November 2016 

Vol. 2, NumbeR 2


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Message from the Dean that we have passed the midway point of Fall semester, we celebrate achievements in this academic year.  One is another very successful J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture that was well attended by faculty, students, staff, and friends in the community.  If you have ideas or names of potential speakers for the 2017 lecture, please share them with me or Tamara Melton, chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee. 

We also celebrate new academic endeavors.  These include approval of a new post master’s certificate in nursing, and a new nutrition science concentration in the chemistry Ph.D. program.  Additionally, health informatics added a post-baccalaureate certificate program to the growing undergraduate major.  And…we are very excited to welcome our new occupational therapy students, who will begin in January!  As you read the accomplishments from our units within this issue, it’s easy to see why students want to enter our academic programs and are very well prepared to enter the workforce when they graduate from the Lewis School.

As we conclude our Fall semester, we also have to say some goodbyes.  We will be graduating 99 students at the December commencement, which will be the final one held at the Georgia Dome.  We also thank Holly Porter, faculty in Health Informatics, for her role in growing our health informatics program.  Additionally, Dan Benardot is retiring after 30 years on faculty at Georgia State.  Dan held numerous positions including associate dean of research and nutrition department chair.  As one of the students wrote when she learned of his retirement, “A student’s success is Dr. Benardot’s success and there are so many students who have been inspired by his work and his teaching.”  Dan – thank you for your contributions to nutrition, our school, the university and beyond.  You certainly have had many successes within your career here at Georgia State! 

Thank you to our faculty and staff for a productive first half of the academic year. Please remember to submit your news for future issues of the newsletter before you leave for the break. And of course, enjoy your holidays.



 Lewis School

Local notable tobacco cessation experts joined keynote speaker, Patrick Reynolds, the 2016 J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture “Change Agents in Business, Government, and Research: A Battle for a Smoke-free Society.” More than 300 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners attended the lecture. Dr. Michael Eriksen, the dean of the School of Public Health and Regents’ Professor, discussed the issues surrounding the use of nicotine and its impact on tobacco consumption. Patrick Reynolds shared his 30-year campaign to stop and prevent children from using tobacco, contrasted with his family’s founding of one of the larger tobacco producers, RJR Reynolds. The lecture wrapped up with Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC Office on Smoking and Health. Dr. Graffunder presented the CDC’s special initiatives and what has worked to reduce smoking and increase smoke-free policies in the workplace, public places and colleges and universities. See a video of the presentation here.

Graduate recruitment day
Dozens of potential students participated in the first Lewis School Graduate Recruitment. Attendees heard an overview of the Lewis School and its graduate degree programs, had the opportunity to meet faculty and talk with current students and in some cases, tour teaching labs. One lucky person won the raffle for a pair of tickets to the Georgia State Homecoming football game later that day.


 Departmental News

Nursing to offer new post-Master’s Certificate in acute care

The School of Nursing is adding a fifth concentration, acute care nurse practitioner, to the post-master’s certificate program. This new certificate concentration allows current nurse practitioners in adult-gerontology, family and pediatric practice to gain the knowledge and skills required for the acute care national certification. Students select either an adult-gerontology or pediatric track and completion qualifies them to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center examination for acute care adult-gerontology or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) examination, whichever applies. The school currently offers four certificate concentration options in adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AGNP), family nurse practitioner (FNP), pediatric primary care nurse practitioner (PNP), and psych mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).

The Department of Occupational Therapy accepts its first class of 12 students to
begin in January 2017.

Dan Benardot, Ph.D., RD, FACSM, professor of nutrition and director of the Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance (LEAP), retires at the end of fall semester 2016. During his three decades at Georgia State University, Dr. Benardot taught countless undergraduate and graduate students. He has held numerous academic leadership positions including chair of the nutrition department and associate dean for research. Read full story here.


Jao, Y., Epps, F., McDermott, C., Rose, K., & Specht, J. (in press). Effects of support
groups for individuals with early-stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment: An integrative review. Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Epps, F., Skemp, L., & Specht, J. (in press). How do we promote health? From the
words of African American elders with dementia and their family members. Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Robinson, E. & Epps, F. (2016). The impact of a palliative care elective course on
nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes toward end-of-life care. Nurse Educator. [publication ahead of print].

Cha, E., Haw, J. S. & Faulkner, M. S. (accepted). 20 things you did not know about
type 2 diabetes in emerging adults. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Abu Nurah, H., Gardenhire, D.S., Zimmeran, R.D., Murray, R.B. The Perceived
Impact of International Educational Experience in the United States on Saudi
Respiratory Therapists.[Abstract] Respir Care 2016; 61 (10): OF31.

Alruwaili, N.F., Goodfellow, L.T., Gardenhire, D.S., Zimmerman, R.D., Murray,
Readiness to Work and the Knowledge in Saudi Arabia During the Middle
Eastern Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus.[Abstract] Respir Care 2016; 61

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.

Madhani, R., Todd, J., Mo, H. (2016) 2016 (Dietary guidelines for Americans).1:16-21. Publisher: China National Cereals, Oils &
Foodstuffs Corporation (Group) Co. Ltd.

McCarroll, C., Nucci, A., Todd, J. (2016) High-Fidelity Patient Simulation Increases
Dietetic Students’ Self-Efficacy Prior to Clinical Supervised Practice: A Preliminary
Study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(8), 563-568.

Warren, G.L., Baadom-Piaro, B., Call, J.A., Farthing, A.K. (2016). Minimal
Evidence for a Secondary Loss of Strength After an Acute Muscle Injury: A
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Sports Med, DOI 10.1007/s40279-016-

Smoliga, J., & Zavorsky, G. (2016) Risk of Concussion for Athletes in Contact
Sports at Higher Altitude vs at Sea Level: A Meta-analysis, JAMA Neurol. Published
online September 06, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0795.


 Advisory board news

This issue, nursing alumnus and advisory board member Dr. Tony Smith, is highlighted.
View full story here.




Lewis Football Game
Join Alumni, faculty, staff and students for the Lewis School night at the Georgia
State Panthers Football Game on Thursday, November 3.

Safety Forum
Attend the second Lewis School Safety Forum
Identifying Students with Psychological Challenges & Managing
Disturbances in Class, presented by Sgt. P. Scott, Georgia State Police

November 17, 2016
12:00--2:00 p.m.
Petit Science Center, Room 250
Lunch provided
Please RSVP to: by November 15 to guarantee your lunch. 

Speaker Series (last two for year)
Dietary energy density: a marker of diet quality that is associated with
risk for chronic disease,
presented by Terry Hartman, PhD, MPH, RD
Rollins School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University

Monday, November 7, 2016    
1:00--2:00 p.m.
Petit Science Center, 124
Sponsored by the Department of Nutrition

Reliability and Validity of the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for
Medication among Portuguese Speaking Brazilian Patients with

presented by MyoungJin Kim, PhD
Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University

Monday, November 28, 2016    
11:45 a.m.--12:45 p.m.
Petit Science Center, 124
Sponsored by the Department of Nutrition

Fall Convocation
The Lewis School Fall Convocation ceremony will be held on Wednesday,
December 14 at 9:00 a.m., in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium of the Georgia
World Congress Center.

A brunch for faculty and convocation volunteers and staff will follow the ceremony.
The university commencement ceremony is in the Georgia Dome at 12:30 p.m.


staff news

Welcome to Kevin Canada, who joined the Office of Academic Assistance.  He comes to Georgia State from the University of Texas, San Antonio, where he was an academic adviser.

Student News

Congratulations to the members of the Fall undergraduate BIS team who took first place in the 2016 Health IT Slam Competition and a cash prize of $2,500. This two-week “hackathon,” sponsored by the Robinson College of Business Center for Health Information Technology, challenged students to develop innovative solutions to address issues found in healthcare information technology (IT).

A group of 18 undergraduate nursing students recently assisted physicians giving physicals to elementary to high school students participants in the Spring 2017 DeKalb Special Olympics. Four students shown (l to r) are Natalie Pham, Elizabeth Coelho, Lesley Ochei, and Fatraa Usman.

In addition, nine nursing students conducted glucose and cholesterol checks at a Lilburn health fair, Portal de Salud. The students also provided health education at the fair, which targets the area Latino population.

Caroline Waters and Lindsey Mishaw, DPT students, received the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy Scholarship and PTAG Student Research Award, respectively during the annual fall Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) conference. In addition, seven student research groups presented their research projects at the conference.  

Student Publications:
Lee, Joy; McCrory, M.; Shaw, Ayla C. Energy and nutrient timing for weight control – does timing of ingestion matter? Endocrinol. Metab. Clin. N. Am. 45 :689-718, 2016.



