SHMS Appoints Two Department Chairs
Dr. Brian B. Shulman, Dean of the School of Health and Medical
Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two department
Dr. Vikram N. Dayalu, Associate Professor of Speech-Language
Pathology, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Speech-Language
Pathology. Dr. Dayalu completed his doctoral work and received a
Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina
University. Dr. Dayalu joined the faculty of the Department of
Speech-Language Pathology in 2003 and since January 2012, he has served as
the department's interim chair. He has
established the Fluent & Dysfluent Speech Laboratory and his
research interests are in studying the influence of sensory modalities
on the speech production in normal and stuttering individuals. He has
taught courses in Fluency Disorders, Research Methods, Speech Sciences,
and Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Systems.
Dr. Dayalu is married and he and his wife, Somi, have two children; a boy named Shrikar and a girl named Kriti.
Professor Christopher Hanifin has been appointed Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant.
Professor Hanifin joined the faculty of the Department of Physician
Assistant in 2003 and since December 2012, he has served as interim chair
of the department. He also served Director of Clinical Education from
Professor Hanifin is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Education
(EdD) degree in the College of Education and Human Services at Seton
Hall University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional
Studies from the University of Notre Dame and received his Master of
Science in Physician Assistant degree from the then joint Seton Hall
University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey program.
After graduation, he worked in open heart surgery with Cardiothoracic
Surgery of South Bend in South Bend, IN assisting in surgery and
managing postoperative patient care. Upon his return to New Jersey, he
worked in emergency medicine at JFK Medical Center in Edison and
Morristown Medical Center in Morristown. Professor Hanifin is a former
President of the NJ State Society of Physician Assistants (NJSSPA) and
was named Outstanding PA of the Year by NJSSPA in 2011. He enjoys
teaching subjects related to preventive and cardiovascular medicine.
Professor Hanifin lives in Bridgewater with his wife, Debbie and children Abby and Daniel.
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