Faculty Experts

ACCOUNTING AND TAXATION

 

Penelope Sue Greenberg, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A. 

Associate Professor, Accounting 
Expertise:

  • business process management
  • budgeting and performance evaluation
  • accounting information systems
  • managerial accounting
  • internal auditing

 

Joseph M. Hargadon, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A.
Professor, Accounting; Department Head
Expertise:

  • accounting education and research
  • 150 credit hour requirement for CPA
  • accounting for non-accountants
  • professional accounting certification programs
  • financial literacy
  • taxation of scholarships
  • accounting for open end mutual funds

 Co-author, Fundamentals of Mutual Fund Accounting

 

Frank C. Lordi, M.S.T., M.B.A., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.I.A.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Expertise:

  • financial and managerial accounting
  • professional certification programs
  • C.M.A. exam and candidate performance: attributes, C.M.A., C.P.A. and C.I.A.
  • accounting education

 

Sandra K. Miller, J.D., LL.M., C.P.A.
Professor, Accounting
Expertise:

  • taxation and business law
  • financial accounting
  • federal income taxation
  • tax research
  • alimony trusts
  • LLC, LLPs

Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar

 

Cynthia J. Saltzman, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • banking issues
  • global monetary policy and theory
  • economics of multinational enterprise
  • international trade and finance
  • local and national tax policies
  • inflation
  • economic development
  • economic recovery and job growth, including labor demand and productivity
  • economics of recycling

 

Kenn B. Tacchino, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Accounting & Taxation; Department Head, Economics, Finance and Taxation 
Expertise:

  • retirement/financial planning
  • accumulation models

Co-director, The New York Life Center for Retirement Income at the American College; Co-author, Financial Decision Making for Retirement and Planning for Retirement Needs

 

James J. Tucker III, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Expertise:

  • earnings reports
  • quality of corporate earnings
  • financial statement analysis
  • corporate earnings and the stock market
  • corporate restructuring
  • gains and losses
  • cash flow analysis
  • corporate dividend policy

 

ARTS AND HUMANITIES

 

Robert J Bonk, Ph.D.

Professor, Professional Writing
Expertise:

  • healthcare and science communication
  • medical and scientific humanities
  • professional wrting and journalism 

 

Annalisa Castaldo, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor, English
Expertise:

  • Shakespearean film
  • Shakespearean performance
  • Medieval/Renaissance women
  • women's movement
  • fairy tales and vampires

 

Patricia M. Dyer, Ph.D.
Professor, English; Director, Writing Center and Study Abroad Program
Expertise:

  • intercultural communication
  • language and culture
  • writing program administration
  • business communication
  • linguistics
  • English as a second language
  • writing

 

Mark S. Graybill, Ph.D.
Professor, English; Associate Dean, Humanities
Expertise:

  • 20th-century American literature, particularly fiction
  • southern literature and culture
  • postmodern literature and culture
  • literary theory

 

Yufeng Mao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History
Expertise:

  • Chinese history and culture
  • Korean history and culture
  • Japanese history and culture
  • globalism and world civilizations

 

Sharon Meagher, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Humanities
Expertise:

  • the value of the liberal arts, especially the humanities
  • public humanities
  • women and development in the global South
  • sustainability - urban and campus
  • university social responsibility, university-community partnerships
  • ethics of urban planning, participatory planning

Co-founder and co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network; former board member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; founding president, Mulberry Central Neighborhood Development Corporation; editor of Philosophy and the City (SUNY, 2008); associate editor of CITY

 

Ilene D. Lieberman, Ph.D.
Gabriel Lukas Chair, Fine Arts; Director, Honors Program; Professor, Art History
Expertise:

  • British sculpture
  • memorial art
  • public art
  • gender and ideology in art
  • women's issues

Co-author, The Chantrey Ledger in the Royal Academy

 

Mara E. Parker, Ph.D.
Professor, Musicology and String Performance; Chair, Fine Arts
Expertise:

  • chamber Mmusic
  • music history
  • cello
  • 18th century music history
  • American music

Active studio instructor, Chamber music performer, coach and researcher; Author, The String Quartet (1750-1797): Four Types of Musical Conversation and String Quartets: A Research and Information Guide; Editor, Music in the 18th Century Life: Cities, Courts, Churches

 

Kenneth Pobo, Ph.D.
Professor, English and Creative Writing
Expertise:

  • 20th century American poetry
  • LGBT literature
  • creative nonfiction
  • contemporary poetry
  • creative writing

Author, Ice and Gaywings (chapbook), Ordering: A Season in My Garden, Introductions, Glass Garden

 

Daniel Robinson, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Expertise:

  • 18th- and 19th-century British literature
  • British Romanticism
  • poetry, poetics, poetic form
  • 18th- and 19th-century British fiction
  • literature and the problem of evil

Co-editor, A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic Era Revival, 1750-1850; Lyrical Ballads and Related Writings; and The Oxford Handbook of Mary Robinson; Author, The Poetry of Mary Robinson: Form and Fame; and Wordsworth's Poetry: A Reader's Guide

 

Stephanie Schechner, Ph.D.
Professor, Modern Languages
Director, Master of Liberal Arts Program
Expertise:

  • French language, literature and culture
  • language acquisition/study
  • French-speaking countries
  • higher education faculty development
  • diversity issues

Board Member, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs; Faculty Advisor, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Straight Alliance

 

John H. Serembus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Philosophy
Expertise:

  • logic and critical thinking
  • applied ethics

 

Beatriz Urraca, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor, Spanish; Director, Gender and Women's Studies 
Expertise:

  • Latin American literature
  • Latin American culture
  • Argentina
  • Spanish language

Certified, American Translators Association

 

Janine Utell, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English; Associate Professor of English
Expertise:

  • 19th and 20th century British literature
  • representation of love, sex, and marriage in narrative
  • general education and assessment
  • writing pedagogy
  • the role of women in leadership and professional development

Author, James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire

 

 

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

 

Kerri Anne Brannen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • emotional intelligence
  • social intelligence
  • cultural intelligence
  • international human resources
  • organizational behavior
  • cultural exposure
  • expatriation
  • repatriation
  • older workers

 

Joseph P. Fuhr, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • health economics and pharmacoeconomics (biosimilars)
  • telecommunications: economic and environmental benefits of telecommuting, collocation, and government owned and operated Internet networks
  • effect of innovations in IT on the bottom line for small businesses
  • e-materialization: moving products from a physical to an electronic state
  • economics of antitrust and regulation
  • sports economics

A senior fellow with The American Consumer Institute and ambassador for the Internet Innovation Alliance

 

Dennis R. Laker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • human resource management
  • organizational development
  • employment issues: controlling employee turnover, training, alternative employment, job search
  • organizational behavior and communication
  • human resource services: temporary agencies, leasing firms, outplacement firms, consulting companies
  • inferential statistics

 

Yvonne Lederer-Antonucci, Ph.D.
Professor, Management; Coordinator, Business Process Innovation Center of Excellence; Coordinator, SAP University Alliance
Expertise:

  • Business Process Management success factors; leadership and deployment
  • BPM curriculum
  • business informatics
  • enterprise resource planning systems
  • workflow management systems
  • inter-organizational processes
  • process modeling 

 

Paul S. Marshall, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.M.A.
Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • personal finance: tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, insurance issues, budgeting
  • corporate finance
  • capital budgeting
  • U.S. savings bonds
  • real estate: financing and assessment, and analysis of investment properties

 

Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D.
Department Head, Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences; Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • telecommuting
  • international information systems
  • data mining
  • data warehousing

 

Savas Õzatalay, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Business Administration; Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • supply chain management
  • manufacturing processes
  • manufacturing systems
  • technology management
  • total quality management
  • e-business

 

Cynthia J. Saltzman, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • banking issues
  • global monetary policy and theory
  • economics of multinational enterprise
  • international trade and finance
  • local and national tax policies
  • inflation
  • economic development
  • economic recovery and job growth, including labor demand and productivity
  • economics of recycling

 

Mary E. Shoemaker, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Marketing
Expertise:

  • personal non-retail selling
  • sales management
  • social media marketing
  • customer relationship management (CRM)

Board Member, Sales and Marketing Executives of Philadelphia

 

James J. Tucker III, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Expertise:

  • earnings reports
  • quality of corporate earnings
  • financial statement analysis
  • corporate earnings and the stock market
  • corporate restructuring
  • gains and losses
  • cash flow analysis
  • corporate dividend policy

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CASINOS AND GAMING

Jeffrey C. Lolli, Ed.D., C.H.E.
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • restaurant management
  • hotel/casino management
  • human resource management
  • lodging management
  • food and beverage management
  • resort and timeshare management
  • organization behavior/dynamics
  • interpersonal communication dynamics
  • gaming operations
  • pedagogy in hospitality education
  • accreditation in higher education
  • food safety
  • labor relations

Member, American Hotel and Lodging Association; Member, Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Educators; Certified ServSafe Food Safety Instructor; Certified Hospitality Educator; Faculty Advisor for the Widener University Professional AH&LA Student Chapter; Site team member and team chair for the Accrediting Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) accreditation visits; Commissioner, ACPHA; Advisory Board Member for Philagreen Hospitality Association; Past Director of Networking for the Northeast National Federation (NENA) of CHRIE

 

 

Shiang Lih Chen McCain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • hospitality marketing
  • customer satisfaction
  • marketing research
  • casino management
  • casino marketing
  • customer satisfaction

Slot host, Asian Marketing Manager, Imperial Palace Casino, Las Vegas

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA

 

Robert J. Bonk, Ph.D.
Professor, Professional Writing
Expertise:

  • healthcare and science communication
  • medical and scientific humanities
  • professional writing and journalism 

 

Angela Corbo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communications Studies
Expertise:

  • social media ethics
  • contemporary media ethics
  • the media's relationship with America's health issues
  • gender roles and gender portrayal in the media

 

Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Expertise:

  • pop culture: tv, radio, and film
  • media criticism
  • the role of the media critic
  • media informatics
  • the "Singularity Movement"

Author, The Audience in the News; Film Producer, The Critics: Stories from the Inside Pages

 

Patricia M. Dyer, Ph.D.
Director, Writing Center and Study Abroad Program; Professor, English
Expertise:

  • intercultural communication
  • language and culture
  • writing program administration
  • business communication
  • linguistics
  • English as a second language
  • writing

 

Amy R. Franzini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies; Director and Chair, Communication Studies
Expertise:

  • pop culture
  • mass media and children
  • TV and parents/parenting
  • TV and teens
  • TV history
  • communication theories

Member, Popular Culture Association; Member, National Communication Association

 

Robert L. Myers, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology, Adjunct, CSCI
Expertise:

  • dynamic psychotherapy with children and families
  • how stress affects children and families
  • family communication and understanding
  • developmental issues
  • school issues: acceptance, fear, performance anxiety, peer pressure
  • separation and independence
  • empty nest syndrome
  • stress management
  • psychodiagnosis
  • effects of TV violence on children
  • technology and mental health
  • child development
  • psychotherapy
  • psychological assessment
  • computer technology
  • human behavior
  • fairytales 

 

Timothy Scepansky, M.Ed.
Senior Lecturer; Communication Studies; Coordinator, Media Production
Expertise:

  • Film and video production
  • film editing
  • screenwriting
  • digital filmmaking
  • Stedicam aesthetics
  • Digital imaging, multimedia design, DVD design
  • Internet video distribution

Member, Media Communication Association and Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association; Producer/filmmaker, Breeding Deviates and Addition by Subtraction

 

COMPUTERS AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Raymond P. Jefferis III, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical Engineering;
Expertise:

  • systems/software engineering
  • computer control of industrial processes
  • pharmaceutical process instrumentation
  • computer-aided engineering and design
  • process simulation 
  • weather preparation 
  • emergency management

American Red Cross Volunteer

 

Timothy Scepansky, M.Ed.

Senior Lecturer, Communications; Coordinator, Media Production
Expertise:

  • digital imaging
  • computer graphics and design
  • multimedia design
  • CD/DVD production
  • video and film production
  • non-linear digital editing
  • web design, interactive animation for the internet and streaming video

Member, Media Communication Association and Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association; Producer/filmmaker, Breeding Deviates and Addition by Subtraction

 

Sohail Sheikh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering; Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering
Expertise:

  • computer design and application
  • parallel processing
  • computer architecture
  • fault-tolerant computing

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

William E. Harver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Expertise:

  • police
  • criminal justice
  • criminology
  • American Indians and criminal justice (especially the Lakota of Pine Ridge reservation)

Member, American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Southern Police Institute Alumni Association

 

Nancy Blank, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice; Chair, Criminal Justice
Expertise:

  • juvenile delinquency
  • juvenile violence in urban areas
  • female gender-specific issues related to incarceration and violence
  • female-on-female violence, adults and juveniles
  • domestic violence

 

Erika Evans, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality

  • treatment of victims of sex trafficking

 

Shana L. Maier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice; Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program

  • rape and sexual assault
  • perceptions and experiences of victim advocates
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and detectives responding to rape victims
  • intimate partner violence
  • influence of gender on judicial decision-making
  • qualitative research methods

Author of pending book, Rape, Victims and Investigations. Experiences and perceptions of law enforcement officers responding to reported rapes.

 

 

Suzanne Mannes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • forensic and legal psychology, especially cognitive biases throughout the judicial process
  • text comprehension

Author, instructor's manual for Costanzo and Krauss's Forensic and Legal Psychology

 

Sarah C. Nicksa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Expertise

  • terrorism in America
  • bystanders of sexual assault
  • college responses to sexual assualt allegations
  • interpersonal violent victimization
  • collective violence
  • deviant behavior
  • social control

Initiated the "Crime and Diversity Film Series" on campus

 

ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

 

Joseph P. Fuhr, Ph.D.

Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • health economics and pharmacoeconomics (biosimilars)
  • telecommunications: economic and environmental benefits of telecommuting, collocation, and government owned and operated Internet networks
  • effect of innovations in IT on the bottom line for small businesses
  • e-materialization: moving products from a physical to an electronic state
  • economics of antitrust and regulation
  • sports economics

A senior fellow with the American Consumer Institute and ambassador for the Internet Innovation Alliance

 

Iqbal Mansur, Ph.D.
Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • corporate and international finance
  • banking issues
  • exchange rates
  • monetary and fiscal policies
  • U.S. and foreign equity markets

 

Paul S. Marshall, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.M.A.
Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • personal finance: tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, insurance issues, budgeting
  • corporate finance
  • capital budgeting
  • U.S. savings bonds
  • real estate: financing, assessment and analysis of investment properties

 

Michael D. Rosko, Ph.D.
Professor, Healthcare Management
Expertise:

  • healthcare economics: cost containment programs, effects of technological change on healthcare costs, compensated vs. uncompensated care
  • political economy of healthcare
  • evaluation of regulatory efforts
  • nursing homes
  • strategic decisions made by health care organizations

Author, Economics of Health Care

 

Cynthia J. Saltzman, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • banking issues
  • global monetary policy and theory
  • economics of multinational enterprise
  • international trade and finance
  • local and national tax policies
  • inflation
  • economic development
  • economic recovery and job growth, including labor demand and productivityeconomics of recycling

 

Kenn B. Tacchino, J.D., LL.M.
Professor, Accounting & Taxation; Department Head, Economics, Finance and Taxation
Expertise:

  • retirement/financial planning
  • accumulation models

Co-director, The New York Life Center for Retirement Income at the American College; Co-author, Financial Decision Making for Retirement and Planning for Retirement Needs

 

Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • international economics and business
  • macroeconomics and banking
  • Islamic banking
  • Third World debt and related issues
  • Iran economics and politics

Editor, Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis; Writer, Iran Today (daily newspaper) and Silicon Iran (monthly high-tech trade magazine)

 

EDUCATION

 

Marcia Bolton, Ed.D.
Director, Certification and Student Teaching
Associate Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • teacher certification
  • state and regional certification requirements
  • literacy education
  • teaching and learning
  • electronic portfolio development and monitoring

 

Linda Durant, M.Ed.
Senior Vice President, University Advancement
Expertise:

  • higher education fundraising

 

Brenda Gilio, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • education finance
  • public education administration
  • education leadership
  • professional development
  • human resources

Twenty years in K-12 public school administration

 

James T. Harris III, Ed.D.
President, Widener University; Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • higher education administration
  • higher education fundraising and development
  • higher education diversity issues
  • NCAA Division III Athletics
  • civic engagement in higher education

 

Annemarie B. Jay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Reading/Literacy
Expertise:

  • reading instruction
  • reading diagnosis
  • literacy coaching
  • language arts curriculum
  • early childhood education
  • literacy leadership

President, Keystone State Reading Association; President, Delaware County Reading Council; Co-editor, Promoting Quality Assurance in Literacy Instruction: The Preparation, Inquiries and Practices of Literacy Professionals

 

Zora Mackiewicz-Wolfe, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • teacher leadership
  • building collaborative inquiry communities
  • professional development for teachers and principals
  • formative assessment in secondary science classrooms

Nadine C. McHenry, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Education; Director, Science Teaching Center
Expertise:

  • environmental studies and education
  • professional development models for teachers and IHE facultyscience education
  • teaching and learning
  • assessment strategies for teachers
  • curriculum issues

Board Member, The Achievement Project

 

Sharon Meagher, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Humanities
Expertise:

  • the value of the liberal arts, especially the humanities
  • public humanities
  • women and development in the global South
  • sustainability - urban and campus
  • university social responsibility, university-community partnerships
  • ethics of urban planning, participatory planning

Worked extensively on university-community partnerships in Scranton, Pa. and as the director of social responsibility at the Union Institute and University; a core team member of the "We are Chester" project

 

Meghan J. Pifer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • diversity, equity and access to postsecondary education
  • the professoriate
  • doctoral education and preparation for the professoriate
  • graduate school
  • higher education administration
  • social networks and social network analysis
  • women in higher education

 

Dana Reisboard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • reading education - explicit instruction/direct explanation
  • critical literacy
  • literacy coaching
  • early childhood education
  • character-building integrated into the curriculum

Incoming President, LEADER (an International Reading Association Special Interest Group)

 

Susan Schaming, Ed.D., L.P.C., NBBC
Associate Professor, Education; Director, Undergraduate Education Programs and Counselor Education
Expertise:

  • school counseling
  • child and adolescent development
  • school culture and climate
  • school and community partnerships

Member, American School Counseling Association, PA and NJ School Counselor Associations, American Counseling Association, American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors

 

Timothy M. Sullivan, Ed.D., M.B.A.
Director, Programs in Higher Education;
Associate Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • accountability in higher education and related "current issues"
  • history of American higher education - historical perspectives on current issues/trends
  • leadership and governance - the role of trustees
  • administration of higher education
  • strategic planning and outcomes/assessment
  • hybrid courses/learning
  • doctoral education/training of higher education emerging leaders/professionals

Past Chair, Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development of Philadelphia

 

Richard E. Thurlow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • cognitive psychology applied to education
  • education psychology
  • reading comprehension
  • learning theories
  • science teaching

 

Janine Utell, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English; Professor of English
Expertise:

  • 19th and 20th century British literature
  • representation of love, sex, and marriage in narrative
  • general education and assessment
  • writing pedagogy
  • the role of women in leadership and professional development

Contributor to the University of Venus blog on Inside Higher Ed/Guardian UK

 

Stephen C. Wilhite, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • human memory and cognitive processes
  • leadership in metropolitan universities
  • students' study habits and their relationship to academic achievement
  • higher education administration

Author, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior

 

Ning Wang, Ph.D.
Professor, Education
Expertise:

  • educational Measurement/Assessment
  • educational Research Methods
  • educational Statistics
  • math Education
  • test Development

 

Noreen M. Yoder, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Education; Director, Child Development Center
Expertise:

  • early childhood education, especially preschoolearly child development
  • play as an instructional tool
  • health, safety and nutrition for early childhood
  • problem solving for children
  • enhancing creativity in children through arts
  • emergency plans
  • tips for parents when selecting a preschool

PA-Keystone Stars, National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation

 

ENGINEERING

 

Zhongping Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Engineering; Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Expertise:

  • artificial kidney and hemodialysis
  • nanotechnology
  • refrigeration and cryogenics
  • freeze-drying
  • biomedical engineering 

Editorial Board, American Society for Artificial Organs; Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning engineers; Officer and treasurer, International Society of Lyophilization – Freeze Drying

 

Bin Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Expertise:

  • breast cancer research 
  • nanotechnology
  • biomedical engineering

 

Sashin P. Patil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Expertise:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • drug discovery and development
  • nanotechnology

Associate Editor, PMC Neurology; Referee, Alzheimer's Association Research Grants

 

Dipendu Saha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Expertise:

  • carbon-based materials
  • electrode materials
  • drug delivery
  • adsorbed natural gas for vehicular energy
  • nanoporous materials for energy, environmental, separation, and biological applications

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chemical Engineering and Processing Technology; Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers; Member, American Chemical Society; Member, Materials Research Society

 

Fred A. Akl, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean, School of Engineering; Professor, Civil Engineering
Expertise:

  • vibration analysis/control
  • computer simulation and modeling
  • structural mechanics

 

Vicki L. Brown, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Civil Engineering; Chair, Department of Civil Engineering
Expertise:

  • concrete design
  • the use of advanced composite materials in construction
  • reinforced concrete structures

 

Ronald L. Mersky, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Expertise:

  • solid waste topics (recycling, landfilling, and energy recovery) 
  • environmental impacts of waste management
  • public involvement in the environment
  • environmental engineering

Editor, Journal of Solid Waste Technology; Chair, International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

 

Xiaochao Tang, Ph.D., E.I.T.

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Expertise:

  • geotechnical engineering
  • pavement design and analysis
  • instrumentation and monitoring of infrastructure

Young Member, Transportation Research Board; Member, Pavement Monitoring and Evaluation

 

Raymond P. Jefferis III, Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical Engineering
Expertise:

  • systems/software engineering
  • computer control of industrial processes
  • pharmaceutical process instrumentation
  • computer-aided engineering and design
  • process simulation
  • weather preparation
  • emergency management 

American Red Cross Volunteer

 

Sohail Sheikh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering; Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering
Expertise:

  • computer design and application
  • parallel processing
  • computer architecture
  • fault-tolerant computing

 

Xiaomu Song, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Expertise:

  • signal/image processing
  • computer vision
  • biomedical imaging
  • remote sensing
  • pattern recognition

Senior Member, IEEE

 

Mark Nicosia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise:

  • biomechanics
  • computational mechanics
  • dysphagia

Member, American Society Of Mechanical Engineers; Member, American Society for Engineering Education; Member, Biomedical Engineering Society; Member, Dysphagia Research Society

 

Maria Slomiana, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Expertise:

  • composite materials
  • solid mechanics
  • fracture mechanics

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

 

John F. Davis, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Expertise:

  • water and wastewater treatment
  • water quality modeling and assessment
  • watershed management
  • fate and transport of pollutants

 

Bruce W. Grant, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology and Environmental Science
Expertise:

  • evolutionary ecology
  • conservation biology
  • ecological education
  • herpetology
  • biodiversity
  • service learning
  • environmental education
  • reptile/amphibian bio-diversity

 

Stephen R. Madigosky, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Environmental Science; Professor, Science Education
Expertise:

  • rainforest conservation
  • tropical biology/ecology
  • sustainable development
  • service learning and science education

 Leads research and service learning trips to Peru and Costa Rica

 

Sharon Meagher, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Humanities
Expertise:

  • sustainability - urban and campus
  • university social responsibility, university-community partnerships
  • ethics of urban planning, participatory planning

Co-facilitated faculty development workshop on sustainability; member of sustainability task force; published on infusing sustainability into humanities and social sciences curriculum

 

Ronald L. Mersky, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Expertise:

  • solid waste topics (recycling, landfilling, and energy recovery)
  • environmental impacts of waste management
  • public involvement in the environment
  • environmental engineering

Editor, Journal of Solid Waste Technology; Chair, International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

 

FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

 

Jules C. Abrams, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • learning disabilities: behavioral, emotional, physical
  • reading and spelling disorders in children
  • the brain injured child
  • dyslexia
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy
  • professional psychologist training
  • neuropsychological factors in learning disability

Co-author, Diagnosis, Corrections, and Prevention of Reading Disabilities

 

Beth I. Barol, Ph.D., L.S.W.
Associate Professor, Social Work; Director, Master of Social Work Program
Expertise:

  • group dynamics/facilitation
  • developmental disabilities with challenging behaviors
  • exploring ways to better support people who are underserved and voiceless, with an emphasis on people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

 

Michael Cassano, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology; Co-Director of the Widener Child Therapy Clinic
Expertise:

  • parenting and emotion regulation development
  • improving access to mental health care for underserved populations
  • paternal involvement in developmental and clinical research
  • multisystemic interventions to treat ADHD
  • behavioral health screening and treatment in the context of pediatric primary care

 

Dennis M. Debiak, Psy.D.
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • gay/lesbian/bisexual issues
  • gay youth
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual parents and their children
  • diversity/multicultural issues
  • contemporary psychoanalytical approaches to psychotherapy
  • professional training of psychologists

President, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education; Secretary, Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association

 

Erika Evans, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality

  • treatment of victims of sex trafficking
  • contemporary approaches to marriage and family therapy
  • diversity and multiculturalism in various realms such as parenting, counseling, and relationships
  • anxiety/stress reduction
  • couples and relationship therapy
  • media and sexuality
  • female body image throughout the lifespan

 

Lawrence A. Fehr, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • health psychology
  • stress reduction
  • guilt feelings
  • sexual attitudes and behavior
  • children's cognitive development
  • personality theories and assessment
  • anxiety
  • adolescence
  • children and discipline
  • elder abuse

Author, Introduction to Personality; Co-author, Vibrant Health.

 

Barbara Gilin, MSW, L.S.W.

