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  • Dawn Morningstar

    Creative Arts Therapies Professor Co-Authors Chapter

    Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, an assistant clinical professor in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program, co-authored a book chapter entitled “Dance/Movement Therapy with Groups of Teens,” which was just published in the book Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents, edited by Craig Haen and Nancy Boyd Webb.

    February 28

  • Paulina Sockolow

    Faculty Giving Keynote at International Conference

    Health Systems and Sciences Research's Associate Professor Paulina Sockolow, DrPH, has been invited to give the keynote talk at the 2019 International Conference on Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Information Technology

    The conference (H3IT) is an annual international conference for all stakeholders interested in innovative approaches to home healthcare, hospice and information technology. Building upon the success of the first five years, the conference provides an authoritative forum where evidence-based findings, information and tools are communicated to achieve better health outcomes, quality of care, utilization of and access to care and reduced care costs in home and hospice care settings.

    H3IT's interdisciplinary and applied elements make the conference highly relevant to the patients, providers, payers, vendors and governments. H3IT 2019 will be co-located and held in partnership with the 2019 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). NAHC has been a sponsor and partner of H3IT for a number of years.

    February 28

  • Graduate Open House on March 16

    Interested in graduate programs? Visit campus to explore the possibilities of graduate education at Drexel.

    You'll have the opportunity to:

    • Speak with faculty and admissions representatives
    • Learn about our over 120 programs
    • Engage with current graduate students
    • Explore financial aid opportunities
    • Take an optional tour of our campus

    For more information and to register, click here.

    February 28

  • 2019 Outstanding Dietetics Student Award Given

    Congratulations to Dimitra (Krissi) Thomopoulos (MS 2019, Nutrition Sciences), who was awarded the 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND) the 2019 PAND Outstanding Dietetics Student Award.

    This award "recognizes emerging leadership and achievement of students enrolled in Academy-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourages participation in the Academy."

    In addition, Thomopoulos was awarded the 2019 PAND Diversity Scholarship, which "provides a scholarship to a student with a diverse background, traditionally underrepresented in the field of dietetics."

    Congratulations Krissi! 

    February 28

  • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Michael Bruneau, PhD, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Health Sciences

    New Article Accepted for Publication

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Michael Bruneau, PhD, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Health Sciences, published a manuscript together with colleagues from Jefferson Department of Medical Oncology.

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, Michael Bruneau Jr., PhD, Elias Obeid, MD, MPH, Laura Gross, BA, Lisa Bealin, BS, Christa Smaltz, Veda N. Giri, MD. "Diet Assessment among Men Undergoing Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing for Inherited Prostate Cancer: Exploring a Teachable Moment." The Prostate. DOI:10.1002/pros.23783

    February 27

  • International Conference Seeks Speakers

    Muhammad Saddeeq visited Drexel as a Mandela Fellow in2018. He is doing incredible work, building on his experience here in the USA.

    His organization is preparing to host the "Nigeria Health Leadership Conference 2019" by April 4-6. This will be the first largest health leadership event attracting participants including health leaders, policy makers, civil society organizations, academia, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, etc. from all around the country and beyond.

    There is still a slot or two left for international speakers that they hope will come from the US. They would like to convey the opportunity to anyone interested and willing to present a paper or facilitate a training workshop on "Leadership and Management in Health," the theme of the conference.

    Click here for details.

    February 27

  • Business of Healthcare Event

    Business of Healthcare: Technology Impact and Innovation (In partnership with HBA)

    The healthcare industry has been greatly impacted by the fast-paced innovations in technology and the ever-changing world of business. But, what are the latest technological innovations and how are they changing the way that patients, healthcare professionals and businesses operate?

    Join the Drexel Business Solutions Institute and HBA for a panel discussion surrounding the healthcare industry as a whole, and how technology and business are working together to create significant strides towards improving patients’ health through new medical devices, medically-focused startup companies, new approaches to insurance policies, and more.

    • March 6, 2019
    • 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
    • Gerri C. LeBow Hall DiPiero, Grand Meeting Room and Rose Terrace

    The Drexel Business Solutions Institute is pleased to be able to provide our corporate partners and guests with the latest insights into the developments in healthcare and what the future may look like as the world becomes a more connected place.


    • Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, Scientific Director of the National Center for Human Factors - MedStar Health
    • Pam Saechow Former Chief Information Officer - American Academic Health System (AAHS)
    • Stephanie Stadlin, Principal - DRG Consulting Sumit Nagpal - Comcast NBC Universal
    • Moderator – Muge Capan

    Click here for more information.

    February 27

  • Nightinlightenment

    Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP, professor and dean Emerita, wrote a chapter in Notes on Nursing. 160th Commemorative Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

    February 27

  • Launch your Healthcare Career graphic

    Launch Your Career Fair THIS Wednesday

    Hey Seniors and recent Alumni in Behavioral Health, Nutrition Sciences, Health Administration, Health Sciences and Nursing!

    Want to learn more about job opportunities, residency programs, sign-on bonuses and launching your career in healthcare? Come meet recruiters from ChristianaCare Health System, Atlantic Health System, UPMC, Lehigh Valley Health Network and Drexel Medicine Population Health Management.

