Webster University's College of Science and Health will strengthen the collaboration and resources available to its health- and science-related academic units. The newly launched school will also enhance the University's ability to respond to employers' emerging needs and better prepare students for careers in health and sciences.
“This new academic unit is uniquely poised to be the centerpiece of Webster University and will raise the visibility, prestige, and ultimately enrollments of the University.”
Dean, College of Science and HealthHulsizer Named Dean of College of Science and Health
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Michael R. Hulsizer, PhD
Dean, College of Science and Health
Michael (Mike) R. Hulsizer is the dean for the College of Science and Health. He previously served as the interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and the acting dean for the School of Education.
Hulsizer has been a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department since he arrived at Webster in 1997 and previously served as department chair. He teaches introduction to psychology, social psychology, and biopsychology as well as applied psychology classes on topics such as motivation and emotion, prejudice and discrimination, and advanced statistics. He is also a fellow in Webster's Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.
Hulsizer has written about various topics related to the teaching of psychology, research methods, peace psychology, social justice, hate groups and genocide. He is co-author, with fellow Webster professor Linda M. Woolf, of "A Guide to Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices' (Wiley-Blackwell). He is a past recipient of the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University and the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and he has received or shared multiple awards for research and instruction from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Hulsizer holds a BA in Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University.
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2020). Statistical Toolbox of Psychology. In D. Ragin and J. Keenan (Eds.). Handbook of research methods in health psychology. Routledge.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2019). Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods = Good Science. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (2nd ed., pp. 107-127). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2018). Peace psychology: A gateway and path to culture and diversity. In K. Keith (Ed.). Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher's handbook. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Hulsizer, M. R. (Ed.). (2007-2013, Fall/Winter). Peace Psychology, 17-22
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2012). Enhancing the role of international human rights in the psychology curriculum. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 11(3), 382-387.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Why diversity matters: The power of inclusion in research methods. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives (pp. 56-72). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M. & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Peace and war. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel, B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), Promoting student engagement: Activities, exercises and demonstrations for psychology courses (Vol. 2, pp. 225-229). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website.
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). Teaching Statistics: Innovations and Best Practices. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2006). Understanding the psychology of hate groups can help society stop their growth. In P. Connors (Ed.), Hate crimes (pp. 192-204). Detroit, MI: Greenhaven.
Hulsizer, M. R., Munro, G. D., Fagerlin, A., & Taylor, S. (2004). Molding the past: Biased assimilation of historical information. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 1048-1074.
Kathryn (Katy) Watkins Wors
Dean's Assistant and Communications Coordinator, College of Science and Health
Katy Watkins Wors is a key contact at the College of Science and Health for communication efforts and office management. She earned a BA in Biology here, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Cybersecurity at Webster University.
After graduating with her BA in 2014, Watkins worked as a certified medical assistant, financial analyst and project coordinator, and as an administrative coordinator for a research lab at Washington University. She also brings with her experience in social media marketing from the private sector.
She enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, traveling, hiking, riding her bike, volunteering her time and living life to the fullest every day.
Kimberly (Kim) Jackson
Director of Operations, College of Science and Health
Kim Jackson is enthusiastic to return to her alma mater as the Director of Operations for the College of Health and Science at Webster University. She received her BS in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and her MA in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Jackson will work collaboratively with the Dean's Office, the College and the University to support and manage their goals around operations and budget management. She is also excited to lend her expertise toward special events and projects for the College of Arts and Sciences.
In her spare time, her focus is on creating adventures, crafting and cooking for her daughter, family and friends.
Stephanie C. Schroeder, PhD
Department Chair, Professor, Biological Sciences
David Lopatto 1, Anne G Rosenwald 2, , Stephanie Schroeder 63, , Sarah C R Elgin 73 (93 total contributors) Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience, J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020 Feb 28 21(1): 21.1.6. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005. eCollection 2020.
David I Hanauer, Mark J. Graham, SEA-PHAGES (222 contributors), Laura Betancur, Aiyana Bobrownicki, Steven G. Cresawn, Rebecca A. Garlena, Deborah Jacobs-Sera, Nancy Kaufmann, Welkin H. Pope, Daniel A. Russell, William R. Jacobs*, Viknesh Sivanathan, David J. Asai*, and Graham F. Hatfull*. (2017) An Inclusive Research-Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. PNAS 114(51): 13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115. Epub 2017 Dec 5.
Elgin, SCR, (2017) The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends in Genetics. DOI information: 10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004
Lopatto D, Schroeder SC, Shaffer CD, Threlfall J, Elgin SCR. (2014) A Central Support System Can Facilitate Implementation and Sustainability of a Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Genomics. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2014 Winter 13(4): 711-23. doi: 10.1187/cbe.13-10-0200.
Shaffer CD, Schroeder SC, Elgin SCR (83 authors). (2013) A Course-Based Research Experience: How Benefits Change with Increased Investment in Instructional Time. CBE-Life Sciences Education. 13(1): 11-130.
Christopher D. Shaffer, Stephanie Schroeder, and Sarah C.R. Elgin (80 authors) (2010) The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions. Cell Biology Education 9: 55-69.
Zhang L, Schroeder S, Fong N, and Bentley DL. (2005) Altered nucleosome occupancy and histone H3K4 methylation in response to 'transcriptional stress'. EMBO J. 24: 2379-90.
Schroeder SC, Zorio DA, Schwer B, Shuman S, Bentley D. (2004) A function of yeast mRNA cap methyltransferase, Abd1, in transcription by RNA polymerase II. Mol Cell. 13: 377-87
Licatalosi, D.L., Geiger, G., Minet, M., Schroeder, S., Cilli, K., McNeill, J. B., and Bentley, D.L. (2002) Functional interaction of yeast pre-mRNA 3' processing factors with RNA polymerase II., Molecular Cell 9: 1101-1111.
Chemical Safety Officer, Lab Manager, Biological Sciences
Kinetic Analysis of Sb(III): An Experiment for the Quantitative Analysis Laboratory. C.R. Lehr, N.C. Goscinski, K.C. Lewis, N.R. Cross, N.D. Fylstra, and E.M. Selwan. Journal of Chemical Education 2013 90 (11), 1501-1503.
*Note: this was published under maiden name, Nora Goscinski
Victoria Brown-Kennerly, PhD
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Victoria Brown-Kennerly is an associate professor in the College of Science and Health.
Victoria Brown-Kennerly has been a full-time faculty member since she began teaching and pursuing research at Webster University in 2013. She teaches introductory biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and research methods, and directs undergraduate research in her laboratory. In her lab, students annotate phage genomes as a part of the HHMI SEA-PHAGES program. Other students study the sensory and behavioral genetics of insects, using ants as a model system to explore how chemical contaminants change gene expression in the brain, and lead to abnormal behaviors. Brown-Kennerly enjoys teaching and advising students and has received university honors including the Women of Webster award from the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA), Learning Happens Everywhere from Student Affairs, and the Faculty Advising Excellence Award from Academic Affairs.
Brown-Kennerly holds a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University. She pursued postdoctoral research in proteomics at the University of Washington in Seattle and was a research assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Meza K, Elfrink J, Polzin R, Stanley R, Kodikara R, Brown-Kennerly V. (2021) Herbicide effects on tunneling behaviors in ants, manuscript in preparation.
Brown-Kennerly,V., Preuss, M.L., Delesalle,V.A., Garlena,R.A., Russell, D.A., Jacobs-Sera,D. and Hatfull,G.F. (2021) Mycobacterium phage Josuke, complete genome, NCBI GenBank accession number OK310504
Brown-Kennerly, V., Preuss,M.L., Schroeder,S., Bradley,S., Durban,K., Harrison,M., Xie,W., Thomas,D., Davis,E., Lai,T., Mohamed,Y., Curtis,N., Garlena,R.A., Russell,D.A., Pope,W.H., Jacobs-Sera,D. and Hatfull,G.F. (2019) Mycobacterium phage Bobby, complete genome. NCBI GenBank accession number MK524516
Schriefer A, Cliften P, Hibberd M, Sawyer C, Brown-Kennerly V, Burcea L, Klotz E, Crosby S, Gordon J, Head R (2018) A multi-amplicon 16S rRNA sequencing and analysis method for improved taxonomic profiling of bacterial communities, J Microbiol Methods, November, 154:6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2018.09.019.
Hanauer DI, Graham MJ; SEA-PHAGES, Betancur L, Bobrownicki A, Cresawn SG, Garlena RA, Jacobs-Sera D, Kaufmann N, Pope WH, Russell DA, Jacobs WR Jr, Sivanathan V, Asai DJ, Hatfull GF. et. al. (2017) An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Dec 19;114(51):13531-13536. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1718188115, V Brown-Kennerly indexed as contributing author.
Turaeva N, and Brown-Kennerly V (2015) Marcus model of spontaneous point mutation in DNA Chemical Physics, 461: 106-110
Carbery IC, Ji D, Harrington A, Brown V, Weinstein EJ, Liaw L, Cui X (2010) Targeted Genome Modification in Mice Using Zinc Finger Nucleases Genetics 186: 451-459.
Sabina J and Brown V, The Glucose Sensing Network in Candida albicans — A Sweet Spot for Hyphal Morphogenesis (2009) Eukaryotic Cell 8: 1314-1320.
Brown V, Sabina J, Johnston M (2009) Specialized Sugar Sensing in Diverse Fungi Current Biology: 19: 436-41.
Sexton JA, Brown V, Johnston M (2007) Regulation of Sugar Transport and Metabolism by the Candida albicans Rgt1 Transcriptional Repressor Yeast: 24: 847-860.
Brown V, Sexton JA, Johnston M (2006) A Glucose Sensor in Candida albicans Eukaryotic Cell: 5: 1726-1737.
Brown V, Brown RA, Ozinsky A, Hesselberth JR, Fields S (2006) Binding Specificity of the Toll-Like Receptor Cytoplasmic Domains European Journal of Immunology: 36: 742-753.
