New School of Health Sciences faculty members appointed

Seven new faculty and two visiting professors have joined the faculty in the School of Health Sciences.

Dennis Brown has begun a position as assistant clinical professor of physician assistant studies and coordinator of interprofessional education, simulation and outcomes; Gregg Mastropolo has begun in the new anesthesiologist assistant graduate program; Jeffrey Martin and Martine Mirrione have joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences; Camber Uhlman has been appointed to the Department of Diagnostic Imaging; Courtney Richards, Patricia  Ryan-Haag and Valerie Strange have joined the Department of Occupational Therapy; and Ellen Wetherbee-McDevitt is a new professor in the Department of Physical Therapy

"The new faculty represent the broad nature of the School of Health Sciences with two faculty in the health sciences and seven in the health professions," said Kim Hartmann, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences. "Together this interprofessional group of faculty will add depth to our research and scholarship initiatives and team of proactive faculty to meet the increasing numbers of students and healthcare programs in the school."

"Dennis is a new faculty in the biomedical sciences physician assistant program," said Hartmann. "Dennis has a primary role to build interprofessional initiatives for the PA program within the University and the community. Jeffrey and Martine come to Quinnipiac with a strength in research in areas related to biomedical sciences and will support existing faculty as well as to develop opportunities for undergraduate student research.

"Gregg joins the new anesthesiologist assistant program utilizing the state-of-the-art operating suites in the Center for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences for teaching and learning," Hartman said. "Camber joins diagnostic imaging to build on the program's current expertise in clinical partnerships and to build a new program in ultrasound. Ellen will work with the team in physical therapy in developing clinical internships across the country for the program. Valerie brings expertise in occupational therapy research in child development, evaluation, and intervention.

"The occupational therapy program also has two visiting faculty this year, Courtney and Patty, who will teach service learning, fieldwork, lab, and lecture classes in the field of pediatric care."

Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, Brown was a physician assistant and manager for clinical services at the East Hartford Community Health Center. He earned his master of public health degree from Southern Connecticut State University, and his physician assistant certificate and bachelor's degree in health sciences and humanities at Hahnemann University, currently Drexel University.

Mastropolo has been a practicing anesthesiology assistant for the past 15 years and continues to practice at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He earned his master's degree in anesthesiology and patient monitoring from Emory University and his bachelor's degree in biology from Binghampton State University.

Martin was most recently the program director and assistant professor of exercise science at Lasell College. He also served as a strength and conditioning specialist at the college. Martin completed his doctorate degree from the University of Florida, Gainseville. He earned his master's in clinical exercise physiology at Northeastern University and his bachelor's in movement science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mirrione completed two postdoctoral fellowships after receiving her PhD in molecular and cellular pharmacology from Stony Brook University. Her first fellowship, 2007-2010, was in medical neuroimaging in the Medical Neuroimaging Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the second, 2010-2013, was at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Mirrione earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Marist College.

Before beginning her full-time position, Uhlman was an adjunct professor for two years at Quinnipiac while working for Yale's Maternal-Fetal Medicine department as a sonographer. She earned her sonography degree from Gateway Community College and her bachelor's degree in health studies from Charter Oak State College.

Richards has been the clinical supervisor for clinic and community-based services at the Center for Pediatric Therapy in Fairfield since 1997, and will continue in this capacity per diem while teaching at Quinnipiac. She earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from New York University and her bachelor's degree in business administration from Marist College. Richards is working toward an occupational therapy doctorate degree through the new program offered by Quinnipiac Online.

Ryan-Haag was a part-time faculty member at Quinnipiac, as well as an occupational therapist for North Haven Public Schools. She earned bachelor's degrees in occupational therapy from American International College and recreation and leisure studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently enrolled in Quinnipiac's new occupational therapy doctorate bridge program offered through Quinnipiac Online.

Prior to her full-time position at Quinnipiac, Strange worked for Cheshire Public Schools providing clinical occupational therapy services to children and youth. She also continues to consult with the school system about assistive technology. She is a double graduate of occupational therapy from Quinnipiac, earning her bachelor's degree in 1986 and a master's in 2013.

Wetherbee was the academic coordinator of clinical education at the University of Hartford for the past 17 years and she continues to conduct research on student learning in the clinical setting. She holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Simmons College, as well as master's degrees in education from the University of Hartford and physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis.