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Faculty Research Interests

Here is a partial listing of faculty members willing to mentor student projects; please also feel free to ask faculty members not listed.

Attention Nursing Majors:

Professor Patti Zuzelo has a joint position with the Albert Einstein Medical Center as the Associate Director of Nursing for Research. In the capacity of this position, she is a member of the Institutional Review Board and is charged with encouraging, developing, and facilitating research activities within the Department of Nursing. Any undergraduate students who may be interested in a health related research project (or faculty looking for a possible site) should feel free to contact Professor Zuzelo. Several faculty members at the School of Nursing are actively pursuing research projects related to clinical issues and could mentor undergraduate students in a variety of ways using their combined resources (including the AEMC relationship).

Barbara Allen

I am interested in the political and social history of Russia from 1861 to 1953. I regularly teach a graduate class on oral history and am willing to mentor an undergraduate student interested in conducting oral history research on La Salle and its community.

Marjorie Allen

"The holocaust" is an area about which I could supervise student research.

Barbara J. Amster
Director, Speech-Language-Hearing Science

My current research interests are the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques with people who stutter, the relationship of perfectionism and stuttering, and the analysis of speech rate in normal speakers and people who stutter.

Vivienne Angeles

My research interests are on Women and Islam, Islam in Southeast Asia, Islam in Philadelphia and Ethnic Catholicism in Philadelphia. I have an ongoing research on Muslim women and Muslim Movements in the Philippines, as well as a research project on Filipino Catholic Communities in Philadelphia. The research on Filipino Catholics in Philadelphia is part of the Harvard University Pluralism Project.

Sharon Armstrong

My areas of expertise within the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science are cognition, psycholinguistics, categorization, and reasoning. My research program focuses on semantic/conceptual/categorical structures inherent in judgment and reasoning processes in adults and children. Students interested in these and other areas of cognition should speak with me about becoming involved in research.

Brooks Aylor

Research interests: maintaining romantic relationships, long-distance relationships, strategic versus routine maintenance behaviors, out-of-class communication between instructors and students, instructor use of humor in the classroom, student and instructor immediacy, effective communication behaviors for instructors.

John Baky
Director, Connelly Library

An interesting research opportunity exists among the materials representing the dramatic art and live stage drama productions concerning the Vietnam War, its nature, its aftermath, and the role of that traumatic historical experience as it operates in the larger American culture today.  Research based on this material could be enumerative in nature such as analytical and annotated bibliographies with biographical apparatus or summative analytical treatments reflecting dramatic content and drama theory.

This material consists of approximately 200 play scripts in various states of ms & print, as well as about 120 scripts or treatments found in the unique David Derose Collection of Vietnam War Plays. Both groups of material are published and unpublished scripts (both produced and not), dramatic scripts treating other genres such as novels, short stories and poetry, scripts into screenplays, and scripts of musicals complete with scores.  There one-man plays, ensemble plays, anthologies of plays, and bibliographies.  These three to four hundred  items all exist in tandem with related and extensive doctoral dissertations, master theses, journal articles, published works of dramatic criticism and analysis, interviews of actors, directors,  playwrights, and producers, video/film versions of the many live productions and their rehearsals, press kits, publicity art, playbills, and  reviews.  

Because of the unparalleled extent of this drama collection situated within the equally unique Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War Collection - research conducted with the dramatic arts material will be publishable immediately across a wide range of scholarly and media-oriented journals.

Gerald Ballough

My research is in "neuroprotection," and focuses on alleviating brain damage resulting from sustained seizures and status epilepticus. The general mechanism by which this brain damage occurs is called "glutamate excitotoxicity." Excitotoxic neuronal injury also contributes to brain damage associated with stroke and head trauma. Research students gain experience in microscopic neuropathological assessments, image analysis, small animal surgery, research presentations, etc. Research students are carefully selected on the basis of performance and enthusiasm.

John Beatty

  • Online video, news audiences
  • Bloggers’ and fan motivations
  • Online news, transition from print
  • Website interactivity
  • Alternative forms of publishing, mobile devices
  • Talk radio audiences and history

Norbert Belzer

I would be available for anyone wanting to do campus woody plant identification and mapping and also plant tissue culture.

Father Francis Berna


I would be interested in a Communication major with a concentration in film studies; or a Communication major with a keen interest in sports and some familiarity with film for a project related to Sports and Spirituality.

