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  • Stella Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LDN, FACSM, and David O. Garcia, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-CEP

    Faculty Published with Mentee

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, co-authored a blog with her mentee, David Garcia, PhD, on the American College of Sports Medicine’s Leadership & Diversity Training Program. “Mentored to Success: A Story from ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program.”

    November 27

  • Stella Volpe

    Faculty Gives Guest Lecture

    Stella Volpe, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing on November 25, 2019.

    She gave a three-hour, interactive lecture to MSN students about nutritional supplements and intermittent fasting.

    November 27

  • Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN, presenting at the 2019 GSA Conference

    Dean Presents at GSA

    Dean Gitlin addressed a large group at the GSA2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas. The interest group session she led was titled "Behavioral Interventions for Older Adults: Addressing Clinical Symptoms of Dementia: Preliminary Results From Dementia Behavior Trial."

    Dean Gitlin was joined by Katherine A. Marx, MPH, PhD from Johns Hopkins University and Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD from the University of Minnesota.

    November 26

  • Jennifer Nasser

    Jennifer Nasser Presented at Science and Cinema Program

    Jennifer Nasser, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was an invited speaker for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded Science and Cinema Program hosted by the Colonial Theater, Phoenixville PA on October 26, 2019.

    The Science and Cinema Program pairs scientific presentations with films that have an underlying scientific theme. While appearing as a children's story on the surface, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is actual a satirical look at the struggle between good and evil, and the driving forces that motivate choices. Nasser was invited to be the scientific presenter for this film based on her work on dopamine, food reward and addictive properties of chocolate. Her presentation was entitled, "Willy Wonka's Chocolate Competition: A Euphemism for Life's Challenges."

    November 21

  • Kade Haskins and Yasmine Awais at the NADTA Conference

    Associate Clinical Professor presents workshop at the 40th Anniversary NADTA Conference

    Yasmine Awais, MAAT, associate clinical professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, co-presented the workshop entitled "More than Talk: Dismantling White Supremacy Utilizing Art and Drama Therapy" at the North American Drama Therapy Conference on Saturday, November 9. The workshop was well attended, including a Creative Arts Therapies Department admissions team member, Kade Haskins, who was an active participant in the presentation.

    November 21

  • Vicki Schwartz

    Nutrition Sciences Faculty Received Certifiate of Training in Obesity

    Vicki S. Schwartz, DCN, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, received the "Certificate of Training in Obesity interventions for Adults" from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This rewarding experience, taught by experts throughout the country, included three components: 38 hours of online lectures of evidence-based knowledge and practices, two days of face to face training of interactive sessions applying these practices and finally, completion of two exams, requiring an 80% or better to receive the certification. Because Medicare and many insurance companies now cover payment for "Intensive Behavior Therapy for Weight Management," this certificate program is important for healthcare professionals who want to pursue and be reimbursed in this area. Schwartz plans to use this valuable information to enhance student classroom experiences in NFS 431/630 Nutrition Counseling and NFS 202 Wellness and Weight Management.

    November 20

  • Kathleen Fisher

    Faculty Co-Authored ANA Position Statement

    Kathleen Fisher, PhD, CRNP, CNHP Nursing faculty, was invited to co-author a position statement for the American Nurses Association (ANA) by their Ethics Advisory Board. The ANA, founded in 1897, establishes standards of nursing practice for the over 2.9 million RNs in the US. Working with three nurse ethicists, (Catherine Robichaux, PhD, RN, Alumna CCRN, ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Director Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN and Jeanie Sauerland, MA, BSN, RN), we are now pleased to present the culmination of their work entitled: The Nurses Role in Providing Ethically and Developmentally Appropriate Care to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

    November 20

  • Professors Present at Conference

    Adrian Banning, MMS, (Physician Assistant Department) and Michele Rattigan, MA (Creative Arts Therapies Department), both associate clinical professors, 
    presented at the 2019 SECAC conference in Chattanooga, TN in October. Banning co-chaired the session with Barnes Director of Adult Education, William Perthes, MA, for the panel “Synergism: Interprofessional Education and Collaborations” and presented with him on arts-integrated medical education.

    Rattigan presented her interdisciplinary work in clinical, educational and professional arenas called "Artful Intentions: Arts-Based Interprofessional Collaborations."

