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Faculty

Name Research Area(s) Quick Links
Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Humanities
Arnold P. Gold Professor of Medical Humanism
RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Educational techniques and interventions that help young health professionals more fully understand the patient experience.
  • Improving couples’ functioning in the face of challenges.
Medical Students Documentary Films

 

Dan Shapiro.org 

 

Current CV

J. O. Ballard, M.D.
Professor of Humanities Medicine and Pathology
Jane W. and Lawrence F. Kienle Chair in Humane Medicine
RESEARCH and ACADEMIC INTERESTS

  • Medical Humanities
  • End-of-life care
  • Medical Student Education
  • Interprofessional education

 

Medical Humanities

 

 

Patient Project

 


Driskill Lecture

 

Kienle Drama Group

 

Current CV

  Joshua S. Crites, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities
Director, Research Ethics Consultation Service
Research Interests:
  • Clarifying the distinction between research and therapy
  • Examining how factors such as personal values, therapeutic misconception, and unrealistic optimism affect the decision-making of potential research participants
  • Improving informed consent for research participants
  • Community engagement with the research process
  • Role(s) of the clinical ethics consultant
  • Autonomy, personal identity, and acute traumatic injury

Ethics Education

  • Improving on current Responsible Conduct of Research training practices for researchers at all career levels
  • Integrating deeper understanding of ethics and moral reasoning into research design and clinical practice
Current  CV

 

 

 

CTSI


Cheryl Dellasega, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine
Professor of Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Completed funded research on the following topic:

  • A writing support group for caregivers
  • Arts and healing for adolescents
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Cognitive capacity for decision making in hospitalized older adults
  • End of life decision making
  • Evaluation of HIV/AIDS programming in Mifflin/Juniata counties
  • Impact of a humanities-based writing program on incarcerated women
  • Medication use in community dwelling older adults
  • Motivational interviewing for at-risk patients with Type 2 DM
  • Nurses and creative writing
  • Social media and stress management for medical students
  • Transitional care for frail older adults
  • Therapeutic writing intervention for persons with Type 2 diabetes

Research in progress:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Development of the RAS (Relational Aggression Scale)
  • Use of EW (expressive writing) via social media for stress relief
  • Relational aggression in nurses and physicians
  • The cadaver as crucible
  • Social fictions

Dr. Dellasega is also a nurse practitioner and the award winning author of seven commercial books on female relationships.  She created Club and Camp Ophelia for girls in 2001 and continues to share her expertise on female relationships in the popular press and real time venues around the world.

First Fridays Lectures

 

 

Cheryl Dellasega.com

 

 

Club Ophelia

 

 

Current CV

Daniel George, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Quality of life and dementia
  • Intergenerational relationships
  • Narrative medicine
  • Farmers’ markets and public health interventions
  • Social media in academic medicine
  • Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), which has been translated into German, French, Italian, and Japanese.
Farmers Market

 

 

Myth of Alzheimers BLOG

 

 

TimeSlips

 

 

Current CV

  Michael Green, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Professor of Humanities and Medicine
A physician and bioethicist.
Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee
Director of the Program in Bioethics
RESEARCH and ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • Currently Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine, where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics.
  • Published numerous articles and received many grant awards for his research, which most recently has focused on helping patients make informed decisions.
  • Co-creator of “Making Your Wishes Known,” an interactive computer-based decision aid that helps individuals be better prepared to make medical decisions when they can no longer speak for themselves.
  • Pioneer in the field of “Graphic Medicine,” having co-organized several international conferences on Comics and Medicine. For the past several years has taught a course on the topic to 4th-year medical students at Hershey
  • Co-author of a recent paper published in the BMJ on Comics and Medicine.
Ethics and Professionalism
Advance Directives Research

 

 

Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives

 

 

Current CV

Benjamin H. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Humanities
Director, Center for the Protection of Children from Abuse
Penn State Children’s Hospital
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
ACADEMIC INTERESTS:
Current Teaching:

  • Ethics and Professionalism, course for 2nd-year medical students (Co-Director)
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, month-long seminar for 4th-year medical students
  • Clinical Pediatrics, lectures & informal teaching to residents and med students
  • Pediatric Ethics, quarterly seminar for pediatrics residents
  • Pediatric Ethics, monthly seminar for 3rd-year med students on pediatrics clerkship
  • MICU/SICU Ethics Conference, monthly seminar for Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit residents, fellows and attending physicians (Facilitator)
  • Pediatric Critical Care Ethics, twice yearly seminar for critical care nurses (Lecturer)
Look Out for Child Abuse

 

 

Center for the Protection of Children

 

Reasonable Suspicion

 

 

Ethics and Professionalism

 

Current CV

Kimberly R.  Myers, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities and English
Academic Research Interests

  •             pathography
  •             literature and medicine
  •             medical creative writing
  •             pedagogy in medicine
  •             graphic medicine
  •             narrative competence
  •             cultural competence
  •             chronic illness
Putting it into Words

 

Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives

 

Selected Publications

 

Physician Writers Group

 

Wild Onions

Rebecca Volpe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities
Director, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service
Ethics Education

  • Training currently practicing members of ethics committees
  • Teaching moral method
  • Teaching ethics to medical students
  • Effective teaching interventions for practicing providers

Organizational Ethics

  • Organizational cynicism in hospital employees
  • Power and hierarchy in the medical setting
Current CV

 
Ethics Committee (internal use only)

Wolpaw Portrait 2x2 Daniel R. Wolpaw, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and HumanitiesDirector, Kienle Center for Humanistic MedicineVice Chair for Educational Affairs, Dept of Medicine
Academic Research Interests:

  • Patient stories and bedside communication
  • Adaptive expertise
  • Critical thinking
  • Medical education
  • Longitudinal learning relationships
Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine

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