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Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, MPH

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Dr. Candace Robertson-James received her doctorate in public health from Drexel University School of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention. She received her master of public health degree from MCP Hahnemann University (now Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University) and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Villanova University. She is currently an assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program at La Salle University.

Prior to joining LaSalle, Dr. Robertson-James served as an assistant professor, research manager of the Women’s Health Education Program and associate director of the Office of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research at the Drexel University College of Medicine. She has also served as adjunct faculty for Eastern University, LaSalle University and Drexel University (Dornsife School of Public Health) and as a research and data consultant on several projects.

Dr. Robertson-James’ research has focused on the epidemiology of adolescent violence in urban centers such as Philadelphia; cultural sensitivity training in health professionals; gender and race based health disparities, particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents; barriers to the inclusion of minorities in research; health initiatives targeting incarcerated women; intimate partner violence; health promotion interventions and the role of intersectionality (racism and sexism) in the subjective social status and overall health status of black women. Dr. Robertson-James has also led and evaluated community participatory research initiatives promoting health in diverse and underserved communities. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.

Areas of Expertise

Program Planning (Needs Assessment, Program Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation)

Intimate Partner Violence

Community Based Participatory Research

Social Determinants of Health

Women’s Health

Sex, Gender & Health

Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research Methodologies

Teaching

  • PHLT 301: Theories of Social and Behavioral Change in Community Health Education
  • PHLT 750 & 751 Public Health Practice Experience 1,2: Seminar
  • PHLT 705: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • PHLT 489/639: Race, Ethnicity & Public Health
  • PHLT 410-42 Public Health Education Capstone 1
  • PHLT 411-42 Public Health Education Capstone 2
  • PHLT/HSC 101: Essentials of Public Health
  • PHLT 355: Needs Assessment and Program Planning
  • PHLT 489/639: Race, Ethnicity & Public Health

Education

  • DrPH., Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health, Concentration: Community Health & Prevention
  • MPH., MCP Hahnemann University, School of Public Health, Concentration: Community Health & Prevention
  • BS., Villanova University
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Translational Health Disparities Course (2013)

Funded Research

  • Baylor College of Medicine Subcontract, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
    T36 Training Grant – $15,000
    2015
    Conference Co-Chair
    (#4T36GM095343-04)
  • DHHS/OWH – ACA Supplement
    $242,759
    2014-2015
    Project Director
    (CCEWH151028-02-00)
  • DHHS/OWH – Coalition for a Healthier Community
    $1,500,000
    2011-2016
    Project Director
    (CCEWH111020-01-00/ CCEWH151028-02-00)
  • DHHS/OWH – Heart Attack Symptoms and Calling 911 Campaign for Women
    $20,000
    2010-2013
    Evaluator
  • DHHS/ OWH – Coalition for a Healthier Community
    $100,000
    2010-2011
    Evaluator
    (#CCEWH101015-01-00)
  • Susan B. Spencer, Inc. – Emerging Concepts in Women and Children and Violence
    $5500
    2008-2009
    Evaluator
    (#HHSP233200800530P)
  • DHHS/ OWH – Advancing System Improvements to Support Targets for Healthy People 2010 (ASIST 2010)
    $1,499,940
    2007-2010
    Project Director
    (#WH-AST-07-001)
  • DHHS/ OWH “Advocacy in Action” Evaluation of community health education
    Workshop series for underserved populations
    $99,713
    2007-2008
    Health Educator, Evaluator
    (#07T070033)
  • Valentine Foundation “Advocacy in Action” curriculum on issues of Incarceration
    $30,000
    2006-2008
    Evaluator

Selected Presentations

Robertson-James, C., Sawyer, L., Núñez, A. Gender based programming as a catalyst for policy development: The Philadelphia Ujima experience. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2016

Sawyer, L., Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A. Youth-focused gender integrated health education and promotion interventions: The Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community Experience. Roundtable Discussion. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2016

Robertson-James, C., Sawyer, L., Núñez, A. Engaging teens for health equity: Philadelphia Ujima’s social media, health and leadership internship experience. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. November 2016

Plaisime, M., Robertson-James, C., Núñez., A., Wolf, J., Reels, S. Social media & teens: A needs assessment exploring the potential role of social media in promoting health. Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop. Howard University. Washington DC. October 2016.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A. Role of health policies in faith-based institutions in promoting health behavior change: The Philadelphia Ujima experience. Roundtable Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2015

Robertson-James, C., Acha-Morfaw, M., Núñez, A. Exploring the role of social media in a gender integrated health promotion program. Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2015

Fadeyibi, O., Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A. Health in Organizational Policies: Philadelphia Ujima’s Program Evaluation. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2015

Robertson-James, C., James, G. Much Given, Much Required . Tedx Villanova. Provided a speech at the Villanova Tedx event. Villanova, PA October 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmA0FVJmr0o
Robertson-James, C. Núñez, A. The role of academic/ community partnerships in promoting health. Poster Presentation. Eighth Health Disparities Conference. New Orleans, LA. March 2015.

Robertson-James, C. Núñez, A. The role of academic/ community partnerships in promoting health. Oral Presentation. Eighth Health Disparities Conference. New Orleans, LA. March 2015.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A., Reels, S. Academic and Community partnerships: A key to addressing disparities. Poster Presentation. Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference. National Harbor, Maryland. December 2014.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A., Plaisime, M., Reels, S. Philadelphia Ujima 2.0 Using a gender framework to explore the role of social media in health education for teens. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. November 2014.

Robertson-James, C., Bowen, K., Lippa. C., Núñez, A., Gonzalez, C. Assessing the role of gender differences in dementia caregiver risk. Oral Presentation. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. November 2014.

Lippa, C., Bowen, K., Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A., Gonzalez, C. The Role of Gender Differences in Dementia Caregiver Risk. Poster Presentation at the American Academy of Neurology 66th Annual Meeting. Philadelphia PA. April 2014.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A., Reels, S., Plaisime, M. Philadelphia Ujima 2.0 Exploring the Role of Social Media in Teen Health Promotion. Oral Presentation at the Society of Public Health Education. Baltimore, MD. March 2014.

Robertson-James, C. Anatomy of Opportunity. Tedx Villanova. Provided a speech at the Villanova Tedx event. Villanova, PA November 2013. https://youtu.be/5LnLIV7cB3c

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A., Reels, S. “Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community “Improving girls’ health through gender integrated health promotion interventions: The Philadelphia ujima experience”.” Poster Presentation at the American Public Health Association annual meeting. Boston, MA. November 2013.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, AE., Reels, S. “Gender Integrated Health Promotion Interventions: The Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community Experience” Poster Presentation at the Society of Public Health Education. Orlando, FL, April 2013.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, AE., Reels, S. “Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community: A needs assessment of girls and women using a gender analysis framework.” Poster Presentation at the Women’s Health Congress. Washington, DC, March 2012.

Publications

Robertson-James, C. Sawyer, L., Núñez, A., Campoli, B., Robertson, D., DeVilliers, A., Congleton, S. Promoting policy development through community participatory approaches to health promotion: The Philadelphia Ujima Experience. In Press

Robertson-James, C., Jeanty, J. Let’s talk sex: Exploring sexual risk and experiences of discrimination in African Americans. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships.2016;2(4):93-113.

Núñez, A. Robertson-James, C., Reels, S., Jeter, J., Rivera, H., Yusuf, Z., Liu, F. Exploring the role of gender norms in nutrition and sexual health promotion in a high school based intervention: The Philadelphia UjimaTM experience. Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning.2015;51:70-77.

Foster, J., Núñez, A., Spencer, S., Wolf, J., Robertson-James, C. Sexual Safety Planning as an HIV Prevention Strategy for Survivors of Domestic Violence. Journal of Women’s Health.2015; published online ahead of print Nov.23 doi:10.1089/jwh.2015.5252.

Woloski, J., Robertson-James, C., Reels, S., Núñez, A. Childcare responsibilities and women’s medical care. Journal of Women’s Health Issues & Care. 2014;3:1.

Robertson-James, C., Núñez, A. Incarceration and Women’s Health: The Utility of effective health education programming – A commentary. American Journal of Health Education. 2012;43(1):2-4.

Nunez, AE., Robertson-James, C., Reels, S., Weingartner, RM., Bungy, B. Conducting a needs assessment for women and girls using a gender analysis framework: The Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community Experience. Women’s Health Issues. 2012;22(6):e527-e534.

Ehrenthal, D., Núñez, A., O’Neill, E., Robertson-James, C., Addo, SF., Stewart, A. The Role of the Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. Women’s Health Issues.2011;21(5):338-344.

Núñez A, Robertson-James C, Myers A. Women and the Incarceration Epidemic: What Every Healthcare Provider Needs to Know – The Case of Nicole Anderson. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/8486

Honors and Awards

Cup of Tea Award for service to community, family, and church in a way that exemplifies intelligence, strength, leadership, and one who is passionate about improving the quality of life for all (Zion Baptist Church of Ardmore)

2010 Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion for demonstrating excellence in her professional endeavors and commitment to the values and ideals of Villanova.

Exemplary Instruction and Service award from Eastern University, People for People Institute

Exemplary Community Based Master’s Project Award for work on a project addressing adolescent violence, specifically, exploring the role of school commitment as a protective factor in adolescent experiences with violence.

Robin Danowski, M.S., R.D., LDN

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Robin Danowski, MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist.  Robin has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and Master of Science in Community Health.  Robin has over 15 years of experience as a dietitian in the hospital and outpatient setting, including 5 years of experience caring for high-risk dialysis patients.

Danowski combines her nutrition expertise and her passion for teaching in her role as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at La Salle University.  Prior to joining the faculty at La Salle, she taught at Drexel University and Penn State Abington. She provided training for future dietitians both as a clinical nutrition preceptor and as an Assistant Coordinator of the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway at Drexel University.

Danowski is the founder of Main Line Dietetics, a private nutrition counseling practice on the Main Line. Robin’s areas of expertise include weight loss, healthy eating, kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, and prenatal and postpartum nutrition. Robin believes in a non-diet approach to healthy eating. She uses evidence-based nutrition to help her clients reach their nutrition goals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Weight Management

Education

  • M.S., Community Health, Old Dominion University, 2007
  • R.D., Nutrition Internship, Mayo Clinic, 2001
  • B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, East Carolina University, 2000

Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian
  • Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Teaching

  • Nutrition 165:  Principles of Nutrition
  • Nutrition 200:  Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition 341:  Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • Nutrition 342:  Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Nutrition 402:  Clinical Nutrition Practicum II
  • Nutrition 411:  Community Nutrition Practicum II
  • Nutrition 472:  Nutrition and Exercise

Presentations

  • Nutrition Perspectives for the Physical Therapist.  University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, March 20, 2017.
  • Surprising Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain.  Classes Without Quizzes Homecoming Presentation, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2016.
  • What to Eat Before a Marathon.  Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions. Webinar, 2016.
  • Healthy Eating. Phi Mu Sorority, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
  • Nutrition Therapy for Stage 5 Kidney Disease.  Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
  • Delaware Valley Society for Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs
  • Tri-state Renal Dietitians Association

Laura Frank, Ph.D., R.D., LDN

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Dr. Laura B. Frank, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Public Health and Nutrition, and Director of the undergraduate Didactic Program in Nutrition. Dr. Frank has more than 25 years of university teaching experience; she  was presented with the Outstanding Dietetic Educator award by both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association in 2013. Dr. Frank holds a Ph.D. in Health Education/Counseling and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is also a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Dr. Frank’s areas of expertise include health counseling, nutrition education program development and assessment, adult and pediatric weight management, nutrition and HIV, and feeding issues related to neurological disabilities and learning differences.  She has published and presented to professional and community groups on these topics, and also maintains a private practice working with individuals and families.  Dr. Frank is a presenter for the EPIC Pediatric Obesity initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on the Advisory Board for this program.  She has written and administered grants from the Pew Foundation, Pennsylvania Department of Health and National Institutes of Health, and Project PA (joint project of Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania State University) and PANA (Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity).

Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA

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Michael Kost, DNP, CRNA has served in the role of Director of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia/La Salle University School of Nursing since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Widener University, his anesthesia clinical education at the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital, Master of Science in Anesthesia and Healthcare Administration from Saint Joseph’s University and Master of Science in Nursing as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist from Gwynedd Mercy College. Michael completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from La Salle University School of Nursing. He has lectured extensively regionally and nationally on a wide variety of anesthesia and perianesthesia topics. Special interests include anesthesia pharmacology, the anesthesia workstation and simulation.

Web site: www.fjtsa.com

Areas of Expertise

  • The Anesthesia Workstation
  • Perianesthesia pharmacology
  • Perioperative patient care
  • Simulation based education

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2008)
  • Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education, La Salle University (2008)
  • Gwynedd Mercy University, MSN (1997)
  • Saint Joseph’s University, (MS)
  • Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia, CRNA (1985)
  • Widener University, BSN (1983)
  • Philadelphia Community College, AGS (1981)

Certifications

  • National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, (1985)

Teaching

  • The Anesthesia Workstation
  • Intravenous Pharmacology
  • Preoperative Patient Assessment
  • Perioperative Patient Simulation
  • Perianesthesia Nursing

Publications

Kost, M., Wildgust, B., & Woods, J. (2010). A model for utilization of academic resources: The Philadelphia area nurse anesthesia educational programs’ shared curriculum consortium. AANA Journal, 78(1), 14-7.

Beitz, J. M., & Kost, M. (2006). Nurse anesthesia education in the new millennium: Outcomes of a federally funded advanced nursing education grant. Nursing Education Perspectives, 27(4), 184-9.

Books

Kost, M. (2004). Moderate sedation/analgesia: Core competencies for practice (2nd ed.). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Kost, M. (1998). Manual of conscious sedation. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders.

Chapters

Kost, M. (2004). Moderate sedation/analgesia. In D. Quinn & L. Schick (Eds.), Perianesthesia nursing core curriculum: Preoperative, phase I, and phase II PACU nursing (pp. 432-443). St. Louis, MO:  W. B. Saunders.

Kost, M. (2000). Local anesthetic solutions and techniques of administration. In N. Burden, D. Quinn. D. O’Brien, & B. Dawes (Eds.) Ambulatory surgical nursing (2nd ed.) (pp. 283 – 308). St. Louis, MO: Saunders.

Kost, M. (1999). Conscious sedation. In K. Litwack (Ed.), Core curriculum for perianesthesia nursing practice (4th ed.) (pp. 146 – 158). St. Louis, MO: W.B. Saunders.

Presentations

March 2015

Evidence Based Perianesthesia Nursing Care
Connecticut Society of Perianesthesia Nursing (CSPAN)
Cromwell, CT

January 2015

Effective Clinical Preceptorship
Reading Hospital Medical Center
Reading, PA

May 2012

Comprehensive Clinical Management of the Perianesthesia Patient
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Hanover, NH

April 2012

Nursing Considerations for the Perianesthesia Patient
Carney Hospital
Dorchester, MA

August 2011

Professionalism, Modeling and Crisis Simulation
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Meeting
Boston, MA

May 2011

Patient Safety and Utilization of the Anesthesia Workstation
Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Symposium
Hershey, PA

April 2011

Precepting the Graduate Nursing Student
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Camden, NJ

April 2011

Effective Clinical Precepting, Data Driven Outcomes
Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Reading, PA

June 2010

Effective Clinical Precepting
University of Pittsburgh College of Nursing
Pittsburgh, PA

April 2010

Advanced Principals in Sedation/Anesthesia
Society of Gastroenterology Nursing National Meeting
Orlando, FL

March 2010

Implications for the Pediatric Perianesthesia Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Needham, MA

January 2010

Effective Clinical Preceptorship
Philadelphia Area Nurse Anesthesia Programs Consortium
Upland, PA

Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., MSN

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Dr. Bicknell is an accomplished nurse clinician, leader, and educator with a strong practice in medical-surgical nursing and chronic illness care. She has been a board-certified advanced practice nurse and an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for many years. Her research interests and expertise are in implementing a systems approach for quality and safety in health care. She has been an Associate Professor, Dean of a school of nursing, nurse administrator and legal consultant.

Dr. Bicknell has been an educator for all levels of nursing education.  She is the Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Her clinical work included track coordinator for the Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Nurse Leader MSN tracks at La Salle University.  She has held national certifications as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). She teaches online courses in biomedical ethics, health care quality safety, nursing research, leadership and other nursing course work.