Brown V and Warren ST (2001) Trinucleotide Repeats — Dynamic DNA and Human Disease The Encyclopedia of Genetics (S. Brenner and J. H. Miller, eds.) Academic Press, New York, New York.
Brown V, Jin P, Ceman S, Darnell JC, O'Donnell WT, Tenenbaum SA, Jin X, Feng Y, Wilkinson KD, Keene JD, Darnell RB, Warren ST (2001) Microarray Identification of FMRP-Associated Brain mRNAs and Altered Translational Profile in Fragile X Syndrome Cell: 107: 477-487.
Darnell JC, Jensen KB, Jin P, Brown V, Warren ST, Darnell RB (2001) Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein mRNA Targets Harboring Intramolecular G-Quartets Encode Proteins Related to Synaptic Function Cell: 107: 488-498.
Lumeng CN, Hauser M, Brown V, Chamberlain JS (1999) Expression of the 71kDa dystrophin isoform (Dp71) evaluated by gene targeting Brain Research: 830: 174-178.
Brown V, Small K, Lakkis L, Feng Y, Gunter C, Wilkinson KD, Warren ST (1998) Purified Recombinant Fmrp Exhibits Selective RNA Binding as an Intrinsic Property of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein The Journal of Biological Chemistry: 73:15521-15527.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Detering L, Abdilla A, Luehmann HP, Williams JW, Huang LH, Sultan D, Elvington A, Heo GS, Woodard PK, Gropler RJ, Randolph GJ, Hawker CJ, Liu Y. CC Chemokine Receptor 5 Targeted Nanoparticles Imaging the Progression and Regression of Atherosclerosis Using Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography. 2021. Mol Pharm. 18(3): 1386-1396. [PMID: 33591187]. DOI: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.0c01183
Baba O, Huang LH, Elvington A, Szpakowska M, Sultan D, Heo GS, Zhang X, Luehmann H, Detering L, Chevigne A, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. CXCR4-binding positron emission tomography tracers link monocyte recruitment and endothelial injury in murine atherosclerosis. 2021. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 41(2):822-836. [PMID: 33327748]. DOI: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.120.315053.
Williams JW, Zaitsev, Kim KW, Ivanov S, Saunders BT, Schrank PR, Kim K, Elvington A, Kim SH, Tucker GC, Wohltmann M, Fife BT, Epelman, S, Artyomov M, Lavine KJ, Zinselmeyer BH, Choi JH, Randolph GJ. Limited proliferation capacity of aorta intima resident macrophages requires monocyte recruitment for atherosclerotic plaque progression. 2020. Nat Immunol. 21(10): 1194-1204. [PMID: 32895539]. DOI: 10.1038/s41590-020-0768-4.
Nie X, Elvington A, Laforest R, Zheng J, Voller T, Zayed MA, Abendschein DR, Bandara N, Xu J, Li R, Randolph GJ, Gropler RJ, Lapi SE, Woodard PK. 64Cu-ATSM positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging of hypoxia in human atherosclerosis. 2020. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 13(1): e009791. [PMID: 31910670]. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.119.009791.
Williams JW, Elvington A, Kessler S, Wohltmann M, Wu G, Randolph GJ. B cell-mediated antigen presentation through MHC-II is dispensable for atherosclerosis progression. 2019. ImmunoHorizons. 3(1): 37-44. [PMID: 31356175]. DOI: 10.4049/immunohorizons.1800015.
Huang LH, Zinselmeyer BH, Chang CH, Saunders BT, Elvington A, Baba O, Broekelmann TJ, Qi L, Rueve JS, Swartz MA, Kim BS, Mecham RP, Wiig H, Thomas MJ, Sorci-Thomas MG, Randolph GJ. Interleukin 17 drives interstitial entrapment of tissue lipoproteins in experimental psoriasis. 2019. Cell Metab. 29(5): 475-487. [PMID: 30415924]. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2018.10.006.
Williams JW*, Elvington A*, Ivanov S*, Kessler S, Luehmann H, Baba O, Saunders BT, Kim KW, Johnson MW, Craft CS, Choi JH, Sorci-Thomas MG, Zinselmeyer BH, Brestoff JR, Liu Y, Randolph GJ. 2017. Thermoneutrality but not UCP1 Deficiency Suppresses Monocyte Mobilization into Blood. Circ Res. 121(6): 662-676. [PMID: 28696252]. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311519.
Alaweih A*, Elvington A*, Zhu H, Atkinson C, Yu J, Kindy MS and Tomlinson S. 2015. Modulation of post-stroke degenerative and regenerative processes and subacute protection by site-targeted inhibition of the alternative pathway of complement. J Neuroinflammation. 12: 247. [PMID: 26714866]. DOI: 10.1186/s12974-015-0464-8.
Elvington A, Atkinson C, Zhu H, Yu J, Stahl GL, Takahashi K, Kindy MS and Tomlinson S. 2012. The alternative complement pathway propagates inflammation and injury in murine ischemic stroke. J Immunol. 189: 4640-4647. [PMID: 23028050]. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1201904.
Elvington A*, Atkinson C*, Kulik L, Zhu H, Yu J, Kindy MS, Holers VM and Tomlinson S. 2012. Pathogenic natural antibodies propagate cerebral injury following ischemic stroke in mice. J Immunol. 188: 1460-1468. [PMID: 22198950]. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1102132.
Visiting Professor, Biological Sciences
Gavlick, W., "Humidome: A New Method to Determine Volatility of Pesticides,' Weed Science Society of America meeting, February 2017.
Gavlick, W. K., Wright, D. R., MacInnes, A., Hemminghaus, J. W., Webb, J. K., Yermolenka, V. I., Su, W., "A Method to Determine the Relative Volatility of Auxin Herbicide Formulations,' Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: 35th Volume, ASTM STP1587, G. R. Goss, Ed., ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, pp. 24-32, doi:10.1520/STP158720150006.
Burns, A.W., Gavlick, W.K. "Determination of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Disinfectant Formulations by Potentiometric Titration with an Ionic Surfactant Electrode' 2012 Collaborative International Pesticides Analytical Council (CIPAC) Meeting.
Burns, A.W., Rains, D.M, Nelson, R.M., Gavlick, W.K., Bennett, O.O., Mathur, S. "Roundtable on Pesticide Formulations: Analytical Challenges, Regulatory Issues, Plus Unique Analyses' 2010 AOAC International Meeting.
Gavlick, W.K. and Tomkins, D.F. "An Updated Liquid Chromatographic Assay for the Determination of Glyphosate in Technical Material and Formulations' J. AOAC Int., 91, 1-4 (2008).
Eaton, D.R., Gavlick, W., Klopf, G., Hershman, A., Forster, D. "Use of Infrared Spectroscopy for On-line Process Control and Endpoint Detection' Monsanto Technology LLC, United States Patent No. US 6,818,450, B2, Nov. 16, 2004.
Gavlick, W.K. "Analysis Of Tetrahydrofuran And Methanol In Distillation Residue Samples By Automated Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction — Gas Chromatography With Flame Ionization Detection' J. Chromatogr. Sci. 38, 117-121 (2000).
Biwald, C.E. and Gavlick, W.K. "The Use Of Total Organic Carbon Analysis And Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy To Determine Cleaning Agent Residues On Surfaces' J. AOAC Int. 80, 1078-1083 (1997).
Ohlemeier, L.A. and Gavlick, W.K. "Liquid Chromatographic Determination Of Phenolic Compounds In Hospital Disinfectant Products' J. Liquid Chromatogr., 18 (9), 1833-1849 (1995).
Gavlick, W.K., Ohlemeier, L.A. and Kaiser, H.J. "Analytical Strategies For Cleaning Agent Residue Determination' Pharm. Technol. 19 (3), 136-144 (1995).
Ryan Groeneman, PhD
Professor, Chemistry, Biological Sciences
Research in the Groeneman group focuses on the chemistry of the organic state in terms of both photoreactivity and thermal extension within these molecular solids. The photoreaction we investigate is based upon the solid-state [2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. They utilize this light induced reaction with the goal of synthesizing unique molecules that contain cyclobutane rings. Within the area of thermal expansion, Groeneman researches the ability to control the direction and magnitude of the tensors of expansion by varying the type and strength of non-covalent interactions that sustains these solids. In a similar manner, he also investigates the role of motion capable and incapable components play on the overall thermal expansion within these molecular crystals.
Professor Groeneman holds a BS in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri.
T.J. Dunning, D.K. Unruh, E. Bosch, and R.H. Groeneman, Controlling Topology within Halogen-Bonded Networks by Varying the Regiochemistry of the Cyclobutane-based Nodes. Molecules 2021, 26, 3152.
N. Juneja, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Positive thermal expansion facilitates the formation of argentophilic forces following an order-disorder phase transition. New Journal of Chemistry 2021, 45, 8898.
MA Sinnwell, R.H. Groeneman, B.J. Ingenthron, C. Li, and L.R. MacGillivray, Supramolecular construction of a cyclobutane ring system with four different substituents in the solid state.Communications Chemistry 2021,4, 60.
C.L. Santana, JD Battle, D.K. Unruh, and R.H. Groeneman, Honeycomb molecular network based upon a hydrate of 4,6-dichlororesorcinol and the photoproduct rtct-tetrakis(pyridin-4-yl)cyclobutane. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2021, C77, 111.
R.H. Groeneman, D.-K. Bučar, L.R. MacGillivray, and J.L. Atwood, Quasi self-inclusion of a 1-D coordination polymer within a 2-D hydrogen-bonded grid: a chaperone effect. Journal of Coordination Chemistry 2021, 74, 162.
MA Sinnwell, C.L. Santana, E. Bosch, L.R. MacGillivray, and R.H. Groeneman, Application of a tetrapyrimidyl cyclobutane synthesized in the organic solid state: a halogen-bonded supramolecular ladder. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 6780.
