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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership 2017 Sex & Gender Research Forum

Event Information

The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership presented a highly successful university-wide Sex and Gender Research Forum on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This interactive program, held on International Women's Day, highlighted Drexel's interdisciplinary research focused on sex and gender in a local, national and global context.

The Forum was well attended by Drexel students, faculty, and staff who represented several different schools and colleges at the university, as well as many members of the community.

See the 2017 event photos

The Institute for Women's Health and Leadership is pleased to present this important program dedicated to sex and gender research and thanks everyone who participated.

If you were unable to attend, you can still experience the Forum:

Watch the video on YouTube
Download the program booklet for a full list of Forum presentations [PDF]
View the presenters' slides and virtual posters

The event received media coverage from Philadelphia Gay News and WPVI-TV (6-abc).

The Forum was jointly sponsored by the Laurencin Family Foundation and by Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Dornsife School of Public Health, Office of International Programs, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Psychology, the College of Medicine’s Office of Research, and the Dornsife School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Working Group.

Additional details:

Learn about Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD
Meet the Steering Committee
Forum staff

Presenters and attendees at the Sex and Gender Research Forum

About Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD

Helen Isabella Moorehead-Laurencin, MD, practiced medicine from offices on the ground floor of her North Philadelphia row home for almost 45 years. She served as the strength of her community, helping five generations of individuals around her.

After graduating from Girls' High at age 15 with a straight A average, Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin went on to graduate from Cheney University at age 19 with a bachelor of science in education. She had a deep longing to help people by practicing medicine and attended the University of Pennsylvania and Meharry Medical College, where she was one of the few women to receive a medical degree at that time.

Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin led an extremely busy and rewarding life. In addition to running her practice, serving on the staff of Nazareth Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, and serving as a medical consultant for the Philadelphia Board of Education, she served as an advisor to City Hall in the area of community health as a member of the Mayor’s Health Commission in the 1980s. Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin saw her dreams come true when all three of her children graduated from Ivy League universities and became medical doctors.

Patients, friends and medical colleagues of Dr. Moorehead-Laurencin felt that she was North Philadelphia’s “matriarch.” She was a treasured resource, who guided and supported those in her community to take the extra step toward success. What made her life so remarkable was the unremarkable way she lived it. “She exemplified the best of what altruism and a thrill for knowledge and science can accomplish. She didn’t simply practice medicine, she lived it,” said her son, Dr. Cato Laurencin.

References: Philadelphia Inquirer (April 8, 1994) and the Philadelphia Tribune (April 8, 1994)

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Steering Committee

Pamela A. Geller, PhD – Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology, Research Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn
College of Arts and Sciences

Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP
Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Mary Ebeling, PhD
Director, Women's and Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Quanrico J. Gibson
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Kristy Kelly, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Education

Lynnezy Laurencin, MD
Board Member
Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, MD Foundation

Owen Montgomery, MD
Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
College of Medicine

Julie Mostov, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

Ana Núñez, MD
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
College of Medicine

Barbara Schindler, MD
Vice Dean Emerita, Educational and Academic Affairs; Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
College of Medicine

Kenny Simansky, PhD
Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology
College of Medicine

Lynn Yeakel, MSM
Director, Institute for Women's Health and Leadership
College of Medicine

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Forum Staff

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD
Program Coordinator

Alexa Bonacquisti, PhD, is the program coordinator for the 2017 Sex and Gender Research Forum. She received her PhD in clinical psychology with a concentration in health psychology from Drexel University in 2016, with a specialization in women's mental health.

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Attendees at the Sex and Gender Research Forum

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