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College of Health Sciences
West Chester, PA 19383


Name: Dr. Lynn Carson
Phone: 610-436-2245 | 610-436-2138
Email: lcarson@wcupa.edu

MPH Faculty and Staff

Phone Number: 610-4366941

Email: dbill@wcupa.edu

Title: Professor

Education:
Ph.D., Health Studies, Health Education and Behavior, Temple University
MPH Public Health, Concentration in Health Education & Behavior, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
BA, Anthropology,Central Connecticut State University, New Britain CT

Biography: Dr. Debra Bill is a Professor in the Department of Health. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 1999 after completing her doctorate in Health Studies/Health Education from Temple University. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked for twenty years as a program planning /development and evaluation specialist in health education, designing, implementing and evaluating health programs for diverse learners in schools, communities workplaces and global settings. She worked on several research grants and was Principle Investigator of an NIH funded Educational Multi-purpose Arthritis Grant at the University of Connecticut Medical Center.

She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in trans cultural health, global health promotion, health program planning, and community health. Her specialty area of expertise is culture and health. She has been a leader in applying the promotora de salud model to educate migrant/immigrant communities about maternal and child health.

She has worked on a number of international projects with community partners and has done extensive fieldwork in Guanajuato, Mexico for the past twelve years. she has also done fieldwork with her students and supervised community work in Kennet Square PA with migrant Latino farm families, Jamaica, Greece, Lithuania, Iraq, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Bill has developed and taught international health immersion courses to Mexico and Jamaica for West Chester University public health students. She was the first recipient of the Open Society Award for Social Justice in 2009 by the National Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE). She has chaired the SOPHE Anthropology and Public Health sections for a number of years.

Dr. Bill has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on health equity and health disparity issues presented at international, national, and state-wide conferences. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Education, and American Anthropological Association.

Research Interests: Her research interests include: culture and health, issues of health equity/health disparity, health program design in multi-cultural communities, service learning, and qualitative research. Topics of special interest: include Latino health, pedagogy of service learning and immersion experiences in health education, health promotion in multi-cultural populations, and global health promotion.

BS Public Health/Health Promotion Courses taught: HEA 110 Trans cultural Health, HEA 100 Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 103 Drugs and Society, HEA 1009 Women's Health, HEA 242 Introduction to Community/Public Health, HEA 301 Health for Elementary Grades, HEA 330 Health Behavior, HEA 342 Program Planning/Evaluation, HEA 410 Mental Health, HEA 440 School Health Programs, and HEA 21 Internship.

MPH Courses taught: HEA 543 Trans cultural Health, HEA 539 Health Program Planning, HEA632 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, HEA 531 Community Health, Special Topics581: Global Health Promotion, Health Counseling and Health Promotion, Service Learning in International Health Education in Little Bay Jamaica,Mexican Culture and Health, Guanajuato, Mexico, and HEA 649/650 Applied Learning Experiences.

 

Phone Number: 610-436-6941

Email: jbrenner@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 302

Education:
Ph.D., Health Studies, Temple University, 2004
M. Ed., Health Education, College of New Jersey, 1990
B.S., Athletic Training, minor: Health Science, West Chester University, 1989

Biography: Jim Brenner joined the Department of Health faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2002 and then as an Assistant Professor in 2004. He is currently at the Associate Professor rank. Prior to WCU, he has taught at Temple University, Arcadia University, and Westtown School. Before that he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Princeton University for six years.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brenner helps coordinate the WCU Partners in Prevention (PIP) program which assists faculty, staff, and students identify alcohol and other drug problems, how to discuss these with someone they care about, and where to find resources for further support. PIP has been in existence since 2003. He is the program director and advisor for the Health Science General undergraduate program and part of the Health Education faculty. Dr. Brenner serves the MPH Program as the Poster session organizer, which is held three times a year.

Research Interests: Dr. Brenner’s research pursuits include Health Education pedagogy; college student AOD prevention; and alcohol use among college athletes. He has numerous publications, grants, and symposia presentations in these three areas.

