School of Health Professions and Education E-Newsletter

School of Health Professions and Education E-Newsletter

Health Professions and Education faculty were recognized by the Utica College Women's Basketball team. Click the link for full story:


Thomas Diana's article, "Developing reflective teachers with the research-based rationale" was published in the January 2013 issue of the journal Kappa Delta Pi Record.

Patrice Hallock’s article made the Faculty Focus “top 12 of 2012” round-up. It’s a ranking based on a combination of the number of reader comments and social shares, e-newsletter open and click-thru rates, web traffic and other reader engagement metrics. Using Frameworks to Enhance Teaching and Learning is #11.

Dr. Lois Fisch and Dr. Laura Dorow presented at two sessions, Mythbusters: Revealing the Truth About the Accreditation Process and Success Stories: Making Accreditation Work for You at the Evidence of Quality: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Conference on September 14 and 15, 2012 in Crystal City, Virginia. CAEP conferences assist institutions that are preparing for an accreditation review. Experienced teacher education faculty from exemplary, accredited teacher preparation programs are invited to share accreditation standards and procedures with attendees.


Dr. Sarah Burnett-Wolle presented a poster at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) meetings in St. Petersburg, FL. February 28 - Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Dr. Sarah Burnett-Wolle presented preliminary results of the Bridging the Gap study at the State Society on Aging Conference in October 2012. The study examines the use of videophone communication between senior housing residents and their loved ones. It is hoped that doing so will reduce feelings of loneliness in residents and burden in caregivers.

Dr. Sarah Burnett-Wolle has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Mohawk Valley Community Elder Wellness Council. The goal of the council is to increase funding available for services and create new funding sources that will increase the number of clients serviced through the Oneida County Office of Aging.

Health Care Administration

Leadership Institute/HCA micro-site was completed and submitted to Deltak for review and approval November 15, 2012 by D. Hart and Leadership Institute team.

A proposed BS completion new program entitled, Preventative Health Care and Wellness was presented to President Hutton and the President’s cabinet November 6, 2012 by R. Rafes, D. Hart, and C. Brownell.

Health Studies

We would like to welcome Aaron Mallace Assistant Professor of Health Studies. Aaron was born in Utica, NY and raised in the Mohawk Valley. After receiving his Associates Degree in Athletic Training from HCCC in 2002 he transferred to Alfred University where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Biology. He then went on to complete his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College in 2005. Shortly after graduation he also obtained the highly esteemed credential of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) via the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since 2005 Aaron has been working as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, assisting hundreds of people towards achieving there health and wellness goals. In 2010 Aaron joined UC as an adjunct instructor in the Health Studies program. With him comes a tremendous amount of passion, energy and enthusiasm for academia. He currently resides in Herkimer, NY where he lives with his wife Megan.

Mary Siniscarco's article titled: Sensory Integration Management for Self-Injurious Behavior was also accepted for publication as per Autism Spectrum Quarterly in the upcoming February, 2013 issue. Most recently, Mary's article titled: Aquatic Therapy Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders has also been accepted for the May, 2013 publication of Autism Spectrum Quarterly.

Mary Siniscarco, Dr. Shauna Malta and Dean Rafes presented Career Pathways: Retention and recruitment strategies for academic departments/institutions at the annual Academic Chairperson conference in San Antonio, Texas in February, 2013.

Mary Siniscarco, Chair of Health Studies, has initiated a student job shadow experience at Blue Cross Blue Shield where our students will be observing the Insurance Claims Division as well as the Wellness Division. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity for our Health Study students.

The following undergraduate HLS 401 (Senior Seminar) students had their commentaries published in the following professional journals:

1. Kelli Faville: Commentary in response to: Prelude to Death or Practice Failure? Trombley-Brennan Terminal Tissue Injuries" as per Letter to the Editor in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

2. David Lewis: Commentary in response to: An Innovative Approach to Therapy as per the Journal Physiotherapy.

3. Stephanie Hallinan: Commentary in response to: Endorsing Safe Infant Sleep as per Nursing for Women's Health.

4. Jacob Templar: Commentary in response to : Video Games: Increasing Activity in Sedentary Individuals as per the Journal Physiotherapy.

5. Maria Pietro: Commentary in response to Impact of Maternal Depressive Symptoms on Growth of Preschool- and School-Aged Children as per the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

6. Cecilee Cashman: Commentary in response to Analysis of Age-Related Change in Gait Speed as per Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS).

7. Kaitlyn Putt: Commentary in response to: Return to Sport After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction as per the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Sandy Dimeo presented a poster with Mary Siniscarco at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in October, in Orlando, FL titled "The Do's and Don'ts of on Line Teaching."

Sandy Dimeo was re-elected to the national board of the Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society.


Annette Becker will be making two presentations at the Distance Learning Administrators Conference in Jekyll Island Georgia June 2-5, 2013. The first presentation will be entitled "Quality: It's no accident" with Michelle Ward and Mary Wilhelm Chapin. The second presentation will be entitled "Evaluation of online programs: Start at the beginning."

On March 28, 2013; 16 senior nursing students and four Utica College nursing faculty (Nancy Vaccaro, Catherine Brownell, Libby Gleasman, Ellen Smith) participated in a disaster drill at Rome Memorial Hospital (RMH). Participants included RMH employees, Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS), Rome Fire Department, Rome Police Department and representatives from the NYS Department of Health. The drill involved a simulation of a car bomb at Rome Labs and mass injuries as a result. Utica College participants were the victims. Victims were moulaged according to injuries, provided scenarios and arrived at the hospital’s Emergency Room for treatment. Triage was performed by Jordan Groah RN, a 2012 graduate of Utica College’s nursing program. After the drill was completed participants took part in a debriefing of the event with senior management in the hospital’s board room. This opportunity was appreciated by all participants and is an example of connecting education to practice.

