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  • Department of Nutrition Sciences May Cheung, a fourth-year doctoral candidate and Deeptha Sukumar, PhD

    Pre-doctoral Fellowship Awarded

    May Cheung, a fourth-year doctoral candidate working with Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was awarded the Pfizer Inc. Pre-doctoral Fellowship for 2019 from the American Society for Nutrition.

    This award recognizes the excellence of her dissertation project entitled, The Influence of Combined Magnesium and Vitamin D Supplementation on Cardiometabolic Health Indices: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial.

    May was presented this award at the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition—Nutrition 2019—held in Baltimore, MD, from June 8 to 11, 2019.

    June 27

  • HR Tuition Remission Session June 28 in Center City Canceled

    Our colleagues in Human Resources and Freshman Admissions have teamed up to offer information sessions about the tuition remission benefit at Drexel.

    These information sessions for the Tuition Remissions Benefit will take place on:

    • Friday, June 28
    • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Center City Campus, New College Building, Geary A
    • Monday, July 1, 2019
    • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    • University City Campus, AJ Drexel Picture Gallery, 3rd floor Main Building

    One of Drexel University's core benefits, tuition remission, provides full-time Drexel University employees and their qualified family members free tuition for most University programs. The Tuition Remission benefit offers development opportunities to eligible full-time Faculty and Professional Staff Members by providing tuition assistance for credit courses taken at Drexel University.

    This year the information session will discuss the changes with the new online tuition remission application system, as well as the updated submission deadline. This is a great opportunity to review the policy and procedures, clarify concerns and maximize your understanding of the benefits provided to enable you and your family to take full advantage of all that is offered.

    To register for one of these sessions, please go to Career Pathways.

    For more information about the Tuition Remission Benefit, Human Resources Service Center Department: If you have Admission related questions, please contact or Catherine Campbell-Perna.

    June 26

  • Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C

    PA Faculty Published Article

    Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C, PA Department assistant clinical professor and research coordinator, had a feature article published in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education in June 2019 titled "The Art of Memory: Benefits and Mechanisms of Drawing."

    June 25

  • Ellen Feld

    PA Faculty Article Published

    Ellen Feld, MD, PA Department medical director and clinical professor, had an article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May 2019 titled "Good News." Feld read her piece and can be heard on CMAJ Podcasts.

    June 25

  • Paints and brushes

    1st Annual Summer Staff Retreat on June 27

    CNHP Staff Council invites all staff to join us for our 1st Annual Summer Staff Retreat. There will be food, music and a painting contest (all levels of srtistic skill welcome) with prizes!

    • June 27, 2019
    • 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 840 B

    Click here to RSVP.

    June 25

  • 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 July 10, we will be meeting in room 955 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 24

  • Foundations of Nursing Practice students and their professor, Meaghan Shattuck, MSN, using virtual reality

    Virtual Reality in Undergraduate Nursing

    Foundations of Nursing Practice students and their professor, Meaghan Shattuck, MSN, were invited to learn the concept of situational awareness in a clinical setting using virtual reality (VR).

    The VR simulation was created through the collaboration of Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of Research Labs, Carol Okupniak, DNP, RN-BC, director of Education Enhancements and Simulation (undergraduate nursing) and Robert Feenan, CNHP IT manager. A clinical environment was created in the CNHP simulation lab incorporating multiple safety errors, medical mistakes and a simulated critically ill patient, using a 360 degree video camera. The VR headsets, courtesy of Abby Dougherty, PhD, an assistant clinical professor, and the “Mindfulness in VR Study,” were used by the students to enter the clinical setting.

    Some comments from the survey results after the simulation: “I am excited and would love to keep using this,” “This was a fun experience and truly educational. I have learned to be more aware and mindful of my surroundings,” and “The VR should be used more often in all nursing courses.” There are plans for some additional simulations and applications of this technology in the undergraduate nursing program.

    Ideas and assistance with future simulations will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Dr. Okupniak or Dr. Ramakrishnan for more information.

    June 21

  • Image for the TransWellness Conference

    Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference

    Creative Arts Therapies master's students Meg Potoma and Erin Phoebus will be presenting "A Time for Connection and Creativity: Queer Community Mural" on July 25 - 27 at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. If you are trans/non-binary please consider attending their workshop either as a participant or volunteer.

    This conference is free for the public. Legal, medical and behavioral health professionals can sign up for professional track pricing. Click here for more details.

    Volunteer opportunities at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference are officially available for sign-up online! Within the volunteer sign-up are room monitor positions for Erin and Meg's workshop. Again, their workshop spots are available to trans/non-binary individuals only. Cisgender individuals can volunteer and/or attend other workshops. Click here for more info on volunteering.

