On June 5, 2013, Provost Hai-Lung Dai announced the faculty merit awards for meritorious activity during the 2011-2012 academic year. Faculty can be nominated for an award for outstanding performance in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, university service, or service to their profession.
This year’s list recognized 64 faculty members from the College of Health Professions and Social Work. The full list of awardees can be accessed here. Congratulations to all for your achievements and recognition!
Robin Aronow, MA, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Sarah Bauerle Bass, PhD, MPH, Public Health
Casey M. Breslin Murphy, PhD, Kinesiology
Scott Burns, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Stephen J. Carp, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy
Cheri E. Carter, PhD, MSW, Social Work
Bradley N. Collins, PhD, Public Health
James Corbin, MSW, LSW, Social Work
Adam Davey, PhD, Public Health
Claudia J. Dewane, DEd, LCSW, BSD, Social Work
Susan B. Dickey, RN, PhD, Nursing
Patricia Digiacomo, MSN, RNC, Nursing
Jeffrey N. Draine, PhD, MSW, Social Work
William E. Egan, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Jay S. Fagan, PhD, Social Work
Doris Fallon-Snyder, MA, CCC-SLP/A, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Jennifer A. Fisher, PhD, Public Health
Karin E. Garg, PhD, MPE, LCSW, Social Work
Jeffrey Gehris, PhD, Kinesiology
Susan Gresko, MSN, CRNP, PNP-BC, Nursing
Carol Scheffner Hammer, PhD, CCC-SLP, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Alice J. Hausman, PhD, MPH, Public Health
Amy E. Heath, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Pei-Chun Hsieh, PhD, CTRS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Cheryl A. Hyde, PhD, MSW, Social Work
Jennifer K. Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, Public Health
Aquiles Iglesias, PhD, CCC-SLP, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Emily Keshner, PT, EdD, Physical Therapy
Eugene Komaroff, PhD, Public Health
Rena A. Krakow, PhD, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Joseph A. Kumi, MSW, Social Work
Jane M. Kurz, RN, PhD, Nursing
Richard Lauer, PhD, Physical Therapy
Yookyong Lee, PhD, Social Work
Stephen J. Lepore, PhD, Public Health
Beth Levine, MS, CCC-SLP, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Grace Xueqin, PhD, Public Health
Cindy Joy Marselis, MBA, MS, RHIA, Health Information Management
Nadine Martin, PhD, CCC-SLP, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Michael McIntosh, PhD, RN, Nursing
Deborah L. Mills, ABD, MSW, Social Work
Deborah Nelson, PhD, Public Health
Rhonda Nelson, PHD, CTRS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Bernie S. Newman, PhD, Social Work
Heidi Ojha, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Freda Patterson, PhD, MSHEd, Public Health
Alan Pfeffer, MSA, LCSW, ACSW, BCD, Social Work
Elizabeth A. Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCD, Rehabilitation Sciences
Heather Porter, PhD, CTRS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Nancy L. Rothman, EdD, RN, Nursing
Scott E. Rutledge, PhD, MSW, Social Work
Kim Sabourin, MA, CCC-SLP, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Mark Salzer, PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences
Rosalie Schofield, PhD, Social Work
Jay S. Segal, PhD, Public Health
Jonathan Singer, PhD, LCSW, Social Work
Gretchen A. Snethen, PhD, CTRS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Gerry A. Stefanatos, DPhil, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Elizabeth Diane Thompson, PT, DPT, Physical Therapy
Ryan Tierney, PhD, ATC, Kinesiology
Sylvia Twersky-Bumgardner, MPH, Public Health
Nannette Vliet, EdM, CTRS, Rehabilitation Sciences
Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH, Public Health
W. Geoffrey Wright, PhD, Physical Therapy
During May 2013, Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Cancer Institute-CRCHD recognizes Grace Ma, PhD for her contributions and achievements in research, prevention and training initiatives that address cancer health disparities among Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders. Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Asian American community.
Among the cancers that specifically affect women, cervical cancer has a profound impact on the lives of many Asian Americans. Dr. Ma has created a video to raise awareness of the disparity created by cervical cancer in this population.
Dr. Ma is a professor of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Asian Health at Temple University. You can see the full details of her CRCHD spotlight at http://crchd.cancer.gov/.
Jonathan B. Singer, PhD, LCSW, assistant professor of Social Work at CHPSW, will be featured on WHYY’s Radio Times on June 20 for a discussion about the rising suicide rate. He will be joined by Thomas Joiner, PhD, professor of psychology at Florida State University and Susan Rogers, Director of Special Projects at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA.
