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Zupenda Davis Featured in The Philadelphia Tribune

Zupenda Davis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, Director of La Salle’s bachelors in public health program, was recently awarded the Red Ribbon Community Leader Award from the Community Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for AIDS Research. The Philadelphia Tribune ran a story about Davis’ work and her award in their March 10, 2014 edition.  You can view the article here.


Lisa Laura Quoted in Today’s Dietician

Lisa Laura, JD, RN, LDN, assistant professor of nutrition was quoted in the March 2014 issue of Today’s Dietician. The article, “New Cholesterol Guidelines are Released,” can be viewed here.


Baker Named an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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Jillian Lucas Baker, DRPH,assistant professor of public health has been featured as an emerging scholar for 2014 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine. Baker is being recognized for her groundbreaking research on HIV/AIDS. Click here to view the article.

Baker has also been recognized by her alma mater, Drexel University as a “40 under 40″ alumnus to watch. The program recognizes outstanding young alumni who are making a mark in their profession and community.


SNHS Students Have 100 Percent Pass Rates on National Exams

Students in La Salle’s Nutrition Coordinated Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national exam. Likewise, La Salle’s nurse anesthesia students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national certification exam.


Breckenridge Presents Research

Diane Breckenridge, Ph.D., MSN, RN, ANEF, associate professor and Director of Nursing Workforce, Strategies for Success, recently presented at numerous conferences and meetings.

“Theory-Guided Evidence-Based Education Framework: Strategies for Success,” a poster, was presented at the Professional Nursing Educators Group 40th Annual National Conference in Kansas City, M.O. She was also an invited presenter on the same topic at Gywnedd-Mercy University in Gwynedd, Pa. and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Newtown, Pa.

Breckenridge served as a delegate to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis. She is president-elect of the Xi Chapter from University of Pennsylvania and a joint member to La Salle’s Kappa Delta Chapter.

 

 


Davis Receives Red Ribbon Award

Zupenda Davis, DRPH, MPH, MCHES, assistant professor of public health and Director of the bachelor’s program in public health, recently received a Red Ribbon Award for policy makers, researchers or community leaders who have made significant contributions to the fight against AIDS.


Wolf and Bailey Publish Article

Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Nursing, and Denise Bailey, Ed.D., MSN, RN, CSN, assistant professor of nursing and Director of La Salle’s Neighborhood Nursing Center, had their article, “Paterson and Zderad’s Humanistic Nursing Theory: Concepts and Applications,” published in the International Journal of Human Caring, 17, 60-69.


Henstenburg Voted President-Elect of Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education

Jule Anne Henstenburg, MS, RD, LDN, Director of the Nutrition Program, was voted the president-elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education, the Philadelphia chapter of the national Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.


Nutrition Professors Share Their Expertise

Lisa Laura, JD, RN, LDN, assistant professor of nutrition recently spoke at the Philadelphia Society for Parental Enteral Nutrition’s fall meeting. She led two roundtable discussions on running a private practice. Two nutrition students, Natalie Gibson and Jacqueline Cost, also attended the meeting.

Elizabeth Emery, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN, spoke to a group of second-year medical students at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University on maldigestion and malabsorption in gatrointestinal disease.

Susan Adams, MS, RD, LDN, assistant professor of nutrition presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition on October 22, 1013 in Houston, Texas. She was an invited speaker and presented her research on “Millennials Dietitians and Students” Breaking Through Stereotypes.” She also served as a delegate for Pennsylvania at the meeting. She also served as a panelist on a discussion of the film, “A Place at the Table,” a documentary on food insecurity.

 


Nursing Student Megan Hanna Sings National Anthem at Explorer Basketball Game

Megan Hanna, a junior nursing major, sang the national anthem at a recent La Salle men’s basketball game, which was nationally televised on ESPN2. Hanna, from Jackson, N.J., is the treasurer of La Salle’s Resident Student Association Executive Board, a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, SNAP, National Residency Hall Honorary, Chapel Choir.


Baker Presents at American Public Health Association

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, assistant professor of public health, co-presented her research, “Development and Pilot Testing of a Barbershop-Based HIV Prevention Intervention for Young Adult African American men,” at the 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association in Boston in November.

Baker also co-presented, “Parental Perspectives of Youth Bullying: Thoughts on Influences and Strategies for Response. Her poster, “HIV Testing as  Predictor of HIV Risk Perception Among Americans, 1993-2000,” was also presented.

