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  • Research Priorities in Caregiving Summit

    On March 22-23rd, Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD virtually attended “Research Priorities in Caregiving Summit: Advancing Family-Centered Care Across the Trajectory of Serious Illness.” The purpose of the Summit is to identify research priorities (interventions specifically) and an action plan to advance multi-cultural approaches to support families across the trajectory of caregiving and of illnesses and which address the heterogeneity of people, diseases, issues locations, and needs. Approximately 50 people are attending reflecting a mix of nationally recognized policy experts, individuals from various disciplines (nurses, psychiatrists, sociologists, gerontologists, geriatricians) and applied researchers, practitioners and educators. The Summit mostly focused on family-centered care for older adults but older adults is not its exclusive focus.

    As family-centered care is key to health care now and into the future, Gitlin and Guy Diamond, PhD, director of the College of Nursing and Health Profession's Center for Family Intervention Science, are forming an interest group to discuss how we teach family-centered care to students in our programs, how we engage family caregivers in our practices and any intervention research or new educational programming (CEUs, webinars) we are involved with on family-centered care.

    The initial meeting will be scheduled for a date in June, stay tuned for specifics!

    March 23

  • Joseph Stanzione, PhD in Nutrition Sciences Student

    Nutrition Sciences PhD Student Wins Tek-Kah Lim Award

    Congratulations to Joseph Stanzione, PhD student in Nutrition Sciences, who has been selected for a 2017 to 2018 Teck-Kah Lim Graduate Student Travel Award. This award provides a travel subsidy to encourage graduate student participation in prestigious academic meetings and conferences nationwide. Stanzione will present at the American Society for Nutrition in Boston in June 2018. The title of his abstract is “Evaluation of Lean Body Mass as a Predictor of Dietary Protein Intake."

    Co-authors on the abstract with Stanzione are Joe Boullata, PharmD (Nutrition Sciences), Michael Bruneau, PhD (Health Sciences) and Stella Volpe, PhD (Nutrition Sciences).

    March 23

  • Hands strumming a guitar

    Music therapy and the military

    A Drexel blog post highlights the work Joke Bradt, PhD, a CNHP associate professor, is part of. She and a team recently published a paper highlighting two music therapy programs being used to treat military service members. She hopes that shedding light on such successful programs leads to them being taken up more widely.

    March 22

  • Research illustration

    Faculty Research Profiles are free

    Have you visited the research area of our website yet? It's pretty cool. Did you know that if you do research of any kind you are eligible for a free research profile?

    Here's a link to the profile template you can download and use—which includes very detailed instructions on page one.

    We are looking forward to highlighting all the researchers here at CNHP.

    March 21

  • Nurition Sciences graduate student Anna Schlupp

    Nutrition sciences graduate student wins award

    Anna Schlupp, a student in the graduate nutrition program, will present at the Annual Meeting for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in Seattle, WA on March 21, 2018.

    Her poster presentation is titled “Is RDS for YMSM? Successful enhancements to respondent driven sampling methods for recruiting 15-18 year old participants in Philadelphia.”

    Congratulations, Anna!

    March 20

  • A delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic visiting CNHP

    International Guests visit CNHP

    A delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic visited CNHP on Friday, March 16, 2018 during their official visit to the United States as part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the State Department. The delegates from the Kyrgyz Republic on a program entitled, “NGOs and Healthcare Policy.” The purpose of the meeting, a request of the State Department, was to explore an exemplary model of nurse-managed, community-based care for the vulnerable and homeless people.

    CNHP’s Joan Bloch, PhD, associate professor and director of global health initiatives, and Kate Clark, MPH, director of strategic initiatives, met and had an engaging dialogue about global issues confronting vulnerable populations and our exemplary Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. The delegates gained a new understanding of nurse-led health centers and discussed the merits of such a system in their country. Joining the Kyrgyz delegates at CNHP were also representatives from Citizen Diplomacy International, a nonprofit organization that strives for greater global connections through face-to-face encounters, the exclusive partner for the U.S. Department of State’s top exchange when they have visitors within the tri-state region.

