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Tuesday Topics

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College of Nursing and Health Professions hosts "Tuesday Topics," an informal, regularly designated space designed to connect faculty, students and staff and help grow the interprofessional community within the College. "Tuesday Topics" include sessions promoting CNHP's research initiatives, sharing scholarship on issues relevant to healthcare and providing guidance on best practices in research and education. "Tuesday Topics" are open to all faculty, students and staff in CNHP, as well as to our alumni and community partners. Not every session is for everyone, but if the topic appeals to you, please sign-up to join us.

"Tuesday Topics" are generally held Tuesdays throughout each 10-week quarter of the academic year. Participants can join in person or via live webcast. During the period of time Drexel University is operating remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuesday Topics will be offered entirely online via live webcast.

Details on all the precautionary measures to ensure our faculty, professional staff and students’ health and safety enacted thus far can be found on the Drexel coronavirus website. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we deal with this complex and rapidly changing situation.

Times may vary. Register to receive the specific zoom link and passcode.

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Upcoming Events

Advice from the bench: On leadership in your lab

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.

The launch of a research lab can be the mark of an exciting new phase of your academic career. There are many choices and decisions to be made such as What equipment do I need to conduct my study?; Who should I hire?; How do I mentor, support and advise those working in my lab to help the team meet our research goals most effectively? These many types of questions can lead to decision paralysis for some. Please join us to learn from our faculty as they speak from their experience on their process and considerations when organizing a laboratory to get the most out of available resources.


  • Margaret Finley, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • Deeptha Sukumar, PhD, Nutrition Sciences

All are welcome! This session is ideal current PhD students, recent graduates and those who are looking to learn from others about how to put their academic skills to work to advance their career. Presented by CNHP PhD Programs


Please Bother Me!: Supporting First-gen College Students Through Moments of Shame

Tuesday, January 25, 2021 • 4 – 5 p.m.

First-generation college students may experience personal and academic difficulties prohibiting them from being successful. Often, students will not avail themselves of the assistance offered by support staff and faculty thinking they may be a burden. By not seeking assistance to address their struggles, students can instead take on shame impacting their academic performance, self-esteem and role development as a college student. Using case studies, participants will experience supporting a student through the shame recovery process. During this presentation, participants will explore the concept of shame, discuss Van Vliet’s (2008) rebuilding approach and apply tools to help individuals process and manage experiences that could lead to a shame response.


  • Dyron Corley EdD, assistant director of the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program at Rutgers University – Camden
  • Dana C Kemery EdD, director of Innovative Course Design and Technological Infusion, associate clinical professor

All are welcome! This session is ideal for student services professionals, students, faculty and staff. Presented by CNHP Teaching, Learning and Engagement


Dean’s R3 — Updates from recent awardees

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.

This interactive session will address applying for the CNHP internal research scholarship awards that will be offered in winter term 2022: Dean’s Rapid Response Relevant (R3) Grant. Recent awardees will give a short presentation on their projects and share their experiences in preparing their applications. The aim is to demonstrate the types and scope of projects funded and to share considerations in preparing applications for the upcoming application period.


  • Girija Kaimal, EdD, ATR-BC, assistant dean for Special Research Initiatives; interim chair and associate professor, Creative Arts Therapies Department


  • Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, director of Research Labs
  • Jessica Chou, PhD, LPC, LMFT, assistant professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Carrie Cottone, PhD candidate, Creative Arts Therapies
  • Denise Way, DNP, MSN, RN, assistant professor, Undergraduate Nursing

All are welcome! This session is ideal for researchers interested in applying for this funding, as well as students, post-doctoral researchers and research faculty. Presented by CNHP Special Research Initiatives.


Finding Our Interprofessional Voices: Collaborative Conversations

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.

Learning the skills of interprofessional communication, patient handoff and listening is a complex process and frequently the skills are practiced in isolation with only a single discipline. This places the learner at a disadvantage as they enter clinical practice without competence in this critical skill. Creating interprofessional events is fraught with organizational challenges, this presentation will describe the online opportunities to provide practice, feedback and interprofessional connections. Approximately 270 medical and nursing students along with recent alumni participated in 3 cases. Participants in the workshop will get a chance to "try on" this process and see the opportunities online for conversational practice.


