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Susan E. Adams, M.S., R.D., LDN

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Susan Adams completed her undergraduate degree in food and nutrition with a minor in business and communications at The University of Akron and her graduate degree in nutrition at Kent State University.  Her master’s thesis focused on nutrition education of Type II diabetics and the impact that their spouses/significant others had on the diabetics’ nutrition knowledge and retention of knowledge.

As a Registered Dietitian, Susan Adams has over thirty years of experience including managing foodservice departments in hospitals and employee feeding operations, counseling a variety of outpatient clients in proper nutrition principles to regain health, evaluation and demonstration of consumer kitchen equipment, menu development, employee training, and employee wellness consulting.

In 2012, Ms. Adams was awarded the “Outstanding Dietetic Educator in a Coordinated Program” for the State of Pennsylvania and the Region Six of the Dietetic Educators – Dietetic Practice Group. An active member of many professional organizations, she currently serves the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Delegate to the Academy’s House of Delegates. She has been teaching at La Salle since 2001 and enjoys helping to guide and educate the next generation of nutrition professionals.

Areas of Expertise

Food science
Food systems
Food and culture
Sustainability
Management in food service and dietetics

Education

M.S., Nutrition, Kent State University
B.A., Foods and Nutrition, University of Akron
Course work completed for Registered Dietitian Status

Certifications

Registered dietitian status
Licensed dietitian/nutritionist
ServSafe certification
CPR certification

Teaching

Nutrition 230: Food Science
Nutrition 340: Professional Practice in Nutrition
Nutrition 310: Management in Nutrition andDietetics
Nutrition 320: Quantity Foods Management
Nutrition 441: Food and Culture
Nutrition 430: Foodservice Management Practicum
Nutrition 473: Food Systems
Nutrition 460: Nutrition Externship

Barbara Amster, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, BCS-FD, ASHA Fellow

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Dr. Amster is the Founding Director of the undergraduate, graduate, and PreSLP programs. She is an ASHA Fellow and a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. She served as the Pennsylvania Delegate to ASHA’s Speech Pathology Advisory Council and on the Nominating Committee for the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC).  She served as the Vice President for Professional Preparation and Continuing Education of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association from 2008-2013. She was a member of the Steering Committee of ASHA’s Special Interest Group in Fluency Disorders.  She has more than 35 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in many settings. Her research interests involve treatment of stuttering specifically the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and understanding the nature of stuttering.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Speech rate
Stuttering
Language and speech development of children in the child welfare system

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science Temple University
M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Speech and Theatre, Brooklyn College

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders

TEACHING

COSD 511: Fluency and Stuttering

PUBLICATIONS

Mancinelli, J.M. & Amster, B.J. (January 2015). Rethinking ClinicalEducation. The ASHA Leader. Vol. 20, 6-7. doi:10.1044/leader.FMP.20012015.6

Gottwald, S.R., Amster, B.J., & LaSalle, L. (2010). A checklist for assessing graduate student/clinician competencies in the area of fluency. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. 20 6-9.

Klein, E.R. & Amster, B.J. (2010). Does a graduate class in Fluency Disorders make a difference? Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. 20 10-14.

Amster, B.J., & Klein, E.R. (2008). Perfectionism and stuttering: Is there a connection? Invited Paper, International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference. http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad11/papers/amster11.html

Amster, B.J. (2008). Problem-based learning in fluency and stuttering. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders.Vol. 18, No. 1, 43-47.

Amster, B.J., & Klein, E.R. (2008). Perfectionism in people who stutter: Preliminary findings using a modified cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 36, 35-40.

Amster, B. J. & Klein, E.R.  (2007). The role of perfectionism in stuttering: A follow-up study. In J. Au-Yeung & M. M. Leahy (Eds.), Research, Treatment, and Self-Help.  In Fluency Disorders: New Horizons Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress On Fluency Disorder (pp. 361-367). Dublin, Ireland, The International Fluency Association.

Klein, E.R. and Amster, B.J. (2004). “The effects of cognitive behavioral therapy with people who stutter.” In A. Packmann, A. Meltzer, and H. Peters (Eds.) Theory, Research, and Fluency Disorders: Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress of Fluency Disorders(pp. 154-160). Nijmegen, Netherlands: Nijmegen University Press.