Clinical Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • domestic violence
  • adults who were sexually abused as children
  • infertility and adoption issues for couples and families
  • family therapy
  • trauma theory and practice
  • family violence
  • gender issues in couples and families

Clinical Member, American Association for Marital and Family Therapy; Member, National Association of Social Workers; Member, American Family Therapy Academy PA Association for Clinical Social Work

Author, A Group Model for Treating Battered Women; Author, Strengths-Based Generalist Practice: A Collaborative Approach, Chapter 16.

 

John R. Giugliano, MSW, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • sex addiction
  • sex therapy
  • gay and lesbian issues
  • psychoanalytic approaches to psychotherapy
  • effects of early childhood trauma on adult men

Board of Directors, Society for Sexual Health, National Council on Sex Addiction; Editorial board, Journal on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity

 

Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Internship Training; Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • family problems
  • serious emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents
  • psychological assessment
  • ethical and professional issues
  • juvenile delinquency and forensic issues
  • training and supervision of  psychologists
  • sexual abuse
  • suicide
  • school issues

 

Frank Masterpasqua, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • community psychology and prevention
  • developmental psychopathology
  • lifespan development
  • stress, adjustment, coping, emotions, self-esteem in childhood
  • early human development
  • social policy and children's rights
  • multimodal interventions
  • positive psychology
  • neurofeedback
  • political psychology

Co-author, Prevention of Problems in Childhood: Psychological Research and Applications and A Complete Paradigm for Psychological Practice

 

Robert L. Myers, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology, Adjunct, CSCI
Expertise:

  • dynamic psychotherapy with children and families
  • how stress affects children and families
  • family communication and understanding
  • developmental issues
  • school issues: acceptance, fear, performance anxiety, peer pressure
  • separation and independence
  • empty nest syndrome
  • stress management
  • psychodiagnosis
  • effects of TV violence on children
  • technology and mental health
  • child development
  • psychotherapy
  • psychological assessment
  • computer technology
  • human behavior
  • fairytales

 

Sanjay R. Nath, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Director, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology; Associate Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • cross-cultural psychology
  • postpartum depression in men and women
  • inter-racial relationships
  • arranged marriages
  • suicide in cross-cultural context
  • ethnic minority identity formation (especially Asian American)
  • ethnic minority access to mental health care and utilization
  • stigma in terms of mental health and cultural variables
  • identity development
  • immigration and acculturation
  • suicide rates among Asians and Asian-Americans
  • suicide in Japan
  • college students and suicide risk/counseling / mental health
  • adolescents and rap music 
  • transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • international issues in psychology and mental health
  • globalization in psychology 
  • treatment models for mental health in other parts of the world
  • disaster and mental health intervention – cultural issues related to trauma
  • contemporary psychoanalysis

Licensed Psychologist; Recipient of Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant to study suicide cross-culturally; Board Member, Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology; Associate Editor, Journal of College Counseling.

 

Mary Rourke, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology; Director, School Psychology Certification Program; Co-Director, Child Therapy Clinic
Expertise:

  • normative development of children and adolescents (developmental transitions; peer relations and social competence; transition to elementary school, to middle school, to high school, to young adulthood)
  • family issues and family therapy 
  • parenting guidance associated with normative developmental issues
  • school psychology, including assessment and treatment of learning disabilities, ADHD and school-related concerns, legal responsibilities of schools, crisis and emergency response in schools
  • pediatric medical illness and its effect on development
  • adjustment to chronic illnesses

Certified School Psychologist; Board of Directors, Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery in Swarthmore, PA

 

Philip A. Rutter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • couples and relationship therapy
  • family therapy
  • assisting youth and their families with the coming out process
  • suicide risk and protective factors
  • suicide among LGBT youth

Clinical Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology; Member, LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

 

Brent A. Satterly, Ph.D., M.S.S., L.C.S.W.
Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program; Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • human sexuality
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues (GLBT)
  • clinical care with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, families of divorce, and alternative family systems
  • undergraduate social work program development
  • self-disclosure and professional identity management in social work
  • professional identity management
  • therapeutic relationships
  • experiential education and efficacy of experiential education
  • human sexuality education
  • faculty governance
  • GLBT training with social work; suicide prevention

Local, regional and national presenter: self-disclosure and GLB professional identity management, social work mentorship, experiential education, GLBT issues in clinical care, and healthy sexuality and childhood sexual trauma; Certified Sexuality Educator; Certified Sex Therapist

 

Paula T. Silver, Ph.D., MSW
Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • social work practice
  • child welfare
  • service learning pedagogy
  • group treatment
  • cultural diversity

Author, The Status of Children and Youth: Philadelphia, Volume II; and Surviving the Bureaucracy: Predictions of Job Satisfaction for the Public Agency Supervisor

 

Noreen M. Yoder, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Education; Director, Child Development Center
Expertise:

  • early childhood education, especially preschool
  • early child development
  • play as an instructional tool
  • health, safety and nutrition for early childhood
  • problem solving for children
  • enhancing creativity in children through arts
  • emergency plans
  • tips for parents when selecting a preschool

PA-Keystone Stars, National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation

 

 

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

 

Annalisa Castaldo, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor, English
Expertise:

  • Shakespearean film
  • Shakespearean performance
  • Medieval/Renaissance women
  • women's movement, women's issues
  • fairy tales and vampires

 

Angela Corbo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Communications Studies
Expertise:

  • social media ethics
  • contemporary media ethics
  • the media's relationship with America's health issues
  • gender roles and gender portrayal in the media

 

Betsy Crane, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • gendered sexuality
  • teen sexuality
  • homophobia
  • human sexuality education
  • strengths-based, family-centered empowerment practices in human services
  • reproductive rights

Co-editor, Sexual Lives: A Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities

 

Melanie Davis, Ph.D., CSE
President, Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener
Expertise:

  • age-related changes in initimacy and sexual expression
  • impact of menopause and cancer on sexuality and self esteem
  • body image

Consults with individuals and couples at the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness; Helps healthcare providers and educators build knowledge, acceptance, and communication skills about sex and sexuality through her firm Honest Exchange, LLC

 

Dennis M. Debiak, Psy.D.
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • gay/lesbian/bisexual issues
  • gay youth
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual parents and their children
  • diversity/multicultural issues
  • contemporary psychoanalytical approaches to psychotherapy
  • professional training of psychologists

President, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education; Secretary, Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association

 

Erika Evans, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality

  • treatment of victims of sex trafficking
  • contemporary approaches to marriage and family therapy
  • diversity and multiculturalism in various realms such as parenting, counseling, and relationships
  • anxiety/stress reduction
  • couples and relationship therapy
  • media and sexuality
  • female body image throughout the lifespan

 

Ilene D. Lieberman, Ph.D.
Gabriel Lukas Chair, Fine Arts; Professor, Art History; Director, Honors Program
Expertise:

  • British sculpture
  • memorial art
  • public art
  • gender and ideology in art
  • women's issues

Co-author, The Chantrey Ledger in the Royal Academy

 

Shana L. Maier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice; Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program

  • rape and sexual assault
  • perceptions and experiences of victim advocates
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and detectives responding to rape victims
  • intimate partner violence
  • influence of gender on judicial decision-making
  • qualitative research methods

Author of pending book, Rape, Victims and Investigations. Experiences and perceptions of law enforcement officers responding to reported rapes.

 

 

Sharon Meagher, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Humanities
Expertise:

  • women and development in the global South

Worked with women's economic cooperatives in Puebla, Mexico and taught on the topic; held appointment as a professor in a master's degree program on gender, culture and development at the Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda

 

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, Ph.D., LCSW, CST

Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • cancer and sexuality
  • sexual trauma
  • sexuality during life transitions
  • couples/relationship counseling
  • postpartum issues

Regularly blogs for breastcancer.org

 

Philip A. Rutter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • couples and relationship therapy
  • family therapy
  • assisting youth and their families with the coming out process
  • suicide risk and protective factors
  • suicide among LGBT youth

Clinical Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology; Member, LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

 

Brent A. Satterly, Ph.D., M.S.S., L.C.S.W.
Director, Bachelor of Social Work Program; Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • human sexuality
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues (GLBT)
  • clinical care with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS, families of divorce, and alternative family systems
  • undergraduate social work program development
  • self-disclosure and professional identity management in social work
  • professional identity management
  • therapeutic relationships
  • experiential education and efficacy of experiential education
  • human sexuality education
  • faculty governance
  • GLBT training with social work; suicide prevention

Local, regional and national presenter: self-disclosure and GLB professional identity management, social work mentorship, experiential education, GLBT issues in clinical care, and healthy sexuality and childhood sexual trauma; Certified Sexuality Educator; Certified Sex Therapist

 

