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, community's 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 transcultural 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 Kennett 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.
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.
HEA 110: Transcultural Health, HEA 100: Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 103: Drugs and Society, HEA 109: 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 210: Internship.
HEA 543: Transcultural Health, HEA 539: Health Program Planning, HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, HEA 531: Community Health, Special Topics 581: Global Health Promotion, Health Counseling and Health Promotion, Service Learning in International Health Education in Little Bay Jamaica, Mexican Culture and Health, Guanajuato, Mexico, HEA 649/650: Applied Learning Experiences.
Dr. Lynn Carson joined the faculty in the Department of Health in fall semester, 1989. Before joining the Department of Health at WCU, Dr. Carson 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 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.
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.
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 410: 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
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
Dr. Cena is an aerosol scientist and industrial hygienist with expertise in occupational and environmental health. He has extensive experience in control and assessment of occupational hazards associated with exposures to aerosols and nanoparticles. He has developed and patented a personal sampler for nanoparticles that mimics nanoparticle deposition in the human respiratory system. Dr. Cena’s expertise also include infection control and prevention.
Prior to joining WCU, he has worked for 5 years for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he also led an Ebola-Response team in West Africa during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak. Dr. Cena has worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and has published several articles on workplace exposures, particle characterization, novel exposure assessment and analytical methods, and has presented his work at national and international conferences. Dr. Cena collaborates with many national and international scientists, toxicologists and industrial hygienists. He has received several awards for his work, including Excellence in International Emergency Response from the CDC, the David L. Swift Memorial award for outstanding aerosol paper from the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and several best poster awards. Dr. Cena teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health, industrial hygiene, and environmental toxicology. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Workplace Air Quality committee of the ASTM international standards organization.
Dr. Cena’s research focuses on generation, measurement and control of airborne particles. Specifically, his work involves research on nanoparticles, enhanced composite materials containing nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, boron nitride nanotubes, welding fumes, indoor air quality, and secondary aerosol formation. He is proficient in analytical chemistry, statistical analyses, operation of electron microscopes with energy dispersive spectroscopy, ICP-mass spectrometry, and ion chromatography.
ENV 102: Humans and the Environment
ENV 451: Environmental Toxicology
ENV 452: Industrial Hygiene I
ENV 460: Industrial Hygiene II
ENV 530: General Environmental Health
ENV 551: Environmental Toxicology
ENV 524: Industrial Hygiene
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Health Studies, 2004
College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, M.Ed., Health Education, 1990
West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, B.S., Athletic Training, minor: Health Science, 1989
Jim Brenner is a Professor and Chairperson of the WCU Department of Health, where he has been a faculty member since 2002. Prior to joining the WCU faculty, he has worked at Temple University, Arcadia University, Westtown School and Princeton University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brenner is the program director and academic advisor for the B.S. Health Science General program. He also recently completed a term as WCU’s Faculty Senate President.
Dr. Brenner’s research interests have generally focused within the area of substance abuse. He has researched, written and spoken nationally about alcohol use by collegiate student-athletes. Dr. Brenner’s most recent work has specifically included Alcohol-related Unintentional Injury among collegiate athletes.
HEA 103 Drugs & Society
HEA 230 Health Issues Among School-aged Youth
HEA 310 Love & Marriage
HEA 316 Substance Abuse Prevention Education
HEA435/581 Special Topics: Contemporary Culture, Media and Health
HEA623 Substance Abuse Prevention.
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 Assistant 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 underserved 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.
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.
HEA 240: Foundations of Health Education
HEA 242: Introduction to Community/Public Health
HEA 342: Program Planning
HEA 420: Health Marketing and Communication.
HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
The Pennsylvannia State University, Department of Health Policy and Administration
Case Western Reserve University
Admitted to the Ohio State bar
Prof. Holt’s background in the health care industry started with working with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He gained expertise in the physician practice management, marketing, and operational functions of satellite family health centers that delivered care to Clinic patients. With the health care consulting firms Ernst and Young and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, he worked with hospitals throughout the United States in improving their operations and their efficiency. He worked with physicians, hospitals, and health insurance companies to find ways to improve the quality of care delivered to patients while also enabling hospitals to operate efficiently and generate sufficient revenue and profits to be financially healthy. He delivered health care consulting services to clients served by Ernst and Young located in South America, the Middle East, and Western Europe.
