Sept 2016 

Vol. 1, NumbeR 5


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Message from the Dean is a great time to be part of the faculty and staff of the Lewis School!!!  As you read through the first issue of the 2016-17 E-News, I know that you will agree that we have a number of exciting things happening.  In the area of new faculty and faculty roles, we welcome Chip Zimmerman as the new IPE coordinator for the school.  Chip will be building upon the solid foundation for IPE efforts that already exists in many exciting ways! 

Additionally, we have several new faculty members who have joined our school, including Melissa Faulkner, the associate dean for nursing and Lewis Distinguished Chair of Nursing.  Please welcome all of our new faculty, who are listed below.

We also received notice from the Georgia Board of Nursing that the consolidation between the Perimeter College and Lewis School of Nursing programs was approved.  There is still much work to be done to align different policies and practices across the campuses, but the overall structure is in place.  This consolidation provides exciting opportunities for nursing education in our state.

Another exciting event is our Haverty Lecture, which is always a highlight of the year.  Note that it will be held on September 29th, which is earlier than past years.  I hope to see all of you there – and please encourage your students and community colleagues to attend as well!

As you returned to campus, I’m sure that you noticed security enhancement measures on our floors.  Secured doors were added to the 9th and 12th floors of UL, and the 9th floor computer lab was repositioned (which gave us the benefit of additional seating capacity). Many thanks to the IT and facilities staff for their hard work!  Additionally, Kip Slade is scheduling safety forums during Fall semester (see Event section) as we continue to have safety as a top priority. 

As we begin another academic year, reading through the issue of the E-News reminds me of how productive our faculty, staff, and students are.  Please remember to submit your news for future issues as the success of this newsletter depends on hearing from you!  All the best for a rewarding fall semester.


 Lewis School

IPE coordinator appointed
Chip Zimmerman, clinical assistant professor of respiratory therapy, has been appointed interprofessional education coordinator (IPE) for the Lewis School. He has been active in
the school’s IPE efforts since the initial team of faculty formed in 2012, and he first
presented professionally on this topic five years ago. That team brought together
students from nursing, nutrition, physical therapy and respiratory therapy to introduce
the concept of IPE in lab simulations with students filling the same professional roles
they would take as healthcare workers in a hospital. The second IPE team project was
a mass casualty drill where students triaged and treated mock victims of a mass
shooting, a scenario that has become all too real. Read More...

New Associate Dean for Nursing Named
This summer, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions named
Melissa Spezia Faulkner Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as associate dean of nursing
. She also
holds the Lewis Distinguished Chair in Nursing. Previously, she was faculty and
associate dean for educational innovation at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson
Woodruff School of Nursing.

2016 Haverty Lecture to Focus on Reducing Tobacco Use
The Lewis School will hold the 2016 J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture on Thursday,
September 29 at 7 p.m. “Change Agents in Business, Government, and Research:
A Battle for a Smokefree Society” features a panel of tobacco control experts including keynote speaker, Patrick Reynolds. Reynolds, who is the grandson of R.J. Reynolds, is executive director of the Foundation for a Smokefree America. He will share his
experience as an anti-tobacco advocate born into a tobacco producing family. The
panel also includes Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health and noted NIH tobacco control researcher and Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.  We hope to see you and your students at the event!!!


 Departmental News

Health Informatics offering graduate certificate
The interdisciplinary health informatics programs will begin offering a graduate
certificate in clinical health informatics beginning this fall. This three-semester program,
which is primarily online, is designed for current healthcare professionals and Georgia
State graduate students in clinical programs.

Nursing consolidates with Perimeter Nursing program and welcomes associate degree program director
On July 1, the School of Nursing welcomed students, faculty, and staff of the Perimeter College, Department of Nursing to the school. At the request of the Georgia Board of Nursing, the program became an administrative unit of the school with a new name –
The Georgia State University School of Nursing Associate Degree Program, Perimeter College.

Also, the school welcomed Dr. Ngozi Nkongho as the new associate degree program director.

Occupational Therapy
The Department of Occupational Therapy received candidacy status from Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in mid-August. The department
is accepting applications through October 10 to enroll the first class of Master of
Occupational Therapy students in January 2017.

Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy held its final summer hooding on August 7 for the
Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016. More than 35 students graduated and ten
were also recognized for honors received at Honors Day back in March. Georgia State
PT alumnus and former faculty member Dr. Jim Lewis gave the keynote address. Congratulations to this hard-working PT class and we wish them success in their

The second year DPT students, along with Dr. Jodan Garcia and Dr. Kimberly Morelli, participated in the annual Farm Worker Family Health Program (FWFHP) in Moultrie, Georgia the week of June 13. The program gives the students a one-week intensive immersion learning experience to provide healthcare to rural migrant and seasonal
farm workers and their families. Georgia State PT students have participated in the
program for 15 years.

