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The Latest News and Events in the School of Health Sciences

Dr. Shah Honored by ASHA

Dr Amee Shah was recently honored by being recognized as a "Trailblazer" by the American Speech, Language , and Hearing Association. ASHA-Certified Professionals are extensively trained to identify speech, language and hearing issues at the early stages, help prevent them in certain patients and treat them in others — these professionals are dedicated to improving lives. Congratulations!

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Dr. Pat McGinnis/ Named Fellow

Patricia Quinn McGinnis, PT, MS, PhD was elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Physical Therapy.  Induction of new Fellows takes place during the NAP Annual Meeting in April, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.  She joins many outstanding healthcare leaders and practitioners of NAP, who are working collaboratively as an interprofessional community to influence and promote national health policy, legislation, quality healthcare, and research.

The NAP website states:  “The purpose of the National Academies of Practice is to advise Congress in matters of healthcare practice and delivery.  Chosen by their peers as persons who have made a significant and enduring contribution to practice, these Distinguished Practitioners have spent an important part of their lives in the practice of their profession.  They have transcended the turf interests of their respective professions and are prepared to address the issue of national health.  NAP is the only interdisciplinary group of practitioners dedicated to addressing the problems of practice in the interests of the citizens of the United States.” Congratulations!

Dr. Kelly Dougherty/AC Press Interview

Dr. Kelly Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science was recently interviewed by the Atlantic City Press for a story regarding the importance of exercise to our everyday health. She stressed the importance of making exercise as enjoyable as possible and to start small. "In the beginning, just find something you like to do and start doing it, I always say something's better than nothing and more is better than something." Dr. Dougherty says there is an inactivity epidemic in the country and our region is no different. Atlantic County is currently ranked 17th and Cumberland County was ranked the least healthiest county in New Jersey for the eighth year in a row. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a physical activity guide for exercise time, Dr. Dougherty stresses not all exercise has to be regimented. She suggests making small changes as you begin like parking your car farther from your destination, alternative commuting when possible like biking or walking and taking the stairs whenever possible. "Once you start to break it down it seems a little bit less daunting of a task." 

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Clinical Education Event 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.

Orthopedic Conference 2017

On Friday, December 1st, the School of Health Sciences held a conference "Common Orthopedic Sports Injuries" for physical therapists and athletic trainers. The conference was sponsored by the Rothman Institute, Bacharach Institute for Rehablilitation, and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. Rothman physicians, athletic trainers from Stockton and Rothman, and a physcial therapist from Bacharach spoke on several common sports injuries to the head, trunk, and extremities. The conference focused on the examination, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention of these injuries. There were a total of 92 physical therapists and athletic trainers in attendance. Stockton students from the Physical Therapy program also attended. Thomas Nolan, Associate Professor of Physcial Therapy, and Robert Marsico, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, organized the conference. Pictured to the right is Dr. Bradford S. Tucker from the Rothman Institute presenting during the conference. 

Dr. Tucker Orthopedic Conference

Dr. Amee Shah Awarded at ASHA Convention

In November, Dr. Amee Shah, Associate Professor of Health Science, attended the ASHA National convention in Los Angeles, CA and was  honored by ASHA (The American Speech, language and Hearing Association) with a national award entitled, “ASHA’S MEDIA CHAMPION AWARD”. The award signifies “outstanding efforts fostering media coverage of communication disorders and the professionals who work to prevent and treat them.” ASHA states the “Shah has promoted public awareness of the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) discipline in numerous media interviews over the years. She most recently spoke with Slate, nationally known broadcaster John Tesh, and wine publication VinePair about voice, language, accent modification. In an organization of over 191,500  members, it is a testament to Dr. Shah’s  line of research and credentials that she was distinguished as an expert, and approached by the media to address questions about speech, language, and communication over the years. In addition, Dr. Shah and two of her undergraduate students (Alex Dobbins and Caroline Pastino) presented a panel presentation in the area of STEAM education. This is the first time Stockton undergraduates have presented at this convention.   Dr. Shah also had the privilege to present a half-day short course at the convention by the organization’s Special Interest Group in Cultural-linguistic Diversity. This is truly a major milestone not only for Dr. Shah, but also for the visibility this brings to Stockton and the speech discipline. Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement.


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  • Dr. Shah being congratulated by ASHA's President and PR team
  • Students Alex Dobbin and Caroline Pastino Presenting
  • Dr. Shaw, Alex Dobbins, and Caroline Pastino


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Dr. Kelly Dougherty Interview

Kelly Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, was recently interviewed for a story for WHYY's Newsworks site about pedometer use highlighting the rising fanaticism over individuals reaching 10,000 steps per day as a fitness goal. Please click here to read the article. 



Dr. Mary Galantino recently traveled to Washington D.C. advocating with over 50 non-profit organizations to increase the need for cancer research funding for the NIH(National Institute of Health), NCI(National Cancer Institute), and CDC(Centers for Disease Control). She met with and received training from speakers with OVAC (One Voice Against Cancer). As a Delaware resident, she met with Senators Carper and Coons and Representative Lisa Blunt-Rochester's legislative correspondents to advocate for millions of Americans who are affected by this terrrible disease. 

