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.

Mike Hulsizer
Dean of the College of Science and Health

“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.”

Mike Hulsizer
Michael R. Hulsizer

Dean, College of Science and Health

Hulsizer Named Dean of College of Science and Health
The Dean's Office

Mike Hulsizer

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 202 / ISB 320
Phone: 314-246-7835
Email: hulsizer@webster.edu

Jill Stulce

Jill Stulce, PhD, CRNA

Associate Dean, College of Science and Health

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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 105
Phone: 314-246-7846
Email: jillstulce02@webster.edu

Sarah Navarrete

Sarah Navarrete

Director of Operations, College of Science and Health

Sarah Navarrete earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching at Webster University. She later joined Webster in 2019, working as a representative for the Department of Global Languages, Cultures and Societies. She then became the coordinator of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, a position she held until her promotion to Director of Operations in August 2023.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 211
Phone: 314-246-7202
Email: fobertsa@webster.edu

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Lavanya Govindarajan

Graduate Assistant



Office Browning Hall, ISB 206
Phone: 314-968-7160
Email: aeshashwyjoshi79@webster.edu

Rivaldi Hartanto

Rivaldi Y. Hartanto

Graduate Assistant

Rivaldi Hartanto earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from Hannibal-Lagrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, in 2023. He is currently pursuing a double master degree in Business Administration and Information Technology Management at Webster University. Hartanto joined Webster in 2023 as a graduate assistant to Webster's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the College of Health and Sciences. He also plays for Webster's men's basketball team.

Hartanto, Rivaldi, et al. A Letter to Father. Growing Publishing, 2018.

Hartanto, Rivaldi, et al. Young Outstanding Rich. Growing Publishing, 2018.

Hartanto, Rivaldi, et al. Ayahku Pahlawanku. Growing Publishing, 2017.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 206
Phone: 314-246-7005
Email: rivaldihartanto@webster.edu

Taraneh Shalchi

Taraneh Shalchi

Student Assistant

Taraneh Shalchi joined the College of Science and Health and College of Humanities and Social Sciences staff team as a student assistant towards the end of the Fall 2023 semester. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Business Analytics.


Office Browning Hall, ISB
Phone: 314-246-7005 (Front Desk)
Email: taranehshalchi@webster.edu

Maribeth Wagganer

Maribeth Wagganer

Student Assistant

Maribeth Wagganer joined the College of Science and Health and College of Humanities and Social Sciences staff team as a student assistant in the beginning of the Spring 2024 semester. Wagganer graduated from Webster University with a degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Psychology. Aside from being a student assistant, Wagganer is also a resident assistant for Webster Housing.


Office Browning Hall, ISB
Phone: 314-246-7005 (Front Desk)
Email: maribethwagganer@webster.edu
Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Stephanie Schroeder

Stephanie C. Schroeder, PhD

Department Chair, Professor, Biological Sciences

Stephanie Schroeder's main research focuses on how gene expression changes in response to environmental challenges in two model systems (Drosophila and Cancer). In Drosophila, Schroeder and her students have looked at conditions that increase the incidence of seizures, kidney stones and learning/memory (Alzheimers, Parkinsons, exposure to volatile anesthetics). The human cancer lines that students have explored are brain, breast, liver, melanoma, ovarian and stomach. They have analyzed the effect of various compounds on growth, viability and apoptosis. Schroeder welcomes undergraduate students interested in research to conduct independent research with her as early as their second semester at Webster. She also works with Nurse Anesthesia students in the DNAP program on how anesthetic and other clinical agents affect Drosophila at young and older ages.

