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Backstage at CNHP's commencement exercises at the Mann Center

Today is the Day

Let's celebrate all our graduates for contributing to the fabric of the College, for nurturing their purpose before going out into the world and for being kind and compassionate. Let's celebrate our faculty and staff for standing by our students. Let's celebrate the family and friends who supported our students in their journey.

Share your moments with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Linked In. #ForeverDragons

June 14

Master of Science Student Presents Thesis Defense

Julia Rovera, a master's student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, will present her thesis defense “The Relationship among Sport Type, Micronutrient Intake and Bone Mineral Density in an Athlete Population.”

  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • Three Parkway Building, Room 206

Also available via live webcast.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


  • Stella Volpe, PhD, Department of Nutrition Sciences


  • Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • Sinclair Smith, ScD, Department of Health Sciences

June 13

Become a Liberty Scholar Mentor

The Liberty Scholars program is an ongoing investment in the students of this great city. Each year Drexel offers 50 new first-year students who grew up and attended school in Philadelphia a chance to partake in the program, granting them a full-tuition and -fees scholarship, a guaranteed learning community during their first year, and targeted academic and administrative support.

Liberty Scholar is paired with a faculty or professional staff member who acts as a mentor during the scholar's time at Drexel. As a mentor, you provide an additional layer of encouragement for our scholars by supporting their progress, offering suggestions and advice, and providing inspiration and motivation when needed.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, complete the online Mentor Application by Friday, July 12, 2019.

June 13

Fran Cornelius

Faculty Book Chosen for Distinguished List

Fran Cornelius, PhD, an assistant dean for Teaching, Learning and Engagement, coordinator of Clinical Nursing Informatics Education and clinical professor, and long-time colleague,  Laurinda Harman, PhD, associate professor Emerita at Temple University's College of Public Health, co-authored Ethical Health Informatics: Challenges and Opportunities, 3rd Edition which was selected as a 2019 Doody Core Title in Medical Informatics. Each year, Doody Enterprises collaborates with a network of librarians and content experts to publish Doody’s Core Titles in the Health Sciences.

This list of the most distinguished titles is used by librarians worldwide to develop and update their collections with the titles deemed most essential in over 120 specialties across clinical medicine, nursing, allied health and basic sciences.

June 13

Students Co-Op Work Published

Co-op is vital in so many ways, and both Darby Donnelly (Health Sciences ’18) and Miranda Rouse (Nutrition ’18), are proof of another benefit.

Connelly and Rouse were part of publications that came out of their co-op.

Their co-op supervisors shared "Breastfeeding Intention Versus Outcomes at Two to Three Weeks Postpartum: A Quality Improvement Project" and"Assessing Behavioral Engagement in Clinical Research: The Wintering Donnelly Research Assessment and Screening Tool (WRAST)."

June 13

Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topic Detecting Drowsy Driving Behavior in Patients with Sleep Apnea

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 742 or webcast

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder involving the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep, which results in impaired sleep and chronic drowsiness. Individuals with untreated OSA have an increased risk for motor vehicle crashes. Impairment from drowsiness is one mechanism that might explain the added risk. To observe the effects of untreated OSA on driving behavior in a real-world context, a study was conducted in which naturalistic driving data was collected from individuals with untreated OSA and a control group. One challenge in using naturalistic driving data is producing a holistic analysis of these highly variable datasets that enables a comparison of driver behaviors. Typical analyses focus on isolated events, such as large g-force accelerations indicating a possible near-crash. Examining isolated events is ill-suited for identifying patterns in continuous activities such as maintaining vehicle control. I will describe the results of a study which used topic models in an alternate approach for the analysis of these data. The study results provide a foundation for investigating the use of feedback to patients with OSA about how treatment impacts their everyday performance in high-risk situations, such as driving, as a motivational strategy to increase treatment adherence.