She is a consultant to both acute and ambulatory care agencies for implementation of Evidence-based Practice, and care of the Older Adult. She is a member of the Tri-County Ethics Committee (TREC) and Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nurses. Dr. Bicknell holds a BSN from Villanova University, MSN from Widener University, and a doctoral degree in education from Wilmington University.

Education

  • Ed.D., Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE
    Innovation and Organizational Leadership
  • MSN, Widener University, Chester, PA
    Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (APRN)
  • BSN, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Teaching

DOCTORAL PROGRAM TEACHING 

  • NUR 702 Advanced Therapeutics
  • NUR 703 Nursing Ethics
  • NUR 705 Patient Safety and Healthcare Outcomes
  • NUR 751 Clinical Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration
  • NUR 880 Clinical Capstone Course
  • NUR 882 Clinical Capstone Residency
  • NUR 887 Clinical Seminar

GRADUATE PROGRAM TEACHING 

  • NUR 565 Safety Strategies for Nurses
  • NUR 604 Nursing Research and Theory I
  • NUR 605 Nursing Research and Theory II
  • NUR 607 Advanced Nursing Education & Health Care Systems Delivery
  • NUR 620 Biopsychosocial Processes: Adult Gerontology Health and Illness I
  • NUR 621 Biopsychosocial Processes: Adult Gerontology Health and Illness II
  • NUR 625 Field Study: Adult Gerontology Health and Illness I (CNS)
  • NUR 626 Field Study: Adult Gerontology Health and Illness II (CNS)
  • NUR 631 Clinical Outcomes Management (CNL)
  • NUR 633 Care Environment Management (CNL)
  • NUR 634 Field Study in Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL)

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM TEACHING 

  • NUR 417 Nursing Seminar
  • NUR 412 Care of Chronically Ill Adults (Med Surg II)
  • NUR 408 Nursing Research
  • NUR 316 Care of Older Adults in Health and Illness (Med-Surg I)
  • RN-BSN WEB BASED PROGRAM TEACHING
  • NUR 301 Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 410 Evidence-based Nursing
  • NUR 465 Safety Strategies for Nurses

Publications

PEER_REVIEWED

Wolf, Z., Altmiller, G., & Bicknell, P. (2011). Development and testing of the patient safety test: Current concepts. Nurse Educator(36)5, 187-191

Wolf, Z. Hicks, R., Altmiller, G., & Bicknell, P. (2009). Nursing student medication errors involving tubing and catheters: A Descriptive Study. Nursing Education Today(29) 6, 681-688.

Presentations

The Role of the Affective Doman in Teaching and Learning for Evidence-based Practice (Sigma Theta Tau International) Indianapolis, IN November 16-17, 2016

An Academic-Community Collaborative for Evidence-based Program Evaluation Safety Strategies for Nurses (Sigma Theta Tau International) Indianapolis, IN November 16-17, 2013

Accepted: Safety Strategies for Nurses: Mindful Attention to Praxis (QSEN Forum) Atlanta, GA May 29, 2013

QSEN Pilot Schools: Lessons Learned (with G. Altmiller) Atlanta, GA May 29, 2013

A Constructivist Approach to Using Wiki’s and Blogs in Graduate Education (with Sherri Place)
(Northeast E-Learning Consortium Conference) Philadelphia, PA October 26, 2013

Using Environmental Scanning as a Strategic Approach to Improve Outcomes in Complex Health Care Systems (American Association of Colleges of Nursing) Tampa, FL, January 20, 2012

Teaching Evidence-based Practice to Three Populations of Staff Nurses (Sigma Theta Tau International) Dallas, TX October 31, 2011

Strategies for Advancing Evidence-based Practice in Health Care Settings (Sigma Theta Tau International) Dallas, TX October 31, 2011

“Just In Time” Quality and Safety Education for Students and Staff Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)National Forum Milwaukee, WI June 2, 2011

Nurses’ Perceptions of Patient-centered care: A Global Perspective 7th Annual Safety Conference: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Philadelphia, PA November 19, 2010

Dissemination of QSEN Competencies across an Undergraduate Curriculum (with G. Altmiller)
QSEN National Forum Denver, CO June 3, 2010

Nurses’ Perceptions of Patient-centered Care: A Mixed Method Analysis of Factors Influencing Effective Implementation of Patient-centered Care QSEN National Forum Denver, CO June 3, 2010

How Do My Genes Look: CNL Students Practice Patient-centered Care (presentation with 5 CNL graduate students) AACN and VA CNL 2010 Summit San Diego, CA January 22, 2010

How Do My Genes Look: CNL Students Practice Patient-centered Care (presentation with 5 CNL graduate students) AACN and VA CNL 2010 Summit Chicago, IL November 20, 2009

Mitigating Risk: Infusing Safety across the Curriculum. Quality and. Safety Education for Nurses Collaborative Project Team Presentation (with Zane Wolf & Gerry Altmiller) QSEN National Forum Chicaco, IL June 22, 2008

Patricia M. Dillon, Ph.D., R.N.

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Having been a nurse educator for more than 30 years and a practicing nurse for more than 40 years enables Dr. Dillon to provide a context for students when teaching. Her area of focus is the adult medical-surgical patient with her clinical experience primarily in acute care at all levels including staff, manager, and CNS.

