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Seen and Heard

Whether they were on the radio, your favorite podcast, broadcast TV or in print, Saint Joseph's faculty spent the last year sharing their expertise on hot topics in the media.

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Written by: Kevin Gfeller, BS ’20

Spring 2024

Total reading time: 3 minutes

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 “[Psychedelic] drugs are heavily demonized. There were a number of pioneers who did very well done, controlled studies starting in the ’90s, but continuing up to modern times, demonstrating that these compounds can be used safely in controlled clinical situations. Not only that, they show very encouraging and promising therapeutic potential in a number of areas where our current therapeutic interventions fall short."

Jason Wallach, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, joined WITF to discuss the increasing interest in psychedelic compounds after the FDA issued guidance on developing psychedelic drugs to treat medical conditions.

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“This is a very interesting First Amendment case with incredible implications for our elections. The platforms are claiming they have speech rights, the same way a newspaper does, to decide what kind of speech will be associated with their brand."

Susan Liebell, PhD, professor of political science, joined "NewsNation Live" to discuss major U.S. Supreme Court cases, including whether states can control what social media companies do regarding misinformation, hate speech and other offensive material.

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“We’ve had a number of prescriptions in weight loss drugs out in the market for a long time. But … we haven’t seen the amount of weight loss that we see with this new class of medicine, GLP-1.”

Jason Zupec, PharmD, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice and administration, joined KYW Newsradio’s “In Depth” podcast to discuss how drugs like Ozempic are being used for weight loss and whether it is safe and effective.

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“Wisely, [the Biden administration] calls upon not only governmental bodies but also nongovernmental organizations, faith groups, educators, tech companies and even museums to combat antisemitism. We know the need is great, with Jews disproportionately targeted in religiously motivated hate crimes."

Adam Gregerman, PhD, associate professor of theology and associate director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, was featured in Catholic Review praising a newly unveiled plan by the Biden administration to combat antisemitism.

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“There are two battles that take place. The battle of getting on the shelf and the battle of getting it off the shelf. Where brands would like to be is between eye to thigh. The retailer says, ‘This is like having real estate in New York City.'"

John Stanton, PhD, professor and chair of food marketing, joined “The Sporkful” podcast to discuss how food brands fight over shelf space in grocery stores.

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“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a big shift in counseling when it comes to trauma-informed care. More people are recognizing the prevalence of trauma within our lives and the lives of our clients."

Allison Dukes, PhD, assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling, was featured in Counseling Today, discussing the importance of trauma-informed care. She details six guiding principles that mental health providers can use to reduce the possibility of retraumatization and increase a person’s sense of power and safety.