Education

Doctor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry, Hunter College

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Claire DeCristofaro

Claire DeCristofaro, MD


College of Health, Human Services & Science

Biography

"One benefit of online education is the ability for the adult learner to fit their learning into an adult’s schedule with all their outside obligations."

Dr. Claire DeCristofaro is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. Her graduate (MD) degree was conferred by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, and her undergraduate (BA) degree was obtained at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she majored in Biology/Chemistry and minored in Math/Psychology as a Thomas Hunter Honors Scholar. She has practiced as a family physician in New York City, Charleston, SC, and rural TN and SC (where she maintains an unrestricted medical license). Although she’s been teaching since 1981 (online since 1999), and full-time university faculty since 2004, she continues to periodically deliver clinical services in the free clinic setting.

Her previous faculty experience has focused on clinical programs such as pre-licensure nursing, graduate physician assistant, and graduate nursing. At her medical practice sites she’s also been a clinical preceptor for medical, pharmacy, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and PA students. She has given many conference presentations on the scholarship of online teaching and has authored multiple journal publications with a focus on teaching as well as on clinical topics. Another scholarship interest is continuing education, and she has developed and presented clinical topics both online and in the teleconference and live conference formats.

She serves as a subject matter expert for textbook publishers and as a peer reviewer for several journals and juried conferences, recently including The Journal of Pain Research; The British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research; Clinical Pharmacology: Advances and Applications; Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare; Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment; The International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI, and the International conference on Cancer Diagnostic and Medical Treatment Approaches.

“As full-time faculty in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University, I am thrilled to support adult learner opportunities to pursue their goal of obtaining a college education. One benefit of online education is the ability for the adult learner to fit their learning into an adult’s schedule with all their outside obligations. This is congruent with my philosophy of inclusiveness, both in clinical care delivery and education.”

Accomplishments

Dr. Lynne Trevisan and Dr. Claire DeCristofaro, Assistant Professors in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science, presented Peer-review of teaching performance: Is inter-rater reliability improved by provision of directed instructions? at the 2013 Sloan-C conference.

Publications

(in press) George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C. (2016) Use of Service Learning to Teach Health Literacy with Online Graduate Nursing Students. Nursing Education Perspectives, submitted for review 6/9/2016. Accepted with revisions 7/22/2016 manuscript NEP - 2015-289

George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C. (2016) Using Smartphones with Undergraduate Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(7), 411-415. DOI: doi: 10.3928/01484834-20160615-11. Abstract retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27351612

George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C., Dumas, B.P., Murphy, P.F. (2015) Shared Decision Aids: Increasing Patient Acceptance of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. Healthcare, 3, 205-218. doi:10.3390/healthcare3020205 Retrieved from http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/3/2/205 and http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/3/2/205/html (published 10 April 2015)

DeCristofaro, C., Murphy, P., Herron, T., & Klein, E. (2014) Using Guided Response to Stimulate Student Engagement in the Online Asynchronous Discussion Board. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 7(3), 45-57. Retrieved from http://www.universitypublications.net/ijas/0703/pdf/H4V646.pdf Full article is available at the retrieval link above. Abstract: http://www.universitypublications.net/ijas/0703/html/H4V646.xml

DeCristofaro, J. & DeCristofaro, C. (2014) Value-Added Hybrid Learning: Using Online Resources in the Community Arts Adult-Education Setting. Journal of Teaching and Education, 3(2), 201- 206. Retrieved from http://www.universitypublications.net/jte/0302/pdf/H4V648.pdf Full article available at retrieval link above. Abstract: http://www.universitypublications.net/jte/0302/html/H4V648.xml

McCall, J., DeCristofaro, C., Elliott, L. (2013) Oral Sucrose for Pain Control in Infants during Minor Procedures. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 25(5), 244-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00783.x Abstract online at PubMed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24170566 and publisher: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00783.x/abstract

Elliott, L., DeCristofaro, C., Carpenter, A. (2012) Blending Technology in Teaching Advanced Health Assessment in a Family Nurse Practitioner Program: Using Personal Digital Assistants in a Simulation Laboratory. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 24(9), 536-543. Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22931479

Conference Presentations

George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C. (2016) Use of Mobile Technology with Undergraduate Nursing Students. Oral conference presentation, EDU SIM 2016 Conference -Transforming the Educational Landscape: Simulation, Innovation and Technology, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Clearwater, FL (3:30PM, March 14, 2016) http://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/continuing-education/Nursing-CE-Programs/EDU-SIM-Conference/

DeCristofaro, C., Murphy, P. (2015) Using Guided Response to Stimulate Student Engagement in the Online Asynchronous Discussion Board. Live online conference presentation, Ashford University Teaching & Learning Conference, San Diego, CA (Nov. 4, 2015).

George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C., Dumas, B.P., Murphy, P.F. (2015) Shared Decision Aids: Increasing Patient Acceptance of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. Poster, Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Symposium, Charleston, SC, October 23, 2015. See:http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/pi-symposium/program.html

DeCristofaro, C., Soldwisch, S., & Muglia, K. (2015) Collaborative Flipping in Action. Poster, The Teaching Professor 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (May 29-31, 2015).