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 342
Phone: 314-246-7518
Email: schroeds@webster.edu

Emily Cullins

Emily Cullins

Department Coordinator



Office Browning Hall, ISB 305
Phone: 314-968-7075
Email: emilycullins84@webster.edu

Lindsey Applegate

Lindsey Applegate, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences




Victoria Brown-Kennerly

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 362
Phone: 314-246-8645
Email: vbrownkennerly64@webster.edu

Nora Dunkel

Nora Dunkel

Instructor, Biological Sciences

Nora Dunkel completed her undergraduate studies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where her research focused on Arsenic quantitation and speciation in biological systems, as well as determining the oxidation state of antimony samples via kinetic analysis. Her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis focused on the radiochemistry of zirconium and copper, developing novel tracers for positron emission tomography (PET) to rapidly identify bacterial infections in vivo. In industry, Dunkel worked as an analytical chemist. She developed and validated analytical methods to separate and identify compounds in a wide variety of matrices, including pesticides, food additives and animal feed.

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.https://doi.org/10.1021/ed400021q

*Note: this was published under maiden name, Nora Goscinski

Office Browning Hall, ISB 314
Phone: 314-246-2244
Email: noradunkel51@webster.edu

Andrew Elvington

Andrew Elvington

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Andrew Elvington, PhD, joined the Webster faculty in 2020 and has been a full-time faculty member in higher education since 2015. His teaching expertise spans many disciplines related to the biomedical sciences, principally immunology, cell biology, microbiology, and gross anatomy. In addition to undergraduates, he also teaches for the nurse anesthesia and biomedical sciences graduate programs, specifically immunology, cell biology, pathophysiology and human anatomy. With teaching, he has a strong focus on conducting research and including students in these pursuits. His doctoral research investigated aspects of the immune system in injury and recovery in experimental stroke, and he then did post-doctoral research at Washington University, exploring how the immune system influences progression of cardiovascular disease. At Webster, his main research interests are investigating modulation of immune cell effector functions in models of inflammation and disease. Other research interests include cell biology, human gross anatomy, microbiology, and educational research.

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 360
Phone: 314-246-7530
Email: andrewelvington@webster.edu

Larry Granda

Larry Granda, PhD

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Larry Granda has a BS in Mathematics and BA in Philosophy from Webster University, an MA in Mathematics from Saint Louis University and a PhD in Mathematics from Saint Louis University. Granda's area of teaching is mathematics and his area of research is low-dimensional topology. He has been published in Houston Journal of Mathematics and Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications.


Office EAB 364
Phone: 314-246-7699
Email: grandlar@webster.edu

Ryan Groeneman

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 that is investigated 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.

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H.R. Krueger, Jr., N.M. Shapiro, E. Bosch, D.K. Unruh, and R.H. Groeneman, Influence of Secondary Interactions on Structural Diversity between a pair of Halogen-Bonded Co-crystals Containing Isosteric Donors, Compounds, 2022, 2, 285.

C.J. Powell, G.M. Ferrence, E. Bosch, and R.H. Groeneman, Engineering solid-state photoreactivity within silver(I) organosulfonate complexes containing an ester-functionalized reactant molecule. Journal of Coordination Chemistry 2022, 75,1596.

G.C. George III, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Influences of Molecular Motion and Ligand Stacking on Thermal Expansion Behavior and Argentophilic Forces in Silver Coordination Complexes. Crystal Growth and Design2022, 22, 4538.

E. Bosch, G.M. Ferrence, C.J. Powell, D.K. Unruh, H.R. Krueger, Jr., and R.H. Groeneman, Cooperative non-covalent interactions and synthetic feed as driving forces to structural diversity within organic co-crystals containing isosteric perhalobenzenes. CrystEngComm 2022, 24, 3841.

N. Juneja, N.M. Shapiro, D.K. Unruh, E. Bosch, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Controlling Thermal Expansion in Supramolecular Halogen-Bonded Mixed Cocrystals through Synthetic Feed and Dynamic Motion. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2022, 61, e202202708.

T.J. Dunning, E. Bosch, and R.H. Groeneman, Halogen-bonded zigzag molecular network based upon 1,2-diiodoperchlorobenzene and the photoproduct rctt-1,3-bis(pyridin-4-yl)-2,4-bis(phenyl)cyclobutane. Acta Crystallographica Section E 2022, E78, 506.

