Archives For: August 2013

Saybrook Faculty Member Conducts Research Project on Work Motivation and Retention in Nursing

May D. Moller, DNP. and Devorah Curtis, PhD

The health care profession is famous for burn-out - but also for the selfless dedication of its practitioners.  Why is it that some well-meaning practitioners to happily devote their lives to serving others, while equally well-meaning heal care providers succumb to the stress and hardships they face?

That's the question underlying research now being undertaken by Saybrook faculty member Dr. Devorah Curtis, along with colleague Dr. Mary Moller as they prepare a pilot study to identify work motivation and commitment factors that impact staff and faculty nurse retention.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Candidate, Carrie Phelps, brings Mind-Body Medicine to the 2013 National Wellness Conference

Carrie Phelps (Left) with Colleagues at National Wellness Conference


Carrie Phelps is a PhD student in the Healthcare Systems specialization in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine. (Carrie Phelps is seen on the left above with colleagues at the National Wellness Conference).  Carrie has been attending and speaking at the National Wellness Conference for the past 16 years. This year's Conference was especially rewarding for her as she presented with her friend, Saybrook colleague, and business partner Char Conlin.  Char and Carrie conducted a breakout session called Contrary to Popular Practice: Building Wellness Programs for the 21st Century to a packed house. The presentation was based on the information revealed in Carrie’s and Char’s pilot study, which focused on the examination of the characteristics and attributes of a traditional health promotion program within an organizational system (in order to gain a deeper understanding of what works and what doesn’t work within traditional health promotion programming).

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New MBM PhD Address National Wellness Conference on Food Addiction and Physician Biases toward Obese Patients

 Dr. LaVera Forbes at School of Mind-Body Medicine Graduation


LaVera J. Forbes, PhD, is one of the first two PhD graduates of the School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. On May 13, 2013 she passed her dissertation conference, based on her dissertation on: Food Addiction: An Overlooked Cause of Persistent Overweight and Obesity.  On July 17, she presented her Saybrook dissertation research at the National Wellness Conference (NWC) in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  The NWC is one of the most prominent North American conferences on wellness, health promotion, and health and wellness coaching.  Dr. Forbes spoke on the topic of food addiction and physician weight bias.  Her session educated participants on the recent theoretical advancements that explain some aspects of modern obesity, helped them identify the symptoms of food addiction and signs of physician weight bias. She gave participants a variety of new tools and resources for incorporating the concepts into their own lives or wellness programs.

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