2022 School of Health Professions News Archive

SHP and SSW Faculty Present at 2022 ASAHP Annual Conference

In October, faculty from both the Stony Brook School of Health Professions and School of Social Welfare attended the 2022 ASAHP Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA.  Concurrent and poster presentations were offered on emerging issues including:

  • “An Innovative University and Health System Partnership to Advance Radiation Therapy Education” presented by Maria Dimopoulos, MBA, RT(T), Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiation Therapy, School of Health Professions
  • “Interprofessional Telehealth Training for Healthcare Students: Teaching in a Virtual World” presented by Melissa Earle, PhD, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare
  • “Development of Faculty Obligation Guidelines” presented by Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PT, PhD, FASAHP, Dean, School of Health Professions
  • “International Health Initiative: A Molecular Diagnostics Training Program for Health Professionals” presented by Gloria Viboud, PhD, SM(ASCP)MB, Associate Professor, Medical Molecular Biology, School of Health Professions

The conference provided the opportunity for peers in health professions education to engage in discussion of many of the key issues impacting higher education and the health professions today. 

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) was chartered in Washington, D.C. in September 1967 as a not-for-profit national professional association for administrators, educators, and others who were concerned with critical issues affecting allied health education. As of 2018, ASAHP’s membership consists of 122 academic institutions, 3 professional associations, and 6 affiliate members.

Team USA at Amputee Soccer World Cup with SHP's own Eric Lamberg and James Pierre-Glaude 

The U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team heads to Istanbul, Turkey for the Amputee Soccer World Cup, led by Head Coach, Eric Lamberg, PT, EdD, CPed, along with Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, James Pierre-Glaude, PT, DPT, ATC.  First round games begin October 1, 2022.  We wish Dr. Lamberg, Dr. Pierre-Glaude, and the team all the best!  Check out the news feature here.

Dr. Lamberg is Professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions.  Dr. Pierre-Glaude is Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the School of Health Professions.  

The American Amputee Soccer Association has dual missions. One mission is to promote and develop the sport for the benefit of participants with limb differences. They look to grow the sport for juniors and adults and for women and men.  They look to accomplish this through outreach programs at the local levels to help interested players become introduced to the sport, maximize their proficiency, build self confidence, learn the power of teamwork, and build a strong social network. The second mission is to select, develop, and train the elite amputee soccer athlete to represent the United States in international competition.

Dale Coffin, EdD, OTR/L named one of inaugural honorees of the Stony Brook Alumni Kappas HomeKoming Gala

We are pleased to announce that Dale Coffin, EdD, OTR/L, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of SHP's Occupational Therapy program, has been named one of three inaugural honorees of the Stony Brook Alumni Kappas HomeKoming Gala.  The Alumni Honors are given in recognition of professional achievement or a career of dedicated service to Black and Latino students at Stony Brook University. 

An honors ceremony and plaque presentations will be held during the gala on October 21, 2022.

Healthcare Jobs Rank High with US News & World Report

US News & World Report ranks healthcare jobs among some of the top 100 best jobs! To identify professions for the 2022 rankings, USN started with jobs that have the largest projected number and percentage of openings from 2020 to 2030, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobs that topped the list were then selected for the 2022 Best Jobs analysis and rankings. Some of our programs ranking high on the list: #3 Physician Assistant; #10 Speech-Language Pathologist; #16 Respiratory Therapist; #28 Physical Therapist; #31 Occupational Therapist. In addition, our programs rank high on the USN Best Healthcare Jobs list and the USN Best Healthcare Support Jobs. Check out the links to learn more!




SHP Faculty and Staff Recognized by CELT Sponsored Thank-a-Teacher Program

For the second year in a row, CELT put out a call to students to ask them if they wanted to give thanks to any educator that made a difference in their learning experience. Congratulations to the SHP faculty and staff members who were recognized by the Thank-a-Teacher program. Thank you for your dedication to your students!

Afrinash Ahamad Allison Fucci Brian Mitra
Sarah Battaglia Hana Fukuto Jillian O'Brien
Lani Blanco Edward Giarrusso Audra Perrino
Christina Burke Audrey Grimaldi Gerald Simons
Donna Crapanzano Jeannie Guglielmo Traci Thompson
Sharon Cuff Ginger Johnson Kristin Thomson
Paul-Neil Czujko Lisa Johnson Lynn Timko-Swaim
Rasheed Davis Kyle Karen Erin Vasudevan
Karen Dechello Robbye Kinkade Gloria Viboud
Kiera Deller Blanche Leeman Kelly Warren
Lisa Endee Jessica Lu Ghenet Weldeslassie
Erik Flynn Kathleen McGoldrick Joseph Whitton

Lisa Muratori, PT, EdD, to participate on next Stony Brook University Tiger Team

During the past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost launched a Tiger Team initiative focused on areas of interest for NSF, DOE and DOD. The goal of this initiative was to prepare our research community to aggressively respond to increased federal funding opportunities by submitting competitive proposals when these new funding opportunities arise. 

They are now launching the second group of Tiger Teams, focused on life and health sciences, and have asked Dr. Muratori, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, and Director of Research for the School of Health Professions, to participate in a Biomedical Team on Brain, Behavior, Neurodegenerative and Neuropsychiatric Disorders.   As one of 6-10 Team members, she will help identify the strengths (and weaknesses) across the University, with a focus on identifying and connecting faculty who could form collaborative teams that can plan for coordinated responses to funding opportunities. This will also require some thought about the types and specific topics that are likely to be the focus of new funding initiatives from sponsors such as NIH. Each Tiger Team will have administrative support from the Office of Proposal Development to assist in the coordination of this effort. 

Occupational Therapy Students Advocate for 3D Printer!