 


Mary Wilby Successfully Defends Dissertation

Mary Wilby, Ph.D., MSN, RN, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled, “Among the Missing: The Experiences of Vietnamese American Nursing Students.” Wilby is earning her Ph.D in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.


The School of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives More Than $140,000 in Grants

La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently received numerous grants, totally more than $140,000  They are:

  • The nursing programs received a $24,000 grant from the McLean Contributionship for the purchase of a medicine dispense system.
  • The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs received $18,568 and $82,577, respectively, for nursing student scholarships through the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
  • The Neighborhood Nursing Center received a $15,000 grant from the Green Tree Community Health Foundation.


Dan Rodriguez Publishes Paper in Tobacco Control

Dan Rodriguez, Ph.D, associate professor of public health, recently had his paper, “Predictors of Tobacco Outlet Density Nationwide: a Geographic Analysis,” published in Tobacco Control, was was selected as an Editor’s Choice. To read the paper, click here 


La Salle Nutrition Students Offer Healthy Snack Advice

On Oct, 22, 2013, KYW Newsradio did a report on La Salle nutrition students who made healthy  snacks for fellow students to enjoy while watching the World Series. Click here to read the story.


Students and Faculty from the Nursing, Nutrition, and Public Health Programs Participate in La Salle Community Health Fair

When La Salle University hosted its annual Community Health Fair in October, students and faculty from the University’s Nursing, Nutrition, and Public Health programs were on-hand to help provide information and screenings to area residents. To read more abou the Community Health Fair, click here


Robin Brennan Presents at PA Public Health Association Conference

Robin Brennan, DRPH, assistant professor of Public Health, recent presented The Social and Personal Construction of Motherhood at the Pennsylvania Public Health Association conference.


Frizell Presents at Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference

Joan Frizell, Ph.D., CRNP, ANP-B, associate professor of nursing, recently presented two session on Pathophysiology/Pharmacology updates at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The sessions were on Diabetes Mellitus and Pancreatitis and Drug Induced Pancreatitis.


La Salle to Host Screening of Award-Winning Film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

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On Sept. 17, 2013, La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a screening of the provocative documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. The screening will begin at 6:15 p.m. in Dan Rodden Theatre in the La Salle Union. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Theatre.

Sponsored by the Kappa Delta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL, assistant professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at La Salle; Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Graduate Nursing and RN–BSN/MSN Program at La Salle; and David Cooperberg, M.D., FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine Section of Hospital Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

“These panelists will bring a broad range of expertise to discuss the film’s central theme—how do we fix our broken healthcare system?” said Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, associate professor at La Salle, who will moderate the panel discussion.

In collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Escape Fire will be screened at more than 90 locations across the country on September 17, facilitating national conversation about healthcare and the state of health and health education in America.

Healthcare professionals who view the film can earn two Continuing Education (CE) credits by completing an evaluation.

Directed by Matthew Heineman and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Susan Froemke, Escape Fire premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award at the Full Frame Film Festival and the Social Issue Award at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The film exposes the perverse nature of American healthcare, contrasting the powerful forces opposing change with the compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help.

“The goal of the film is to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare,” Heineman said. The feature-length documentary stresses the importance of changing healthcare in the public and private sectors to focus on prevention rather than costly disease management to save dollars and lives. It also highlights the need to empower individuals and communities to promote health and wellness.

Escape Fire played in theaters across the country in the fall of 2012 and had its television premiere on CNN March 10, 2013.

The film features Dr. Don Berwick, former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

The mission of the IHI Open School is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. Launched in September 2008, the IHI Open School provides students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety at no charge.

Dr. Don Berwick recently said, “Through the medium of film, Escape Fire is opening the eyes of the public to both the problems of health care, which has wandered in many ways from the full pursuit of healing—and the potential of health care when it is organized around wellness, development, and a holistic view of mind, body, and spirit.”

Admission to screening is free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made at explorersconnect.lasalle.edu/movie13


Luckhurst Elected to the Executive Board of the PA Speech-Language-Hearing Science Association

Joan Luckhurst, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor, speech-language-hearing science, was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing  Science Association as the Vice President for Professional Preparation and Continuing Education.


2013 Nursing Graduate Gabrielle Pakhtigian named 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Scholar Athlete of the Year

Molly Gallagher
July 10, 2013

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PHILADELPHIA – Gabrielle Pakhtigian has been named the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Conference co-Scholar-Athlete Athlete of the Year, it was announced by the Conference office yesterday.