Elease McLaurin, PhD, is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work in the field of human factors engineering has focused on identifying ways to improve patient health management once they leave the hospital or clinic environment. Her specific research interests include the development of data analysis tools to expand the methods available for understanding naturalistic decision making. McLaurin will be presenting work from her dissertation on the use of machine learning methods to understand the impact of sleep impairment from obstructive sleep apnea on naturalistic driving behavior.

Open to any Doctoral Students or faculty within the college.

Click here to register.

June 12

CNHP staff enjoying National Donut Day

Staff Council Treats Staff on Donut Day

June 7 was National Donut Day. To mark the occasion, Staff Council treated staff and faculty to decadent donuts from Reading Terminal Market.

Everything in moderation was the advice from the Eat Right Philly group (pictured here.)

Don't forget that there is an All-Staff meeting on June 19.

Live seating is extremely limited – registration is required. Also, you can add agenda items to dicuss at the meeting.

June 11

Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP, is professor and dean, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, formerly the Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology, at Adelphi University

Associate Dean for Research Candidate Presentation

Please Join Us in Welcoming CNHP Associate Dean for Research candidate Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP for his presentation entitled "Can the lessons I have learned as a psychotherapy researcher be generalized to other fields?"

  • June 11 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, Room 1043
  • Also available via live webcast

This event is being organized by the ADR Search Committee and the Dean’s Office. RSVP here.

Jacques P. Barber, PhD, ABPP, is professor and dean, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, formerly the Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychology, at Adelphi University. He is emeritus professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and in the psychology graduate group at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also adjunct professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He is past president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research and was a recipient of its early career award in 1996 and its Distinguished Research Career Award in 2014. He recently received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29, 2018) and the Research Award from the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div 39, 2019). He has been visiting professor at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and at two universities in Australia. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania.

His research focuses on the outcome and process of psychodynamic and cognitive therapies for depression, panic disorder, substance dependence and personality disorders. He has been funded by NIMH and NIDA to conduct randomized clinical trials involving psychodynamic and cognitive therapy. Guided by conceptual models emphasizing both relational and technical factors, his psychotherapy process research examines the impact of the therapeutic alliance and of therapists’ use of theoretically relevant interventions on the outcome of different therapies. Outside of treatment research, he has also conducted research on individual core conflicts and metacognition in different populations including children of Holocaust survivors. He has published more than 260 papers, chapters and books in the field of psychotherapy and personality. He is mostly proud of the students and post docs he has mentored during his career.

Among his recent books are Psychodynamic Therapy: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy: A Casebook (2014) both with Richard Summers; Visions in Psychotherapy Research and Practice: Reflections from the presidents of the society for psychotherapy research co-edited with Bernhard Strauss and Louis Georges Castonguay. Echoes of the Trauma: Relationship Themes and Emotions in the Narratives of the Children of Holocaust Survivors co-authored with Hadas Wiseman and The Therapeutic Alliance: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, co-edited with Christopher Muran.

June 11

Meditation graphic

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.

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

These weekly sessions offer a short guided meditation. 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. More details to follow.

June 11

Empty chairs at the Mann Centere before commencement

Commencement Week Activities

College of Nursing and Health Professions Celebrations

June 12, 2019

 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Department of Nutrition Sciences Graduation Lunch
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m
Doctoral Student Celebration

June 13, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.          
Department of Creative Arts Therapies Graduation Brunch
 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Center for Food and Hospitality Management Commencement Ceremony
 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
MSN & RN to BSN Awards Ceremony
 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
MSN & RN to BSN Awards Reception
 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
BSN Pinning - Reception follows

June 14, 2019

8:30 a.m.                    
College of Nursing and Health Professions Ceremony
7:30 p.m.
Drexel University Commencement

Check out our social media and post all your experiences this week. Make sure you tag DrexelCNHP and us #foreverdragons.

June 11

Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program students and mentors

Macy Celebration

On June 3, Macy Fellows, their mentors and families gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the 2018-2019 program. 