N.M. Shapiro, E. Bosch, D.K. Unruh, H.R. Krueger, Jr., and R.H. Groeneman, Iodoperchlorobenzene acts as a dual halogen-bond donor to template a [2 + 2] cycloaddition reaction within an organic co-crystal. CrystEngComm 2021, 23, 8265.

X. Ding, A.W. Crawford, W.P. Derrick, D.K. Unruh, R.H. Groeneman, and K.M. Hutchins, Thermal expansion properties and mechanochemical synthesis of stoichiometric cocrystals containing tetrabromobenzene as a hydrogen- and halogen-bond donor. Chemistry - A European Journal 2021, 27, 16329.

C.L. Santana, E.W. Reinheimer, and R.H. Groeneman, Square network based upon the molecular salt of the tetraprotonated photoproduct rtct-tetrakis(pyridin-4-yl)cyclobutane and the sulfate anion. Acta Crystallographica Section C 2021, C77, 561

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 335
Phone: 314-246-7466
Email: ryangroeneman19@webster.edu

Shannon Kispert

Shannon Kispert

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.

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Office Browning Hall, ISB 337
Phone: 314-246-7826
Email: shannonkispert@webster.edu

Ravin Kodikara

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


Office Browning Hall, ISB 348
Phone: 314-246-7184
Email: ravinkodikara30@webster.edu

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Julie Mehringer, PhD

Instructor, 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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 372D
Phone: 314-246-4212
Email: juliemehringer63@webster.edu

Nicole Miller-Struttman

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.

Personal Website

*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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 346
Phone: 314-246-7628
Email: nicolem42@webster.edu

Mary Lai Preuss

Mary Lai Preuss, PhD

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Mary Lai Preuss, PhD, has a background in plant cell biology, exploring the mechanisms by which molecules move for cell growth to occur. Currently she has a diverse array of research interests, including microbial diversity in freshwater systems, duckweed-mediated bioremediation of water systems and bacteriophage discovery. She earned her BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Plant Biotechnology at Cornell University and her PhD in Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Davis. She completed postdoctoral work at the Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

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

Office Browning Hall, ISB 344
Phone: 314-246-4211
Email: marypreuss34@webster.edu

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David Reddy

Instructor, Biological Sciences, Exercise Science

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.


Nigora Turaeva

Nigora Turaeva, PhD

Visiting Researcher, Research Fellow, Biological Sciences

Nigora Turaeva has authored or co-authored three books, over 60 research articles and 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., Aripova N., Oksengendler B.L., Long-range correlations in COVID-19 growth, Europe PMC, Preprint from arXiv, 06 May 2020.

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).

Nurse Anesthesia

Martina Steed

Martina Steed, PhD, CRNA

Department Chair, 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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 115
Phone: 314-246-7765
Email: martinasteed32@webster.edu

Jamie Breuer

Jamie Breuer

Department Coordinator, Nurse Anesthesia

Jamie Breuer has been involved in medical and healthcare education for over twenty years. He joined Webster University in 2020 as the coordinator for the Nurse Anesthesia department.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 101
Phone: 314-246-5927
Email: jamiebreuer@webster.edu

Michael Burns

Michael Burns, DNAP, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Nurse Anesthesia

Michael Burns has been a CRNA for 21 years and an active member of AANA, MOANA, ASRA, and ESRA professional organizations. His clinical practice and research areas of interest are ERAS, acute pain management, and regional anesthesia. Burns's lifelong focus has been to improve his patient's safety, experience, and access to affordable healthcare in an economical responsible manner by educating future and present nurse anesthetists. Burns is a consultant and advisory panel member for several anesthesia medical device companies such as B Braun, Avanos, Teleflex, Edward's Lifescience and Cumberland Pharmaceutics assisting with their development of new products and advancing the utilization of their current products as well as a medical legal consultant.