Stephanie Schechner, Ph.D.
Professor, Modern Languages; Director, Master of Liberal Arts Program
Expertise:

  • French literature and culture
  • literature and culture of French-speaking countries
  • teaching foreign languages
  • teacher training
  • women's studies: feminist theory, French women writers and artists

Board Member, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs; Faculty Advisor, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Straight Alliance

 

Mariah Schug, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • gay marriage
  • social-cognitive development
  • navigation and spatial reasoning

 

Justin A. Sitron, Ph.D., C.S.E.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality Education; Director, Master's Programs in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies
Expertise:

  • sexuality/sex in pop culture
  • sex education
  • gender in schools
  • sexuality attitudes reassessment
  • sexological worldview
  • culture/intercultural relations
  • diversity

Board member, Sexuality Information and Education Council

 

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

 

Martin E. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science
Expertise:

  • international affairs
  • terrorism and national security
  • American foreign policy
  • politics of the Middle East and China
  • strategic intelligence
  • arms control
  • nuclear proliferation

Author, The Two Poles of U.S. National Security Policy: Arms Control and Military Preparedness

 

Gordon P. Henderson, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science; Director, Master of Public Administration Program

  • constitutional law and judicial politics
  • presidencies of Madison
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • democracy and war

Authored book chapters on the presidencies of Madison and Lincoln; Conducted sabbatical research on Jefferson; Published journal articles on democracy and war

 

Rebecca R. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science; Chair, Political Science
Expertise:

  • political science
  • international politics
  • international relations
  • Eastern Europe
  • European Union
  • Balkans
  • democracy building

 

J. Wesley Leckrone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science
Expertise:

  • American Federalism
  • American presidency
  • public policy
  • legislative policy and process
  • Pennsylvania politics/elections
  • national elections

Former program director, Center for The Study of Federalism; Former project coordinator, Pennsylvania Policy Database; Blogs with http://theamericanpartnership.com/

 

James E. Vike, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science; Associate Dean, Social Science Division
Expertise:

  • American presidency
  • elections
  • public administration
  • public policy
  • political/bureaucratic relations

 

HEALTHCARE

 

 

Robert J. Bonk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Professional Writing
Expertise:

  • healthcare and science communication
  • medical and scientific humanities
  • professional writing and journalism 

 

 

Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks, Ph.D., R.N., C.R.R.N., C.R.N.P., A.P.R.N., B.C.

Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Professor, Nursing
Expertise:

  • family health/primary care
  • advanced practice nursing issues
  • health care policy
  • family health promotion issues/research
  • workforce/cultural diversity

Nurse Practitioner; Published research in Family Health; Co-Editor, Comprehensive Rehab; Board Certified Nurse Practitioner; American Nurse Credentially Center provider in a Federally Qualified Health Center; Past Secretary, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; Member, National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice; President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 

 

Joseph P. Fuhr, Ph.D.
Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • health economics and pharmacoeconomics (biosimilars)
  • telecommunications: economic and environmental benefits of telecommuting, collocation, and government owned and operated Internet networks
  • effect of innovations in IT on the bottom line for small businessese-materialization: moving products from a physical to an electronic state
  • economics of antitrust and regulation
  • sports economics

A senior fellow with The American Consumer Institute and ambassador for the Internet Innovation Alliance

 

Anne M. Krouse, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor, Nursing; Director of Technology Integration, School of Nursing
Expertise:

  • nursing informatics
  • health policy
  • maternal-newborn nursing
  • breastfeeding
  • breastfeeding low birth-weight infants
  • nursing education
  • instructional technology in nursing
  • SIDS – infant bedsharing
  • nursing curriculum development
  • leadership in nursing

Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs Fellow; Member of American Nurses Association Leadership Institute's Evaluation Advisory Group; Member of the National Policy committee for the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nursing; Mentor, Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy; Nursing Informatics Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

 

Michael D. Rosko, Ph.D.
Professor, Healthcare Management
Expertise:

  • healthcare economics: cost containment programs, effects of technological change on healthcare costs, compensated vs. uncompensated care
  • political economy of healthcare
  • evaluation of regulatory efforts
  • nursing homes
  • strategic decisions made by health care organizations

Author, Economics of Health Care

 

Lynn Nelson Russom, M.S.N., A.N.P.-B.C.
Director/Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Services
Expertise:

  • health and wellness programming 
  • Healthy Campus 2020
  • preventative healthcare
  • policy/implementation/maintenance of a tobacco free environment 
  • university health insurance (student, international, and athletic)
  • health data management
  • traumatic brain injury – care/maintenance/prevention
  • sexual assault education and bystander intervention
  • travel medicine and immunizations
  • nurse practitioner role in higher education

 

Sub-Division: Physical Therapy

 

Sandra Campbell, P.T., Ph.D., MBA
Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy; Co-Director, Clinical Education
Expertise:

  • clinical education
  • health care policy and reimbursement

 

Robin L. Dole, P.T., D.P.T., Ed.D., P.C.S.
Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Director, Institute for Physical Therapy Education; Professor, Physical Therapy
Expertise:

  • pediatrics
  • child motor development
  • developmental disorders
  • autism/developmental coordination disorder
  • special education and related services
  • gait dysfunction
  • hippotherapy
  • assistive technology

Ellen A. Erdman, P.T., D.P.T., H.P.C.S.
Co-Director, Clinical Education
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy

  • hippotherapy
  • balance training
  • obesity and wellness

 

Dawn Gulick, P.T., Ph.D., A.T.C., C.S.C.S.
Professor, Physical Therapy
Expertise:

  • sports medicine
  • disabled sports
  • Olympic medical team
  • orthopedics

Co-creator of the iOrtho application for PT professionals

 

Jill Black, P.T., Ed.D, M.S.
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy; Coordinator, Physical Therapy Clinic
Expertise:

  • cultural competency for the healthcare professional
  • rehabilitation and oncology

Author, Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Practice

 

Kristin Lefebvre, P.T., Ph.D., CCS
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy

  • cardiopulmonary physical therapy

ABPTS board certified cardiopulmonary physical therapist; Author of book chapter on objective testing for the cardiopulmonary patient; Edited a journal issue for Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation on Peripheral Arterial Disease

 

 

Mark Paterson, MPT, OCS, CFMT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

  • orthopedic physical therapy
  • low back pain/injury
  • thoracic cage pain/injury
  • cervical pain/injury
  • manual physical therapy
  • core strength evaluation/training
  • PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)

 

Kerstin Palombaro, P.T., Ph.D., CAPS

Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy; Coordinator, Community Engagement

  • geriatrics
  • osteoporosis
  • community health
  • certified aging in place specialist

 

Samuel Pierce, P.T., Ph.D., N.C.S.
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Expertise:

  • brain injury
  • neurological physical therapy
  • cerebral palsy

 

Robert Wellmon, P.T., Ph. D., N.C.S.
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Expertise:

  • physical therapy
  • physical rehabilitation
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • balance and falls – elderly
  • exercise and aging
  • geriatrics
  • health care issues in physical rehabilitation
  • interprofessional education

Board Certified in Neurology, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

 

 

 

HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

 

Joy P. Dickerson, Ed.D., M.S.
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • leadership development
  • experiential learning
  • career development
  • training and development
  • hospitality
  • human resource management

Member, National Association of Catering Executives (NACE); immediate past president of the Northeast North American Federation (NENA) of International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE); Advisor, Widener Chapter, NACE

 

Nicholas J. Hadgis, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Hospitality Management; Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • leadership and organizational ohange
  • cross culturalleadership
  • hotel real estate development
  • beer and wine
  • tourism
  • human resources
  • restaurant management

Member, American Hotel and Motel Association and Human Resources Committee; Board of Governors, Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Academy; President, Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education

 

Jeffrey C. Lolli, M.S., C.H.E.

Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • hotel/restaurant management
  • casino management
  • human resource management
  • lodging
  • resort and timeshare management
  • organization behavior
  • interpersonal communication dynamics
  • gaming operations
  • pedagogy in hospitality education

Member, Professional Convention Management Association; Member, American Hotel and Lodging Association; Member, Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Educators; Certified ServSafe Food Safety Instructor; Certified Hospitality Educator; Faculty Advisor for the Widener University Professional AH&LA Student Chapter

 

John F. Mahoney, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • restaurant trends
  • food trends
  • fine dining
  • hospitality industry labor trends
  • hospitality education program accreditation

Former Chair, Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality; Member, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals; Member, International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education 

 

Shiang Lih Chen McCain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hospitality Management
Expertise:

  • hospitality marketing
  • marketing research
  • casino management
  • casino marketing
  • customer satisfaction

Slot host, Asian Marketing Manager, Imperial Palace Casino, Las Vegas

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND FOREIGN MARKETS

 

Patricia M. Dyer, Ph.D.
Director, Writing Center and Study Abroad Program; Professor, English
Expertise:

  • intercultural communication
  • language and culture
  • writing program administration
  • business communication
  • linguistics
  • English as a second language
  • Writing

 

Martin E. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science
Expertise:

  • international affairs
  • terrorism and national security
  • American foreign policy
  • politics of the Middle East and China
  • strategic intelligence
  • arms control
  • nuclear proliferation

Author, The Two Poles of U.S. National Security Policy: Arms Control and Military Preparedness

 

Rebecca R. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Political Science; Chair, Political Science
Expertise:

  • political science
  • international politics
  • international relations
  • Eastern Europe
  • European Union
  • Balkans
  • democracy building

 

Iqbal Mansur, Ph.D.

Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • corporate and international finance
  • banking issues
  • exchange rates
  • monetary and fiscal policies
  • U.S. and foreign equity markets

 

Yufeng Mao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History
Expertise:

  • Chinese history and culture
  • Korean history and culture
  • Japanese history and culture
  • globalism and world civilizations

 

Donna Weaver McCloskey, Ph.D.
Department Head, Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences; Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • international information systems

 

Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D.

Professor, Economics
Expertise:

  • international economics and business
  • macroeconomics and banking
  • Islamic banking
  • Third World debt and related issues
  • Iran economics and politics

Editor, Journal of Iranian Research and Analysis; Writer, Iran Today (daily newspaper) and Silicon Iran (monthly high-tech trade magazine)

 

 

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

 

Kerri Anne Brannen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Management
Expertise:

  • emotional intelligence
  • social intelligence
  • cultural intelligence
  • international human resources
  • organizational behavior
  • cultural exposure
  • expatriation
  • repatriation
  • older workers

 

Stuart Eimer, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Sociology 
Expertise:

  • social class
  • social and economic inequality
  • labor politics
  • union organizing
  • race and ethnicity 

Author, Central Labor Councils and the Revival of American Unionism 

 

Dennis R. Laker, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Management 
Expertise

  • human resource management
  • organizational development
  • employment issues: controlling employee turnover, training, alternative employment, job search
  • organizational behavior and communication
  • human resource services: temporary agencies, leasing firms, outplacement   firms, consulting companies
  • inferential statistics

 

Glenn H. McAllister, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Director, Widener University Small Business Development Center
Expertise:

  • small business
  • business financing
  • banking

 

LEARNING DISABILITIES

 

 

Jules C. Abrams, Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise

  • learning disabilities: behavioral, emotional, physical
  • reading and spelling disorders in children
  • the brain injured child
  • dyslexia
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy
  • professional psychologist training 
  • neuropsychological factors in learning disability

Co-author, Diagnosis, Corrections, and Prevention of Reading Disabilities; President, National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology

 

Kenneth B. Goldberg, Psy.D. 
Associate Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • neuropsychological assessment
  • brain injury and rehabilitation
  • learning disabilities
  • dementia 

Former President, Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society

 

MARKETING

 

Brian Larson, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Associate Professor, Management 
Expertise:

  • marketing
  • sport marketing
  • marketing research
  • promotions
  • event marketing
  • international marketing
  • automotive industry issues

 

Michael D. Rosko, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Professor, Healthcare Management
Expertise:

  • healthcare economics: cost containment programs, effects of technological change on healthcare costs, compensated vs. uncompensated care
  • political economy of healthcare
  • evaluation of regulatory efforts
  • nursing homes
  • strategic decisions made by health care organizations

Author, Economics of Health Care

 

Mary E. Shoemaker, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Marketing
Expertise:

  • personal non-retail selling
  • sales management
  • social media marketing
  • customer relationship management (CRM)

Board Member, Sales and Marketing Executives of Philadelphia

 

MATHEMATICS

 

Kasia M. Hallenbeck, Ph.D. 
Professor, Mathematics; Director of the Math Center 
Expertise:

  • geometric function theory
  • complex analysis
  • extreme points
  • span of simple closed curves

 

Janusz M. Lysko, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Expertise:

  • general topology
  • continuum theory
  • dynamical systems
  • computer graphics

 

Bob Neveln, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science 
Expertise:

  • Linux
  • artificial intelligence
  • logic
  • coding theory
  • mathematical biology
  • history of mathematics 

Author, Comma-Free and Synchronizable Codes and Linux Assembly Language Programming 

 

Neil A. Watling, Ph.D. 

Chair, Department of Mathematics; Associate Professor, Mathematics 
Expertise:

  • mathematical physics
  • functional analysis
  • operator theory

 

NURSING

 

Lois Ryan Allen, Ph.D., R.N. 
Professor, Nursing 
Expertise:

  • education evaluation
  • quantitative research methods
  • research instrument development
  • nursing science and theory development

 

Mary Baumberger-Henry, D.N.Sc., R.N. 
Associate Professor, Nursing 
Expertise:

  • case study
  • nursing theory
  • burn, emergency, critical care and disaster nursing
  • cooperative learning 

 

Esther Brown, Ed.D., M.S.N., B.S.N., R.N.

Assistant Professor, Nursing; Coordinator, Introduction to Nursing
Expertise:

  • service-learning
  • nursing process
  • african american health disparities
  • poverty and hunger
  • spirituality in nursing

Member, Sigma Theta Tau; Member, Association of Black Faculty; Broad Member, Pennsylvania Nursing Foundation; Broad Member, Coatesville Center for Community Health; Member, American Nursing Association

 

Donna M. Callaghan, Ph.D., R.N., G.C.N.S.-B.C., C.N.E.
Associate Professor, Nursing; Director, Master of Science in Nursing Programs

Expertise:

  • adult health
  • gerontology
  • health promotion
  • parish nursing
  • research/statistics
  • nursing education

Certified CNS; Certified Nurse Educator; President, Parish Nurse Council for the Diocese of Camden

 

Normajean Colby,  R.N.,  Ph.D., C.N.E, C.P.N,
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Expertise: 

  • health promotion: children
  • pediatric nursing
  • men in nursing
  • nursing education
  • child abuse
  • interprofessional education/collaboration
  • diversity in nursing

 

Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks, Ph.D., R.N., C.R.R.N., C.R.N.P., A.P.R.N., B.C.
Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Professor, Nursing 
Expertise:

  • family health/primary care
  • advanced practice nursing issues
  • health care policy
  • family health promotion issues/research
  • workforce/cultural diversity

Nurse Practitioner; Published research in Family Health; Co-Editor, Comprehensive Rehab; Board Certified Nurse Practitioner; American Nurse Credentially Center provider in a Federally Qualified Health Center; Past Secretary, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties; Member, National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice; President, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

 

Dawn Ferry, M.S.N., R.N., C.H.S.E.
Director, Center for Simulation and Computerized Testing
Expertise:

  • nursing simulation 
  • sim labs 
  • computerized testing

 

Stephanie Jeffers, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Expertise:

  • end-of-life care
  • medical-surgical nursing
  • undergraduate nursing education

Member, National League for Nursing; Member, Sigma Theta Tau International; Member, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Eastern Nursing Research Society

 

Anne M. Krouse, Ph.D., R.N. 

Professor, Nursing; Director of Technology Integration
Expertise:

  • nursing informatics
  • health policy
  • maternal-newborn nursing
  • breastfeeding
  •  breastfeeding low birth-weight infants
  • nursing education
  • instructional technology in nursing
  • SIDS – infant bedsharing
  • nursing curriculum development
  • leadership in nursing 

Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs Fellow; Member of American Nurses Association Leadership Institute's Evaluation Advisory Group; Member of the National Policy committee for the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nursing; Mentor, Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy; Nursing Informatics Certification, American Nurses Credentialing Center

 

Kim A. Noble, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.A.N.
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Expertise:

  • nurse psychology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • pathophysiology
  • pharmacology
  • perianesthesia nursing

Director for Research, American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses; Member, Joanna Briggs Institute

 

Linda J. O'Kane, M.S.N., R.N.
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Services, Nursing
Expertise:

  • undergraduate programming in nursing
  • experiential nursing
  • living and learning communities

 

Barbara J. Patterson, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.E.F.
Director, PhD Program; Professor, Nursing

Expertise:

  • qualitative research
  • adult health
  • nursing education research
  • doctoral education in nursing

Chair, National League for Nursing's Nursing Education Research Review Panel; Fellow, National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education; Research Briefs Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives; Faculty Advisor, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy 

 

Rose Schwartz, Ph.D., R.N.

Director, Prelicensure BSN Program; Assistant Professor, Nursing
Expertise:

  • undergraduate programming in nursing
  • technology in the classroom
  • medical-surgical nursing
  • nursing ethics and genetics.