    March 20

  • Jaime Slaughter

    CFIS Spring 2018 Speaker Series

    Family Intervention Science: Spring 2018 Speaker Series

    The Center for Family Intervention Science is excited to bring to the community a speaker series on family engagement and family-centered research and practice.


    “The Intersectionality of Race and Skin Color in Relation to Black Women's Birth Outcomes and Health Care Utilization.”

    Presenter: Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Sciences Research

    Thursday, March22, 2018 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 1090
    Sign-in at 11:50 • Live and Via Live Webinar

    Registration Required

    March 19

  • Pound fitness class

    POUND Fitness Dates

    Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery

    March Dates

    • Tuesday, March 27, 4:00 p.m. –  Easter POUND
    • Tuesday, April 3, 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. 
    • Monday, April 16, 4:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, April 24, 12:00 p.m.


    Parkway Health and Wellness
    Three Parkway, 2nd Floor

    *This class is for faculty and staff.

    RSVP here

    March 19

  • Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN

    Electronic portfolio class

    Promotion e-folio: prep and configuration made easy!

    In this presentation, Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN will show learners will how to associate CNHP academic promotion criteria with construction of the electronic portfolio. Emphasis will be placed on evidence (document) collection, formatting and placement that will showcase your accomplishments.

    Monday, April 9, 12 - 1 p.m.
    1043 Parkway or Zoom

    March 19

  • Nutrition sciences graduate student wins award

    Nutrition science graduate student Kira Sy has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Diversity Scholarship Award.

    The recipient must be a current member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, have a minimum grade point average of 2.8, demonstrate a commitment to the dietetic profession and exhibit leadership qualities as evident by volunteer activities in community organizations, campus activities, or in other organizations. For the Diversity Scholarship, the candidate must have a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics.

    From the selection committee: “Your application outlined your exceptional accomplishments and qualifications – all of which confirmed that you are a much deserving recipient of this prestigious award.”

    Congratulations Kira!

    March 19

  • CNHP Faculty serving on new committee

    The Office of Faculty Affairs announced the Teaching and Learning Center Envisioning Committee to consider feedback received from the town halls and stakeholder meetings in order to develop a mission, purpose, vision and values for the new Center. They will also identify critical implementation success factors and key competencies required of the new Center Director.

    A call for nominations to the committee was issued in early January 2018. They received over 60 submissions and selected 16 people to serve of which two are CNHP faculty. Fran Cornelius, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE and Karyn Holt, PhD, CNM, NCC are members of the committee who will submit recommendations in June 2018.

    Fran Cornelius  Karyn Holt

    March 19

  • Active-duty service members' masks


    Researchers at CNHP don't fool around. So it's no surprise that creative arts therapies Assistant Professor Girija Kaimal, EdD is on the #100WomenInScience list. Twice. One of her studies, “Active-duty military service members’ visual representation of PTSD and TBI in masks” (#63 on the list) was downloaded more than 13K times and the other, “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making” (#81) saw close to 12K downloads.

    And how awesome is it that this was announced during Creative Arts Therapies Week.

    Congratulations Dr. Kaimal!

    March 15

  • Lisa Aiello Laws

    Faculty Research presented

    Lisa B. Aiello, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APRN, assistant clinical professor, has made genetics in nursing education the focus of her research. Aiello presented a poster titled “Assessment Of Genomic Knowledge Among Nurses In An Online RN To BSN Completion Program” at Maimonides Medical Center Fifth Annual Nursing Research Conference and a podium presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), titled “Assessment Of Genomic Knowledge Among Nurses In An Online RN To BSN Completion Program.” In addition, Aiello recently published a manuscript in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing titled "Genomics education: Knowledge of nurses across the profession and integration into practice."

