Associate Clinical Professor, Creative Art Therapies Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Michele Rattigan (pronouns: she/her) is a registered, board-certified, licensed art therapist and nationally certified, licensed professional counselor with specializations in trauma, post-partum depression and anxiety, disordered eating and body image concerns, self-harming behaviors, and dissociative disorders. Her teaching philosophy is informed by Universal Design for Learning and focuses on the dynamic teacher-student relationship and presence as pedagogy to support student growth that is trauma-informed, compassionate, socially mindful, and grounded in cultural humility. The intersections of daily arts practices, creativity, well-being, mindfulness, self- and community compassion, interdisciplinary collaboration, and equity in mental healthcare influence her work as a clinician, artist, writer, volunteer, and 24 years as an educator.
Following the "Shifting Perspectives" presentation, a panel discussion will be held by Drexel's faculty and professional staff sharing advice on how to improve wellness during your graduate career.
Stephen Gambescia, PhD, MED, MBA, MHUM, MLS MCHES
Clinical Professor and Director of Doctor of Health Science, Health Administration Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions
Stephen F. Gambescia is a professor of health services administration and Director of the Doctor of Health Science program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. His teaching and research interests are in macro policy issues in health and education. He has held a range of academic administrative positions at three universities (two colleges within Drexel—CNHP and Goodwin) from assistant program director to serving on a college’s Board of Trustees. He has robust academic formation studying through seven-degree programs. These experiences allow him to give sage advice and facilitate complex student "issues."
Peter Gaskill, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Physiology, College of Medicine
Dr. Peter J. Gaskill has been interested in the neuropathogenesis of HIV for longer than he has been a scientist but began to formally study HIV infection of the CNS with Dr. Howard Fox at the Scripps Research Institute. As a graduate student, he used the Rhesus macaque model of SIV infection to define the genotypic and phenotypic features of neurovirulent viral strains. This research drew his attention to the impact of the neuropathologic, cognitive, and behavioral features now known as neuroHIV, as well as the increased prevalence of substance use disorders in this population. He developed this interest as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Joan W. Berman at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, examining the impact of dopamine on monocytes and macrophages.
When he transitioned to Drexel to start his own lab, Dr. Gaskill’s research further expanded to examine the interaction of ART with these processes and the broader role of dopamine as an immunomodulatory factor. Currently, his laboratory uses molecular biology, high-content imaging, and pharmacology to examine the receptors, signaling pathways, and genetic changes regulating HIV infection and inflammatory activity in human myeloid cells in the presence of dopamine, stimulants, ART, and other therapeutics. This research has taken on greater importance in light of the increased use of neurotransmitter modulating therapeutics, as the neuromodulatory effects of these drugs remain unclear. Dr. Gaskill believes that defining the mechanism(s) by which changes in neurotransmitters alter viral infection and influence immune function is critical to effectively combating infection and disease in today’s increasingly medicated world.
Terrance Harris, MEd
Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, College of Engineering
Terrance Harris serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the College of Engineering at Drexel University. Harris is responsible for the college's DEI initiatives supporting and promoting programs, policies, events and other activities for students, faculty, and staff. He previously served as Director of the LBH Black Cultural Center at Oregon State University, worked collectively with campus and community partners, advised multiple student orgs, and advocated for Black and brown faculty and staff. Terrance received a Master of Education from UNT 2012, and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Western Kentucky University 2007.
Terrance is actively involved with the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE), a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Harris is a true southerner originally from Louisville, KY Terrance has lived all over the south in cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, and Orlando. Terrance believes that his everyday mission is to be the vessel to foster student development while always being your authentic self.