X. Ding, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Controlling Thermal Expansion within Mixed Co-crystals by Tuning Molecular Motion Capability. Chemical Science 2020, 11, 7701.
S.M. Oburn, C.L. Santana, E. Elacqua, and R.H. Groeneman, A diamondoid net sustained by halogen bonds: employing a cyclobutane to generate a tetrahedral architecture. CrystEngComm 2020, 22, 4349.
E. Bosch, JD Battle, and R.H. Groeneman, Crystal structure and photoreactivity of a halogen-bonded cocrystal based upon 1,2-diiodoperchlorobenzene and 1,2-bis(pyridin-4-yl)ethylene. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2020, C76, 557.
S.J. Kruse, E. Bosch, F. Brown, and R.H. Groeneman, Incorporating Ester Functionality within a Solid-State [2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction Based Upon Halogen Bonding Interactions. Crystal Growth and Design 2020, 20, 1969.
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Shannon Kispert holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Tulsa and a PhD in Pathology from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Kispert is a passionate educator and has taught anatomy and physiology at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school level. She has been at Webster since 2020 and currently teaches human anatomy and physiology I and II. Her research interests in the field of pathophysiology include the investigation of cigarette smoking and E-cigarettes on breast and bladder cancer development and progression. She specifically studies phospholipase-A2 pathways and their dysregulation in response to smoke exposure. Kispert serves as the club advisor for Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, as well as the Webster University PreMedical Society. She is also recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a prehealth advisor.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J. Campian, C., Isbell, S., Kuenzel, H., McHowat, J. (2017) Cigarette Smoke-Induced Bladder Damage: The Impact of Cigarette Smoking on Urothelial Cell Integrity. Physiological Reports.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J.O., Powell, J., McHowat, J. (2016) Role of PLA2 in Cancer; Chapter 10. Horizons in Cancer Research. Volume 60. Nova Science Publishers.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J.O., McHowat, J. (2014) Enhanced Breast Cancer Cell Adherence to The Lung Endothelium via PAF Acetylhydrolase Inhibition: A Potential Mechanism for Enhanced Metastasis in Smokers. American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology.
Kispert, S., Marentette, J., McHowat, J. (2014) Cigarette Smoke Induces Cell Motility via Platelet Activating Factor Accumulation in Breast Cancer Cells: A Potential Mechanism for Metastatic Disease. Physiological Reports.
Ravin Kodikara, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physics, Biological Sciences
Ravin Kodikara is a physicist and my research interests are in the areas of physics education and physics of sports. His recent, ongoing projects involved developing new laboratory activities for college and university physics laboratory courses and also studying kinematics of soccer. Another area of interest is investigating behavioral patterns in the insect world. In the recent past Kodikara has supervised several student projects to study olfactory memory and responses to earth's magnetic field in western harvester ants.
Past research projects with students:
- The Science behind Flip-Throw, Seema Haridas and Ravin Kodikara, Buffalo Case Study Conference, July 2019
- Short and Long-Term Olfactory Memory Retention in pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Laura Meyer and Ravin Kodikara, St Louis Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 2018
- Robotics in Undergraduate Physics Lab, Ravin Kodikara, American Association of Physics Teachers, Summer Meeting, July 2018, DC
- Improving Students Success with New Physics Labs, Ravin Kodikara, The Physics Teacher, August 2017
- Kinematics with Robotics: Using an Arduino based robot to study motion in physics, Megan Brandt and Ravin Kodikara, Research Across Disciplines Conference, Webster University, May 2017
- Magnetoreception in Western Harvester Ants, Beltran Torres, Laura Meyer, Victoria Brown Kennerly and Ravin Kodikara, National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Memphis, April 2017
Julie Mehringer, PhD
Lab Manager, Biological Sciences
Julie Mehringer earned her BA in Biology from St. Olaf College and her PhD in Cell and Integrative Biology from Washington University. Her areas of interest include the role of major histocompatibility molecules and intracellular trafficking in antigen presentation.
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD
Laurance L. Browning, Jr. Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Nicole Miller-Struttmann, PhD, is an evolutionary ecologist who specializes in plant-pollinator interactions and science outreach. She teaches ecology, evolution, and biology of plants, and mentors students in independent research and senior thesis courses, which emphasize self-directed learning through scientific inquiry.
Her lab uses bees as a model system to explore the ecological and evolutionary impacts of environmental change on plants and pollinators. What allows some species to adapt and persist while others are more sensitive to changes in their environments? How do their interactions with each other influence the stability and resilience of their community? This work integrates ecological and evolutionary theory related to behavior, species interactions, and community dynamics.
As the director of the Shutterbee Citizen Science Program, Miller-Struttmann collaborates with community members to monitor the bees in their backyards and neighborhoods. She has co-developed resources for the public, such as an identification guide to the bees of St. Louis, MO; a pollinator garden and associated exhibit at the St. Louis Public Library; and learning activities for K-12 students. She also presents regularly to additional community partners, such as the Missouri Master Naturalists, Missouri Master Gardeners, church groups, and school groups. In 2019, she received the Science Educator Award from the Academy of Science, St. Louis, for her outreach and education work.
Miller-Struttmann received her BS in Biology from Loyola University, Chicago, and her PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology from Washington University, St. Louis.
*denotes undergraduate co-authors
Christmas, M, J Jones, A Olsson, O Wallerman, I Bunikis, M Kierczak, NE Miller-Struttmann, JC Geib, Matthew T. Webster (2021) Cryptic speciation with gene flow in alpine bumblebees revealed by comparative population genomics. Molecular Biology and Evolution DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msab086
Miller-Struttmann NE, Heise D, Schul J, Geib JC, Galen C (2017) Flight of the bumble bee: Buzzes predict pollination services. PLoS ONE 12 (6): e0179273. Featured by: Science, St. Louis Public Radio. Used as the inspiration and foundational text for a middle school STEM lesson plan
Kettenbach*, J. A., N. Miller-Struttmann, Z. Moffett, and C. Galen (2017) How shrub encroachment under climate change could threaten pollination services for alpine wildflowers: A case study using the alpine skypilot, Polemonium viscosum. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6963-6971. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3272
Heise D, NE Miller-Struttmann, C Galen, and J Schul. (2017) Acoustic detection of bees in the field using CASA with focal templates. 2017 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS 2017) Proceedings: 360-364.
Tipton, A, NE Miller-Struttmann, and C Galen (2016) Finding partners in a habitat mosaic: patch history and size mediate host colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Ecosphere 7(11): e01570.
Gibb, H and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) Map that find! An archaeological science investigation. Science and Children 53(4): 68-75.
Miller-Struttmann, NE, JC Geib, JD Franklin, PG Kevan, RM Holdo, D Ebert-May, AM Lynn, JA Kettenbach, E Hedrick, and C Galen (2015) Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Science 349: 1541-1544 DOI: 10.1126/science.aab0868 SI Featured by: BBC Radio, Nature, The Atlantic, Washington Post
Warren AL, M Burfield, and NE Miller-Struttmann (2015) The power of water: Modeling change in human-environment interactions. Science and Children 52(8): 50-56.
Miller-Struttmann NE and C Galen (2014) High altitude multi-taskers: Bumble bee food plant use broadens along an altitudinal productivity gradient. Oecologia 176(4): 1033-1045 DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3066-8
Miller-Struttmann NE (2013) Rarity and reproductive biology: Habitat specialists reveal a complex relationship. Botany 91: 349-359.
Mary Preuss, PhD
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Kuehm L, Khojandi N, Piening A, Klevorn L, Geraud S, McLaughlin N, Griffett K, Burris T, Pyles K, Nelson A, Preuss M, Bockerstett K, Donlin M, McCommis K, DiPaolo R, and Teague R. Fructose promotes cytoprotection in melanoma tumors and resistance to immunotherapy. Cancer Immunology Research. 2020; 12(16): 2326-6066. doi: 10.1158/2326-6066.CIR-20-0396
Lopatto D, Rosenwald AG, DiAngelo JR, et al. Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2020;21(1):21.1.6. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2005
Bolyen E, Rideout JR, Dillon MR, et al. Reproducible, interactive, scalable and extensible microbiome data science using QIIME 2. Nat Biotechnol. 2019;37(8):852-857. doi:10.1038/s41587-019-0209-9
Hanauer DI, Graham MJ; SEA-PHAGES, et al. An inclusive Research Education Community (iREC): Impact of the SEA-PHAGES program on research outcomes and student learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(51):13531-13536. doi:10.1073/pnas.1718188115
Elgin SCR, Hauser C, Holzen TM, et al. The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates. Trends Genet. 2017;33(2):81-85. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2016.11.004
Fleischacker CL, Segura-Totten M; SEA-PHAGES 2016 Bioinformatics Workshop, et al. Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium Phage CrystalP. Genome Announc. 2017;5(28):e00542-17. Published 2017 Jul 13. doi:10.1128/genomeA.00542-17
Instructor, Biological Sciences
Dave Reddy is the owner of REDDY Health & Performance, a fitness consulting and coaching business. He specializes in active adult and functional aging fitness, transitional training from rehab back into fitness, and youth athletic development. Redd mentors many EXSC students in their research, but focuses mostly on practical application, fitness business, and health coaching skills for his students studying to become physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and fitness gym owners.
Reddy has been featured on local Channel 2 and 5, Fox and NBC affiliates, discussing functional aging fitness before and during Covid, and in the St. Louis Post Dispatch talking about technology in fitness. Redd has created a "Catholic FIT' curriculum where he consults both locally and nationally with grade school PE teachers helping them update their fitness and physical literacy curricula and family fitness programs. His areas of expertise include: exercise kinesiology and functional anatomy, coaching health and fitness, and business of fitness and personal training.
