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RN-BSN Completion Department's Pamela McGee, MSN, FNP-BC, assistant clinical professor, and Karen Goldschmidt PhD, assistant clinical professor and chair

Nursing Faculty Address Public Health Crisis

Addressing Teen Vaping Public Health Crisis

RN-BSN Completion Department's Pamela McGee, MSN, FNP-BC, assistant clinical professor, and Karen Goldschmidt PhD, assistant clinical professor and chair, coauthored a publication, "E-Cigarettes and Vaping: What do Pediatrics Nurses Need to Know," in Journal of Pediatric Nursing. As a result of this publication, Goldschmidt was invited to present on the topic of E-Cigarettes, Vaping & JUULing at a National Webinar for the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

August 16

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Nursing Faculty Publication

Suzan Blacher, PhD, assistant clinical professor, RN-BSN Completion Department, published an article July 2019, titled "Nursing Education in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis" in Pain Management Nursing. Blacher and her co-author address addiction and chronic pain in the midst of the opioid crisis and provides direction for how nursing programs can guide students to care these patients.

August 16


In the Media Section of CNHP Website

Check out the In the Media section of our website where you will find lots and lots of articles featuring our faculty and students.

August 14

Linda Wilson

Grant Awarded

Linda Wilson, PhD and Collaborators Awarded $60,000 Grant from the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration for the project, Improving the Ability of Family Caregivers to Care for Persons Living with Frontotemporal Degeneration Through an Innovative Simulation Program

Principle Investigator Linda Wilson, PhD, RN, CPAN, CAPA, BC, CNE, CNEcl, CHSE-A, FASPAN, ANEF, FAAN, assistant dean for Continuing Education, Simulation and Events and clinical professor of nursing, and collaborators have been awarded a $60,000 grant for a Simulation Research Project by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).

The one-year project "Improving the Ability of Family Caregivers to Care for Persons Living with Frontotemporal Degeneration Through an Innovative Simulation Program" will investigate a novel simulation approach to provide family caregivers with specific knowledge and skills to improve daily home life for persons living with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD). Caregivers will be trained on specific communication techniques to improve interpersonal dynamics (with the person with FTD and health care professionals) and strategies to modify the physical and social elements of the home environment. We will employ a user-integrated methodology whereby caregivers and health professionals collaborate to identify content and develop the look and feel of the simulation training. Our long term goal is to advance a low-cost, evidence-based replicable program for use by community-based organizations serving families with FTD. Co-investigators are Carol Okupniak, DNP, associate clinical professor of nursing and Stephen Gambescia, PhD, professor in the Health Administration Department.

August 14

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Recruiting for Research Study

Researchers in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences are looking for participate in a study to assess breathing and biomechanics during walking. Click here for information about the study and criteria to participate.

August 14

New Publication

Katherine Myers-Coffman, PhD, MT-BC, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, published "The Resilience Songwriting Program: A working theoretical model and intervention protocol for adolescent bereavement" in the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.

This publication was part of her doctoral dissertation, which was chaired by Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, professor and director of the PhD program in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel. Bradt and Felicity Baker, PhD, professor and head of music therapy at the University of Melbourne in Australia, are co-authors.

August 14

Cover of new book by Stephen Gambescia, PhD called The Healthcare Nonprofit

New Book Published

The Healthcare Nonprofit: Keys to Effective Management is the newest book from Stephen Gambescia, PhD, professor in the Health Administration department. 

The book is being used in their undergradraduate course HSAD 331: Nonprofits and Healthcare especially notable because CNHP is one of the few health administration programs across the country that give students a full course in managing nonprofits.

August 13

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Tuesday Topics: Go Global - Resources for Global Travel

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 639 or via live webcast

Learn from experts who will share resources for travel safety and getting ready for your global activities.


  • Marcia W. Henisz, Senior Director of International Health, Safety & Security
  • Adam Zahn, Associate Director, Global Engagement Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad

All are welcome. Ideal for students, faculty and staff who travel internationally.

Click here to register.

August 12

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Meditation at Three Parkway

Meditation at CNHP

Join us at meditation every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. in Three Parkway, Room 1021.

There are very notable benefits from a meditation practice including reducing stress, promoting emotional health and reducing age-related memory loss. It's a great thing that meditation available at Three Parkway on Wednesdays. It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions.

*Note: on August 14, we will be meeting in room 931 at 12:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful opportunity to sit quietly with Drexel colleagues and friends and to learn how to better manage your stress and more deeply engage your work and your life. This time offers an opportunity for Drexel professional staff, faculty and students to reduce stress and grow in mindfulness and compassion together.