Research Projects:

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 109
Phone: 314-246-5927
Email: michaelburns90@webster.edu

Vicki Callan

Vicki Callan, PhD, CRNA, CHSE

Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor, Nurse Anesthesia

Vicki Callan, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, received her BSN from the University of Buffalo in 1991, a MS in Nurse Anesthesiology from Albany Medical College in 1996, and a PhD in Health Related Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Allied Health in 2005. Callan is an associate professor and serves as the director of clinical education for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. Basic principles of anesthesia is her main focus of teaching, and her research interests include amniotic fluid embolism and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurse anesthesia practice and education. Callan is also editor-in-chief of the International Student Journal of Nurse Anesthesia, and a past president of the Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 107
Phone: 314-246-5928
Email: vickicoopmans20@webster.edu

Nicholas Curdt

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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 117
Phone: 314-246-7203
Email: curdtni@webster.edu

Susan McFarlan

Sue McFarlan, DNP, RN, NE-BC

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Nursing

Sue McFarlan serves as chair of the Nursing Department, and 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.

Office ISB869/Browning Hall 437
Phone: 314-246-7132
Email: susanmcfarlan08@webster.edu

Brendon Spencer

Brendon Spencer

Department Representative, Nursing

Brendon Spencer earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with an Emphasis in Human Rights and a Japanese minor at Webster University. After teaching over for over a decade in South Korea, he has returned to Webster in 2024, working as a representative for the College of Science and Health. He also intend to pursue a Master’s in TESOL with an Emphasis in International Education.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 404
Phone: 314-246-8646
Email: spenbren@webster.edu

Stephanie Dribben

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. Driben'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.

Dribben, S., Curtis, M. P., Foraker, R., Kush, C., & Trolard, A. (2021). Improving Cardiff Model Data Collection in the Emergency Department. Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN, 39(7), 341-344. https://doi.org/10.1097/CIN.0000000000000786

Office Browning Hall, ISB 433
Phone: 314-246-7482
Email: sdribben84@webster.edu

Doras McLaughlin

Dorcas McLaughlin, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS, TEP

Professor, MSN Co-Coordinator, Nursing

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, McLaughlin 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, McLaughlin teaches the practicum courses for graduate nursing students preparing to be nurse educators. She also 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, McLaughlin teaches an undergraduate keystone course on family violence in the Global Citizenship Program. In 2017, McLaughlin 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.

McLaughlin 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).

Office Browning Hal, ISB 439
Phone: 314-246-7179
Email: dmclaughlin53@webster.edu

Jan Palmer

Janice Palmer, PhD, RN, NHA, CNE

Associate Professor, Nursing

Jan Palmer, former chair of the Nursing Department at Webster University, 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 St. 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-St. 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.

SmithBattle, L., Lorenz, R.A., Reangsing, C., Palmer, J.L., & Pitroff, G. (2018). A methodological review of qualitative longitudinal research in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 25 (4), e12248. https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12248

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 441
Phone: 314-246-7488
Email: janicepalmer47@webster.edu

Jody Spiess

Jody Spiess, PhD, RN, GCPH

Associate Professor, RN to BSN Coordinator, 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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 454
Phone: 314-246-7003
Email: jodyspiess06@webster.edu

Melissa Spriggs

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.


Office Human Services, Browning Hall, ISB 404
Phone: 314-246-3197
Email: melissaspriggs55@webster.edu

Thelma Vasquez

Thelma Vazquez

Department Coordinator, Nursing

Thelma Vazquez was born and raised in Waukegan, IL. She earned her BS in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She previously held a role as a representative in Webster University's office of academic affairs before transitioing into her new role as the Department of Nursing Coordinator.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 407
Phone: 314-246-7483
Email: thelmavazquez@webster.edu

Cami Weber

Cami Weber, PhD, MBA, RN

Assistant Professor, MSN Co-Coordinator, Nursing

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.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 454
Phone: 314-246-7988
Email: weberca@webster.edu
Professional Counseling

Muthoni Musangali

Muthoni Musangali, PhD, LPC-MO, BC-TMH

Department Chair and Professor, Professional Counseling

Muthoni Musangali is professor and chair of the department of Professional Counseling at Webster University. She earned her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida (2006). She holds an MA in Counseling from Heidelberg College, and a BEd (Arts) from Kenyatta University, Kenya. Musangali 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 Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor. 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 chapter in ACA's "Handbook on International Counseling" (2013), as well as an article in the Journal of Counseling and Development on the development of counseling in Kenya.