 

 

PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL HEALTH

 

Jules C. Abrams, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • learning disabilities: behavioral, emotional, physical
  • reading and spelling disorders in children
  • the brain injured child
  • dyslexia
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy
  • professional psychologist training
  • neuropsychological factors in learning disability

Co-author, Diagnosis, Corrections, and Prevention of Reading Disabilities

 

Bret Boyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • individual and family adjustment to acute and chronic health conditions
  • posttraumatic stress and anxiety secondary to medical stressors
  • self-management of chronic health conditions
  • issues related to death and dying
  • pediatric psychology
  • self-regulatory interventions
  • family therapy
  • nonpharmacologic interventions to address physical symptomatologies

 

Virginia Brabender, Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • group psychotherapy
  • diagnostic and psychological and personality assessment
  • ethical issues
  • training professional psychologists
  • Rorschach inkblot method 
  • sports psychology 

Author, Models of Inpatient Group Psychotherapy; Introduction to Group Therapy; Awaiting the Therapist's Baby: A Guide for the Expectant Parent-Practitioners; and Essentials of Group Therapy 

 

Dennis M. Debiak, Psy.D.
Adjunct Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • gay/lesbian/bisexual issues
  • gay youth
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual parents and their children
  • diversity/multicultural issues
  • contemporary psychoanalytical approaches to psychotherapy
  • professional training of psychologists 

President, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education; Secretary, Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association

 

 

Erika Evans, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality

  • treatment of victims of sex trafficking
  • contemporary approaches to marriage and family therapy
  • diversity and multiculturalism in various realms such as parenting, counseling, and relationships
  • anxiety/stress reduction
  • couples and relationship therapy
  • media and sexuality
  • female body image throughout the lifespan

 

Lawrence A. Fehr, Ph.D. 

Professor, Psychology 
Expertise:

  • health psychology
  • stress reduction
  • guilt feelings
  • sexual attitudes and behavior
  • children’s cognitive development
  • personality theories and assessment
  • anxiety
  • adolescence
  • children and discipline
  • elder abuse 

Author, Introduction to Personality; Co-author, Vibrant Health 

 

Kenneth B. Goldberg, Psy.D. 

Associate Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology; Director of Neuropsychology Program
Expertise:

  • neuropsychological assessment
  • brain injury and rehabilitation
  • learning disabilities
  • dementia 

Former President, Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society

 

Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology; Director, Internship Training 
Expertise:

  • family problems
  • serious emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents
  • psychological assessment
  • ethical and professional issues
  • juvenile delinquency and forensic issues
  • training and supervision of psychologists
  • school issues
  • suicide
  • sexual abuse

 

Suzanne Mannes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • forensic and legal psychology, especially cognitive biases throughout the judicial process
  • test comprehension

Author, instructor's manual for Costanzo and Krauss's Forensic and Legal Psychology

 

Frank Masterpasqua, Ph.D. 
Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • community psychology and prevention
  • developmental psychopathology: lifespan development
  • stress, adjustment, coping, emotions, self-esteem in childhood
  • early human development
  • social policy and children’s rights
  • multimodal interventions
  • positive psychology
  • neurofeedback
  • political psychology

Co-author, Prevention of Problems in Childhood: Psychological Research and Applications; and A Complete Paradigm for Psychological Practice 

 

Robert L. Myers. Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • dynamic psychotherapy with children and families
  • how stress affects children and families
  • family communication and understanding
  • developmental issues
  • school issues: acceptance, fear, performance anxiety, peer pressure
  • separation and independence
  • empty nest syndrome
  • stress management
  • psychodiagnosis
  • effects of TV violence on children
  • technology and mental health
  • child development
  • psychotherapy
  • psychological assessment
  • computer technology
  • human behavior
  • fairytales

 

Sanjay R. Nath, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Director, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • cross-cultural psychology
  • postpartum depression in men and women
  • inter-racial relationships
  • arranged marriages
  • suicide in cross-cultural context
  • ethnic minority identity formation (especially Asian American)
  • ethnic minority access to mental health care and utilization
  • stigma in terms of mental health and cultural variables
  • identity development
  • immigration and acculturation
  • suicide rates among Asians and Asian-Americans
  • suicide in Japan
  • college students and suicide risk/counseling / mental health
  • adolescents and rap music
  • transition from adolescence to adulthood
  • international issues in psychology and mental health
  • globalization in psychology
  • treatment models for mental health in other parts of the world
  • disaster and mental health intervention – cultural issues related to trauma
  • contemporary psychoanalysis

Licensed Psychologist; Recipient of Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant to study suicide cross-culturally; Board Member, Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology; Associate Editor, Journal of College Counseling. 

 

Maurice F. Prout, Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology; Director, Postdoctoral Respecialization
Expertise:

  • cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy
  • anxiety, mood and neurotic disorders
  • psychosomatics and behavioral medicine
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • stress management
  • chronic pain management 

Co-author, Handbook of Pain Management; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Clinician's Guide  

 

Karen C. Rose, Ph.D. 
Professor, Psychology 
Expertise:

  • group influences on public opinion
  • career development – adolescence
  • functional and cognitive declines in aging
  • trait entitlement and prejudicial attitudes 

 

Philip A. Rutter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • couples and relationship therapy
  • family therapy
  • assisting youth and their families with the coming out process
  • suicide risk and protective factors
  • suicide among LGBT youth

Clinical Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology; Member, LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

 

Mariah Schug, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • racial and ethnic bias
  • cross-cultural cognition
  • social-cognitive development
  • navigation and spatial reasoning
  • Nordic culture
  • gay marriage

 

Hal Shorey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology; Director, Psychology and Business Joint Degree Program; Director of Organizational Development Services
Expertise:

  • role of attachment and hope in resiliency and psychopathology
  • positive-psychology-based intervention for at risk youth
  • leadership and positive psychological assessment
  • attachment theory and psychotherapy
  • relationships

Courtney L. Slater, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • religion and spirituality, and psychology
  • issues related to religious development and personality
  • relational issues and patterns
  • diversity/multicultural issues
  • contemporary psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy
  • professional training of psychologists
  • short-term forms of psychodynamic therapy

Licensed Psychologist; Secretary, Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

 

Lori Simons, Ph.D. 
Professor, Psychology
Expertise: 

  • service learning and teacher effectiveness
  • gender differences and substance abuse on student and clinical populations
  • multicultural service learning and ethnic identity development
  • substance abuse training of paraprofessionals and certified addiction counselors 

Member, American Psychological Association, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and International Coalition for Addiction Studies on Education

 

Ross Steinman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychology; Chair, Psychology
Expertise:

  • industrial/organizational psychology
  • consumer behavior
  • indirect and implicit measures of attitude in the consumer domain
  • effect of brand transgression on consumer attitude and preference
  • automatic decision making of consumers
  • cross-cultural differences in consumer behavior

 

Stephen C. Wilhite, Ph.D. 

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Professor, Psychology 
Expertise:

  • human memory and cognitive processes
  • students’ study habits and their relationship to academic achievement
  • higher education administration
  • leadership in metropolitan universities

Author, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior 

 

 

COUNSELING

Beth A. Howlett, Ph.D. 
Director, Widener University Counseling Center
Expertise:

  • sports psychology
  • eating disorders and trauma
  • health and fitness
  • psychotherapy
  • psychological and educational assessment
  • neurofeedback/biofeedback/hypnosis
  • performance enhancement
  • mental health and well being

Member, U.S. Olympic Registry, American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology

 

 

SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

Marc A. Brodkin, Ph.D. 
Professor, Biology 
Expertise:

  • microbiology and immunology
  • cellular immunology

 

David J. Coughlin, Ph.D. 
Professor, Biology
Expertise:

  • fish biology, ecology and development
  • vertebrate physiology, vision and locomotion

 

Kate Goodrich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biology
Expertise:

  • the American Pawpaw
  • floral biology, plant reproduction
  • wildflowers; native plants
  • plant-insect interactions (insects that pollinate plants and insects that eat plants)

 

Bruce W. Grant, Ph.D. 
Professor, Biology and Environmental Science
Expertise:

  • evolutionary ecology
  • conservation biology
  • ecological education
  • herpetology
  • biodiversity
  • service learning
  • environmental education
  • reptile/amphibian bio-diversity

 

Kathleen L. Hornberger, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Science; Director, Environmental Community Outreach
Expertise:

  • botany
  • invasive plants in PA
  • plant taxonomy
  • community gardening

Former President, Penn State Delaware County Master Gardeners; Certified Master Gardener; Curator of the Herbarium, Delaware County Institute of Science

 

Stephen R. Madigosky, Ed.D. 
Chair, Department of Enivronmental Science; Professor, Science Education 
Expertise:

  • rainforest conservation
  • sustainable development
  • tropical biology/ecology
  • science education
  • service learning

Leads research and service learning trips to Peru and Costa Rica

 