Voted on by the league’s Directors of Athletics, the award is given to the best overall male and female student-athlete, based on their athletic success and academic prowess. There was a tie in the voting for both the men’s and women’s award, marking the first tie in the voting since 1995-96 and the first-ever tie for the women’s award.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to represent our team and school in this way,” Pakhtigian said. “The La Salle women’s soccer family means the world to me and I’m honored to represent the talent of such a special group of people.”

Pakhtigian, who last week was named one of two Atlantic 10 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a 3.90 GPA.

“Only because of Jesus was I able to have success in the classroom or on the field,” she said. “This recognition is really a reflection of the hard work, dedication, and focus of the girls and our coaches and staff.”

The starting goalkeeper for the Explorers last season, Pakhtigian earned first team all-conference honors in leading the Explorers to their first-ever A-10 title and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

“Our entire staff and team are incredibly proud of Gabby’s remarkable accomplishment,” head coach Paul Royal said. “Gabby’s dedication to her academics, teammates, University and faith is the pinnacle of what we want from our La Salle student-athletes. It’s an extraordinary award for an exceptional person.”

The North Wales, Pa. native led the A-10 with nine shutouts and ranked fifth in goals against average (0.94). She ranks second all-time at La Salle in wins (32), second in shutouts (16.5) and third all-time in goals against average.

Pakhtigian also served as La Salle Women’s soccer’s SAAC representative as well as serving on the Student Affairs Committee. She was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District Teams, and twice earned a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team. She was also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a four-year member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Pakhtigian shares the award with a familiar face, fellow women’s soccer student-athlete Colleen Williams of Dayton.

Be sure to watch the Feature Friday interview with Gabrielle Pakhtigian from October of 2012 to learn more about this exceptional former student-athlete.


La Salle Grads Have 100 Percent Pass Rate on Adult or Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Exams

100 percent of La Salle University nurse practitioners who took the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) Adult or Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner exams in 2012 passed on their first attempt. According to ANCC, the national average pass rate for adult nursing practitioner graduates is 91.4 percent and 88.3 percent for family nurse practitioners.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Nurse Practitioner students and the excellent preparation they have received from the faculty who are committed to their success,” said Kathy Czekanski, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Dean for Nursing Programs for La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences.


La Salle Nursing Spends Spring Break in Mexico for Travel/Study Course

Led by Denise Kavanagh, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing, 11 La Salle nursing students spent their Spring Break in Mexico City, gaining exposure to a different clinical experience than what they are used to seeing in the Philadelphia region. Click here to read more about their experiences in Mexico City.


Zuzelo Presents at National Nursing Conference

Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN, Director of La Salle’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and professor of nursing, presented at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual National Conference. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, from March 7–9 and focused on leading innovations for health care change. Zuzelo presented at two sessions entitled: Legislative-Regulatory Preconference: Update on the Status of the APRN Consensus Model and DNP Degree Antagonism and Ambivalence: CNS as Anachronism?


Altmiller Contributes Article to Orthopedic Nursing Journal

Gerry Ehrmann Altmiller, EdD, MSN, APRN, assistant professor of nursing, authored an article entitled “Application of the QSEN Competencies in Orthopaedic Nursing: Implications for preceptors”, for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal.


Zuzelo Appointed Reviewer for Research in Nursing and Health

Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN, Director of La Salle’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and professor of nursing, has been appointed as a reviewer for Research in Nursing and Health, which is a peer-reviewed research journal devoted to a wide range of research and theory that informs the practice of nursing and other health disciplines.


Zuzelo Presents at National Nursing Conference

Gerry Ehrmann Altmiller, EdD, MSN, APRN, assistant professor of nursing, presented at Elsevier Faculty Development Institute Conference. The conference was held in Las Vegas, NV, from January 2-5 and focused on providing nurse educators with effective and innovative teaching methods. Altmiller presented at two sessions entitled, Strategies to Infuse the QSEN Competencies into Classroom and Clinical Teaching and Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback: A Skill to Support Quality and Safety.

Altmiller also presented at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual National Conference. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas, from March 7-9, and focused on leading innovations for health care change. Altmiller presented at two sessions entitled: Teaching Clinical Nurse Specialist Students to Resolve Conflict: Strategies that Promote Effective Communication and Teamwork and Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback: The Role of Preceptors in Developing this Skill.


Czekanski and Wolf, PhD, Co-author Article on Encouraging and Evaluating Class Participation

Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., R.N, FAAN, Dean emeritus and professor of nursing and Kathleen E. Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE, Associate Dean for Nursing Programs and associate professor of nursing, published their article entitled “Encouraging and Evaluation Class Participation.” The article can be found in the March 2013 issue of Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice , volume 10, issue 1.
To read the article, click here.