Phyllis Betz

My interests are nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, emphasizing the works of canonical and non-canonical women writers. Secondary interests include popular literature, especially detective fiction, and gay/lesbian writers and their work

Susan Borkowski

My research areas are international taxation issues (including e-commerce), and gender-related business issues. Should a student happen along with an interest in one of these areas, I would be delighted to mentor him/her. The second area could be broadened to gender-related issues, but my own research looks primarily at women vis-à-vis accounting, healthcare financial management, and other business disciplines.

If an SBA student wants to do something that doesn't quite fit with my interests, and there is no other faculty member to taker him/her on, I'd be glad to do so.

Michael Boyle
Political Science

My research interests are: political violence, terrorism, civil wars, insurgency, nuclear proliferation and American foreign policy.

Paul Brazina

I am refocusing my expertise in the field of Fraud Examination including determining when fraud has occurred, the traits of those perpetrating fraud, the impact of fraud on business organizations, and the prevention of fraud within those organizations. I would welcome any student interested in doing research in fraud related topics.

Brother Joe Burke

I am beginning to examine history of psychology at La Salle University in comparison with the growth of the discipline nationwide. Students could help in project noted above.

Claire Busse

My current research is on depictions of children in Early Modern English Writing. However, I would be happy to work with students on any topic having to do with English Renaissance literature and culture.

James Butler
Director, Undergraduate Student Research Program

My research interests are the English Romantic Movement, especially Wordsworth, Coleridge, and--more generally--literature and landscape painting. Lately, I've been particularly interested in Philadelphia history and culture. La Salle University has excellent special collections in this field (including the rich history of the property now owned by La Salle University); I have several topics to suggest in these areas, and some of these projects could well lead to publication. Click here for information on local history projects my students have conducted. Four students I have mentored in local history research have won a total of $8000 in the History Department's Leo Prize competitions.

Sandra Camomile
Mathematics and Computer Sciences

I am interested in research in digital media and the arts. Areas of specific interest are:
Transitioning the artists from the studio to the computer lab.

Video gaming Industry and gender related issues.
Performance art, installation art and digital media.
The future of digital media in industry.
I'm also open for additional discussion of other related ideas in digital media and the arts.

LeeAnn Cardaciotto
M.A. Program in Clinical Counseling Psychology

Recently my interests have focused on constructs related to psychological wellness. Specifically, I am interested in the study of mindfulness, acceptance, defusion/ decentering/ distancing, and self-compassion. My work in this area began with the development of the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale (PHLMS; Cardaciotto et al., 2008); I would like to explore other ways of measuring mindfulness that go beyond self-report. I am also interested in studying how mindfulness, acceptance, and related constructs might be “active ingredients” in traditional cognitive-behavior therapy and acceptance-based approaches.   

Gary Clabaugh

I'm researching a history of the education of women as well as a related historic survey of male attitudes vis a vis the educability of females.

Lynn Collins

My current research interests include social perception, anxiety disorders, substance dependence, international psychology, feminist theory, and women in academe. I am also interested in professional training issues. I lead the Gender Research Group, Tuesday evenings, 5:00 - 6:30 PM, in the Food Court, Student Union.

Siobhan Conaty
Art History

My current research involves women artists and gender issues in 20th Century art (specifically during the Fascist/Futurist era, but I would be
interested in working on other time periods).

I am also interested in Irish art and culture. I have worked on the correlations between art and literature in early 20th Century Ireland, as in the case of William Orpen (the La Salle Art Museum has one of his works)
and James Joyce. I would also like to do further research on the links between Pre-Celtic, Celtic and Christian art and culture.

Elizabeth W. Cooper

My research is centered around corporate governance particularly in the banking industry. Specifically, I study executive compensation, board of directors structure, and stock ownership in financial holding companies. Other areas of interest include securitization and derivatives, non-financial sector equity issuance, microfinance and microlending.

Marianne Dainton

My research focuses on interpersonal communication in a variety of different relationship contexts: dating relationships, long-distance relationships, marriages, family relationships, and friendships. I am particularly interested in how relationships are maintained. I focus on the communication of both the positive (love, trust, commitment) and the negative (jealousy, deception, infidelity) in intimate relationships.

Charles Desnoyers

I would be willing to mentor students in topics related to but not necessarily limited to Chinese history or Asian Studies.

