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Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Alan Dow, MD, MSHA

Alan Dow, MD, MSHA is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directs the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at VCU and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across seven schools at VCU, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. Under his leadership, the Center’s programs engage over 1500 students, faculty, staff, and practitioners annually. He has been supported in this work with funding from the Josiah H. Macy, Jr Foundation as one of the inaugural class of Macy Faculty Scholars, a highly competitive national program focused on developing the next generation of educational leaders. He researches, writes about, and speaks on healthcare teams through a translational approach, studying the basic science of teamwork in healthcare and applying these insights to innovation in education, practice, and health policy. He is currently funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Dow serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care and the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice as well as the board of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. A practicing internist, Alan attended medical school at Washington University and completed residency in internal medicine and a health administration degree at VCU.

Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP

Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP, is Assistant Dean and Director of the Indiana University Interprofessional Health Education and Practice Center and Associate Professor of Family Medicine. She leads the implementation of TEACH (Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Health Care) across Indiana University’s health science education programs and academic health centers. Through TEACH, Indiana Unviersity intends to prepare all of its health sciences students to work together interprofessionally to improve individual and population health.

Dr. Pfeifle has worked in a number of areas of curricular and educational change in medicine, physical therapy, and other health sciences professions. Her scholarship has been in the areas of interprofessional education and practice, clinical faculty development; sustainable instructional design principles in health sciences education, and the assessment and evaluation of individual student and program-level outcomes during clinical and other forms of experiential education. She consults across the country to support the integration of interprofessional education and practice competencies academic and practice setttings.

Dr. Pfeifle graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.H.S. in Physical Therapy. She holds a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Design and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction also from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to academics, she was the owner and president of Physical Therapy Services, a contract rehabilitation business managing and staffing multiple ambulatory care, outpatient, home health, nursing home and hospital-based rehabilitation services in Kentucky.

Barbara Brandt, PhD

Dr. Barbara Brandt is renowned for her work in health professional education, and specifically, interprofessional education and continuing education, Dr. Barbara Brandt serves as the associate vice president for education within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, and she is responsible for the University’s 1Health initiative to build the interprofessional practice skills of students and faculty in a broad range of health professions. Dr. Brandt is also the director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a public-private partnership and cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 2012.

In her leadership roles, Dr. Brandt has served as a consultant, advisor and speaker for a wide variety of organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, the Academy of Healthcare Improvement, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education (specializing in continuing professional education for the health professions) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2013 she was recognized as a University of Illinois Distinguished Alumna. She completed W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Barbara Jones, PhD, MSW

Dr. Barbara L. Jones is assistant dean for health affairs and professor at the UT Austin School of Social Work. She is also co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice. Barbara is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice where she is also the Vice-Chair of the Social Work Academy. Barbara is the 2014 recipient of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Outstanding Training and Education award. She is the past president of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW) and recipient of the 2013 APOSW Social Worker of the Year Award. She is a co-investigator on the ExCEL in Social Work, an NCI-funded project to train oncology social workers in psychosocial oncology. Barbara is a Steering Committee member of the Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network of North America, a Project on Death in America Social Work Scholar and the 2009 Recipient of the PDIA Social Work Leadership Award. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Her clinical experience has been primarily in the fields of AYA oncology, children and adolescent grief and loss, pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, grief, trauma, and survival. She is currently conducting research on pediatric palliative care, resilience of family members, pediatric oncology social work interventions, Latino adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors, and health promotion needs of AYA cancer survivors.

Christine A. Arenson, MD

Christine A. Arenson, MD is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also Co-Directs the Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education. Dr. Arenson graduated from the University of Delaware in 1986 and Jefferson Medical College in 1990. She completed family medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, serving as chief resident in 1993, followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine. She currently serves as Secretary/ Treasurer of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, is a member of the Data Repository Advisory Committee of the National Coordinating Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and is the Chief Medical Officer for Jefferson practices in the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization. Current projects include implementing a new Advanced Primary Care Model across a growing Jefferson primary care network and designing education to improve interprofessional team performance in healthcare.