Amster, B. J. (2002) “Some thoughts on language over-stimulation and stuttering.” Perspectives in Fluency and Fluency Disorders, Vol 12, No. 1, 8-11.

Amster, B.J. and Starkweather, C.W. (2000) Comments on “Utterance Length, Syntactic Complexity and Childhood Stuttering” by Yaruss. JSHR, 43, 810-811.

BOOKS

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E. R. (Eds.). (2018). More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of stuttering. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Silver, J., Amster, B. and Haecker, T. (Eds.) (1999). Young Children and Foster Care: A Guide for Professionals. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks Publishing Company.

CHAPTERS

Amster, B. J., & Klein, E.R. (2018). The Impact of Perfectionism on  Stuttering. In Amster, B. J., & Klein, E.R. (Eds.) More than Fluency: The  Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Dimensions of Stuttering. San Diego,CA: Plural Publishing.

Klein, E.R. & Amster, B. J., (2018). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for People Who Stutter. In Amster, B. J., & Klein, E.R. (Eds.) (2018). More than Fluency: The Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Dimensions of Stuttering. Plural Publishing.

PRESENTATIONS

Peer Reviewed

Klein, E.R & Amster, B. J., (2013). Adapting a Modified CBT Program for Children Stutter, Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), April, Harrisburg, PA.

Klein, E.R & Amster, B. J., (2012) Comparing and Contrasting Stuttering and Selective Mutism to Inform Practice. Paper presented at the 7th World Congress on FluencyDisorders July, Tours, France.

Klein, E.R., & Amster, B. J., (2010) Perfectionism in Selective Mutism. Research poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Amster, B. J., & Gottwald, S. R.  (2009, August). Problem-based learning in fluency and stuttering. Paper presented at the 6th World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Amster, B.J., & Klein, E.R. (2006, July). The Role of Perfectionism in Stuttering a Follow-up Study. Paper presented at the 5th World Congress on Fluency Disorders July, Dublin, Ireland.

Amster, B.J., & Klein, E.R. (2006, April). A Preliminary Study of Perfectionism and Stuttering: Follow-up to Treatment. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, King of Prussia, PA.

Amster, B.J., & Klein, E.R. (2005, November). A Preliminary Study of Perfectionism and Stuttering: Follow-up to Treatment. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, San Diego, CA.

Invited

Page, J., Amster, B., Gill, C., & Griffith, S. (2010, April). Plenary Issue – Distance Education Programs: Myth vs. Reality. Invited paper presented at The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders: The Great State of Technology: Closing the Distance, Austin, TX.

Amster, B.J., (2007, June). Problem-Based Learning in Fluency and Stuttering, Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Special Interest Division 4, Minneapolis, MN.

Amster, B.J., (2007, March). Invited presentation to the Governor of Delaware Task Force on Solving Shortages of SLPs in DE, Starting a Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology: Lessons Learned, Newark, DE.

Amster, B.J., (2006, September). How La Salle University Meets the Critical National Shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists.  Invited presentation to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Office, Rockville, MD.

AWARDS AND SPECIALTY RECOGNITION

2015 Honors of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language Hearing Association

ACE Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36 month period. This award was received in 2013, 2012, 2011 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 (two awards), 2003, 2002, and 2001.

2000-Present: Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders (BCS-FD)

2007 Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

John G. Taylor

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John G. Taylor, MACC, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA.  He counsels individuals, couples and families that are dealing with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and sexual identity. John is passionate about educational initiatives that address sexual violence and domestic violence. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling. John is currently enrolled in the Dual Masters and PhD in Human Sexuality Studies Program at Widener University. His book entitled: A Pocket Guide For Young Men Without Fathers was released January 30, 2018. John is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHC).