Michael R. Dillon

Political Science

My research interests in recent years have been limited to two areas (one in public law and one in political theory) where I believe I could work with an interested student. The first area is the Supreme Court's decision making on environmental issues, including recent developments in the Court's Wetlands decisions and/or in the Court's Superfund decisions. I also remain interested in studying further whether adoption of "fee shifting" or the English Rule in environmental litigation (i.e. permitting environmental groups to seek attorneys’ fees as private attorney's general) would further environmental protection or merely increase the glut of litigation.

The second area is the political philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, including the theoretical roots of Thoreau's radical individualism, whether Gandhi has caused  Thoreau to be erroneously classified as a pacifist, the "wildness" of nature and the natural man in Thoreau's essays, Walden, Cape Cod and the Maine Woods, and Thoreau's continuing interest in violent political figures, like Sir. Walter Raleigh, Oliver Cromwell, most importantly, John Brown, whom Thoreau eulogized on three occasions after Brown's capture and execution by the United States for the raid at the Harper's Ferry arsenal.

Susan M. Dixon
Fine Arts

I am using the La Salle University Art Museum's collections to investigate early modern European interactions with the non-European world, including representations of Africans or Muslims in Christian art.  I also research the history of classical archaeology, from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century, with a focus on Rome.

Dave Falcone

I welcome student involvement in projects related to cognitive complexity, creativity, and/or psychology & democracy.

Preston Feden

I would be happy to mentor a student or two who is interested in studying cognitive science as it applies to school learning in either basic or higher education. This might appeal to education, psychology, or sociology majors, and honors students interested in the interdisciplinary projects. Biology majors might also be interested, because neuroscience relates to brain-based learning and cognitive science. Of particular interest to me is the cultural context of learning -- that is, how does the larger culture influence schooling.

In the near future, I intend to launch a research project on rapid cognition.

Donna Fiedler
Social Work Program

Our interest is to have someone help us with research on the inclusion of advocacy in courses in social work programs, undergraduate and graduate. I am also interested in trauma and the impact on the helper.

Randy Fingerhut

I am currently conducting several research studies in the area of postpartum depression. I am looking for undergraduate psychology students who are interested in getting graduate level research experience. Please email me ( if you are interested in attending one of our research meetings or would like to find out more about my current projects.

Craig Franson

British Literature and Culture, 1750-1900
Medicine and literature
Humanitarian rhetoric
J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling
Literary Criticism and Theory
The Graphic Novel

Joan Frizzell

I would be interested in working with students interested in either pharmacology or pathophysiology.

Laura Gambrel

My research focuses on understanding and enhancing relationships - including parenting, couples, and families. I am also interested in exploring mindfulness in relational contexts. Current projects focus on the transition to parenthood and mindfulness. I welcome students of all levels to be involved.

Stuart Gentry


My interest is in the chemical and physical properties exhibited by nanoparticles.  These materials are defined as being between 1 and 100 nanometers in size, thus falling between the more classic domains of microscopic materials and molecular solutions.  Their unique size creates unique properties due to the large surface areas present in the systems.  I currently am focusing on the preparation, stabilization, and optical properties of nanoparticle silver and nanoparticle gold in aqueous solution.  I am comparing these properties to those that are observed in more classical microscopic or macroscopic systems.

Brian Goldstein
Speech-Language-Hearing Science

  • Speech sound development and disorders in Spanish-English bilingual children
  • Assessment and treatment of communication disorders for individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Evidence-based practice in speech-language pathology

Kevin Grauke

I would be open to working with any student interested in advanced fiction writing or a research project in American literature (especially contemporary fiction or the literature of the postbellum 19th Century).

Holly Harner

Director, Master of Public Health Program

My research interests include: women's health, incarcerated women, vulnerable populations, public health, violence against women, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kevin Harty

I would be especially interested in working with a student on a project studying the ways in which literature and film have responded to and portrayed disease and death and dying.

  • anything medieval
  • King Arthur
  • Joan of Arc
  • Robin Hood--all three in the broadest sense and in all forms
  • film and literature
  • cultural responses to AIDS
  • world drama (especially modern)
  • gender issues (especially gay and lesbian)

Timothy Highley
Mathematics and Computer Science

My primary research interest is simulation technology. One important problem in the area of simulation is composability, which means making existing simulations work together. Simulations can be applied to almost any discipline, but areas of particular interest include economic simulation and simulation applied to sports drafting and statistics projection.

I have also researched file prefetching, which is useful for on-line applications.

John Hymers

My research interests lie in Modern Philosophy, especially metaphysics. I am currently engaged in a long term project translating two large works of Alexander Baumgarten. I am actively seeking a student in possession of Latin and/or German for help in comparing editions. Other active areas of research include Ludwig Feuerbach / the Young Hegelians, and the philosophy of food.

Prof. Lisa Jarvinen

I am currently engaged in research on the social, cultural and political history of connections between the United States, Latin America and Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries. My interests include the history of popular culture, mass media, trade relations, educational exchanges and foreign policy.

James Jesson

My interests include 20th-century drama and plays written for "new media," such as radio, television, and film. I would also supervise research into plays about the Vietnam War. And I am interested in research involving eco-criticism (projects that analyze literature through the lens of environmental concerns, or projects that research literary texts about environmentalism or climate change).

Raymond P. Kirsch
Mathematics & Computer Science

My current research interests are in the area of game design and programming. Following is list of possible directions for research.

  • 3D modeling & rendering using Lightwave 3D
  • Advertisement game programming using Flash
  • Game design
  • 2D and 3D videogame graphics
  • 2D game programming in C++ and DirectX
  • 3D game programming in C++ and DirectX
  • Multi-player game programming in in Flash or in C++ and DirectX
  • 2D and 3D game market trends
  • Game programming in VB.NET and DirectX
  • Matrix & vector mathematics for 3D game programming
  • OpenGL modeling and programming
  • Character animation using Flash
  • History of games (for History majors/buffs)
  • Psychology of games (for Psychology majors)

Evelyn Klein
Speech-Language-Hearing Science

I am willing to be a mentor for undergraduate student research. I am currently working on a grant with preschool children in Philadelphia. We are working with 3-to-5-year-old children in the areas of emergent literacy, language development, and quantification skills. Some of the children are also receiving speech-language therapy. The schools are very receptive to our support.

Jennifer Kleinow
Speech-Language-Hearing Science

I would welcome any undergraduates who wish to do research with me. My research focuses on the complex interactions between cognitive/linguistic processes and speech motor control (the coordination and execution of speech movements). I am interested in clinical populations, such as adults and children who stutter, as well as typically-developing children and adults.

Vincent Kling
Foreign Languages and Literatures

My interests include European and American fiction, especially of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; literary form and structure, especially their influence in shaping tradition to new creation; literary translation; Austrian history and culture in their bearing on Austrian literature; literary device and mannerism, especially as documented by Ernst Robert Curtius and Gustav Rene Hocke.

Elizabeth Langemak

My research interests include 20th century and contemporary American Poetry, as well as memoir and confessional writing.  I would also be open to working with students on advanced non-fiction or poetry creative writing projects.

Pamela Lannutti

My research focuses on communication in personal relationships (friendships, romantic relationships, and families).  My research has focused on sexual negotiation in relationships, break-ups, same-sex marriage, and social media use in relationships.

Stuart Leibiger

  • American Revolution
  • The Founders/Founding/U.S. Constitution
  • Early National U.S.
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • U.S. Constitutional History
  • U.S. Presidents

Janine M. Mariscotti
Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice

My current research interests include the relationship between attachment and grief responses, grief responses associated with cancer as a chronic illness, the cognitive and emotional effects of walking the labyrinth, spirituality/religion in social work education, and human sexuality education. I invite interested students to become involved in the research process.

Br. Leonard Marsh
Foreign Languages and Literatures

I would be delighted to work with and mentor a student who is interested in French literature of the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries, either in French or in translation. I have specific interest in Rabelais, Balzac and Flaubert as authors and a structuralist/semiotic approach to their works.

Kelly McClure

I conduct research on social problem solving, coping with cancer, and depression. I conduct a research team that meets 2-3 times per month. The team includes undergraduate and doctoral students, so there is plenty of opportunity to meet doctoral students and assist with their research as well. A minimum commitment of 4 hours per week is required.

Megan C. McGee

20th Century America; American film; The Academy Awards; Television; Theatre, specifically musical comedies; the U.S. Space Program; Walt Disney and the parks; Jim Henson; and American comedy, specifically The Second City.