Clyde Evans, PhD

Dr. Evans is president of CE Consulting, providing a range of career, professional, and organizational consultation to individuals and institutions in academic and health related fields. He is also a senior consultant with the AAL Group, working in the areas of professional and executive development, organizational management, teambuilding, interprofessional education, and executive coaching. Since 2002 he has been a consultant to the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research as a co­coordinator of the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force. His activities have included the areas of clinical prevention and population health, undergraduate public health, and interprofessional education. He spent 13 years at Harvard Medical School as a member of the faculty, director of the Office for Academic Careers, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. In the Office for Academic Careers, Dr. Evans provided individual career and personal consultation to junior faculty and was also responsible for identifying and addressing institutional impediments to career success and advancement for all faculty and fellows, with special attention to the barriers faced by women and minorities. In 1996 he spent one year as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working for Senator Bill Frist on biomedical research, bioengineering, academic health centers, and cloning. In 1997, he was a Scholar­in­ Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges, working on leadership issues with the Council of Deans. From 1998­2006 he was vice president at the Association of Academic Health Centers where he was also director of the American Network of Health Promoting Universities, a project that encouraged and supported health­promoting partnerships between universities and communities. Dr. Evans has conducted numerous seminars on professional and executive development, especially for minority and women faculty. He has served in a number of advisory capacities, including the Examination Committee of the Graduate Record Examination, grant review panels for the National Cancer Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health. His recent publications focus on faculty development and leadership issues in academic health centers and on prevention, population health, and interprofessional education for health professions students. Dr. Evans is a former trustee at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and at Regis College and on the board of directors of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Program.

Devin Nickol, MD

Devin Nickol, MD is the founding Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. He is a practicing general internist and associate professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he serves as Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education. He lectures and directs courses within UNMC’s College of Medicine, and travels to western Nebraska each summer to teach Field Epidemiology to undergraduate science majors at the University of Nebraska’s Cedar Point Biological Station.

Gail M. Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FNAP

Dr. Jensen is Dean of the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies, Vice Provost for Learning and Assessment, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Faculty Associate, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University. She known nationally and internationally for scholarly contributions in expert practice, clinical reasoning, professional ethics, and interprofessional education. Dr. Jensen is author or coauthor of more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has coauthored 10 books, including the third edition of Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists; Leadership in Interprofessional Health Education and Practice; Realising Exemplary Practice-Base Education; Expertise in Physical Therapy Practice (2nd edition); and Educating for Moral Action: A Sourcebook in Health and Rehabilitation Ethics. She is the founding Director for the Office of Interprofessional Scholarship, Service and Education (OISSE) at Creighton. Dr. Jensen has been principal or co-investigator for four HRSA funded interdisciplinary education projects that contributed to a 15 year academic-community partnerships with Omaha and Winnebago Native American communities in northeast Nebraska. She was appointed by Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the Federal Advisory Board on Community-Based Linkages and served on that board from 2005-2009. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). She was recently named as a fellow in the Physical Therapy Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Jensen received her PhD in educational evaluation with a minor in sociology from Stanford University. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN

Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, past chair of AIHC, is the Director of the Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.  Dr. Lamb teaches interprofessional courses in the PhD program in Nursing and Health Innovation and ASU’s Design School and directs a multi-year interprofessional primary care project funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.  She is a member of the Arizona Nexus Innovation Incubator with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a state collaborative to advance evaluation of teamwork and patient outcomes.  Dr. Lamb has attended and presented papers at all of the Collaborating Across Borders conferences in the United States and Canada.

Heather Hageman, MBA

Heather Hageman is the inaugural director of the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at Washington University Medical Center, a collaboration between Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine. Her background is in strategic planning, program and outcomes assessment, accreditation, and project management. Hageman has more than 20 years’ experience in medical education, most recently as director for educational planning and program assessment in the Office of Education at Washington University’s School of Medicine. She was also the operations director of the Standardized Patient Center, a resource to health professions programs on the medical campus that provides simulated clinical experiences for learners using individuals trained to portray patient cases in a consistent manner. Previously, Heather has presented nationally and internationally regarding outcomes assessment of the MD education program and served on three Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) national committees: AAMC Student Survey Advisory Board (chair), the AAMC’s Medbiquitous Steering and Curriculum Inventory Committees for standard setting of curriculum mapping, and the AAMC’s MedAps Board regarding educational benchmarking tools. Previous regional AAMC Group on Educational Affairs involvement included serving as Member at Large, planning and hosting several annual meetings, and being named the CGEA Laureate in 2013. Hageman is a certified facilitrainer with NCCJ St. Louis and a 2010 alumna of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge, an annual traveling symposium designed to bring together women leaders from global corporations, small business, academia, government agencies and non-profit organizations to broaden participation of women in addressing critical issues facing Missouri.

Ivy Oandasan MD, CCFP, MHSc, FCFP

Ivy Oandasan is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a part-time academic family physician practicing within the Toronto Western Family health Team. She has been involved in teaching and research since 1997.