    • Wednesday, February 27
    • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043
    • Refreshments to be served.
    • Cost: Complimentary

    Register NOW!

    February 26

  • Wellness Wednesday graphic

    Wellness Wednesday

    Wellness Wednesday | Yoga

    Join us every other week for yoga hosted by Rec Athletics! Open to students of all levels and yogis of all levels. Don't forget to BYOM - bring your own mat.

    • February 27, 2019
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Student Life
    • New College Building
      Suite 3506-10


    February 26

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation Hour

    Meditation Hour

    Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

    February 27, room 1021
    Guided Meditation: Shifting Gears

    Meditation hour is open to all staff and faculty from beginner to advance. We will be using guided meditation for the first 20 minutes, then go to relaxing music.

    February 26

  • Program gets New Name

    EAT RIGHT PHILLY, a grant funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, within the Drexel of Department of Nutrition Sciences, announced its new name the on February 7, 2019.

    Together with the School District of Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (PA SNAP-Ed), and the other PA SNAP-Ed partners, EAT RIGHT PHILLY announced their new name at Clara Barton Elementary School. Formerly known as EAT.RIGHT.NOW., the name was changed to EAT RIGHT PHILLY to emphasize a long term commitment to health.

    Drexel’s PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY program was there to support the School District’s team.

    February 26

  • Scholarship Award Given

    Maria Terry, a Master of Science student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was selected as a recipient of the 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation General Scholarship Award.

    The selection committee stated that her application outlined Maria’s exceptional accomplishments and qualifications, confirming that she was a much deserving recipient of the Scholarship.

    Maria will be presented her Scholarship at the 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

    Congratulations, Maria!

    February 26

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

    New Publication

    Dean Gitlin and colleagues Sandra L. Spoelstra, PhD, RN, Alla Sikorskii, PhD, Monica Schueller, BA, Margaret Kline, BS and Sarah L. Szanton PhD, RN recently had an article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society titled "Dissemination of the CAPABLE Model of Care in a Medicaid Waiver Program to Improve Physical Function."

    February 26

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Interprofessional Partnership

    Improving Professional Appreciation through Interprofessional Partnership

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 1043 or Zoom

    Interprofessional education promotes collaborative practice and contributes to better patient outcomes and improved systems efficiency. Interprofessional simulation is one strategy that supports the immersive experiential learning that is foundational to interprofessional learning. Interprofessional roles and responsibilities are explored using an interprofessional Palliative Care Simulation exemplar.

    Maura Nitka, MSN, RN, CPN
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

    IPER Collaborative, Faculty and Staff Development Series on Inter-Professional Education

    Click here to register.

    February 25

  • Veronica Carey, PhD travels to Pakistan

    Assistant Dean Travels to Pakistan

    Veronica Carey, PhD, assistant dean of Diversity and Student Affairs for CNHP, traveled to Karachi, Pakistan February 2019 to present: Reading is Fundamental: A Closer Look at Recovery in Karachi at the Caravan of Life Conference: Recovery from Mental Illness: Looking at Roadblocks and Strengths.

    The Conference was held at The Recovery House, a psychiatric rehabilitation organization supporting the community-based needs of adults with serious and persistent mental illness. This is Carey's fourth visit to Pakistan helping to implement psychiatric rehabilitation services into the current behavioral health system. In early 2018 she offered a 10,000 hours podcast speaking to the Pakistan journey to rehabilitation. As the co-chair of the Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the vice president of Caravan of Life USA, Carey has additionally supported the introduction of psychiatric rehabilitation in Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Korea, and Singapore.

    The Caravan of Life conference was well attended by family members, persons in recovery, practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Carey seeks to return to Karachi next year to review the progression of service implementation.

    February 25

  • Physical therapy students on their annual service trip to Guatemala

    Global Health Scholarships Announced

    Dean Gitlin will be awarding ten merit-based scholarships of $500 each to select graduate and undergraduate students who are traveling abroad in the listed service trips or Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs) in 2019.

    If a student is awarded this scholarship, they are required to blog about the trip on the Daily Dose and will be eligible to present at CNHP’s new Annual Global Event in 2020.

    The Office of the Dean will review applications; the deadline is Friday, May 1, 2019.

    • Physician Assistant Department Service Trip to Canada, Graduate Level (August 2019)
    • Physician Assistant Department Service Trip to Honduras, Graduate Level (August 2019)
    • Physical Therapy Department Service Trip to Guatemala, Graduate Level (September 2019)
    • Global Aging ICA: Santiago, Chile, Sponsored by the Health Administration Department, Undergraduate and Graduate (September 2019)
    • Psychiatric Rehabilitation ICA: Functioning in the Community: Singapore Sponsored by the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, Undergraduate and Graduate (September 2019)
    • Community-based Healthcare ICA: India, Sponsored by Undergraduate Nursing, Undergraduate Level (September 2019)

    Click here to download the application.

    February 25

  • Co-op nursing student Young Eun is Queen of the Month at CHOP

    Co-op Named February Queen of the Month

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's medical-surgical unit known as 5 East focuses primarily on care of the complex infant with a specialty in intestinal rehabilitation. Each month, staff submit nominations for a member of the team for Queen of the Month which is akin to Employee of the month. A co-op student was selected for February.