MPH Courses taught: HEA623 Substance Abuse Prevention

Phone Number: 610-738-0557

Email: mbowen@wcupa.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 315

Education:
Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology, AHRQ Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009
PhD, Sociology of Aging and Population Health and Certificates in Race and Social Policy, Virginia Tech, 2006
MA, Sociology, University of Kansas, 2003
BA, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Gender, The College of William & Mary, 2001

Biography: Dr. Bowen is a social gerontologist with interests in health disparities research and efficacy trials of health care technologies to inform translational research and system-wide implementation. Dr. Bowen received her PhD in the Sociology of Aging and Population Health from Virginia Tech and has a Certificate in Gerontology and Race and Social Policy. Dr. Bowen has examined racial and socioeconomic inequalities across the life span; specifically how long-term social (e.g., childhood and adulthood socioeconomic conditions, race/ethnicity), and behavioral (e.g., physical activity, obesity) determinants of disease affect mobility and functioning later in life. In her work, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she examined how access to health care may account for differences in physical and cognitive functioning among older minority populations. Dr. Bowen is currently funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to leverage innovative technology to improve functioning and patient care in a geriatric population.

BS Public Health/Health Promotion Courses taught: HEA 106 Death and Dying, HEA 320 Positive Aspects of Aging

MPH Courses taught: HEA 648 Research Methods in Public Health (traditional and online)

Phone Number: 610-436-2138

Email: lcarson@wcupa.edu

Title: Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 304

Education:
Ph.D. Health Education, Temple University, 1989
M.S. Health Education, St. Joseph's University, 1983
B.A. Liberal Arts, Neumann College, 1982

Certification:
CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) , Inc, 1989
MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist) National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., 2011

Biography: Dr. Lynn Carson joined the faculty in the Department of Health in fall semester, 1989. Before joining the Department of Health at WCU, Dr. Casrson served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine). During her tenure at PCOM, Dr. Carson developed and implemented primary care, health education and preventative medicine programs for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program. She also provided administrative support for grant procurement and related grant project. As a faculty member in the Department of Health, Dr. Carson served as the Program Director for the BS in Public Health, Health Promotion for 12 years. She also was the Undergraduate Public Health/Health Promotion Internship Coordinator for 22 years. In 1999, the faculty in the Department of Health decided to revise the MS in Health degree to meet the requirements of a Master of Public Health degree and in 2006 the MPH degree received full accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Dr. Carson has served as the MPH Program Director since 1999. In addition to the number of of administrative roles in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Department of Health, Dr. Carson has provided instruction in elective and required courses in the B.S. in Public Health/Health Promotion Program and the MPH Program. She enjoys her role as faculty supervisor for the Applied Learning Experience in the MPH Program students along with providing support and direction as students prepare for their roles as public health professionals. Dr. Carson is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, the Society of Public Health Education and Eta Sigma Gamma (National Health Education Honorary). she also served two terms as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Public Health Education.

Research Interests: Dr.Carson's research interests include community health, health disparities in underserved populations, community health program development and evaluation. Dr. Carson also has an interest in professional preparation in graduate and undergraduate programs in public health. Topics of special interest include the animal human bond and health along with animals and their impact on community health.

B.S. Public Health/Health Promotion Courses Taught: HEA 100 Dimensions of Wellness; HEA 106 Death and Dying; HEA 240 Foundations of Health; HEA 242 Introduction to Public and Community Health; HEA 320 Positive Aspects of Aging; HEA 343 Advance Program Planning; HEA 10 Mental Health; HEA 420 Health Marketing and Communications; HEA 421 Public Health Internship (Undergraduate Internship Supervisor); HEA 435 Special Topics: Animals in Health/Human Service

MPH Courses Taught: HEA 506 Current Issues in Death and Dying (Elective); HEA 632 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health; HEA 531 Community as a Basis for Health; HEA 649 Applied Learning Experience I (MPH Practicum Supervisor); HEA 650 Applied Learning II (MPH Practicum Supervisor); HEA 581 Special Topics: Animals in Health/Human Service (Elective); HEA 544 Program Administration in Health/Human Service

Phone Number: 610-436-1038

Email:jchristaldi@wcupa.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 309

Education:
PhD Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, 2008
MS Human Nutrition, University of Delaware, 2004
BS Food and Nutrition, College of St. Elizabeth, 2000

Biography: Dr. Joanne Christaldi joined the faculty in the Department of Nutrition as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Coordinated Program Director at Marywood University from 2008-2013. She teaches graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in the nutrition track.