Passionate about enhancing the education provided to health professional learners, Dr. Oandasan’s main scholarly area has been in curriculum development and research related to community oriented primary care, health advocacy and interprofessional education. In January of 2006, Dr. Oandasan was named the inaugural Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (U of T). She held this leadership position for three years successfully fulfilling her mandate to develop the organizational structures and strategies to implement a mandatory IPE curriculum for the ten U of T health care discipline programs beginning in the Fall of 2009. In her role as Director she was able to catalyze relationships within and across hospitals and the university health science faculties to advance interprofessional education and interprofessional care.

Now as the Director of Education for the Division of Academic Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Dr Oandasan is responsible for supporting the implementation of family medicine education across the continuum of learning for family physicians (Undergraduate exposure to Family medicine, the delivery of Post-graduate Education and influencing learning in the early years of practice. The CFPC is the national certifying and accrediting body for family medicine in Canada. Her role at the College in leading and advancing change builds upon her work at the University of Toronto.

Dr.Oandasan has a solid academic track record publishing, presenting and acquiring research grants particularly focusing on educational scholarship within interprofessional education and family medicine education. Interested in the pursuit of educational policy at a systems level, Dr. Oandasan has been involved in a number of initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. She was the project lead for the Health Canada report describing the environmental scan and literature review to advance interprofessional education for collaborative patient centred practice in Canada. In October 2007 she was named the provincial co-lead for the Ontario Ministry of Health’s HealthForceOntario Interprofessional Care Project - Advancing a Blueprint for Action for Interprofessional Care. She continues to work at a provincial and national level to influence system change. Her burning educational platform remains to foster a generation of competent and caring healthcare professionals who believe in the practice of interprofessional patient-centred care. Considered an expert in the field of Interprofessional Education, she grounds her knowledge and practice through her work as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator.

Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP, FNAP

Jean has worked as a Professor of Nursing, Director of Medical Surgical and Ambulatory Care Services, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and now serves as the Vice Provost for Health at Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) annual enrollment is over 25,000 students with over 1/3 of the students pursuing a health-related degree. Jean’s role includes providing leadership for and coordinating health-related initiatives for the University, developing and strengthening community partnerships, developing a strategic plan for health, administering health compliance and health contracts for the University, overseeing the Simulation and Learning Resource Center and GVSU Scribe Academy, hosting health-related university events and leading the Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC).

Jean currently serves as the principal investigator of a grant project jointly funded the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services titled, “Improving Outcomes in Adults with Diabetes through an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Education Program”. She served as the lead for Grand Valley on a U.S. Health and Human Services Nursing Education and Practice Quality Research Grant that implemented and tested the MIPERC Interprofessional collaborative practice model in nurse managed centers. She also served as the principle investigator of the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Education Project funded by the Department of Defense, the Safety Culture Transformation Study funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, and as Grand Valley’s project director for a Kellogg grant to develop two primary care nurse managed health centers. Jean has authored numerous publications and serves on multiple community boards.

Jean earned her Nursing Diploma from Mercy Central School of Nursing, Bachelors of Nursing from Nazareth College, Masters of Nursing from Wayne State University, PhD from the University of Florida, and Post-Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Wisconsin. In 2014, Jean was elected to membership as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.

Lesley Bainbridge BSR(PT), MEd, PhD

Dr. Lesley Bainbridge holds a master’s degree in education and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree with a focus on interprofessional health education. She is the Director, Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Principal, College of Health Disciplines at the University of British Columbia and has held these positions since 2005. She acted as Head of the Physical Therapy program and interim Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, both at UBC, prior to her current positions and prior to that worked for 5 years as a clinical physical therapist and for 15 years in senior administrative positions in the health system.

Dr. Bainbridge’s areas of special interest are interprofessional health education (IPE), collaborative practice, leadership, evaluation of IPE, curriculum development related to IPE, interprofessional practice education and other areas related to IPE such as rural health, geriatrics and underserved populations.

Dr. Bainbridge has been, and is currently, principal or co-investigator on several Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grants, Health Canada’s “Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient Centred Practice” project in BC, and several other research grants related to IPE, community teachers and shared decision making. She is involved with the Future of Medical Education in Canada and its recommendation related to inter and intraprofessional education and co-chaired the Standards Development Working Group for a national Accreditation for Inter-professional Health Education project. She has published in peer reviewed journals on IPE and informed shared decision making and has presented on IPE related topics at several national and international conferences.

Phillip G. Clark, ScD

Dr. Phillip G. Clark is Professor and Director of both the Program in Gerontology and the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rhode Island. He was awarded a Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University in 1979, and during 1980-81 was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ethics and Public Policy at Wesleyan University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Guelph and Toronto in Canada (1988-89), a Fulbright Scholar at Buskerud University College in Norway (2007), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield and Bournemouth University in England (2013).

