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When he is not teaching at Drew, Thaler is a senior advisor in the Office of the Director of the U.S. Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. Prior to his appointment as senior advisor, Thaler served as a Commissioner in the Metropolitan New York Field Office of FMCS, where he mediated disputes involving collective bargaining, grievances filed by employees to enforce their rights under collective bargaining agreements, and employment discrimination cases in the equal employment opportunity context for multiple federal sector agencies. In addition to his dispute resolution caseload, Thaler designed and facilitated labor-management committee cooperation efforts involving major hospitals and unions in the New York City area, and also trained labor and management partners in many industries in core relationship and communications skills to help them better administer their collective bargaining agreements.
Internationally, Thaler has trained officials from several U.S. and foreign government agencies in mediation and conflict management. He has worked in Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, Mozambique, Panama, Peru, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam, in addition to training incoming delegations from China, Haiti and Tajikistan. In 2015, Professor Thaler was named to the international roster of mediators for United Nations and United Nations Staff Management Committee.
In her role as a humanities educator she works with resident physicians, medical students, hospital professional and support staff, community members and patients bringing humanities activities to support reflection and to evoke stories of illness and insight into the illness experience. The goal of her sustained work is to illuminate the voices of patients, families and clinicians as they intersect at the time of illness, in order to support each as they travel the path together. Gross has developed many programs which support this work at the hospital. As Palliative Care Community Liaison, Gross develops educational programs which help community members understand the philosophy and practice of Palliative Care. She facilitates Literature and Medicine seminars to provoke conversation of medical themes. She has worked with stroke patients, cancer patients, elders and people living with Parkinson’s disease and memory loss. She works with diverse populations in helping people tell their stories.
Paul Kadetz holds the Robert Fisher Oxnam Chair of Science and Society at Drew University. In addition to serving as the Director of the Medical Humanities programs at Drew, Paul is in the Department of Anthropology. He is also a senior research fellow at the University of Liverpool in China, an Associate and Lecturer of the China Centre for Health and Humanity at University College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK). Prior to coming to Drew University, Paul designed, taught and convened global and public health programs at Leiden University (in the Netherlands) and The University of Liverpool in China, and assisted in the development of a masters program in medical humanities (China Health and Humanity) at University College London. Paul comes to Drew from Marshall University where he served as the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Director of the MPH program.
Paul completed his doctorate in the Department of International Development, at The University of Oxford. He also holds a MPH in International Health and Development (Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine); a MSc in Medical Anthropology (Oxford); a BA in Psychology (NYU); a BSN in Nursing, and a post-masters certificate in Teacher Education (Pennsylvania). Clinically, Paul is an Adult Nurse Practitioner (MSN, Vanderbilt), a critical care nurse and an Acupuncturist/Herbalist (LAc; MSOM, Samra University, USA with internship at Dong Zhi Men Hospital/Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China). In his youth, Paul attended the Juilliard School.
Paul’s areas of research bridge the fields of International Health and Development, Critical Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Paul served as a researcher for the Western Pacific Region Office of the World Health Organization. His co-edited volume, Handbook of Welfare in China, was published by Edward Elgar in July 2017. And his co-edited volume, Creating Katrina, Rebuilding Resilience: Lessons from New Orleans on Vulnerability and Resiliency published by Elsevier is forthcoming Autumn 2017.
She was a leader in the State’s initiatives for out-of-hospital DNR orders in 1997 and currently serves on the New Jersey POLST Task Force. As a member of the NJ Bar Association’s End-of-Life Task Force, she promotes partnering with the legal community to create more effective advance directives for health care and serves on Allspire Health Care Partners, a five-health care system partnership in NJ and PA to improve advance care planning and end-of-life care in our hospitals and communities. Most recently, Kerwin was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to serve on the State’s newly formed Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. Prior to her work in palliative care, she was the Director of Emergency Medical Services for Atlantic Health System and a practicing mobile intensive care paramedic until 2002, bringing her passion and expertise for high quality end-of-life care to the field of emergency medical care.
Kerwin holds a Master’s and Doctorate of Medical Humanities from Drew University, has a Bachelor’s in Public Health from Rutgers University, a Certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Columbia University and is a Faculty Scholar in the Palliative Care Education & Practice Program from Harvard Medical School.
Kopchinsky has served as an educational officer on the board of directors of rehabilitation facilities. She specializes in written procedures, policies in a rehabilitative environment for young women of diverse backgrounds who suffer from addictions. She develops “self-wellness, ethics and esteem” programs for female residents of such facilities. She lectures for the New Jersey Drug Court Program on expressive, therapeutic narrative and ethics; and has collaborated on numerous publications for the New Jersey Drug Court Program.
She is affiliated with the “Angel for Students” program for community student scholarship based upon financial need in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, as well as a member of Phi-Theta Kappa International Scholastic Order; Member of Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology; Pinnacle Honor Society: Winner of Outstanding Achievement Award Spring 2006 for outstanding business, academic and cultural achievement. She is winner of the Schering-Plough Scholarship (2008) for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities. She is a three-time alumna of Drew University and serves on the Drew Alumni Council. As a professor at Drew Caspersen Graduate School, her expertise is in clinical narrative; humanism; contemporary psycho-social issues including pain and major chronic depression on the human condition. Kopchinsky coaches dissertational students by utilizing unique narrative templates of composition and ethics.
A newly appointed trustee of Drew University, her special talent develops existing Drew University strengths, especially in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies; extends and build medical humanity offerings; her past, vast business expertise offers medical links to military medicine and to addiction issues; and supports new programming in the area of business humanities. These opportunities will strengthen and expand the construct of business humanism at Caspersen Graduate School in terms of the commercial applications of the Medical Humanities degree and its product offering/capability to students.