Respiratory Therapy
The Department of Respiratory Therapy welcomes visiting professor, Lijing Hao from
Hebei University in China. She is mentored by Dr. Doug Gardenhire during Fall
Semester. Dr. Hao teaches traditional Chinese medicine at Hebei University.


Welcome new faculty

Welcome to our new faculty. We have added seven new nusing and one new
respiratory therapy faculty members to our school.

Tanya Marie Benjamin-Wilson, DHSc, MPH, MSN, CHES, RN, APHN-BC, came to Georgia State in Spring 2016 as a clinical instructor of nursing. An advanced public
health nurse, she has been a nurse trainer at East Central Regional Hospital in
Augusta and taught public/community health and health care management courses
online for several universities. Dr. Benjamin-Wilson received her MPH from Florida International University, her MSN from Florida Atlantic University and DHSc from Nova Southeastern University.

Susan Breslin, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, joins the faculty after 25 years as a nurse executive. Breslin was most recently Vice President of Patient Care Services and
Chief Nursing Officer at DeKalb Regional Health System. She was also VP and CNO
at hospitals in Alabama and Maryland. Breslin taught nursing at Case Western Reserve University and the University of South Alabama. She received her BSN from George
Mason University, MSN from the University of Cincinnati and DNP from the University
of South Alabama. Breslin is a Fellow American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mei-Lan Chen, Ph.D., RN, joins the faculty as an assistant professor of nursing. Chen received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Taipei Medical University and
her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her primary area of
research focuses on the development of theory-based physical activity interventions for community-dwelling older adults with hypertension. Her articles are published in both
nursing and multidisciplinary journals, including The Gerontologist. She was invited to
serve as a manuscript reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, e.g., Research on Aging.

Fayron Epps, Ph.D., RN, comes to Georgia State from Iberia Rehabilitation Hospital
where she was the chief clinical officer. Epps also served as adjunct faculty at Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. A gerontologist, Epps’ research focuses
on the quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers. She received
her BSN from Tuskegee University, an MSN from Loyola University New Orleans and
Ph.D. in nursing from Southern University and A&M College. Epps recently completed
a postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology through the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.

Kimberly A. Hires, Ph.D., RN, comes to Georgia State from Florida State University College of Nursing. The Clinical Assistant Professor has also been in private practice
as the President/CEO of The Nightingale Firm.  Hires’ research focus is on the cultural factors in HIV infection risk among individuals of African descent. She received her
BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and her Ph.D. from the
University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies where she was also a
Jonas Scholar.

Mary Ramos, MAN, RN, joins the faculty from the “other GSU,” Georgia Southern
University. Before her stint at Georgia Southern, Ramos practiced and taught in the Philippines. She was dean of the College of Nursing at the DMMC Institute of Health Sciences in the Philippines. Ramos holds a BSN and masters of arts in nursing
management and leadership from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. She is
pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing at Georgia State.

Kathy Ravenell, MS, RN, CNE, came to Georgia State University in Spring 2016 as
a clinical instructor of nursing. Previously, she was a nursing instructor at Athens
Technical College and the former Medical College of Georgia. Ravenell practiced
for 15 years as a medical surgical and ICU nurse. For the last three years, she has
worked as a nurse educator with an educational technology company. Her research
focuses on increasing diversity in the nursing workforce. Ravenell received her MS
in nursing from Georgia State and is pursuing an Ed.D. in instructional leadership
and nursing education at the University of Alabama. She is NLN certified as a nurse

Shi Huh Samuel Shan, MS, RRT, joins the faculty from clinical practice at Piedmont Hospital where he was also a preceptor and clinical instructor. Shan was also on staff
at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—Egleston. He taught part-time at Georgia State
while completing his master’s degree. Shan received both his master’s and bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy (Magna Cum Laude) from Georgia State.

Welcome back to Kristen Lingle, Nursing, as a limited-term instructor. Also,
Linda Gay
joins the faculty as another limited-term instructor. Finally, the Lewis
School has hired the following limited-term faculty as part of the regular faculty:
Laura DeMars (nursing), Jacob Irwin (PT), John Milner (nursing), Beverly
Roseberry (nursing), and Stephanie Townsend (nursing)



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

 Ari, A., Fink, J.B., Pilbeam, S. Secondhand aerosol exposure during mechanical
ventilation with and without expiratory filters: An in-vitro study. Indian Journal of Respiratory Care 2016; 5(1): 677-682.