Reddy received his BS in Biology at UM-St. Louis, Missouri, and his MS in Athletic Training at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is a NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Special Populations Specialist, NASM Certified Fitness Trainer, IYCA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, and Functional Movement Systems FMS Level 1.
Research Fellow, Biological Sciences
Nigora Turaeva has authored or co-authored three books, over 60 research articles, two chapters on theoretical aspects of radiation processes in condensed matter and biological systems, synergetics, nanoscience and catalysis. She reviewed research articles of Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. She is on the Editorial Board of Polymers. She reviewed PhD and DSc dissertations in Uzbekistan.
Turaeva's areas of expertise include nanoscience, biophysics, radiation physics of condensed matter, and self-organization in physics, chemistry and biology (synergetics). She earned her DSc from the Institute of Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Uzbekistan, in 2006; her PhD from Institute of Nuclear Physics, Uzbekistan, in 1994; and her MS from Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan, in 1991.
Kulonov A., Mirzarakhmetova D., Turaeva N., Obtaining of bacterial polysaccharides, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 2020 (4), 63-67 (2021).
Turaeva N., Fushimi R., Yablonsky G., Kinetic expression for optimal catalyst electronic configuration: The case of ammonia decomposition, The journal of Physical Chemistry C 124(48), 26310-26319 (2020).
Oksengendler B.L., Turaev N.Yu., Turaeva N.N., Suleymanov S.X., Ashirmetov A.Kh., Iskandarova F., Auger-destruction of deformed quasi-one-dimensional molecular objects: features and applications, Doklady of Uzbek Academy of Sciences 3, 43-49 (2020).
Oksengendler B.L., Turaeva N.N., Nikiforova N.N., Minina M.V., Chechulina M.V., Iskandarova F., Hypothesis about the universal role of the Auger-cascade in the selection of the elemental composition and chiral dissymmetry of macromolecules in living systems, Russian Journal of biological physics and chemistry 5 (4), 571-579 (2020).
Turaeva N., Electronic model of enzymatic reactions, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry1180, 112827 (2020).
Turaeva N., Krueger H., Wolkenstein`s model of size effects in CO oxidation by gold nanoparticles, Catalysts 10(3), 288 (2020).
Turaeva N., B.L. Oksengendler, Non-Poissonian distribution of point mutations in DNA, Frontier in Chemistry 8, 38 (2020).
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Department of Biological Sciences
Experience a rigorous science curriculum, balanced with a foundation of the arts.
Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA received her BSN from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1988, MSN Nurse Anesthesia Specialization from Southern Illinois University in 1998, and a PhD in Health Related Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health in 2016. She joined Webster University in 2006 and currently serves as the program director since 2008 and department chair since 2012.
Stulce has various research interests and serves as the research director for the program. She is published in the Respiratory Care Journal regarding her work utilizing a novel biomarker, isofuran, to better understand the potential of oxygen therapy as an instigator of oxidative stress.
Department Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia
Michael Burns, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
2020. Moderated Poster Presentation, World Congress of Anaesthesia Congress. Community Hospital Decreases Opioids by 51.2% for Mastectomy Patients Utilizing ERAS Protocol with Erector Spinae Plane Blocks.
2020. Moderated Poster Presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Congress, San Francisco, USA. Community Hospital Decreases Opioids by 51.2% for Mastectomy Patients Utilizing ERAS Protocol with Erector Spinae Plane Blocks.
2019. Moderated Poster Presentation, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy Congress, Bilbao, Spain. Community Hospital Decreases Length of Stay in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients Utilizing Continuous Adductor Canal and Infiltration Between the Popliteal Artery and Knee Capsule Blocks.
2018. Poster Presentations, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy Congress, Dublin, Ireland. ERAS including Esmolol for Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery Decreases Length of Stay without Increasing 30 and 60 Day Readmissions and Emergency Department Visits, A Community Hospital Report on the Incidence of Complications and Catheter Failures of Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks at 48 Hours Postoperatively, and Opioid Reduction Strategies Utilizing Esmolol During Shoulder Surgery Reduces Unanticipated Same-Day Admissions without Increasing 30-day Readmissions or Emergency Visits.
2017. Moderated Poster Presentation, American Society of Regional Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine, San Francisco, USA. Opioid reduction strategy utilizing esmolol in patients undergoing arthroscopic shoulder procedures with continuous brachial plexus blockade reduces unanticipated admissions and 30-day emergency department visits.
2017. Two Moderated Poster Presentations, European Society of Regional Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy Congress, Lugano, Switzerland. How Often Do Continuous Peripheral Nerve Provide 72 Hours of Pain Relief? and Continuous Bilateral Transverse Abdominis Plane Blocks Decrease Opioid Consumption by 47 Percent Following Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.
2012. Two Moderated Poster Presentations, World Congress of Nurse Anesthetists, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Effect of Transverse Abdominis Plane Blocks and Low Dose Intrathecal Opioids on Morphine Requirements Following Cesarean Delivery, and Does 5 ml Bolus Volumes and Fluroscopic Assessment Affect Hemidiaphragm Incidence after Brachial Plexus Blocks?
2012. Moderated Poster Presentation, World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Does 5 ml Bolus Volumes and Fluroscopic Assessment Affect Hemidiaphragm Incidence after Brachial Plexus Blocks?
2009. Moderated Poster Presentation, CHEST Conference, Philadelphia, USA. Physiologic Management of Hemodynamics in the Operating Room using Arterial Pressure Based Stroke Volume and Stroke Volume Variation.
2007. Moderated Poster Presentation, European Society of Critical Care, Brijuni, Croatia. Sv-SVV mirror Frank-Starling EDV-SV Relationship as Preload Increases.
Vicki Callan, PhD, CRNA, CHSE
Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
Callan, V., Eshkevari, L. Finder, S., Jeter, L., May, S., Stulce, J., Hoyem, R.L., & Everson, M. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on certified registered nurse anesthetist practice. The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 89(4), 334-340. [publication pending]
Everson, M., Wilbanks, B.A., Hranchook, A.M., Hirsch, M., Clayton, B.A., Jordan, L.M. & Callan, V. (2021). From the operating room to the frontlines: Shared experiences of nurse anesthetists during the coronavirus pandemic. The Journal of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 89(2), 109-116.
Coopmans, V.C. (2020). Drug therapy with local anesthetics. In G. Frandsen & S. S. Pennington, (Eds.) "Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice" (12th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Coopmans, V.C. (2020). Drug therapy with general anesthetics. In G. Frandsen & S. S. Pennington, (Eds.) "Abrams' Clinical Drug Therapy: Rationales for Nursing Practice" (12th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Coopmans, V.C. (2018, September 22-25). The Mystery of Amniotic Fluid Embolism and the A-OK Protocol. [Conference presentation]. Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress, Boston, MA.
Coopmans, V.C. (2017). Testing the student's knowledge. In B. Henrichs & J. Thompson, (Eds.), "A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators" (2nd ed.). Park Ridge, IL: AANA Publishing.
Nicholas C. Curdt, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor, Anesthesia
Nicholas Curdt, DNAP, CRNA received his BSN from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002, MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Webster University in 2006, and a DNAP from University of Michigan-Flint, in 2019. Curdt joined the Webster University Department of Nurse Anesthesia in 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Simulated Learning and involved in didactic nurse anesthesia education for over 12 years. Curdt has been a practicing CRNA specializing in cardiothoracic anesthesia for over 15 years, and currently maintains a practice at Missouri Baptist Medical Center with privileges at Barnes Jewish Hospital.
Curdt appreciates all forms of research. His focus is directed toward simulated learning, clinical improvement outcomes, cardiothoracic surgery anesthesia, nurse anesthesia patient safety, and nurse anesthesia education.
Martina Steed, PhD, CRNA
Director Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Anesthesia
Martina R. Steed received a BS in Nursing in 1988, a MS in Nursing with a nurse anesthesia specialization in 1996 and a PhD in Health Services in 2015. Steed has been a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) since 1997. She is the assistant director of the doctorate of nurse anesthesia practice program at Webster University in St Louis. She has taught a variety of courses related to anesthesia practice and simulation and has mentored research projects at the master's and doctoral level since 2008. Since 2019, she has served on the board of directors of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship program. Professionally, she serves as an on-site reviewer for the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Programs and a CPCA item writer for the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. She owns a small anesthesia staffing business and has worked as a nurse anesthetist in obstetric anesthesia as well as a sole anesthesia provider in various practice settings underserved areas Southern Illinois and Missouri.
Steed has various research interests, including disparities in health service, simulation in nurse anesthesia education, health care policy and cultural competence in CRNAs.
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Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
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Janice Palmer, PhD, RN, NHA, CNE
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nursing
Jan Palmer serves as chair of the Nursing Department at Webster University. She has over 30-years experience as a registered nurse and over 10-years experience in academia. She is a National League for Nursing certified nurse educator (CNE), an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing peer reviewer, a licensed nursing home administrator and a long-term active member of Delta Lambda at Large which is a chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International. Her research experience dates to 1994 when she became a 11-year member of the Washington University Memory Diagnostic Center/Alzheimer's Disease Research Center team. In 2013, Palmer was recognized by the Saint Louis Alzheimer's Association for 20 years of service to individuals and families touched by Alzheimer's disease. In 2019, she received the Delta Lambda, Mae J. Hamilton Nursing Excellence Award in recognition of her contributions to nursing research. And in 2020, she was recognized as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing (DEGN) by the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Palmer earned a BS in Nursing at University of Missouri-Columbia, a MS in Gerontology at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, and a PhD in Nursing at Saint Louis University. Research interests include Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, older adults, and nursing education. Palmer teaches the following content areas: growth and development, gerontology, evidence-based practice, health promotion, leadership, instructional strategies, curriculum development, and the nurse educator role.
Palmer, J.L., McLaughlin, D., & Hankamer, B. (2021). A simulation boot camp for future nurse educators, Nurse Educator, 46 (3), 134-135.
