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Get Fit 

Get FIT Seniors is an exercise and nutrition program for older adults living in a local assisted living facility. Graduate assistants from occupational therapy and physical therapy help a licensed occupational therapist run the weekly group. Graduate students from the physical therapy, occupational therapy and communication disorders programs facilitate a nutrition lesson and fun exercise each week. Additionally, undergraduate BSHS students interact one to one with the participants. 



Making Connections: Research to Practice Across Disciplines

On Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, the school of Health Sciences hosted an interprofessional networking dinner and educational session. This event was designed for occupational and speech language pathology practitioners to network with other practitioners and learn about best practices in the provision of therapeutic services. Participants discussed evidence-based practice therapeutic interventions for traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, Parkinson's disease, cancer, post- operation, chronic pain, and more. Participants were able to integrate these topics to promote interprofessional application in the clinical setting.


Students from the MSCD program presented on cochlear implants vs. normal hearing. Pictured from left to right are: Katie Luciani, Molly Devaney, Tiffany Mortellite, and Morgan Bell 


Students from the MSOT program presented on the implications for the use of acupuncture in occupational therapy. Pictures from left to right are: Alyssa Long, Alandra Guzman, Michelle Eng, and Dionia Henderson. 

TimeSlips Story Telling 

Students from a variety of undergraduate majors, including those enrolled in a General Studies course, collaborated with MSOT graduate assistants to run storytelling groups in the Fall 2019 semester.  Stockton's Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) received grant funding to train students in Timeslips, an evidence-based creative storytelling program designed for people with dementia. Over 30 students participated in regular TimeSlips groups at local older adult facilities in order to increase comfort, knowledge, and overall perceptions of the aging population.  Not only did students learn about the older adult population and dementia management, but they also learned about each other and the applicably of this program regardless of field of study. 




The Colombia Project

Stockton’s collaborative exchange relationship in Colombia began four years ago with Universidad del Rosario and also the Escuela Colombiana de Rehabilitacion, a second smaller university. Since Fall 2015, Stockton has hosted a group of four exchange students annually. These students are integrated interprofessionally into the the fields of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Health Science, and Public Health offered at Stockton University. This program provides a unique way of learning to both the Colombian and Stockton students, as it fosters the development of both cultural and educational perspectives. Pictured on the right are the the 4 Colombia students from Universidad del Rosario (UR), who visited from September to November, 2019, and the Stockton faculty from the MSOT program

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The Josh Vadell Story: How Resilience, Love and the Warrior Spirit Play a Key Role in Surviving Critical Incidents

Clients and families are integral parts of an interprofessional team.  Our keynote will share the importance of teamwork - from his role as a police officer, to his role as a brain injury survivor. Josh Vadell is a husband and father of three girls. He is a 10 year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department where he served in the Operations Division. On September 3, 2016, while on duty, Josh was shot in the head and critically injured while he and his partner interrupted an armed robbery in progress. After his near fatal incident, he has gone through extensive physical and emotional therapy and has endured numerous surgeries for injuries sustained because of the shooting.  As part of his ongoing recovery, Josh has appeared as a guest speaker to share his miraculous story of love, resiliency and how the warrior spirit plays a significant role in surviving critical incidents. 

Josh Vandell

Josh and his wife recently started a non-profit foundation called "The Josh Vadell Foundation" which they are very passionate about. The mission of the foundation is to provide monetary and emotional support to families of officers critically injured in the line of duty.To learn more about Josh's story and foundation, please click here.


An Intergenerational IPE Initiative: A Pilot Project Joining University Students and Older Adults

Dr. Stacy Cassel of the MS in Communication Disorders program was invited to present at the Oxford University Round Table Symposium in July of 2019.


