Public Health & Health Sciences
Public Health & Health Sciences Faculty
Shan Parker, PhD, MPH
Director & Associate Professor
Research: HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and reproductive health. Diabetes education, nutrition, and breast and cervical cancer prevention. HIV and gonorrhea prevention among youth. HIV prevention and substance abuse. Evaluation research with community programs.
Reza Amini, PhD, MD, MPH
Research: Health problems and health need assessment, health insurance, health-related quality of life, health care utilization, aging, and disability. Missing factors are required to apply the outcome of research projects to public health policies for people with some levels of disability, long-term health care services, and health care disparities. Sustain or even enhance the quality of life, particularly in later life.
Robert Buckingham, DrPH
Research: Dr. Buckingham, helped pioneer the development of the first Hospice in the U.S. and is considered one of the “Founding Fathers” of hospice in North America. He was the first Director of Research of hospice in Connecticut in 1974 and subsequently founded another 81 hospice programs worldwide, including a hospice for children afflicted with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. Dr. Buckingham has developed new collaborative research and scholarly exchange programs with Mahidol University in Thailand, Hawassa University in Ethiopia, as well as the Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania, and locally, with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan.
Gergana Kodjebacheva, PhD
Research: Reproductive health as well as maternal and child health in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Kodjebacheva conducts research within the life course perspective to examine the influence of pre-conception, parental, and early child life on long-term health. Recent research focused on the influence of the Flint Water Crisis on reproductive, physical, and mental health. An intervention focused on increasing safe water drinking among women of reproductive age.
Julie Hollenbeck, MEd, RT(T)
Radiation Therapy Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Identifying and understanding student qualities in different educational environments that lead to success, Radiation therapy education that creates best practices and critical thinking in the profession, Studying new technologies and best practices in radiation oncology Creating safe learning spaces for students in a clinical environment.
Lisa Lapeyrouse, PhD
Research: Racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and health care access among Latino communities, including immigrant and border populations. Impact of racial/ethnic discrimination, gender-based sources of acculturative stress, and culturally protective assets on mental health outcomes.
Amy Franckowiak, DNAP, CRNA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Assistant Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Enhancing clinical communication and education, Improving didactic and simulation education, Preadmissions predictors of academic success, The use of holistic review as an admissions approach.
Nicholas Prush, PhD, MHA, RRT, RRT-ACCS
Respiratory Therapy Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Pulmonary Disease, Interprofessional Education Hospital Readmissions Policy & Penalties
Michelle Sahli, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Communication between healthcare providers and patients as well as nutritional epidemiology, in particular diet patterns.
Rie Suzuki, PhD
Research: Health disparities/health equities among adults and aging with disabilities. Development of the scientific evidence of disability and health outcomes such as secondary health conditions and access to preventive care in Flint, MI. Impacts on physical environments on health outcomes in Flint MI. Use of medical records and self-administered survey of health disparities, independent living, factors associated with health outcomes among adults with disabilities in the Medicaid or/and aged population in Flint, MI.
Gena Welch, DrAP, CRNA
Anesthesia Program Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
Research: Enhancing clinical communication and education, Improving didactic and simulation education, Preadmissions predictors of academic success, Interdisciplinary initiatives in graduate education, Clinical instruction in the delivery of perioperative anesthetic care, Student and professional wellness, and coping Nurse Anesthesia scope of practice and its implications on accessibility to care.
Marie Williams Julien DNP, CRNA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Clinical Assistant Professor
Lawrence Stump, BSN, MEd, CRNA
Completion Program Coordinator & Clinical Assistant Professor
Laurel Hilliker, PhD, CT
Research: End of life issues, bereavement care programs, self-care for caregivers and for those in the health care professions, wellness in the face of loss, and ambiguous loss [i.e., dementia caregivers]. The public health crisis in end-of-life care where modern medicine focuses on delaying death using aggressive interventions instead of improving the days that patients in terminal decline have left. Aggressive interventions for the dying and how end-of-life decisions [i.e. disconnecting mechanical support] impact the family in their bereavement process. Lack of coordination of care for those who have a life-limiting illness. Advance Care Directives
Research: People with disabilities. Government politics with tobacco companies.
George A. Mashour, MD, PhD
Research: Neurobiology of consciousness, mechanisms of unconsciousness, neurologic complications of surgery and anesthesia, and translational science and experimental therapies
Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, PhD
Visiting Assistant Research Professor
Public Health & Health Sciences Department Staff
MPH Program Manager
Administrative Assistant Sr.
Administrative Assistant Intermediate – Anesthesia/Occupational Therapy
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Administrative Specialist for Anesthesia