Her areas of research interest include the clinical experience in nursing education, simulation as an educational strategy, patient safety, and inter-professional collaboration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult medical-surgical nursing
  • Health assessment
  • Simulation
  • Patient safety/inter-professional collaboration

Education

  • Veterans Health Administration Inter-Professional Fellowship in Patient Safety Using Simulation, July, 2009 -2011
  • Ph.D., Widener, 2008
  • Dn.Sc., Widener, 2002
  • Post-Graduate Certificate Nursing Education, Widener, 1995
  • MSN, Advanced Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • BSN, Gwynedd Mercy College. 1973
  • ASN, Gwynedd Mercy College, 1971

Teaching

  • Health assessment
  • Advanced assessment
  • Nursing education certificate program

Publications

Dillon, P., Noble, K. Kaplan, L. (2009). Simulation, an educational approach to foster

collaborative interdisciplinary education. Nursing Education Perspectives. 30(2): 87-92.

Books

Gasper, M. & Dillon, P. (2012). Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, Instructor

Volume. Philadelphia:  F. A. Davis.

Gasper, M. & Dillon, P. (2012). Clinical Simulation for Nursing Education, Student 

Volume. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. & Mason, D. (2007). Health assessment: Developing your auscultation skills, 2

edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: A critical thinking, case studies approach,

2 edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.  Translated in Chinese, Italian and Spanish.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Clinical pocket guide 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F. A. Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Student applications, 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F.A.  Davis.

Dillon, P. (2007). Nursing health assessment: Instructor’s manual, 2 edt. Philadelphia:

F.A. Davis.

Dillon, P. & Hooper, C. (2007). Nursing health assessment: An interactive case study

Approach, 2 edt. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Presentations

“Using Simulation with Inter-Professional Team Training to Improve RRT/Code Performance” Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N. Steven Hickens, BSN; Anthony Au, PharmD; Sandy Shlifer, MSN; Maria Carpenter, MSN, R.N.; Helene Moriarty, Ph.D., APRN, BC; Gregg Lipschik, M.D. Poster presentation at 12th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), January 28 to February 1, 2012…

Pat DiGiacomo

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Dr. Patricia DiGiacomo is the Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program. In this role, she is responsible for both the day and evening (ACHIEVE) prelicensure programs.  Dr. DiGiacomo earned her EdD in Educational Leadership as well as her MSN from Temple University and a BSN from the University of Delaware.

Dr. DiGiacomo has an extensive teaching, clinical, and leadership background.  Her expertise includes maternal/child health, community with a population health focus, interprofessional education, simulation, leadership and management. She is passionate about student success.

Areas of Expertise

  • Maternal Child Health
  • Simulation
  • Community Health
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Leadership

Education

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP DOCTOR IN EDUCATION 2017
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 1997
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING 1982
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

Honors/Awards

2019 – Patriotic Employer, Office of the Secretary of Defense

2013 – Innovative Teaching Grant Award, Temple University

Teaching

  • Adult Medical Surgical Course
  • Community Health Courses
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Healthy Life Styles Course
  • Senior Seminar

Grants

DiGiacomo, Patricia.  (2018-2019). 2019 Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship Program Grant.  Independence Blue Cross Foundation.  Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, Patricia.  (2017-2018). 2018 Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship Program Grant.  Independence Blue Cross Foundation.  Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, P. (2017-2018).  Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Grant.  Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

DiGiacomo, P. & Elkind, E.  (SFY 2013 – 2014).  College Health Professionals and Social Work at Temple University (CHPSW) Innovative Teaching Grant for Obstetrical Simulation Lab.

McKeever, A., DiGiacomo, P., & Klein, C. (SFY 2011 – 2012).  Breastfeeding and Birthing Hospital and Birthing Centers Initiative Small, No-Bid Grant, Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Publications

Books/Chapters

McKeever, A., DiGiacomo, P., Hark, L. & Larkins, K. (2012). Chapter 4 Nutrition from Pre-conception Through Lactation.  In Hark, L., Ashton, K., & Deen, D.  (Second Edition),

The Nurse Practitioner’s Complete Guide to Nutrition (pp. 45 – 78). Iowa: Wiley – Blackwell Publishing,

Presentations

Kaplan L., Sterling G., Sinnott M., Vernon R., Santalucia S., Idahosa C., Spadone S.,  DiGiacomo P., Gresko S., Calligaro I., Rotz M., Reifler D., Reed T.  (April 2018).  Interprofessional Education in the Preclinical Years at Temple University, Report of Initial Outcomes.  Invited Oral

Presentation at Interprofessional Innovations session at 2018 North East Group on Educational Affairs Meeting.  AAMC, Zucker School of Medicine/Hofstra, Hemstead, NY April 2018

Gresko, S, DiGiacomo, P. Bringing the Simulation Lab to the Classroom. (October 2017).  44th Biennial Convention – Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Indianapolis, IN.

DiGiacomo, P, Gresko, S. Don’t Stall, Just Call Initiative. (October 2017).  Poster Presentation. 44th Biennial Convention –  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Indianapolis, IN.

DiGiacomo, P. (2017).  Evaluating the use of a Postpartum hemorrhage Simulation as a Teaching Strategy in an Undergraduate Nursing Program:  successfully defended June 2017.  Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

DiGiacomo, P., Gresko, S., Duffy, J. (October 2016).  Bringing Technology to the Classroom – Pediatric Safety Scenario.  College of Public Health Showcase.

DiGiacomo, P., Kaplan, L. MD, Reifler, D., MD, Rotz, M. Pharm D, BCPS, & Sinnott, M., PT, DPT. (April 2016). Professional Identity Formation in an Interprofessional Setting from Tribalism to Teamwork.  Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

DiGiacomo, P. (April 2016).  Campus Safety Initiative:  Increasing Alcohol Awareness. Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools (PHENSA) Spring Meeting, Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania.

