JWU College of Health & Wellness

Nancy R. Dooley Named Interim OTD Program Director

Nancy R. Dooley, Ph.D., OTR/L, CDP has been named interim director of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program (OTD) at Johnson & Wales University.

Topics: Faculty Occupational Therapy Academics

JWU Students Come Together for a Cheesy Collaboration

What happens when you mix together occupational therapy doctorate students, culinary arts students, and cauliflower béchamel? A “Chopped and Cheese” interprofessional event, resulting in six delicious (and healthy) macaroni and cheese dishes.

Topics: Competitions Culinary Arts Nutrition & Wellness Health & Wellness Academic Collaborations Occupational Therapy

From Patient to PA Practitioner: Elizabeth Heisler ’17

Most people don’t have a defining moment in their lives to point to and say, “This is what changed things for me.” Elizabeth Heisler ’17 has two — one that brought her to her profession as a physician assistant, and one that brought her to Penn Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Topics: Alumni Physician Assistant Studies Health & Wellness

Going Green: OTD Students Explore Dietetics

A quick online search for healthy, balanced diets results in an overwhelming amount of conflicting diet advice: keto, Atkins, paleo, lemon detox, Whole30, and the cabbage soup diet are just some of the trending fads. Chef Todd Seyfarth, program director for the Culinary Nutrition and the Dietetics and Applied Nutrition programs at JWU, is here to set the record straight.

Topics: Culinary Nutrition Dietetics & Applied Nutrition Health & Wellness Occupational Therapy Interdisciplinary

Reaching Across the Barn: OTD and Equine-Assisted Therapy

There’s more to an occupational therapist’s work than what can be found in hospital settings. The faculty of JWU’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program know this, and are teaching their first cohort of students just how wide the world of occupational therapy can be with a visit to the Center for Equine Studies.

Topics: Health & Wellness Arts & Sciences Equine Occupational Therapy Interdisciplinary

Amy Wagenfeld Brings Research, Collaboration to OTD Program

Can a student in an occupational therapy program find value in the culinary world? What about in design, marketing, or even equine studies? Associate Professor and Capstone Coordinator Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, aims to prove that there is tremendous value in collaboration across disciplines with the Johnson & Wales Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. And it’s not on a whim — her entire career has been based on collaboration with unlikely partners to enhance life for those with physical, mental, and social-emotional disabilities.

Topics: Health & Wellness Graduate Programs Academic Collaborations Faculty Occupational Therapy

Building a Legacy: PA Students Earn White Coats

On a brightly-lit stage on a beautifully sunny day in June, 35 white coats hung in wait for the members of the Class of 2020 Physician Assistant Studies program. The symbolic White Coat Ceremony at Johnson & Wales University, held at the mid-way point of the year-round, 24-month program, marks the beginning of students’ clinical training.

Topics: Physician Assistant Studies Health & Wellness Graduate Programs

‘Do Good Things’: JWU Graduates Fourth Class of Physician Assistants

As 35 new Physician Assistant Studies graduates prepared to receive their diplomas, JWU Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa LP.D, ’92, praised their hard work, dedication and compassion: “As you graduate this morning, know that your degree comes with our trust and confidence that you will treat every patient with empathy and compassion. You will make a difference in their lives because the care you will provide will be guided by your heart.”

Topics: Commencement

From Internship to Publication: Cheyenne Thompson Takes It On


Health Science major Cheyenne Thompson is a self-described “total freak for health insurance.” In fact, one of her goals is to read the entire Affordable Care Act before she graduates — which is over a thousand pages, she notes. “I absolutely love health insurance. The way that it affects every single person is something that is super impactful.”

Topics: Johnson & Wales University Internships Health & Wellness Faculty Health Science

Can Twitterbots Improve Public Health? An Interview with Jonathan Noel

Assistant professor Jonathan Noel, PhD, decided to go into the field of public health when he saw how creating the right policies and programs could improve the health of millions of people. He's been involved in evaluation studies on alcohol advertising within social media. And what he's learned might change the way public health campaigns are delivered — and more importantly, improve people's health.

Topics: Health & Wellness Public Health