Download Muthoni Musangali's CV (PDF)

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

Office Browning Hall, ISB 402
Phone: 314-246-8278
Email: muthoni08@webster.edu

Susan Spiess

Susan Spiess

Department Representative, Professional Counseling



Office Browning Hall, ISB 434
Phone: 314-246-7795
Email: susanspiess@webster.edu

Ericka Cables

Ericka Cables, PhD, LPC, NCC

Assistant Professor, Professional Counseling

Ericka Cables is an assistant professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a MAC in Professional Counseling and School Counseling K-12 from Missouri Baptist University. She is an avid proponent of community-based collaboration in mental well-being serving Black communities. She has made numerous local presentations and partnered with several agencies. She serves as a board member for a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization with a mission to impact systemic poverty through prioritization of social and emotional health.

In 2018, Cables was selected to participate in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program based in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2022, the Excite the Dream Scholars Program with Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia. Both of these unique opportunities were focused on enhancement for research development, presentation, and teaching mentorship for individuals who are part of the global majority group.

Cables is also a nationally board-certified (NCC), licensed professional counselor (LPC) and LPC supervisor in the state of Missouri, and an approved clinical supervisor (ACS). Her background entails trauma training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT). She currently provides clinical supervision to provisionally licensed professional counselors seeking full licensure.

Her research interests include resilience and post-traumatic growth and counselor identity development.

Download Ericka Cables' CV (PDF)

Cables, E., Smith, P. & Edwin, M. (2023). Moments of Excellence in Career Counseling: Empathy. In E. Balın, M. Edwin, D. Ulupınar, & C. Zalaquett (eds.), Moments of Excellence in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Learning What Works for Relationship Building and Increased Effectiveness. Coherent Digital, LLC.

Cables, E. (2023). Culturally Responsive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In S.B. Dermer and J.R. Abdullah (eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, and Advocacy. SAGE Publications, Inc.

Cables, Ericka, "Resilience in Black Mental Health Counselors" (2022). Dissertations. 1178.

Miller, R. D., Paul, Z. A., Brown, E. C., Coker, A. D., Martin, C., Hurless, N. L., Cables, E. R., Freedle, A., Hussmann, M., & Abernathy, M. M. (in progress) Women and the practice of self-censorship. Manuscript submitted for publication (April, 2022).

Martin, C., Cables, E., & Kashubeck-West, S. (in progress). Predictors of attitudes toward trauma-informed care among mental health professionals working with immigrant and refugee clients.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 416
Phone: 314-246-2349
Email: erickacables@webster.edu

Robert Cambridge

Robert Cambridge

Community Liason/Clinical Outreach Coordinator, Professional Counseling

Robert Cambridge earned his Bachelor of Social Work from Andrews University and Master of Social Work from St. Louis University. He has over 20 plus years of experience in the social work field and previously worked in a variety of different agencies and populations. He joined Wesbter University in February 2024 as a community liason/clinical outreach coordinator for the Professional Counseling department.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 402
Phone: 314-246-2091
Email: robertcambridge@webster.edu

Hasmik Chakaryan

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 is co-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).

