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  • woman in cap and gown waving amidst a sea of fellow graduates

    Celebrate the Class of 2022

    We are very pleased to announce that the College of Nursing and Health Professions will celebrate 2022 graduates during an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. All commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed on the commencement website. If you are graduating, you can visit the this page for more information about tickets.

    In order to view the live ceremony, you can select the College of Nursing and Health Professions box from this link, which will take you to the page where the event will be live-streamed. You will be able to access the specific College of Nursing and Health Professions page by or before June 3.

    The University commencement webpage will also host the individual names and degree recognitions, available via a digital program made for each 2022 graduate who applied by the April 29 deadline. As is traditional for student recognition, we will start with doctoral graduates, followed by master’s graduates and ending with bachelor’s graduates. Dissertation titles and supervising professor information will be included in the Doctoral Celebration being hosted by the Graduate College on Tuesday, June 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

    We are so pleased to introduce this year’s graduation keynote speaker, Melanie Cataldi. Melanie Cataldi is a committed leader and collaborator for social justice with over 21 years of experience in a variety of roles at Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s premier anti-hunger organization serving Southeastern PA and NJ.

    May 31

  • White female (Claire Manger) with long strawberry-blond hair wearing glasses, a dark-colored shirt and a surgical mask.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Claire Manger

    Nursing student Claire Manger has many goals for herself, among them a master's in public health. Her idea of a well-matched mentor is someone who will help figure out the right path for her. She also looked for someone with which she could have courageous conversations around current events and diversity.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    May 30

  • Drs. Girija Kaimal in the top left corner of the image and Margaret Finley in the lower right corner.

    2021-22 Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Research, Scholarship, Creativity, Teaching and Professional Service

    Two CNHP faculty received 2021-22 Drexel Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards & Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship, and Professional Service. 

    Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant dean for Special Research Initiatives and interim chair and associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies Department, was a recipient of the Freddie Reisman Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.

    Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, associate professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department received a Scholarly Materials and Research Equipment Award for Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty. 

    May 26

  • CATs of Color Open Dialogue on June 1

    The Creative Art Therapists of Color (CATs of Color) is holding space on June 1 for open dialogue around being a person of color in the College of Nursing and Health Professions' graduate programs.

    CATs of Color is an organization of people within the BIPOC community and international students who to come together to support one another. Their mission is to create a community within a larger community that promotes healing, a voice for change, activism. Additionally, they hold accountability meetings with departmental staff to discuss change.

    It is essential for marginalized communities to come together to create a larger community and for our voices to be heard. This will hopefully continue to be an ongoing connection for all the departments in the future. Please reach out to Tasha Kang (She/Her), CATs of Color president 2021-2022, with questions.


    May 23

  • An aspiring Chinese American nursing student with glasses and brown hair standing outside in from of green foliage.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Amanda Ma

    The mentor nursing student Amanda Ma sought is patient, compassionate and experienced in the healthcare field. She found her Macy mentor and experience to be one that deepened leadership skills and peer connections.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    May 23

  • Female with long dark hair wearing polka-dotted blouse

    Annual Co-op Awards

    Steinbright held its annual Co-op Awards last week, the first in-person since 2019, which highlights Drexel's students and employers in the cooperative education program. As usual, it was an inspiring event that reaffirms that our model of education is truly changing the lives of our students and preparing them for anything the world can throw at them. Steinbright created this video for the event that highlights the winners and of course the benefits of co-op.

    Bhakti Marfatia, a Health Sciences major was nominated by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), her co-op employer. Bhakti research at CHOP was to detect differences between distraction events during a driving simulation task. She was also responsible for maintaining standard operating procedures of the driving stimulator for safety events, writing the processes, and providing training for other team members.

    Bhakti exceeded expectations by volunteering to train new members and was instrumental in the development of an abstract that was accepted by the Transportation Research Board. She made her study team a warm and welcoming environment, providing strong leadership to the other students working on the project.

