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Nutrition Science Department

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Our exciting programs offer more than just the basics – we train highly competent registered dieticians and leaders in nutrition research that will change the diet and nutrition landscape. Let us show you how.

Nutrition Sciences Department

The Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University is paving the way for future researchers and registered dietitians. Our Bachelor of Science, master's and PhD programs prepare students to work in a variety of careers that span the gamut from community work and clinical practice to cutting edge research.

This is a particularly exciting time for nutritionists since so many individuals are taking responsibility for maintaining and enhancing their health. We are committed to the discovery of new information about the relationships between diet, physical activity, health and disease and the application of such knowledge to individuals, communities and entire populations.

In September 2011, the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Drexel Recreation Center and University Wellness collaboratively formed the Drexel Center for Nutrition & Performance (CNP), with the mission of providing evidence-based nutrition advice to the Drexel Community and the greater Philadelphia area. The Center offers year-long internships for selected undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Nutrition Sciences. This provides exceptional hands-on experience that prepares students for application to practice programs, employment opportunities and graduate programs.

Center for Nutrition & Performance (CNP)
Drexel's Center for Nutrition & Performance provides students a hands-on learning experience through the development and implementation of nutrition education programs for members of the Drexel community.

Programs

The following programs are offered through the Department of Nutrition Sciences. Please contact us or plan to visit us if we can provide further information about opportunities in this important discipline that bridges the basic and applied sciences.

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News & Events

 

01/07/22

The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) benefits from having faculty and professional staff committed to its long-term success. The college recognizes it, and so does the university. President John Fry expressed his gratitude to the 2021 Years of Service Recognition Honorees in his video message. “In this group, there is a wealth of talent, continuity, experience, humanity, leadership and institutional memory,” Fry acknowledged. Paul Jensen, PhD, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost, specifically mentioned the significance of these qualities in his greeting. “We look to our institutional memory for perspective, not just to merely know where this university has been. We rely on your insights to help us understand where Drexel should go in the future,” explained Jensen.

Their perspective and insights have allowed the university and college to adapt to higher education’s changing reality during a surge of coronavirus in the United States. During the pandemic, through the perseverance of these honorees and all our faculty and professional staff, the college has continued to offer every educational opportunity to our future healthcare and service leaders. “I am reminded daily how important the work our professional staff and faculty do,” shared CNHP Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD. “It exemplifies our mission and creates lasting change in our local and global communities.”

Representing every facet of the college, the 54 individuals recognized below from CNHP have a combined 575 years of service in educating students and promoting health equity and social justice locally and around the world.

5 Years of Service

  • Rita Adeniran
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Rachel Barnett
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Michael Bruneau
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Natalie Carlton
    Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Abby Dougherty
    Director of Counseling Program and Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Lauren Dye Netti
    Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) Lab Manager
  • Shannon Edwards
    Student Services Manager
  • Jane Greene Ryan
    Associate Professor
  • Zach Hathaway
    Project Manager
  • Renee Kulba
    Project Manager
  • James Lipczynski
    IT Support Specialist II
  • George Merritt
    IT Support Specialist II
  • Kevin Mitchell
    Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Paul Nicgorski
    Assessment and Blackboard Specialist
  • Roberta Perry
    Associate Director of Content Strategy
  • Tiara Quann
    Receptionist/Scheduler
  • Allison Rusgo
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Meaghan Shattuck
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Charles Stream
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Chayna Taylor
    Receptionist/Scheduler
  • Denise Way
    Assistant Professor
  • Melinda Webster
    Project Coordinator
  • Glenn Williams
    Chair, Executive Director of Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Associate Professor

10 Years

  • Michael Boyle
    Program Director
  • Veronica Carey
    Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Nyree Dardarian
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance
  • Anginita De Ramus
    Simulation and Clinical Lab Specialist II
  • Diane DePew
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Fred DiCostanzo
    Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Undergraduate Program
  • Helene Engel
    Program Administrator
  • Ellen Giarelli
    Associate Professor
  • Amanda Keen
    Associate Director of Diversity, Health Professions and Student Affairs
  • Robert Maschi
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Susan Romano-Benigno
    Contract Coordinator
  • Kate Skladanek
    Senior Academic Advisor
  • Kay Swartzwelder
    Associate Clinical Professor

