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Anthony Angelow, PhD and Mary Yost, PhD

Faculty accepted to leadership academy

Anthony Angelow, PhD, chair, Advanced Practice Nursing, Nurse Practitioner and DNP Programs and assistant clinical professor, and Mary Yost, PhD, chair, BSN Co-op Program and assistant clinical pProfessor, were nominated and have been accepted into the 2019-2020 cohort of the Department Head and Academic Leadership Workshop Series titled: Managing Up, Managing Out, and Managing Within, offered by the Office of Faculty Affairs.

Led by Harris Sokoloff, PhD, from the Penn Center for Education Leadership, the half-day workshops are aimed at providing department heads and other academic leaders with the opportunity to grow their leadership capacity and develop relationships with their peers. Moving into a faculty leadership role can be a challenging and exciting opportunity. However, these opportunities are not often paired with adequate training and support. With the guidance and insight provided by Sokoloff, participants will explore best practices for leading academic units in times of change.

Congratulations Drs. Angelow and Yost!

December 13

Rose-Ann Ghalili

Faculty Publication on Nutrition Education for Health Professionals

A recent article co-authored by RoseAnn DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, professor and assistant dean for Interprofessional and Collaborative Research, highlights the continued need for interprofessional competencies in nutrition education.

The publication summarizes the workshop sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2017 to address this gap in knowledge by convening experts in clinical and academic health professional schools. For more information please read: Advancing Nutrition Education, Training, and Research for Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, Attending Physicians, and Other Clinicians: Building Competencies and Interdisciplinary Coordination. Advances in Nutrition.

December 13

Jennifer Quinlan

Avoiding Salmonella Contamination

A Runner's World article quoted Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, an associate professor in the Nutrition Sciences Department, about ways to avoid Salmonella contamination with poultry also appeared in Bicycling magazine.

December 12

Girija Kaimal, EdD, associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies

Cuddling As Therapy

A Philadelphia Inquirer article quoting Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, about professional “cuddlists” and the stress-reducing and well-being promoting effects of cuddling was picked up December 7 by multiple outlets including the Associated Press, U.S. News & World Report and SFGate.

December 12

Faculty and staff getting together to wrap gifts

Holiday Family Drive and Wrapping Party

The Healthy Workplace Taskforce is extending their sincerest gratitude to everyone who participated in their Holiday Family Drive. Because of everyone’s generosity they were able to sponsor three separate families. A group of volunteers got together to wrap 147 donated gifts and over $1,000 in gift cards.

December 10

Table with various cookies, tarts, cakes, cupcakes and cakepops

4th Annual CNHP Holiday Challenge


  • Thursday, December 19th
  • 12-1 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, Room 1043

Everyone enjoyed the 2017 Bake Off so much (not to mention, we had a record number of participants), we decided it's time for a rematch!

Individuals can enter their favorite holiday or winter baked treat into our Bake Off Taste Test Challenge! Faculty and Staff are invited to sample the treats and vote for their favorites, so don't forget to bring enough to share!


The baked treat with the most votes will be awarded bragging rights and the highly coveted CNHP Holiday Challenge Trophy to keep in their office until next year!The winner also decides the theme for the 2020 Holiday Challenge.

Let us know if you're entering

December 10

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished University professor and dean

Dean's work featured in NYT

On top of dementia, anxiety and depression are also experienced by people with the disease and those caring for them. A recent New York Times article discusses new therapies to help cope with these mental health issues, including those in Dean Gitlin's Tailored Activity Program.


December 9

Administrative Professionals Networking Event

The theme for this event is “Celebrating You” with a focus on celebrating individual and team successes. Drexel employees are invited to attend an administrative professionals networking event.

  • December 10
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Three Parkway, Room 1043

Register in Career Pathway in DrexelOne.

December 9

Platter with a tomato bisque soup and green salad; salad dressing on the side

Is Soup Healthier than Salad?

Nyree Dardarian, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was featured recently on a FOX-29 broadcast about soup being a lower calorie, healthy option over salads while eating out.