Galantino Washington trip


Population Health Summit

Recently Stockton Faculty and Alumni attended the "NJ Population Health Summit 2017" where Stockton University received the  "Population Health Hero Award-Multi Stakeholder Collaboration Heroes" award. The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland established a Healthy Food Network, School District Well-Being, and Worksite Wellness initiatives to promote an increase to access to healthy foods and beverages, increased physical activity, and create clinical linkages in low income communities. These activities were funded by the Live Healthy Vineland grant and the NJ Partnership. Betsy Erbaugh (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies), Kelly Dougherty ( Assistant Professor of Exercise Science), and Alysia Mastrangelo (Professor of Physical Therapy) represented Stockton as the Evaluation team for the Live Healthy grant and Alysia Mastrangelo also evaluated for the NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland. Pictured from left to right: AJ Dunkle (Stockton Graduate works for Vineland Department of Health), Rob LaForgia(Stockton Graduate working for Vineland Department of Health), Alysia Mastrangelo(Professor of Physical Therapy), Darrin Anderson(Stockton Adjunct Professor, State Deputy Director, NJ YMCA State Alliance), Betsy Erbaugh (Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies), Lisa Scheetz(Executive Director of Community Health and Partnerships, CCA, YMCA) not pictured Kelly Dougherty (Assistant Professor of Exercise Science), and not pictured Emma Lopez(Stockton Graduate, Assistant Health Officer/Acting Health Educator City of Vineland Department of Health). Please see press release for additional information.

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  • Bess Kathrins
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  • Tom Nolan and Bess Kathrins

This year's DPT White Coat Ceremony was held on April 5, 2017 in the Campus Center Theater. Dr. Bess Kathrins,  retiring program director and professor of Physical Therapy, was this year's keynote speaker at the ceremony. The ceremony signifies the student's entry into the clinical setting. Thirty-one students received their "white coats" which ends the second year of graduate studies and begins their clinical education interships. Click here for more photos from the ceremony.

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  • Galantino and student
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On April 11, the Holistic Health program held its graduation ceremony. In the absence of Dean Theresa Bartolotta, Ariane Newman, Assistant Dean, provided the welcoming remarks and congratulated the students on their accomplishments. A special evening was experienced by both the faculty and students.


Recently four undergraduate students(Melanie Crisafulli, Emily Bergonze, Krystyn DiLuigi, and Samantha Anastasi (not pictured) assisted and presented with Mark Adelung, Assistant Professor of Nursing, at the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) conference. They were privileged to meet the executive directors of AACN and CCNE who were very impressed by the student's participation.  Other faculty were complimentary as well of how professional and engaged the students were during the conference.

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Tom Nolan award

Dr. Tom Nolan was recently recognized by the New Jersey APTA for forty years of membership in the APTA. Dr. Nolan received a "Mason Coin" which symbolizes dedication to the profession of physical therapy. Congratulations on this well earned achievement.  

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  • Class of 2017 Team Nolan volleyball
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  • Class of 2019 with Trammie's Puppy
  • Class of 2019 volleyball team

In March, a friendly volleyball tournament occurred between the DPT students (class of 2017,2018,2019)and PT faculty versus the rehabilitation therapists from Bacharach Institute of Rehabilitation. Everyone enjoyed the competition and camaraderie. 

PT Conference APTANJ

Stockton DPT students attended the two day APTANJ conference in Mt. Laurel, NJ with featured speaker Dr. Shirley Sahrmann (pictured first row center) presenting Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Shoulder and Cervical Spine.


PT Special Olympics


Physical Therapy Students (Left to right: Mary Kate Geisinger, Nick O'Brien, and McKenzie Lillia; Not pictured: Ben Akaezuwa) attended the Unified Sports Shriver Cup Championship for basketball on Sunday April 2, 2017. Unified Sports is a program sponsored by the Special Olympics which allows volunteers, like the Stockton PT students seen above, to play alongside athletes with special needs. Weekly practices are held at Stockton University, culminating with the Shriver Cup Championship. A select group of athletes is chosen to represent the school at the Shriver Cup, a day of competing against other schools from across New Jersey to become the champion! The Stockton Unified Basketball team took home the silver, with Rowan taking the gold medal with an overtime win! 


On March 31st, DPT students presented their 2018 student research which was well received by all. Pictured with the DPT students are Dr. Mary Galantino and Dr. Robert Marsico. Dr. Lauren DelRossi also presented with one of the DPT students. 

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On Tuesday March 28, 2017 Stockton University’s School of Health Sciences along with the Career Center held our first Professional Networking Event.  Clinical partners were invited to network with our current DPT, OT, Nursing, and CMDS students and alumni.  This event was a way to show gratitude and appreciation to our clinical partners who take our students under their wing and teach them through clinical experiences.  Overall the partners felt that our Stockton students were very extremely professional and very prepared for this event.  The faculty and staff agreed that this event aids in relationship building and career development and was beneficial for all who attended.