Nick Housley (DPT, 2016) presented "Improving upper extremity function and quality of life with a tongue driven exoskeleton: a pilot study quantifying stroke rehabilitation” at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions annual meeting in New Orleans. His travel to the meeting was sponsored by the Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society.


Arzu Ari, respiratory therapy, received a Lewis School intramural grant for her project “Comparison of Jet and Mesh Nebulizers Using Mouthpiece, Face Mask and High Flow Nasal Cannula in Simulated Spontaneously Breathing Children.” Read more here.

Fayron Epps, nursing, received a Lewis School intramural grant for her project “Exploring the Community Context of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area in Relation to Health Promotion Activities for African American Elders with Dementia and their Family Members.” In her study, she will develop a culturally informed description of the community context of elder care for African Americans caring for an elder with dementia in the Fulton and DeKalb Counties of the Atlanta Metropolitan area and lay the foundation for a future study on family involvement for African American elders with dementia.

At the annual fall Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) conference, Carla Huggins, Anne Lorio and Kimberly Morelli received a research grant for their study "Will Interactive Exposure to Resources Available in the APTA Learning Center and the Neurology Section Improve Student Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs About Membership After Graduation?"


Jessica Todd, nutrition, received a CEI mini grant to develop and assess online teaching in preparation for offering the Masters of Science in Health Sciences online in 2017. “Many faculty feel online instruction cannot be as effective as in person teaching and I believe that it can,” she says. View full story here.

Dr. Katherine Evans, was recently inducted as a Fellow of American Association of Nurse Practitioners
(FAANP) during a ceremony in San
Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Anne Lorio has been appointed a member of the Neurology Section
Special Interest Group Programming Committee for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). She is
also a guest professional for The Matter
of Balance program. Evidence-Based Aging Services Coordinator Georgia Department of Human Services Division
of Aging Services. Spring 2016 to

Dr. Michelle Nelson was elected
president of the United Advanced
Practice Registered Nurses of


Benardot, D. (2016) Harnessing Technological Innovations for
Personalizing Nutrition Interventions
and A Step-by-step Process for
Helping Athletes Achieve Optimal Performance Weight and Body Composition. Cyprus Dietetic and
Nutrition Association conference.

Benjamin-Wilson, T. (2016)
Leadership & Its Effects on RN
Recruitment & Retention: A Case
Study. Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection, Indianapolis,

Chen, Y. (2016) Use of virtual reality
in children with cerebral palsy. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and National Taiwan
Sports University.

Eades, L., and Wade, S. (2016) Rest
and the Associated Benefits in
Restorative Sleep. American
Association of Nurse Practitioners
(AANP). Philadelphia, Pa.

Epps, F. (2016) Religiosity Among
Family Caregivers. Invited presentation.
5th Annual Alzheimer’s and Caregivers’ Symposium, Shreveport, La.

Moss, K.S., Burnett, D., Scott, B., Gardenhire, D.S. (2016)Graduate School: What? When? Why? How?
Where? The Experience of RTs Who
Have Done It,” AARC 62nd International Congress, San Antonio, Texas.

Gardenhire, D.S. (2016) “Pulmonary Pharmacology Update,” Leadership
and Education Conference, Alabama Society for Respiratory Care, Orange Beach, Ala.

Kropf, N. (2016) What Do Respiratory Therapists Need to Know About Older Adults? A Gerontologist’s Perspective. 2016 Congress, American Association
of Respiratory Care. San Antonio, Texas.

Lorio, A., Morelli K., Huggins, C.,
Dale, D. Will interactive exposure to resources available in the APTA learning center and the Neurology sections
improve student knowledge, attitudes
and beliefs about membership after graduation?  Physical Therapy
Association of Georgia (PTAG), Chattanooga, Tenn.

Melton, T. (2016) “Building your Communications Portfolio for your
Future Career.” FNCE, Boston, Mass.

Nucci, A., et al. (2016) Designing a Computerized Disease Registry for
Care Management and Outcomes Evaluation in Pediatric Intestinal
Failure. Also, Comparison of Nutrition Management Practices in U.S.
Pediatric Centers for Intestinal Rehabilitation and Enteral and Oral Supplementation in Intestinal Failure
and Transplant. 9th International
Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium. Los

Sims, T. (2016) "Teaching Emotional Intelligence." American Psychiatric
Nurses Association's 30th National Conference. Hartford, Conn.


Tamara Melton, Eating your way
through Fall, CNN, September 9,

Gerald Zavorsky, Literature review: Altitude provides no protection against concussion. Case closed? Health
Imaging, September 8, 2016





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