Watch here.

December 9

Flower drawing created in virtual reality

Art Therapy and VR

Girija Kaimal, EdD, an associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies, is the lead researcher conducting a study to see if creative arts therapies is the next frontier for virtual reality in healthcare.

Read about the study in Medgadget.

December 9

Illustration of hands clapping and thumbs up

Years of service recognition

Drexel University recognizes and celebrates the dedication of our faculty and professional staff who have reached an important milestone in their career here. Congratulations and thank you for your service and dedication.

Five Years of Service

  • Brian Anderson
  • Jesse Ballenger
  • Ryan Clancy
  • Darin Dunston
  • Renata Estes
  • Margaret Finley
  • Maryann Godshall
  • Scott Horowitz
  • Loretta Jemmott
  • Stefan Jewett
  • Alyssa Kalter
  • Ellen Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing
  • Lindsay Loftus
  • Amy Maniero
  • Melissa Matsumura
  • Margaret McCrea
  • Dawn Morningstar
  • Alan Myers
  • Richard Pepino
  • Clare Pisoni
  • Kelly Quigley
  • Jamie Teufel
  • Zakarias Thornton
  • Mary Yost
  • Chanel Young

Ten Years of Service

  • Gladys Clapano-Mozdzonek
  • Jessica Cullison
  • Rose DiMaria-Ghalili
  • Juanita Figueroa
  • Kristine Mulhorn
  • Maura Nitka
  • Carol Okupniak
  • Paulina Sockolow
  • Spencer Ward

Fifteen Years of Service

  • Kathleen Fisher
  • Beth Leonberg
  • Rexine Patterson
  • Vicki Schwartz

Twenty Years of Service

  • William D'Andrea
  • Michele Rattigan
  • Christine Wilson

Twenty-five Years of Service

  • John Cornele

Thirty Years of Service

  • Sharon Goodill
  • Florence Ierardi

December 6

Colorful professional development graphic with thought bubbles including career, leadership, grow and competence

Professional Development Opportunities

There are many offerings from Drexel Department of Human Resources for professional development to help you in every aspect of your career. Click here to see what's available in December in person and online.

To register for training, log into DrexelOne and click on the employee tab to get to Career Pathway. The calendar view will show you all upcoming classes and workshops.

December 5

Faculty Forum on Global Engagement

The Provost's Office invites you to meet the staff of the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad (OGEEA) to learn about the global opportunities available to you!

  • December 11 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Lebow's GHall 109
  • Breakfast will be provided.

Attendees will learn about how OGEEA works to support your global engagement goals in research, education abroad, global classrooms or on-campus global programming.

To RSVP, please email

December 5

Annalisa Na, PT, PhD

PTRS Tenure-track Candidate Lecture

The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences would like to invite faculty to Tenure Track Candidate Annalisa Na, PT, PhD’s lecture: “Walking between knee arthritis and arthroplasty.”

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, Room 601 or via live webcast.

Annalisa Na, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Duke University and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation work focused on relating gait mechanics to self-reported walking difficulty in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Na’s current work focuses on optimizing functional outcomes for patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus who suffer from osteoarthritis and may require subsequent knee arthroplasty. Her dissertation work was funded by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She has also received a Geriatric Research Grant from the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.  Before pursuing research, Na completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency through Proaxis Therapy and Evidence in Motion and achieved board certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.

December 4

Alexandria N. Dawson, a CNHP BSN student and DUSNA Legislative Co-Chair 19-20', presenting a resolution at the state conference

Students get Resolution Passed

Nursing students Alexandria Dawson and Madison Schmus presented a resolution at the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania convention where it voted upon, and passed on the state level.

Their resolution is entitled "In support of increased awareness of the importance of decreased screen time in infants younger than 24 months of age". "We felt like it was important to bring awareness to this specific population because infants are continuously being exposed to media use and screen time at a young age," reports Dawson. Exposure can negatively impact infants and cause cognitive, physical and social-emotional delays.