    Banning recorded a podcast episode for Airwaves and Educators featuring Rattigan and panel presenters Perthes and Angela Dittmar, MFA, (Education in the Arts, UT Chattanooga).

    Click here to listen to the podcast.

    November 19

  • Faculty and Students Publish article on Magnesium

    Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and some of her students published a research article in the journal, Nutrients entitled, “Validation of a Newly Developed Food Frequency Questionnaire to Assess Dietary Intakes of Magnesium.” This study focused on developing and validating a food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary intakes of magnesium, and is one of the first in the field in this area.

    The following were the authors: Deeptha Sukumar, Rosemary DeLuccia (doctoral candidate), May Cheung (doctoral candidate), Rohit Ramadoss (doctoral student), Tammy Ng (medical student, Drexel College of Medicine) and Alicia Lamoureux (BS in Nutrition Sciences student).

    Click here to access the article.

    November 19

  • Honoring the Hahenmann Community


    Monday, November 18, 2019
    5:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Please join us Monday, November 18th from 5:00-7:00 PM for the opening reception of Honoring the Hahnemann Community located in the Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery.

    This exhibition honors the people who made Hahnemann Hospital what it was, past and recent and their dual purpose to teach and to serve the community.

    Please RSVP.

    The exhibition runs from November 14th through January 10th with additional dates in Center City, New College Building, January 21st through March 20th, and Queen Lane Campus, March 30th through May 8th.

    Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery & Boardroom
    3142 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Entrance is at the back of building, off Perelman Plaza

    November 18

  • Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS DNP Program Director Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing and Susan Solecki, DrPH, FNP-C, PPCNP-C Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing

    Faculty give e-cigarette use epidemic webinar

    The Compelling Epidemic of E-Cigarette Use: Dangers, Emerging Evidence and Prevention for Protecting Public Health

    • November 19, 2019
    • 12:00 p.m. 

    This presentation aims to inform, engage, and answer questions for those interested in exploring strategies to minimize the indiscriminate use of nicotine products in vulnerable populations, particularly the youth and young adult population.


    • Susan Solecki, DrPH, FNP-C, PPCNP-C
      Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing
    • Brenda Douglass, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CDE, CTTS
      DNP Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing

    Click here to register.

    November 18

  • Yosefa Birati, a PhD in Nursing candidate, presenting at the APHA conference

    Nursing student presented at 2019 conference

    Yosefa Birati, a PhD in Nursing student, presented at the 2019 APHA Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

    Her presentation title was "Use of Policy Maps to geocode neighborhood food access among pregnant women receiving home visiting services for help with their diabetes self- management."

    Kudos to Yosefa!

    November 18

  • Congratulations AAMFT Minority Fellows!

    Six current Marriage and Family Therapy students have received the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship, which is dedicated to expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations, and increasing the number of culturally competent Marriage and Family therapists.

    Congratulations Khadijah Brown, Que-Anh Do, Jordan Garvin, Gabrielle Maloney, Patricia Puntier and Madequor Tetteh-Ocloo!

    The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy wishes these students the best as they attend the Minority Fellowship Program Intensive Training Institute this week in San Diego, CA.

    November 14

  • Jason Falvey

    Tenure Track Candidate

    The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences would like to invite faculty to Tenure Track Candidate Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD's lecture:

    Elucidating the Role of Rehabilitation on Hospital Readmissions

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 612
    or via live webcast

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

    Jason Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS is a post-doctoral research fellow at Yale University School of Medicine’s Program in Geriatric Epidemiology of Aging. His current research focuses on improving successful return of older adults to community after acute hospitalization for critical illness or major surgery. Falvey’s goals are to develop into an independent, federally-funded researcher in the field of aging; build collaborations between geriatrician and rehabilitation researchers that bridge gaps between disability epidemiology and rehabilitation interventions; and to develop as a leader in the field of geriatric rehabilitation focusing on policy-relevant research that meaningfully influences clinical practice. Though at the beginning of his academic career, Falvey has already won multiple awards for his research and clinical teaching.

