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Daniel Rodriguez, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rodriquez received his B.A. in psychology and M.A. in Education from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rodriguez taught as an adjunct instructor at various institutions including La Salle before accepting a full-time position at La Salle in 2013. He also held the position of Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and at Brown University.

Dr. Rodriguez’s research interests center upon quantitative methods, with an emphasis on structural equation modeling and longitudinal data analysis, and their application to preventive and behavioral medicine. He has co-authored 48 peer-reviewed publications, and has been a co-investigator on two NIH funded R01 grants He was also the Primary Investigator on his own NIH and foundation grants.

Areas of Expertise

Quantitative methods including structural equation modeling, latent growth curve modeling, and latent variable mixture modeling

Adolescent development

Smoking prevention

Physical activity

Pregnancy

Education

Ph.D., Human Development with an emphasis on Educational Psychology, University of Maryland

M.A., Education with an emphasis on Counseling, San Diego State University

B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University

Teaching

Statistics

Research Methods

Epidemiology

Introduction to Psychology

Human Development

Learning and Cognition

Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Funded Research

Source Title Annual Direct Costs Dates
1. NIH-NCI & NIDA Minority supplement (5 P50CA84718-05; Co-Investigator) $96,753 5/01/03-09/30/04
2. Prevent Cancer Foundation Mediators of the Adolescent Physical Activity and Smoking Relationship (PI) $35,000 1/15/06-1/14/08
3. Prevent Cancer Foundation The Effect of Antismoking Parenting Practices on Adolescent Smoking (PI) $40,000 1/15/08-7/31/08
4. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pennsylvania Adolescent Smoking Project (Co-Investigator) $20,809 6/01/09-11/30/09
NIH-NCI Longitudinal Patterns and Predictors of Smoking Behavior
(R01 CA109250; Co-investigator, bio-statistician)
$260,000 7/01/04-04/30/10
NIH-NCI The Effect of Antismoking Parenting Practices on Adolescent Smoking (R03CA132549-01; PI) $40,000 8/01/08-7/31/11
NIH-NCI The Protective Effects of Physical Activity on Adolescent Smoking Progression (R01 CA126958; Co-Investigator, bio-statistician) $380,449 6/01/08-4/30/13

Selected Publications

Rodriguez, D. (2001). Self and adaptation: Defining the healthy self through a creative synthesis. Self-concept theory, research, & practice: Advances for the new millennium. In Craven, R.G., & Marsh, H.W. (Eds.), Collected Papers of the Inaugural Self-Concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (SELF) Research Centre International Conference (pp. 355-365). Sydney, Australia: Self Research Centre.

Rodriguez, D., Wigfield, A., & Eccles, J.S. (2003). Changing competence perceptions, changing values: Implications for youth sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 15, 67-81.

Rodriguez, D., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2004). Team sport participation and smoking: A general growth mixture model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 29(4), 299-308.

Rodriguez, D., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2004). Construct validity analysis of the Early Smoking Experience questionnaire for adolescents. Addictive Behaviors, 29(5), 1053-1057.

Audrain-McGovern, Lerman, C., Wilyeto, E.P., Rodriguez, D., & Shields, P.G. (2004). Interacting effects of genetic predisposition and depression on adolescent smoking progression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161, 1224-1230.

Audrain-McGovern, J., Rodriguez, D., Tercyak, K.P., Cuevas, J., Rodgers, K., & Patterson, F. (2004). Identifying and characterizing adolescent smoking trajectories. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, 13(12), 2023-2034.

Rodriguez, D., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2005). Physical activity, global physical selfconcept, and adolescent smoking. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 30(3), 251-259.

Rodriguez, D., Moss, H.B., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2005). Developmental heterogeneity in adolescent depressive symptoms: Associations with smoking behavior. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67, 200-210.

Audrain-McGovern, J., Rodriguez, D., Wileyto, E.P., & Shields, P.G. (2006). Team sport participation buffers the effects of genetic predisposition on adolescent smoking progression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 63(4), 433-441.

Audrain-McGovern, Al Koudsi, N., Rodriguez, D., Wilyeto, E.P., Shields, P.G., & Tyndale,R.F. (2007). The role of CYP2A6 in the emergence of nicotine dependence in adolescents. Pediatrics, 119(1), e264-274.