The Nursing program has been selected as a Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing School for 2012. You can read more about this very unique honor and how you were chosen here….

The new Accelerated Second Degree Nursing program has just admitted its first students with an expected class of 24. This program focuses on individuals who have received a bachelor degree and wishing to pursue a second degree in nursing.

Linda Culyer, Mary Siniscarco and Cathy Brownell presented at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 3, 2012, their poster “Socialization to Interprofessional Education for Entry Level Nursing and Allied Health Students”.

Occupational Therapy

On April 25-28, 2013, Linnea Franits, will be attending the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference in San Diego, CA. She will be doing a poster presentation titled "Using photographs to understand occupational deprivation: enacting caring" - in collaboration with OT student researchers.

On April 25-28, 2013, Nancy Hollins will be attending the AOTA Conference in San Diego, CA. She will be doing a poster presentation titled "Using photographs to understand occupational deprivation: enacting caring" - in collaboration with OT student researchers.

On April 25-27, 2013, Colleen Sunderin, PhD will be presenting posters at the 2013 AOTA Annual conference. The following are the poster titles and students presenting with her: "The Role of OT in Post Secondary and School to Work Programs". James Allanson, Ronald Carey Santangelo, Sarah Richards, Kyra Glover, Bianca Mazzorana, Jennifer Lounsbury, Taranpreet Chadha and James Stevenson. "Perspectives on a Student Run Clinic: A Needs Assesment." Kelly Hotaling, Rachael Missel, Damain Scott, Dana Gentile, Joan Marie Hempstead, Kathryn Keaney, Nora Perfetto and Emily Hamilton. "Outcomes of a Post Secondary Program and Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Young Adults with Disability." Jacqueline Arnaudo, Enas Galal, Jamie Hillman, Ashley Zehr, Jessica Morrissey, Megan Manuele, Sarah Stetson and Caitlin Jacobs.

Victoria Nackley, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, was invited by Upstate Cerebral Palsy to present a full day workshop entitled "Sensory Stories: A Tool to Improve Children's Participation in Daily Activities". The workshop was held at Herkimer County Community College on December 7, 2012.

On October 12, 2012, Victoria Nackley, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy presented at a full day workshop, “Sensory Stories". The workshop was presented for Wee Care Therapy in Munster, IN.

Physical Therapy

Christina N. Brown, Adjunt Lecturer of Physical Therapy and student, Nicholas Testa, were the authors of a chapter in a text book: Brown CN, Testa NS. Lumbar Spinal Fusion. In Jobst EE. (Ed.), Physical Therapy Case Files: Acute Care. 2013; New York: McGraw Hill Education.

Jim Smith has had the following publications:

• Bemis-Dougherty A, Smith JM. What follows survival of critical illness? Physical therapists’ management of patients with post-intensive care syndrome. Physical Therapy. 2013;93:179–185.
• Trees D, Smith JM, Hockert S. Innovative mobility strategies for the patient with ICU-acquired weakness: A case report. Physical Therapy. 2013;93:237–247.
• Smith J. President’s message: Delivering value. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 2013;4(1):4-5.

Dr. David Schilling, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy presented a poster at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego California coauthored by Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Ashraf Elazzazi. The poster was titled “A Preseason Shoulder Screening Tool Developed for Collegiate Swimmers.”

Deanna Errico presented a poster at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego in January with Leslie Russek, PhD, PT, DPT, OCS. It was titled: Prevalence of generalized joint hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome in female college athletes.

Shauna Malta and Colleen Sunderlin represented the Departments of PT and OT at the annual School and Business Alliance (SABA) breakfast held at Oneida BOCES on December 7, 2012.

Dr. Jim Smith, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, had 2 publications this fall. One was “President’s Message: Quality is as Quality Does” in the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy [2012;3(2):180-181] and the other was “Acute Care Physical Therapy Practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines” a resource paper from the Acute Care Section- APTA that was published in Critical EdgEmail, October, 2012, and archived at He also gave a platform presentation on “Teaching PT/PTA Teamwork Through a Partnership Between Education Programs” with Dr. Karen Jones (Herkimer County Community College) at the 2012 Education Leadership Conference in Greenwich, CT.

In November 2012 Jim Smith, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, accompanied over two dozen Utica College physical therapy students to the American Physical Therapy Association's National Student Conclave in Arlington, VA, and in December he was a judge in the Clinton High School Science Fair.

Dr. Samantha Marocco was recently awarded recertification as a Geriatric Certified Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. All new and recertified specialists will be honored during the Recognition Ceremony for Clinical Specialists and Residency/Fellowship Programs on January 21st, 2013 during the opening events at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego, California. This specialization is held by only 1422 physical therapists in the United States and internationally and by only 72 physical therapists in New York State.

The PPtDPT Program received recognition at a celebration dinner on Thursday, November 15th at Hart's Hill Inn from The Genesis Group for Excellence in Education.

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Dr. Sarah Burnett-Wolle and Kateri Henkel have been awarded a $15,000 grant by the New York Newspaper Foundation to purchase text-to-speech software. It is intended to improve the literacy of students who are English language learners but may be used by everyone on campus including those with learning disabilities. The software will be installed on all campus computers in the Spring of 2013 and students, faculty, and staff will be permitted to install it on their personal computers as well.
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