  • Dana C. Farabaugh, MD, associate dean of Clinical Education; professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Meghan Shattuck, MSN, RN, OCN, CNE, assistant clinical professor
  • Genevieve Porrecca, MSN, RN, PCCN, CHSE, assistant clinical professor; simulation education specialist, Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation & Practice (CICSP)
  • Kate J Morse, PhD, MSN, RN, CHSE, ACNP-Ret, assistant dean, Experiential Learning and Innovation; associate clinical professor of Nursing

All are welcome! This session is ideal for those who teach or aspire to teach, and those who want to sharpen their interprofessional team skills. Presented by CNHP Simulation Committee


What the Heck Is SharePoint?

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.

This event will provide a brief introduction of Office 365 applications, in particular, how to differentiate when Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive should be used. We will explore some best practices for using these applications with your colleagues. This presentation will also help to identify some SharePoint resources available from Drexel University Information Technology and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.


  • Brian Thomas, MS, systems administrator, CNHP IT
  • Amanda Keen, associate director, Health Professions, Diversity and Student Affairs

All are welcome! This session is ideal for staff, faculty and students who want to improve communications among their teams and collaborators.


CNHP Reads: Climate Justice in Short Fiction

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 • 12 – 1 p.m.
In-Person, Three Parkway, Room 1021 or via Zoom

As part of Drexel’s “climate action year,” the Boards of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Global Health Engagement are partnering for three 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. Participants will be guided through analysis and self-reflection, and our students will develop a visual representation of participants’ reactions and comments.

For this event we will discuss “Survival” by Sayaka Murata.

This session marks the second of three college-wide short story events. Register now to receive links to access the stories being discussed at this event. Refreshments will be provided for those who attend in-person.


  • 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 everyone else are encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair and Board of Global Healthcare Engagement, Dr. Jane Greene Ryan, Chair.


Ethically Speaking: Case Study on Authorship and Publication

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.

As a part of our ongoing series and building upon “Ethically Speaking” events initiated in May 2021, this session will support faculty, students and staff who must demonstrate continuing education in the ethical conduct of research with human subjects. According to the NIH: The responsible conduct of research (RCR) is essential to good science. RCR promotes the aims of scientific inquiry, fosters a research environment that enables scientists to work together toward common goals and promotes public confidence in scientific knowledge and progress for the public good. However, there are several serious detrimental effects of research not conducted ethically and responsibly. This RCR training is provided to our student, postdoctoral research fellow, research faculty and staff to ensure we are in continual conversation to develop and maintain a culture of scientific integrity.


  • Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, professor, Creative Arts Therapies

Case Study Discussion Leaders:

  • Zachary Hathaway, BS, CIP, project manager, Interprofessional and Collaborative Research
  • Constance Perry, PhD, HEC-C, associate professor, Health Administration Department
  • Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, associate dean of Interprofessional Research and Development; professor, Nursing

All are welcome! Students, faculty, professional staff, and community providers are encouraged to attend. Presented by CNHP Research, Innovation & Discovery


Finding our lanes in DEI: Using art as a starting place for action

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 • 4 – 5 p.m.
Three Parkway, Room 1021 or via Zoom

Join the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion members for a creative painting activity that lays the groundwork for courageous conversations on race and ethnicity. The art process is intended to provide participants opportunities to explore our similarities and differences and discover new ways of looking and understanding. The tangible art product provides a platform for continued discussion and action beyond the art making session.

Who Should Attend
This Tuesday Topic is open to all stakeholders in advancing the DEI mission of our college. This includes all college administration, faculty, professional staff and students. The creative activity is a success-oriented, structured and judgment-free process anyone can participate in regardless of skill and ability. It is also playful and fun! An art therapy faculty member will be in attendance to provide assistance and adaptations of materials as needed.

Why Persons Should Attend
Exploring essential topics surrounding race and ethnicity can range from emotionally taxing and traumatizing to invisibility and ignorance depending on one’s personhood and lived experiences. Talking about it is only one form of communication. Art making allows for meta-communication. Art can express beyond words and help us find the words when we are stuck, unsure or fearful of saying the “wrong” things. It can also provide a new perspective and a graphic map for our next steps: to take action, to advocate and to better understand our roles in authentically walking the DEI walk as individuals and as part of a community.

The materials for the art session will be provided to all in-person participants. Participants registering to attend remotely will be provided with recommendations of art materials (or other common household goods) to allow you to engage in the experience.


  • Veronica Carey, PhD, CPRP, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; associate clinical professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
  • Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LCP, associate clinical professor, Creative Arts Therapies

All are welcome! College administration, faculty, professional staff, and students encouraged to attend. Presented by the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Dr. Veronica Carey, Chair.


For past Tuesday Topics events, please visit our YouTube Channel.