Rodriguez, D., Romer, D., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2007). Beliefs about the risks of smoking mediate the relationship between exposure to smoking and smoking progression. Psychosomatic Medicine, 69(1), 106-113.

Rodriguez, D., Tscherne, J., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2007). Contextual consistency and adolescent smoking: Testing the indirect effect of home indoor smoking restrictions on adolescent smoking through peer smoking. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 9(11),1155-1161.

Rodriguez, D., Fridlund -Dunton, G., Tscherne, J., & Sass, J. (2008). Physical activity and adolescent smoking: A moderated mediation analysis. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 1, 17-25.

Rodriguez, D., Tercyak, K.P., & Audrain-McGovern, J. (2008). Effects of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms on development of nicotine dependence from mid
adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33(6), 563-75.

Al Koudsi, N., O’Loughlin, J., Rodriguez, D., Audrain-McGovern, J., & Tyndale, R. (2010). The genetic aspects of nicotine metabolism and their impact on adolescent nicotine dependence. Journal of Pediatric Biochemistry, 1(2), 105-123.

Audrain-McGovern, J., Rodriguez, D., Leventhal, A.M., Cuevas, J., Rodgers, K., & Sass, J. (2012). Where’s the pleasure in that? Low hedonic capacity predicts smoking onset and escalation. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 14(10), 1187-1196.

Rodriguez, D., Carlos, H., Adachi-Mejia, A.M., Berke, E.M., & Sargent, J.D. (2012). Predictors of tobacco outlet density nationwide: A geographic analysis. Tobacco Control, doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2011-050120.

Audrain-McGovern, J., Rodriguez, D., Cuevas, J., & Sass, J. (in press). Initial insight into why physical activity may help prevent adolescent smoking uptake. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Rodriguez, D., Carlos, H., Berke, E.M., Adachi-Mejia, & Sargent, J. (in press). Retail tobacco outlet exposure: Using geographic analysis to identify areas with excessively high retail density. Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

Stroud, L.R., Papandonatos, G., Shenassa, E. Rodriguez, D., Niaura, R. LeWinn, K., Lipsitt, L.P., & Buka, S.L. (in press). Prenatal glucocorticoids and maternal smoking during pregnancy independently program adult nicotine dependence in daughters: A 40-year prospective study. Biological Psychiatry.

Selected Presentations (2010-2013)

O’Loughlin J, Contreras GA, Rodriguez D, DiFranza JR. Measures of nicotine dependence in adolescents: An update of the evidence 2000-10. 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe. September 2010, Bath, UK (poster).

Rodriguez, D., Morin, A., & Janosz, M. Academic achievement and smoking in adolescence: A prospective study. Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Baltimore, MD.

Rodriguez, D., & Strasser, A. The subjective importance of smoking (SIMS). Poster presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Baltimore, MD.

Dugas, E., Low, N., Rodriguez, D., Burrows, S. Contreras, G., Chaiton, M., & O’Loughlin, J. Early predictors of suicidal ideation in young adults. Poster presented at the 2011 annual meeting of The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) in Montreal, Canada.

Rodriguez, D., & Sass, J. The role of parent/adolescent communication and peer smoking in adolescent beliefs about the risks of smoking and smoking a whole cigarette. Poster presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Toronto, Canada.

Low, N.C.P, Dugas, E., Constantin, E., Karp, I., Rodriguez, D., & O’Loughlin, J. Maternal, but not paternal, mood/anxiety disorders are associated with psychiatric disorders in young adults. Paper presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Philadelphia, PA.

Orloff, N., Merwin, R., Zucker, N., Martin, L., Rodriguez, D., Moskovich, A., & Timko, C.A. Changes in adaptive functioning in adolescents enrolled in Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment for anorexia nervosa. Poster presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the International Conference on Eating Disorders in Austin, Texas.

Mitchell, J.A., Rodriguez, D., Schmitz, K.H., & Audrain-McGovern, J. Increasing sleep duration may help prevent adolescent obesity. Poster presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Obesity Society in San Antonio, Texas.

