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SHMS Appoints Two Department Chairs
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Dr. Brian B. Shulman, Dean of the School of Health and Medical Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two department chairs.

Vikram N. DayaluDr. 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.

Christopher HanifinProfessor 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 2010-2011.

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.

For more information please contact:
Deborah Verderosa
(973) 275-2062


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