He earned a PhD in Health Policy and Administration in the Management and Organizational Behavior track from Penn State University. His teaching efforts are aimed at providing students with practical skills they can apply in managing health care organizations that improve the health status of the patients they serve. His research focuses on financial and operational performance of hospitals, health systems, and physician groups. Dr. Holt is a co-author of a university level undergraduate textbook: Fundamentals of US Healthcare: Principles and Perspectives, 1st edition and has published in a peer-reviewed journal Advances in Health Care Management.
Hospital Financial and Clinical Performance
Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics
Hospital and Health System Management Decisions and Their Influence on Hospital Performance
Health Care Leadership Teams and Their Influence on Hospital Financial and Clinical Performance
Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management
Enhancing Quality of Care
Physician Practice Management
HEA 513 Legal Aspects of Health Care
HEA 516 Health Care Management
HEA 612 Health Care Financial Analysis and Management
HEA 613 Advocacy & Quality of Health Care Services
HEA 616 Strategic Leadership in Health Care
Ed.D., Health Promotion, University of Kentucky
MPH, Concentration in Health Behavior, University of Kentucky
BA, Anthropology and Spanish, University of Louisville
Dr. Whitney Katirai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health in 2015 after completing her doctorate in Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Katirai teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in Community Health. She is the faculty advisor for the MPH Student Advisory Board and for the Delta Omega Honorary Society. Dr. Katirai has strong interest in increasing the international service learning opportunities for students in the MPH program.
Dr. Katirai has published and conducted research in the areas of rural health, tobacco use, health disparities, and cancer prevention.
Professor Markowski has worked for various organizations engaged in health insurance, managed care, healthcare trade association activities, and government reporting systems on hospital cost, quality, and financial condition.
He earned a PhD in Health Policy and Administration with attention to applications of health economics. His dissertation research focused on work choices by cancer survivors in the labor market and the importance of health insurance to cancer survivors.
His teaching experience includes courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in traditional, accelerated, and on-line formats across a spectrum of educational institutions – community college, liberal arts college, and state university.
Policy Analysis for Health System Performance: Access, Cost, Quality
HEA 434 - Health Law, Economics, Ethics and Policy
HEA 436 Health Care Delivery: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
HEA 613 - Advocacy & Quality of Health Care Services
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 practicum 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.
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.
HEA 315: Mind-Body Health
HEA 325: Stress Management
HEA 410: Mental Health
HEA 501: Integrative Medicine
HEA 511: Stress Management Techniques and Program Development
HEA 529: Mental Health
HEA 545: Mind-Body Medicine
Dr. Gopal Sankaran is a tenured, professor of public health at West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania. He joined WCU in spring 1989.
Dr. Sankaran’s education, training and experience span medicine, public health, and health promotion. He has consulted with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the National Smallpox Eradication Programme in India and the Global Programme on AIDS in Switzerland. He has worked with PLAN International and Childreach on international HIV/AIDS prevention and control, child survival, and reproductive health projects in program design, implementation, and evaluation. He has trained family practice residents from Pennsylvania and Delaware in Epidemiology and Community Oriented Primary Care. He serves as a guest faculty in epidemiology for graduate physician assistant students and previously for medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). Dr. Sankaran is an invited Adjunct Member of the Center for Evidence- Based Practice at PCOM.
Dr. Sankaran has received grants to research knowledge, attitudes, and practices of high school students, college students, and university faculty about HIV/AIDS. He has published several articles in professional, peer-reviewed journals, and made over 100 presentations at international, national, state, and local professional conferences on a variety of medical, public health, health promotion and higher education issues. He co-edited a book, HIV/AIDS in Sport: Impact, Issues, and Challenges and co-authored a book, Sexual Harassment in Sport. He has contributed chapters to the book, Women’s Global Health and Human Rights.
Dr. Sankaran is an invited reviewer/associate editor for American Journal of Health Behavior, Health Behavior and Policy Review, Health Promotion Practice, Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, and International Journal of Intercultural Information Management. In the past, he served on the Editorial Board of BioMed Central Public Health and reviewer for International Journal of Health Education. Currently, Dr. Sankaran has been elected to the Editorial Board of American Journal of Public Health for a two-year term.
Dr. Sankaran has served as an external reviewer of portfolios of faculty members going up for tenure/promotion at Yale University, Drexel University, Miami University at Oxford, and University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has also served as an external reviewer for doctoral thesis research conducted in the USA and India.