DiGiacomo, P. & McKeever, A. (June 2012).  From Policy to Practice Change:  Nursing Partnerships in Practice to Change Low Income African American Initiation of Breastfeeding Rates.  AWHONN National Convention National Harbor, Maryland.

DiGiacomo, P. (June 2011).  Redesigning the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs to better prepare them in primary health settings.  ACHNE Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

Clark, M., DiGiacomo, P. & Jelic, M.  (December 2010).  Evidence Based Practice Approaches to Primary Health Care Curricular Redesign. Temple University Department of Nursing Evidence Based Practice Conference, Philadelphia, Penna.

DiGiacomo, P., Jelic, M. & Rothman, N.  (June 2010)  Creating a Community Health Fair: A first community assignment ACHNE/ASTON Joint Meeting Alexandria, Virginia.

Certifications

  • BLS
  • Certified in Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing
  • Completed Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Fall 2014 Temple University
  • Poverty Simulation Facilitator

Community Organization

Board Member of CTC Wellness Foundation (focus on increasing student awareness of alcohol poisoning prevention) Member, Health Services Advisory Committee/Philadelphia

Meredith E. Kneavel, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kneavel earned her PhD in biopsychology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she studied the effects of chronic stress on learning and memory in genetic models of diseases. Following this, she did post-doctoral study in a neurology lab at Columbia University studying the effects of torsin on movement behavior. She then obtained a faculty appointment in the Psychology department at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia where she served as chair of the undergraduate program from 2005 to 2017.

Her research expands broadly across areas of health. Initial work focused on the effects of stress on biochemistry and correlated behavioral deficits and moved to gender differences in stress reactivity and social support. She has also evaluated the effectiveness of an active intervention, written emotional expression, in reducing negative health outcomes. In more recent work, she has worked with a colleague to create a peer concussion education intervention designed to improve concussion reporting among athletes. This work also led to the development of a Center for Concussion Education and Research on which she served as the Director of Assessment and Research.

Areas of Expertise

  • biopsychology
  • statistics/ research design
  • concussion

Education

  • Ph.D., Psychology with a concentration in Biopsychology, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2001
    DISSERTATION: Effects of Chronic Restraint Stress on Cognitive Function in Catechol-O- Methyltransferase and Calbindin-D28K Knockout Mice
  • B.A., Psychology, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, 1996

Honors/Awards

  • NCAA/DoD Mind Matters Challenge Award, 2015
  • Honors Convocation Speaker, Chestnut Hill College, 2015
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2014
  • Robert L. Thompson Award for Research Excellence at Hunter College of CUNY, 2001

Teaching

Undergraduate
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Methods
  • General / Introduction to Psychology
  • Senior Seminar
  • Theories of Learning
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Physiology of Behavior
  • Health, Stress, & Coping
  • Research Methods
  • Methods and Design Strategies for Clinical Research
  • Senior Seminar
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Psychological Measurement
Graduate
  • Statistical Applications
  • Dissertation Mentoring
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior

Grants

  • NCAA/Department of Defense large, randomized multi-site investigation of effectiveness of peer concussion education program, co-primary investigator, 2017, under contract, $207K
  • $75K Grant from NCAA/ DoD to study novel methods for concussion education and develop a peer concussion model of education, secondary investigator 2015
  • $25K prize from NCAA for proposal to study concussion education, 2015
  • Teagle Grant to study Faculty Development, 2014
  • PHENND grant (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) to participate in the Senior Projects Course Development Institute, which brought together college faculty and personnel from Philadelphia public schools, 2008
  • Psi Chi Advisor Research Grant, “Effects of written emotional expression on salivary cortisol levels”, 2005

Publications

  • Ernst, W.J., Gallo, A.B., Sellers, A.L., Mulrine, J., MacNamara, L, Abrahamson, A. & Kneavel, M. (2016). Knowledge of Traumatic Brain Injury among Educators, Exceptionality, 24:2, 123-136, DOI:10.1080/09362835.2015.1107832
  • Haaz, D.H., Kneavel, M., & Browning, S.W. (2014). The Father–Daughter Relationship and Intimacy in the Marriages of Daughters of Divorce, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55:2, 164-177, DOI: 10.1080/10502556.2013.871962
  • Kneavel, M.; Ferguson, D.; Mohan, G.; Bradshaw, A.; Christakos, S.; Luine, V. Effect of chronic stress in calbindin-D28k knockout and wild-type subjects on spatial and non-spatial memory. Journal of Neurobiology, Manuscript under revision.
  • Kneavel, M., Luine, V. Effects of chronic stress on learning and memory in C57 and 129Sve strains of mice. Brain Research, submitted manuscript.

Books/Chapters

  • Kneavel, M. & Kneavel, A. (2006). Hollywood Rx. In  Lawrence C. Rubin (Ed). Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture (pp. 40-60). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc.
  • Luine, V., Beck, K., Bowman, R., & Kneavel, M. (2000). Sex differences in chronic stress effects on cognitive function and brain neurochemistry. CRC Press