    Young Eun Park became Queen of the Month for being an exceptional member of their team. Here's what one of her nominators wrote: "She is always going above and beyond to help us with our patients even before we need to ask for it. Young Eun is very supportive of all her peers, especially during a busy night shift and always makes sure our kids are fed and well cared for."

    Well done Young Eun! 

    February 23

  • 100 percent written on paper

    Perfect Pass Rate

    Members of the 2018 Family Nurse Practitioner class have presented proof of passing their certification examinations. All 51 students passed their respective exam—37 taking the AANP exam and 14 taking the ANCC exam—resulting in a 100% pass rate again this year!

    Congratulations to our students, Professor Maria Newcomb and Dr. Theresa Campo and all the faculty and professional staff involved in the education of these amazing FNPs. This is outstanding!

    February 23

  • Applications due March 1 Undergraduate Fellowship for Research in Israel

    Applications due March 1

    This $5000.00 MMG Fellowship, in memory of Dr. Melvin Morris Goldberg (BSE UPenn 1961/Ohio State PhD 1963), provides summer travel support to an ambitious undergraduate student from any U.S. university to perform supervised technical research at one of Israel's universities or research centers (eg, Bar-Ilan, Ben-Gurion, Haifa U., Hebrew U., Technion, Tel-Aviv U., the Weizmann Institute).

    Research can be on any STEM topic. To apply, candidates work with an advisor at their home university to identify and confirm a willing supervisor in Israel. The MMG Fellowship is awarded annually to a U.S. junior or senior who demonstrates the initiative, enthusiasm, and aptitude to make such arrangements.

    For more information, click here.

    February 22

  • DICATS graphic

    DICATS Web-based Symposium is Tomorrow

    The Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium (DICATS) is a unique 24-hour multi-site web-based peer-reviewed symposium. DICATS aims to bring together practitioners in the fields of arts and arts therapies around the world to learn about usages of digital devices, new media, and immersive tools for therapeutic and educational interventions. DICATS will expand existing arts therapies’ education and therapy practices, showcase innovative work, and promote interdisciplinary collaborations and conversations across the globe.

    The Philly Hive will broadcast four hours Saturday, 1-5 p.m. but other Hive broadcasts will be taking place across 24 hours.

    Check out our website and program pages and to register at

    • Date: February 23, 2019
    • Event Time: 1 - 5 p.m. Philly Hive broadcast time
    • Location: College of Nursing and Health Professions #1043

    February 22

  • Students and Faculty Present at APTA CSM

    The American Physical Therapy Association recently hosted the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), the largest PT conference in the U.S. Below are some highlights of the research that was presented by Drexel PTRS students and faculty.

    Matt Brody (DPT ‘19) presented "Measuring Physical Activity Intensity in Ambulatory Youth with Cerebral Palsy: Considerations for 'Dosing' Physical Therapy Interventions,” a study led by Margaret O’Neil, PT, PhD, MPH, in collaboration with St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, with site PI, Renee Turchi, MD, MPH and international site director and expert in physical activity measures, Stewart Trost, PhD at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

    Mohammed Alghamdi (PhD student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) presented “Longitudinal Changes in Physical Caregiving for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy,” co-authored by Lisa Chiarello, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Bob Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA, and Margo Orlin, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and colleagues from the University of Washington and Umm Al-Qura University in Saudi Arabia. Mohammed also presented “Ease of Caregiving for Children: A Measure of Physical Caregiving for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy.”

    Liz Euiler (PhD student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) and Margaret Finley, PT, PhD presented “Association of Psychosocial Factors, Musculoskeletal Pain and Activity in Active Manual Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury: A Pilot Study,” as well as “Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Individuals with New SCI: Preliminary Data from a Longitudinal Study.”

    Alumnus Mike Steimling, PT, DPT, OCS (DPT ‘13) and Kate Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS presented “Advent and Implementation of a Standardized Orthopaedic Clinical Education Curriculum: A Novel Approach to Clinical Education.” Kevin Gard, PT, DPT, OCS and Rob Maschi, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS presented “Clinical Application of Running Biomechanics: How to put Research into Practice.”

    Additional details about these CSM presentations and more can be found on their Facebook page.

    February 21

  • Two nurses climbing stairs and conversing

    Nurse Resident Applications Due FEBRUARY 21

    Christiana Care Health System; Nurse Residencies and Shadowing Application will close on Thursday, February 21st at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

    Come and work for the twice Magnet recognized hospital!

    The July/August 2019 Nurse Residency Opportunities

    July/August 2019 Nurse Residency Program

    Please go to your careers webpage and choose “Nurse Residency/Nurse Extern” in the “Category” drop down box on the site.

    Acute Care Nurse Residency Tracks

    Critical Care Nurse Residencies

    All of these positions will be posted through February 21, 2019.