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Conflicts
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse

Education

  • Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice- Fayetteville State University
  •  Masters Degree in Christian Counseling – Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Dual Master’s and PhD Program in Human Sexuality Studies- Widener University (currently enrolled)

Teaching

  •  La Salle University- Public Health Department ,
  • Courses: Violence Prevention and Control (PHLT 315/615)
  • La Salle University-  Public Health Department, Course: Race, Ethnicity and Public Health (PHLT 489/639)
  • Drexel University – Couples and Family Therapy Department – Course: Addictions in the Family
  • Drexel University- Couples and Family Therapy Department – Course: Family Violence

Publications

  1. Taylor, J.G (2013). Dying for Acceptance: Suicide rates in the LGBTQ Community. “The Reality Corner”; Psychology Today Magazine. March 19, 2013.
  2. Taylor, J.G. (2013). Behind the Veil: Inside the Mind of Men That Abuse Their Intimate Partners. “The Reality Corner”; The Psychology Today Magazine. Feb. 19, 2013.
  3. Taylor, J.G. (2010). Who’s Grooming Your Child? A Realistic Look into Child Molestation. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. Sept. 1, 2010.
  4.  Taylor, J.G. (2010). The Cost of War: Post-Traumatic Disorder. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. July 1, 2010.
  5. Taylor, J.G. (2010). Hey, Where are You? The Call for Mentoring in Our Communities. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. May 1, 2010.
  6. Taylor, J.G. (2010). So Who Does it Hurt? Abortion – Let’s Have a Conversation. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. April l 1, 2010.
  7. Taylor, J.G. (2010). Is Your Church in Prison? The Importance of Prison Ministries. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. March 1, 2010.
  8. Taylor, J.G. (2010). The Emotional Cost of Caring for Others: The World of Compassion Fatigue. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. February 1, 2010.
  9. Taylor, J.G. (2010). Are You a Lender or Borrower? It’s Time for Entrepreneurship. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. January 1, 2010.
  10. Taylor, J.G. (2009). Happy Holidays: But Is It Really? “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. December 1, 2009.
  11. Taylor, J.G. (2009). Living: Yes, Living in the Midst of Life’s Transitions. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. November 1, 2009.
  12. Taylor, J.G. (2009). The Debate of Health Care Reform: What Would Jesus Do? “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. October 1, 2009.
  13. Taylor, J.G. (2009). Behind the Veil, Inside the Mind of Men That Abuse. (Cover story). “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. September 1, 2009.
  14. Taylor, J.G. (2009). When a Parent Dies: The Grieving Process. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. August 1, 2009.
  15. Taylor, J.G. (2009). Where Are They? The Community of the Mentally Ill in Our Churches. “The Reality Corner”; Divine Inspirations Magazine. July 1, 2009.

Books

  1. Taylor, J. & Somers, I. (2018). Pocket Guide for Young Men without Fathers: Important Life Lessons.  New York, NY. Skyhorse Publishing.

Presentations

  1. Taylor, J.G. (2017, July). Let’s Talk: The Unspoken Language – The Art of Counseling African American Men and The Role that Sexuality Plays in their Lives. Presentation: North Carolina Sexuality Conference, Raleigh, NC.
  2. Taylor, J.G. (2016, Jan). Reducing Suicidality in the LBGTQ Community; what can we do better? Presentation: Mays Landing Community College, Mays Landing, NJ
  3. Taylor, J.G. (2014, July).  Let’s Talk: The Therapeutic Counseling of African American     Men and the Struggles/Paradoxes They Face in Their Relationships with Their Mothers and Intimate Partners. Presentation: Belmont Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  4. Taylor, J.G. (2014, April).  Let’s Talk: The Therapeutic Counseling of African American     Men and the Struggles/Paradoxes They face in Their Relationships with Their Mothers and Intimate Partners. Presentation: Senator Vincent Hughes Breaking the Silence Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  5. Taylor, J.G. (2014, April).  On Her Own: Therapeutic Counseling Approaches with Single African American Mothers Raising Their Children Alone. Presentation: Senator Vincent Hughes Breaking the Silence Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  6. Taylor, J.G. (2013, June).  Let’s Talk: The Therapeutic Counseling of African American Men and the Struggles/Paradoxes They face in their Relationships with Their Mothers and Intimate Partners. Presentation: Black Men’s Conference; St. Paul MN.
  7. Taylor, J.G. (2013, March).  Let’s Talk: The Therapeutic Counseling of African American Men and the Struggles/Paradoxes They Face in Their Relationships with Their Mothers and Intimate Partners. Presentation: RJJ Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA.
  8. Taylor, J.G. (2013, February).  Let’s Talk: The Therapeutic Counseling of African American Men and the Struggles/Paradoxes They face in Their Relationships with Their Mothers and Intimate Partners. Presentation: Cathedral International Church, Perth Amboy, NJ.
  9. Taylor, J.G. (2012, September).  Let’s Talk: The Unspoken Language – The Art of Counseling African American Men. Presentation: Youth Advocate Program, Philadelphia, PA.
  10. Taylor, J.G. (2012, June).  Let’s Talk: The Unspoken Language – The Art of Counseling African American Men. Presentation: Health Annex Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA.
  11. Taylor, J.G. (2012, June).  Let’s Talk: The Unspoken Language – The Art of Counseling African American Men. Presentation: Sources for Human Services, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ.
  12. Taylor, J.G. (2012, June).  The Paradoxical Relationship between Single Mothers and Their Older Sons. Presentation: Sources for Human Services, Holiday Inn, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Shana Stites, Psy.D.

