With more than 30 years of experience in Health Professions Education, Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PhD, has been named Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM). She previously held the position of Dean of the School of Health Professions at Long Island University (LIU) in Brooklyn, NY.
“Dr. Jaffee Gropack has been an innovative leader in moving healthcare professional education to absolute best practices, including interprofessional education, preparing learners not only for the health technology of today but also for what the future will bring,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.
Dr. Jaffee Gropack received her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Physical Therapy from Long Island University. She then went on to New York University where she received her PhD in Higher Education. Upon returning to LIU, Brooklyn, in the Division of Physical Therapy, her academic career expanded. Dr. Jaffee Gropack became instrumental in developing innovative curricular design at LIU, as well as strategic planning, fostering faculty development and financial management and student performance evaluations. In 2010 she was named Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions at LIU, and then in 2015 was named Dean of the School of Health Professions and Nursing at LIU, Post.
“I feel privileged to be able to join Stony Brook University in the capacity of Dean of the School of Health Technology and Management and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such a talented group of faculty, administrators and staff in achieving the University and School vision of being the premier educators of future health professionals,” she said.
Dr. Jaffee Gropack is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Alumnus Award, several awards for teaching excellence, and the Long Island Power Women in Business Award. She has also been active in and served many roles in professional societies, such as the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Her scholarly work focuses on clinical skills and programs in physical therapy and educational excellence, particularly within interprofessional educational programs and faculty mentoring. Going forward, Dr. Jaffee Gropack expects to advance the School in areas of scholarship, teaching, service to the community and interprofessional practices, placing a premium on creating a diverse educational and clinical workforce.