Download Hasmik Chakaryan's CV (PDF)

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 415
Phone: 314-246-8217
Email: hchakaryan06@webster.edu

Stacy Henning

Stacy L. Henning, PhD, LPC

Associate Professor, Professional Counseling

Stacy L. Henning is an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds a PhD and an MEd in Counselor Education and Supervision from CACREP-accredited doctoral and master's programs; and is a licensed professional counselor and an approved clinical supervisor through NBCC. Stacy is an active member in ACA Committees including former senior chair to the ACA Ethics Committee and member of the Public Policy and Legislative Committee; a site team member and chair for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); a member of university committees; an administrator, faculty and team member for the Professional Counseling department; and a practicing professional counselor in St. Louis. Current research includes pedagogical efficacy in counselor education, neuroscience in clinical counseling and couples 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. (2022). 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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 432
Phone: 314-246-8215
Email: stacyhenning67@webster.edu

Claire Martin

Claire Martin, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH

Assistant Professor, Professional Counseling

Claire Martin is an assistant professor in the Counseling Department at Webster University. She holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an MA in Psychology from the City University of New York-Hunter College. Martin is committed to developing counselors’ competencies in multiculturalism and trauma-informed practices. Her scholarly activities focus on the intersectionality between oppression, discriminatory policies and practices, and the development of psychological trauma in marginalized populations.

In 2019, she received the Counseling Fellowship in Social Justice Award, and in 2020, the E. Desmond Lee Urban Education Scholarship from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; both are awarded based on scholarly interests and advocacy that reflect a commitment to social justice in counseling and urban education. Martin has presented nationally and internationally on Black women’s experiences.

Martin is also a nationally board-certified and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri with extensive clinical experience with complex trauma. She is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) and uses these modalities in her practice to help individuals heal from trauma. She also provides culturally competent and trauma-informed clinical supervision to counselors-in-training seeking state licensure.

Martin is co-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).

Download Claire Martin's CV (PDF)

Edwin, M., Pulse, H., Alhiyari, N., Salvatierra, D., Martin, C., Gaglio, R. (Submitted April 2022). The Impact of Academic Aspirations and Career Uncertainty on Students’ College Outcomes. "Journal of College Access."

Poynton, T., Martin, C., Alhiyari, N., Gaglio, R., Chang, E., Cables, E., Salvatierra, D. (in progress). "The Impact of Early High School Students’ College-Going Attitudes on Aspiration Development, College Applications, and College Enrollment."

Morris, J. E., Lewis-Harris, J., Martin, C., Martin, T. R., Negrón, L. (in progress). "A Case Study of Black School Closings in St. Louis: History, Trauma, and Community Advocacy and Voices."

Brown, E. C., Freedle, A., Hurless, N. L., Miller, R. D., Martin, C., & Paul, Z. A. (2022). Preparing teacher candidates for trauma-informed practices. "Urban Education," 57(4), 662-685. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085920974084

Martin, C., Cables, E., & Kashubeck-West, S. (in progress). "Predictors of attitudes toward trauma-informed care among mental health professionals working with immigrant and refugee clients."

Miller, R. D., Paul, Z. A., Brown, E. C., Coker, A. D., Martin, C., Hurless, N. L., Cables, E. R., Freedle, A., Hussmann, M., & Abernathy, M. M. "Women and the practice of self-censorship." Manuscript submitted for publication (April, 2022).

Coker, A.D., Martin, C., Culver, J., & Johnson, C. (2018). Black women’s academic and leadership development in higher education: An autoethnographic inquiry. "REVISTA PERIFERIA," 10 (2), 44-66. DOI: 10.12957/periferia.2018.33714.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 417
Phone: 314-246-2314
Email: clairemartin@webster.edu

Hemla Singaravelu

Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD, LPC

Professor, Professional Counseling

Hemla D. Singaravelu, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor and professor in the Department of Professional Counseling. Prior to her role at Webster, she was an associate professor at Saint Louis University and served as the co-chair/director of the master's program. She was an assistant professor at Southwest Missouri State University and prior to this, the coordinator of Counseling, Career and Mentor Programs at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, USA. She received her doctorate in Counselor Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, specializing in Multicultural/Diversity Counseling and Career Development. She has been the editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling and Development, the Career Development Quarterly (ad hoc), and the Journal of LGBT issues in Counseling. She has published and presented in the areas of multicultural counseling, career development of diverse populations, and the gay, lesbian and bisexual population. She has also published the book, "A Handbook for Counseling International Students in the United States." She identifies as a Malaysian Indian.