15 Years

  • Kirsten Connolly
    ACE Nursing Admission and Retention Manager
  • Alecia Fox
    Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Stephen Gambescia
    Clinical Professor and Director of Doctor of Health Science program
  • Julie Kinzel
    Interim Department Chair, Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jennifer Olszewski
    Chair, Nursing Accelerated Career Entry Program and Assistant Professor
  • Gail Partridge
    Program Assistant and Nurse Practitioner
  • Anna Pohuly
    Executive Assistant II
  • Kusuma Schofield
    Administrative Coordinator III
  • Joanne Serembus
    Associate Clinical Professor and Drexel Online Learning Council Fellow
  • Susan Solecki
    Associate Clinical Professor
  • Rhonda Wittlin
    Assistant Director of Health Professions

20 Years

25 Years

Written by Roberta S. Perry

12/02/21

People of Purpose Graphic on blue background with multi-size circlesThe People of Purpose project recognizes and celebrates the College of Nursing and Health Professions students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who exemplify our core values of health equity and purpose and demonstrate an abiding sense of caring, commitment and service to the Drexel community, Philadelphia and/or the world. The reasons given for the nominations of these individuals and teams, which this year included students from Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences, are compelling and explain how their lives and their work represent the core values that lie at the heart of the College.

Today, we are most pleased to announce our third cohort of People of Purpose. They are listed below by name, and, if alumni or current student, degree, graduation year and program. When you read their stories, you will learn about the work they do and the impact they make.

Our individual People of Purpose are:

  • Laura Baehr, PhD ’22, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sheetal Bahirat, MSCAS '20 and Zuri Masud, MSFS '19, Food and Hospitality Management
  • Veronica Carey, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Melanie Cataldi, BS ’98, Nutrition and Food Science
  • Lisa Chiarello, PhD, Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sen. Maria Collett, BSN ’09, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, Professor and Director of the Drexel Food Lab, Food and Hospitality Management
  • Noel Goodstadt, PT, DPT, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Holly Hagy, BSN ’15, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Rani Hanna, MHS ‘18 and Sara Jamil Hanna, MHS ’18, Physician Assistant
  • Nary Kith, MFT '07, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Hanna Lee, MA '21, Creative Arts Therapies
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lynette Medley, BS '97, Mental Health Technology
  • Gwen Moriarty, BSN '22, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Shel Myers, MFT '22, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration
  • Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, Director of Research Labs
  • Michele Rattigan, MA ’96, DHSc ’24, Associate Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapies
  • Jeff Ryan, MPT '87, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Helen Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lena Ward, BS ’18, MHS ’19, Clinical Instructor, Physician Assistant
  • Ebony White, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • KC Wuebbling, MA ’16, Creative Arts Therapies

Our People of Purpose teams are:

CNHP IT Department

  • Jack Cordivari, IT Support Specialist
  • Robert H. Feenan, College IT and AV Manager
  • James Lipczynski, IT Support Specialist II
  • Aila Luneau, AV Systems Specialist
  • George M. Merritt, III, IT Support Specialist
  • Chip Myers, IT Director Marc Scott, IT Support Specialist
  • Steve Surgalski, AV Support Specialist
  • Brian Thomas, Systems Administrator COVID

Case Investigation Team

  • Nina Kulkarni, MPH, COVID Testing/Vaccine Site Manager
  • Bhargavi Sahu, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health

COVID Contact Tracing Team

  • Katie Anderson, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Anthony M. Angelow, PhD, Chair, Advanced Practice Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Erica Chang, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Leah Condon, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
  • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jenny Ni, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mikaela Perez, COVID Contact Tracing Assistant Manager; Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Susan Solecki, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

COVID Testing Team

  • Helena Aklilu, Student, Health Sciences
  • Saznin Chowdhury, Student, Health Sciences
  • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
  • Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Jordan Perez, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