Robert W. Morris, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
Expertise:

  • cell and molecular biology and enzymology

 

Itzick Vatnick, Ph.D. 
Professor, Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science; Chair, Biology 
Expertise:

  • comparative and human physiology
  • bioenergetics, metabolism and control of body mass
  • amphibian decline and host-pathogen interactions in frogs
  • science education for non-science majors

 

Frances E. Weaver, Ph.D. 
Associate Dean, Science Division; Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
Expertise:

  • reproductive and developmental biology
  • cell biology
  • molecular biology

 

CHEMISTRY

Mark G. Bradley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Expertise: 

  • electrochemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds

 

Shirley G. Fischer-Drowos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Science
Expertise:

  • analytical chemistry
  • industrial chemistry
  • polymer chemistry
  • forensics
  • physical chemistry

Member, American Chemical Society

 

Scott E. Van Bramer, Ph.D. 
Professor, Chemistry 
Expertise:

  • analytical chemistry
  • mass spectrometry
  • Web-enhanced learning

 

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Stephen P. Adams, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Physics 
Expertise:

  • quantum optics
  • laser physics
  • amplified spontaneous emission

 

Harry J. Augensen, Ph.D. 
Professor, Physics and Astronomy; Director, Widener Observatory
Expertise

  • galactic structure and stellar evolution
  • measurements of stellar parallaxes
  • planetary nebulae
  • astronomy education 

Author, Astronomy Education and Instructional Aids

 

 

SOCIETAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES

 

Sachi Ando, Ph.D., M.S.S.W.
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Expertise:

  • immigrant and refugee well-being
  • immigrant integration
  • Asian Americans and immigrants
  • cultural competence and social work
  • research education in social work

Member, National Association of Social Workers; Member, Council on Social Work Education; Member, Society for Social Work and Research

 

 

Bretton Alvare, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Expertise:

  • transnational social movements
  • globalization and development
  • Afro-Caribbean religion and culture
  • Latino history and culture
  • understanding race and racism

 

Marina Barnett, D.S.W. 
Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • Asset mapping
  • organization and community development
  • African American families

 

Richard M. Cooper, Ph.D., MSW
Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • social work clinical practice and counseling
  • socio-political issues regarding African Americans
  • adolescent and youth popular culture
  • racism
  • African American music
  • domestic polices
  • initiatives from President Obama
  • black history
  • black males
  • hip hop culture and R&B music
  • culture diversity
  • movie reviews

Licensed Social Worker; Producer/Host, Culture and Entertainment on www.900AMWURD.com; Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Committee, Widener University; Member,  National Association of Social Workers; Member, National Association of Black Social Workers

 

Betsy Crane, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise

  • gendered sexuality
  • teen sexuality
  • homophobia
  • human sexuality education
  • strengths-based, family-centered empowerment practices in human services
  • reproductive rights

Co-editor, Sexual Lives: A Reader on the Theories and Realities of Human Sexualities

 

Dennis M. Debiak, Psy.D. 

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Clinical Psychology
Expertise:

  • gay/lesbian/bisexual issues
  • gay youth
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual parents and their children
  • diversity/multicultural issues
  • contemporary psychoanalytical approaches to psychotherapy
  • professional training of psychologists 

President, Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education; Secretary, Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association

 

 

Erika Evans, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality

  • treatment of victims of sex trafficking
  • contemporary approaches to marriage and family therapy
  • diversity and multiculturalism in various realms such as parenting, counseling, and relationships
  • anxiety/stress reduction
  • couples and relationship therapy
  • media and sexuality
  • female body image throughout the lifespan

 

Patricia Fletcher

Assistant Director and Field Instructor, Social Work;

Associate Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • social work careers
  • social work field issues

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Robin Goldberg-Glen, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Social Work 
Expertise:

  • gerontology
  • geriatric social work education
  • intergenerational relations/grandparent caregivers of grandchildren
  • social work research
  • international social work
  • social work practice with older adults and males across the life cycle
  • LGBTQ Older Adults

 

William E. Harver, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice 
Expertise:

  • police
  • criminal justice
  • criminology 

Member, American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, and American Society of Industrial Security

 

Linda Houser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Social Work; Director Ph.D. in Social Work Program
Expertise:

  • paid family leave
  • earned sick days (paid sick days)
  • women in the workplace
  • unionization and training of home health care and home-based child care workers
  • child care subsidies
  • employment for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders 

Conducts employment policy research with Rutgers University's Center for Women and Work

 

 

Stephen E. Kauffman, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor, Social Work 
Expertise:

  • Chester problems
  • poverty
  • environmental racism and impacts on communities
  • social welfare history and policy
  • ideology, religion and effects on policy
  • civic-engagement by universities
  • volunteering
  • environmental and community development issues
  • poverty 
  • environmental racism and impacts on communities
  • social welfare history and policy
  • ideology, religion and effects on policy

Past member, PA State Environmental Racism Advisory Board; Researcher/evaluator and consultant to over 15 social service agencies in Chester

 

 

Shana L. Maier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice; Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program

  • rape and sexual assault
  • perceptions and experiences of victim advocates
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and detectives responding to rape victims
  • intimate partner violence
  • influence of gender on judicial decision-making
  • qualitative research methods

Author of pending book, Rape, Victims and Investigations. Experiences and perceptions of law enforcement officers responding to reported rapes.

 

 

Yufeng Mao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History
Expertise:

  • Chinese history and culture
  • Korean history and culture
  • Japanese history and culture 
  • globalism and world civilizations

 

Sharon Meagher, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Humanities
Expertise:

  • the value of the liberal arts, especially the humanities
  • public humanities
  • women and development in the global South
  • sustainability - urban and campus
  • university social responsibility, university-community partnerships
  • ethics of urban planning, participatory planning

 

Robert L. Myers. Ph.D., ABPP 
Professor Emeritus, Graduate Clinical Psychology 
Expertise:

  • dynamic psychotherapy with children and families
  • how stress affects children and families
  • family communication and understanding
  • developmental issues
  • school issues: acceptance, fear, performance anxiety, peer pressure
  • separation and independence
  • empty nest syndrome
  • stress management
  • psychodiagnosis
  • effects of TV violence on children
  • technology and mental health
  • child development
  • psychotherapy
  • psychological assessment
  • computer technology
  • human behavior
  • fairytales

 

Sarah C. Nicksa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Expertise:

  • terrorism in America
  • bystanders of sexual assault
  • college responses to sexual assualt allegations
  • interpersonal violent victimization
  • collective violence
  • deviant behavior
  • social control

Initiated the "Crime and Diversity Film Series" on campus

 

Marcine Pickron-Davis, Ph.D.
Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer
Assistant Professor, Social Work

Expertise:

  • community engagement
  • diversity
  • community partnerships

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; Widener Partnership Charter School; Board Member, Chester Youth Collaborative; Board Member, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Editorial Board; Board Member, Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development; Board Member, Chester Community Improvement Project; Board Member, Chester Charter School of the Arts; Co-Author, "From Gates to Engagement: A Ten-Year Retrospective of Widener University's Journey to Reclaim Its Soul and Fulfill Its Mission as a Leading Metropolitan University"

 

Mitchell S. Rothman, Ph.D.   
Professor, Anthropology; Chair, Anthropology  
Expertise:

  • archeology
  • Middle Eastern societies
  • cultural symbolism
  • economic anthropology
  • religion

 

Philip A. Rutter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality
Expertise:

  • couples and relationship therapy
  • family therapy
  • assisting youth and their families with the coming out process
  • suicide risk and protective factors
  • suicide among LGBT youth

Clinical Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology; Member, LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

 

Mariah Schug, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Expertise:

  • racial and ethnic bias
  • cross-cultural cognition
  • social-cognitive development
  • navigation and spatial reasoning
  • Nordic culture
  • gay marriage

Paula T. Silver, MSW, Ph.D. 

Dean, School of Human Service Professions; Professor, Social Work 
Expertise:

  • social work practice
  • child welfare
  • service learning pedagogy
  • group treatment
  • cultural diversity 

Author, The Status of Children and Youth: Philadelphia, Volume II; and Surviving the Bureaucracy: Predictions of Job Satisfaction for the Public Agency Supervisor 

 

Justin A. Sitron, Ed.D., C.S.E.
Associate Professor, Human Sexuality Education
Expertise:

  • sexuality/sex in pop culture
  • sex education
  • gender in schools
  • sexuality attitudes reassessment
  • sexological worldview
  • culture/intercultural relations
  • diversity

Board members, Sexuality Information and Education Council

 

Jeannette B. Wyatt, M.S.S, L.C.S.W.
Assistant Professor, Social Work
Expertise:

  • mental health
  • serious mental illness
  • critical incident stress
  • children and adolescents
  • crisis intervention