Langan, J., Palmer, J.L., Christopher, K., & Shagavah, A. (2017). Joplin tornado survivors, hospital employees and community members: Reflections of resilience and acknowledgement of pain. Health Emergency and Disaster Nursing, 4(1): 57-65.
Palmer, J.L., Bultas, M., Davis, R.L., Schmuke, A.D., & Fender, J.B. (2016). Nursing examinations: Promotion of integrity and prevention of cheating. Nurse Educator, 41(4): 180-184.
Palmer, J.L., Lach, H.W., McGillick, J., Murphy-White, M., Carroll, M.B., & Armstrong, J.L. (2014). The Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative education program for acute care nurses and staff. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(9): 416-424.
Palmer, J.L., Langan, J., Krampe, J., Krieger, M., Lorenz, R., Schneider, J.K., Smith, J.M., & Lach, H. (2014). A model for risk reduction for older adults vulnerable to nursing home placement. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal, 28(2): 162-192.
Murray, T., Palmer, J.L., Wunderlich, R.J., Giancola, J., & Shaw, J. (2014) An academic-service partnership to promote and support RNs return to school, Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5): 291-294.
Palmer, J.L. (2013). Preserving personhood of individuals with advanced dementia: Lessons from family caregivers. Geriatric Nursing, 34: 224-229.
Palmer, J.L. (2012). Just TALKKK to me! 6 communication patterns for nursing. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(4): 47-54.
Langan, J.C., Palmer, J.L. (2012). Listening to and learning about older adult Hurricane Katrina survivors. Public Health Nursing, 29(2), 126-135.
Department Coordinator, Nursing
During Theresa Altmann's 35-year tenure at Webster University, she has had many responsibilities including adjunct faculty records, appointments, and other projects for the Office of Academic Affairs. In the role of Nursing Department Coordinator, she now registers all students for class; coordinates with the Bursar's office for direct billing of cohort students; uploads courses into CARS each term; assists with accreditation reports; tracks compliance documentation of students; coordinates graduation activities; and more.
Altmann's areas of expertise include Jenzebar CX (CARS), CastleBranch compliance documentation, qualtrics for course and accreditation surveys, prioritization and time management, and the Enrollment Management tool in Slate. She earned her BA in Management with a minor in Computer Studies at Webster University.
Stephanie Dribben, DNP, RN, AGACNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Stephanie Dribben is an assistant professor in the Nursing Department at Webster University where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2019. Dribben teaches courses in the RN-BSN and MSN programs, including advanced pathophysiology, leadership and management, and interprofessional collaboration and communication.
As a registered nurse, Dribben worked in emergency medicine, hematology-oncology, and critical care. After attaining her MSN, she began practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner in the surgical and trauma intensive care unit at Barnes Jewish Hospital where she continues to work. Dribben also taught medical-surgical and mental health nursing as an Assistant Professor at St. Louis Community College for three years prior to joining Webster University as a Hearst Fellow. Stephanie's current research focus includes violence prevention and nursing retention.
Dribben holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a BS and MS in Nursing as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College.
Sue McFarlan, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Associate Professor, MSN Coordinator, Nursing
Sue McFarlan is a nurse with 33 years of experience in critical care, leadership and, since 2015, education. Her main area of interest is facilitating the development of nursing leadership at all levels. Her goal is to improve patient outcomes, strengthen and empower the nursing profession, and the healthcare system as a whole.
Bedside nursing care drives patient outcomes and the leaders providing management at this level are pivotal in achieving patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, retention, healthy work environments and all organizational outcomes. McFarlan's interest is in empowering nurses in leadership roles to be innovative and provide evidence-based leadership. From providing care at the bedside to implementing a Rapid Response Team, and being a nurse leader over several hospital units, McFarlan has sought to educate and empower nurses to practice to their greatest ability. McFarlan espouses that mutual respect, knowledge and an environment of collaboration are keys to creating an innovative and healthy nursing workforce.
McFarlan received the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. McFarlan has been an assistant professor at Webster University since fall 2015. As a nursing faculty person, she works with nurses taking leadership courses in the RN to BSN and the MSN programs. McFarlan is very interested in implementing interactive and engaging learning techniques with her students, helping them to apply new knowledge in their practice environments.
Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, TEP
Dorcas McLaughlin is a professor in the Nursing Department at Webster University. Prior to joining the faculty at Webster University, Dorcas served as the coordinator and lead faculty for the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty in the undergraduate and accelerated nursing programs at Saint Louis University. At Webster University, Dorcas teaches graduate and undergraduate students. Her areas of expertise include psychiatric-mental health nursing, education, psychodrama, expressive art therapies, mindfulness, trauma-informed care and family violence. Currently, Dorcas teaches the practicum courses for graduate nursing students preparing to be nurse educators. Also, she teaches a psychodrama course to graduate students in the professional counseling program and teachers pursing an advanced graduate certificate in trauma-informed education and intervention. In addition, Dorcas teaches an undergraduate keystone course on family violence in the Global Citizenship Program. In 2017, Dorcas became a fellow in the Global Leadership Academy at Webster University. With over 30 years of experience as a nurse educator and psychodramatist, she has been invited to provide psychodrama training workshops and personal growth groups in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
Dorcas earned her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (PMHCNS-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner (TEP) by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
McLaughlin, D.E., Spiess, J. & Palmer, J.L. (2022). Recovery: Promoting behavioral health. In J.C. Langan, "Preparing nurses for disaster management: A global approach." Elsevier.
Palmer, J.L., McLaughlin, D.E., Hankamer, B.A. (2021). A simulation boot camp for future nurse educators. Nurse Educator 46 (3), 134-135.
Freed, P.E. & McLaughlin, D.E. (2018). Promoting cultures of thinking: Transforming nursing education to transform nursing practice. Creative Nursing Supplement 24, 174-181.
Smithbattle, L., Chantamit-o-pas, C., Freed, P.E., McLaughlin, D. E., Schneider, J, K. (2017). Moms Growing Together: Piloting action methods and expressive arts in a therapeutic group for teen mothers. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12172
Freed, P. E., Bertram, J. & McLaughlin, D. E. (2013). Using lecture capture: A qualitative study of nursing faculty's experience. Nurse Education Today 2013 Jul 12.pii: S0260-6917(13)00233-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.021
Freed, P. E. & McLaughlin, D. E. (2011). Futures thinking: Preparing nurses to think for tomorrow. Nursing Education Perspective, 32 (3), pp. 173-178.
Freed, P. E., McLaughlin, D.E., SmithBattle, L., Leander, S., Westhus, N. (2010). 'It's the little things that count.' The value in receiving therapeutic letters. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31 (4), pp. 265-272.
Freed, P. E., McLaughlin, D.E., SmithBattle, L., Leander, S., Westhus, N. (2009). Therapeutic letters in undergraduate nursing education: Ideas for clinical nurse educators. Nurse Education Today. Retrieved from http://www.biomedsearch.com/nih/Therapeutic-letters-in-undergraduate-nursing/19932532.html.
Weaver, T. L., Allen, J. A., Hopper, E., Maglione, M. L., McLaughlin, D., McCullough, M.A. Jackson, M, K., & Brewer, T., (2007). Mediators of suicidal ideation within a sheltered sample of raped and battered women. Health Care for Women International, 28 (5), 478-489.
McLaughlin, D. E., Freed, P. E., & Tadych, R. A. (2006). Action methods in the classroom: Creative strategies for nursing education. International Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Vol. 3, no. 1, article 11).
Jody Spiess, PhD, RN, GCPH
Hearst Fellow, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Jody Spiess is a registered nurse with 20 years of experience. Her nursing history includes cardiac, mother/baby, public health nursing and nursing education. Her main area of interest is in the public health nursing specialty, and Spiess' passion is in helping underserved residents in the St. Louis community.
Spiess received an ADN from St. Louis Community College at Meramec, BSN and MSN from Webster University, a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Missouri Columbia and her PhD in nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Spiess' dissertation was on the disaster preparedness of community health nurse educators all over the United States.
Spiess is extremely honored to be a Hearst fellow and faculty member at Webster University.
Melissa Spriggs, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nursing; Program Director, MA in Human Services
Melissa Spriggs has worked in the human services field for over 20 years in the areas of disabilities services, substance abuse, juvenile corrections, mental health, and several middle and high school settings. Spriggs has also been adjunct faculty at George Washington University, Trinity Washington University, McKendree University and Lindenwood University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Truman State University, a master's degree in counseling from Western Illinois University and a doctorate in counseling from George Washington University.
Spriggs is currently the director of the MA in Human Services program at Webster University in St. Louis. The program began in the fall of 2015 and is now offered both as a blended program to local students and also fully online. Spriggs enjoys educating, mentoring and advising her students as they progress and grow through the program and in their careers. Her current research interests are compassion fatigue, wounded healers and identity and career development of human services workers.
Cami Weber, MSN, MBA, RN
Cami Weber is an alumna of Webster University's BSN (2004) and MSN (2007) nursing programs. She is working towards a PhD in Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is expected to complete her degree in Spring 2022. In addition to the previous academic accomplishments, Weber received her MBA from DeVry University in 2015.
Weber's clinical nursing experience includes obstetrics, special care nursery and women's health. Additionally, she has experience working in higher education publishing, nursing education and management. Her research interests include populations of women with substance use disorder and nursing education.
Weber's personal interests include cooking, gardening and traveling with her husband and two daughters. Both daughters are graduates of Webster University's George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.
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The bachelor of science and master of science in nursing programs at Webster University are designed for nurses who want to take their nursing practice to the next level.
Molly Stehn, EdD, LPC
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling
Molly Stehn is an associate professor and chair of the Professional Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds an EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision and an MA in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Cincinnati (both are CACREP accredited programs). Stehn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Missouri), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (Ohio), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through NBCC. She received intensive training on the practice of dialectical behavior therapy from BehavioralTech. Stehn is a member of the ACA and several of its divisions, including the Association for Creativity in Counseling, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, ACA of Missouri, South Carolina Counseling Association, and NCACES. The high value Stehn places on student learning is evident in her relational approach to teaching, her scholarly activity, her professional development and her university service.