Rodriguez, D., Niaura, R., & Stroud, L. Characterizing maternal smoking during pregnancy. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Boston, MA.

Stroud, L., Papandonatos, G., Rodriguez, D., Salisbury, A., Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Lester, B., & Niaura, R. Maternal smoking during pregnancy: effects on trajectories of newborn attention over the first month of life. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Boston, MA.

Rodriguez, D., Carlos, H.A., Berke, E.M., Adachi-Mejia, A.M., & Sargent, J.D. Retail tobacco exposure: using geographic analysis to identify areas with excessively high retail density. Paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Boston, MA.

Audrain-McGovern, J., Rodriguez, D., Cuevas, J., & Sass, J. Initial insight into why physical activity may help prevent adolescent smoking uptake. Poster presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Boston, MA.

Rodriguez, D., Niaura, R., & Stroud, L. Characterizing maternal smoking during pregnancy. Poster presented at the 2013 annual Brown Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Research Symposium on Mental Health Sciences in Providence, RI.

Honors, Awards

Abramson Cancer Center’s Eunice and Irving Leopold Scientific Retreat and Symposium, April 9, 2003, Best Poster Psychiatry

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation’s Annual Report, 2006, Featured Researcher

Society of Behavioral Medicine citation recipient, 2006, “Mechanisms Linking Inattention with Nicotine Dependence.”

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Tobacco-Related Health Disparities Committee Travel Scholarship, 2010, Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD

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.

Lisa M. Laura, J.D., R.D., LDN

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Lisa Laura completed her undergraduate work at Duke University with degrees in zoology (biology) and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. She went on to attend law school and received her juris doctorate from the New York University School of Law.  During her career as an attorney, she worked at Community Legal Services representing low-income clients in proceedings for food stamps, medical assistance, and disability benefits.  She later served as legal director for a national domestic violence organization, where she provided numerous presentations and trainings for attorneys around the country and consulted on legislation and policy decisions at the local, state, and federal level.

Her personal interest in nutrition and health policy led her to become a registered dietitian and subsequently she established a successful private clinical practice in Philadelphia. During this time, she also worked as adjunct faculty at La Salle University teaching Community Nutrition in both the didactic and coordinated programs. She enjoys using her diverse background to provide students with a strong understanding of current nutrition policy.

Areas of Expertise

Community Nutrition
Nutrition Policy and Legislation
National Food and Nutrition Programs

Education

R.D., Coordinated Program in Dietetics, La Salle University
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.S., Duke University

Certifications

Registered Dietitian
Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Teaching

Nutrition 165: Principles of Nutrition
Nutrition 300: Community Nutrition
Nutrition 410: Community Nutrition Practicum I
Nutrition 411: Community Nutrition Practicum II

Research

Publications

Leibhart R and Laura L. “Heart Failure in an Obese Female.”  In E.Z. Emery (Ed.), Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process.  Burlington, Mass.:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association
Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group
Nutrition Entrepreneurs

Robin Danowski, MS, RD, 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

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

Elizabeth Z. Emery, M.S., R.D., CNSC, LDN

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Elizabeth Zorzanello Emery has practiced in the field of dietetics for over 30 years and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Drexel University and completed supervised practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Science in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a Master’s certificate in Instructional Technology Management from La Salle University, and a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College.

Ms. Emery joined the faculty at La Salle in 2004 after teaching full-time at Drexel University. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Make a Difference Award given by the Drexel University Student Athletes, the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Pennsylvania Dietetics Association.  She is the author of Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process, now in its second edition, by Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Areas of Expertise

Medical nutrition therapy
Nutrition support
Education

Education

Ed.D., Education and Leadership in Healthcare, Nebraska Methodist College, 2000
Graduate Certificate, Instructional Technology Management, La Salle University, 2014
M.S., Health Education, St. Joseph’s University, 1992
B.S., Foods and Nutrition, Drexel University, 1985

Certifications

Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association
Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, National Board for Nutrition Support Certification

Teaching

Medical nutrition therapy
Practicum in clinical nutrition

Publications

Solomon DM, Emery EZ, Kavelak HL, Pontiggia L, Hollands JM, Bingham AL. Impact of Implementation of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Model for Parenteral Nutrition Order Writing and Review on Competency, Attitudes, and Perceptions. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2019; doi:10.1002/ncp.10237

Emery EA:  Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  JADA 2007; 107:8, A-22.

