February 2017 

Vol. 2, NumbeR 3




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Message from the Associate Dean

http://snhp.gsu.edu/files/2017/02/L-Goodfellow-RT-photo-1-low-res-for-newsletter.jpgHappy New Year! Although we are early in 2017, it’s the middle of our academic year, so this issue focuses on academic affairs. 

Last year with the introduction of The Lewis School Teacher-Scholar Academy in April 2016, our faculty has received many accolades. I want to recognize our teacher-scholars who are striving for excellence in their academic programs. 

In July, Professor Chip Zimmerman received the first Lewis School Teaching Excellence Award.  He aims to enhance the inter- professional education (IPE) activities of faculty and students, which is important because studies have shown that upwards to 70% of adverse events in the hospital setting occur due to a lack of interprofessional communication and/or collaboration.1 Professor Zimmerman used his award funding to purchase a Double Robotics 2 Telepresence Robot or “Louie”. He has teleconferenced with faculty and healthcare professionals for instruction and simulation.

Scholarly outcomes produced as part of the IPE initiative include: Professor Jessica Todd’s abstract entitled “Embracing collaborative health care training for optimal patient care” and published in the Journal of Academic Nutrition and Dietetics<(J Acad Nutr Diet.2013;113(suppl3):A65, Professor Chip Zimmerman’s presentation to the 2016 Summer Meeting of the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care entitled “IPE at GSU,” and Dr. Kimberly Morelli’s presentation “Interprofessional Collaborative Education: Integrating Collaborative Clinical Practice Among Students in the Healthcare Professions” at the 2016 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Anaheim. I am proud to recognize these achievements in IPE as the Lewis School excels in this arena.

Currently, a group of interprofessional faculty (Zimmerman, Melton, Cassius, Todd) is piloting a multi-stage, IPE simulation experience with students attending rounds at Grady Memorial Hospital, examining the impact of IPE in a clinical setting and the student’s experience and attitudes towards IPE.  We look forward to the team’s success with this project.  In May, Prof. Zimmerman and five other faculty members will attend the next Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) meeting in Washington D.C.  This is the second time a group from the Lewis School have represented us at IPEC.

Kudos also go to Professors Jessica Todd, and Catherine McCarroll and Dr. Anita Nucci on their publication of “High-Fidelity Patient Simulation (HPS) Increases Dietetic Students’ Self-Efficacy Prior to Clinical Supervised Practice: A Preliminary Study” in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  Find the article at J Nutr Educ Behav, 2016; 48:563-567.  Their findings support the use of HPS in graduate nutrition students due to an increase in their self-efficacy before supervised clinical practice. 

The Office of Academic Affairs received a grant from the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) to support the Lewis School Teacher-Scholar Academy, and from this funding, three faculty members received a Teacher-Scholar mini-grant in November.  Dr. Anne Lorio’s award “Improved Student Engagement in the Lewis School” funds her attendance at the Teaching Professor Conference where she will present “Technology Barriers in the University Classroom: The Laptop Factor.”  Congratulations, Anne! 

Professor Jessica Todd and Dr. Desi Wanders’ project “Evaluation of Supermarket Training as a Component of Graduate Nutrition Education” received funding to evaluate the value of a supermarket education experience.  The goal is to ascertain the role of a retail dietitian and the influence on pre-professional dietetic students in making career choices.  These awards foster recognition and respect for the valued role of teaching in the Lewis School.  More mini-grants will be offered next fall as CETL funding continues.     

The Teacher-Scholar Academy website has received over 80 unique visitors accessing the site since it went live on April 28, 2016.  The Thank a Teacher button is quite popular resulting in 27 thank you notes submitted to the following faculty: Drs. Lisa Cranwell-Bruce, Douglas Gardenhire, Traci Sims, Arzu Ari, and Professors Christina Tice, Chip Zimmerman, Brent Murray, and Tamara Melton.  There were also two notes submitted from non-Georgia State University students thanking their teachers at their institution!

In closing, I am proud of these scholarly successes, as this reflects positively on the Lewis School.  Also, Lewis School faculty are using the resources provided through foundational support and grant funding to seek creative and meaningful activities.  As a result, our students and their future patients are the benefactors from an increased understanding of patient interactions in actual clinical settings. Compliments to all faculty who are teaching with this goal in mind.

Remember, the next Lewis School Teaching Excellence Award application is due March 1.   See this for details.