Emery Mollenhauer, F.S.C.

I would attempt to work with a student interested in Flannery O'Connor, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Tyler, Robert Lowell, John Updike, G. M. Hopkins, or, maybe, Wallace Stevens.

Gerard Molyneaux, F.S.C,

In the acknowledgement section of my books, on Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, and John Sayles, there are the names of a half dozen La Salle students. All of them helped with the research and the writing of those books and deserved the recognition. They have found useful material in libraries and on the web, have proofed chapters, checked indexes, found me change for the copy machines at the Free Library, and done many of the other tasks that go with the completion of the research and writing. I owe them more than a few lines can say, but they certainly appreciate the lines.

Maribel Molyneaux

A major area of research interest is 20th-century American writers of color, including Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and American Indian writers. This research includes not only written literature but also orality and the significance of the oral tradition in the development of a uniquely American literary tradition. My focus is mainly on women writers but is not limited to them.

Diane Montague

Highly energetic, organized students who are hungry to peer into the world of children, adolescents, and emerging adults are encouraged to consider independent research with me. My research focuses primarily on children's emotional development, particularly their understanding of emotion in ecologically valid contexts. Many of my projects include work with children and their parents, but as a "lifespan" developmental psychologist, I have worked with infants as young as 3 months and adults as old as 80 years. My newest research examines Empathy and emotional/cognitive abilities in 4- to 7-year-old children using videos and stories. For this project, students will search and review current literature and become involved in a number of research activities (e.g., interact with 4- to 7-year-old children in Philadelphia and Trenton area schools using a puppet paradigm, code and analyze data, write a research paper, and present research results at poster sessions and research symposia). Students interested in learning more about this or other projects are invited to meet with me to discuss it. Serious students who have an idea for a new project and would like mentoring/supervision of that project are also welcome to meet with me.

Simon M. Moon

My major research interest lies in measuring emotional regulation processes using experimental paradigms. More specifically, I have tried to apply priming techniques to measure emotional regulation abilities. I, as an industrial/organizational psychologist, am also interested in emotional labor and other emotion related issues in working organizations. Another topic I have worked on is the development of a valid measure of procrastination for both students and work samples. Both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in any of the topics are always welcome.

Judith Musser

My research interests include Ethnic American writers, immigrant writers, and contemporary non-Western writers and film.

Luisa Ossa
Foreign Languages and Literatures

My area of specialization is Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture. Within this concentration my areas of research interest are Caribbean Literature and Culture, Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture, and Colombian Literature and Culture. I also enjoy examining the relationships between music and literature and studying Latin American popular music and culture. Currently, I am conducting research on the Asian presence in Latin America, and on representations of Asian peoples and cultures in Latin American Literature. In addition to the above listed areas of interest, two authors of particular interest to me are Manuel Zapata Olivella and Mayra Montero. I would be glad to work with any students interested in doing research related to any of these areas.

Jacqueline Pastis
Religion and Women's Studies

My current research interests include Women in the Gospels, Women and St. Paul, Women in Early Christianity, and Early Jewish/Christian Dialogues. Since I am currently translating a third century CE dialogue I would also be happy to work with students on questions related to the English translation of Hellenistic Greek texts (Septuagint and New Testament included) as well as how to work with original manuscripts in facsimile.

Elizabeth Paulin

I am currently working on the issue of Social Security Reform. In particular I am interested in exploring the distributional effects of current proposals to privatize the social security system. Also, as a labor economist, I have "expertise" in labor market issues, especially those relating to gender, race, and class.

Hsiao-Ping Biehl
Foreign Languages and Literatures

My primary area of specialization is Spanish Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. My research interest is the study of languages in contact with special interest in pidgins / pidginization; second language acquisition, i.e. interlanguage and fossilization. My second area of specialization is Latin American Literature with emphasis in the colonial period. Currently I am conducting research on Spanish language acquisition  among different generations of Chinese speakers in Ecuador and plan on doing research in Guatemala as well. I would love to work with any student interested in the study of language and how it is affected by social factors.

Carolyn Middleton Plump, Esq.
Management and Leadership

My research interests include: employment and labor law trends (e.g., the 2014 ruling that college athletes on scholarship at public universities have the right to unionize); women's rights; and global business issues. 

