HES in the News

HES in the News

Faculty In the News


Mindful Athlete Program with NCAA

Dr. Bullard launches "Mindful Athlete Program" with NCAA grant.

How Rowan University helps people with disabilities Get FIT 

Click here to learn more about our Get Fit Program!

Be Prepared for the Unexpected: Rowan University's Wilderness First Responder Course 

Learn more about Dr. Willis' Wilderness First Responder Class. Read the blog or watch the video

Dr. Vaughn's Community Based Reserach 

"Health is wealth": Dr. Nicole Vaughn, a public health researcher in the Rowan-Virtua School of Nursing & Health Professions, talks about her work with urban farmers in Camden, N.J. Health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity can all be improved through lifestyle changes—but that’s much harder for some individuals to address than others. To figure out why chronic disease rates in disadvantaged communities are persistently higher than average, as well as to design better solutions, Vaughn enlists the help of people who live and work in underserved and marginalized communities.

Athletic Trainers Are the Backbone to Every Successful Sports Program 

Culture of Health Conference 

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The South Jersey Institute for Population Health, co-led by Dr. Nicole Vaughn(Rowan) and Dr. Naomi Marmorstein (Rutgers-Camden), sponsored the poster session for the 10th Annual Culture of Health YMCA Alliance conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Over 250 attendees, were able to learn more about SJIPH and is mission and meet the researchers, community partners and students working on the 11 funded projects in cycle 1. In addition, 4 Rowan and Rutgers-Camden students (Heather Doerr, Dylan Cardea, Franz Taguinod & Brianna Ucci) volunteered to support the conference operations and attended the breakout sessions to hear speakers from across the state discuss health equity, community innovation, healthcare leadership, health policy and data analytics. 
The conference plenary sessions included Commissioners Judith Persichelli & Sarah Adelman (NJDOH), Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, and Mayor Ras Baraka (Newark). 
The conference was led by Dr. Darrin Anderson (President and CEO-NJ YMCA State Alliance) and his team. 
Drs. Leslie Spencer, SoJung Kim, Dara LoBuono from the Health and Exercise Science Dept presented with students (Tania Asmal, Leydi Mesa-Polo) and Alumna Jenna Bottiglieri. 
Each of the 11 posters include faculty from Rowan University, Rutgers-Camden and community stakeholders across the 7 counties in Southern NJ. 
Thanks to all and especially the SJIPH team (Crashell Allen, Amanda Ekelburg and Corey Hofmann) for supporting the cycle 1 grantees in this first dissemination activity for these important health disparities focused research projects. For more info on the cycle 1 awardees see https://SJIPH.org

Dr. Dankel Faculty Profile

Learn more about Dr. Dankel and the Dankel Lab.

Gardening for All: An Inclusive Community 

Inclusive Community Gardens is funded by the Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Service. A Rowan team, under the guidance of Dr. Spencer, has partnered with seven area community gardens, reviewing each and making changes such as reducing sensory stimuli, adding Braille and images to signage and designing paths and beds that are more accessible

Dr. Bright and Dr. Vaughn and Students at Community Event

Rowan Nutrition

Dr. Bright and Dr. Vaughn along with a groupd of students attended a Camden community event. Working with Virtua Health's Eat Well Moible Program, our Profs distributed healthy eating information, fresh produce, and signed up individuals and families for a 1 to 1 nutrition counseling sessions.

Dr. Nicole Vaughn, Remarkable Woman in the Area 

Dr. Nicole Vaughn

Dr. Nicole Vaughn was recognized as a remarkable woman in the area. Dr. Vaughn dedicates her time to student success and research about food insecurity. She consistently leads by example. Check out the full story here!

Inclusive Community Gardens 

Inclusive Community GardenDr. Leslie Spencer, principal investigator, and Dr. Dara LoBuono, co-principal investigator, are working together on a project to follow inclusive design principles to build and/or renovate seven community gardens in southern New Jersey and make gardens welcoming to people disabilities, including developmental and intellectual disabilities. Click here to learn more!

National Nutrition Incentive Hub Conference 

Roots to Prevention

Dr. Nicole Vaughn gave a presentation, Roots to Prevention in Camden, NJ: Leverageing Partnernships through Evaluation, at the National Nutrition Incentive Hub Conference sponsored by USDA. 

Enhancing the Well-Being of Division III Collegiate Athletes During the Pandemic: The Role of Coaches 

Enhancing Athlete Well-Being

Check out Dr. JoAnne Bullard's article on the Association for Applied Sport Psychology's Website! This article discusses the critical role of coaches to improve the well-being of athletes during uncertain times.

Get FIT Moves Remote 

Get FIT Online 

Get FIT has moved remotely! With social distancing and quarantining, our students have moved online to continue to offer workout sessions to to build strength and and improve overall health Learn more about how Get FIT is handling the pandemic. 

Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store 

Healthy Eating New Jersey

April Schetler, MS, RD, and Dr. Nicole Vaughn  (HES faculty) are reaching out the community to encourage healthy eating in a retro-fitted NJ transit bus. This mobile grocery store will bring elderly and low-income communities access to fresh produce.


COVID-19  Study Aids Student Athletes 

Athletes and COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all our lives, but the impact on our student athletes has been less apparant. Instead of making assumptions, Dr. Bullard set out to determine exactly what our student athletes were feeling based on the gender, race and ethnicity, institution, and academic year. Check out the Study


Grants Awarded 

NJ Health Initiatives (Through Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Grant for $50,000 awarded to Mahbubur Meenar (Investigator, Geography and and Sustainabilty) Dr. Leslie Spencer (co-Invensitgator) to address upstream challenges to health and health equity by focusing on access to affordable healthy food. Click here to learn more about the grant!​​ Get a in depth look with Project Profile: Glassboro Food and Health Equity Project. Learn more about how this program will help our community!



Dr. JoAnne Bullard and student Phillip Brenner have been awarded a $ 2,0099.40 grant for her reasearch project entitled "The Midful Injured Athlete Program: Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Division III Student- Athletes in Athletic Training Rehabilitation". Click here to learn more!


Dr. Scott Dankel was one of several winners of the 2020-2021 Frances R. Lax Fund for Faculty Development. The Frances R. Lax Fund for Faculty Development, established by its namesake, provides stipends to probationary, full-time tenure track faculty who are in the second year of service for professional development activities includuing conference registration, academic travel or academic materials. Click here to learn more!