This event is especially poignant for a couple of reasons. The first is that it celebrates the core values and mission of the College that are so recognizable in the Macy program. Working with purpose and toward becoming ethical leaders who will address health-related issues and concerns and promote health justice in of our society is at the center of this leardership program. The projects you worked on around power and racism exemplify the learning that needs to take place to bring about equity in healthcare.

The second reason is that it marks the final countdown towards commencement. As we watch some of our Macy Fellows graduate this week, we look forward to hearing about your future successes in scholarship, in your professions and/or in service to others.

To watch the video the cohort produced, click here. To see the slideshow of photos from the event, click here.

June 10

Two female students robing for commencement 2018

Commencement Week is Here

This is a bittersweet time of the year. We are so incredibly proud of all your achievements and excited to see where you go next. But we will feel your absence in our labs, classrooms and campuses.

Watch our social media this week and post your moments. Be sure to tag DrexelCNHP and use #ForeverDragons so we can share in your celebrations.

Congratulations to you all! Well Done!

June 10


Macy Monday Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month Edition

It's Macy Monday!

Over the course of the next handful of months, we will introduce you to the Macy fellows and share their reasons for participating in the program. This is the Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month edition.

Meet Thomas Morris. He, an undergraduate health services administration student, wants to be a person who models, inspires and encourages leadership. The team-oriented structure of projects in Macy has given him motivation to start the AgeWell Student Network with some of his fellow students as well as participate in other organizations to which he belongs. He is grateful for the help of his mentor in developing short- and long-term goals for his career.

To read more about him 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.

June 10

Culinary Arts and Food Science for Thesis Defense

Please join the Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science for Thesis Defense

  • Monday, June 10
  • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bistro, 6th floor Academic Building
  • 101 N. 33rd Street

"The potential impact of raw milk on the small intestine microbiome" by Rizalina Gadaingan.

"The process from ideation to commercialization of food products made from upcycled foods" by Sheetal Bahirat.

"Investigating the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on dairy-based edible films to predict their applications" by Maharshi H. Trivedi.


June 7

Rose-Ann Ghalili

Research Co-op Funding Awarded

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, professor of nursing and assistant dean is the recipient of research co-op funding in the amount of $7,250 from the Office of the Provost and the Steinbright Career Development Center for the fall/winter cycle commencing September 23, 2019.

This funding allocates for a full-time research co-op position in support of the current project on Nutrition, Quality of Life and Enhanced Wound Healing.

June 6

Rose-Ann Ghalili

Gerontological Society of America Fellow Announced

Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA , professor of nursing and assistant dean was awarded fellow status through the health sciences section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

The GSA, the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging, awards fellow status as an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

Congratulations Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili!

June 5

Afolasade Fakolade, PT, PhD

PTRS Tenure Track Candidate Presentation on June 12

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences would like to invite faculty to a lecture by tenure track candidate Afolasade Fakolade, PT, PhD

Enhancing wellbeing of people with advanced neurological disability and their caregivers through health promoting activities

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Three Parkway, Room 602 or via live webcast

For questions, or a copy of Fakolade’s CV, please email

Afolasade Fakolade, PT, PhD, is a physical therapist by training and a clinician scientist. She has compiled a research program focused on the intersection of health promotion and telerehabilitation. Her focus is on identifying strategies to support people with advanced disability due to chronic neurological conditions to lead active, healthy and meaningful lives within their communities. These individuals include people living with the disease and their family caregivers.

Fakolade's research program is characterized by its solid theoretical foundations, participatory action approaches and interdisciplinary collaborations across various fields including neurology, health psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise physiology. Her innovative mixed methods studies have resulted in a greater understanding of the needs and concerns of persons with advanced multiple sclerosis disability and their caregivers. This work has provided a foundation for the design of programs to facilitate initiation, long-term maintenance and quality participation in health promoting behaviors in these groups.