HEA 110: Transcultural Health - Principles and Practices; HEA 240: Foundations of Health; HEA 241: Introduction to Public Health; HEA 242: Community Health; *HEA 305: Contraceptive Technology and Health Issues; HEA 341: Chronic and Communicable Diseases; HEA 436: Health Care Delivery System; *HEA 437: Seminar on Global Health Issues; HEA 438: HIV/AIDS - An Update; *HEA 435: Special Topics (courses including Aging and Long-Term Care; The “At-Risk” Adolescent; Reproductive Health Issues). (* courses developed and taught)
*HEA 512: HIV/AIDS - Individual and Public Health Challenges; HEA 516: Health Care Management (online); HEA 520: Public Health Epidemiology; HEA 531: Community as a Basis for Health; HEA 538: Evaluation of Health Programs; *HEA 550: Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health; *HEA 555: Women’s Health Issues - A Transcultural Perspective; *HEA 616: Strategic Leadership in Health Care (both in-person and online); HEA 650: Applied Learning Experience II (MPH Practicum Faculty Supervisor). (*courses developed and/or taught)
*ADM 525: The Art and Science of Grant Writing; HEA 500: Diseases; HEA 608: Thesis Seminar; HEA 609: Independent Study; HEA 610: Thesis. (*course developed and taught)
Dr. Sankaran's research interests include epidemiology of infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases, transcultural health, global health, and higher education in the United States and overseas. Specific interest areas include HIV/AIDS, health issues of children, adolescents and women, and leadership in higher education and health care.
Dr. Sankaran has served West Chester University in the interim roles of Assistant Vice President for International Programs, Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research, Dean of Graduate Studies and Extended Education, Presidential Fellow for Planning and Special Assistant to the Provost. He also served the institution as an American Council of Education Fellow.
Dr. Sankaran currently serves as the elected Vice-President on the Board of Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County/Chester County Disability Services, the Community Advisory Board of WHYY (a PBS affiliate), and as an Advisor to the Board of the Wholistic Health Advocacy Institute.
Dr. Sankaran serves as an elected Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association (APHA), representing the International Health (IH) Section. He is the Chairperson of the Awards Committee of IH Section. In the past, he served as the Founding Chairperson of the Global Health Connections Working Group of the IH Section. He continues to review scientific abstracts and policy resolutions submitted to the International Health Section for presentation at the Annual Meetings of the APHA and the World Congresses of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.
Dr. Sankaran in the past has served as an elected Board member of the National Council for International Health (now the Global Health Council) and Trustee of the Pennsylvania Society for Public Health Education.
At West Chester University, Dr. Sankaran has served on numerous groups including: President’s Cabinet, President’s Council, Academic Affairs Council, Deans Council, Faculty Senate (as President for two years), Curriculum and Academic Policies Council (including on the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Graduate Committee), Presidential Search Committee, Co-Chair of Strategic Planning and Accreditation Council (resulting in development of the strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, and successful decennial reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education), Capital Facilities Planning Committee, Technology Working Group, Academic Program Review Steering Committee, Service Learning Working Group, Institutional Review Board (as Chair for a year), Student Learning Outcomes Committee, etc.
Dr. Sankaran has been honored with a Rotary Foundation Educational Award for International Understanding, Regents Fellowship at UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Scholarships, the Henrik Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action at Berkeley, Pennsylvania SOPHE Chapter Service Award, Mid-Career Award from International Health Section of American Public Health Association, West Chester University Civility Award, West Chester University Faculty Merit Award for Service, College of Health Sciences Awards for Scholarship and Service, Office of Sponsored Research Exemplary Faculty Engagement Award, elected member of Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Education Honorary) through the Beta Xi Chapter, and recognitions from American Medical Students Association, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Bridging the Gaps Program, etc.
Professional Engineer (P.E.), 1991, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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, have led 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 as he travels around greater West Chester and parts beyond.
Fate and transport of lead in the environment Atmospheric transport and modeling of pesticides and other organics Computer applications in environmental chemistry and education
Environmental Chemistry of Aquatic and Atmospheric Systems, Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment, Computer Applications in Environmental Health and Education
ENV 545: Risk Assessment
ENV 547: Environmental Regulations
Dr. Sunger is an environmental engineer with interests in human health risk and exposure analysis. She joined West Chester University in fall semester of 2014 as Assistant Professor. Dr. Sunger teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health, microbial risk, and waste management. Prior to joining WCU, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, MI. During her post-doctoral fellowship, she designed computer-based exposure analysis programs to enhance rapid screening of industrial chemicals for human health safety. Dr. Sunger is a member of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP), and the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES).