Download Hemla Singaravelu's CV (PDF)

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.

Location Browning Hall, ISB 437
Phone: 314-246-7569
Email: hsingaravelu79@webster.edu
South Carolina Professional Counseling Faculty

Rebecca George

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 an MS 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.

Download Rebecca George's CV (PDF)

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.

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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.

Alexanderia Smith

Alexanderia Smith, PhD, LPC

Associate Chair, Department of Professional Counseling; Director, Columbia, South Carolina Program

Alexanderia Smith received her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 2007, her MEd in Guidance and Counseling with an Emphasis in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia in 2001, and her BA 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.

Download Alexanderia Smith's CV (PDF)

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.


Morgan Grotewiel

Morgan M. Grotewiel, PhD

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Psychology

Morgan Grotewiel, PhD, teaches courses related to Counseling Psychology, measurement, statistics, research methods and lifespan development, both in-person and online. She currently serves as the Psychology Department chair, Psychology Department online retention and recruitment coordinator, and 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 treasurer 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), an 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.* (2022). Daily experiences of hyperfocus and flow in college students with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Current Psychology. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-02539-0

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684318777722

Miller, A. D., Murdock, T. B., & Grotewiel, M. (2017). Addressing academic dishonesty among our highest achievers. Theory into Practice, 56, 121-128. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2017.1283574

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. (2016). The protective role of commitment to social change in the relationship between women's sexist experiences and self-silencing. Sex Roles, 75, 139-150. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-016-0594-1

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684315575024

Office Browning Hall, ISB 315
Phone: 314-246-7339
Email: mgrotewiel04@webster.edu

Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Department Coordinator, Psychology

Robert Ross is joining Webster University's CSH Staff team as a coordinator for the Psychology Department. Ross is from Cadet, Misouri. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a minor in Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2007. He has aspirations to pursue a Master in Communication in the future. Ross' hobbies in sports are kickball, bowling, volleyball and softball.


Office Browning Hall, ISB 305
Phone: 314-246-6970
Email: robertross@webster.edu

Eric Goedereis

Eric A. Goedereis, PhD

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., & Gray-Graves, A. (2020). Making your "pitch": A flexible assignment for engaging students in aging. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 91, 435-442. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091415020928535

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.

Goedereis, E.A., & MacCartney, D. (2019). Creating common ground: A framework for promoting interdisciplinarity. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 8, 173-183. https://doi.org/10.32674/jise.vi0.1088

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 311
Phone: 314-246-7513
Email: ericgoedereis18@webster.edu

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Gloria Grenwald, PhD

Emerita 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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 319
Phone: 314-968-7073
Email: grenwald@webster.edu


Clint Johnson

Clint Johnson, PhD Candidate

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Clint Johnson (he/him/his) teaches a variety of classes in psychology, including LGBTQIA+ psychology, child psychology, adolescent psychology, human sexuality, research methods and measurement and statistics. He also collaborates with Webster University’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

Johnson’s research focuses on childhood gender cognitions and development. His recent scholarship examines the effects of social contexts on alterations of psychological factors, as well as gender development and cognitions of LGBTQIA+ children. In addition to his research interests, Johnson’s passion lies in teaching. His happy place truly is when he is in the classroom, working with students.

Johnson completed his BS at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, and his MS at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He is currently an Experimental Psychology Doctoral Candidate at SLU, with concentrations in developmental psychology, research methods and quantitative methods.