Fakolade has disseminated findings from her work in top journals in her field, as well as at leading interdisciplinary conferences. Through service across the research and professional community, she is advancing the field of health promotion in chronic neurological conditions nationally.

June 5

Journal of Family Psychotherapy cover

Special Issue of the Journal of Family Psychotherapy on Supervision

The Journal of Family Psychotherapy special issue entitled, "The State of Supervision" will be available on 6/3/19. The Journal of Family Psychotherapy is affiliated with the International Family Therapy Association.

Guest editors include Wendel Ray, PhD, a senior research fellow at the Mental Research Institute (MRI), founding director of the Don D. Jackson Archive of Systemic Literature, and professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and David Hale, PhD, an assistant professor and program director for the MFT programs at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Christian Jordal, PhD, associate clinical professor and interim Counseling and Family Therapy department chair, is the current editor.

June 5

Mixed-reality Simulation Training Grant Award

The department of Counseling and Family Therapy, was recently awarded a training grant, from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy to pilot the use of mixed-reality simulation in the Master of Family Therapy degree program.

The MFT program at Drexel University has embedded simulation in its curriculum, including formative and summative evaluations for the better part of a decade. There is only a handful of MFT programs across North America who currently have access to simulation technology.

The Drexel CICSP is instrumental in helping the MFT program at Drexel University remain at the forefront of our field.

June 4

Change in Deadline to submit Tuition remission for 2019-20

The deadline for completing the tuition remission form is now July 1, 2019.

You are now able to submit the form online using this link.

June 4

PA Board Review Book Published

Julie Kinzel, MEd, PA-C, assistant clinical professor and interim PA department chair, and Patrick Auth, PhD, MS, PA-C, newly retired clinical professor, department chair and program director, are editors for the 5th Edition of PA Review for the PANCE which is now in print and available.

Many of the PA faculty were contributing editors for the book. The chapter editors and Drexel PA faculty include: Daniela Livingston, MD, Ryan Clancy, MSHS, Rosalie Coppola, MHS, Ellen Feld, MD, Juanita Gardner, MPH, Ann Madden, MHS, Cathy Nowak, MS, Allison Rusgo, MPH, Megan Schneider, MMS, MSPH, Diana Smith, MHS, Charles Stream, MPH, and question contributors Clare Pisoni, MPAS, and Justin Wolfe, MHS.

June 3

Pennoni Honors College Undergraduate Research Day

The Department of Nutrition Sciences was well-represented at the Pennoni Honors College Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

The following senior Nutrition Sciences majors presented the following posters:

Food Waste Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors: Vegetarians vs. Meat Eaters

Presenters: Marielisa Otero, Jose Cuadros, Matthieu Kubli

The Impact of Food Date Labeling on Consumer Food Waste

Presenters: Briana Walsh, Emily Lim, Chwen-Ling Huang, Ye Ji Lee

Food Waste: How Increased/Bulk Purchasing Impacts the Increase of Food Waste

Presenters: Mollye Barsh, DeAndra Forde and Kailey Napolitano

Development and Validation of a Method to Determine Nutrient Loss in Consumer Food Waste

Presenters: Julia Maher, Qiuan Huang

June 3

Jennifer Zellers, PT, DPT, PhD

Tenure Track Candidate Presentation

The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences would like to invite faculty to Tenure Track Candidate Jennifer Zellers, PT, DPT, PhD’s, lecture:

The spectrum of tendon dysfunction: Exploring tendon health within the ICF framework.

For questions, or a copy of Zellers’ CV, please email

Jennifer Zellers, PT, DPT, PhD, is currently a postdoctoral research scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. A physical therapist by background, Zellers completed her PhD training at University of Delaware’s interdisciplinary program in Biomechanics and Movement Science. Her dissertation, titled, “Early to late outcomes following Achilles tendon rupture: Contributors to clinical success,” investigated recovery from Achilles tendon rupture across multiple domains of the International classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework. Her postdoctoral work investigates diabetes-related tendon complications using an integrated ex vivo and in vivo approach, emphasizing structure-function relationships. Zellers has 13 publications (nine as first author), and has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

June 3

Board members and preseters of SAGECare event on May 29, 2019

SAGECare at Drexel

Last week, the College’s Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with a number of Drexel University co-sponsors, partnered with the Elder Advisory Committee to the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs to host a SAGECare event for local executive leadership of long-term care agencies.