Kristen McLaughlin, MSN, an assistant clinical professor in graduate nursing, lent her expertise in pediatrics and access to many resources to advise Dawson and Schmus in their work. "We are so grateful for her help," Dawson said.

The pair will present the resolution at the NSNA convention in April of 2020, and, at the request of McLaughlin, maybe make it into a poster presentation.

Congratulations Lexi and Madison!

December 2

Rob Maschi

PT Professor Talks Shin Splints

Rob Maschi, PT, DPT, an assistant clinical professor, was featured in SHAPE magazine's "A Complete Guide to Shin Splints Including Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention."

Click here to read.

December 2

Drexel University Physician Assistant patch on a white coat

Meet Two PA Students

No matter what unique reasons students give for seeking careers as physician assistants, one thing most give for selecting CNHP’s program are the same. McAllister Egbire-Molen and Zach Clark both talk about the mission of our program as their deciding factor.

Click here to get to know them.

December 2

Stella Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LDN, FACSM, and David O. Garcia, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-CEP

Faculty Published with Mentee

Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, co-authored a blog with her mentee, David Garcia, PhD, on the American College of Sports Medicine’s Leadership & Diversity Training Program. “Mentored to Success: A Story from ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program.”

November 27

Stella Volpe

Faculty Gives Guest Lecture

Stella Volpe, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing on November 25, 2019.

She gave a three-hour, interactive lecture to MSN students about nutritional supplements and intermittent fasting.

November 27

Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, presenting at the 2019 GSA Conference

Dean Presents at GSA

Dean Gitlin addressed a large group at the GSA2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. The interest group session she led was titled "Behavioral Interventions for Older Adults: Addressing Clinical Symptoms of Dementia: Preliminary Results From Dementia Behavior Trial."

Dean Gitlin was joined by Katherine A. Marx, MPH, PhD from Johns Hopkins University and Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD from the University of Minnesota.

November 26

Jennifer Nasser

Jennifer Nasser Presented at Science and Cinema Program

Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was an invited speaker for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded Science and Cinema Program hosted by the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA on October 26, 2019.

The Science and Cinema Program pairs scientific presentations with films that have an underlying scientific theme. While appearing as a children's story on the surface, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is actual a satirical look at the struggle between good and evil, and the driving forces that motivate choices. Nasser was invited to be the scientific presenter for this film based on her work on dopamine, food reward and addictive properties of chocolate. Her presentation was entitled, "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Competition: A Euphemism for Life's Challenges."

November 21

Kade Haskins and Yasmine Awais at the NADTA Conference

Associate Clinical Professor presents workshop at the 40th Anniversary NADTA Conference

Yasmine Awais, MAAT, associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, co-presented the workshop entitled "More than Talk: Dismantling White Supremacy Utilizing Art and Drama Therapy" at the North American Drama Therapy Conference on Saturday, November 9. The workshop was well attended, including a Creative Arts Therapies Department admissions team member, Kade Haskins, who was an active participant in the presentation.

November 21

Vicki Schwartz

Nutrition Sciences Faculty Received Certifiate of Training in Obesity

Vicki S. Schwartz, DCN, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received the "Certificate of Training in Obesity interventions for Adults" from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This rewarding experience, taught by experts throughout the country, included three components: 38 hours of online lectures of evidence-based knowledge and practices, two days of face to face training of interactive sessions applying these practices and finally, completion of two exams, requiring an 80% or better to receive the certification. Because Medicare and many insurance companies now cover payment for "Intensive Behavior Therapy for Weight Management," this certificate program is important for healthcare professionals who want to pursue and be reimbursed in this area. Schwartz plans to use this valuable information to enhance student classroom experiences in NFS 431/630 Nutrition Counseling and NFS 202 Wellness and Weight Management.