Thanks to great advocacy by our Occupational Therapy students, they were able to secure funds from Stony Brook University's Graduate Student Government (GSO) for a new 3D printer!  In the field of Occupational Therapy, 3D printing can provide clients with assistive devices that will help increase their independence.  The new printer is located in the OT Lab at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus.  We look forward to seeing what devices our students create!

Just For Kicks adaptive soccer program in the East Islip Soccer Club

On April 16, 2022, students from Health Science and Physical Therapy, along with faculty members Kathleen McGoldrick, Sharon Cuff, and Christina Burke, provided a facilitated training for the Just For Kicks adaptive soccer program in the East Islip Soccer Club. This training is targeted at improving the skills and confidence levels of the teen volunteers in the peer-mediated soccer program.

Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development presents:
LIVES LIVED AND LESSONS LEARNED: A panel discussion on disability during the COVID-19 pandemic
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12:00 - 1:30 PM

This workshop will discuss the unique and acute challenges that people with disabilities faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The panel discussion will incorporate the lived experiences of people with disabilities, the perspectives of and healthcare providers working with people with disabilities during the height of the pandemic, and the insights of researchers. The discussion will revolve around three central questions:

  • What were the unique challenges and experiences that people with disabilities encountered during the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • What do we know now about societal disparities and fractures that may have contributed to the challenges faced by people with disabilities during the pandemic?
  • What can we do better as we move from a pandemic state to an endemic state, so as to be better prepared for future events?

Panelists include:

Justin Ainsworth: Outreach Advocate, Suffolk Independent Living Organization
Michelle Ballan, PhD, MSW: Prof. of Social Work, Associate Dean of Research, School of Social Welfare
Therese Brzezinski, MS: Director of Planning and Public Policy, Long Island Center for Independent Living
Jay McGovern, MS OTR/L, Medcare Therapy Services
Kimberly Noel, MD: Medical Director, 23 & Me

SAVE THE DATE!  Center for Community Engagement's Health Fair!
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Scoville Hall, Meeting House Lane, Amagansett
10 AM - 3 PM

Please join SHP's Center for Community Engagement for a free Health Fair!  Blood Pressure screenings, Height/Weight/BMI, Chair Massages, Tick Prevention, Vision Screening, Blood Sugar Checks, and more!  For details, view the event flyer here.

Online Lyme talk: Tick Borne Disease - What you Need to Know
Gerald T. Simons MPAS, DFAAPA, PA-C
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 6:00 PM via Zoom


We are now the Stony Brook School of Health Professions!

The Stony Brook School of Health Technology and Management is now the Stony Brook School of Health Professions!  As the School continues to move forward and create more visibility for ourselves, it's important to have a name that better reflects our programs, mission, vision, and goals, as well as the offerings and opportunities available to students who are seeking programs to study health professions.   

Health professionals are those who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases; promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings.  Health professionals are concerned with the identification, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases and disorders; provision of dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation services; and the management and operation of health systems. Health professionals apply scientific principles and evidence-based practice in order to optimize patient or client outcomes. Health professionals must also attend to the prevention of disease and the management of patients with chronic disease. Thus, the scope of health practice extends to the individual, the family, the community and to public education; many allied health professions specialize in the promotion of optimum function and health and the improvement of health-related quality of life. In addition, healthcare administration and health systems management are important components of allied health.

Professions that are often included in a School of Health Professions include many of the well-known non-nurse, non-physician healthcare providers including audiologists and speech language pathologists; physical therapists, occupational therapists and respiratory therapists; diagnostic medical personnel (medical laboratory scientists, cytogenetic technologists, diagnostic molecular scientists, histotechnologists, and pathologists’ assistants); imaging specialists (radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists, and sonographers); nutritionists and dietitians; and physician assistants. Others often include emergency medical personnel (EMTs, paramedics); exercise science professionals (athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, kinesiotherapists); health information technologists; health educators (asthma educators, diabetes educators); counselors (genetic counselors, mental health counselors, family therapists); specialists in cancer diagnosis and treatment (medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, and radiation therapists); pharmacy personnel (pharmacy technicians and assistants) and other healthcare providers and support personnel, such as medical assistants.  The professions included vary from country to country; however, estimates have suggested that as much as 60% of the U.S. healthcare workforce may be classified as health professionals, not including medicine, nursing or dentistry.  Health professionals play an essential role in the delivery of healthcare and related services in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Our School currently provides the highest quality education and takes the lead in creating superior healthcare education programs that respond to the region’s and country’s current and emerging public health challenges, preparing competent health professionals and leaders for practice across multiple healthcare settings and institutions.  Our educational mission supports an interprofessional learning environment that fosters scholarly activity, including basic, translational and educational research, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, leadership, and professionalism, while affirming the importance of ethical behavior, human diversity, equity and inclusion, cutting-edge technology, and a team approach to health care.  Over the last 2 years, during a global pandemic, the mission of the School has become even more relevant as our students, faculty and staff have been called upon to fill the needs of the growing workforce required to manage COVID-19 as well as the aftermath that we expect in a post COVID world.

The School offers programs that are based at Stony Brook, Southampton or both campuses. Athletic Training (MS), Clinical Laboratory Sciences (BS), EMT-Paramedic (Certificate), Health Science (BS), Medical Molecular Biology (Advanced Certificate; MS), and Respiratory Care (BS) classes are offered on the Stony Brook campus.  Applied Health Informatics (MS) and Speech-Language Pathology (MS) classes are offered on the Southampton campus. The School has cohorts at both campuses for its Occupational Therapy (MS), Physical Therapy (DPT), and Physician Assistant Education (MS) programs.  The School is home to two centers: the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development (CCE) and the Center for Public Health Education (CPHE). Both of these centers offer education, training and outreach to our community.