    May 23

  • Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice book cover

    Rattigan, Snyder and Kaimal published in newly released book

    Michele Rattigan, MA, associate clinical professor in Creative Arts Therapies and DHSc student, and Kathryn Snyder, MA, Creative Arts Therapies PhD candidate, both published chapters in the edited book, Virtual Art Therapy: Research and Practice. Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant dean for Special Research Initiatives, and interim chair and associate professor in Creative Arts Therapies, was interviewed for a chapter regarding her research and scholarship with virtual reality and art therapy.

    May 23

  • Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions Health Sciences student Nicholas Eltman standing in front of an ivy covered wall.

    Eltman Receives National Award

    Nick Eltman, a health sciences student has been awarded the 2022 G.I. Jobs Student Veteran Leadership Award.

    The 2022 Student Veteran Leadership Awards (SVLAs) honor 33 student veterans who are making a positive difference at their school and in their communities. Eltman, the second Dragon since 2020, is a veteran ambassador at the Masci Family Veterans Lounge, president of Drexel Veterans Association and volunteers at the local VA.

    Congratulations Nick!

    May 19

  • Celebrating the Class of 2022

    Excitement is building as we near the University Commencement. Here are some of the ceremonies happening around campus to attend.

    May 19

  • Photo of Dr. Ebony White in a white dress from the waist up standing in front of a yellow background

    White Invited to Speak at Induction Ceremony at Syracuse University

    Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department and Counselors for Social Justice President-Elect, was invited to be the keynote speaker at Syracuse University's Sigma Upsilon Chapter Induction Ceremony and Graduation Celebration on May 12.

    May 18

  • Courtney Geis Ercole, MSW, MHS, PA-C

    DRAGONS Now Stands For Good Health

    What things can we do to control your blood pressure? Courtney Ercole, MSW, MHS, a new clinical instructor in the Physician Assistant Department, created a acronym to help us all easily remember.


    D: Diet/Decrease Sodium

    R: Reduce Stress

    A: Activity Increase your Activity (walking is great!)

    G: Good Sleep

    O: Omit Alcohol

    N: No Smoking

    S: Strive for a Healthy Weight

    May 16

  • Graphic with dark background and multicolored thought bubbles surrounding the words "Courageous Conversations"

    Courageous Conversations: Gaining Knowledge without Losing Identity

    The Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion presents Courageous Conversations: Gaining Knowledge without Losing Identity. These transparent presenters will voice their personal stories of academic inequities and how it shapes their experience at Drexel within CNHP classrooms.


    • Reginald Howard, College of Nursing and Health Professions undergraduate student
    • Carly Shanken, BSN '21
    • Lana Sommers, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling '22
    • Tasha Kang, MA in Art Therapy and Counseling '22
    • Zainab During, MS in Quality, Safety and Risk Management '22

    Goal of the session

    This thought-provoking dialogue is intended to provide a safe space for faculty, other students, and professional staff to react and reflect on their individual academic careers. This open conversation will invite participants to address real life scenarios and unpack injustices.

    What individuals will get out of the session

    After attending this session, individuals will leave with an insight to student experiences deeper than the surface level. Through these stories, audience members will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences as a student, faculty, or professional staff in CNHP. Our hope is to create a safe space for participants to share their own stories, taking away a sense of empowerment and knowledge back to their respective classrooms.


    May 16

  • Graphic reading TEDxDrexelU

    White Invited to Speak at Momentous Conference Hosted by TEDxDrexelU

    Ebony White, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Counseling and Family Therapy Department, was invited to speak at TEDxDrexelU 2022 Annual Conference: Momentous.

    • May 21, 2022
    • 10 a.m. EST
    • Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center
      3140 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

    The journey of life is a compilation of decisions, events, and changes. Whether it is a discovery, a victory, a failure or a eureka moment, some experiences are pivotal and impactful in our lives and are, thus, Momentous. This year we are bringing together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas worth spreading.