COVID Vaccination Team

  • Adrian S. Banning, DHSc '20, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Linda M. Celia, DNP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
  • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Ellen D. Feld, MD, Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
  • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
  • Maryann Godshall, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Dana Kemery, EdD, Director of Innovative Course Design and Technological Infusion; Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
  • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
  • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Anna Pohuly, Executive Assistant II
  • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Lori Ruskin, MSN, Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing
  • Deanna Lynn Schaffer, PhD, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Alumni Engagement; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Janet Zimmerman, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing

This cohort represents a wide range of CNHP professions, programs and roles and includes students, faculty, professional staff, advisors, alumni and interprofessional teams from across the University. Collectively, this group of nearly 80 people embodies how we learn, teach and collaborate, provide exceptional care, serve our communities and contribute new knowledge that advances health equity and social justice.

Please join in congratulating our newest “People of Purpose.”

11/22/21

The Eat Right Philly nutrition team sitting as a group outdoors in front of a tree and building.

The Drexel University's Department of Nutrition Sciences’ Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (PA SNAP-Ed) / EAT RIGHT PHILLY team  provided quality nutrition education to participants this year, despite the challenges of 100 percent virtual learning in the midst of the pandemic. The work of the team resulted in measurable impact on participants' ability to adopt healthy lifestyles. This year the team of nutrition professionals provided education and interventions to over 16,000 students and adults in 80 schools and community sites in Philadelphia. More telling than numbers, however, may be when one of our nutrition coordinators was thrilled to receive a picture from a student very proud of the dish she made for her family from one of the lessons taught virtually!

The team has continued their effort toward the goal of improving the health of our participants. We thank each of the team members, led by Judy Ensslin, MS, program director, for their hard work and dedication that makes the PA SNAP-Ed/ EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program a success.

Two youth decorating water bottles at an outdoor event.This year the EAT RIGHT PHILLY team developed a new curriculum series called the DRAGON project, which challenges students to Determine, Recognize and Achieve Goalsetting through Nutrition. The DRAGON project combines education lessons with personalized sessions in which students develop a project to allow them to become educators of their own community. The team has incorporated the most up to date research on behavioral change to develop this new program which will be piloted in the next year, with a plan to further evaluate it in the future.

This year the team also had its first peer-reviewed publication. “Efficacy of a Five-Lesson Nutrition Education Curriculum for High School Students Administered via PennsylvaniaSNAP-Ed Programming” was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Health. The curriculum was developed and tested by Drexel’s PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program over many years and is now a part of the SNAP-Ed Toolkit, a national compilation of evidence-based interventions that are approved for use by SNAP-Ed implementing agencies.

In continuing efforts to increase evaluation of efficacy of the EAT RIGHT PHILLY interventions, the team worked with the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) of Philadelphia to evaluate efficacy of the 100 percent virtual program in select schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings indicated that despite challenges of virtual programming, the high school curriculum was effective in increasing produce consumption among participants.

Our staff continues to serve as preceptors to students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences’ Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program. We are also proud of the opportunities we provide to gain valuable experiences working in the community by employing student nutrition educators from the Department of Nutrition Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Two people dressed up holding water bottles. One is dressed as a pea pod and the other, a bunch of grapes.Despite the challenges of the year, the EAT RIGHT PHILLY team has provided fun, engaging high-quality education that is appreciated by both participants and teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. Throughout the annual report are quotes and stories from this year’s programming that demonstrate some of the successes. One especially nice story came recently from the parent of a high school student—a mother who participated in School Advisory Council meetings throughout the school year. Our nutrition coordinator provided nutrition lessons for parents and caregivers during the meetings, and at the start of this school year, this mother greeted the EAT RIGHT PHILLY nutrition coordinator saying, “Now I eat healthier because of you and what I learned last year!”

Congratulations and thank you to the EAT RIGHT PHILLY Team!

Jennifer J. Quinlan, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Nutrition Sciences and Department of Food and Hospitality Management

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