Participants in our Wellness Incentive Program are eligible to earn 5 points (a $5 credit) for each session they attend on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

You must register for the annual program AND complete your annual PHP before you will be eligible to receive any payouts. Points for attending these events will be sent to Health Advocate on a monthly basis for the prior month’s activities.

August 12


Macy Monday

It's Macy Monday!

Meet Anna Zachwieja. She is a Health Services Administration undergraduate student having switched majors from nursing. Zachwieja has found that so many of her classes center around leadership, but with Macy, she actually gets to proactices skills about which she's learning. She's building relationships with classmates and her mentor which Zachwieja finds beneficial in so many ways. 

Zachwieja's assembling a toolkit that will help her in her career and as a leader in healthcare.

To read more about her and to learn more about the Macy program, click here.

In the area of leadership development, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for students no matter which career path they choose.

Apply Now.

August 12

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Tuesday Topics: Tuesday Topics: Applying for R3 Grants

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 639 or via live webcast

Are you ready to apply for the Dean's Rapid Response Grants in the fall? RSVP for this interactive session to learn from people who have submitted successfully awarded R3 grants. 


  • Jessica Chou, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Adrian Banning, Physician Assistant
  • Kathleen Fisher, Nursing
  • Michael Bruneau, Jr, Health Sciences


  • Robert Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA, associate dean and distinguished professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences

All are welcome. Ideal for faculty.

Click here to register.

August 6

Sydney Juska

Macy Monday

It's Macy Monday!

Meet Sydney Juska. She is a Health Sciences undergraduate student. Juska finds herself part of a community who is open for deep discussion about current events that affect healthcare and leadership. She appreciates the aspect of self-discovery and likes the opportunity to delve into a topic before a class giving the group more time to learn from eachother.

Juska is learning skills that will last her a lifetime.

To read more about her and to learn more about the Macy program, click here.

In the area of leadership development, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for students no matter which career path they choose.

Apply Now.

August 5

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Recruiting for Study

Recruiting Volunteers

Women who have received the diagnosis of breast cancer have increased levels of perceived stress. This study will see if yoga can help decrease that stress and see how much participation in yoga will produce that effect. The study answers the important question about the impact of yoga on the lives of women with breast cancer.


August 2

Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in Counseling and Family Therapy Department, was newly elected as the chair-elect for the North Atlantic Region of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

In her new role, she joined other leaders in ACA in Washington, D.C. to advocate for parity in billing for medicare for licensed professional mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists. She and her colleagues met with senators and congressmen and women to help gain support to pass Senate bill S.286 and House bill H.R. 945.

August 2

Ellen Bass, PhD

AHFE 2019 Presentation

Ellen Bass, PhD, professor and chair in Health Systems and Sciences Research, presented "Curriculum Infusion through Case Studies: Engaging Undergraduate Students in Course Subject Material and Influencing Behavior Change" at AHFE 2019 in Washington D.C.

This study investigated infusing health promotion topics into an engineering course via problem-based case studies and lecture to assess student learning and self-reported behavior. Junior-level systems engineering students in two sections participated: one section with 52 students and one with 36. One section received a celebratory drinking case; one received distracted driving case and a lecture about hazardous drinking. Student ability ratings related to the course subject matter generally improved with both cases. The lecture appeared to enhance health promotion knowledge. Students self-reported behavior change with both cases. Case studies as a form of curriculum infusion for health promotion topics show promise. The use of case studies overall was well-received by students and coupled with lecture material can increase student health promotion knowledge and behavior change.

August 2

Chalice Jenkins, PhD, LPC

Drexel University's Inaugural College Access Academy

On July 25, 2019, Chalice Jenkins, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy department and member of CNHP’s Board of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, inspired 38 underrepresented and underserved rising high school juniors and seniors as she encouraged participants to “Do It Afraid!”

Her motivational speech culminated the participants week-long immersive college bound experience. Watch Jenkins’ motivational speech here.

August 1

Nutrition Sciences PhD candidate, Dan Dychtwald, MPH and Representative Donald Norcross Staffer

PhD student Led Academy Advocacy Summit

Department of Nutrition Sciences’ PhD candidate, Dan Dychtwald, MPH, (mentored by Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in Nutrition Sciences) led the New Jersey affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at their annual Policy and Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.

Dychtwald, as public policy coordinator for New Jersey, joined hundreds of Academy members from across the country in advocating for the "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA)" and "Expanding Diabetes Self-Management Training Act (DSMT)." In his role, he coordinated meetings with New Jersey legislators, meeting with several legislative advisors and staffers on his own.

Meetings included stories and data regarding obesity and diabetes, as well as their toll on New Jersey families and the state economy. Both bills advocate for expanded access to care, increased insurance coverage, and evidence-based approaches in treatment.