Prior to going into counselor education, Stehn trained for a career as a professional opera singer. During that stage in her life, she earned her MM in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Thus, she thoroughly enjoys finding any means possible for incorporating her musical expertise into her teaching, research and clinical practice.
For fun, Stehn enjoys the performing arts, running, cooking and baking.
Stehn, M. & Tang, M. (2018). A feminist qualitative investigation of dialectical behavior therapy skills group as context for fostering intrapersonal growth. Journal of Counselor Practice. 9(2),77–108. DOI: 10.22229/mos902112
Stehn, M. (2018). A brilliant but frosty solution: Frozen® an allegory for the central relational paradox. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 13, 254-261. DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2018.1426509
Stehn, M. (2014). One woman’s development and resilience in the face of complex trauma: A relational-cultural description of growth through counseling. Adultspan, 13(2), 120-128.
Stehn, M. & Wilson, F. R. (2012). Ambivalence: The tension between “yes” and “no”. Journal of Creativity and Mental Health, 7(1), 83-94.
Stehn, M. (in preparation). An auditory guide to the listening guide: De-mystifying the musical metaphors in the listening guide polyvocal analysis strategy.
Hasmik Chakaryan, PhD, LPC
Clinical Director, Associate Professor, Professional Counseling
Hasmik Chakaryan is an associate professor and clinical director of the Department of Professional Counseling at Webster University. She has obtained her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Toledo in 2013. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in social justice and human rights activism and advocacy. Among many projects, Chakaryan has also established a training program for mental health paraprofessionals in Mexico. She has presented in numerous state and national conferences. Her experience includes extensive work with marginalized populations and groups nationally and internationally. She specializes in working with immigrant and refugee populations and also training mental health professionals in providing culturally competent services.
Chakaryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri and a Certified Trauma Specialist as well as a victim advocate. She specializes in multicultural counseling and supervision, trauma and disaster mental health, and grief counseling. Chakaryan provides training for professionals on intimate partner violence, multicultural competence in counseling and supervision, working with refugee and immigrant populations, and working with victims of various traumas. Her current research focuses on internationalizing the profession of counseling and bringing awareness about mental health stigma and barriers.
Chakaryan was a recent recipient of the Certificate of Achievement by Webster University College of Arts and Sciences.
Chakaryan, H. (2018). Need for establishing a clinical counseling degree program in Armenia. Regional Post – Caucasus. 3, 20-23.
Chakaryan, H. and Laux, J. (2018). Establishing a Master’s Counseling Program in Armenia: Historical and socio-cultural context. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling. 40, 1-13.
Chakaryan, H. (2018). Effective ways to approach sexual assault response and critical elements to consider. Counseling Today. 61(1), 52-57.
Liberati, R. and Chakaryan, H. (2017). Significance of training for LGBTQ intimate partner violence victim counselors. Alabama Counseling Association Journal. 41(3), 28-48.
Chakaryan, H. (2017). Crisis Intervention: Building Resilience in Troubled Times. (Reviewer of "Crisis Intervention: Building Resilience in Troubled Times" by Echterling, L.G. & McKee, J.A.), Cognella Inc.
Stacy L. Henning, PhD, LPC, ACS
Associate Professor, Professional Counseling
Fort, K. Gonzalez. M., Henning, S., Johnson, L, & Wilkerson, J. (2022). Understanding the CACREP Standards and Developing a Self-Study. In D. Stalnaker-Shofner (Ed), "Teaching and Administration in Counselor Education: A Practical Guide for Training Graduate Students and New Educators." New York: New York. Springer. Book Chapter in Progress.
Watson, L. R., & Henning, S. L. (in press). Behavioral outcomes with law enforcement officers with compassion fatigue. "FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin."
Henning, S. L., Smith, A., O'Brien, D., & Paige, K. (2021). "Twentieth century theories; Twenty-first century counseling." [Manuscript in preparation]. Department of Professional Counseling, Webster University.
Sheperis, D., Henning, S. L., Kocet, M. (2015). "Ethical Decision Making in the 21st Century." Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Buckley, M.R. and Henning, S. (2014). Education, credentialing, and professional development. In D. S. Sheperis & C. J. Sheperis (eds.). "Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice." Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Henning, S. L. (2013). Ethical decision making. In D. Levitt & H. J. Hartwig Moorhead (Eds.), "Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision-Making." New York: Routledge.
Thomas, R., and Henning, S. L. (2012). Clinical counseling in Switzerland. Journal of Counseling and Development, special edition.
Thomas, R., and Henning, S. L. (2012) Counseling in Switzerland. In T. Hohenshil (Ed.) "International Counseling." Washington, DC: American Counseling Association.
Ryan Liberati, PhD, LPC, ACS, CCMHC, NCC
Associate Professor, School Counseling Coordinator, Professional Counseling
Liberati, R., Moore, A., Kautzman, M., and Barreto, D. (2017). Being a LGBTQI + Individual in Immigrant & International Communities (Book Chapter). In "Affirmative Counseling With the LGBTQI Population: Current and Emerging Issues." American Counseling Association.
Liberati, R. and Agbisit, M. (2016). Using Art-Based Strategies in Group-Based Counselor Supervision. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 1-16. doi:10.1080/15401383.2016.1189369
Liberati, R. (2016). Play Therapist Stress and Meditation. Play Therapy. 11(3), 6-8.
Hancock, R. (2014). Positive Counselor Characteristics with Sexual Minority Intimate Partner Violence Victims. Canadian Journal Of Counselling And Psychotherapy / Revue Canadienne De Counseling Et De PsychothéRapie. 48(2), 153-170.
Hancock, R., McAuliffe, G., Levingston, K. (2014). Factors Impacting Counselor Competency with Sexual Minority Intimate Partner Violence Victims. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. 8(1), 74-94.
Muthoni Musangali, PhD, NCC
Associate Professor, Professional Counseling
Muthoni Musangali is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida (2006). She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Heidelberg College and a BEd (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), North Central ACES, and the Association for Assessment in Counseling (AACE). She is a board-certified telemental health counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor (MO). Musangali is the principal investigator for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant that was awarded to Webster's Department of Professional Counseling by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2021-2025).
Musangali's publications include a co-authored a chapter in ACA's "Handbook on International Counseling" (2013), as well as an article in the Journal of Counseling & Development on the development of counseling in Kenya.
Fuenfhausen, K., Young, S., Cashwell, C. and Musangali, M. (September 2016). History and Evolution of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In J. S. Young & C. S. Cashwell (Eds.), Clinical mental health counseling: elements of effective practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Musangali, M., Daire, A. and DeLorenzi, D. (2016). The Impact of Caregiver Coping Strategies and Patient Level of Functioning on Perception of Caregiver Burden among Caregivers of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. DOI: 10.1080/15381501.2014.912176.
Okech, J.A. and Kimemia, M. (2013). Professional Counseling in Kenya. In T. Hohensil, N. Amundson, & S. Niles (Eds.), Handbook of international counseling (pp. 31-39). Fairfax, VA: American Counseling Association.
Okech, J.A. and Kimemia, M. (2012). Professional Counseling in Kenya: History, Current Status, and Future Trends. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 1, 107-112, DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-6676.2012.00015.x.
Kimemia, M., Asner-Self, K., and Daire, A. (2011). An exploratory factor analysis of the Brief COPE with a sample of Kenyan caregivers. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. DOI: 10.1007/s10447-011-9122-8
Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD, LPC
Professor, Professional Counseling
Singaravelu, H. and Cheah, W. (in press, 2019). Being gay and lesbian in Malaysia. In Nakamura, N. & Logie, C. (Eds.) "LGBT Mental Health-Global Perspectives & Experiences." APA Press.
Cheah, W. H., and Singaravelu, H. (2017). The coming-out process of gay and lesbian individuals from Islamic Malaysia: Communication strategies and motivations. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46(5), 401-423. doi: 10.1080/17475759.2017.1362460
Chittooran, R., Stiles, D. and Singaravelu, H. (June 2015). Educating for social justice: Perspectives from three professional programs in the USA. International School Psychology Association Conference Proceedings, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Reubelt, S., Singaravelu, H., Brown, C., Daneshpour, M., (2015). Exploration of Cross-Cultural Couples’ Marital Adjustment: Iranian-American Women Married to European-American Men. Current Psychology, (DOI) 10.1007/s12144-015-9312-3.
Singaravelu, H.D. & Pope, M. (2007). "Handbook for Counseling
International Students in the United States." VA: American Counseling Association Press.
Rebecca George, PhD, LPC
Instructor, Director of Assessment, Columbia Metro, South Carolina
Rebecca George joined Webster University as an adjunct counseling faculty for the Columbia Metropolitan Campus in 2007. She became a core full-time faculty in 2015. George earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the SC State University in 2000 and earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007. Rebecca is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as an Approved Clinical Supervisor Counselor. She has also worked as the Director of Family Life Intervention Program at Carolina Children’s Home and taught special education in Columbia, South Carolina.
Smith, A., and George, R. (2019). Black girl glare. In Culbreth, D., Jung, J., & Murti, L. (Eds.), "Our voices our stories: An anthology of writings advancing, celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color." Jersey City, NJ: Complexity Publishing, Inc.
George, R., and Smith, A. (In Press). Nightmare on Black Magic Street: The reality of staying woke. In Matias, C. E. (Ed.), "Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies of whiteness and Gender."
O’Brien, D. and George, R. (2019) Narrative Family Therapy. In Gold, J. (Ed.). "Intervening
for Stepfamily Success: One Care, Multiple
Perspectives." Alexandria, VA: ACA
George, R. &. Smith, A., (March 20, 2019, Aired). In BlogTalk Radio “Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series,” Episode 3: On Being Our Sisters’ Keeper.