    February 20

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: Why Supervision

    Why Supervision? An interprofessional panel discussion on the role of clinical supervision in health professions education

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 639 or Zoom

    A panel of clinical faculty members will discuss the role of clinical education and specifically clinical supervision in the education of health professionals. This discussion will include a description of the clinical education structure for each program based on the discipline requirements and the academic program structure, as well as the progression of students through stages of training in their education. Philosophies of clinical supervision will be explored and the important role that plays in connecting theory to practice will be discussed.

    Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, ACS
    Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT, CST
    Kathryn Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS

    Click here to register.

    February 19

  • Spring Involvement Fair

    Join us at the Spring 2019 Involvement Fair to meet our student organizations and learn more about getting involved on campus!

    • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    • 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    • Race Street
      33rd and Race Street

    Click here to RSVP.

    February 19

  • Ice Cream and the Brain Research Study

    The College of Nursing and Health Professions is enrolling participants in a study to learn more about how eating certain foods influences brain activity.

    The study consists of a total of two, 1.5-hour visits at Drexel University Center City Campus involving consumption of food and assessment of bran activity.

    Each visit will be on separate days. If you're between 18 - 75 years of age and have no food allergies, you may be eligible! There is a $20 compensation ($10 for each session), free food at each visit and exposure to fNIRS technology. If you think you may be eligible or would like more information, contact us at (267) 359-6287 or

    February 19

  • Updates in Womens Health 2019

    Drexel Center for Women’s Health is hosting a CME Conference

    Program Director: Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP
    Program Coordinator: Brenda Wills, MEd

    • Wednesday, April 3, 2019
    • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Geary Auditorium A, New College Building
      245 N. 15th Street

    Topics and Presenters

    • 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
    • 8:30 Introduction and Overview – Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP 8:35 Protecting Women’s Hearts: Changing the Script Jessica M. Peña, MD, Weill Cornell Medicine, Division of Cardiology
    • 9:35 Diagnosis and Management of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: A Gastroenterology Perspective Asyia Ahmad, MD, Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
    • 10:20 Break
    • 10:30 Gender Affirming Surgeries – Male to Female and Female to Male Kathy Rumer, DO, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
    • 11:15 Latest Updates on Obesity and Nutrition – Panel Discussion Stella Volpe, PhD, RD, LDN, Chair, Nutrition Sciences Department; Emily Levy, MD, Family and Sports Medicine; Elizabeth Renza Stingone, MD, Department of Surgery
    • 12:00 Updates in Contraception – Ryan Offer, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • 12:55 Closing Remarks – Shailaja Nair, MD, FACP

    REGISTRATION FEES: Registration is required, no cost to attend. For any non Drexel faculty and staff who would like to claim CME credit, forms will be available at the conference; there is a $40 certificate fee. No charge for nursing education credits.

    Click here to register. You must register by March 8 to receive printed syllabus.

    February 18

  • CNHP Faculty Advocating for Culinary Arts Education

    Ryan Bartelmay, EdD, National Louis University, Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor, Center for Food and Hospitality Management, advocate for a culinary arts education beyond vocational training — to an academic experience that integrates culinary skills with problem solving, critical reasoning, communication, and engagement with food systems.

    The Culinary Workshop in Action is in press with the Journal for Culinary Education Best Practices.

    Reference: Bartelmay R, Milliron BJ, Deutsch J. The culinary workshop in action: Developing cross-cutting skills. J Culinary Education Best Practices. In press.

    February 17

  • Recruit Peer Reviewers and Board Members

    Health Equity is the only peer-reviewed open access journal that meets the urgent need for authoritative information about health disparities and health equity among vulnerable populations with the goal of providing optimal outcomes and ultimately health equity for all.

    They are looking to add to the editorial board members. To best serve their author community, they need to have rapid peer review. They are all working to accomplish this, but need additional colleagues to help.

    They are looking to recruit trainees, colleagues at CNHP, or people in your network, to serve as peer reviewers or to join our board. If you don’t have time to recruit but would like to refer someone, please send referrals to Ana Nunez, editor-in-chief.

    Health Equity is supported by grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, so authors have no article-processing fee or publishing costs. These grants also ensure that the research they review and accept is accessible as widely as possible and to provide a framework for achieving health equity for children, families, and communities by reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and their social, economic, and environmental determinants. If you aren’t already aware, they have a free, twice monthly Health Equity Briefings that showcase promising findings, trends and resources.

    February 17

  • Ice Cream contest flyer

    The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Contest

    Please join the Center for Food and Hospitality Management to select the first and second prize winners of The Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Contest!

    Our students created their own Drexel themed ice cream flavors for the contest. Ryan and Eric Berley, founders of The Franklin Fountain, selected finalists to compete in an Ice Cream Tasting event. They include Finalists are Culinary Arts and Science students: Katelyn Comerford ’20 and Bridget Heeney ’19 for their flavor "Blue and Gold," Toni Hicks ’20 for the "Dragon Breathing Fire" and Nora Vaughan ’21 for "Dragon's Breath." The winner of the competition will collaborate with The Berley Brothers to sell the Drexel flavor this spring at The Franklin Fountain.