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Dr. Shana Stites is a clinical psychologist and quantitative researcher.  Dr. Stites earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College and MA in Sociology from Lehigh University.  She completed her internship at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Her clinical concentration was in neuropsychology with special interests in multicultural competency and applied research.

Dr. Stites began her career in Public Health working in Maternal and Child Health and then Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She retains a focus on health disparities with a particular interest in how advances in gene and biomarker technologies are shifting medical practice and efforts in population health. She conducts studies addressing ethical, legal, and social challenges that arise in the context of precision medicine for neurological and psychiatric diseases. She applies a range of analytic techniques in her research including spatial analysis and techniques emerging from the paradigm of “big data” analytics.

Education

  • B.S., Cedar Crest College, Allentown PA
  • M.A., Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA (Sociology)
  • 2008, M.S., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA (Psychology)
  • 2012, Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia PA (Psychology)

Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments

  • 2018 – present, Fellowship, Neurology, Hospital of Pennsylvania Neurology
  • 2017 – present, Penn Memory Center Scholar
  • 2011 – 2012, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia PA

Teaching

  • 2014 – Present, PHLT 513: GIS Applications for Public Health, La Salle University
  • 2017 – Present, PHLT 512: Informatics for Public Health, La Salle University

Publications

  1. Phipps, E., Braitman, L., Stites, S., & Leighton, J.  (2008). Quality of life and symptom attribution to colon cancer in long term colon cancer survivors. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 14(2):254-258. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2007.00842.x
  2. Phipps, E.J., Braitman, L.E., Stites, S.D., Wallace, S.L., Singletary, S.B., & Hunt, L.H. (2013). The use of financial incentives to increase fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in lower income households: Results of a pilot study.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 24: 864 – 874. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2013.0064
  3. Phipps E.J., Stites S.D., Wallace S.L., & Braitman L.E. (2013). Fresh fruit and vegetable purchases in an urban supermarket by low income households.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(2):165-170. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.04.018
  4. Phipps, E.J., Wallace, S.L., Stites, S.D., Uplinger, N., Singletary, S.B., Hunt, L., Axelrod, S., Glanz, K., & Braitman, L.E. (2013). Using Rewards-Based Incentives to Increase Purchase of Fruit and Vegetables in Lower – Income Households:  Design and Start up of a Randomized Trial.  Public Health Nutrition, 16(5):936-41. doi: 10.1017/S1368980012004934
  5. Stites, S.D. & Warholic, C.L. (2014). Multicultural Grand Rounds: Competency-based training model for clinical psychology graduate students. Psychology Learning and Teaching Journal. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 13(3):261-269. doi: 10.2304/plat.2014.13.3.261
  6. Phipps, E.J., Kumanyika, S.K., Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Cooblall, C., DiSantis, K.I. (2014). Buying Food on Sale: A Mixed Methods Study with Shoppers at an Urban Supermarket, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010–2012. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11:140174. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.140174
  7. Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Menasha, A., Cooblall, C., Hantula, D., Axelrod, S., Figueredo, V.M., & Phipps, E.J. (2014). Pre-ordering lunch at work: results of the what to eat for lunch study. Appetite, 84:88-97. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.10.005
  8. Phipps, E.J., Braitman L.E., Stites, S.D., Singletary, S.B., Wallace, S.L., Hunt, L., Axelrod, S., Glanz, K., Uplinger, N. (2015). Impact of a rewards-based incentive program on promoting fruit and vegetable purchases. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1):166-172. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301752
  9. Stites, S.D. & Dahlsgaard, K.D. (2015). Mental Health Mitigating Evidence and Judicial Outcomes for Federal Capital Defendants. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 43: 676-700. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlcj.2015.02.002
  10. Stites, S.D., Cooblall, C.A., Aronovitz, J., Singletary, S.B., Micklow, K., & Sjeime, M. (2016). The Tipping Point: Patients predisposed to Clostridium difficile infection and a hospital antibiotic stewardship program. Journal of Hospital Infection, 94(3): 242-248. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2016.07.022
  11. Stites, S.D., Johnson, R., Harkins, K., Sankar, P., Xie, D., & Karlawish, J. (2016). Identifiable Characteristics and Potentially Malleable Beliefs Predict Stigmatizing Attributions toward Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia: Results of a Survey of the U.S. General Public. Health Communication, 1–10. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2016.1255847
  12. Mozersky, J., Stites, S.D., & Sisti, D. A. (2017) Expanding Our Lens: Thinking Beyond Genomics. American Journal of Bioethics, 17(4):29-31 doi: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1284928
  13. Manisha, V., Stites, S. D., Navarro, V. (2017). Bringing Patient Reported Outcomes Assessment in Hepatology Practice. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. [In Press]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2017.07.039
  14. Stites, S. D., Karlawish, J., Harkins, K., Rubright, J. D., & Wolk, D. (2017). Awareness of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Diagnoses Associated With Lower Self-Ratings of Quality of Life in Older Adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 72(6), 974–985. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbx100
  15. Stites, S.D. (2018) Cognitively healthy individuals want to know their risk for Alzheimer’s disease: What should we do? Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 62(2). [In Press].
  16. Stites, S. D., Rubright, J. D., Karlawish, J. (2018) What Features of Stigma Do the Public Most Commonly Attribute to Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia? Results of a survey of the U.S. general public. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. [In Press]