Teach Well!
Lynda Goodfellow, EdD
Associate Dean for Academics

1Joint Commission. (2002, September). Perspectives on Patient Safety, 2(9) 4-5.

 Departmental News

Health Informatics Students Present Winning Project to Advisory Board

The five undergraduate health informatics student winners of the fall Georgia State University Health IT slam presented their work at the Center for Health IT advisory board member meeting in December. The students showed off their plans for the automated pharmacy system, called Docheio, which is designed to combat issues of opioid overuse.

Their presentation was well-received by the board members.

“The board was impressed by the students' comprehensive grasp of the many different factors affecting Health IT initiatives,” says Tamara Melton, health informatics program director.

Nursing faculty awarded for research/literature contributions

Two nursing faculty are being recognized for contributions to nursing research and literature. Dr. Martha Polovich, clinical assistant professor and nursing PhD program director, will receive the 2017 Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson ONS Distinguished Award for Consistent Contribution to Nursing Literature Award presented by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She will formally receive the award at the ONS conference in May.  

Kenya Kirkendoll, clinical assistant professor of nursing, is named the first recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Coverson grant given by the Chi Eta Phi nursing sorority. A Ph.D. student at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Kirkendoll previously worked with Dr. Coverson and is honored to be the first to receive the grant.

Presented to recipients who advance nursing via research, the Coverson grant will help fund Kirkendoll’s dissertation work. She studies the use of continuous positive airway pressure in truckers who have sleep apnea.

New Jointly Appointed Faculty in Nutrition

The Department of Nutrition recently appointed Dr. Jenny Yang as a joint faculty member. Dr. Yang, Regents’ Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry and Associate Director of Center for Diagnostics & Therapeutics at Georgia State University, joins a list of distinguished scholars and faculty with recent and long-standing joint appointments in the department. Read more

OT Welcomes Top Notch First Class

The Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions welcomes the first class of master of occupational therapy (O.T./M.) students, an enthusiastic and highly qualified group. These new students set a high standard for future classes in this new degree program. Read more


PT Professor to Lead Specialty Analytics Training for Faculty

Dr. Gordon Warren, Distinguished University Professor, is heading the new Lewis School SRMA (Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis) Initiative. The initiative, designed to help jump-start clinical and tenure-track faculty in the publication and grant-writing processes, uses statistical methods to combine and summarize the results of multiple quantitative studies. Read more


Ari, A. (2016) Drug delivery interfaces: A way to improve aerosol drug delivery to spontaneously breathing children. World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics; 5(3): 281-287.

Ari, A., Alkhathami, A., Qoutah, R., Almamary, A., Fink, J. (2016) Effect of HME on aerosol drug delivery and airway resistance in simulated ventilator dependent adults using jet and mesh nebulizers. Respiratory Care; 61(10): OF21.

Ari, A., Qoutah, R., Alkhathami, A. (2016) Comparison of interfaces on aerosol drug delivery to a simulated adult lung model receiving noninvasive ventilation. Respiratory Care; 61(10): OF21.

Alahmadi, F., Ari, A. (2016) Perceptions of clinical instructors and respiratory therapy students on effective teaching characteristics of clinical instructors in Saudi Arabian Universities. Respiratory Care; 61(10): OF24.

Alanazi, A., Goodfellow, L., Ari, A. (2016) The prevalence of use, awareness and beliefs of electronic cigarettes among college-based health care students at a
southeastern urban university. Respiratory Care; 61(10): OF23.

Alghamdi, S.M., Ari, A. (2016) Evaluation of clinical facilities in terms of clinical learning environment, supervisory relationship and role of clinical instructors in respiratory therapy education. Respiratory Care; 61(10): OF55.

Aycock, D.M., Clark, P.C., Hayat, M. (2016). Reducing stroke risk among young adult African Americans: A feasibility study. Research in Nursing & Health. DOI: 10.1002/nur.21776

Whitley, D.M., Lamis, D. & Kelley, S.J. (2016). Mental health stress, family resources and psychological distress: A longitudinal mediation analysis in African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren. Journal of Clinical Psychology 72, 563–579 doi:10.1002/jclp.22272.