Oxford University Round Table Symposium


Clinical Education Workshop 2017

On Friday, December 8th, the School of Health Sciences held its fourth annual clinical education workshop, "Know the Power within You." This years theme was Star Wars.The event hosted ninety-eight clinicians from the fields of Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy where they heard presentations from Stockton faculty specifically designed to enhance their ability to facilitate student learning in their practice environments. Topics of discussion included presentations on using emotional intelligence to assist in clinical education performance, identifying cultural competence and sensitivity in others, the importance of interprofessional collaborative practice, and the importance of debriefing clinical students during assessment. Presentations were given by Jennifer Calabrese, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Phil Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, Amy Hadley, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, Lee Ann Guenther, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Mark Adelung, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Joyce Welliver, adjunct instructor. Amanda Copes, Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic, served as coordinator and moderator. Pictured from left to right are: Mark Adelung, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Joyce Welliver, adjunct instructor;Amanda Copes, Director, Speech and Hearing Clinic; Jennifer Calabrese, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator; and Lee Ann Guenther, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy.


Clin Ed 2017

Clinical Education Workshop 2016

On Friday, October 28th, the School of Health Sciences held its third annual clinical education workshop, "Wizarding World of Clinical Education: Transformation and Change." The theme of this year's event was Harry Potter.This year ninety--five clinicians from the fields of Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing heard presentations from Stockton faculty specifically designed to enhance their ability to facilitate student learning in their practice environments. Topics of discussion included presentations on "generational differences", "learning and change", "standards of professionalism", and LGBTQ terminology as well as identities.  Pictured from left to right are: Mark Adelung, Assistant Professor of Nursing; Amanda Copes, Director, Speech and Hearing Clinic; Lynne Telesca, instructor of Communication Disorders; Joyce Welliver, instructor of Nursing; Lee Ann Guenther, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy; and Lauren Del Rossi, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy.

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Summer 2016 Special Education Conference

Priti Haria traveled to Nicaragua in July 2016 to present findings from a University wide IPE event at the Division of International Special Education Services Conference.  The presentation was entitled:  “Impact of Collaborative Panel Discussion about Autism on Student Perceptions of Interprofessional Core Competencies.”   Priti Haria and Chelsea Tracy-Bronson in the School of Education partnered with Margaret Slusser and Patricia McGinnis from the School of Health Sciences on the project.

Stockton University Presentations at All Together Better Health (ATBH) VIII

September 6-9, 2016 in Oxford, U.K.

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Stockton University represented by several faculty at ATBH VIII, a global interprofessional practice and education conference. Every 2 years, providers, educators, policy makers, and health care industry leaders come together to advance interprofessionalism locally, regionally and worldwide. ATBH participants discuss ideas and devise strategies "to mobilize concerted action to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities".

Oxford Trip 2016  Mary Padden, Lauren DelRossi, Peg Slusser, Jewelry Yep, Carol Rae-Reed

Oxford trip 2016 : Mary Padden, Lauren DelRossi, Peg Slusser, Jewelry Yep, and Carol Rae-Reed

Oxford Trip 2016

 Dr. Padden and Dr. DelRossi presenting at the conference

Stockton faculty presentations included:

  • Oral Presentation- Baby Lab: An Innovative Approach to Incorporate IPE Across Curricula will be presented by Dr. Mary Padden-Denmead and Dr. Lauren Del Rossi with co-authors Mary Kientz, Patricia Quinn McGinnis, and Monika Pawlowska.
  • Poster Presentation- An interprofessional Community Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder: Engaging a Concert of Voices in an Interprofessional Panel Activity will be presented by Dr. Margaret Slusser and Dr. Priti Haria with co-authors Patricia Quinn McGinnis, and Chelsea Tracy-Bronson.
  • Poster Presentation-Team Players or Lone Wolves? Assessing Pre-professional, Undergraduate Students' Attitudes Toward Health Care Teams will be presented by Jewelry Yep with co-authors Luis I. Garcia, Carole-Rae Reed, Margaret Slusser , and Kelly Dougherty.
  • Poster Presentation-Multimethod Assessment of Health Science Undergraduate Competency in Ethical Decision Making will be presented by Dr. Carole-Rae Reed with co-authors Luis I. Garcia, Margaret Slusser, and Jewelry Yep.
  • Poster Presentation-Building Core Competencies through Community Parnerships in an Undergraduate Pre-Professional Program will be presented by Dr. Margaret Slusser with co-authors Luis I. Garcia and Daniel Tome.
  • Poster Presentation- The Relationship between Critical Thinking and Ethical Decision Making in Helath Science Undergraduates will be presented by Dr. Carole-Rae Reed with co-authors Luis I. Garcia, Margaret Slusser, and Jewelry Yep.