November 20

Kathleen Fisher

Faculty Co-Authored ANA Position Statement

Kathleen Fisher, PhD, CRNP, CNHP Nursing faculty, was invited to co-author a position statement for the American Nurses Association (ANA) by their Ethics Advisory Board. The ANA, founded in 1897, establishes standards of nursing practice for the over 2.9 million RNs in the US. Working with three nurse ethicists, (Catherine Robichaux, PhD, RN, Alumna CCRN, ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Director Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN and Jeanie Sauerland, MA, BSN, RN), we are now pleased to present the culmination of their work entitled: The Nurses Role in Providing Ethically and Developmentally Appropriate Care to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

November 20

Professors Present at Conference

Adrian Banning, MMS, (Physician Assistant Department) and Michele Rattigan, MA (Creative Arts Therapies Department), both associate clinical professors, 
presented at the 2019 SECAC conference in Chattanooga, TN in October. Banning co-chaired the session with Barnes Director of Adult Education, William Perthes, MA, for the panel “Synergism: Interprofessional Education and Collaborations” and presented with him on arts-integrated medical education.

Rattigan presented her interdisciplinary work in clinical, educational and professional arenas called "Artful Intentions: Arts-Based Interprofessional Collaborations."

Banning recorded a podcast episode for Airwaves and Educators featuring Rattigan and panel presenters Perthes and Angela Dittmar, MFA, (Education in the Arts, UT Chattanooga).

Click here to listen to the podcast.

November 19

Faculty and Students Publish article on Magnesium

Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and some of her students published a research article in the journal, Nutrients entitled, “Validation of a Newly Developed Food Frequency Questionnaire to Assess Dietary Intakes of Magnesium.” This study focused on developing and validating a food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary intakes of magnesium, and is one of the first in the field in this area.

The following were the authors: Deeptha Sukumar, Rosemary DeLuccia (doctoral candidate), May Cheung (doctoral candidate), Rohit Ramadoss (doctoral student), Tammy Ng (medical student, Drexel College of Medicine) and Alicia Lamoureux (BS in Nutrition Sciences student).

Click here to access the article.

November 19

Honoring the Hahenmann Community


Monday, November 18, 2019
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Please join us Monday, November 18th from 5:00-7:00 PM for the opening reception of Honoring the Hahnemann Community located in the Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery.

This exhibition honors the people who made Hahnemann Hospital what it was, past and recent and their dual purpose to teach and to serve the community.

Please RSVP.

The exhibition runs from November 14th through January 10th with additional dates in Center City, New College Building, January 21st through March 20th, and Queen Lane Campus, March 30th through May 8th.

Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery & Boardroom
3142 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Entrance is at the back of building, off Perelman Plaza

November 18

Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS DNP Program Director Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing and Susan Solecki, DrPH, FNP-C, PPCNP-C Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing

Faculty give e-cigarette use epidemic webinar

The Compelling Epidemic of E-Cigarette Use: Dangers, Emerging Evidence and Prevention for Protecting Public Health

  • November 19, 2019
  • 12:00 p.m. 

This presentation aims to inform, engage, and answer questions for those interested in exploring strategies to minimize the indiscriminate use of nicotine products in vulnerable populations, particularly the youth and young adult population.


  • Susan Solecki, DrPH, FNP-C, PPCNP-C
    Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing
  • Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS
    DNP Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing

Click here to register.

November 18

Yosefa Birati, a PhD in Nursing candidate, presenting at the APHA conference

Nursing student presented at 2019 conference

Yosefa Birati, a PhD in Nursing student, presented at the 2019 APHA Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Her presentation title was "Use of Policy Maps to geocode neighborhood food access among pregnant women receiving home visiting services for help with their diabetes self- management."

Kudos to Yosefa!

November 18

Congratulations AAMFT Minority Fellows!

Six current Marriage and Family Therapy students have received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship, which is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations, and increasing the number of culturally competent Marriage and Family therapists.

Congratulations Khadijah Brown, Que-Anh Do, Jordan Garvin, Gabrielle Maloney, Patricia Puntier and Madequor Tetteh-Ocloo!

The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy wishes these students the best as they attend the Minority Fellowship Program Intensive Training Institute this week in San Diego, CA.

November 14

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