George, R. and Smith, A. T. (In Press.). How I got over”…tales of triumph and truth from Black women educators. In Jeffries, R. "Queen Mothers: Articulating the Spirit of Black Women Teacher-Leaders," IAP. In Press.
Julie LaCubbert, PhD
Visiting Instructor, Charleston, South Carolina
Julie LaCubbert currently holds a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina CACREP-accredited program in 2012. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of South Carolina, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor. Her current research is in the area of multicultural family therapy; during her doctoral program she explored racial and social class differences of counseling family and family therapist, in regards to working alliance. Currently, she is practicing as a marriage and family therapist in a private practice setting.
LaCubbert has been published in the "The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling," having contributed three submissions including supervision, approved supervisor in MFT, positive and negative feedback, and attachment and romantic love. Her previous scholarly work focused on social class from the perspective of a marriage and family therapist. LaCubbert's chapter entitled Social Class and the Family Structure/Family Counseling appears in the textbook "Social Class and the Helping Professions" (Routledge Press, 2012). Other research interests include the areas of marriage and family therapy and the impact of internet infidelity, an area frequently encountered with couples in her private practice. As part of her practice, LaCubbert is supervising new marriage and family interns who are post-graduation but pre-licensure. She wants to evaluate the efficacy of supervision techniques from the perspective of both new interns and clients counseled by these interns. Her ultimate goal is the creation of the most conducive environment for individuals, couples and families to receive therapy.
LaCubbert is an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor and has been privately supervising newly graduated students in an individual and group setting. She is committed to the development of licensed professionals in our field which can only be accomplished with the active involvement of practicing supervisors.
Martin, J. M. (2016). Coming out, coming home: An interview of Michael LaSala, PhD. The Family Journal, 24, 304-311.
Martin, J. M. (2016). Supervision, Approved Supervisor in MFT in "The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling."
Martin, J. M. (2016). Positive and Negative Feedback in "The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling."
Martin, J. M. (2016). Attachment and Romantic Love in "The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling."
Martin, J. M. (2015). The flying boy achieves emotional intelligence: An interview with John Lee. The Family Journal, 23, 90-96.
Diane O'Brien, PhD, LPC, CPCS, NCC, CCMHC, CTP
Instructor, Director of Hybrid Program, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Diane O'Brien joined Webster University as the Counseling Program Coordinator for the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campus in 2015. After twenty-five years as a public school teacher and working in the business world, Dr. O'Brien earned her MS in Counseling from the Canisius College of Buffalo in 2000. While working as a school counselor in a high school for at-risk youth, she went on to earn her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006.
O'Brien serves on the editorial board for the Adultspan Journal, official journal of the Association for Adult Development and Aging. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and is a past-President of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. O'Brien has presented her work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. She has several publications, including an entry in "The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling."
O'Brien is best known for being an advocate for the profession of counseling and as a mentor to her students. Her research interests include the grief process and grief counseling, counseling with veterans and active military and military families, issues in clinical supervision and counseling service delivery, counselor education pedagogy, and at-risk youth.
O’Brien, D.M. and George, R. (2018) Narrative therapy in J. Gold (Ed.), "Intervening for stepfamily success: one case, multiple perspectives." Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Boyd, M.V., Clark, D.M., Cunningham, G., Fountain, Y., Lane, W.D., Redmond, D. B., Williams, A.J. (2015). From victim to survivor: A structured group for victims of sex trafficking.
Clark, D.M. (2016) Bereavement counseling. In Jon Carlson (Ed.) "Encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling," Jon Carlson (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
O’Connor, C, Clark, D., Durkee, D, Kirk, G. (2012). A comparison of life coaching and counseling: A call to the profession. Georgia Counseling Journal.
Clark, D.M. (2007). Response to critical incident: Is this love? In L. E. Tyson, J. Whitledge, & J. Culbreth (Eds.), "Critical incidents in counseling supervision." Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Alexanderia Smith, PhD, LPC
Instructor, Director of South Carolina Counseling Program, Columbia, South Carolina
Alexanderia Smith received her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 2007, her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in community counseling from the University of Georgia in 2001, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1999.
Smith is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor for the state of South Carolina. Smith is also a Certified Addictions Counselor. She has experience working in addictions as well as with survivors of sexual trauma. Smith has presented at both local and national conferences. She is also published in edited books and scholarly journals. Smith’s research interests include womanism and innovative counseling teaching strategies.
George, R., and Smith, A. (2020). Nightmare on Black Magic Street: The reality of staying woke. In Matias, C.E. (Ed.), "Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for deconstructing whiteness and gender." Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Smith, A., and George, R. (2019). Black girl glare. In Culbreth, D., Jung, J., & Murti, L. (Eds.), "Our voices our stories: An anthology of writings advancing, celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color." Jersey City, NJ: Complexity Publishing, Inc.
George, R., and Smith, A. (2019). How I got over: Tales of triumph and truth from black women educators. In Jefferies, R. (Ed.), "Queen Mothers: Articulating the spirit of black women teacher leaders." Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Colistra, A., and Smith, A. (2017). Patterns of Loss and Grief in Treating Alcohol Use Disorders: An Integration of 12 Steps and Stages of Grief Approaches. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly 35 (2), 179-182.
Smith, A.T. (2015). Career choice influences: The self-efficacy profiles of counseling students. VISTAS 2015.
Department of Professional Counseling
We provide students with the necessary mental health service skills to effectively work with individuals, couples, families, students, children, and more in a variety of settings.
The Webster Groves Counseling program has achieved CACREP accreditation, which opens up numerous options for graduates to work in counseling-related fields across the United States.
Eric A. Goedereis, PhD
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Psychology
Eric Goedereis earned his PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University and a master's degree in general/experimental psychology from Western Illinois University. Research projects within his Lifespan Wellness Lab (LWL) at Webster University have examined the psychosocial determinants and correlates of various aspects of health and well-being from adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, Goedereis's work has explored ways to promote optimal developmental outcomes across the lifespan. To this end, Goedereis has a keen interest in promoting opportunity and equity and has long sought to engage in purposeful, inclusive advising, outreach, and mentoring to provide high-impact experiences in ways that are equitable and inclusive.
Much of his career has been devoted to leading, mentoring, and supporting undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities and engaging in work to advance such high-impact experiences at Webster and beyond. Specifically, Goedereis has demonstrated a strong track record of mentoring and collaborating with students, resulting in numerous submissions to local, regional, and national professional conferences and peer-reviewed empirical journals. His students have also had much success gaining acceptance into competitive graduate programs in psychology and related fields, as well as securing internal and external funding to support their research and travel. He is a strong advocate for study abroad and has had the good fortune to teach at Webster's Vienna (Austria) campus and to lead an integrated field research/study abroad experience to Athens, Greece. His teaching, research, and mentorship efforts have been recognized via multiple awards.
Goedereis, E.A., Kracen, A.C., Walla, P., Michl, T., & Wilson, J. (2020). 'Zehn' (10) issues students may want to consider when studying abroad. In A. Schwartz & R. Miller (Eds.), "High impact educational practices: A review of best practices with illustrative examples." Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site.
Kurzu, S., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Personal control beliefs. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from Essays in Developmental Psychology.
McMullin, S.D., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Obesity. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from Essays in Developmental Psychology.
Theberge, K., & Goedereis, E.A. (2020). Binge drinking. In R Summers, C. Golden, L. Lashley, & E. Ailes (Eds.). Essays in Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from Essays in Developmental Psychology.
Nienaber, K., & Goedereis, E.A. (2015). Death anxiety and education: A comparison among undergraduate and graduate students. Death Studies, 39, 483-90.
Goedereis, E.A., & Mitchell, H.H. (2013). Thinking about thinking: Using metacognitive strategies in introductory psychology courses. In S. Baker and J. Holmes (Eds.), "Excellence in Teaching Essays" (pp. 33-36).
Goedereis, E.A., & Cohen, S.H. (2010). Crafting and implementing a career development course in psychology. In D.S. Dunn, B.C. Beins, M.A. McCarthy, & G.W. Hill, IV [Eds.]. "Best Practices for Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major."
Meegan, S.P. & Goedereis, E.A. (2006). Life task appraisals, spouse involvement in strategies, and daily affect among short- and long-term married couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 319-327.
Gloria Grenwald, PhD
Emeritis Professor, Counseling Psychology and Family Therapy, Psychology
Grenwald, G. (2007). Using a narrative approach to internationalize the psychology curriculum. Symposium Presentation, 115th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. San Francisco, California.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2003). Assessing the benefit of internationalized psychology courses: Student outcomes. Symposium Presentation, 111th Annual American Psychological Association Convention. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship of current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Paper presented at Family: Strengths and Cohesion Conference sponsored by the Institute of Sociology, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shanghai, China.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. 2002). Understanding and working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder children: Teachers and parents. Invited Workshop at South China Normal University in Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2002). Relationship between current quality of life and family of origin dynamics for college students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Journal of Attention Disorders, 5, 211-222.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Global studies programs linked via the Internet. Panel Chair. International Studies Association Meeting, Chicago.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Must international studies be so darned international? Panel Chair. Title VI-A Project Directors meeting, Washington D.C.
Grenwald-Mayes, G. (2001). Curriculum strategies. Plenary Presentation. Human Rights Education Workshop co-sponsored by United States Institute for Peace, Webster University.
Morgan M. Grotewiel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Morgan Grotewiel is an assistant professor of psychology. She teaches courses related to counseling psychology, measurement, statistics, research methods, and lifespan development, both in-person and online. She currently serves as the Department Online Retention and Recruitment Coordinator as well as the co-chair of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Co-Curricular Committee.
