Meet the Team
Andrea Pfeifle- Director for the Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice
Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, PT, FNAP, is Assistant Dean and Director of the Indiana University Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Pfeifle‘s recent work has focused on interprofessional education and teaching collaborative practice models across medical and health science education programs. She works in the areas of clinical faculty development; sustainable instructional design principles in medical and health sciences education; and assessment and evaluation of individual student and program-level outcomes during clinical and other forms of experiential education.
Dr. Pfeifle joins IU from the University of Kentucky, where she is the director of the Center for Interprofessional Health Care Education, Research and Practice and an assistant professor of family and community medicine.
Dr. Pfeifle graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979 with a B.H.S. in Physical Therapy. She completed a Master of Science in Instructional Systems Design in 1985 and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007 from the University of Kentucky where she has been on the faculty there since 1998. Before joining the University of Kentucky, Dr. Pfeifle was the founding director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program at Midway College and had been 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. She also served as the director of outpatient rehabilitation services at four hospitals in Kentucky.
Angela McNelis – Associate Director for Evaluation and Scholarship
Dr. Angela McNelis, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE, Professor of Nursing, is a leader, scholar, and educator transforming nursing education through her evidence-based research, landmark studies, pedagogical innovations, and dissemination of results locally, nationally and internationally. Her leadership and work advances the science by developing evidence to direct transformative changes in education across pre-licensure, graduate and doctoral education. She has made impressive contributions to disciplinary understanding of the challenges of current clinical education models and how student-faculty interactions promote (or fail to promote) student learning. From her pivotal national study exploring the state of undergraduate clinical education, to studies providing the evidence for transforming a Psychiatric CNS Program into an innovative Psychiatric-Mental Health Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Program, her work addresses today’s community and healthcare needs and serves as models for other programs across the country.
Her scholarship in interprofessional education furthers the mission of integrating mental (substance use) and physical health in the community by preparing nurses, social workers, and medical residents to address psychiatric and mental health concerns in their care delivery. Along the continuum of higher education, her work exploring doctoral education is providing the necessary evidence to guide revision of doctoral programs to prepare our next generation of faculty and nursing leaders. The evidence from several studies is already changing doctoral curricula. Dr. McNelis’s leadership significantly impacts education across the spectrum through her evidence-based research that calls for transformation in both the didactic and clinical arenas to prepare better graduates to deliver safe, patient quality care in healthcare settings.
Dr. McNelis will lead the identification of metrics, implement processes, distill results, and disseminate findings that support IU IPE program evaluation and advance scholarship around interprofessional education and practice that prepares students in the health sciences schools for collaborative practice that improves individual and population health outcomes.
Laura Romito - Associate Director for Faculty Development
Laura Romito, DDS, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) and Associate Director for Faculty Development and Leadership, IU Center for Interprofessional health Education and Practice. Dr. Romito earned a B.S. in Food Science & Nutrition and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following completion of a general practice residency at the University of Nebraska, she entered a private dental practice. As a result of her growing interest in health behavior change and its interrelationship to oral and systemic health, she earned a Master’s degree in Health Promotion in 2001 from Nebraska Methodist College. She began her full time academic career at Creighton University School of Dentistry (CUSD) and in 2005 joined IUSD. In 2008 she completed training at the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Education Program and was certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist. At IUSD, she serves as a clinical instructor, course director for didactic pre-doctoral and dental hygiene courses and director of the school's tobacco dependence education program. She has been involved with interprofessional education since 2011 having served on several committees which provided the framework for the creation of the IU Center for Interprofessional Education and Practice, developing collaborative interprofessional education activities, and providing leadership for the faculty interprofessional education group at the School of Dentistry.
Dr. Romito will lead faculty development in the Center by working with faculty members to develop and strengthen their ability to effectively incorporate interprofessional education into their teaching and course development.
Heather McCabe - Associate Director for Interprofessional Practice Integration and Outreach
Heather A. McCabe, JD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. She also serves as adjunct professor at both the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She holds a BA in Psychology and English from Indiana University – Bloomington, an MSW from Indiana University School of Social Work, and a JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Professor McCabe’s research is done at the intersection of law, social work, and public health. Her research translates complex legal issues and research findings across multiple professions to make the information accessible for use by practitioners and advocates in improving population health. She has published in traditional academic journals and has also been sought by media to explain core issues of public health policy.
Professor McCabe serves as the Chair of the Law Section of the American Public Health Association. She also has been instrumental in developing interprofessional health education opportunities on the Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis campus. She has served as a medical social worker at a pediatric tertiary care hospital. As well as providing direct care, she has served in the policy arena as the Executive Director for the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Her research interests are primarily in interprofessional collaboration, health policy, and public health.
Professor McCabe will lead competency-based interprofessional team practice integration in clinical and other forms of experiential education and service learning throughout the IU Community and the development of evidence-based collaborative practice models that prepare students for meaningful collaborative practice.