Dr. Christaldi is also certified with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and earned an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia. In addition, she has over 7 years of experience working as a clinical dietitian. Dr. Christaldi has presented at both domestic and international conferences. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Philadelphia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and 3 Dietetic Practice Groups-Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and Weight Management.

Research Interests: Research interests include hunger and food insecurity, obesity prevention and treatment and qualitative theory and methodology.

BS Nutrition Courses taught: NDT 200 Nutrition and Culture, NTD 320 Strategies and Dietetics Education, NTD 413 Medical Nutrition Therapy I and NTD 414 Medical Nutrition Therapy II.

MPH Courses Taught: NTD 610 Nutrition Assessment

Phone Number: 610-436-2931

Email: bcinelli@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 207

Phone Number: 610-436-3531

Email: sdejoy@wcupa.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 211

Education:
PhD, Community and Family Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, 2011
MPH, Concentration in Maternal Child Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, 2005
BA, Pre-Medical Concentration in English, Columbia University, 1989

Biography: Dr. Sharon DeJoy joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 2012, after completing her doctorate in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Prior to accepting her current position, she was an Ass it ant Professor of Community Health at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, and directs the BS in Public Health-Health Promotion program. Dr. DeJoy has conducted community-based research and consultation in maternal child health for under served populations. She has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed articles and presented at international conferences. Dr. DeJoy maintains certification as a direct-entry midwife, although she is not in clinical practice. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, the Midwives Alliance of North America, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives; she also serves on the leadership teams of the Association of Midwifery Educators and the Midwives Association of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests: Dr. DeJoy conducts applied research focused on improving the quality and outcomes of the maternity care system in the United States. Topics of special interest include the midwifery model of care, informed decision making in childbirth, and obesity stigma in pregnancy.

B.S. Public Health/Health Promotion Courses Taught: HEA 240 Foundations of Health Education, HEA 242 Introduction to Community/Public Health, HEA 342 Program Planning, and HEA 420 Health Marketing and Communication.

MPH Courses Taught: HEA 632 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Phone Number: 610-436-2289

Email: ddelgado@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 209

Phone Number: 610-436-2113

Email: tgatenby@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 312

Phone Number: 610-738-0559

Email: mgilboy@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 319

Education:
PhD Health Education, Temple University, 1993
MPH Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979
BS Nutrition & Dietetics, Marywood University, 1976

Biography: Dr. Gilboy started at West Chester University, Department of Health, Nutrition Program as a full time adjunct faculty member in 2005. In 2007, Dr. Gilboy joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health. Prior to West Chester University, Dr. Gilboy was an assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for culture, science and technology at the Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to working as an educator, Dr. Gilboy was a public health nutritionist for the National Health Service Corp. She currently teaches in the undergraduate Nutrition & Dietetics Program and is nutrition track coordinator and teaches in the MPH program. Her primary teaching areas are community and public health nutrition and nutrition education.

Dr. Gilboy is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and the Society for Nutrition Education and its local affiliate, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education (DVCSNE). Dr. Gilboy has been a board member of DVCSNE for several years.

Research Interests: Dr. Gilboy’s research interests are in service learning and dietetics education, public policy and community nutrition education. She is currently working with Dr. Debra Bill on nutrition projects in the Hispanic community.

MPH Courses taught: NTD 515 Public Health Nutrition, NTD 504 Nutrition Education K through 12

Phone Number: 610-436-2142

Email: lhamelton@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 308

Education:
M. Ed. Health Science. Slippery Rock University
B.S. in Health and Physical Education, Slippery Rock University
Certificate Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, Penn Sate University
Certificate In-service Programming and Staff Development, Lehigh University

Biography: Lynne Hamelton has been teaching in the school health field for more than forty years. From 1970-1988 she taught in the health classroom, served as department chair from 1975-1988, developed program budgets and coordinated the district’s curriculum planning and development of the district-wide final examinations. From 1988-1993 she served as the West Chester Area Schools Curriculum Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, Driver Education and Drug-Free Programs for 10 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Responsibilities included development of all related educational programs, evaluation of 45 faculty, and developing the budget and programs for all drug education and prevention programs. In 1993 she became principal at Mary C. Howse Elementary School (West Chester Area Schools) where she oversaw a staff of 65 and student population of 500. Here she was responsible for implementation of curriculum, faculty evaluation, transportation, Special Education requirements and other educational programs and operations. In 995, she began a two-year tenure as Health Coordinator at Chester County Migrant Head Start program. Responsibilities included maintaining all health records for children, arranging for all related checkups, coordinating programs for disabled children, overseeing the food program for the children, and providing staff in-service.