Grotewiel conducts research on a variety of topics using a feminist and positive psychology framework. Recently she has been studying the conceptual overlap of flow and hyperfocus. Past work has examined student experiences such as test anxiety and academic cheating as well as mindfulness, self-compassion, women's and gender-related concerns, body image and disordered eating, and sexual objectification experiences and consequences. Grotewiel is a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and serves as the newsletter editor and website coordinator for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) within APA's Division 17, The Society of Counseling Psychology.
Grotewiel holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (APA-accredited), a MA in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and BA degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing from Missouri State University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Iowa Student Counseling Service (APA-accredited).
* indicates undergraduate student mentee
Grotewiel, M., Crenshaw, M.*, Dorsey, A.*, & Street, E.* (accepted, pending revisions). Daily experiences of hyperfocus and flow in college students with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Current Psychology.
Watson, L. B., Flores, M., Grotewiel, M., Brownfield, J., Aslan, S., & Farrell, M. (2018). How do feminist-identified women cope with discrimination? A feminist standpoint and grounded theory study. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 291-312.
Murdock, T. B., Stephens, J. M., & Grotewiel, M. (2016). Student dishonesty in the face of assessment: Who, why, and what can we do about it. In G. T. L. Brown & L. R. Harris (Eds.), "Handbook of human and social conditions in assessment" (pp. 1-39). New York: Routledge.
Watson, L. B., Grotewiel, M., Farrell, M., Marshik, J., & Schneider, M. (2015). Experiences of sexual objectification, minority stress, and disordered eating among sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 458-470.
Gary Kannenberg, PhD
Gary D. Kannenberg, PhD, is a full-time member of the Department of Psychology. He has held numerous positions at Webster including coordinator of the human resource graduate program, director of the McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing diversity training program, interim director of the Graduate Program in Professional Counseling, associate chair of the Psychology Department, and director and co-director of the Graduate Program in Gerontology. Kannenberg has taught in the Professional Counseling graduate program, MAT graduate program, the Human Resource Development graduate program, and the Gerontology Graduate Program. His current primary teaching responsibilities are in the undergraduate psychology program. He has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses over his time at Webster. His current courses include: Drug and Alcohol Dependency, Introduction to Counseling, Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Integrated Studies in Gerontology Capstone graduate course.
Kannenberg is a trained practitioner (counseling) and is licensed in Missouri. He also holds memberships in the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. While his expertise is primarily in practice, Kannenberg is also involved in various research and professional writing areas. These areas include classical conditioning of single-celled organisms, learning, genetics and free will, human behavior and culture, and government and human behavior.
Kannenberg holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2021). Behavior of Single-Cell Organisms. Principle Researcher, Research project currently in process at Webster University.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2021). "The Underestimated Importance of Classical Conditioning and Free Will." Currently under peer review.
Kannenberg, G.D. & Kannenberg, K.L. (2020). Eleven considerations in online teaching. Manuscript to be presented at an International Conference in 1/2022.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2019). "Cultural evolution in America: Confronting the foundational beliefs of the United States." Unpublished manuscript.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2019). "Control through power and authority: The behavioral relationship between citizens and government." Unpublished manuscript.
Kannenberg, G.D. (2018). Course Development Guidelines for Online Capstone/Thesis Courses. Presented at the 2019 17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Jan. 2019.
Kannenberg, G.D. and Kannenberg, K.L. (2017). The Impact of Cultural Changes in the United States of America. Presented at the 2017 Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER).
Kannenberg, G.D. and Kannenberg K.L. (2016). The Effects of Centrally Planned and Market Economies on Dependent and Independent Citizen Behavior. Presented at the 2016 Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER).
Kannenberg, G.D. & Goedereis, E.A. (2015). The Use of the Capstone Course in the Assessment of An Online Gerontology Graduate Program. Presented at International Conference, 2015.
Heather Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Heather Mitchell, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her BS (and a torn ACL from soccer) at Lambuth University, as well as her MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Memphis. Heather teaches general and cognitive courses including Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Women and Gender, Applied Learning Theory, Memory, Sensation and Perception and Psychology of Humor. Mitchell's research interests include humor, metacognition, scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), academic disabilities, as well as decision making, and she has numerous publications in these areas. Heather also has received several faculty research grants (with Gloria Grenwald) from Webster University to investigate the experiences of college students who have ADD or ADHD.
Mitchell is a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and has received a SOTL award from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. She is also a member of the Society for Text and Discourse where she serves as a reviewer and received the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Heather recently received a best paper award (with Afton Nelson and Kristijan Civljak) for their cross-cultural research investigating decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heather's hobbies include reading, traveling, watching Netflix, playing the piano, and safely playing soccer with her children.
Nelson, A., Civljak, C. & Mitchell, H.H (2021, October) Pandemic Perspectives: Confidence, Decision-Making, and Behaviours across Cultures during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Paper presented at the NORDSCI International Conference on Social Sciences
Nelson, A., Civljak, C. & Mitchell, H.H. (2021, August). Pandemic Perspectives: Exploring Confidence and Decision-Making during the COVID-19 Pandemic across Cultures. Paper presented at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research https://zoom.us/j/2654445134
Mitchell H. H. (2021). Getting the last laugh: Seven mechanisms of joke aesthetics for effective teaching. In "Teach Psychology with a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Psychology Teacher and Laugh All the Way to Your Class?" [ISBN 978-1-925128-04-8] https://www.amazon.com/Teach-Psychology-Sense-Humor-Effective-ebook/dp/B0964LF688
Mitchell H. H. (2019, January). Are in class practice tests effective review activities? Poster presented at the 41st Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete's Beach, FL, USA.
Mitchell H. H. (2018, May). Metacognitive Awareness in Traditional and Conditional Transitions Courses. Poster presented at the 30th American Psychological Society – Psychology Teaching Institute, San Francisco CA, USA.
Mitchell, H. H., Graesser, A. C., & Louwerse, M. M. (2010). The Effect of context on humor: A constraint-based model of verbal jokes. Discourse Processes, 47, 104-129.
Mitchell, H. H., Kleinman, K. Daniel, R. (2018). Academic advising tools through a metacognitive lens. In L. Scharff, J. Draeger, and A. Richmond (Co-creators), Teaching with Metacognition Issue 2 June 2018. Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/academic-advising-tools
Mitchell, H. H. & Kleinman, K. (2014). General education for psychology majors through a metacognitive lens. In J. Irons and R. Miller (Eds.), "Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students. Society for the Teaching of Psychology" ebook https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/academic-advising-2014-vol1
Mitchell H. H. (2018, May). Metacognitive Awareness in Traditional and Conditional Transitions Courses. Poster presented at the 30th American Psychological Society – Psychology Teaching Institute, San Francisco CA, USA.
Goedereis, E. A., & Mitchell, H. H. (2013). Thinking about thinking: Using metacognitive strategies in introductory psychology courses. In S. Baker and J. Holmes (Eds.), "Excellence in Teaching Essays" (pp. 33-36). Society for the Teaching of Psychology ebook.
Linda M. Woolf, PhD
Professor, Applied Experimental Psychology, Peace Psychology
Linda M. Woolf, PhD, is a professor of psychology and international human rights at Webster University. She teaches a variety of classes in psychology including Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Measurement and Statistics, Psychology and Ethics, Personality Theory, Political Psychology, and History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology. Woolf also teaches specialty courses related to the Holocaust, genocide, and peace psychology.
Woolf won the 2020 American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award, and has won several awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Woolf currently serves on the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on International Relations in Psychology, the APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force, and is the 2022 president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2, APA). She also serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Genocide and on the Rafael Lemkin Book Award Committee. She is former president of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence, served on TOPSS (APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools), and served on the APA Commission on Ethics Processes. She recently ended her terms on the APA Council of Representatives (the APA legislative body), and the executive committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35, APA).
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2021). Statistical toolbox of psychology. In D. F. Ragin & J. P. Keenan (Eds.). "Handbook of research methods in health psychology." (pp. 20-33). Routledge.
Sveaass, N., & Woolf, L. M. (2020). Human rights: A psychologist's path to "Do no harm." In N. Rubin, & R. Flores (Eds). "Cambridge handbook on psychology and human rights" (pp. 135-149). Cambridge University Press.
Woolf, L. M. (2019). Peace and Social Justice. In M. G. Njoku, L. A. Jason, & R. B. Johnson (Eds.). "Psychology of peace promotion: Global perspectives on personal peace, children and adolescents, and social justice" (pp. 219-235). Springer.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2018). Peace psychology: A gateway and path to culture and diversity. In K. Keith (Ed.). "Culture across the curriculum: A psychology teacher's handbook" (pp. 427-446). Cambridge University Press.
Woolf, L. M., & Hulsizer, M. R. (2019). Infusing Diversity Into Research Methods = Good Science. In K. D. Keith (Ed.). "Cross-cultural psychology: Contemporary themes and perspectives" (2nd ed., pp. 107-127). Wiley-Blackwell.
Woolf, L. M. (2016). Peace psychology: A tapestry in history. In W. D. Woody, R. L. Miller, & W. J Wozniak (Eds.). "Psychological specialties in historical context: Enriching the classroom experience for teachers and students." http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/psychspec
Woolf, L. M. (2014). Teaching human rights: Teaching LGBTQI rights. International Psychology Bulletin, 18 (2-3), 39-43.
Woolf, L. M., & MacCartney, D. (2014). Sexual and gender minorities. In C. V. Johnson (Eds.). "Praeger handbook of social justice and psychology." Praeger.
Woolf, L. M. (2012). Teaching psychology, human rights, and peace. Peace Psychology, 21(2), 20-22.
Woolf, L. M. & Hulsizer, M. R. (2011). Peace and war. In R. L. Miller, E. Balcetis, S. R. Burns, D. B. Daniel, B. K. Saville, & W. D. Woody (Eds.), "Promoting student engagement" (Vol. 2, pp. 225-229). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/pse2011/vol2/index.php
Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). "Teaching statistics: Innovations and best practices." Blackwell.
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