    Ice Cream Tasting and Voting

    • Wednesday, February 20
    • 9:00 a.m. (yes, it's perfectly acceptable to eat ice cream in the morning!)
    • Academic Bistro, 6th floor, Academic Building

    RSVP Here

    February 17

  • Kaleigh Debowes, a health sciences senior, with Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of research labs

    Health Sciences Student Independent Study

    Kaleigh Debowes, a health sciences senior who is pursuing a minor in exercise science, recently completed an independent study course with Michael Bruneau, Jr., PhD, assistant teaching professor, in strength and conditioning. As part of her experience, she worked with Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of research labs, in the lab of Glenn Williams, PT, PhD, associate professor and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science chair, to provide Debowes with a patient-centered perspective for what an isokinetic dynamometer works in practice.

    When Debowes became interested in a career as an exercise professional with the American College of Sports Medicine, Bruneau created this independent study course for her because she needed something that CNHP hasn't yet offered to sit for the certification exam.

    Bruneau created a course syllabus and met with Debowes weekly during the fall term to review the content material germane to the certification exam for the strength and conditioning component. As part of their review was the comparison between isometric, isokinetic and isotonic muscle contractions. She was familiarized with the different contractions during the course (handgrip dynamometry for isometric strength and movement of her arm with a bicep curl for isotonic since by definition isotonic represents a change in length with the same amount of tension); however, they did not have an isokinetic experience for Debowes until Bruneau checked with Ramakrishnan and realized that Williams had a Humac Isokinetic dynamometer in the lab. They reviewed the types of equipment used in the field for strength and conditioning and other exercise science-related disciplines and even provided her with an opportunity to serve as the participant who had the isokinetic dynamometry assed on herself.

    February 17

  • Graduate Students Present at Rowan University

    Roselyn Zeyl, Sumer Al-Ani, and Ana Veloso, all Master of Science-Didactic Program in Dietetic (MS-DPD) students in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, presented to undergraduate nutrition and exercise students about their involvement with nutrition education in the Philadelphia community.

    Additionally, they emphasized their experience at the MS-DPD program at Drexel University. Zeyl, Al-Ani and Veloso advised the students about job opportunities and networking in the Nutrition field. As an example of a student position in the field of dietetics, the presenters discussed their participation at Eat Right Philly, Drexel’s Pennsylvania-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (PA SNAP-Ed) program.

    After the presentation, students were engaged in a question and answer session where they provided additional information about the field of nutrition and dietetics and its future.

    February 12

  • Wellness Wednesday graphic

    Wellness Wednesday

    Wellness Wednesday | Yoga

    Join us every other week for yoga hosted by Rec Athletics! Open to students of all levels and yogis of all levels. Don't forget to BYOM - bring your own mat!

    • February 13, 2019
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • New College Building
      245 N. 15th Street
      Room 3506-10


    February 12

  • Better Planet. Better Kidneys. Better You.

    The PA SNAP-Ed PA SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY program, within the Department of Nutrition Sciences, works with 70 schools across Philadelphia, focusing on nutrition education.

    Students at the Walter B. Saul High School in Philadelphia created a video based on what they learned about hydration from Alyssa Kalter, one of the wonderful nutrition educators. The students used the video as part of a Hydration Initiative to encourage all students to drink more water! Their Principal was part of the video, too!


    February 11

  • PhD Students Present at Sports Medicine Meeting

    Travis Pollen, a PhD student in Drexel’s Rehabilitation Sciences program, gave an invited presentation at the University of South Carolina Sports Medicine Meeting in Columbia, SC.

    This meeting is a monthly interdisciplinary gathering of approximately 60 students, clinicians and faculty from the USC Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Exercise Science departments. Pollen's presentation, titled “Injury Prevention: Multiple Opportunities to Reduce Risk,” focused on how sports injuries occur, why common statistical techniques fall short and the future of injury prevention.

    The talk generated rich discussion and was very well-received, leaving USC with a positive impression of both Pollen and Drexel’s PhD program.

    February 11

  • Talk on Unconscious Bias and Power Dynamics In Academia Today

    The Graduate College presents this interactive workshop which will help graduate students and their peers:

    • Discover the impact of unconscious bias in graduate education and the research enterprise
    • Obtain tools to address and mitigate bias
    • Deconstruct power dynamics and learn how to influence management within graduate education and the research enterprise
    • Identify approaches to intervene for more productive outcomes

    Facilitated by Ana E Nunez, MD, associate dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Drexel University College of Medicine

    • Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
    • Event Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Graduate Student Lounge Main Building, Room 010A (Lower Level) 3141 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    February 11

  • Michael Tunick

    The Chemistry of Chocolate and Desire

    Whether it’s milk, dark or white chocolate this unique food has always been associated with pleasure, but can chemistry tell us why? Our craving for chocolate may arise from its chemical nature like the sugar, fat, caffeine, and other compounds. Furthermore, our desire may be driven by the sensory properties of chocolate, which include aroma, sweetness, and texture. Join Michael Tunick, assistant clinical professor of Culinary Arts and Food Science at Drexel University, in this free interactive broadcast as he explains the science of chocolate desire and why chemistry may be responsible for our craving.

    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • 2-3 p.m. ET

    Click here for more information and to register.