Providing health education instruction for the WCU school health program as an adjunct beginning in 1989 has become a regular part-time position in that department as an instructor in teaching methods and related electives. Other duties include advisor for the health minor and coordinator of the department’s student evaluation of staff effectiveness survey (SRIS).

Professional service includes serving as an author and reviewer of a number of Pennsylvania Department of Education projects. These projects have included the current Health, Safety and Physical Education academic standards and the entire HSPE Standards Aligned System. She has presented programs at the local, state, and national level, primarily for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She has also served on a number of campus-wide committees including: Pedagogy for Engagement, Wellness Committee, Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification Committee, Partners in Prevention co-coordinator, and serving on the program advisory committee of the Center for Healthy Schools.

Community interests include serving on the Curriculum Advisory Board for Longwood Gardens where she authored a summer (2010) camp program called “Nutrition Expedition”. In addition, she has served as president of the Riverside Brandywine Drug and Alcohol advisory board, as well as being a board member of the Chester Co, Alcohol Safe Driving Program board. She has also been a registrar for the annual Kennett Run which raises funds for community charities in the Kennett Square area, and a volunteer at the WCU annual “Good Cause Café” which raises funds to give the homeless a Thanksgiving meal.

1989-present: West Chester University, Department of Health. Teach in the School Health program; advise students, co-coordinator of WCU Partners in Prevention program.

Phone Number: 610-436-2655

Email: jharris@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 213

Education:
DrPH in Preventive Care, Loma Linda University
MPH in Nutrition, Loma Linda University
MPH in Health Education, Loma Linda University
BA in Biology, University of California

Biography: Upon completion of his doctorate Dr. Harris completed a year-long postdoctoral fellowship in addictive disorders at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. In 1983, following this experience, Jeff began his career at West Chester University. He has been a faculty member for 27 years. During his time at WCU Jeff has specialized in nutrition and dietetics, obesity, stress management, biostatistics, and community health. He developed the nutrition and dietetics program and is currently director. Dr. Harris has served on numerous committees at the departmental, college, and university level, with a long tenure on the Curriculum and Academic Policies Committee. Jeff has been the campus advisor for the Student Dietetic Association, Young Life, and Campus Crusade for Christ. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on subjects as diverse as global obesity and research education in dietetics. Jeff has served as a reviewer of dietetics programs for accreditation and on an NIH Committee on childhood obesity. For approximately 13 years Dr. Harris has been a research consultant a Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Finally, Jeff had his own nutrition counseling practice for 13 years.

Research Interests: Dr. Harris’ currently is conducting research in research education in dietetics and nutrition education in medical school.

MPH Courses taught: HEA 526 Biostatistics for Public Health; NTD 520 Perspectives on Obesity; HEA 511 Stress Management Techniques

Phone Number: 610-430-4406

Email: ckarpinski@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 303

Education:
PhD Health Sciences - Nutrition Track, Rutgers (formally University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ) 2010.
MA Nutrition Education, Immaculata University, 1997
BS Exercise Science, West Chester University, 1989

Biography: Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. She is an Assistant professor in the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and her Master's degree from Immaculata University in nutrition education. She earned her PhD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. For over 15 years, Chris has worked in corporate wellness, fitness center, and private practice settings-counseling clients and giving group talks.

Research Interests: Her research interests include performance nutrition, sports nutrition and education, cultural competency, wellness and assessment. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she works with athletes at WCU and does extensive public speaking. Chris serves on the Executive Committee of SCAN and has been the Director of Sports Dietetics-USA (SD-USA) since June, 2013.

MPH Courses taught: HEA610 Nutritional Assessment

Phone Number: 610-738-0557

Email: dmccown@wcupa.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 211

Education:
PhD, Social Science, Tilburg University (Netherlands), 2013
MSS, Social Work, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, 2008
MAMS, Applied Meditation Studies , Won Institute of Graduate Studies, 2004
BA, English Literature, Eastern University, 1975

Biography: Dr. McCown spent 30 years in the advertising business as an executive and creative director, before making a shift into human services, obtaining two Masters degrees and a PhD in the past decade, as well as completing the advanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainings through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a pracitcum and one-year internship in MBSR at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. Prior to joining WCU, he held positions as Lecturer at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Mindfulness at Work programs at Jefferson's Mindfulness Institute. He was a full-time instructor at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, teaching in the Applied Meditation Studies Program and the Won Buddhist Studies program. He continues to teach (summers) in the post graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, where he maintains a year-round practice of mindfulness-based family therapy there.

