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News Officer, University Communications

Anne Korp
News Manager, Science and Nursing
Office of University Communications
Tel: 215.571.4244, Cell: 484.560.3425

College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Experts


Ellen Giarelli, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Associate Professor, Division of Graduate Nursing
  • Expertise: Autism, nursing, grounded theory, autism spectrum disorder
  • Giarelli has over 15 years of experience conducting research with patients, family members and health care providers, including multiple intervention studies. For the past decade, she has studied the life-long medical, psychological, and social problems, and health care needs of people with genetic disorders diagnosed in childhood, that require life-long enhanced surveillance and self-management. Study populations include, individuals with Marfan syndrome, cancer syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2a MEN2s) and autism spectrum disorder. Giarelli is co-editor of the book Nursing of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-based Integrated Care Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2012).

Behavioral Health

Argie Allen, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Director of Clinical Training, Couple and Family Therapy Program
  • Expertise: Health, psychology, behavioral health
  • With more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, teacher, advocate and public speaker, Allen is committed to raising the bar in the community with a message of hope, faith, inspiration and empowerment while teaching the "how to" skills necessary for families to be strengthened. Allen appears regularly on NBC's "Today" show as their relationship expert discussing many issues related to how to have and maintain healthy relationships in families and within communities. Allen brings a unique presence to the table by integrating both the systemic clinical skills needed to teach families, while incorporating the spiritual principles necessary to strengthen them.

Community Health

Patricia Gerrity, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Professor, Associate Dean for Community Programs, Director of Sandra and Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center
  • Expertise: Community, health, managed care, nursing
  • Gerrity is nationally known for her work in promoting health in diverse urban communities. Her career is focused on providing access to health care for underserved populations through the advancement of nurse-managed health centers. Gerrity founded and directs the 11th Street Family Health Services, whose comprehensive patient-centered approach to health has developed over nearly two decades of Drexel nursing and health professions faculty working in partnership with members of a low-income community at the center of four public housing developments. The nurse-run center, undergoing an expansion to be complete in fall 2015, is now known as the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center.  The center and Gerrity have been recognized for innovation and for providing a national model of integrated primary care by organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing.

Veronica Carey, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Assistant clinical professor, Department of  Behavioral Health Counseling
  • Expertise: Behavioral Health Counseling, psychiatric rehabilitation, health
  • Carey has over 20 years of experience in behavioral health program planning and management, continuing education training and policy development. She is a member of the United Stated Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certification Commission, the International Committee for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Inclusion, and is a consultant to Pennsylvania’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Critical Incident/Trauma Response

Paul Clements, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Associate clinical professor, Division of Graduate Nursing
  • Expertise: Health, behavioral Health, psychiatric nursing
  • Clements is an experienced psychiatric clinical therapist, forensic consultant and critical incident/trauma response specialist. He is also a certified Gang Specialist and certified in Danger Assessment. He has provided counseling and crisis intervention to over 1500 families of murder victims, as well as to high numbers of surviving family members in the aftermath of suicide, industrial and occupational deaths, motor vehicle accidents, sudden infant death syndrome and other types of sudden violent death, as well as to survivors of interpersonal violence such as sexual abuse, rape and stalking.


Nyree Dardarian, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Instructor, Director-Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance Coordinator, Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway, Nutrition Sciences Department
  • Expertise: Nutrition, food, dietetics, nutrition counseling
  • Dardarian is a licensed and registered dietitian who can provide accessible advice on choosing healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet with exercise. She leads a program at Drexel providing nutrition counseling and nutrition education through the Center for Integrated Nutrition & Performance within the Recreation Center, as well as a supervised practice program for Nutrition Sciences graduates to gain clinical experience to qualify to become registered dietitians.

Stella Volpe, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • Expertise: Health, food, nutrition
  • Volpe is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist whose research focuses on obesity and diabetes prevention, body composition, bone mineral density and mineral metabolism and exercise. She has researched interventions including changing portion sizes in cafeterias and making physical activity more a part of a person’s day to implement changes in behavior. Volpe is the chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, as well as vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Jennifer Quinlan, PhD | College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • Expertise: Food science, nutrition, food safety
  • Quinlan’s research focuses on identifying potential unique food safety risks for minority racial/ethnic and low-income populations. Quinlan co-developed the Don’t Wash Your Chicken campaign based on surveys conducted by her laboratory finding that washing raw poultry is a common unsafe handling practice across multiple demographics. Her laboratory also conducts basic research on Campylobacter jejuni, a leading bacterial cause of foodborne illness, which is common on chicken.