Dr. Pamela Poe

My research interests are primarily focused on health communication, public outreach, and health literacy. Related areas of interest include media literacy, online health information, risk communication, and the aging consumer.

William A. Price
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

My research interests are in the area of the chemical syntheses of small chemtherapeutic molecules. Specifically, I am interested in synthesizing compounds that act as tumor radiosensitizers - drugs that cause the DNA in tumor cells to become highly compacted and thus hypersensitive to the destructive effects of ionizing radiation. By sensitizing the cells in this way, lower radiation doses are needed for therapy. We have recently discovered such a compound
(International Journal of Radiation Biology, in press) and are now working on structural modifications to optimize the anti-tumor activity.

Michael Prushan
Chemistry and Biochemistry

I have the following research interests:
Existential Philosophy

  • Molecular magnetic materials
  • Coordination chemistry of nickel with sulfur-based ligands
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry of Nickel
  • Synthesis of sulfur containing ligands for use in radiation therapies and radio-imaging.
  • Please see my website:

Karen A. Reardon
Management and Leadership

I would welcome the opportunity to work with and mentor a student who shares my interest in exploring any of the following research topics:

  • corporate social responsibility and leadership
  • the use of mediation in the resolution of complex business disputes
  • directors, officers and employment liability and insurance, including an examination of corporate scandals such as Enron, Tyco and WorldCom
  • any topic related to the sociology of law.

Michael Redmond
Mathematics and Computer Science

I am interested in computer programs that learn from examples, in particular, programs that extract regularity from data - "data mining". I am currently applying such programs to data from the census and data about crime.

Mary Robertson
Director, Writing Center

One area of interest is student plagiarism. It's a broad issue: how schools define and handle it, ethical issues, demographics (large vs. small schools, types of students, class rank and so on).

David Robison

From a broad view, my research is, and has been, primarily in regulatory economics. By regulatory economics, I mean the costs and benefits to regulations. I have gone several directions with the regulatory issues, particularly towards environmental regulations, electric utility regulation, antitrust regulations, and financial market regulations. In doing so, I have done a lot of multi-disciplinary work with finance and accounting professors. If you need or want more detail, let me know.

John Rossi

My research interests are World War II. George Orwell. Baseball history.

Klare Scarborough
Director, Art Museum

La Salle University Art Museum offers many opportunities for art historical and interdisciplinary research utilizing its collection of European and American art from the 15th century through the 21st century and a range of smaller international special collections. Many artworks are kept in storage, so they are not on permanent display in the galleries, but they are available for research study. Undergraduate research could be supervised by faculty mentor from any department and could address a range of different kinds of projects, including research/publication opportunities associated with upcoming Art Museum exhibitions and catalogs. (See end of this list for more about our Art Museum research opportunities.)

Stefan Donald I. Schindler
Philosophy and Psychology

I would be willing to act as a mentor for students who might be interested in doing research projects in the following areas:

  • Existential Philosophy
  • Oriental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Existential Psychology
  • Holistic and Transpersonal Psychology

Or, more specifically and in depth:

  • Sartre
  • Freud
  • Jung
  • Essay Writing Skills
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Zen
  • Whitehead and Process Philosophy

Stephen Smith

I am also working on early twentieth century Scottish literature and its connections to social/political events, particularly the rise of Scottish Nationalism, the use of the vernacular, the development of "Synthetic Scots," etc.

James Smither

I have broad research interests in these areas: industrial-organizational psychology, human resource management, management and leadership skills.

Specific examples include

  • performance appraisal
  • performance feedback (especially multi-source feedback)
  • team performance and development (including team problem solving and
  • interpersonal issues)
  • employment interviewing (e.g., structured interviewing)
  • ability and job knowledge testing
  • competency models
  • performance management
  • recruiting and selection
  • decision making

Margot Soven

I would be happy to serve as a mentor in any of these areas:

  • Willa Cather
  • Anne Tyler
  • Writing Memoir
  • Teaching Writing (especially re: to the Writing Fellows Program)
  • Research related to the Core, especially the Doubles.
  • Research related to the :National Survey of Student Engagement”

Megan Spokas

My research team includes a variety of research projects, including investigations of the link between trauma and suicide in a clinical population, as well as ways to improve suicide prevention efforts.  Broadly, the team focuses on suicide prevention, trauma exposure, re-victimization, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

George Stow

My research interests center solely on late medieval England- specifically the reign of King Richard II (1377 1399). Within that context, however, almost any topic is fair game.