Research Interests: Dr. McCown's major focus is on the pedagogy of mindfulness in health care and education. He is the primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, and New World Mindfulness: From the Founding Fathers, Emerson and Thoreau to Your Personal Practice, and is author of the Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Current book projects include Mindfulness and Autism, and an edited volume entitled, Fundamentals of Mindfulness Pedagogy: A Cross-Cultural and International Handbook. His current research interests include relational accounts of the effects of mindfulness training on families and larger systems in which some members have been given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, and the effects of mindfulness training on developing empathy and compassion in community leaders and medical students. He also directs the WCU Center for Contemplative Studies, which provides ongoing opportunities for professional training, and supports community outreach and research in applications of mindfulness and other contemplative modalities. On the theoretical side, he is developing an aesthetics of mindfulness in clinical and educational practice that is based on the sublime.

BS Public Health/ Health Promotion Courses taught: HEA 315 Mind-Body Health, HEA 325 Stress Management, and HEA 410 Mental Health

MPH Courses taught: HEA 501 Integrative Medicine, HEA 511 Stress Management Techniques and Program Development, HEA 529 Mental Health, and HEA 545 Mind-Body Medicine

 

Phone Number: 610-436-2101

Title: Associate Professor

E-mail: smetz@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 317

Education:
PhD Public Health/Health Services Research, Saint Louis University, 2006
MPH Public Health, Concentration in Community Health, Saint Louis University, 2004
MSW Social Work, Concentration in Health, Saint Louis University, 2004
MA Experimental Psychology, Concentration in Neuropsychology, Towson University, 1998
BA Psychology, Bloomsburg University, 1995

Biography: Dr. Stacie Metz joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 2006 after completing her doctorate in Public Health/Health Services Research from Saint Louis University. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked as a program evaluation consultant at the CORE Foundation in Chicago, IL and a data manager and statistical analyst for a variety of chronic disease and community health projects. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in biostatistics, research methods, and health program evaluation.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she works as a statistics/evaluation consultant on a number of projects with community partners and College of Health Sciences faculty, and continues to work on several other collaborative manuscripts. Dr. Metz has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed articles and presented at international conferences. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, International Society for Quality of Life Research, Society for Public Health Education, and American Evaluation Association.

Research Interests:Her research interests include the interpretation and practice implications of health-related quality of life for persons living with chronic health conditions, health/mental health program design and evaluation, and application of mixed design research methodology and advanced statistical modeling techniques. Topics of special interest include adolescent mental health and social-emotional learning, health promotion in young adult populations, and chronic health program/treatment evaluation.

Research Citations URL: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GlbAceQAAAAJ

BS Public Health/Health Promotion Courses taught: HEA100 Dimensions of Wellness, HEA106 Death & Dying, HEA242 Introduction to Community/Public Health, HEA330 Health Behavior, HEA341 Chronic/Communicable Diseases, HEA410 Mental Health, and HEA419 Research Methods in Health Sciences

MPH Courses taught: HEA526 Biostatistics for Public Health, HEA538 Evaluation of Health Programs, HEA550 Evidence-Based Medicine/Public Health, HEA581 Special Topics: Advanced Biostatistical Methods, and HEA648 Research Methods in Public Health

Phone Number: 610-738-3897

Title: Assistant Professor

Email: lmonahan@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 319

Education:
DCN, Rutgers University (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey), 2011
MPH, concentration in Integrative Health, West Chester University, 2002
BS, Clinical Nutrition, University of California at Berkeley, 1995

Biography: Dr. Lynn Monahan Couch joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Instructor in 2000. Prior to her faculty appointment, she worked as a registered dietician in the Student Health Center at West Chester University and as a Food Service Administrative Manager at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, DE. Currently, Dr. Monahan is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Nutrition, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in human nutrition and nutrition policy/programs. She also serves as a faculty advisor in the MPH-Nutrition capstone applied learning experience courses.