Whitley, D.M., Kelley, S.J., & Lamis, D. (2016). Depression, social support, and mental health: A longitudinal mediation analysis in younger vs. older African American custodial grandmothers. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 83(2-3), 166-187. DOI: 10.1177/0091415015626550

Nucci, A.M., et al.  (2016) Regional differences in milk and complementary feeding patterns in infants participating in an international nutritional type 1 diabetes prevention trial.  Maternal Child Nutrition.  doi: 10.1111/mcn.12354.

 Advisory board news

This issue, nursing alumna and advisory board member Georgette Samaritan, is highlighted. View full story here.




Faculty/Staff Safety Workshop
Make plans to attend self-defense training
Present by Sgt. Boykin of the Georgia State Police
February 16, 2017
Noon – 2 p.m.
Petit Science Center, Room 250
Please RSVP to kslade@gsu.edu by February 14 to guarantee your lunch.

Lewis School Honors Day
Monday, March 27
2 p.m., Student Center East Ballroom
Lewis School Research Seminar Series
Mindfulness and mobile technology for health promotion in underserved

Presented by Claire Spears (need credentials)
Monday, February 27, 2017

11:00 a.m. to noon
Petit Science Center, Room 124

Food Environment and Public Health: From community interventions to
national policies

Presented by SeungHee Lee-Kwan (need credentials)
Thursday, March 9, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Petit Science Center, Room 124



Welcome Dr. Pey-Shan Wen, assistant professor of occupational therapy. Dr. Wen joins the faculty from Florida International University where she was first a post-doctoral fellow and later assistant professor. Her research focuses on work with veterans, particularly those with traumatic brain injury. Wen received a bachelor’s in O.T. from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Welcome Nikcole Moore, business affairs coordinator for occupational therapy and health informatics. She comes to the Lewis School from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, School of Nursing where she was a project manager for education, practice, quality and retention awards/grant. Moore previously worked as community outreach/health educator at Erlanger Health Systems in Chattanooga. She holds bachelors from University of Tennessee and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration.

In addition to the new faculty and staff, Dean Kropf and the Lewis School announce several staff changes. 

Miguel Colon, HR coordinator for the Lewis School, moves to the School of Nursing as Senior Administrative Specialist for the Associate Dean and Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Susan Kelley.

Pat Grant, business manager of the School of Nursing, moves to the School of Nursing Associate Degree Program, Perimeter College, to handle student services/clinical placements.

Teresa Kibler, business manager of health professions moves to the School of Nursing as business manager.

Savannah Stephens, executive assistant to the dean, moves to health professions as business manager.

Student News

More than a dozen DPT students recently returned from the annual Nicaragua Study Abroad. These third-year students travel to a rural coffee farm in Los Robles to provide physical therapy treatment to the workers their families and the community.

Students taught exercise classes to adults to help improve flexibility and prevent repetitive motion injuries. They also conducted physical assessments of local children and taught yoga to the kids using mats and a program book provided by the 2016 DPT class.



In addition to the physical therapy, the students offer, the team performs a couple of construction projects each year. The 2017 team painted walls with mosquito deterrent and laid a cement floor. They also visited an addiction recovery center in Jinotega, provided PT assessments for some of the residents and took the time to tour a local hospital. The week concluded with a little sightseeing in the picturesque town of Granada before boarding a flight in Managua for the United States. See more on the DPT Nicaragua program at Tumblr and YouTube.

Nursing student Stacy Perrin was awarded the top Advanced Practice RN/Educators Award at the 17th Annual Grady Health System Academy Awards for Nursing Excellence on November 12, 2016. Stacy is a third year nursing student in the PhD program and a Jonas Scholar.

The Nutrition Student Network has been selected to receive $1,100 from the Office of Sustainability to fund a 2017 Earth Day campus event. Designed to raise student awareness about how to increase a number of fruits and vegetables in their diet, the campaign gives students ideas how to conveniently add fruits and vegetables to their diet and how these choices are sustainable to the environment. 

In addition, the Panther Pantry will receive $3,000 from the Office of Sustainability to purchase shelving, bins, a table cover with the Pantry logo, and other items to upgrade the pantry.

The Panther Pantry received $775 in gift cards as part of a special $25 per touchdown pledge made by Kroger during the 2016 football season. The gift was presented at the January 21 men’s basketball game. 


A DPT student research groups was selected to present their poster "The use of vibration therapy for increasing bone architecture in patients with spinal cord injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis" the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in February.  The students, Beriah Yisrael, James Connelly, and Ethan Jackson are led by Dr. Anne Lorio.