    November 14

  • Postdoc Fellow Publishes Dissertation

    Karolina Bryl, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, and her co-author Sherry Goodill, PhD, department chair of Creative Arts Therapies, for the publication of her dissertation research in the American Journal of Dance Therapy. The publication is entitled "Development, Execution and Acceptance of a Manualized Dance/Movement Therapy Treatment Protocol for the Clinical Trial in the Treatment of Negative Symptoms and Psychosocial Functioning in Schizophrenia" and is now available online.

    November 14

  • Postdoc Research Fellow Presents at 2019 ADTA Conference

    Karolina Bryl, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, gave a workshop presentation and paper presentation at the recent 54th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Miami, FL.

    The workshop presentation together with members of the ADTA's research committee, was entitled "Getting to Know Us: Resources Available Through the Research and Practice Committee" and focused on providing an update on the work of the Research and Practice Committees. The paper presentation was entitled "Kestenberg Movement Profile Shape Flow in Relation to Developmental Processes, Personality and Interaction: Research and Clinical Relevance" and represented part of an ongoing research collaboration between Bryl and Mark K. Sossin, PhD, from Pace University in New York City.

    November 14

  • Nine arms supporting wrapped gifts

    Holiday Gift Drive and Gift Wrapping Party

    Holiday Gift Drive and Gift Wrapping Party Wrapping

    • December 9, 2019
    • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    • 601A Parkway

    During this season of giving, let us come together to help make the holidays a little brighter for others by supporting three families for the holidays. Keep an eye out for information about ways you can support, including a sign-up list of gifts, and ways to donate monetarily. Please contact Jackie Murphy ( or MaryKay Maley ( with any questions.

    November 14

  • Cup of hot coffee with a stack of donuts

    Coffee and Donuts with Adam Platt and Jeff Gordinier

    • Tuesday November 19
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • Academic Bistro
      101 N. 33rd Street, 6th floor

    “Coffee and Donuts “ with Adam Platt, restaurant critic for New York Magazine and author of The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony, and Jeff Gordinier of Esquire.

    Click here to register.

    November 14

  • Package of plant-based burger meat

    Hot Topics in Food Series: Imitation Meat is Postponed

    Pros and Cons of Imitation Meat is Postponed

    The Department of Food and Hospitality Management has a new “Hot Topics In Food” Seminar and Discussion Series starting and it’s for students, faculty, staff and others at the University, interested in the world of food.

    • New Date Coming Soon
    • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    • 6th floor lounge in Academic Building

    Our first hot topic? Pros and Cons of Imitation Meat presented by Mike Tunick, PhD, assistant clinical professor.

    Tofu was developed some 2000 years ago and veggie burgers have been on the market since the 1980s, but the imitation meat products now being invented are designed to look, feel, taste and cook like the real thing. Environmental damage and inhumane treatment of cattle are eliminated with these products, but their health benefits and quality are in question.

    This presentation will deal with advantages and disadvantages of this emerging technology, with samples available for tasting. This short presentation of the pros and cons based on Tunick's research will be followed by questions, discussion and tasting.

    For info and questions, please contact Rose Trout, DHSc. Upcoming dates and topics will be announced throughout the year.

    November 12

  • Pain Management Support Studies for Cancer Patients and Survivors

    Pain Management Support Study for People with Cancer

    What is this research study about?
    Cancer pain is difficult to treat and can greatly reduce a person's quality of life. We want to find out if a pain management support program that is verbal-based or music-based is more helpful to reduce cancer pain.

    What is involved?

    • Take part in 6 weekly 45-minute pain management sessions.
    • At three different time points in the 6-week program, you will be asked to:
      • Fill out questionnaires related to your pain, mood, social support, and beliefs.
      • Give a saliva and blood sample. Blood samples will be obtained as part of your routine visit blood draws whenever possible.
      • These testing sessions will take approximately 30 minutes.
    • Answer some questions over the phone 1 month after completing the last session.

    You will receive $40 for each of the three study measurements and $20 for the follow-up phone call, totaling $140. You will also receive $20 per treatment session, for an additional total of $120 for 6 treatment sessions.

    Who can participate?
    You may be eligible to take part if you:

    • Have stage 3 or 4 cancer.
    • Have cancer pain.
    • Have moderate to severe pain for more than 3 months.

    Where will the study take place?
    At Drexel University Parkway Health and Wellness.