    February 11

  • Jennifer Nasser

    HuffPost Features Faculty Member

    Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD, an associate professor in Nutrition Sciences, is quoted in a Feb. 4 HuffPost “Life” article about the brain’s reaction to comfort foods.

    February 11

  • Success of Nutrition Sciences EAT RIGHT PHILLY

    Drexel’s Department of Nutrition Sciences’ PA-SNAP-Ed/EAT RIGHT PHILLY Program positively influences school-age children’s health. Most recently, one of our Nutrition Educators, Aubrey Redd, was recognized for her good work. Antonio Romero, Community Schools Coordinator at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, recently wrote the following about Aubrey:

    “I'm writing to formally acknowledge Aubrey Redd for being an incredible partner at Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA). To be quite honest, Nicole Good (former Nutrition Educator) left some big shoes for her to fill and Aubrey has truly picked up right where she left off. We are so pleased with the work that Aubrey is doing and her willingness/ability to contribute to a variety of projects we have going on at KHSA. From delivering high quality lessons, to assisting with food distribution, tabling (and actually engaging people) at events, to being involved in our Healthy Schools Interns Program and investing time/thought into our work around school food, etc. In addition to being an exemplary representative of Eat.Right.Philly., Aubrey is clearly devoted and aligned with our school mission in spirit and in action. We are glad to have Aubrey as part of the KHSA team. She is crucial to the success of our school community.”

    February 11

  • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD

    New Project Funded

    Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, is a co-investigator on a recently funded interprofessional cancer research study titled "Feasibility of the Enhanced Tobacco Intervention Protocol (ETIP) to Reduce Smoking and Alter the Tumor Microenvironment of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma."

    The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in the head, neck and lung cancer populations and to compare the effectiveness of tobacco treatment integrated into cancer care in promoting smoking reduction and tobacco abstinence. This study will utilize strategies including telehealth to determine the feasibility of ETIP delivered in a community-based setting, and researchers will assess participant interest level in wellness programs focused on stress reduction, diet and exercise, and mindfulness.

    This study is funded by Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Transdisciplinary Integrated Population Science Pilot Project Grants program.

    February 11

  • Upcoming AACN Events and Webinars

    Promising Practices for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

    National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

    • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm ET

    This webinar will describe the importance of integrating behavioral health into primary care to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with substance use disorder. The webinar will highlight specific needs of vulnerable populations, including residents of public housing.


    Do State Restrictions on APRN's Impact Patient Outcomes?

    National Nurse-Led Care Consortium & American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET

    Join Deanna E. Grimes, DrPH, RN, FAAN a Suzie Conway Endowed Professor in Nursing and head of the division of community health nursing at UTHealth, as she discusses state restrictions on APRNs and the patient impact.


    AACN Student Policy Summit

    • March 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

    The AACN Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington, DC and is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the Summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. Please note: This page will be updated periodically closer to the date of the Summit. Confirmed registered students will also receive additional details about conference logistics, Capitol Hill visits, and expectations.

    Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through community-based Initiatives: 2019 Pennsylvania Community and Public Health Annual Conference

    • April 2 in Lancaster, PA

    The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program, and the Pennsylvania Chapter for Society for Public Health Education (PA SOPHE) announce a one-day conference, Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through Community-based Initiatives, which will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations.

    February 11

  • First-year nursing student Collin Shotwell

    McGraw-Hill Ambassador Named

    A student of Krista Rompolski's anatomy class last semester is now a McGraw-Hill student ambassadors. Collin Shotwell and McGraw-Hill's Kaitlin Murray, made a video to share his best tips for success in this class. Shotwell is a first-year nursing student and gave some excellent tips for students taking their anatomy class.

    Check it out!

    February 11

  • Creative Arts Therapies Department's Sherry Goodill, PhD, clinical professor and chair, and Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, assistant clinical professor

    Creative Arts Therapies Faculty Co-Author with Alumni

    Creative Arts Therapies Department's Sherry Goodill, PhD, clinical professor and chair, and Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, assistant clinical professor, each co-authored a chapter in a recent book, Art and Expressive Therapies within the Medical Model, (D. Elkis-Abuhoff and M. Gaydos, Eds.) with two Creative Arts Therapies alumni.

    The book explores a variety of medical populations and corresponding innovative applications and unique approaches.

    February 7

  • Headshot of Joke Bradt, PhD

    Workshop on Music Therapy in Denmark

    Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, was invited to train Danish music therapists in the interactive music therapy treatment program she developed for chronic pain management for which she has received multiple NIH grants to test and refine her intervention.

    Bradt gave the workshop at the University of Aalborg in Copenhagen on February 1. While in Denmark, she will also be the external evaluator for a PhD dissertation defense on the use of music listening with people with cancer.

    February 7

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation Hour

    Meditation Hour

    Wednesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

    February 6, room 903
    Guided Meditation: Non-judgement

    February 13, room 1021
    Guided Meditation: Forgiveness of Self and Others 

    February 20, room 1021
    Guided Meditation: Loving-Kindness

    February 27, room 1021
    Guided Meditation: Shifting Gears

    Meditation hour is open to all staff and faculty from beginner to advance. We will be using guided meditation for the first 20 minutes, then go to relaxing music.