    May 16

  • Kelsey Stasko, a student in the nurse practitioner program with Karen Goldschmidt, a clinical professor

    Goldschmidt and Nurse Practitioner Student Co-Author Publication

    Karen Goldschmidt, PhD, an associate clinical professor of nursing, along with Kelsey Stasko, BSN, RN, a graduate student in the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner program, published an article title The downstream effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: The supply chain failure, a wicked problem in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

    The article published on April 1, 2022, ahead of print, presents a case study of a pediatric intensive care nurse and her experience working at a rural children's hospital two years into the pandemic. Central line blood stream infections (CLABSls) are used to highlight the impact of the global supply chain failure on patient morbidity and mortality and healthcare professionals at the point of care. 

    May 11

  • Tuesday Topics

    Tuesday Topic: CNHP Reads—Climate Justice in Short Fiction

    • May 17
    • 12–1:00 p.m.
    • Live Webcast

    As part of Drexel’s “climate action year,” the Boards of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Health Engagement are partnering for 3 college-wide short story reading events. For each meeting, we will discuss a short story that engages both Global Health and DEI as well as the growing global warming crisis. At this meeting, we will be discussing “Seed” by Iliana Vargas.

    • Jesse Ballenger, PhD
      Teaching Professor, Health Administration Department
    • Sharrona Pearl, PhD
      Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration Department

    All are welcome! Students, faculty & professional staff and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Veronica Carey, PhD, chair, and Board of Global Healthcare Engagement, Jane Greene Ryan, PhD, chair.


    Check out upcoming Tuesday Topics here.

    May 10

  • Graphic with a dark background text and a book cover for Dance/movement therapy for trauma survivors: theoretical, clinical, and cultural perspectives

    Drexel Creative Arts Therapies Book Series: Culturally-and Trauma-Informed Dance/Movement Therapy in a Time of Uncertainty

    Speakers and newly published authors of Dance/movement therapy for trauma survivors: theoretical, clinical, and cultural perspectives will present their personal healing-centered and DEI-focused dance/movement therapy approaches for survivors of trauma and helping professionals.

    • May 18, 2022
    • 5:30-8 p.m.
    • Via Live Webcast

    Time will be set aside for the participants to engage the speakers during a Q&A period. Visit continuing education for more course details and registration information.

    May 10

  • Brown female (Meghan Gupta) with long-length brown hair wearing a light plaid shirt and a black mask covering her nose and mouth

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Meghan Gupta

    Meghan Gupta is majoring in public health with minors in psychology, health administration and global health with a language concentration in French. She is passionate about food insecurity, social determinants of health and community health and prevention. Gupta wants a mentor with expertise outside of public health so she can expand knowledge in other areas of health services/programs.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    May 9

  • Female (Jacqueline Enriquez) with dark long hair wearing a dark-colored blazer, light-colored shirt and a dark mask covering her nose and mouth.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Jacqueline Enriquez

    Jacqueline Enriquez is a nursing student looking to pursue a specialty in pediatrics. The Macy program is helping her improve her emotional intelligence and communication skills and open professional networking opportunities.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    May 9

  • Celebrate Nurses Week 2022 at the Drexel Libraries

    The Drexel University Libraries honors our nursing and health professionals during National Nurses Week—and every week!

    The Libraries offers resources to support faculty, staff, students and practitioners in the College of Nursing and Health Professionals all year round. Visit the Libraries website for a list of just a few of the brand-new nursing-related books, textbooks and guides they have acquired over the last year to help you with your teaching, research and coursework. Happy Nurses Week from the Libraries!

    May 9

  • Jennifer Quinlan

    Quinlan was the Plenary Speaker at the CDC InFORM Conference

    Jennifer Quinlan, PhD, professor in the Departments of Nutrition Science, presented her research entitled Health Equity and Enterics: The Disproportionate Burden of Foodborne Illness at the CDC's 2022 Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference on April 29, 2022.

    May 9

  • Scene in emergency room simulation with nursing students giving CPR to a manikin while faculty observe

    Happy Nurses Week!