Zuzelo Appointed Reviewer for Research in Nursing and Health

Patti Rager Zuzelo, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN, Director of La Salle’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and professor of nursing, has been appointed as a reviewer for Research in Nursing and Health, which is a peer-reviewed research journal devoted to a wide range of research and theory that informs the practice of nursing and other health disciplines.


Altmiller Selected as an Expert to Attend Symposium on Improving Health Care

Gerry Ehrmann Altmiller, EdD, MSN, APRN, assistant professor of nursing, was selected as a member of a national group of about 65 experts, to attend a summer symposium on improving health care. The group’s main focus is to improve the quality and safety of health care while teaching the next generation of health care professionals to lead in this work.


Baker Co-authors Article in Health Promotion Practice

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, EdM, assistant professor of public health, co-authored a journal article, “Lessons Learned From Field-Testing a Brief Behavioral Intervention Package for African American Women at Risk for HIV/STDs.” Click here to read the article.


Baker Co-authors Article in Family and Community Health

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, EdM, assistant professor of public health, co-authored a journal article, “’The Black Man’s Country Club: Assessing. the Feasibility of an HIV Reduction Program for Young, African American Men in Barbershops,’” The article will appear in the April 2013 issue of Family and Community Health.


SLHS’s Luckhurst Co-authors a Journal Article in The Volta Review

Joan Luckhurst, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, has co-authored “Differences in Expressive and Receptive Spoken Lexical Language Skills in Preschool Children with Cochlear Implants and Children with Typical Hearing” for The Volta Review, the peer-reviewed journal for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


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Harner quoted in The New York Times

Gies and Harkins Publish Articles on QSEN Web site

>Mary Lou Gies, Ed.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing and Tina Harkins, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing recently published articles on the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Web site. Obstetrical Simulation: Unfolding Case Study on Postpartum Hemorrage, by Gies and Perinatal Unfolding Case Study by Tanya Carmichael, MSN, RNC, Harkins, and Gies, were recently published.


Lucas and Pontarelli Interviewed by WHYY for “A Potential Lifecaver, HPV Vaccine Still Proves a Tough Sell.”

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, assistant professor of public health and Irene Pontarelli, administrative assistant in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master’s in Public Health Programs, were quoted in the Dec. 14, 2012 WHYY news story “A Potential Lifesaver, HPV Vaccine Still Proves a Tough Sell.”

To read the news story or listen to the audio story, click here.


Dr. Baker Publishes Article in Health Promotion Practice

The article, “The Development of a Culturally Relevant, Theoretically Driven HPV Prevention Intervention for Urban Adolescent Females and Their Parents/Guardians,” written by Dr. Jillian Baker, assistant professor of Public Health, was accepted for publication in Health Promotion Practice (http://hpp.sagepub.com/content/early/recent).


Grant Awarded to Dr. Luckhurst and Dr. Amster

Dr. Joan Luckhurst, assistant professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, and Dr. Barbara Amster,  Director of Speech-Language-Hearing Science, received a $35,200 grant from a Foundation to support scholarships for La Salle students who are  interested in listening and speaking for hearing-impaired children.


Dr. Zuzelo Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Patti Rager Zuzelo, Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing on October 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the Academy’s 39th Annual Meeting and Conference.

The American Academy of Nursing’s approximately 1,890 Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy Fellows.

Zuzelo was acknowledged as an expert educator, researcher, and advanced practice nurse leader. She has been recognized with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Einstein Hospital Network’s 2005 Shared Governance Award, the 2006 Nurse Researcher Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania and several Excellence in Nursing Research Awards from the Kappa Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

The Clinical Nurse Specialist Handbook, written by Zuzelo, was recognized with the 2007 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Advanced Practice Nursing Category. The book is recommended as a certification examination preparatory book by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is used in many graduate programs nationally and internationally.

Zuzelo has served as President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and is an appointee to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist examination content expert panel and, most recently, to the Strategic Advisory Group for Quality and Safety Education.


Dr. Kathleen Czekanski appointed as Associate Dean

Dr. Kathleen Czekanski has been appointed as the Associate Dean for Nursing Programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. In that role, she will serve as the Chief Nurse Administrator for Nursing Programs. Dr. Czekanski completed her Ph.D. at Duquesne University and is a Certified Nurse Educator. She also earned a Certificate in Distance Education. Prior to coming to La Salle in 2008, Dr. Czekanski was an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Czekanski teaches in the areas of nursing research, professional practice, ethics, and public health nursing. She has been the Project Director on three scholarship grants and is published in journals such as the Journal of Professional Nursing, Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, and the Journal of Nursing Education. Finally, Dr. Czekanski has served on numerous committees in the Nursing Program, School, and University.