She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Nutrition and Dietetics Educators of Preceptors groups.

Research Interests: Dr. Monahan's research interests are clinical nutrition (particularly endocrine disorders), food systems and nutrition policy with an emphasis in sustainability and the impact in public health. She has authored and co-authored various peer-reiewed articles and presented at national conferences on these topics.

BS Nutrition and Dietetics courses taught: NTD 200 Nutrition and Culture, NTD 303 Introduction to the Principles of Nutrition, NTD 309 Nutrition through the Life Cycle, NTD 413 Medical Nutrition TherapyI, NTD 415 Community Nutrition

MPH Courses taught: NTD 503 Human Nutrition, NTD 600 Maternal Child Nutrition, NTD 625 Nutrition Policy and Programs, HEA 649 Applied Learning Experience I, HEA 650 Applied Learning Experience II


Phone Number: 610-436-2483

Email: gpazzaglia@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 303

Phone Number: 610-436-2300

Email: gsankaran@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 317

Phone Number: 610-436-2623

Title: Professor

Email: msheehan@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker 308

Education:
Sc.D. Industrial Hygiene, University of Pittsburgh, 1981
M.S. Environmental Studies, University of Lowell, 1976
B.S. Biology, Lowell Technological Institute, 1972

Biography: Dr. Maura Sheehan CIH is a certified industrial hygienist who joined the faculty of the Department of Health in 1980 to expand the undergraduate B.S. program in Environmental Health. She developed the M.S. Program in Environmental Health which was replaced by the current MPH, Environmental Health track. Dr. Sheehan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health, industrial hygiene, and environmental toxicology. Dr. Sheehan has worked as an industrial hygiene consultant for many organizations including industries, universities and research organizations. She has published several articles and reports about workplace aerosols and has made many national presentations on this topic. Dr. Sheehan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (national and two local sections), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the International Occupational Health Association, the American Association for Aerosol Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Because of her service to the organization and the industrial hygiene profession, Dr. Sheehan is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, an honor limited to less than five percent of the membership.

Research Interests: Dr. Sheehan's research area is the generation, measurement and control of workplace aerosols. Aerosols are airborne particles or droplets and she has conducted research on asbestos, fibrous glass, bioaerosols, composite aerosols, metal working fluid mist and diesel particulate matter. Dr. Sheehan was the chairperson of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Standards Advisory Committee for Metalworking Fluids. Currently, Dr. Sheehan is working with colleagues from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health evaluating devices used to sample diesel particulate in mining workplaces.

B.S. Environmental Health Courses currently taught: ENV 102 Humans and the Environment; ENV 451 Evironmental Toxicology, ENV 452 Industrial Hygiene I and ENV 460 Industrial Hygiene II

MPH courses currently taught: ENV 530 General Environmental Health; ENV 551 Environmental Toxicology; and ENV 524 Industrial Hygiene

 

Office: Sturzebecker Office 308

Phone Number: 610-436-2360

Email: cshorten@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 209

Education:
Ph.D., Environmental Systems Engineering, 1989, Clemson University
M.S., Environmental Science & Engineering, 1983, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
B.S., Biology, 1979, Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University

Biography: Dr. Shorten has directed Master's thesis research for several students, the results of which have been both published and presented before national audiences such as the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He is currently the Vice-President of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of SETAC.

Dr. Shorten's primary area of expertise is the assessment of the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Recent publications in this area have focused on sampling methodologies and artifacts. His computing interests, reflected in the development of this Web Page, have lead to national and international presentations. These have included the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in assessing water quality, the use of spreadsheets as tools in the classroom, the use of multimedia in the classroom, and the use of the Internet in environmental chemistry education. Dr. Shorten integrates the World Wide Web into all his upper division environmental health courses.

Dr. Shorten's hobbies and interests include contemporary band music (he plays tuba in the Chester County Concert Band), bicycling, and caving. You just might find him listening to National Public Radio a s he travels around greater West Chester and parts beyond.