He met with staffers for both Senator Cory Booker and Representative Donald Norcross.

August 1

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

New Publication

A new paper has been published online in Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. Titled "Ageing in the right place – a prototype of a web-based housing counselling intervention for later life," Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, and colleagues discuss their work to develop a web-based intervention for older adults who hope to age in place.

August 1

A group of Drexel DNP students poses with a statue of William McMaster. (Photo credit: Christopher Acebedo)

Digital Dragon Blog - 2019 DNP Global Immersion Trip to Canada

Drexel DNP students participated in a unique global immersion experience in the spring of 2019 to study abroad for one week.

In preparing future advanced practice nursing leaders for responding to current and future global healthcare needs in diverse settings, cultivating an understanding of global health through a study abroad opportunity adds richness to the learning opportunities for students. Host, McMaster University prepared with a packed schedule of learning experiences including highly accomplished presenters who engaged in dialogue with the group.

The experience blended studying abroad at McMaster University (the birthplace of evidence-based practice), Juravinski Hospital – Hamilton Health Sciences, along with immersion in the culture of Canada. Comparing and contrasting the structure of healthcare delivery system abroad and in the United States was a strong emphasis during the trip.

Overall, the trip was an unforgettable experience that will help shape the global perspective of future DNP leaders. Click here to read their blog.

July 31

Research Article Published

Doctoral students in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, working with Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, assistant professor, published a research article entitled, “The Endocrine Role of Bone in Cardiometabolic Health” in the journal Current Nutrition Reports. The article elaborates on the hormonal role of bone in regulating cardiometabolic health.

The following were the authors.

Rosemary DeLuccia (doctoral candidate), May Cheung (doctoral candidate), Rohit Ramadoss (incoming doctoral student), Abeer Aljahdali (former Master of Science student) and Deeptha Sukumar, PhD.

July 31

Nutrition Sciences students Rohit Ramadoss Rosemary DeLuccia and May Cheung

CNHP Represented American Society for Nutrition Conference

The Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University was well-represented at the American Society for Nutrition conference in June 2019, held in Baltimore, Maryland.

The laboratory of Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, had three poster presentations whose co-authors included students and faculty.

  • Calcium to Magnesium Ratio Higher Than Optimal Across Age Groups
    Rosemary DeLuccia, May Cheung, Tammy Ng, Rohit Ramadoss, Asma Altasan, Deeptha Sukumar
  • Calcitropic Hormones and Metabolic Markers Differ in Young South Asian Indian Men and Caucasians
    Rohit Ramadoss, Asma Altasan, May Cheung, Rosemary DeLuccia, Abeer Aljahdali, Deeptha Sukumar
  • The Relationship Between Serum Ionized Magnesium Concentrations and Diastolic Blood Pressure in Overweight and Obese Adults
    May Cheung, Rosemary DeLuccia, Rohit Ramadoss, Asma Altasan, Stella L. Volpe, PhD, professor and department chair, and Deeptha Sukumar

The laboratory of Jennifer A. Nasser, PhD, associate professor and director of the PhD Program had three poster presentations whose co-authors included students and faculty.

  • A Functional Near Infra-red (fNIRS) Neurocorrelate of Loss of Control Eating
    Dimitra Thomopolous, Eram Albajri, Lisa Lanza, Hasasn Ayaz, Angelo Del Parigi, Jennifer Nasser
  • Interacting effects of self-reported physical activity and protein preloads on fNIRS measured brain activation during ice cream intake
    Lisa Lanza, Eram Albajri, Hasan Ayaz, Sinclair Smith, Angelo Del Parigi and Jennifer Nasser
  • Objective assessment of brain response to tasting high sugar/high fat chocolate by RETeval electroretinography
    Jennifer Nasser, Eram Albajri, Lisa Lanza and Shanon Casperson

The laboratory of Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and department chair, had one thematic poster presentation with faculty as co-authors.

  • Effect of a Multi-Component, School-Based Intervention on Health Behaviors of Elementary School Students
    Abigail D. Gilman, RD, project manager for the Healthy Futures Initiative, Michael Bruneau Jr, PhD, assistant teaching professor in Health Sciences, Tanja V.E. Kral, Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor, Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD, professor, and Stella L. Volpe, PhD

July 31

Chalice Jenkins, PhD, LPC

Drexel Pathway to Medical School Students Negotiate Relationships

On July 12, 2019, Chalice Jenkins, PhD, an assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy department, presented an interactive workshop, “Let it Flow: Negotiating Relationships” to 44 eager underserved and underrepresented students.