Gary Kannenberg

Gary Kannenberg, PhD

Professor, Psychology

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 gGraduate program in Gerontology. Kannenberg has taught in the Professional Counseling, MAT, Human Resource Development and Gerontology graduate programs. 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 and Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 317
Phone: 314-968-7071
Email: kannengd@webster.edu

Shannon McClain

Shannon McClain, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Shannon McClain is an assistant professor of psychology at Webster University. She teaches a variety of classes in psychology including Abnormal Psychology, Community Psychology, Introduction to the Helping Professions and Research Methods.

Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine psychosocial factors impacting the academic achievement and mental health of racialized minorities in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Her recent scholarship has examined factors such as racial and ethnic identity, teacher trust and impostor phenomenon. She has particular expertise in African American psychology and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Psychology.

McClain holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (APA-accredited), an MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio). She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center (APA-accredited).

Onwong’a, J. R., Slaten, C. D., & McClain, S. (2022). “AmeriKenyan”: Lived acculturation and ethnic identification of Kenyan natives during their youth. Journal of Black Psychology, 48(5), 571-603.

Beasley, S. & McClain, S. (2021). Examining psychosociocultural influences as predictors of Black college students’ academic self-concept and achievement. Journal of Black Psychology, 47(2-3), 118-150.

Graham, J. A. & McClain, S. (2019). A canonical correlational analysis examining the relationship between peer mentorship, belongingness, impostor feelings and Black collegians’ academic and psychosocial outcomes. American Educational Research Journal, 56(6), 2333-2367.

Tian, L., McClain, S., Moore, M., & Lloyd, H. (2019). An examination of ethnic identity, self-compassion, and acculturative stress in Asian international students. Journal of International Students, 9(2), 635-660.

McClain, S. & Cokley, K. (2017). Academic disidentification in Black college students: The role of teacher trust and gender. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(1), 125-133.

Sara McMullin

Sara McMullin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Sara McMullin is an assistant professor of psychology at Webster University. She teaches a variety of courses in psychology pertaining to research methods and statistics, health and cognition.

Her research aims to understand how and why people make risky decisions. She applies mathematical and computational approaches to precisely understand real-world decisions, like drunk driving, risky sex and gambling. Her approach aims to directly inform how to encourage safer decision making. She also investigates correlates of risky decision making, such as stressful life experiences, impulsivity and physiology. Dr. McMullin focuses her research on college students, older adults and people at-risk for or with addictions.

Dr. McMullin earned her PhD and MS in Experimental Psychology with concentrations in cognitive neuroscience and quantitative methods from Saint Louis University and her BA in Psychology from Webster University. She completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Alcohol and Addictions Research.

Davis-Stober, C. P., Dana, J., Kellan, D., McMullin, S. D., & Bonifay, W. (in press). Better Accuracy for Better Science...Through Random Conclusions. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Haney, A. M., Warner, O. M., McMullin, S. D., Motschman, C. A., Trull, T. J., & McCarthy, D. M. (2023). Using mobile technology to influence alcohol-impaired driving risk perceptions and decisions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000929

McMullin, S. D., Motschman, C. A., Hatz, L. E., McCarthy, D. M., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2022). Decision strategies while intoxicated relate to alcohol-impaired driving attitudes and intentions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 36 (7), 895–905. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000808

McMullin, S. D., Shields, G. S., Slavich, G. M., & Buchanan, T. W. (2021). Cumulative lifetime stress exposure predicts greater impulsivity and addictive behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 26 (14), 2921–2936. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320937055

Buchanan, T. W., McMullin, S. D., Mulhauser, K., Weinstock, J., & Weller, J. A. (2020). Diurnal cortisol and decision making under risk in problem gambling. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 34 (1), 218–229. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000474

Heather Mitchell

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 https://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.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 313
Phone: 314-246-7019
Email: hmitchell33@webster.edu

Linda Woolf

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." https://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: https://teachpsych.org/ebooks/pse2011/vol2/index.php

Hulsizer, M. R., & Woolf, L. M. (2008). "Teaching statistics: Innovations and best practices." Blackwell.

Office Browning Hall, ISB 318
Phone: 314-968-7062
Email: woolflm@webster.edu
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