Judith Stull
Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

I am deeply involved in research on schools and schooling. I had a book published last year on restructuring public education at the pK-12 grade level. I do secondary analyses on large US Department of Education data sets, most recently the longitudinal survey called NELS:88. I used that most recent NAEP (National Assessment of Educational progress) to identify what it is about small classes that help students learn. Now I am using the latest longitudinal data--the Early Childhood student, school, and teacher files--to identify the determinants of achievement.

Madjid Tavana
Management Information Systems

I would be interested to mentor students interested in studying:

Multicriteria Decision Making
Decision Support Systems
Strategic Decision Making
Expert Systems
Systems Analysis and Design
Operations Research

Please visit my website ( and follow the link for PUBLICATIONS to read my papers in academic journals.

Caitlin J. Taylor
Sociology & Criminal Justice

My research interests include specialty courts (reentry courts, drug courts, etc.), mass incarceration, prison reform, ex-offender reentry/reintegration and restorative justice.  I would be happy to collaborate with students on projects in any of these areas and I’d be willing to consider projects in other areas as well.

Donna Tonrey 

Research Interests:
Creativity and Psychotherapy. 

Relationship and Family Issues.

Further development of the Family Building Projective Technique (FBPT) (Tonrey, 2001), which is an interactive projective technique utilizing a systems approach to therapeutic practice. Research evidence indicates an increase in Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) clients’ willingness to discuss family issues in group sessions, a reduction in tension with regard to family issues, and an increase in client awareness and participation. Research data indicates that clients’ project their own family-of-origin issues and constructs, which therefore indicates that FBPT is a therapeutic intervention which assists PHP clients to process through family issues in an effective and non-threatening manner.

Cornelia Tsakiridou

Aesthetics (visual arts). The philosophy and theology of sacred images and sacred texts (revelation, mysticism). Byzantine iconography. God and language in Islam and the Holy Qur'an. Franciscan iconography.

Cynthia L. Turk

My current clinical and research interests include emotion dysregulation in the anxiety disorders, comorbidity of substance abuse and anxiety disorders, and the nature and treatment of social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and panic disorder.

Opportunities exist for involvement in research with both patient and student populations. Research assistants may be involved in all phases of the research process, from study conceptualization and design through publication. A minimum two-semester commitment of 8-10 hours per week is required.

Jane Turk
Mathematics and Computer Science

I hesitate to use the word "research" for my work. With the pace of change in computer science and so, our courses, I am simply staying abreast. With that as context, my real areas of interest are legal, ethical, and social issues in computing. I teach graduate and
undergraduate courses in this area.

I'd be happy to serve as a mentor for student research in legal, ethical, or social issues in computing.

Frederick Van Fleteren

If some one is interested in studying under me, I would be available for the following topics: (1) St. Augustine; (2) ethics, especially some kind of project in contemporary bioethics or medical ethics (I do not know much about the subjects, but we can find something); (3) God, especially some modern approaches to proving God's existence. agencies to help obtain subjects. Data collection will be during the summer 2004.

Robert Vogel

I would be interested in mentoring students with an interest in urban education, specifically working with the School District of Philadelphia. I am currently working with 10 schools that are participating in my Writers Matter program. 

Research has been conducted every year and results have demonstrated higher achievement in writing and a more student-friendly environment allowing students to freely express themselves and discuss important issues among their peers. Cliques, stereotypes, and racial boundaries within the classrooms began to decrease, as students began to truly see their peers as thinking, feeling, people with the same problems and insecurities as they face. Students began to emerge as more confident individuals using their personalities and own unique voice to express themselves through writing. 

Student researchers would have opportunities to conduct a variety of research methods, including case study. Students interested in journalism, digital storytelling and health related issues are welcomed to present their ideas.

Anne Walsh
Strategic Management and Business Policy Management

I would be more than happy to work as a mentor for students interested in research opportunities at La Salle. My primary research area is strategic management, and I recently completed a longitudinal study which examined strategic ventures used by the academic health centers to position their organizations in the health care industry. I also write cases for a strategic management text and students can easily become involved in writing cases with me.

My secondary research area involves gender related issues with emphasis upon mentoring and professional networks in business. The research on professional networks and mentoring can be used to assess most professional organizations, and I can work with students on interdisciplinary research in this area.