Human health and environmental risk assessment, Dose-Response modeling, High-throughput exposure programming, database management, GIS application to environmental health, infectious disease assessment, waste management and water/wastewater treatment.
ENV 102: Humans and the Environment
ENV 450: Hazard/Solid Waste
ENV 530: General Environmental Health
Dr. Ramona Stone has joined the Department of Health, as an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Community Health. She is a social epidemiologist specialized in quantitative research methods and in advanced statistical techniques, with extensive experience in community-based research.
Dr. Stone started her career in the social determinants of health research as a sociologist, with the Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Romania, for a community-based program aiming to improve maternal and child health in minority communities. She came to the United States in 1997, to enroll in the doctoral program at the UofL. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Stone continued at UofL as a research faculty in social work, and served as an investigator on numerous program evaluation studies of social, educational and public health programs. She led the quantitative research efforts of the Kentucky’s Welfare Reform evaluation, of a statewide community collaboration to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect, and of the community supportive services for public housing residents relocated due to the HUD’s HOPE VI program. Her prior research efforts also include a cost analysis of health and social services available to the homeless population in Louisville, and a cost-effectiveness analysis of a diversion program aiming to reduce incarceration of individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. In 2010, she entered the postdoctoral MPH program in Quantitative Methods at HSPH, and obtained an associate research professor position at the University of Kentucky, in the College of Public Health. At UK, Dr. Stone conducted evaluation of several programs delivered via research centers (cancer and infectious disease prevention, safety and injury prevention, biomedical research undergraduate training, and clinical and translational programs).
Dr. Stone authored and co-authored papers focused on program evaluations’ results, published and presented in peer-reviewed journals and at national conferences. She is the recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Urban Affairs at the UofL, and was nominated twice as a Faculty Favorite by the UofL’s graduate students in social work. Dr. Stone maintains membership in the American Public Health Association, American Evaluation Association, Urban Affairs Association, as well as in the Romanian Academic Society and the Association of Romanian Sociologists.
Dr. Stone’s research interests are in the development of novel statistical models to measure the effectiveness of programs and policies that address social and structural determinants of health and illness in vulnerable populations, particularly in urban settings. As a community-based researcher, she uses mixed-methods designs which call for the integration of traditional (i.e., univariate, bivariate and multivariable regression models) and more advanced statistical techniques (i.e., structural equations and multilevel models, longitudinal, survival, and spatial analyses) with qualitative data analyses. From a quantitative perspective, she uses structural equation, multilevel and spatial regression models to estimate the effects of social and environmental factors on the distribution of health outcomes while controlling for individual and neighborhood characteristics; and, she uses survival analysis and longitudinal regression to measure the effectiveness of community efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations.
Dr. Stone’s research and teaching interests are intertwined. For the past 15 years, she developed and taught courses in advanced research practice, measurement, statistics, and in program planning and evaluation, and she mentored countless graduate students in research methods and statistics.
At WCU, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in biostatistics and quantitative research methods.
HEA 110: Transcultural Health: Principles and Practice
HEA 419: Research Methods in Health
HEA 526: Biostatistics for Public Health
Dr. Chiwoneso Tinago joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 2016 after completing her PhD in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses. Dr. Tinago has experience developing, implementing, and coordinating health promotion and education programs. She utilizes participatory qualitative approaches in her research which addresses both individual and structural environmental influences on maternal and child health. Dr. Tinago is currently an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Dr. Tinago conducts community-based participatory research focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes, particularly in south-east Africa. Topics of special interest include maternal and child nutrition, pre-pregnancy health, reproductive health, adolescent health, and HIV prevention.
HEA 110: Transcultural Health
HEA 240: Foundations of Health Education
HEA 418: Preparation for Internship and Professional Practice Seminar
HEA 421: Public Health Internship
HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
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.
She has published articles on health teaching techniques, obesity and mindfulness.
HEA 100: Dimensions of Wellness
HEA 325: Stress Management
HEA 511: Stress Management
HEA 535: Mind Body Medicine
HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health