Media Coverage

Haar Shares Insight for Healthline Article

May 17, 2023

Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, is quoted in a Healthline article about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new recommendations on non-sugar sweeteners. Based on available evidence, the WHO’s new guidance, released May 15, recommends against using sugar substitutes to help with weight loss or to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Haar concurs with these findings. She states, “As a registered dietitian-nutritionist in practice for more than 40 years, I can certainly attest to the fact that those consuming diet sodas and using sugar substitutes do not necessarily successfully lose excess weight or maintain a healthful weight,” says Haar.


Jun 07, 2024

Consumer psychology researcher Colleen Kirk, D.P.S., associate professor in the School of Management, was interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a radio segment about her research into the consequences of declining social invitations. Kirk, who conducted the research with a faculty member from West Virginia University, found that declining an invitation doesn't typically bring the backlash people expect. While people tend to assume that the person who invited them will react poorly, the study showed inviters are relatively unaffected. 


Media Syndicate Salon Op-ed

Jun 03, 2024

Media outlets across the country have syndicated the Salon op-ed by NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., which contends that expanding the scope of practice for physician assistants can help ease care challenges posed by the nationwide physician shortage.

Pennsylvania outlets The Tribune-Democrat, New Castle News, and Butler Eagle are among those that have syndicated the expert commentary. Others include Real Clear Health, South Carolina-based The News, and News-Enterprise of Kentucky.


Posillico Quoted in Newsday Enrollment Story

Jun 01, 2024

As seen in Newsday, Vice President for Enrollment Management Joseph Posillico, Ed.D., discussed how New York Tech remains competitive with SUNY institutions. In addition to the university's various scholarships, which can considerably reduce tuition costs, Posillico highlights how New York Tech students benefit from the institution's smaller student-to-faculty ratio and access to research opportunities.

“Our classes are smaller…all of our classes are taught by faculty, not graduate assistants, not teaching assistants. So that's important to families. And in terms of research, students have opportunities to do research with faculty, because again, they're not competing with 18,000 other students,” Posillico said. “There's a lot of advantages. And it's not just for New York Tech but for other private schools that are smaller.”


Haar Shares Insight with Men’s Health

May 30, 2024

A Men's Health article quotes Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, about the Calories In Calories Out (CICO) diet. The diet operates under the premise that a person will lose weight by consuming fewer calories than their body uses to perform its daily functions. Haar explains that total daily calorie expenditure is based on basal metabolic rate, the number of calories used when at rest for basic functions like breathing, maintaining body temperature, brain, and nerve functions, plus energy used for digestion and physical activity.

“While age, gender, height and genetics are influential factors that can’t be modified, the amount of muscle mass you have increases caloric needs even when resting, and increasing all types of exercise adds to calorie expenditure as well,” says Haar. “Aside from weight loss, increase in aerobic capability and strength training has a plethora of other health benefits.”

The article also appeared on and


May 28, 2024

Insight from Colleen Kirk, D.P.S., associate professor of management and marketing studies, is featured in a WalletHub article about credit cards. Kirk, who researches consumer behavior and psychological ownership says, "Research has shown that consumers tend to feel a stronger sense of ownership and attachment when purchasing goods with cash rather than credit cards. This sense of ownership can significantly impact their spending habits. For example, even weeks after a purchase, consumers paying with cash rather than a credit card can feel more attached to their purchases. This attachment can make them less likely to return the items and more likely to better care for them." 


News12 Interviews Jarkon for Women's Health Awareness Month

May 20, 2024

Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, appeared in a News12 segment about Women's Health Awareness Month. Jarkon reminded women to prioritize preventative care, including screenings for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers, as well as the need to proactively take steps to reduce their cardiovascular disease risks and care for their mental health. 


TIME: Haar Shares Expertise on Staying Hydrated

May 20, 2024

As summer weather will soon arrive, a TIME article focuses on staying hydrated. Providing adequate amounts of fluid to replace what’s being lost on a daily basis is key. “As we lose water through breathing, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements, our water supply must be constantly replenished,” says Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN. While fluids outside of water can help to hydrate, some should be avoided. “Soft drinks with added sugar can add hundreds of empty calories to daily intake,” says Haar. She also advises to avoid drinks or powders with added sugar. “If your exercise session is under one hour, water will suffice,” she adds, further noting that if you work out for over one hour, you could opt for a sports drink—but drinking water and eating a piece of fruit, like a banana, will replenish lost electrolytes just as well.

The article was also shared on and


Bono's Medical Expertise Featured in Parade

May 18, 2024

Insight from Nancy Bono, D.O., chair of family medicine at NYITCOM, was featured in a Parade article about edema in the lower extremities. She notes, “Gravity can pull water into the legs and feet, which is typically noticeable. For example, shoes may be tight or there could be tightness of the skin."

She also explains that other causes of edema include pregnancy, certain medications, such as antihypertensives, anti-inflammatory drugs, and hormones, allergic reactions, and health problems, including congestive heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and sunburn.

Similar coverage appeared in, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sacramento Bee, and multiple other outlets.


Salon Publishes Dean Wadsworth's Op-ed

May 16, 2024

A Salon op-ed by NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., contends that expanding the scope of practice for physician assistants can help ease challenges caused by the nationwide physician shortage. As the op-ed notes, the average wait time for a doctor's appointment in the United States is 26 days.,with patients in rural areas experiencing even longer delays. Yet getting treated doesn't need to be this difficult. Physician assistants, licensed medical professionals, can assist in handling some routine duties that would otherwise require doctors' time, allowing for more patients to be seen. But in many states, physician assistants aren't allowed to practice to the full extent of their training—at the "top of their license" in industry speak.

“We may have a limited number of doctors, but there's another source of high-quality, professional care. Our hospitals and healthcare providers need to rely more on physician assistants—who at the moment, are often barred from working at the level for which they're trained,” writes Wadsworth. “That needs to change.”