    March 14

  • Glenn Williams headshot

    BAYADA Speaker Series

    Next Generation Rehabilitation: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs, Happier Clients 

    Presented by: Glenn N. Williams, PT, PhD, ATC

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 • 6 – 7:45 p.m. ET

    Drexel University • Center City Campus
    Three Parkway Building • Room 1043
    1601 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102


    6 – 6:30 p.m. – Registration and Light Reception
    6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Lecture
    7:30 – 7:45 p.m. – Evaluations

    Using his work on knee rehabilitation as a model, Williams will discuss how advances in science/technology and innovative thinking offer the promise of better rehabilitation outcomes while lowering costs and delivering care in a more client-friendly manner.  

    Those of you registered for the February 8th event and new registrants can REGISTER HERE for this rescheduled lecture. 

    March 13

  • Mandela Fellows

    Apply to be a Peer Collaborator

    Applications are now being accepted from faculty, staff and students interested in being a Peer Collaborator to one of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This is Drexel's second cohort of Fellows coming here for a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

    This program, a partnership between the Institute for Strategic Leadership in the LeBow College of Business and the Office of International Programs begins in June. For additional information about the responsibilities of being a Peer Collaborator and to apply, click here.

    March 13

  • Arts-based research symposium flyer

    Faculty and Students Participate in Research Symposium

    Nancy Gerber, PhD and doctoral candidates Jacelyn Biondo and Ming Yuan Low participated as workshop presenters at the recent symposium entitled "Arts-Based Research: Getting Messy and Asking Critical Questions." The symposium was held on March 10, 2018 and sponsored by the music therapy department of the State University of New York.

    March 12

  • Dr. Steve George

    Pain Management, Episode VIII: The Last Opioid

    Please join Drexel University’s Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences on March 15, 2018 from 5-6 p.m. for the commencement of our Guest Lecture Series with visiting professor Steve George, PT, PhD, FAPTA, who will be sharing his expertise on pain management. George's lecture will focus on identifying the priorities and challenges facing patients, providers and policy makers as we progress to the non-pharmacological era of pain management.

    For more information, or to register, click here.

    March 12

  • Staff member making edits to web site

    Faculty and Staff: CNHP Web Update

    Thanks to all who attended Sitecore training since the beginning of the new year. We hope you used your new-found skills when updating your pages of the College site.

    Tricia Wallace, executive assistant to the Dean, developed manuals to provide simple step-by-step instructions for editing titles in faculty profiles, adding photos andediting links in a program page. Simply click on the links or visit the Staff Resources section of the CNHP SharePoint site for details. Additional manuals may be developed in the future as needs arise.

    After completing your update, Sitecore forwards your edits to Marketing Communications. Team members will review your updates for grammar, punctuation, consistency in messaging and College and University branding prior to posting to the site. If you find you need assistance or have suggestions regarding manual topics, please contact or Maggie McCrea at 267.359.5909.

    As for the home page of the site, we are presently working with web services in University Communications to update the site. We hope to hear from them shortly regarding an official “launch.”

    We also need to determine how best to revise the entire site so that it reflects new strategies and initiatives moving forward.

    Please check the Daily Dose for additional updates.

    March 12

  • Chalice Jenkins, PhD and Veronica Carey, PhD

    ColorBrave Campus Dialogues for Faculty

    Chalice Jenkins, PhD, assistant clinical professor, and Veronica Carey, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, both in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy and members of CNHP's Dean's Advisory Board on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DABDEI) will serve as facilitators for ColorBrave campus dialogues, which aim to educate and empower faculty to have a purposeful discussion and address the issue of racial inequities that exist in America today. By being “ColorBrave,” we can address the sometimes uncomfortable issues of race and culture while increasing mutual understanding. Acknowledging and discussing race and other topics surrounding diversity is a first step to developing and sustaining an inclusive culture.

    This session will feature interactive discussions regarding different life experiences. Participants are encouraged to sign up for “experience tables” which they do not personally identify with:

    • Caucasian experience
    • Muslim experience
    • Black experience
    • Asian experience
    • Latino/Hispanic experience
    • LGBTQA experience

    The event is on Tuesday, March 13 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Macalister Hall, SkyView, 6th floor.
    To register, click here.