Research Publications, non-peer reviewed

  1. Stites, S., Robbins J., Lee, B., & Phipps, E.J. (2008). Pennsylvania Department of Aging Waiver and Nursing Home Program Services: A study of consumers with diabetes. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Departmental document.
  2. Stites, S.D., Kulick, E.R., Madison, N., & Phipps, E.J. (2009). Assessing need, service availability, and support for aging in place: Using GIS to map population characteristics of seniors and their communities in Philadelphia and neighboring counties. Harrisburg, PA; Pennsylvania Department of Aging.  Departmental document.

Alternative media

  1. Uplinger, N., Stites, S., & Way, J. (2008).  Hospital-Community Collaborations to Address Diabetes. Health Policy Newsletter, 21(4):11-14.
  2. Stites, S. (2011). The Use of Archival Data to Inform Health Policy. Health Policy Newsletter, 23(4).  Population Health Matters (Formerly Health Policy Newsletter): 24(2):1. Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/hpn/vol24/iss2/1.

Presentations

  1. Stites, S. (2002, October). Completed suicide rates among individuals with multiple emergency dispatches. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Sociology, Sacramento, CA.
  2. Phipps, E., Braitman, L., Stites, S., & Leighton, J.  (2007, November). Quality of life and symptom attribution to colon cancer in long term colon cancer survivorsPaper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  3. Stites, S., Phipps E.J., & Madison, N. (2008, November). GIS analysis of diabetes-related community factors within discrete, urban neighborhoods. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  4. Stites, S. & Nageeb, N. (2011). Grand Rounds: Student driven training model for LGBT cultural competence in clinical psychology graduate training.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference, Bloomsburg, PA.
  5. Micucci, J., Stites, S.D, Serbonich, L., Grundi, C., & Stanely, J. (2012, June).  LGBT Across the Lifespan. Workshop presented at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.
  6. Stites, S. (2014, February). Use of loyalty card data in healthy eating research: issues of design, method and analysis. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Annual National Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.

Christen Rexing, Ph.D., MPH

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Dr. Christen Rexing’s research focuses on health policy development, adoption, and evaluation, particularly at the state and federal levels. Her primary interest area is firearm injury prevention through gun safety policies; however, she also has extensive experience in tobacco control and unintentional overdosing. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Rexing is an advocate at local, state, and national-levels for evidence-based policy solutions. She enjoys engaging students in these efforts and incorporates these experiences into her teaching. She serves as the co-chair of Advocacy & Policy Committee for the Society for Advancement of Injury and Violence Research (SAVIR) and is a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Network.