    February 6

  • Physician Assistant Department Assistant Clinical Professor Adrian Banning and students Alexandra Podlesny, Mimi Teter and military veteran Nicholas Latham

    Hometown Ties in the PA Program

    Who calls Greater Hazleton home?

    Three current clinical year Physician Assistant students and a program faculty all grew up in the same area hometown. Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C, assistant clinical professor, and students Alexandra Podlesny, Mimi Teter and military veteran Nicholas Latham discovered their common ground through casual conversation.

    Their desire to help others brought them through different paths that ultimately lead to meeting at the Drexel physician assistant program in a warm coincidence. Also from the same hometown is Drexel PA program alumni of 2006, Sam Beishline.

    February 6

  • Dissertation Proposal Presentation - Nutrition Sciences

    Please join us to support Dan Dychtwald, PhD student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, who will present his dissertation proposal.

    Dissertation Proposal Title: POPP Project – A Qualitative Study to Inform an Intervention to Promote Ongoing Paternal Participation in WIC

    • February 11, 2019.
    • 1:00 pm
    • Three Parkway, Room 639

    Join in person or by live webcast! 


    • Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, Nutrition Sciences

    Drexel University Committee members

    Stella Volpe, PhD, chair, Nutrition Sciences

    Joan Bloch, PhD, associate professor, Graduate Nursing

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, assitant professor, Creative Arts Therapy

    Linda Kilby, PhD, executive director, N.O.R.T.H., Inc. (Philadelphia WIC Program)

    February 6

  • APHA Call for Abstracts

    The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo.

    The theme of the meeting is Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the theme and current and emerging public health issues.

    Submission Deadline — Abstracts are due February 19-23.

    Abstract Notification — Presenters will be notified via email of abstract status on Monday, June 3, 2019.

    To submit or for additional information, click here.

    February 5

  • Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Available

    Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program

    The goal of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is to provide professionals in health and aging with the experience and skills necessary to help lead this effort, and in so doing, shape a healthy and productive future for older Americans.

    Application deadline: April 15

    February 5

  • Wellness Wednesday

    Wellness Wednesday | De-Stress with the Graduate Student Association

    Join Campus Engagement and the Graduate Student Association for a pop-up meditation event.

    • February 6, 2019
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • Student Life
    • 45 N. 15th Street
      Suite 1106


    February 5

  • CLASS Winter Workshop

    CLASS Winter Workshop: Test Taking Strategies

    Join the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services’ Peer Academic Coaches at the Hagerty Library Dragons’ Learning Den for a test taking strategies workshop.

    • February 6, 2019
    • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    • Hagerty Library Dragons’ Learning Den

    This workshop will cover approaches for different exam and question formats, as well as techniques that can be used to stay calm and focused during exams.

    Please RSVP in advance. 

    February 5

  • CLASS Online Winter Workshop

    CLASS Online Winter Workshop: Finding Your Study Style

    Are you interested in learning about different ways that you can master the information you need for your classes? Have you hear about 'learning styles' and want to learn more?

    Join the Peer Academic Coaches from the CLASS for a live online workshop where we will bust some myths about learning styles and teach you some new ways to approach your learning.

    Please RSVP in advance.

    February 5

  • DUCOM LGBTQ Health Symposium

    The DUCOM LGBTQ Professionals in Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry are holding a symposium to discuss the current challenges and standards of care for treating LGBTQ individuals, with special emphasis on transgender care. All faculty, residents, and students are welcome to attend this multidisciplinary event.

    • Date: 2/27/19
    • Event Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Location: 2900 Queen Lane, Aud B, Queen Lane Campus (DUCOM)


    • ANA NUNEZ, MD – Internal Medicine - DUCOM Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    • SARAH NOBLE, DO – Psychiatry - Einstein Medical Center
    • ZACHARY MCCLAIN, MD - Pediatrics – Children’s Hospital of Philadlphia - Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic
    • ASHLEY BRANDT, DO - OBGYN – Hahnemann University Hospital Transgender Surgery Fellowship

    Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

    Register Now

    February 5

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: And Discuss

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 639 or Zoom

    And Discuss: America Inside Out image with Katie CouricThis Tuesday Topic will focus on Season 1, Episode 4: White Anxiety in which Katie Couric travels to rural and Rust Belt America to examine the real roots of anger and frustration among America’s white working class. Conversation and discussion on issues affecting the lives of everyday people as explored in the National Geographic series. This And…Discuss meeting is open to all within the College who wish to participate, but to stimulate conversation we ask that you view this episode in advance.

    Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Click here to register.

    February 4

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: And Discuss

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 639 or Zoom

    This Tuesday Topic will be an open discussion on mentoring PhD, DHSc and other students engaged in research required for their degree. Participants will be encouraged to share experiences and solutions to challenges.

    Robert Palisano, PT, ScD, FAPTA
    Associate Dean

    CNHP PhD Programs - Faculty Professional Skills Development Series

    Click here to register.

    February 4

  • Nurturing Purpose: People of Purpose

    Nurturing Purpose Open House RSVP Deadline is Feb. 6

    Dean Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN invites you to join students, faculty and staff at an open house to unveil a new exhibit: Nurturing Purpose.