King M and Emery E.  Nutrition Management of the Geriatric Patient. Support Line 2007;29:5, 21-28.

Emery LZ.  Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Integrative Health:  Beyond the Basics.  In:  Peikin, SR. Gastrointestinal Health.  New York:  Harper Collins Perennial Currents; 2004, 171-180.

Emery EA and King M:  Nutrition Support in a Woman with PKU and Hyperemesis Gravidarum. NCP. 2005; 20:1, 138.

Peikin S.R., with recipes by Emery, L.Z., The Complete Book of Diet Drugs.  New York: Kensington Books; 2000.

Emery E, Ahmad S et al:  Banana Flakes Control Diarrhea in Enterally Fed Patients.  NCP. 1997;12:2, 72-75.Emery E, Lankenau L, et al: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress. 1997.

Emery E & Liftman C:  Enteral Feedings for Renal Patients:  a Primer.  Renal Nutrition Forum, 1997; 16:2, 1-3, 8.

Paskin DL, Koethe J, Emery E et al:  Banana Flakes vs. Traditional Treatments for Diarrhea in Critically Ill Tube Fed Patients:  A Cost Effective Alternative (Abstr) JPEN. 1994; 18:1, 30s.

Emery L, Paskin D, and Perlmutter S:  Sorbitol as a Possible Cause of Diarrhea in an Enterally Fed Patient.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress.  1993; p 469.

McDeavitt JT, Emery EA, et al.:  Folate Deficiency in the Spinal Cord Injured Patient with Decubiti.  (Abstr) JamParaplegiaSoc.  1992; 15:2, 146.

Emery L, Nutritional Concerns in the long term care of Spinal Cord Injury Patients, Network 1989; 9:1, 4-5.

Books

Zorzanello Emery E: Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process, eBook, second edition. Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2020. ISBN: 9781284157208

Zorzanello Emery E:  Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process. Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2012.  ISBN 978-0-7637-6184-4.

Book Chapters

Emery LZ.  Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Integrative Health:  Beyond the Basics.  In:  Peikin, SR. Gastrointestinal Health.  New York:  Harper Collins Perennial Currents; 2004, 171-180.

Peikin S.R., with recipes by Emery, L.Z., The Complete Book of Diet Drugs.  New York: Kensington Books; 2000.

Poster Presentations (peer reviewed)

Emery, EZ and Clark, AM.  Virtual Reality for Teaching Anatomy in Dietetics [Virtual poster presentation]. Nebraska Methodist Health System, Omaha, NE,  August, 2020.

Laura, L. and Emery, E.  Impact of Low Fidelity Counseling Simulation on Nutrition Counseling Skills of Dietetic Interns. Poster Presentation at the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting and Exhibition, April 24th, 2014.

Teaching the Nutrition Care Process:  A Case Based Approach.   78th Annual Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, King of Prussia, PA, April 15, 2011.

Teaching Nutrition Support and the Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Presented at the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week,  Orlando, FL, January 2011.

Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  Presented at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition       Conference and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2007.

Presentations

Solomon, D. and Emery, E. Parenteral Nutrition Order Writing Workshop. PASPEN Spring Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, March 29, 2018.

Emery, E. GI Nutrition: Selected Cases. Presentation to GI Fellows, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, June 20, 2017.

Emery, E. and Danowski, R.  Parenteral Nutrition Support.  Healthcare Services Group Regional Continuing Education Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2017.

Dillon, P. and Emery, E. Understanding the Healthcare Needs of our Veterans. Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century:  Redefining Education and Practice. Philadelphia,PA, Thomas Jefferson University, October 29, 2016.

Physical Assessment for Malnutrition, facilitated workshop, Evidenced Based Tools for a Comprehensive Nutrition Assessment, Pennsylvania Hospital Abramson Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA,  April 22, 2016.

Parenteral Nutrition workshop for GI Residents, Cooper University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ March 9, 2016.

Nutrition for the Physician Assistant.  University of the Sciences,  Philadelphia, PA, October 2014,2015, 2016.