    About Meg's & Erin's Workshop:

    "A Time for Creativity and Connection," a drop-in therapeutic art workshop for trans, nonbinary and gender independent conference attendees. Attending the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference is a wonderful opportunity and can also be overwhelming, which is why this workshop was created. This workshop hopes to provide an opportunity for attendees to de-stress and connect through the creation of a Queer Community Mural. Artistic ability is not important for this workshop, simply a willingness to explore art materials and connect with others. Attendees are permitted to come and go as they please.

    Intended audience(s): Trans, nonbinary, gender independent persons.

    June 20

  • Mary Kay Maley

    Presentation at National Conference

    MaryKay Maley, DNP, an assistant clinical professor in the RN-BSN Completion Department, recently presented a concurrent session titled "Mindfulness 101: A Step to Preventing Faculty Burnout."

    This faculty development track was part of the 2019 Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans which aims to present best practices and thinking on issues related to teaching and learning. Stress is a hot-button topic and something that is prevalent in all careers, especially health professions. This phenomenon is known as compassion fatigue.

    Mindfulness is an evidenced-based, cost-effective intervention that can be utilized to reduce stress/compassion fatigue and their associated stress-related illnesses; therefore, improving the health of faculty.

    This presentation intends to bring about basic knowledge of mindfulness and how it can be incorporated into educational institutions as a stress reduction modality. It defines what mindfulness is, its use, and how mindfulness was implemented with a group of lower-elementary faculty in an urban-setting to help reduce stress/compassion fatigue and attrition rate. Also, listeners will be introduced to some beginning mindfulness exercises to help reduce the stress that we all face.

    June 20

  • Graduation cap second-place winner Stella Huang' entry

    Commencement Cap Winners Include CNHP Student

    "Disney Magic" is the theme of the second-place winner of the annual cap competition. Stella (Qui-Rui) Huang, a nursing grad, showed some love to Tangled with a beautiful, nighttime view of Rapunzel's castle.

     Congrats, Stella!

    There were quite a few CNHP caps in the competition. Check out all 67 entries on Instagram.

    June 19

  • Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

    The Pennsylvania Senate took an important step to benefit patients in Pennsylvania by passing legislation that would give full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses-Certified Nurse Practitioners (APRN-CNPs).

    Senate Bill 25, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), would modernize the Professional Nursing Law to permit qualified APRN-CNPs to practice independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a physician. Current law requires nurse practitioners to practice under a collaboration agreement at all times.

    June 19

  • High school kids sitting outside with books.

    Careers In Behavioral Health Counseling Summer Institute

    The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy will welcome another cohort of students for a week-long Summer Institute from July 8 - 12, 2019.

    Students with an interest in the helping professions, such as counseling, social work, psychology, addictions treatment and psychiatry will take part in a variety of experiential-based learning opportunities designed by Drexel's Behavioral Health Counseling programs. During the five-day institute, students will broaden their understanding of mental health and addictions treatment services by participating in site visits to treatment agencies, interaction with a variety of guest speakers, engaging in interactive workshops and utilizing the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art counseling simulation lab where actors pose as clients allowing students to practice basic counseling skills.

    June 19

  • 100 percent written on paper

    100 percent Pass Rate for CNL Students

    Congratulations to Alice Poyss, PhD, an associate clinical professor in Advanced Role MSN Department, and her clinical nurse leader students for achieving 100% pass rate for all students who took the CNL exam in the spring.

    Way to GO!

    June 19

  • 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 17

  • Kristin Mulhorn

    Presentation at International Meeting

    Kristine Mulhorn, PhD, MHSA, chair of the Health Administration Department, presented a poster in Barcelona at the 31st Meeting of REVES (Réseau Espérance de Vie en Santé). The paper is co-authored by Stephen Samendinger, PhD, an associate professor in the Health Sciences Department.

    The organization (REVES) is translated to mean International Network on Health Expectancy and members are devoted to studying demographic patterns and overarching questions such as the compression of morbidity hypothesis (i.e., reducing the period of one’s life in which they suffer from chronic illness). Mulhorn and Samendinger examined the link between disability-related functioning and mortality using a specific set of functioning questions on the National Health Interview Survey. The results confirm the known increased mortality risk for those with different levels of functioning, but we also know that we have opened the possibility for more cross-national comparisons of functioning in the future.

    The research contributes to the continued questions about what factors affect population mortality over time. The unique aspect of the analysis is that we used the questions about functioning that were developed to allow more cross-national comparison of functioning and disability (“Washington Group Questions”) and we hope this work will contribute to more comparative analyses of patterns of functioning across countries.

    June 17

  • 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 July 10, we will be meeting in room 955 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 17

  • 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

  • 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

  • thomas-morris-icon

    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.


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  • 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.

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