Donald “Joey” Woodyard - Special Projects Director
Donald "Joey" Woodyard is a pioneer and leader in developing and implementing Interprofessional Education Initiatives. Mr. Woodyard spent the better part of his tenure in medical education working to create collaborative synergies among educators and practitioners across different professions both within healthcare and with outside entities such as law schools. Mr. Woodyard has extensive experience in patient simulation and clinical skills assessment as he directed the Simulation Center, student assessment, and Continuing Professional Development at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine from 2005-2013.
As a member of the teaching faculty at UNC, Mr. Woodyard developed the first Interprofessional Teamwork & Communication Course. An elective for medical, nursing and pharmacy students, this semester-long course exposed learners to the types and causes of medical error and provided tools and simulation-based training to help avoid and correct them. Certified from Duke University in 2008 as a Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS, he helped develop team training programs and protocols for faculty development and UNC Healthcare initiatives. Mr. Woodyard has presented on his IPE work to international audiences at meetings across the country and recently co-authored a chapter on these efforts in Reflective Organizations. Joey joined Indiana University in 2013 as the Vice Chair for Finance & Administration for the School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine. Since arriving to IU, Woodyard has helped develop the department's continuing medical education programs to include patient simulation opportunities. Mr. Woodyard has served in several professional organizations, most notably as Vice President of Finance for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators.
Joey Woodyard will lead the development and implementation of selected IP Core Curriculum anchors, beginning with a four-part simulation sequence that prepares students across the health sciences schools of Indiana University and Pharmacy of Purdue University for interprofessional collaborative practice that supports learning outcomes and equips IU graduates to work across professions to achieve the Triple Aim of improved patients’ experience, improved population health, and reduced per capita cost (Berwick, 2008).
Aurelian Bidulescu - Special Project Leader for IU Nexus Innovations Incubator Research
Aurelian Bidulescu, PhD, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington. Dr. Bidulescu accomplished his clinical training in Bucharest, Romania and in Strasbourg, France. He earned his medical degree from Carol Davila Medical School in Bucharest, Romania, his master degree in public health (environmental toxicology) from Yale University and graduated with a PhD in cardiovascular epidemiology from the renowned program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been on the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine (as an assistant and associate professor) for seven years.
Dr. Bidulescu was the principal investigator for one of the ‘Vanguard Centers’ of Jackson Heart Study for seven years. He has been selected as a National Research Service Awardee for three years, and received the Health Disparities Research Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bidulescu is a member of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and a recently elected fellow of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA).
Dr. Bidulescu maintains a passionate commitment to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, adipocytokines, and abdominal obesity/body fat compartments in relationship with a series of cardiometabolic diseases and conditions. He, also, lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Bidulescu will oversee and advise research and data collection across the three Nexus Innovations Incubator projects that are housed here at Indiana University.
Ayisha Abdur-Rahman- Program Manager
Ayisha Abdur-Rahman, M.A is an Indiana native with a passion for education, leadership, and lifelong learning. She has 13 years of experience in education, as well as the coordination and facilitation of learning experiences. Before joining the IU Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice, she spent six years in the Organization Development department at Indiana University Health managing projects, facilitating leadership training, and providing coaching to leaders.
As program manager for CIPHEP she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center and assist the Director in fulfilling the goals of the strategic and operational planning for the Center: developing, expanding, supporting, and evaluating programs and opportunities for interprofessional health education and practice (IPHE/P) among the health science schools of Indiana University (Dentistry, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health – Bloomington, Public Health – Indianapolis, Optometry, Social Work) and Purdue University (Pharmacy). She will also foster and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Kristin Kellermeyer- Executive Administrative Assistant
Kristin Kellermeyer graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from IUPUI in May of 2014, and she has been with the Center since early November 2014. Kristin manages internal administrative duties for the Center, serves as the administrative contact, and she helps the other team members to develop and implement interprofessional events and activities throughout IU’s many campuses. She has a background in designing, coordinating, and supporting educational activities for theatre programs and foreign language programs for children. In her spare time, Kristin loves to spend time with her large family, perform in musical theatre, and travel.
Lily Moore- Interprofessional Student Fellow
Lily Moore is a student fellow for the Center. She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2014, with a degree in Exercise Science and Public Health. At IU, Lily was involved in the IU Student Foundation Steering Committee, and spent her summers working at Meridian Pediatrics and the Gennesaret Free Clinic in Indianapolis. She has plans to apply to Physician Assistant programs later this year. In her spare time, Lily loves to run, ski and be with family at Walloon Lake. For the Center, Lily has been in charge of research and student outreach. She has been working toward bringing The Schwartz Center Rounds to a hospital on campus, which would link students and health professionals in practicing toward compassionate care. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn from such influential people at the Center; it’s a very exciting time for health in Indiana.