His experience includes teaching health care teamwork, developing interprofessional health care research and demonstration projects, and consulting on interprofessional educational development and evaluation in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is co-author of Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching (Auburn House/Greenwood, 2000); his work has been published in The Gerontologist, The Canadian Journal on Aging, Ageing and Society, Journal of Aging Studies, Educational Gerontology, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Dr. Clark has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over $17 million in grants, and he is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Ruby Grymonpre BSc(Pharm), PharmD, FCSHP

Dr. Ruby Grymonpre is a professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Ruby’s interest in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPE&CP) stemmed from 25 years of experience in ‘Geriatric Pharmacy’ where her scholarly work involved an exploration of medication management issues in older adults and provided evidence to support the important role of the pharmacist on interprofessional geriatric teams.

The receipt of a $1.3 million dollar Health Canada grant for the project entitled: “Interprofessional Education in Geriatric Care” in 2005 marked a turning point in Dr. Grymonpre’s career. Between 2008-2015 Dr. Grymonpre was the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Coordinator for the University of Manitoba. Between 2007-2011 she was actively involved in the Health Canada funded Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education (AIPHE) project, serving as the educator consultant and co-chair. Ruby has been a Steering Committee member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) since its inception in 2005, a co-chair to the CIHC Evaluation subcommittee, and most recently appointed to the Board of the CIHC. She continues to publish and present her scholarly work in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, with a particular interest in program evaluation, IP clinical placements, bridging partnerships between academia and practice, and health human resource outcomes.

Sarah Shrader, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CDE

Sarah Shrader, the current chair of AIHC, graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Kansas and completed two years of post-graduate pharmacy residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed a PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice followed by a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care/family medicine.

Her current position is Clinical Associate Professor at the University Of Kansas School Of Pharmacy. She is the Director of Interprofessional Education in the School of Pharmacy. She was previously an assistant/associate professor at the St Louis College of Pharmacy and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy- MUSC Campus.

She works closely with the center for interprofessional education at the university level, specifically focusing efforts on campus-wide longitudinal curriculum activities, simulation, faculty development, and clinical practice site/preceptor development for interprofessional practice and education. Her current pharmacy practice site is in the Family Medicine Interprofessional Teaching Clinic. She has presented and published scholarship of her efforts with interprofessional education and practice.

Sheree Aston, OD, MA, PhD

Sheree Aston, OD, MA, PhD is currently Vice Provost and Professor of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU). She founded and oversees the Interprofessional Education Program (IPE) at WesternU. She currently serves on as a Trustee on the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and is the US Co-Chair of Collaborating across Borders VI – a major biannual North American IPE conference. D r. Aston was Director of the Geriatric IPE project at the California Geriatric Education Center (CGEC), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Aston’s has been involved in health professional education for more than two decades. Her various roles have included department chairperson, associate dean, chief advancement officer and non-profit board of trustee. She has authored and co-authored more than a dozen articles in refereed IPE, health, aging and rehabilitation journals; authored a clinical geriatric text and co-authored a faculty manual on optometric gerontology; served as the director of several public-funded training grants and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on interprofessional education, geriatrics and clinical education in a variety of health, aging and rehabilitation venues.

Dr. Aston received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1982 and her Masters degree in Gerontology and Doctorate of Philosophy in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and 1993 respectively.

Susan Tappert, PT, MS, DPT

Dr. Tappert received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, her MS in PT from University of Health Sciences, and her Doctor of PT from Rosalind Franklin University.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative. She is one of the nine original members of the National Academies of Practice - Physical Therapy Academy. Her accomplishments include professional presentations to regional, national, and international audiences as well as publications on IPE related topics.

In 2004 she became the co-developer and director of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s first Interprofessional Healthcare Teams course for all entering first year students in 8 healthcare programs. Also in 2004 Dr. Tappert initiated the University-wide Interprofessional Curriculum Committee. She continues to work diligently to develop and expand the culture of Interprofessionalism at the University until her semi-retirement in 2015.

Dr. Tappert was appointed chair and tasked with developing the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies Department in 2005. As chair, she directed and significantly contributed to the development of both the MS in Women’s Health and MS in Health Professions Education, both have interprofessionalism imbedded into all of the courses.

The RFUMS Interprofessional Institute was initiated in July of 2012. As the Founding Director of the Institute, Dr. Tappert oversaw and significantly participated in its development and projects. She has over 25 years of experience in physical therapy education and over 10 years of experience teaching in interprofessional courses.