Areas of Expertise

  • Firearm Injury Prevention
  • Health Policy
  • Policy Adoption
  • Translational Research and Advocacy
  • Tobacco Control
  • Unintentional Overdosing
  • Public Health Advocacy

Education

  • Ph.D., Public Health Policy, Temple University, 2014
  • M.P.H., Temple University, 2007
  • B.A., History & Political Science, Temple University, 2001

Honors/Awards

  • Most Valuable Professor. 2016
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015

Teaching

Dr. Rexing teaches undergraduate and graduate public health classes, including Essentials of Public Health, Introduction to Health Policy (graduate and undergraduate), Public Health Advocacy, and undergraduate Capstone.

Grants

  • Joyce Foundation Grant
  • Gross Fund Award

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

Rexing, C. and Ibrahim, J.K. (2012) State Tobacco Control Plans: Who Falls Outside the Plans? Am J Health Promotion.  27[1]: 29-36. PMID: 22950923

Reports

Ibrahim, J.K. and Rexing, C. (2013) Tobacco Control Policymaking in Pennsylvania, 1997-2012 Report. Philadelphia Department of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Presentations

Rexing, C. and Golden, A. (2017, September). Firearms and Elections: A Review of the 2016 Primary Candidate’s Platforms to Inform Public Health Policy. Poster presentation at the National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Rexing, C., Thibeault, A., Zibalese Crawford, C. and Hohl, B. (2017, September). Developing Strategies to Prevent Youth from Obtaining Illegal Firearms. Poster presentation at the National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Rexing, C., Ibrahim, J.K., and Pohlig, R. (2015, March). Injury Prevention Through Policy: Adoption of Firearms Laws in the United States, 1993-2010. Poster presentation at the Biennial National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Rexing, C., Ibrahim, J.K., and Pohlig, R. (2015, March). Adoption of Stand Your Ground Laws. Oral Presentation at the Biennial National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Rexing, C. & Ibrahim, J.K. (2014, May). Tobacco Prevention and Control in Pennsylvania, 1998-2012. Poster presented at the annual Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work Research Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Ibrahim, J.K. & Rexing, C. (2009, November). Policy Efforts to Reduce Minors’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke. Conference paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Rexing, C. (2009, March). A City Approach to Firearm Injury Prevention: A Case-Study of Three Cities and Their Approach to Preventing Gun Crime. Poster presentation at the Biennial National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Rexing, C. & Ibrahim, J.K. (2009, March). Physician Mandatory Reporting for Driving & Firearm Access Among Dementia Patients: A Federal and State Policy Review. Poster presented at the Biennial National Injury & Violence Prevention Research Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Rexing, C.& Ibrahim, J.K. (2008, October). State Tobacco Control Plans: Who Falls Outside the Plans? Poster presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Ibrahim, J.K. & Rexing, C. (2008, October). State Tobacco Control Resources, 1998-2007: Missed Opportunities? Poster presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Rexing, C. & Ibrahim, J.K. (2007, November). State Tobacco Control Plans: What is the Strategy Behind the Plan? Roundtable presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Rexing, C. & Ibrahim, J.K. (2007, May). Guidance and Reporting for High Risk Elderly: Policy and Practice Implications for Continued Driving and Access to Firearms. Poster presented at the Annual College of Physicians Section on Public Health and Preventive Medicine Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research
  • Injury and Violence Prevention Network
  • American Public Health Association
  • Safe States Alliance

Serita M. Reels, MPH

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Serita M. Reels earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University School of Public Health. She also holds her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Sociology from Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences. She is currently a grant manager with LaSalle University’s Office of Ministry, Service, and Support. Serita brings superior skills in program development and evaluation, performance management, strategic planning, and coordinating state and federally funded projects that met the needs of underserved populations. She is skilled at translating public health research into practice.

