What is your current role at Drexel?
I currently teach a Diversity in Healthcare course, and I serve as a co-instructor for the Community Dimensions of Medicine course. These courses are offered via the Master of Science in Biomedical Studies program, and the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program, within the Division of Pre-medical and Pre-health Programs of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. These courses speak to my spirit, because I have spent most of my professional career navigating patients through complex health systems, removing barriers to care and promoting health equity.
What degree did you decide to pursue while teaching at Drexel, and why?
I enrolled in Drexel University's Doctor of Health Science during the fall of 2018. The DHSc program is housed within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Pursuing a DHSc allowed me to build upon my skills as a medical social worker and adjunct instructor. I received advanced instruction on health services, effective leadership, and course design and instruction. Kristine A. Mulhorn, PHD, MHSA, FGSA, department chair and professor of health administration in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, served as my mentor and committee chair. Working with Dr. Mulhorn was an excellent experience. She was supportive and encouraged me to push forward with my research.
Can you tell us about your research?
My research explored the impact of game playing and social participation on depressive symptoms in older adults. I utilized an assessment tool called the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) to identify changes in depressive symptoms at key points during the study. After analyzing the data, I discovered that, overall, participants experienced a decrease in depressive symptoms. This was an informative study that will hopefully inspire future research.
Do you think the knowledge you gained from this experience will influence your teaching at Drexel?
This experience will continue to influence my teaching at Drexel. My colleagues and instructors at Drexel inspired me to become a compassionate educator who understands that all students have the potential to succeed once barriers are removed and they know that you care.