    March 8

  • Steinbright Career Development Center event

    Career event postponed

    Due to tomorrow’s weather forecast, the Steinbright Career Development Center Senior Series at CNHP: Job Search Strategies has been POSTPONED.

    The new date is April 4, 2018 from 12 - 1 p.m. The event is available live at Three Parkway or via live webcast.

    Lunch will be provided. Register here.

    March 7

  • Painted Meditation logo

    Opportunity for Self-care

    Come and experience a creative way to be mindful.

    Painted Meditation was designed by art therapist, painter and continuing mindfulness student Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC. NCC, LPC, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies. People who may want to practice mindfulness may have questions about where to start. This workshop assists people, ones with no artistic ability, to increase awareness using art to reconnect with themselves. It's a chance to just slow down and observe—their breath, their thoughts and the world around them.

    Painted meditation will be held Mondays in March on the 5th, 12th and 26th from 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. in Parkway Health and Wellness. This is open to faculty, staff and the community. Sign-up is required. For additional information or to reserve your spot, contact Rattigan at 215.553.7012 or email

    March 6

  • Motar board and diploma illustration

    Graduating BSN Students

    Culpeper Medical Center is offering NEW GRADUATE ACADEMY for 2018 Graduating BSN students

    It's a great opportunity for new nurses to rotate through nursing units and follow a core curriculum with hands on learning, didactic and observational experiences. The position will be posted from February 1 through March 31, 2018.  Apply Now

    Requirements for Application

    • Three professional reference letters (two of which should be from clinical instructors)
    • 3.2 GPA (cumulative at time of application)
    • Transcripts/reference letters should emailed to Culpeper Medical Center, ATTN: Human Resources, 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701

    Requirements at Hire

    • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing.
    • Successful completion of the NCLEX, registered nurse with a current licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Certified in Healthcare Provider BLS

    Questions? Contact Amy Utley

    March 6

  • Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

    Students, Are You a Leader?

    Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program is a voluntary, for-credit leadership program designed for undergraduate students in public health, nursing and health professions. The program focuses on leadership, personal and professional development. One of the most important things Fellows have at the end of the program is the tool kit they assembled throughout the year. It includes things like a personal and business network, a relationship with a mentor and self-assessments and plans each has for continued growth.

    See what Macy graduates say about the experience

    March 5

  • Stephen S. Jones, PhD of Washington State University

    Food Seminar Series

    Please join the Center for Food and Hospitality Management for a Food Seminar Series.

    "Discussion on Wheat and Grains" will be presented by Stephen Jones PhD, director of the Bread Lab at Washington State University on March 13, 2018 from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. There will be a light dinner buffet for attendees followed by the seminar from 5:00-5:45 p.m. This event will take place in the Academic Bistro on the sixth floor of the Academic Building. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Gianna Shikitino.

    March 5

  • Art Therapies event flyer

    CAT Faculty Featured in Public Discussion

    Assistant Clinical Professor Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC and Creative Arts Therapies doctoral candidate Marisol Norris, MA, MT-BC, will be featured in "Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies: A Public Conversation" on March 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at New York University, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street. Co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium, Creative Arts Therapists of Color NYC, and the Office of the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, NYU Steinhardt, this event is free and open to the public.

    March 5

  • Oil pastel on paper by R.S. Perry

    Who can do art therapy?

    It seems like everyone received an adult coloring book for Christmas in 2015—they inundated the market with claims of stress reduction and mindfulness meditation benefits without being an artist. But is it art therapy?

    A new article appears on Vice’s Tonic titled “Art Therapy Can Help You Even if You’re Bad at Art” which features the work of CNHP assistant professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA. She notes that while one can improve their mood using a coloring book, working with an art therapist can help with conditions like depression, PTSD, dementia, autism and stroke. The use of visual art helps express what one may not be able to speak and tap into the part of the body where meaningful healing begins.