Aycock, D.M., Clark, P.C., Thomas-Seaton, L., Lee, S., Moloney, M. (2016). Simple
Tools to Facilitate Project Management in a Nursing Research Project. Western Journal
of Nursing Research. doi: 10.1177/0193945916656605

Aycock, D. M., Clark, P.C., Pycard, R. & Thomas-Seton, L. (2016). Feasibility of the
Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction (SCORRE) Intervention. Stroke. 47, A23.

Garcia, J., Arnold, S., Tetley, K., Voight, K., Frank, R. Mobilization and Manipulation of
the Cervical Spine in Reducing Pain in Patients with Cervicogenic Headaches: Any
Scientific Evidence? Frontiers of Neurology. Accepted. March 2016

Chen, L., Mo, H., Zhao, L., Gao, W., Wang, S., Cromie, M.M., Lu, C., Wang, J.S., Shen,
C.L. (in press) Therapeutic properties of green tea against environmental insults.
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Torabi, S., Mo, H. (2016) trans, trans-Farnesol as a mevalonate-derived inducer of
murine 3T3-F442A preadipocyte differentiation. Experimental Biology and Medicine (Maywood). 241:493-500. PMID: 26660152. doi: 10.1177/1535370215620855.

Nucci, A.M., Virtanen, S.M., Sorkio, S., Bärlund, S., Cuthbertson, D., Uusitalo, U.,
Lawson, M.L., Salonen, M., Berseth, C.L.,  Ormisson, A., Lehtonen, E., Savilahti, E.,
Becker, D.J., Dupré, J., Krischer, J.P., Knip, M., Åkerblom, H.K. The TRIGR
Investigators.  Regional differences in milk and complementary feeding patterns in
infants participating in an international nutritional type 1 diabetes prevention trial. 
Matern Child Nutr.  In Press. 

Todd, J., McCarroll, C., Nucci, A.  High-Fidelity Patient Simulation Increases
Dietetic Students' Self-Efficacy Prior to Clinical Supervised Practice: A Preliminary
Study Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  J Nutr Educ Behav. July 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.05.013 [ePub ahead of print].

Rossiter, A. G., Dumas, M. A., Wilmoth, M. C., & Patrician, P. A. (2016). “I Serve 2”:
Meeting the needs of military children in civilian practice. Nursing Outlook, 1-6. 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.05.011.

Simon, S., Stewart, K., Kloc, M., Williams, T. & Wilmoth, M. (2016) Reliability of the Deployment Resiliency Assessment. Military Medicine, 181, (7), 638-642.

Zavorsky, G. et al. (2016) The Effect of Protandim® Supplementation on Athletic Performance and Oxidative Blood Markers in Runners. PLoS One,


 Advisory board news

This issue, nursing alumna and advisory board member Kimberee Phelps, is highlighted.
Versatility, resourcefulness, and leadership are skills you need to become a successful nurse. Those skills have also been fundamental for Kimberee Phelps’ professional progression since her time at Georgia State University.




J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture
“Change Agents in Business, Government, and Research: A Battle for a
Smoke-Free Society.” Thursday, September 29, 2016,
7 p.m., Student Center East Ballroom.

Fall Semester Safety Forums
Personal Safety
Focuses on the basics such as walking to parking garages, not sitting with
back to office doors, locking office when it is unoccupied, not taking valuable
to class, etc.
PSC Room 250
September 15, 12 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Presented by Sgt. Pamisa Scott, Georgia State University Police Dept.

Identifying Students with Psychological Challenges & Managing
Disturbances in Class

PSC Room 250
November 17, 12 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Presented by Sgt. Pamisa Scott, Georgia State University Police Dept.

Graduate Recruitment Fair
Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon. Starts at the Urban
Life auditorium, second floor. Breakout sessions in PSC.

Save the date for the 2016 Homecoming Game and events! Mark your
calendar for Saturday, October 22 at the Georgia Dome. Time TBA.

Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Seminar Series,
Fall 2016

Monday, September 19, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PSC, Room 124
Part I: UGA Foods and Nutrition Department- Program Highlights
Part II: Folate and Maternal/Fetal Health
Lynn B. Bailey, PhD, University of Georgia
Sponsored by the Department of Nutrition

Tuesday, September 20, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Aderhold Learning Center, Room 12
Tocotrienols in bone protection: from animals to humans
Chwan-Li (Leslie) Shen, PhD, CCRP, Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center Lubbock
Sponsored by the Department of Nutrition


staff news

Welcome to two new staff members. Miguel Colon, HR coordinator, joined the dean’s office staff during Spring 2016. Jamelle Funches, the undergraduate nursing advisor, came to the Office of Academic Assistance from the University Advisement Center.

Student News

Allison Treadwell, DNP nursing grad student, received the career mobility scholarship from the American Nephrology Nurses Association.

Nkiruka Achionye, undergraduate respiratory therapy student, received the 2016 NBRC/AMP William W. Burgin, Jr., MD and Robert M. Lawrence MD Education Recognition Award from American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).



Vijay Deshpande, professor emeritus of respiratory therapy has been named a 2016 Legend of Respiratory Care. The Legends program is established to honor individuals who have made contributions of historical significance to the respiratory care profession or the science of respiratory care.

We were saddened to hear the news that Blanche Edwards, retired business manager for the research office in the College of Health and Human Sciences, passed away unexpectedly in July. She had recently had hip replacement surgery and been recuperating well.

Blanche earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia State. She retired to family property on Long Island in the Bahamas and along with her mother and sister; she managed a small resort on this island of fewer than 3,000 inhabitants.

The Lewis School sends condolences to her family and friends.


Arzu Ari, respiratory therapy, has received new research funding from ARC Medical for her research “Effect of HME on Aerosol Drug Delivery and Airway Resistance in Simulated Ventilator Dependent Adults.”

Huanbiao Mo, nutrition, has received new funding for his research on the impact of geranylgeraniol on adipocyte differentiation from American River Nutrition, Inc. Also, he has a subcontract through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for researching modulate mevalonate pathway for Alzheimer’s disease


Our faculty frequently provide expertise to the local and national media. Here are the most recent media hits.

Why the World’s Best Athletes Can’t Stop Eating McDonald’s, TIME, Aug. 16, 2016, Dan Benardot - Nutrition

Road to Rio: Setting the table for gold, WXIA-TV, May 10, 2016, Dan Benardot – Nutrition

Staying safe at the Farmer’s Market, CNN, July 12, 2016, Tamara Melton – Health Informatics

Concussions and kids: know the signs, The Conversation, June 30, 2016, Gerald Zavorsky – Respiratory Therapy


Dr. Joan Cranford assumed the position of assistant dean of nursing. She is responsible for overseeing Perimeter College’s associate degree nursing program, which is now a program in the School of Nursing.

Congratulations to Drs. Eva Horne, nursing, and Kimberly Morelli, physical therapy, who were promoted from clinical assistant to clinical associate professor.

Dr. Mei-Lan Chen received the Ruth P. Council Research Grant from Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing for her research grant entitled "Factors predicting physical activity and health-related quality of life in older Chinese adults with hypertension in Taiwan."

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Irwin for passing the board certification in orthopedics.

Kenya Kirkendoll served as a peer collaborator for the Mandela Washington Fellow program with the Andrew Young School of Policy.

According to the National Certification Corporation, the Perinatal Women's Health NP Program earned a 100% pass rate for 2015! 


Ari, A. (2016) Patient-focused aerosol therapy in critical pulmonary care. Summer Conference of the Virginia Society for Respiratory Care, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ari, A. (2016) Anamnesis win patients with pulmonary diseases, Aerosol drug therapy, Humidification therapy, etc. (12 total). Patient Assessment and Clinical Applications of Respiratory Therapy, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey.

Arzu Ari, A. (2016) Respiratory therapy in the United States: Education, areas of practice, and its role in health care and Inhalation Therapy in Critical Pulmonary Care. Chest Physical Therapy Symposium, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey

Aycock, D. M., Clark, P.C., Pycard, R. & Thomas-Seton, L. (2016). Feasibility of the Stroke Counseling for Risk Reduction (SCORRE) Intervention. (Podium). International Stroke Conference. Los Angeles, CA.

Goodfellow, L. (2016) Evaluation of a Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic Serving Low-Income Children with Asthma in Atlanta, GA: Provider Knowledge, USE of AE-Cs and Implications for Future Practice. Association of Asthma Educators. This poster presentation also won best abstract at the conference.

Kropf, N. (2016) Supporting Military Caregivers, Uniting Forces to Support Military Caregivers:  A Caregiving Summit Sponsored by the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving and Johnson & Johnson. 



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