Serita has a diverse set of experiences in academia, nonprofit organizations, and state government agencies. Prior to joining LaSalle, she served as the project coordinator for Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community (Drexel University College of Medicine, Women’s Health Education Program) and worked as a public health program prevention specialist for the New Jersey Department of Health. Serita’s research interests include: gender and race based health disparities, adolescent health equity, health education and promotion interventions, verbal abuse, and student leadership and development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Program Planning Process
  • Health Education
  • Grant Management
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Community-Academic Partnerships
  • Urban Health and Social Equity
  • Student Workforce Development and Leadership

Education

  • MPH, Drexel University School of Public Health, Concentration: Community Health and Prevention
  • BS, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Certifications

  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Mental Health First Aid (adults/youth)

Teaching

  • PHLT 750 & 751 Public Health Practice Experience 1,2: Seminar
  • PHLT 411-42 Public Health Education Capstone 2

Publications

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.

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.

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):527-523

Presentations

Public Health Coalitions in South Jersey. Panelist. Rutgers University, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Forum about South Jersey. February 13, 2015.

Taking off the Holiday Pounds for a Healthier You.  Oral presentation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. First Fridays Speaker Series, January 2013.

How to Have a Healthy Relationship: What Every Teenager Should Know. Oral presentation at Germantown High School. ER in the Classroom Program. February 2013.

Considering the Medical School Curriculum: What Doctors Don’t Know about Nutrition…and

Should! Panelist, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, FreshRx: The Symposium. June 2012

Train the Trainer: Philadelphia Ujima and Community/ Lay Health Workers Program. Facilitator,

Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Department of Maternal and Child Health. April 2012

Women’s Health & Gender/Cultural Research. Oral presentation. Drexel College of Medicine, Internal Medicine Resident Research Seminar. April, 2012.

Nutrition and Patient Care. Oral presentation, Drexel University College of Medicine, Women’s Health Seminar Series. February 2012

Individual, social, and community factors related to women’s health across the lifecycle. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition; 2011 Oct 29-Nov 2; Washington, DC.     

The Importance of Nutrition and Fitness in the Context of HIV. Invited presenter, Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. SWEAT program August 2011.

Health Alert:  Resuscitating Life for Future Generations – Alarming Challenges and Promising Opportunities Perspectives from Philadelphia Ujima Coalition for a Healthier Community.  Speaker, NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference Annual Convention. October 2010

The Role of Social Marketing and Health Communication Programs. Oral presentation, Drexel University College of Medicine, Women’s Health Seminar Series. January 2009.

The Philadelphia Ujima Health Project: Various speaking engagements and presentation. March 2008 – August 2014.

Trainings

CityLeaders Training presented by CityMatch – National Organization of Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leaders. 2014

Danielle M. Parks, MPH

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Danielle M. Parks works for Independence Blue Cross, where she started in 2015 as a Senior Project Lead in the Informatics department, in October of 2017 she transitioned to clinical services where she currently works as a Population Health Specialist. Prior to moving into health care management Danielle spent over 15 years working in the nonprofit sector where she is responsible for the design, development, management, monitoring, evaluation and daily operation of all operational and programmatic activities of a comprehensive public health prevention program.

Danielle is also Training Specialist with the PA/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training where she coordinated trainings for HIV providers and provides technical assistance to HIV health care and social service organizations in the city of Philadelphia.

Danielle began as an adjunct professor at Temple University in the Department of Public Health in 2013 and LaSalle University in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Certifications

  • Certified trainer and facilitator for several CDC evidence-based HIV interventions
  • Certification in Analytic Leadership in Informatics
  • Certified by the American Red Cross as an HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Instructor

Certified HIV counselor through the Philadelphia Department of Public Health AIDS Activities Coordinating Office.

Areas of Expertise

  • HIV/AIDS, Sexual Transmitted Infections, Maternal Child Health, Nutrition and Education
  • Human Sexuality, Diabetes education, Risk and Harm reduction, domestic violence, cultural competency, behavior theory
  • Women’s Health, Teen pregnancy

Education

  • Temple University: Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education May 2000.
  • Drexel University: MPH May 2005

Teaching

  • AIDS and Society, Public Health Leadership
  • Introduction to Public Health, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Behavior Theory, Cultural Competency, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Presentations

APHA

Perceptions of HIV risk among African American, heterosexual, professional women: Danielle Parks, MPH, Roberta Waite, Ed D, RN, PMHCNS, Elizabeth Gobs, MPH, CHES, Jill Foster, MD and Barbara L. Bungy, MPH, CHES