You can listen to Radio Times online at http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/.
Dianne M. Babbitt, a PhD student in the Department of Kinesiology, was featured by the International Society of Hypertension as their June 2013 Spotlight of the Month. Dianne works in CHPSW’s Hypertension Molecular and Applied Physiology Lab, which is directed by Michael D. Brown, PhD. Her research specialty is the effect of exercise on inflammation and endothelial function. She recently published an article in the International Journal of Hypertension titled “Endothelial Activation Microparticles and Inflammation Status Improve with Exercise Training in African Americans.”
You can read Dianne’s interview here.
Tiffiny Butler, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology’s Integrative Exercise Physiology program, received a Basic Science Research Award for her work entitled "Food Restriction Post Puberty is Positive for Bone Structure Long Term." This $250 award is granted by the Bone and Osteoporosis Network Exchange (BONE) Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Lindsay McGuire, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Research Grant for her proposal “Temporal Changes in Depression and Neurocognitive Performance in Male and Female NCAA Student-Athletes: A Longitudinal Evaluation Pre- and Post-Concussion Injury.” She will use this $5000 grant to support her dissertation work this coming year.
Scott Scarlotta Meinzer, a senior in the Department of Kinesiology’s Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) program, was honored with the 2013 Diamond Award. The Diamond Award is the highest recognition by the Division of Student Affairs given to a Temple University undergraduate student and is reserved for those who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, leadership, and service to the University. Scott was one of 25 students recognized this year out of all undergraduate students at Temple. Highlights of Scott’s academic achievement, leadership, and service over his time at Temple include the following:
- Earned Dean’s List Honors and two different academic-related scholarships from the Department of Kinesiology
- Led a partnership between the Department of Kinesiology and the United States Peace Corps that provided sports and recreational equipment to children from poor villages in Botswana, Africa
- Spearheaded an event that raised over $600 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Congratulations to Therapeutic Recreation student Paige O’Sullivan, from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, who will represent Temple University at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia May 10 - 11. O'Sullivan will also be featured on coverage by Channel 6 ABC highlighting students taking part in the event.
The station will highlight O’Sullivan in recognition of her community service, her achievements as a student athlete, and her receipt of the John Noisette award this year.
O’Sullivan is the captain of Temple’s NCAA Division 1 Rowing Team and the Atlantic 10 Conference representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also the community service coordinator for the student-run Recreation Therapy club Rec4Life, which helped to coordinate this year’s Adapted Recreation Day with demonstrations from Magee Rehabilitation’s Quad Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball teams.
You can watch her interview on May 11 on Channel 6 ABC during the Dad Vail Regatta.
Kinesiology Assistant Professor Lois A. Butcher-Poffley, CC-AASP, was featured in a recent TIME article about “Helicopter Coaches", which highlighted the aggressiveness of youth team coaches and its impact on children. See more at http://healthland.time.com/2013/04/29/helicopter-coaches/.
On Friday, April 26, more than 70 students from the College of Health Professions and Social Work presented at CHPSW Research Day. Faculty members Dr. Geoff Wright and Dr. Jay Fagan gave oral presentations on their work funded with CHPSW grants from the Dean's Office. Three students from each session received Meritous Poster Awards, and one student from each session was given the Dean's Award for Outstanding Posters.
Session 1 Award Winners
Dean's Award for Outstanding Poster
Joanne Collins (Nursing): Utilizing Effective Strategies to Sustain Decreased Blood Stream Infection in the ICU
Yuji Ma (Social Work): Perceptions of challenges and adaptations among Chinese International students at Temple University
Melissa Maskery, Moffit, Russ, Tierney (Kinesiology): An Analysis of Non-Contact Injuries and Contraceptive Use In Collegiate Club Sports
Curtis Schwieterman, White (Social Work): Contributing factors and correlations among Asian and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia
Session 2 Award Winners
Dean's Award for Outstanding Poster
Ji-Seok Kim, Lee, Brown, Park (Kinesiology): Effects of Flow-Mediated Shear Stress on Endothelial Microparticles Formation
Brandon Becker, Whitaker (Public Health): The mental and physical health of Head Start staff in Pennsylvania
Keisuke Kawata, Lee, Kim, Park (Kinesiology): Endurance exercise training without cognitive intervention is not sufficient to induce mitochondrial biogenesis in the mouse brain
Alex Dutton (Social Work): The Impact of Adolescent Community Violence Exposure on Educational, Economic, and Mental Health Outcomes for African-American Women
Many thanks to the faculty and staff who made this day possible, and congratulations to our presenters and award winners!