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Faculty Experts Guide

La Salle University’s Faculty Experts are available to provide commentary and analysis for news stories in print, broadcast, and online media. Members of the media who wish to interview a Faculty Expert may contact them directly.

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William Weaver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT)

Areas of Expertise  

Analytical chemistry Instrument/measurement design Physics Robotics Business analytics Agile project management Intelligent systems Social networking/collaboration

Donna Tonrey, Psy.D.

Director, Counseling and Family Therapy Master’s Program

Areas of Expertise  

Family therapy Relationship issues and interventions Family systems Marriage therapy Ethical practices

James Smither, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and Leadership

Areas of Expertise  

Management Leadership and leadership development 360° Feedback Irrational decision making Human resource management and practices Industrial and organizational psychology Recruiting, training, performance management

Sara Shuman, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Areas of Expertise  

Immigrant health Global health Zika virus Violence against women Environmental health issues such as air pollution, water pollution, and global warming

Francis Ryan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, American Studies and the Department of History

Areas of Expertise  

American studies History of American education American immigration and ethnicity pre-1965 Narcissism in American culture and literature Intersection of American history with American art and photography

Cesar Ruiz, SLP.D., CCC/SLP, BRS-S

Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Areas of Expertise  

Voice disorders Swallowing disorders Head and neck cancer rehabilitation Bilingual speech language pathology Multiculturalism

Meghan Pierce, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Areas of Expertise  

Social information processing Social cues International social behavior Interpretation of facial expressions

Adam Pellillo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Areas of Expertise  

Healthcare economics Political economy of Eastern Europe Development research in the Republic of Georgia Microeconomics Consumer behavior Decision making Competition Strategic marketing Pharmaceutical pricing Changes in incomes and prices Macroeconomics GDP Employment Government spending Military Exchange rates

Laura Otten, Ph.D.

Director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business

Areas of Expertise  

Nonprofit leadership Nonprofit governance Strategic planning Evaluation Organizational management

Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Religion

Areas of Expertise  

Christian/Catholic social ethics Racial justice Racism The arts and social justice

Steve Melick

Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship at La Salle University

Areas of Expertise  

Start-up companies New business venture creation Finance, budgeting, business modeling, and forecasting High technology consulting Small businesses Innovation in technology Integrated Science, Business, and Technology-related businesses

Margaret McGuinness, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion

Areas of Expertise  

Catholic sisters and nuns American Catholicism Religion and civil rights Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic studies

Margaret McCoey, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and CIS/ITL Graduate Director

Areas of Expertise  

Cybersecurity Computer science Information technology Databases Network theory Technology architecture

James Mancinelli, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Areas of Expertise  

Stuttering Fluency Neurogenic communication disorders Medical speech pathology Acquired language disorders in adults Clinical supervision

Andrew Lafond, DBA, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting

Areas of Expertise  

Accounting Tax accounting Corporate tax Tax law Changes in tax law Small business and individual taxes Federal taxation Accounting education

Kevin Harty, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair, English

Areas of Expertise  

Medieval literature Chaucer Vikings Literary traditions of King Arthur, Joan of Arc, and Robin Hood Film representations of the Middle Ages Cinematic adaptations of literary texts Pop culture as related to AIDS

Miguel Glatzer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise  

Immigration policy Globalization and welfare state development Social welfare and the Catholic Church Taxation and redistribution Labor market policy Financial literacy

Charles “Chip” Gallagher, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise  

Race in America Race theory Racial innumeracy How ethnic history shapes perceptions of privilege Sociological functions of colorblind political narratives

Laura Frank, Ph.D., RD, LDN

Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

Areas of Expertise  

Health behavior Health education Neuropsychology and rehabilitation Pediatric obesity Food access and sustainability Food and culture Nutrition counseling Eating disorders and ways to treat them

Marianne Dainton, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

Areas of Expertise  

Communication Communication that maintains marriages Nonverbal communication Social media and relationships Communication in relationships

Swee-Lim Chia, Ph.D.

Co-Chair and Associate Professor of Marketing

Areas of Expertise  

Retail International business International education Consumer complaints Marketing strategy Market research and behavior Behaviors related to consumer satisfaction

Michael Boyle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise  

Terrorism Political violence International politics Middle East ISIS Drone warfare U.S. foreign policy Legal and ethical implications of drone warfare

Katie Bogle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise  

Gender Intimate relationships Dating Sexual assault Domestic violence Sex behavior Women’s studies

Rosemary Barbera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education

Areas of Expertise  

Social work Humanitarianism Human rights Victims of political violence Survivors of torture Catholic social teachings

Kathleen Czekanski, Ph.D., R.N., CNE

Dean of La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Associate Professor in Nursing

Areas of Expertise  

Dementia caregiving Hospice Palliative care Community health Nursing education Home caregivers

Jan Ambrose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance

Areas of Expertise  

Health care economics Health care policy Risk management Corporate finance HSA accounts

Susan Adams, M.S., R.D., LDN, FAND

Adjunct Professor, Nutrition Programs

Areas of Expertise  

Food science Food systems Food and culture Food sustainability Management in food service and dietetics Food diversity Nutrition and aging Dietetic education Government regulations of food Food safety

Jack Downey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Areas of Expertise  

Social Justice Activism Environmental racism North American religious history Catholic social justice traditions Religious ethics Spiritualities

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