Nutrition, Malabsorption, and Maldigestion.  Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ November 2013 and 2014.

Recognizing and Treating Malnutrition in the Home-Bound Elderly.  Philadelphia Corporation for Aging 2012 Regional Conference on Aging, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process in Healthcare Communities.  Oregon Dietitians in Healthcare Communities Spring Symposium.  Live Webinar, May 24, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Crozer Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA  November 9, 2011.

Specialized Nutrition Support.  Cooper University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ, August 2, 2011.

Update on A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Guidelines.  Holy Redeemer Medical Center, Meadowbrook, PA, June 2009.

What’s New in Nutrition Support? Presented at the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Valley Forge, PA, April 22, 2004.

Practical Guide for Enteral Nutrition, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group, Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia, PA, December 3rd, 2003.

Nutritional Considerations:  What about herbal, botanical, and biologic therapies? Presented at the Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Medical Center, October 18, 2002.

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention, Presented at Drexel University Retiree Reunion, Philadelphia, PA, May 5, 2002.

Nutrition for Wound Healing, Presented at Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, PA, March 20, 2001.

Pediatric Nutritional Supplementation, Presented at Children’s Hospital Home Care, King of Prussia, PA, January 20, 2000.

Enteral Feeding in Diabetes Mellitus, Presented at Kennedy Health System, Stratford, NJ, January 5, 2000.

Managing Fluid and Electrolytes, Presented at the Dietitians in Nutrition Support Practice Group meeting, Wynnewood, PA, 1999.

Trends in Enteral Nutrition Therapy, Presented at the Philadelphia Community College Annual Dietetics Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 1999.

Managing Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tubes, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group Fall Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 18, 1995.

Honors, Awards

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, American Dietetic Association, 2009.

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, 2009.

Make A Difference Award, Drexel University Student Athletes, 2004.

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).

Rosemary E. Zuk, MSN, R.N.

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Rosemary Zuk graduated with a MSN from Gywnedd Mercy College in 1996. She worked at Frankford Hospital School of Nursing for several years and then accepted a clinical nurse specialist position in medical-surgical nursing at Holy Redeemer Hospital. During that time she also taught as an adjunct clinical faculty member at La Salle. In 2007 Zuk became the Coordinator of Nursing Education at Holy Redeemer, and in 2011 she became the Clinical Coordinator at La Salle.

Areas of Expertise

Medical-Surgical nursing

Education

MSN, Gwynedd Mercy College, 1996
BSN, Penn State University, 1993
ASN, Frankford Hospital, 1989

Beth Wagner, MSN, R.N.

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Beth Wagner has worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years and has assisted nursing students meet their clinical objectives for the past fifteen years. Wagner works with students in pediatrics, women’s health, public health, and adult medical surgical areas. She has been employed with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2008 as an adjunct clinical instructor and was hired as a fulltime clinical instructor in 2013. Wagner is also a prepared childbirth educator and teaches childbirth education classes breastfeeding classes, and newborn care classes at Pennsylvania Hospital and Jefferson University Hospital.

Area of Expertise:

Pediatrics
Women’s Health
Public Health
Adult Medical Surgical

 

Education

Villanova University 1982
Villanova University 1987

 

Certifications

Prepared childbirth educator

Teaching

Clinical instructor for NUR 306, 316, 405, and 411.

Publications

Donaher-Wagner, B. and Denise Braun. (1991). Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Expectant and New Parents. American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing. 17(1), 27-29.

Honors, Awards

1987 Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Nu Chapter

Sheila McLaughlin, MSN, RN

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Ms. Sheila McLaughlin is Assistant Director for the Achieve Evening and Weekend Program & RN-BSN Program. She completed her BSN at Villanova University and her MSN in Education at Gwynedd Mercy College. She has worked as a registered nurse for 29 years, beginning her career at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and spending the last 10 years providing primary nursing care to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the American College of Health Association and the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. As Assistant Director, her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, student enrollment as well as advising and managing the Evening/Weekend BSN Program at La Salle’s Main Campus in Philadelphia and La Salle’s Bucks County Center in Newtown, PA and the RN-BSN on-line Program.

Education

  • MSN, Education, Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
  • BSN, Villanova University, Villanova, PA