    View our tribute featuring the inspiring stories of students, alumni, faculty and staff of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Meet those representatives of our community who demonstrate purpose and service behind their passions and pursuits. Take a walk through time while viewing the College’s historical timeline. Our Philadelphia roots date back to the 19th century.

    • Tuesday, February 12
    • 4 – 6 p.m.
    • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043 

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Please RSVP here by Wednesday, February 6.

    February 4

  • Next Food Seminar in Series

    Center for Food and Hospitality Management Seminar Series

    “Obesity and Microbiome After Supplementation of Polyphenol-rich Wine Grape Seed Flour and Lactic Acid Bacteria”

    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    • Light buffet dinner 4:30-5:00 p.m.
    • Presentation 5:00-5:45 p.m.


    Dr. Hyunsook Kim, associate professor, Department of Food and Nutrition
    College of Human Ecology, Hanyang University

    Academic Bistro, 6th Floor,
    Academic Building

    All are welcome! Please RSVP to Gianna Shikitino.

    February 4

  • Hearts

    February POUND Dates

    Parkway POUND Fitness Workout with Kym Montgomery
    Sign up for February classes now!

    Three Parkway, 2nd Floor
    Classes limited to 17!

    Tuesday, February 5th - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 12th - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 19th - 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 26th - 4 p.m.

    Cost: Your sweat!
    Bring a water bottle and be ready to sweat!

    What is POUND? Check it out!

    February 4

  • PhD Student Led Camden County College Group

    On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Department of Nutrition Sciences hosted potential undergraduate transfer students from the nutrition program at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ.

    The visit was arranged by Dan Dychtwald, aPhD student working with Dr. Brandy-Joe Milliron and alumnus of the program and guest lecturer. As part of their visit, the students had the chance to speak with Drexel students and faculty about their research and were given a tour of Drexel’s nutrition sciences laboratories, including visiting the metabolic lab of Department Chair Stella Volpe, PhD, where Julia Rovera (Master of Science [MS] student working with Dr. Volpe), showed the metabolic cart.

    The students received a demonstration of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) by Lisa Lanza, a PhD candidate working with Jennifer Nasser, PhD. The students also visited with Judy Ensslin, program director of the EAT.RIGHT.PHILLY. program (Volpe, principal investigator). The visit ended with an opportunity to talk to a current Drexel student Krissi Thomopoulos about her experiences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), including classes, internship and research opportunities, campus life and living in Philadelphia. Students left campus with a small gifts from CNHP as a “thank you” for their visit and a reminder of the opportunities that a Drexel degree offers.

    February 4

  • Counseling and Family Therapy Faculty Receive Grant

    Jessica Chou, PhD, assistant professor, Laura Lynch, PhD, assistant clinical professor, Stephanie Ewing, PhD, assistant professor, and Erica Wilkins, PhD, assistant professor in collaboration with Dr. Harry Aponte were awarded $5,000 from the Family Process Institute for a research project titled: Exploring the Person of the Therapist (POTT) Training Model.

    The aim of the present project is to explore student therapists’ outcomes related to participation in the POTT training model course. Specific aims include:

    • examine the relationship between the POTT training experience and student therapist outcomes related to empathic responding, mental wellness, and self-efficacy,
    • explore the relationship between the POTT training experiences and perceived improved clinical ability for student therapists, and,
    • contribute to the empiricism of the POTT training model.

    February 1

  • Drexel University President John Fry with award recipient Jerry Haffey, BSN '00 and David Kaganovsky `95, chair of the Alumni Association

    Jerry Haffey BSN ’00 Wins Alumni Entrepreneur Award

    Jerry Haffey, BSN '00, is the founder and CEO of Ambrosia Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, FL.

    At a young age, he started working as an apprentice with the Philadelphia Union Carpenters, Local 1856. Although he stayed with them for ten years, he decided he wanted to pursue a career in medicine and went back to school at Drexel University. In 1989, he began working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital as a cardiothoracic nurse in the cardiac unit where he noticed that patients with alcohol or substance dependency were not receiving the same level of care that patients without it were getting.

    He segued into medical sales with Hill-Rom then moved to Medline Industries in Florida. That's where he saw an opportunity to help change the perception of addicts through public awareness and to build treatment treatment centers of his own.

    He opened the first of the Ambrosia Treatment Centers on October 7, 2007. Over the course of eight years, Mr. Haffey opened four more treatment centers in Singer Island and West Palm Beach, Florida; Medford, New Jersey; and Beverly Hills, California. What began with ten employees and 20 patients has now grown to 300 employees and over 15,000 treated clients. And of those clients, Mr. Haffey has awarded over $5,000,000 of free scholarships to over 5,000 patients in order to provide the in-depth, one-on-one treatment that these individuals would not be able to receive otherwise.

    He received the Humanitarian Award from the Harold and Carole Pump Cancer Foundation in 2016. A son of a veteran himself, Mr. Haffey plans to expand his reach of helping individuals heal by providing a program for veterans at the Ambrosia Treatment Centers.

    We wish to extend our congratulations to Mr. Haffey for his effort in combating one of the country's most pervasive health crisis.

    February 1

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