ASAHP Fall 2016 Conference

Stockton faculty and staff from Stockton's School of Health Sciences were a strong presence at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Conference October 19-21, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.  ASAHP is a national organization for administrators and educators, and is a leader in interprofessional education. The theme of the conference was "Looking Out on the Horizon: Emerging Issues in Allied Health Education and Practice."  

The following faculty and professional staff members presented innovations in Clinical Education and Fieldwork:

 Mark Adelung, Lee Ann Guenther, Amanda Copes, Lynne Telesca, Joyce Welliver, and Camille Sauerwald

The titles of their oral presentations were:

"Developing your Clinical Supervision Approach Through the Integration of Model Strategy" and "Clinical Educator Workshops: An Innovative Approach to Enhancing Interprofessional Education and Practice"

The faculty from the Bachelor of Science of Health Sciences also offered the following presentations:

Reed, C., Garcia, L. I., Slusser, M., Yep, J., & Dougherty, K. (2016, October). Can undergraduate health science education improve ethical decision making?  Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), New Orleans, LA.

Reed, C., Garcia, L. I., Slusser, M., Yep, J., & Dougherty, K. (2016, October).  Is there a relationship between critical thinking and ethical decision making in undergraduates?  Presented a the annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), New Orleans, LA.

Yep, J., Dougherty, K., Reed, C., Slusser, M., & Garcia, L. I. (2016, October). Using the Attitudes Toward Healthcare Teams Scale (ATHCTS) to measure a pre-professional, undergraduate population. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP), New Orleans, LA.


School of Health Sciences Assistant to the Dean and Health Science student, Heather Watkins-Jones was selected to be part of a national student board charged with the task of developing a student assembly for ASAHP. She and her fellow students affectionately known as the Magnificent Seven presented their proposal to the Board of Directors at the ASAHP National Conference in New Orleans on October 16th.

ASHA Fall 2016 Conference

The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Conference was held in Philadelphia, PA on November 17 – 19, 2016.  Monika Pawlowska, Lauren Del Rossi, and Mary Kientz presented a seminar session entitled “Introducing Baby Day – A Hands-on IPE Experience.”  Their presentation generated lively discussion about this innovative approach to IPE.  Co-authors Mary Padden Denmead and Patricia McGinnis rounded out the interprofessional team from Stockton’s School of Health Sciences. 

ASHA Fall Conference



Stockton Faculty Present at Collaborting Across Boders V

Stockton Faculty Present at Collaborating Across Borders V

Collaborating Across Borders


Collaborating Across Borders V (CAB V) is the premeir North American conference on Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) in health and social care. CAB V was held September 29-October 3, 2015 in Roanoke, VA. This community of individuals, professions, and organizations is "committed to collaboration as the best way of providing quality care and better health outcomes."  Several faculty represented Stockton at this prestigious conference by presenting the outcomes of our SHS Common Reading:

Oral Presentation - Fostering Interprofessional Learning Through a Common Reading: "My Stroke of Insight".  Patricia Quinn McGinnis, Mary Padden-Denmead, Margaret Slusser and Mary Lou Galantino.

During the Fall 2014 semester, faculty and students in the SHS adopted a common reading "My Stroke of Insght" by Jill Bolte Taylor.  This innovative IPE activity established a sense of community among undergraduate and graduate programs and fostered understanding  of IP collaboration.  In November, a University wide panel discussion moderated by Mary Padden-Denmead illustrated the core competencies of IPCP.  Panel members included: Margaret Slusser, Lisa Calamidas, Tim Haresign, Patricia McGinnis, Christine Gayda Chelder, Stacy Cassel, Mary Lou Galantino, Megan Foti, and Guia Calicdan Apostle.
My Stroke of Insight