Stony Brook, NY, November 13, 2019 — Stacy Jaffee Gropack, PhD, has been named Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM) announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. With more than 30 years of experience in Health Professions Education, Dr. Jaffee Gropack has 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 Dr. Kaushansky.
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.
The SHTM includes 17 programs offering baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in clinical and non-clinical areas. Programs include athletic training, health science, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical laboratory sciences, medical molecular biology, applied health informatics, and respiratory care. The SHTM also offers several advance certificates for workforce advancement. There are over 240 students enrolled in the non-credit certificate programs, over 590 students enrolled in the undergraduate programs, and over 480 students enrolled in the graduate programs.
Dr. Jaffee Gropack emphasizes that the SHTM is dedicated to the education and training of highly competent health care professionals who can assume clinical, advocacy, research, and leadership roles in diverse healthcare settings, with graduates that consistently achieve outstanding pass rates on national board exams.
The school also houses two centers of excellence, The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, and The Center for Public Health Education. The Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory is central to the promotion of faculty and student research.
About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with over 26,000 students, more than 2,700 faculty members and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S.News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 65 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University fuels Long island’s economic growth. Its impact on the Long island economy amounts to $7.38 billion in increased output. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.