Presentations

  • Kneavel, M. (2017). Please Turn On Your Cell Phone: Utilizing Technology in the Classroom, Mid-Atlantic Teaching of Psychology Conference,  Largo, MD.
  • Mondelli, J., Ernst, W.J., Kneavel, M., Lawler, K. (2016). Reliable Digit Span Performance in Older Adults with Known or Suspected Dementia, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Seattle, Washington.
  • Ernst, W., Kneavel, M., Gallo, A., Moylan, R., Brosof, A. (2014). Reliable Digit Span Performance in Children Referred Primarily due to Academic Problems. National Academy of Neuropsychology, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
  • Ernst, W. & Kneavel, M. (2014). TOMM Performance in Children and Young Adults Referred Due to Academic Problems. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Kneavel, M. (2013). An investigation of the curvilinear relationship between gender, social support, and perceived stress. New England Psychological Association Conference, Housatonic College, Bridgeport, CT.
  • Kneavel, M. (2013) The Here and Now: A Century of Getting High. Reunion Weekend. Chestnut Hill College, PA.
  • German, K., & Kneavel, M. (2010). Undergraduate College Students’ Use of the Internet. Proceedings and Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
  • Loscalzo, Emily & Kneavel, M. (2007). Effect of Written Emotional Expression on Stress Levels: Handwriting Versus Typing. Proceedings and Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kneavel, M., Blustein, J., Kriebel, D. (2006). Undergraduate Research: Catalyst for Learning in the Psychological Sciences. SEPCHE Faculty Development Conference, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA.
  • Porcelli, L. & Kneavel, M. (2006). Use of Mindfulness Techniques for Women with Body Dissatisfaction. Proceedings and Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Loscalzo, Emily & Kneavel, M. (2006). Effects of Writing or Typing Written Emotional Expression on Health and Cortisol Levels. Pennsylvania Psychological Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA
  • Kneavel, M. & Kneavel, A. (2005). Rx Hollywood. Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Ireland, R. & Kneavel, M. (2005). Self-Defeating behaviors in males and females: An investigation of use of counterproductive strategies, tradeoff situations, and primary self-defeating behaviors. Delaware Valley Undergraduate Research Conference, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.
  • Kinoshita, S. & Kneavel, M. (2005). Adjustment of International Students: Issues, Concerns, Suggestions, and Recommendations. Delaware Valley Undergraduate Research Conference, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA.
  • Kneavel, T. & Kneavel, M. (2004). Identifying and Treating Sexual Perpetrators Who Experienced Childhood Sexual Traumas. Delaware Psychological Association, Rehoboth, DE.
  • Sanchez, Veronica. & Kneavel, M. (2004). Gender differences in perceived stress. Proceedings and Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Kneavel, A. & Kneavel, M. (2003). Movie Madness: Treatment of Mental Illness in Films. Mid-Atlantic American/ Popular Culture Association Conference. Wilmington, DE.
  • Kneavel, T. & Kneavel, M. (1998). Social Validity, Critical Variables: A Model for Predicting Psychotherapy Outcomes. American Psychological Association Mid-Winter Conference. La Jolla, California.
  • Kneavel, M., Gogos, J., Karayiorgou, M., Luine, V. (2000). Interaction of COMT gene deletion and environment on cognition. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 26, 571.20.
  • Kneavel, M., Christakos, S., Ferguson, D., Meyer, M., Luine, V. (2000). Sex differences in effects of chronic stress in wild-type and calbindin knockout mice: Learning and memory. Neuroendocrine Workshop on Estrogen, Growth Factors, and Neuroplasticity Abstracts, 45.
  • Kneavel, M. (2000) Effects of stress in COMT knockouts on learning and memory. Touro College, Invited Speaker.
  • Sooy, K., Kohut, M., Meyer, T.L., Gary, D., Mattson, M., Schermerhorn, T., Sharp, G.W., Kneavel, M., Luine, V.L., Christakos, S.  (2000).  Studies with Calbindin-D28K  knockout mice provide direct evidence for a role for calbinding in renal calcium reabsorption, insulin secretion, protection against neuronal cell death and in memory function.  Vitamin D Meeting Abstracts.
  • Kneavel, M., Erlikh, M., Sacatos, A., & Luine, V. (1999) Effects of 8-OH-DPAT on female rat pacing behavior, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Abstract.
  • Kneavel, M., Luine, V., & Chin, J.  (1999). Effects of gene manipulation and environmental stress on learning and memory.  Hunter College Psi Chi Symposium, Spring 1999 presentation.
  • Luine, V., Frankfurt, M., Kneavel, M., Erlikh, M., & Bradshaw, A.  (1998). Serotonergic effects on emale rat solicitation behavior.  Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 24, 949.
  • Kneavel, T., & Kneavel, M.  (1998). Social validity/ critical variables: A model for predicting psychotherapy outcomes. American Psychological Association Midwinter Convention Presentation.

Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

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As Dean, Dr. Czekanski is responsible for the administrative leadership of the departments within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and serves as the chief nurse administrator for the Nursing Programs.  Dr. Czekanski joined La Salle in 2008 as director of the graduate and RN-BSN programs and served as the associate dean for the Nursing Programs from 2012 to 2015.  Dr. Czekanski’s scholarship addresses end of life care and dementia caregiving, and she is particularly interested in the experience of people caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease as they transition to the caregiving role.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dementia caregiving
  • Hospice, palliative care
  • Community health
  • Education

Education

  • Ph.D.–Nursing, Duquesne University
  • MSN–Family Health Nursing, Management, The College of New Jersey
  • BSN–Villanova University

Certifications

Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing

Training

  • End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Training – sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and City of Hope Cancer Center
  • Geriatric Nursing Education Consortium Training – sponsored by the Hartford Foundation and the AACN

Teaching

  • Nursing research
  • International public health nursing
  • Family systems concepts for primary care
  • Professional ethics

Research Interests

  • Dementia caregiving
  • Hospice, palliative care
  • Community health
  • Education

Publications

Byrne, D., Overbaugh, K., Czekanski, K., & Wilby, M., Blumenfeld, S., & Laske, A. (2020).  Assessing undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes towards the dying in an end-of-life simulation using NLN’s ACE-S unfolding case study. The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 22(2), 123-129. 