Laughter, fun and critical analysis filled the room as students:

  • Identified, described and applied levels of conflict.
  • Explained, applied and analyzed the five basic principles of negotiation.
  • Applied, analyzed and evaluated four negotiation techniques.

July 30

Beans with the Deans Coffee Cups

To Bean or Not to Bean?

That is the question.
Whether 'tis better to stay in bed, undercaffeinated and uninformed,
Or to rise early, take up thy mug and query the deans.

Please join Dean Laura Gitlin and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs Veronica Carey for early morning coffee and conversation. Submit a question, comment or concern ahead of time to make sure it's addressed!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Dean's Suite, 10th Floor, Three Parkway
Or via live webcast.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Click here to register.

July 30

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Tuesday Topics: Hyperion Skills, Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 1043 or via live webcast

If you are a user of Hyperion, here's an opportunity to brush up or learn new skills and tricks to get the most out of this tool.


  • Lora Furman, executive director of Assessment and Operations

All are welcome. Ideal for professional staff and advisors who use the software Hyperion.

Click here to register.

July 29


Macy Monday

It's Macy Monday!

Meet Sabrina Kagan. She is an undergraduate in the Health Services Administration program. When Kagan changed her major, she saw the Macy program as a way to develop personally and professionally. She admits that getting used to the non-traditional college course took a little bit of time, but learning and practicing team dynamics and discovering her leadership style was well worth it.


To read more about her and to learn more about the Macy program, click here.

In the area of leadership development, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for students no matter which career path they choose.

Apply Now.

July 29

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Drexel Food Lab and FHM Create New Hoagie Roll

Will your hoagie taste any different if it's made on the new, low sodium roll created by the Drexel Food Lab? Click here to read about the new roll came to be.

July 26

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Nutritional Counseling Services

Work with a Drexel University Registered Dietitian (RD) to meet your nutritional goals for living a more energized and healthy life. Learn research-based approaches to improve your eating habits, plan meals, select snacks, enhance athletic performance or manage diseases through therapeutic diets.

Services are available at two locations:

Parkway Health and Wellness
1601 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor

Drexel Recreation Center
3301 Market Street

You may be entitled to six one-hour nutrition counseling sessions per year at no cost through your Independence Blue Cross insurance plan. Please call your insurance provider to verify your benefits. Additionally, Drexel employees can earn 15 wellness points for each session attended (max of 90 points per calendar year). For information about Drexel’s employee wellness incentive program, click here.

If you are using another health plan, nutrition benefits may not be covered, or they may only be provided for certain illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure and obesity. If you are not using insurance, the fees are as follows: Initial consult: $120.00, 15-minute re-visit: $50.00, each additional 15 minutes: $25.00.

To learn more or to schedule a session, please call 215.553.7012 or email

July 26

Jennifer Quinlan

Grant from USDA Awarded

Jennifer J. Quinlan (PI) and collaborators from The Partnership for Food Safety Education and New Mexico State University Awarded $299,905 Grant from USDA to Develop the Next Generation of Consumer Food Safety Education Materials

Jennifer J. Quinlan, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and her collaborators, Jeanne Gleason, EdD, (New Mexico State University [NMSU]), Barbara Chamberlain, PhD (NMSU), Pamela Martinez, EdD (NMSU), and Shelley Feist (The Partnership for Food Safety Education), have been awarded $299,905 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The purpose of the project is to conduct formative research and develop a second generation of food safety education materials addressing the message to not wash raw poultry. The new education materials will be made available online at, and promoted through social media as well as more traditional distribution channels for food safety education materials.

July 26

Roberta Waite

New Book Out on August 5

Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Students and Health Professionals Need to Know is the newest book by Roberta Waite, EdD, professor and assistant dean of Academic & Community Integration, Doctoral Nursing Department and director, Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services.

This book provides healthcare students and professionals with a foundational background on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)-traumatic early life experiences, which can have a profound impact on health in later life. ACEs can include being a victim of abuse, neglect or exposure to risk in the home or community. How healthcare students and professionals learn to recognize, react, and respond to persons affected by trauma will lay the foundation for their relationships with patients. This book intentionally uses micro-to-macro lenses accompanied by a structural competency framework to elucidate health implications across the lifespan. It explores the nature of adversity and its effects on the physical, emotional, cognitive and social health of individuals, communities and society. Importantly, it will equip healthcare students and professionals with an understanding for critical change in practice and offer action steps designed to assist them with prevention and intervention approaches and steps to help build resilience.

July 24

DaVita is Hosting an Event for all Hahnemann Teammates

DaVita is hosting a Mix and Mingle job fair for Hahnemann teammates. 

  • Thursday, August 1
  • 449 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For additional information about the event, click here. For more information about DaVita careers, click here.

July 23

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