The event opened with keynote discussions from Dean Laura N. Gitlin and Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, regarding the need for better aging research and services for LGBT older adults. Following the morning discussion, nearly 30 executive leaders representing 17 unique agencies participated in a SAGECare training to develop organizational inclusion strategies and best practices for working with LGBT older adults.

While these leaders return to their agencies empowered with resources, knowledge and fresh ideas, our College’s AgeWell Collaboratory and City’s Elder Advisory Committee will continue to work with these agencies to implement practices and build relationships for future research, clinical and advocacy work.

June 3

Learn from the Best image

Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month

"Doctors need to stop saying there's nothing that can be done for dementia. There's a lot you can do, and you can make life better."

Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Dean and Distinguished University Professor

Dean Gitlin certainly has raised the awareness of dementias, Alzheimer's Disease and aging well at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. As a world-renown researcher, her work is giving people impacted by cognitive impairment hope even if their doctors don't.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Throughout the month Daily Dose and CNHP's social media will highlight work our faculty, students and communities are doing to bring awareness, healthcare and hope to a growing population.

Click here to watch Learn form the Best: Laura Gitlin on Dementia and Aging.


June 3

Nursing Recruiters on Campus on Monday

  • Monday, June 3
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, 6th Floor

Recruiters from BAYADA Home Health Care and Christiana Care Health System will be on campus to talk with students.

Stop by to meet them in in the lounge area before or after class.

All senior and ACE Nursing students are welcome.

June 3

Nursing Recruiters on Campus on Monday

  • Monday, June 3
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Three Parkway, 6th Floor

Recruiters from BAYADA Home Health Care and Christiana Care Health System will be on campus to talk with students.

Stop by to meet them in in the lounge area before or after class.

All senior and ACE Nursing students are welcome.

May 31

Jesse Ballenger

Faculty Presentation at Trent Aging 2019

Jesse F. Ballenger, associate teaching professor in the Health Administration Department, presented his paper “The Commodification of Confusion: Neoliberalism, Aging and Dementia” at the joint international conference of the North American and European Networks on Aging Studies held May 28-31 at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

May 31

William Lorman

American Academy of Nursing Induction

William Lorman, PhD, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing, was recently notified that he will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing is the highest honor bestowed on nurses who have made long-lasting sustainable contributions to the nursing professions. Lorman is a graduate of MCP-Hahnemann University with a master's degree in nursing, is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and is certified as an advanced practice addictions specialist (CARN-AP). He also is a board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and has completed post-doctoral work at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis as a Freudian psychoanalyst.

Lorman is on the medical staff at Livengrin Foundation in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in addition to holding the position of chief clinical officer. In his position, he is responsible for all medical, nursing and counseling staff along with all clinical programming. In his private practice, he works with adults who suffer from a full range of psychiatric disorders—mild depression to severe psychosis—and he specializes in addiction psychiatry.

He utilizes a psychoanalytic-medical model and provides services that include individual and group psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

Please join us for congratulating Dr. Lorman on this phenomenal achievement!

May 30

Jesse Ballenger

Group Calls for Accurate CTE Risk News ReportingDaily Dose

Jesse F. Ballenger,PhD, an associate teaching professor in the health administration department, co-authored a letter in the current issue of Lancet Neurology warning of the danger that, in pursuit of the conventional ideal of “balanced reporting,” the news media will significantly understate the risks of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy associated with collision sports.

The letter also describes the economic, social and political factors that often influence the dissemination of health risks to the public. Click here to read the letter.

May 30

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