Czekanski, K., Mingo, S., & Piper, L. (2018). Coaching to NCLEX-RN success: A post graduation intervention to improve first-time pass rates. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(9), 561-565. doihttp://dbproxy.lasalle.edu:2101/10.3928/01484834-20180815-10 

Czekanski, K., Hoerst, B., & Kurz, J. (2018). Instituting evidence-based changes to improve NCLEX-RN® pass rates. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 9(1), 11-18. 

Czekanski, K. (2017). The experience of transitioning to the caregiving role for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. American Journal of Nursing. 117(9), 24-33. 

Wolf, Z., & Czekanski, K. (2015). Bathing disability and bathing persons with dementia. MEDSURG Nursing. 24 (1), 9-14.

Wolf, Z., Czekanski, K., & Dillon, P. (2014). Course syllabi: Components and outcomes assessment. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v4n1p100

Czekanski, K., & Wolf, Z. (2013). Encouraging and evaluating class participation. Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 10. Available at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/vol10/iss1/7

Piper, L., & Czekanski, K. (2012). Use of a simulated administrative decision-making exercise in an online master’s nursing administration course. Journal of Nursing Education, (51), 1-2.

Wolf, Z. & Czekanski, K. (2011). Analyzing student complaints against nursing programs: Taxonomies of complaints and outcomes. Journal of Professional Nursing. 27(5), 283-291.

Hodgson, N., Gitlin, L., Winter, L., & Czekanski, K. (2011). Undiagnosed illness and neuropsychiatric behaviors in community-residing older adults with dementia. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders. 25(2), 109–115.

Bicknell, P. & Czekanski, K. (2009) Clinical nurse leader®: Potential nursing role for long-term care. PADONA Journal, 22(1), 21-24.

Griffiths, M., Papastrat, K., Czekanski, K. & Hagan, K. (2004). The lived experience of NCLEX failure. Journal of Nursing Education. 43: 322-325.

Griffiths, M. & Czekanski, K. (2003).  Meeting the needs of the health system: A refresher course for registered nurses. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 34: 162-173.

Book Chapter

Czekanski, K, (2008). Dying Care in Ackely, B., Ladwig, G., Swan, B. A., & Tucker, S.  Evidence-based nursing care guidelines. St. Louis: Mosby.

Presentations

October 15, 2019
Assessing Undergraduate Nursing Student’s Attitudes Towards the  Dying in an End-of-Life Simulation Using an ACE-S Unfolding Case Study. 45th Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention. Washington, DC. Byrne, D., Overbaugh, K., Czekanski, K., Wilby, M., Blumenfeld, S., & Laske, A. 

November 16, 2018
Steering Students toward NCLEX-RN® Success – An innovative post-graduation intervention to improve first-time pass rates. 2018 AACN BSN Conference. New Orleans, LA. Mingo, S., Czekanski, K., &  Piper, L. 

March 26, 2018
Supporting Best Practices in Testing and Evaluation: A Performance Improvement Plan to Address NCLEX-RN® First-Time Pass Rates.  Institute for Educators Spring Conference. University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD. Czekanski, K. & Hoerst, B.   

March 1, 2012
A Curriculum Revision Project Based on the Essentials of Master’s Education and the Adult Gerontology Competencies. 2012 AACN Master’s Education Conference. San Antonio, TX. Czekanski, K. 

October 29, 2011    
Research Utilization with Three Populations of Staff Nurses. Symposium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 41st Biennial Convention.  Grapevine, Texas. With Dr. P O’Connor and Dr. P. Bicknell.

April 15, 2011
The Use of Simulated Administrative Ethical Decision Making in Online Masters in Nursing Administration Course. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Hot Topics Conference, Baltimore, MD.

February 25, 2011 
The Use of Role Play in an Online Masters in a Nursing Administration Course.  2011 Master’s Education Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

March 28, 2008 
The Experience of Transitioning to the Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s disease or a Related Dementia.  2008 Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) 20th Annual Scientific Sessions, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Theta Tau, International
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society

Maureen Costello-Yacono, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Maureen Costello-Yacono joined La Salle’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2010 as the Clinic Director of the St. Francis Clinic for Adults and the St. Blase Clinic for Children. Currently, she is completing her doctoral work in the areas of aphasia and conversational discourse at Seton Hall University.

Education

Ph.D. in Health Sciences with Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology, Seton Hall University
M. S. in Speech-Language Pathology, La Salle University
B. S. in Health Sciences, Duquesne University

Certifications and Licenses

Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology—American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Pennsylvania License to practice Speech-Language Pathology
New Jersey License to practice Speech-Language Pathology

Teaching

COSD 501: Introduction to Clinical Practicum
COSD 516: Clinical Practicum and Procedures
COSD 616: Advanced Clinical Practicum and Procedures
COSD 202: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
COSD 100: Introduction to Language and Communication
COSD 102 WB: Introduction to Communication Disorders
COSD 308 WB: Introduction to Clinical Procedures

Presentations

Copy and Recall Therapy for Phonological Dysgraphia. Poster Presentation at the Academy of Aphasia Meeting, October 2012, San Francisco, California.

Oral Reading and Writing in Conduction Aphasia. Poster Presentation at the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Conference, July 2012, Cork, Ireland.

Using a Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) Treatment to Improve Conversational Discourse and Working Memory in Fluent Aphasia: A Pilot Study. Poster Presentation at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, May 2012, Lake Tahoe, California.

Semantic Feature Analysis for Working Memory and Aphasic Conversation. Poster Presentation at the 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, November 2011, San Diego, California.