On March 18th in Philadelphia,  Dr. Mary Lou Galantino was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow into the National Academies of Practice for Interprofessional Education in Physical Therapy. The National Academies of Practice is a non-profit organization which for over 35 years has served as an adivisory role to governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Practioners and scholars are chosen by their peers which include fourteen other health professions that make up the only interprofessional group of scholars and practioners that are dedicated in supporting affordable and accessible healthcare for everyone. Their mssion is distiguished professionals advancing interprofessional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement!

Dr Galantino NAP


PT Class in FL

Over spring break a group of students and faculty traveled to Florida and volunteered within the community by serving children with special needs. A rewarding experience was had by everyone. Pictured from left to right, Christine Tartaro (faculty), Horace Leung (DPT student), April Hogate (DPT student), Brian Nguyen (DPT student), Mary Kate Geisinger (DPT student), Annabella Gross (Education student), Josh Duntley (faculty). Bottom row from left to right, Michelle Cupo (Criminology student), Natasha Lownsbury (Marketing student), Elisa Lee (DPT student), and McKenzie Lillia (DPT student).

In February, Stockton students and Faculty attended the National American PT conference in San Antonio, Texas. Their research presentation was titled "Heightened Pain Sensitivity and Inefficient Endogenous Pain Modulation in Patients with Orofacial Pain. A Longitudinal Study". Pictured from left to right, Elisa Lee (DPT student), McKenzie Lillia (DPT student), Brian Nguyen (DPT student), Dr. Carla S. Enriquez (faculty), Dr. Patricia McGinnis (faculty), Dr. Lauren Del Rossi (faculty), Mary Kate Geisinger (DPT student), and David Ludwig (DPT student)

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Dr. Kelly Dougherty/Upcoming Event

On March 1, 2017 Dr. Kelly Dougherty will be speaking here at Stockton University as part of the Minor in Childhood Studies Speaker Series. The topic, Lean vs. Obese Children Excercising in Hot Climates: Implications for Performance and Health, will diccuss how numerous factors can affect a child's physical performance and comfort/well being when excercising the heat. The event will be held in Room F-111 and refreshments will be served. Please click here to learn more about this upcoming event.

MSCD Students visit Foundation Academies

Recently Stockton MSCD graduate students along with Dr. Amy Hadley were privileged to visit the Foundation Academies School in Trenton, NJ. The graduate students were able to administer non-subjective hearing screeenings on students from the school. It was a very rewarding experience. Susan Hanlon, Foundation Academy school nurse, commented on how the graduate students were such a tremendous assistance with evaluations that were conducted. Foundation Academies was founded 10 years ago with the mission to serve the children of Trenton. Please click here to learn more about Foundation Academies and their mission. 



Dr. Galantino

Congratulations go to Dr. Mary Lou Galantino as she was recently elected to be a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Physical Therapy. The National Academies of Practice is a non-profit organization which for over 35 years has served as an adivisory role to governmental bodies on our healthcare system. Practioners and scholars are chosen by their peers which include fourteen other health professions that make up the only interprofessional group of scholars and practioners that are dedicated in supporting affordable and accessible healthcare for everyone. This a tremendous acknowledgement and well deserved!


From January 3-9, 2017,Mark Adelung, Assistant Professor of Nursing, (pictured lower left row) traveled to Haiti with Sigma Theta Tau International Region 14 and the Foundation for Peace as part of a medical mission team. During this time, they were privileged to serve over 1,800 patients in Canaan, Timache, and La Hatte Cotin with 24 clinic hours. 

Mark Adelung/Haiti


Dr.Sonaike Award

Theresa Bartolotta, dean of the School of Health Sciences, presents Adeola Sonaike with the School of Health Sciences Leadership Award for outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to excellence. Sonaike is the national Get FIT director. The local Get FIT at Stockton initiative is an exercise and nutrition program that helps individuals with developmental disabilities live healthier lives.

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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NJOTA logo

In October, Stockton University hosted the 42nd annual NJOTA conference. Students, practitioners, and guests were able network, visit exhibitors, attend courses. Everyone enjoyed the words of the keynote speaker Dr. Michael Pizzi as he discussed how healthy living can be influenced by everyday surroundings, good habits, and one's own perception. Please click the link to read the NJOTA newsletter as two Stockton OT students (Kristina Brenner and Alexandra Burns (Stockton University SOTA President) contributed to the content of the newsletter.  They were also privelged to present two reasearch posters at the conference with the help of other Stockton OT students. This year's conference was a rewarding experience for all involved. 


Endowment Physical Therapy 2

Elaine Bukowski, professor emerita of Physical Therapy,,endowed a $25,000 gift to establish the Edward and Melanja Bukowski Memorial DPT Scholarship Fund honoring her late parents and the students she taught at Stockton University over her 29-year tenure. Pictured are President Harvey Kesselman and Elaine Bukowski holding the check next to Johanna Johnson, vice chair of the Stockton Foundation. Standing from the left are Justin Hanus, a current student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) proram, Bess Kathrins, director and professor of Physical Therapy, Amy Higgins, a DPT student, Nancy Koplin, a 2009 DPT alumna, Amanda Dowling, a DPT student, and Theresa Bartolotta, dean of the School of Health Sciences.