A second pair of DPT students, Mariah Hernandez and Alondra Scarbough, will present their poster "How clean is your S.O.A.P. note? A retrospective study on student and clinician perceptions and outcomes of student and clinician perceptions and outcomes of student documentation during clinical internships.” The study is led by Dr. Carla Huggins and Dr. Anne Lorio.


Dr. Dan Benardot, who was recently awarded professor emeritus of nutrition status, gave the keynote speech at the
Ninth Cyprus Dietetic and Nutrition Association International Conference in December.


Dr. Andrew Butler, associate dean for research, has been recognized by the editors ofj Journal of Hand Therapy for writing one of the five most highly cited papers “A meta-analysis of the efficacy
of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation for upper limb motor
recovery in stroke survivors.” The paper
was published in 2013 and continues
to be cited. 

Dr. Fayron Epps, assistant
professor, was recently elected to the
Board of Directors for National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE).

Dr. Kinsuk Maitra, chair of occupational therapy, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Meritorious Service Award
presented by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Board of Trustees.

Dr. Martha Polovich, assistant
professor, will receive the 2017
Rose Mary Carroll-Johnson ONS Distinguished Award for Consistent Contribution to Nursing Literature
Award presented by the Oncology
Nursing Society (ONS). She
will formally receive the award at
the ONS conference in May.

Dr. Ngozi Nkongho, director of the associate degree nursing program, was recently re-elected for a second term
to the NLN Board of Commissioners on Nursing Education Accreditation.

Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG)
was recognized as an “Unsung Hero in
Our Community” by the Commerce Club
in late January. Dr. Susan Kelley gave a brief presentation on PHG.


Ari, A., (2016) Respiratory Care
Profession in Turkey. International
Council for Respiratory Care, American Association for Respiratory Care Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Aycock, D. M. (2016). Feasibility of
the Stroke Counseling for Risk
Reduction (SCORRE) Intervention.
AHA Scientific Sessions, New
Orleans, LA

Epps, F. (2016) Unlocking Hidden Treasures: Effective Tools to Reduce Inappropriate Antipsychotic Use in
Long-Term Care Facilities. National Hartford Center of Gerontological
Nursing Excellence 2016 Leadership Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Epps, F. (2016) Family Involvement in Health Promotion Activities for African Americans with Dementia. Symposium. 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans,

Epps, F. (2016) Effects of Support
Groups for Individuals with Early-Stage Dementia and Mild Cognitive
Impairment: An Integrative Review. Symposium. 2016 Gerontological
Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Epps, F. (2016) How Do We Promote
Our Health? From the Words of African American Dementia Families.
Symposium. 2016 Gerontological
Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Epps, F. (2016) The Role of Religiosity
in Health Promotion for African
American Elders with Memory
Impairment. Symposium. 2016 Gerontological Society of America
Annual Scientific Meeting. New
Orleans, LA.


Dr. Melissa Spezia Faulkner, professor
and Byrdine F. Lewis Distinguished
Chair in Nursing, is Co-Investigator
and the pilot and feasibility program
director for a P30 Center grant recently funded by the National Institute of
Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney
Diseases in collaboration with
colleagues at Emory University,
Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology to
establish the Georgia Diabetes
Translation Research Center.The
Center enhances innovation and the multidisciplinary nature of diabetes translation research.

Dr. Susan Kelley, professor and associate dean for nursing, recently received two grants from the Georgia Department
of Human Services totaling $150,000
and $20,000 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to
support on-going research and services
for the families of Project Healthy Grandparents.

Prof. Jessica Todd and Dr. Desiree
have been awarded the
Lewis School Teacher-Scholar
Academy Mini-Grant award for their
work “Evaluation of Supermarket
Training as a Component of Graduate Nutrition Education.”


Yu-Ping Chen, Robot helps kids with cerebral palsy build muscle control,
Fox 5, November 28, 2016

Manal Elfakhani, 13 ways to get more antioxidants this year (and why you
need to), The Conversation, December
21, 2016

Fayron Epps, Foggy Future, Atlanta Business Chronicle, December 16-22, 2016

Tamara Melton, Food labels decoded, CNN, December 19, 2016



Nutrition alumna Ruba Jibreen, MBA,
, was recently recognized as Recognized
Regional Renal Dietitian – Region 2
by the National Kidney Foundation
Council on Renal Nutrition. Ruba
works for DaVita Inc. in Decatur,




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