    March 5

  • Ad for Person of the Therapist International Conference

    International conference hosted by CNHP

    The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy is hosting the first ever International Conference on Person of the Therapist (POTT) in April 2018. POTT Training Model founder and CHNP faculty Harry J. Aponte is one of four keynote speakers at this two-day event—the others are Peter Rober, PhD from the Institute for Family and Sexuality Studies in Belgium, Rutgers University's Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, and CNHP's Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD. Additional presentations will be made by Lic. Arielle Cotton, Lic. Silvia Jajam and Lic. Silvina Aisenson Lichtmann from ConFormación in Argentina, Charles Sim, PhD, SJ from Singapore University of Social Science, couple and family therapist Karni Kissil, PhD and Alliant International University's Alba Nino, PhD.

    This is a great opportunity for therapists, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals to learn from the most notable names in POTT. There will be time to network with your colleagues as well as share your passion for the human experience. Speaker bios, presentation titles, accreditation information and registration information is available here.

    March 2

  • Director of Strategic Initiatives Kate Clark, MPA

    Director of Strategic Initiatives starts today

    CNHP gets a director of strategic initiatives who will develop and implement innovative initiatives, best practices and new community-based partnerships which align with the goals of the College. Kate Clark, MPA will also tackle planning activities such as helping to develop an aging "collaboratory" and facilitating work groups around new efforts with which she has a lot of experience.

    Clark is coming to CNHP from Jefferson where she held the position of assistant director for the Center for Population Health Innovation. She has a history of building relationships with both internal and external constituencies and has developed policies and programs related to health disparities and chronic conditions.

    We are looking forward to the work she will be doing to help launch a new aging center and to develop new approaches to interprofessional practice, education and research.

    Welcome Kate!

    March 1

  • Illustration of trophy being help by people

    CCNE Results are In

    From February 26-28, five nursing evaluators from universities around the country took a deep dive into CNHP’s nursing programs reviewing them against stringent guidelines. The Collegiate Commission on Nursing (CCNE), one of the major accrediting bodies for nursing education, reported that ALL of our nursing programs met compliance in all four standards completely with NO recommendations.

    “This incredible outcome would not have been possible without the team work of all faculty, staff, administration, nursing program chairs, program coordinators, Drexel University Online (DUO) and anyone else that I may have not mentioned,” exclaimed Associate Dean Academic of Nursing and Chief Academic Nursing Officer Al Rundio, PhD. 

    The Eagles aren’t the only bowl winners in Philadelphia. This is the nursing super bowl and CNHP is the winner. “It was just so great to see that same team spirit alive in nursing at Drexel CNHP,” Rundio declared.

    C-N-H-P Nursing!

    March 1


    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

    These next three days (Thursday – Saturday) I am in Washington DC. The National Institutes of Health is convening its 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit: Path to Treatment and Prevention on the NIH Campus March 1-2, 2018. The agenda for the Summit is available here: Meeting Agenda–check it out.

    The purpose of this Summit is to generate research recommendations that are subsequently used to develop research milestones and inform generation of program announcements and requests for proposals. On Saturday I will be joining a smaller group to identify the research recommendations from the program that should be moved forward.

    I am attending the meeting as the Chair of the Advisory Council for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act that reports to the Department of Health and Human Services and which makes recommendations for advancing a comprehensive dementia plan to improve treatment development, access to diagnosis, care and services and societal awareness about all of the dementias and their impact on individuals, families, communities and society.

    On Friday, I will be presenting a summary of key research directions for enhancing specifically care and services for persons living with dementia and their family members.

    **You can join via webcast here. (The link has been updated.)

    Dementia represents one of the most complex conditions of our time and accounts for the most disease burden globally. Although the prevalence of dementia is growing worldwide and cuts across all race/ethnic/cultural/socio-economic groups, it differentially affects low income countries and in the United States, African Americans and Latinos and individuals with low resources and education. In response to this global phenomenon and the health disparities in diagnosis, access to care and services, we have created an Interprofessional Dementia Interest Group in CNHP to advance scholarship in this area as well as innovation in education and practices. We will keep you posted about this interest group and its activities and enable you to join the conversation as we move forward.


    Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
    Distinguished University Professor and Dean 

    March 1

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