    Interested? This research is approved by the Institutional Review Board. If you are interested in participating in this study, please call 215-553 7025 or email This research is conducted by a researcher who is a member of Drexel University.

    Pain Management Support Study for Cancer Survivors

    Are you a cancer survivor with chronic pain?
    If so, you may be eligible to participate in this study!

    What is this research study about?
    Pain in cancer survivors is difficult to treat. Opioids are often prescribed for pain management, yet they can have undesirable side effects and may put someone at risk for addiction or dependence. We want to examine if a pain management program that is music-based or verbal-based is more helpful in reducing pain and opioid use in cancer survivors with chronic pain.

    What is involved?

    • Take part in 10 weekly 45-minute pain management sessions.
    • At three different time points in the study, you will be asked to fill out questionnaires related to your pain and opioid use. This will take approximately 15 minutes.

    You will receive $40 for each of the three study measurements, totaling $120.
    You will also receive $20 per therapy session, for an additional total of $200 for 10 therapy sessions.

    Who can participate? You may be eligible to take part if you:

    • Are a cancer survivor.
    • Have been using opioids for your chronic pain for more than 3 months.

    Where does the study take place?
    You can choose to attend sessions at Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center or at Three Parkway Health and Wellness.

    If you are interested in participating in this study or have questions, contact us at or 215-553 7025.

    This research is conducted by a researcher who is a member of Drexel University and is approved by the Drexel University Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the University's Human Research Protection Program.

    November 11

  • Physician assistant class of 2017 receives 100% pass rate on exam

    100 Percent Pass Rate on DPT Exam

    All 53 graduates of the 2019 Doctor of Physical Therapy Program passed their board exam on their first attempt.

    This performance is consistent with the 39-year history of the program during which all graduates have passed the exam—98 percent on their first attempt. The average scores for the Class of 2019 far exceeded national averages.

    Way to go PT Dragons!

    November 11

  • Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, associate dean for Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration and director of Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services and Taraya Gibson, RN case manager at 11th St.

    Faculty Poster Presentationat at 2019 APHA Meeting

    Roberta Waite, EdD, professor, associate dean for Community-Centered Health and Wellness and Academic Integration and director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th St. Family Health Services, presented a poster at the 2019 APHA conference.

    It addresses racism and all its pervasive levels from intrapersonal to institutional which has significant implications for community health, highlights how it negatively impacts health and wellbeing and contributes to racial/ ethnic inequities. Highlighting these elements is vital since racism is involved in numerous factors embedded within a practice-based arena where staff interface with the community. Waite described steps taken to disrupt racism and discriminatory practices in a community-based health center.

    November 11

  • Faculty presents workshop and takes post on national board

    Jacelyn Biondo, PhD, a Drexel alumna, postdoctoral research fellow and adjunct faculty in the Department of Creative Arts Therapy, presented at the recent 54th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Miami, FL.

    Her presentation, “Single-Session Dance/Movement Therapy for People with Schizophrenia in Inpatient Facilities: Theory, Practice, and Research,” was a culmination of Biondo’s clinical practice along with her recent doctoral dissertation research findings.

    While at the conference, Biondo was installed as treasurer on the National Board of the American Dance Therapy Association.

    November 11

  • Sherry Goodill Headshot

    Department Chair Presents at 2019 ADTA Conference

    Sherry Goodill, PhD, clinical professor and chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, gave a panel presentation at the recent 54th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Miami, FL.

    The presentation, with colleagues from Lesley University and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, was entitled “The Long View: Mapping a Research Agenda for Dance/movement Therapy in Military Health Contexts” and represented part of an ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    November 11

  • Aerial photo of San Jose, Costa Rica

    Graduate Study Abroad Opportunity in Costa Rica

    Winter 2020 Graduate Course Offering for College of Nursing and Health Professions

    IPS 562: Comparative Health Systems

    This four-credit course examines and compares the major models of health systems globally. Topics include historical, political, social, ethical and economic context for selected countries. Standard measures of health outcomes will be analyzed.

    This course is designed as an elective that can be utilized for multiple programs of study.


