Our Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (CIPECP) has adopted the World Health Organization's definition of Interprofessional Education (IPE):

“Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.” 

CIPECP Staff and Faculty


Dr. Tina Patel Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS  (Director)

Tina Gunaldo is the director for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans.  She has engaged in IPE for the past eight years.  In addition to presentations and publications, Dr. Gunaldo serves on the Louisiana Immunization Workgroup supporting a collaborative approach to increasing immunization rates, the Editorial Board for the Health and Interprofessional Practice journal, and the American Physical Therapy Association Finance Committee, as well as contributes to the development of the Louisiana Area Health Education Center's (AHEC) Scholar curricular program.  Most importantly, Dr. Gunaldo is supported by a wonderful team of over 100 faculty trained in IPE, who have supported and/or integrated IPE into their academic practice.



Ms. Amanda Goumas, MPH  (Coordinator)

Amanda Goumas is the coordinator for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans.  She is new to IPE, after recently completing her Master’s in Public Health in community health and behavioral sciences. She is engaged in several IPE related research projects at the Health Sciences Center and looks forward to future contributions.



Dr. Sandra Carlin Andrieu, PhD  (School of Dentistry)

Sandra Carlin Andrieu is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Advanced Education at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, School of Dentistry. She received her MEd and PhD degrees in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction and Higher Education Administration, respectively, from the University of New Orleans. She holds the designation of Professor with Tenure Professor, and has over 44 years of practice as a registered oral health professional including 40 years of experience as a member of the LSUHSC faculty.  Dr. Andrieu is Past-President of the American Dental Education Association and served as a member of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative expert panel that drafted the document, Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Report in 2011.



Dr. Kari Brisolara, ScD, MSPH  (School of Public Health)

Kari Fitzmorris Brisolara is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, School of Public Health.  She received her MSPH and ScD degrees in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her post-doctoral appointment was with the United States Department of Agriculture where she focused on the development of activated carbon from agricultural residuals.  



Dr. Alison H. Davis, PhD, RN, CHSE (School of Nursing)

Alison H. Davis is the Director of the Nursing Skills and Technology Center at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, School of Nursing. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing with 16 years of experience as a Nurse Educator and 20 years of experience as a registered nurse.  She received the Daisy Faculty Award in 2016 and received the Great 100 Nurse award in 2015. Dr. Davis is a certified healthcare simulation educator and is an active member of multiple professional organizations to include the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning. 



Dr. Sonia Gasparini, PhD (School of Graduate Studies)

Sonia Gasparini is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology an Anatomy and Neuroscience at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO), School of Public Health, School of Medicine. She received her BS in Biology and PhD in Physiology from the University of Milan. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy and a second one in the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at the LSUHSC-NO. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of information processing and memory formation.


shannon mangum

Mrs. Shannon Mangum, MPS, LOTR  (School of Allied Health Professions)

Shannon Mangum is a Licensed Occupational Therapist is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans. She has a Master of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She has been on faculty in the OT Department for 25+ years. Shannon’s academic content includes: interactive reasoning, adult mental health/wellness, community-based practice and spirituality. Areas of interest include; interprofessional education/collaboration spirituality, survivorship models,  chronic illness, resiliency of communities, and intervention of occupation-based activities. Shannon has practiced in the area of mental health and wellness for 30+ years in multiple settings. She has been a co-owner of a psychiatric occupational therapy contract business and clinic as well as a wellness business, providing health education at a corporate level. She has provided professional presentations at the international, national and state level. She has publications related to IPE and OT.



Dr. Shane Sanne, DO (School of Medicine)

Shane Sanne is an academic internal medicine hospitalist at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans that works at University Medical Center in New Orleans. He is a native New Orleanian who obtained his undergraduate degree at Tulane University. He then pursed his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. His residency training was performed at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. After residency he stayed on as faculty as a supervising hospitalist physician to interns, residents and students. In addition to providing care to an underserved population, his interests lie in quality improvement initiatives and interprofessional education.