    Nurses Week is May 6 – 12, and AACN's 2022 theme is "Rooted in Strength."

    "Nurses are rooted in strength, forged in fire and growing in power. Rooted in Strength we create our new path forward as leaders in healthcare." – AACN President Beth Wathen

    We thank and honor our nursing faculty, alumni and students for the work they do every day to keep us healthy and educated and for fighting for health equity for people in under-resourced areas.

    Happy Nurses Week!

    May 6

  • Group of people wearing white doctor's coats and masks standing behind a table with a banner stating Drexel University Physician Assistant Department

    Students Participated in Remote Access Medicine Clinic

    Drexel physician assistant students provided patient education to people coming for medical and dental evaluation at a free clinic sponsored by Remote Access Medicine at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on April 23.

    May 5

  • Stephanie Ewing

    Ewing Receives NIH Grant

    Stephanie Krauthamer Ewing, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, received $150,000 from the National Institutes of Health for “Improvements in Mentalizing as a Mechanism of Change in Psychotherapy for Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents.”

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in the United States. The objective of this study is to determine whether improvements in adolescent mentalizing (the ability to make generally accurate inferences about the thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and intentions of others), over the course of 16 weeks of psychotherapy, predict adolescent suicide risk symptom reduction. If we can identify improvements in mentalizing as a predictor of suicide risk symptom reduction, we will have valuable new information to: 1) help create more effective risk screening tools; 2) better assess treatment progress; and 3) design more effective and targeted intervention and prevention programs.

    May 5

  • White female Drexel University student (Kamryn Delaney) with long blond hair and sunglasses atop her head wearing a light-colored cardigan.

    It's Macy Monday: Meet Kamryn Delaney

    Kamryn Delaney is in the Pre-PA track in the Health Science department. After watching her cousin, now healthy, undergo multiple rounds of chemotherapy for Leukemia, she decided that her future is being a physician assistant in pediatric oncology.

    To read her story and find out more about the program and how you can become a Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow.

    May 2

  • A group of standing and kneeling nurse practitioner alumni, faculty and students wearing gold Drexel t-shirts and scrubs bottoms.

    Nurse Practitioner Program Participated in a Philadelphia Free Clinic

    Drexel University’s nurse practitioner students, faculty and alumni participated in the Remote Area Medical (RAM) free clinic hosted in Philadelphia on April 23rd and 24th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    RAM is a nonprofit provider of free pop-up clinics that provides free, quality healthcare to those in need. They offer free dental, vision and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals. RAM is comprised of hundreds of volunteers who have treated more than 888,000 individuals delivering more than $181.5M in free healthcare services.

    Led by Drexel’s faculty members and alumni, nurse practitioner students provided exceptional care to Philadelphia’s underserved populations. "We could not be more  proud of this group of students as they showed true professionalism and compassion," said Anthony Angelow, PhD, chair of Advanced Practice Nursing and assistant clinical professor. "This NP group made an impactful presence for Drexel at RAM and the Philadelphia community."

    May 2

  •  Dr. Leon F. Vinci sampling Barnhardt Creek in Roanoke, VA with colleague Don Wages.

    Vinci Leads International Earth Day Panel

    Leon F. Vinci, DHA, DAAS, and adjunct professor in Health Administration, facilitated and presented on an internationally broadcasted Earth Day webinar. Entitled Climate Change from Coast to Coast, the panel discussion featured speakers from Alaska, Connecticut and Virginia and was hosted by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Presentations reviewed climate impacts seen on both coasts, shellfish industry concerns, salt-water intrusion and permafrost. Also, Vinci gave a brief overview of Earth Day history which included mention of its 50th anniversary celebrated in 2020.

    As an environmentalist that 'walks the walk' (or wades): in addition to serving as moderator that day for the panel, Vinci also collected samples of stream water that afternoon. As part of a Citizen Science water quality monitoring project he evaluated a local rivulet for water clarity, pH, dissolved oxygen levels and other environmental parameters.

    May 2

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