Phoebe Del Boccio
My pursuit of a PhD supported my transition from clinical health care to that of a full-fledged academic researcher in a move that has proved supremely fulfilling and rewarding.

Phoebe Del Boccio, BA, MS, PhDc

Ms. Phoebe Del Boccio is currently a PhD ABD candidate in the in the Urban Health track of the Joint interdisciplinary PhD in Urban Systems program at Rutgers, NJIT and UMDNJ Universities in Newark, New Jersey. She is currently employed as a Research Assistant for the Rutgers University School of Nursing, located in Newark, NJ, where her primary focus is on facilitating the research process in a wide range of professional and academic pursuits. Prior to this, she was a Research Integrity Specialist at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, where she was responsible for researching, writing and reviewing investigative protocols for clinical, academic and translational research studies.

During her successful pursuit of a Master’s of Science degree from NJIT, Ms. Del Boccio produced “Quality by Degrees” a definitive tutorial on the development of a valuation rubric to assess quality compliance in online education courses. This work led to Ms. Del Boccio being named the recipient of the 2010 Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) STRIDES Award for Advances by Women in Technology.  This was followed by being named the winner of the Society of Technical Communicators 2012 essay contest with a work titled “Qualities for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Communications” along with authorship of various other abstracts, publications, and poster presentations in the fields of scientific and health research. Her personal research interests lie in the cross-over disciplines of environmental contaminant exposure and health risk science, with a special focus on the impact of air, water and noise toxins on health outcomes, particularly as is expressed in highly stressed populations. Additional areas of research interest are in the effects of ambient noise on allostatic stress production in human health, brain trauma research, psychological testing methodologies, construction of motivated behavior models, and environmental design principles.

Personal Statement: Impact of the Urban Systems PhD program
My pursuit of a PhD in Urban Systems Health Track has allowed me the opportunity to expand my academic horizons in a manner that connects my decades-long health career with my passion for effecting change in human health outcomes.  In addition, the coursework I have studied in the program, along with the social and academic collaboration I have established with other students and educators has helped me develop professionally, supporting my transition from clinical health care to that of a full-fledged academic researcher in a move that has proved supremely fulfilling and rewarding.

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