George, T.P., DeCristofaro, C., Dumas, B.P., Murphy, P.F. (2015) Shared Decision Aids: Increasing Patient Acceptance of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception. Conference Presentation. South Carolina Public Health Conference (Columbia, SC) (May 20, 2015) See: http://www.scpha.com/event-1873727

DeCristofaro, C., Herron, T. (2014) Using Guided Response to Stimulate Student Engagement in the Online Asynchronous Discussion Board. Poster, International Journal of Arts and Sciences' (IJAS) annual conference, Harvard University, Boston, MA (May 26-30, 2014). See: http://ijas2014harvard.sched.org/print/all

Decristofaro, J., DeCristofaro, C. (2014) Value-Added Hybrid Learning: Using Online Resources in the Community Arts Adult-Education Setting. Poster, International Journal of Arts and Sciences' (IJAS) annual conference, Harvard University, Boston, MA (May 26-30, 2014). See: http://ijas2014harvard.sched.org/print/all

DeCristofaro, C., Herron, T. (2014) Using Guided Response to Stimulate Student Engagement in the Online Asynchronous Discussion Board. Poster, 6th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research [CIDER], Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. (February 5-7, 2014) See: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/proceedings/2014ConferenceProceedings.pdf

Decristofaro, J., DeCristofaro, C. (2014) Value-Added Hybrid Learning: Using Online Resources in the Community Arts Adult-Education Setting. Poster, 6th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research [CIDER], Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. (February 5-7, 2014) See: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/proceedings/2014ConferenceProceedings.pdf

DeCristofaro, C., Trevisan, L., Kirwan, J., Pilotti, M. (2013) Peer Review of Teaching Performance: Is Inter-Rater Reliability Improved by Provision of Directed Instructions? Poster, 19th Annual Sloan-Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL. See: http://olc.onlinelearningconsortium.org/conference/2013/aln/posters

Braswell, H., DeCristofaro, C., McDowell, M. (October 5-7, 2012) Is fully autonomous CRNA practice non-inferior to traditional anesthesia care? Research poster, NC Associaton of Nurse Anesthetists annual conference, Wilmington, N.C.

Sandahl, I., DeCristofaro, C., Repede, E. (June 6-8, 2012) Changes in Medicaid eligibility as defined by the Affordable Care Act: Effects on state budgets. Research poster, Fifth Nursing Economic$ Summit Conference, Washington, D.C.

Edgington, E., Hinds, A., DeCristofaro, C., McDowell, M. (May 26-29, 2012) What pharmacologic characteristics of propofol contribute to its use as a drug of abuse? Research poster, International 10th World Congress for Nurse Anesthetists (WCNA), Ljubljana, Slovenia. Selected top five posters.

Continuing Education Clinical Conferences and Invited Lectures

DeCristofaro, C. (2016, May 12) Hypertension Update 2016 for APRN. Advanced Seminars (SC Nurses Association), Litchfield, SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2016, January) Controlled substance prescribing pharmacology. Online continuing education seminar (enduring materials), Upstate Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), Greenville, SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2015, May 12) Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS) Clinical Overview. Charles George VA Medical Center, Continuing Education, Asheville, NC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014) Psychology Dept. Holiday Presentation. “It ain’t the tryptophan…or is it? Tryptophan and postprandial sleepiness” (11/18/2014) Ashford University.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, October 23) Cholesterol Management Guidelines Update. South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA), Continuing Education 2hours, Hilton Head, SC. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.scnurses.org/resource/resmgr/2014_Convention/ConventionFullSchedule.pdf and http://www.scnurses.org/events/Sessions.aspx?id=460615

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, October 23) Hypertension Diagnosis and Management Guidelines Update, South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA), Continuing Education 2hours, Hilton Head, SC. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.scnurses.org/resource/resmgr/2014_Convention/ConventionFullSchedule.pdf and http://www.scnurses.org/events/Sessions.aspx?id=460615

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, June 8) Risk Management – Issues in Safe Practice and Malpractice. Invited lecture, doctoral (DNP) program, Medical University of SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, May 16) Cholesterol Management Update: New Clinical Practice Guidelines. Advanced Seminars Continuing Education for APRN, Litchfield, SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, May 15) Hypertension Update: New Clinical Practice Guidelines. Advanced Seminars Continuing Education for APRN, Litchfield, SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, May 1) Hypertension Update: New Clinical Practice Guidelines. Veterans Administration Continuing Education Department; CE sponsored by SC Nurses Association, Charles George VAMC (Asheville NC).

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, March 11) ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving safe use while improving patient care. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) speaker program; sponsor Upstate Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), Greenville, SC.

DeCristofaro, C. (2014, February 20) ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving safe use while improving patient care. American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) speaker program; sponsor Mid-Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC), Columbia, SC.