Mary Williams

Interested in the following research areas: learning preferences, effective teaching, the use of technology tools in teaching, student motivation, student engagement, and differentiated instruction and assessment.

Patricia Wilson

My current research interests constellate around emotion and odor. This includes the effects of odors, including pheromones, on social cognitive phenomena and the indirect impact of odor because of its effect on emotion. I am also interested in the effects of emotion on cognitive performance and more generally in the emerging field of positive psychology.

Zane Robinson Wolf

I am willing to mentor students doing Undergraduate Student Research.

Brian R. Wyant
Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

My research interests include fear of crime, firearm violence, policing, and more broadly the spatial or geographic distribution of crime (especially in Philadelphia).

Deborah Yost

I will be glad to serve as a mentor to any student interested in conducting either qualitative or quantitative research as it relates to the field of education. I have expertise in assessment, special education, methods, critical reflection, urban education, and school reform.

Elaine Zelley

My research interests are within the realm of interpersonal communication and personal relationships. Broadly, my recent research has looked at communication and friendships. I have looked at how women's friendships (for example, competitiveness, support seeking behavior, conflict) may influence the development of eating disorders. I have also worked with students interested in how friendship changes and develops over time. Additionally, I studied the rejuvenation of married relationships and conflict styles within married relationships.

Bonnie Zetick
Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

General interests:
social work, especially social policy

Specific interests:
developmental disabilities
the social worker as Executive Director of the Non-Profit Association
the use of contemporary fiction in social work education and practice
the faith-based initiative as social policy--questions of separation of church and state
the use of technology in social service agencies.

Art Museum Research Opportunities

Highlights of the collection on permanent display in the galleries include paintings by Flemish artist Jan Provost, The Nativity, c. 1500; Venetian Jacopo Robusti (Tintoretto), Portrait of a Gentleman, 16th century; Roman Mannerist Marcello Venusti, The Flagellation, 1552; Flemish Joos de Momper, Landscape with Pilgrims in a Grotto, 1620; Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael, Wheatfield with Church, 17th century; Austrian artist Johan Michael Rottmayr, The Lamentation, 18th century; American artist Charles Wilson Peale, David Gelston, 1792; French painter Hubert Robert, Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, Naples, 1784; French Neo- Classicists Henri Augustin Gambard, The Malady of Alexander, 1846, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Virgil Reading the Aeneid before Augustus, 1865; African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mary, 1898; American Symbolist painter Pinckney Marcius-Simons, Parsifal, c. 1904; French Nabis Edouard Vuillard, Madame Hessel in Conversation, c.1925; French Fauve George Rouault, The Last Romantic, 1937; American Surrealist Dorothea Tanning, Temptation of St. Anthony, 1945-46; and sculptures by German artist Käthe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait, 1936, and 20th-century British Dame Elizabeth Frink, Walking Madonna, 1981.

The Art Museum also owns a fine collection of works on paper, which are not on display but can be viewed upon request, including a complete set of Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts of the Life of the Virgin; etchings by Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Félix Buhot, Charles Meryon, Félix Braquemond, Max Klinger, Mary Cassatt and James McNeill Whistler; lithographs by Paul Cezanne, Honoré Daumier, Odilon Redon, Thomas Hart Benton and Romare Bearden; drawings by Pietro da Cortona, Salvator Rosa, Eugène Delacroix and Edgar Degas; and photographs by Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.

The Art Museum’s special collections of ancient and non-western art include Japanese prints from the 18th to 20th centuries; Pre-Columbian figurines and vessels from various periods, including Nazca, Mochica, and Chancay; African sculptures, masks and ritual items from various cultures, including Yoruba, Baule, Senufo, Kota, Kongo, and Yaka; Chinese ceramics dating from the Neolithic period through the 19th century, including vessels and figurative sculptures from the Han, Tang, Song, Northern Wei, and Ming Dynasties; Vietnamese vessels from the Hoi-an shipwreck dating from the late 15th- early 16th centuries; 18th-19th century Japanese plates from the Edo and Meiji periods; Ancient Mycenaean, Greek, and Tanagra ceramic vessels and figurines dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages; and Indian Miniatures from various regions dating from the 15th through 19th centuries.

For more information, contact Dr. Judith Musser, Director of Undergraduate Student Research, at

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