Diane Breckenridge Receives a 2012 Distinguished Nursing Award

Dr. Diane Breckenridge, Nursing, received a 2012 Distinguished Nurse Award from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. According to Dean Brian Goldstein, “Dr. Breckenridge was recognized as an individual who has contributed to and is involved with equal opportunity and human rights concerns domestically or internationally for nurses and/or healthcare recipients.”


Dr. Diane Wieland Receives a 2012 Distinguished Nursing Award

Dr. Diane Wieland, Nursing, received a 2012 Distinguished Nurse Award from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. According to Dean Brian Goldstein, “Dr. Wieland was recognized as an individual who has demonstrated leadership characteristics and rendered distinguished service to the nursing profession, and whose contributions and accomplishments are of significance throughout the Commonwealth.”


La Salle University Names Brian A. Goldstein Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

La Salle University has named Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences effective August 1. A speech-language-pathology expert in the area of communication development and speech sound disorders in Latino children, Goldstein comes to La Salle from Temple University, where he served in various capacities for more than 15 years. He succeeds Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, who is stepping down as Dean to return to the faculty.

Goldstein most recently served as a professor in Temple’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in Temple’s College of Health Professions and Social Work. Previously, he served as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Under his leadership, the master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology was ranked 29th out of 229 programs by U.S. News and World Report.

“We are pleased to have Brian join La Salle University. I believe he has the talent, experience, and character to make a positive impact not only on the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, but also on the University in general,” La Salle President Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D. said. “He brings to us the values that we cherish: excellence in teaching, scholarship and research, a multicultural perspective, as well as a commitment to people in need.”

As Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Goldstein will oversee the school’s Health Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition, Public Health, and Speech-Language-Hearing Science programs.

“I am excited and honored to join La Salle University and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences,” Goldstein said. “Our urban context provides us a unique environment in which to educate and mentor students, conduct cutting-edge research and scholarship, and provide services to the community, which can position us at the forefront of health and healthcare delivery, education, and practice.”

In addition to his scholarly and research interests in communication development, speech sound disorders, and assessment, Goldstein has earned recognition for his teaching skills, both a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and a Temple University Great Teacher Award. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, and Communication Disorders Quarterly. He is the author of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Resource Guide for Speech-Language Pathologist, and the editor of Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers.

A Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Science Association and a recipient of the Certificate for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs, Goldstein earned his bachelor’s degree in linguistics and cognitive sciences from Brandeis University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology from Temple University. He also completed Harvard University’s Management Development Program.


Dr. Patricia Dillon appointed as Program Director for Graduate Nursing and RN-BSN and RN-MSN Programs

Dr. Patricia Dillon has been appointed as the Program Director for Graduate Nursing, RN-BSN Program, and the RN-MSN Program. Dr. Dillon completed a Ph.D. and a Doctorate of Nursing Science at Widener University and is a Certified Nurse Specialist. She is currently an Associate Professor. Prior to coming to La Salle in 2010, Dr. Dillon was a Clinical Associate Professor at Temple University. Dr. Dillon teaches in the areas of physical assessment, stroke assessment, and respiratory care. She recently published Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, Student Volume (F. A. Davis). Dr. Dillon has made numerous national and international presentations on interdisciplinary education. Finally, Dr. Dillon is a Lindback Award recipient.


Diane Breckenridge Awarded Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant

Dr. Diane Breckenridge, Associate Professor of Nursing, was awarded a 3-year, $962,000 Nursing Workforce Diversity grant entitled “Students at Risk, Strategies for Success” from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of the grant is to prepare at-risk diverse, underrepresented, disadvantaged  students for the academic challenges of a baccalaureate nursing program and to retain them in the nursing major.


Baker Publishes Article in the American Journal of Health Sciences

Jillian Baker, DrPH, EdM, assistant professor of public health was the lead author on a paper entitled, “Perspectives on Human Papillomavirus (Hpv) Vaccination among African American Female Adolescents” published in the American Journal of Health Studies.


Dr. Barbara Hoerst and Assistant Dean Mary Dorr awarded HRSA Grant

Project Director Dr. Barbara Hoerst and Assistant Dean Mary Dorr were awarded a four-year, $2.4 million HRSA grant to provide $15,000 scholarships to 40 disadvantaged undergraduate nursing majors each year.