Research Interests: Fate and transport of lead in the environment Atmospheric transport and modeling of pesticides and other organics Computer applications in environmental chemistry and education

MPH Courses taught: ENV545 Risk Assessment, ENV547 Environmental Regulations

Certifications:
Professional Engineer (P.E.),1991, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Areas of Professional Interest:
Environmental Chemistry of Aquatic and Atmospheric Systems
Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment
Computer Applications in Environmental Health and Education

Recent Publications:
2001: Shorten, C.V., Galloway, J., Krebs, J.G. and Fleming, R.S. A 12-Year History of Hazardous Materials Incidents in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Journal of Hazardous Materials, In Press.
2000: Shorten, C.V. and Hooven, M.J. Methods of Exposure Assessment: Lead-Contaminated Dust in Philadelphia Schools, Environmental Health Perspectives,108:663-666 . 2000: McGarvey, L.J. and Shorten, C.V. The Effects of Adsorption on the Reusability of Tedlar Air Sampling Bags, American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal.61:375-380.
1995: Shorten, C.V., Glowacki, M.L. and Lynch, M.M. Household Hazardous Waste and Automotive Products: A Pennsylvania Survey, Journal of Environmental Health, 57(7):19-24.

Phone Number: 610-436-3113

Email: swalz@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 312

Education:
PhD Hospitality Management, Kansas State University
MS Food and Nutrition, North Dakota State University
BS Nutrition, North Dakota State University
BS Corporate and Community Fitness, North Dakota State University

Biography: Sandra M. Walz, a Registered Dietitian, is an associate professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at West Chester University. She teaches foods, nutrition, and dietetics management courses. Sandra earned a BS in both nutrition and corporate and community fitness from North Dakota State University, a MS in food and nutrition from North Dakota State University, and a PhD in hospitality management from Kansas State University. She has worked in medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, foodservice, and education settings. Sandra was the founder and director of a summer youth fitness and weight management program for 8 to 12 year olds and has earned certificates of training in childhood and adolescent weight management, and level 2 adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Research Interests: Her research interests include pedagogy (problem-based, experiential, and accelerated learning), adolescent obesity, and hospitality management. Sandra is devoted to engaging students in life-long learning.

Phone Number: 610-436-2295

Email: cwilliams3@wcupa.edu

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: Sturzebecker Office 315

Education:
PhD Health, Middle Tennessee State University, 2009
MS Health Promotion, University of Delaware, 2006

Biography: Dr. Christine Williams joined West Chester University in 2009 after completing her Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University. She joined the School Health track and taught classes including Healthy Youth and Human Development. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has done work in the area of mindfulness based stress reduction. She also does health coaching and worksite wellness lectures.

Research Interests: She has published articles on health teaching techniques, obesity and mindfulness.

B.S Public Health/Health Promotion Courses taught: HEA 100 Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 325 Stress Management

MPH Courses taught: HEA 511 Stress Management, HEA 535 Mind Body Medicine

Phone Number: 610-436-2101

Email: smetz@wcupa.edu

Office: Sturzebecker Office 317

Education:
PhD Public Health/Health Services Research, Saint Louis University, 2006
MPH Public Health, Concentration in Community Health, Saint Louis University, 2004
MSW Social Work, Concentration in Health, Saint Louis University, 2004
MA Experimental Psychology, Concentration in Neuropsychology, Towson University, 1998
BA Psychology, Bloomsburg University, 1995

Biography: Dr. Stacie Metz joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 2006 after completing her doctorate in Health Services Research from Saint Louis University. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked as a program evaluation consultant at the CORE Foundation in Chicago, IL and a data manager and statistical analyst for a variety of chronic disease and community health projects. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in biostatistics, research methods, and health/mental health program evaluation.

In addition to her appointment at the Department of Health, she served as a quality improvement evaluation consultant for the Brandywine Health Foundation in Coatesville, PA, evaluated the pilot BREATHE program with Dr. Patricia Broderick, and continues to work on several other collaborative manuscripts. Dr. Metz has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed articles and presented at international conferences. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, International Society for Quality of Life Research, and American Evaluation Association.

Research Interests: Her research interests include the interpretation and practice implications of health-related quality of life for persons living with chronic health conditions, health/mental health program design and evaluation, and application of mixed design research methodology and advanced statistical modeling techniques. Topics of special interest include adolescent mental health, sexually transmitted infections in young adult populations, and chronic health program/treatment evaluation.

MPH Courses taught: HEA526 Biostatistics for Public Health, HEA538 Evaluation of Health Programs, HEA581 Special Topics: Advanced Biostatistical Methods, HEA550 Evidence-Based Medicine/Public Health, HEA648 Research Methods