received media coverage from WPVI-TV (6-abc), WCAU-TV (NBC-10) and WHYY radio.

The Forum was jointly sponsored by Drexel University's Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, Office of the Provost, College of Medicine Office of Research, Office of International Programs, School of Education, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Department of Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies Program, Maternal and Child Health Program, College of Engineering, and College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Laurencin Family Foundation and the Doris Willig, MD Endowment.

Award Winners

Student Poster Award Winners

Victoria Grunberg, doctoral student in clinical psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the poster titled "Small Babies, Big Stress: A Statistical Classification of NICU Parents"

Chanae Hodge, doctoral student in Education Leadership & Management in the School of Education, for the poster titled "Intersectionality in the Academy: Life Histories of Caribbean Women in Higher Education Leadership"

Gabrielle Russo, master's student in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the poster titled "Sex Differences in Perinatal Depression: A Preliminary Review"

Feyone La, Melissa Cirillo, Zoe Greenhall and Jacqueline Park, all undergraduate students in biomedical engineering, in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, for the poster titled "Uterine Simulation Model for Training in Manual Vacuum Aspiration"

The Martha Montgomery Awards for Sex and Gender Research

Best Research Talk: Janell Mensinger, PhD, from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Dornsife School of Public Health, for the talk “Social Identity Threat and the Implications of Weight Stigma on Healthcare Avoidance in Women”

Best Flash Talk: Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD, from the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, for the talk “Sex-specific Clinical Practice Guidelines and Effective Healthcare for the Patient Who Is Transgender”

Poster award winners at the 2018 Sex and Gender Research Forum
Poster award winners Victoria A. Grunberg, Melissa Cerillo, and Gabrielle Russo

Additional details:

Learn about Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD
Meet the Steering Committee
Forum staff

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About Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen Isabella Moorehead-Laurencin, MD, practiced medicine from offices on the ground floor of her North Philadelphia row home for almost 45 years. She served as the strength of her community, helping five generations of individuals around her.

After graduating from Girls' High at age 15 with a straight A average, Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin went on to graduate from Cheney University at age 19 with a bachelor of science in education. She had a deep longing to help people by practicing medicine and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Meharry Medical College, where she was one of the few women to receive a medical degree at that time.

Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin led an extremely busy and rewarding life. In addition to running her practice, serving on the staff of Nazareth Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, and serving as a medical consultant for the Philadelphia Board of Education, she served as an advisor to City Hall in the area of community health as a member of the Mayor’s Health Commission in the 1980s. Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin saw her dreams come true when all three of her children graduated from Ivy League universities and became medical doctors.

Patients, friends and medical colleagues of Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin felt that she was North Philadelphia’s “matriarch.” She was a treasured resource, who guided and supported those in her community to take the extra step toward success. What made her life so remarkable was the unremarkable way she lived it. “She exemplified the best of what altruism and a thrill for knowledge and science can accomplish. She didn’t simply practice medicine, she lived it,” said her son, Dr. Cato Laurencin.

References: Philadelphia Inquirer (April 8, 1994) and the Philadelphia Tribune (April 8, 1994)

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Steering Committee

Pamela A. Geller, PhD – Chair
Associate Professor, Psychology; Research Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn
College of Arts and Sciences

Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP
Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Mary Ebeling, PhD
Director, Women's and Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Quanrico J. Gibson
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Kristy Kelly, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Education

Lynnezy Laurencin, MD
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Michele Marcolongo, PhD
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering
Vice Provost for Research

Owen Montgomery, MD
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine

Ana Núñez, MD
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
College of Medicine

Barbara Schindler, MD
Vice Dean Emerita, Educational and Academic Affairs; Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Kenny Simansky, PhD
Vice Dean for Research; Professor, Pharmacology
College of Medicine

Ellen Staurowsky, EdD
Professor, Sport Management
Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Joan Weiner, PhD
Professor, Management
LeBow College of Business

Lynn Yeakel, MSM
Director, Institute for Women's Health and Leadership
College of Medicine

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Forum Staff Members

Janine Barber, IWHL Program Manager

Janine Barber, MS
Program Manager, Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership
College of Medicine

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Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
College of Arts and Sciences

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Attendees and presenters at the 2018 Sex and Gender Research Forum

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