    • MHA students: HSAD 500 (Historical Influences on the U.S. Healthcare System)
    • Graduate Nursing students: NURS 567 (Strategic Management: Power, Politics and Influence in Healthcare Systems)

    There is an optional one week, study abroad option in Costa Rica March 20-28, 2020 for an additional one credit. Information regarding the Study Abroad can be found at the Drexel Grad in Costa Rica website


    November 7

  • Group photo of CNHP Nutrition Sciences Department faculty, staff and alumni and Mario the Dragon at a celebration of 101 Anniversary of program

    Department of Nutrition Sciences Celebrates 101 years at Drexel

    The Department of Nutrition Sciences celebrated their 101st anniversary as a Department at Drexel University on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Three Parkway Building.

    The event was held in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE), the National Conference for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Over 90 alumni, faculty, staff, friends and special guests had the chance to connect and reconnect. Mario the Dragon spent some time at the event, as well!

    Congratulations to all!

    November 7

  • diverse group of students looking up at illustration of job strategy word

    Senior Series: Job Search Strategies for Nursing and Health Professions

    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    • Three Parkway, Room 1043

    Learn how to use Handshake, the new online job search portal and how to identify the most effective strategies for finding full-time employment upon graduation.

    To register, click here then go to the events tab.

    November 6

  • CNHP postdoctoral research fellow Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell presenting her poster

    Postdoc Research Fellow Presents at 2019 ADTA Conference

    Postdoctoral research fellow Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell presented two workshops and her research poster at the recent 54th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Miami, FL.

    The workshops were entitled "Movement and the use of the sense to promote and ease interoception in trauma survivors" and "Connecting through creative cultural movement: DMT with female refugees and asylum seekers in Philadelphia." The poster was entitled "Developing movement experiences with refugees who have undergone trauma: a grounded theory study."

    November 6

  • Tuesday Topic graphic

    Tuesday Topics: Tools for Public Health Science, Action and Health

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Three Parkway, Room 639 or via live webcast

    The discussion will center around  the use of ICF Model (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) and its application to both individual and population health needs.


    • Presenters: Kristine A. Mulhorn, PhD, MHSA
    • Kathryn Mitchell, PT, DPT, NCS

    All are welcome. Researchers and faculty are encouraged to attend.

    Click here to register.

    November 5

  • Meditation graphic

    Meditation at Three Parkway Room Change

    Meditation at CNHP 

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

    *Note: All November dates will be meeting in room 760 at 12:30 p.m.

    As we approach the fast-faced holiday and winter season, join us each Wednesday for a chance to slow down, recenter and recharge.

    It doesn't matter if you've never meditated or you're a pro, everyone is welcome for these weekly, short guided meditation sessions. 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.

    Don't forget, 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.

    November 5

  • An Evening with author Brad Thomas Parsons and Chef Joey Baldino of The Palizzi Social Club

    • Tuesday November 12
    • 6:00 p.m.
    • Academic Bistro, 101 N. 33rd Street, 6th floor

    A double book event featuring a talk and signing by author Brad Thomas Parsons of Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time and food and signing by Chef Joey Baldino, author of Dinner at the Club: 100 years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club.

    Click here for more information and registration.

    November 4

  • Joshua Bernstein, author of Drink Better Beer: Discover the Secrets of the Brewing Experts

    Author Talk and Book Signing with Joshua Bernstein

    • Tuesday, November 5
    • 6:00 p.m.
    • Academic Bistro 101 N. 33rd Street, 6th floor

    Join us for a talk by author Joshua Bernstein of Drink Better Beer: Discover the Secrets of the Brewing Expert followed by a book signing and reception.

    Click here for more information and to register.

    November 4

  • The Eat.Right.Philly table at a farm stand event outside Belmont Charter School

    EAT RIGHT PHILLY Fruitful Partnerships

    Department of Nutrition Sciences' EAT RIGHT PHILLY team partners with many organizations around the city, including the School District of Philadelphia, to help students, families and communities learn about health food and physical activity choices.

    Click here to read about two of their more recent endeavors.

    November 1

  • Stella Volpe

    Department chair named Founder's Lecturer at conference

    Stella Volpe, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences, was invited to give the Founder’s Lecture at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference in October in Newport Beach, California.

    The title of her presentation was “The Effect of Food-based Supplements and Intermittent Fasting on Athletic Performance.”

    November 1

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