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Nursing and Public Health Faculty

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Faculty

Our Nursing and Public Health Faculty:

  • Has unique depth and breadth in clinical practice, nursing administration and nursing education and, as a whole, encompasses most specialty areas in nursing
  • Is exceedingly accessible and attuned to the unique needs of all students, including traditional, adult RN and second degree students
  • Has the highest number of doctoral prepared professors in the region
  • Is actively involved in fostering evidence-based practices in partnership with nurse executives and bedside nurses at local health care networks and agencies
  • Participates in global health care programs in non-developed and developed communities in countries such as Honduras and Australia

School of Nursing and Public Health Faculty

Dawn Goodolf

Dawn M. Goodolf | Associate Dean/ Associate Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 245
Office phone: 610-625-7764
Email: goodolfd@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., West Chester University
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., Widener University

Clinical Expertise
Acute Care in Adult Health
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care
Trauma Nursing

Research Interests
Adult Learning Theories and Strategies
Nursing Education and Evaluation Methods
Nursing Students and Stressors
Professional Identity
Grounded Theory

Dr. Goodolf’s acute care experience includes work in the Emergency Department and positions in the Intensive Care and Trauma units. Her acute care background is in adult health, emergency medicine, critical care and trauma nursing.


Pam Adamshick

Pamela Z. Adamshick | Associate Professor Emerita

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 307
Office phone: 610-625-7766
Email: adamshickp@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., University of Detroit Mercy
M.S.N., University of Illinois
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Certifications
B.C. (Board Certified through AACN)
P.M.H.C.N.S. (Certified as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing)

Boards
Journal of Nursing Education Editorial Board

Clinical Expertise
Acute and Community Psychiatric and Mental Health Care for Adults and Adolescents

Research Interests
Relational aggression in females
Youth violence
Community mental health
Global nursing initiatives

Dr. Adamshick is an advanced practice RN and has numerous years of experience. Her experience as a nurse educator includes teaching in Masters, Baccalaureate, diploma, Associate degree, RN-BSN completion, and accelerated post-baccalaureate programs.

She has participated in international nursing experiences, including an educational nursing exchange with students from the University of Southern Queensland and from Queensland University of Technology (Australia). She accompanied nursing students on clinical nursing care experiences in Honduras with the MAMA project.

Dr. Adamshick has presented her research at international, national, and local conferences. She has several peer-reviewed publications, and participates on a regular basis as a reviewer for nursing and psychosocial journals.


Mary Beth Albert


Mary Beth Albert | Instructor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 208
Office phone: 610-625-7747
Email: Albertm@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Seton Hall University
M.S.N., Moravian University

Certifications
C.C.R.N. (Certification for Adult, Critical Care Nurses)

Clinical Expertise
Critical Care Nursing
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Nursing Leadership

Research Interests
Differentiated Learning
Student Nurse Mentorship

Ms. Albert’s clinical expertise focuses on the adult patient in both the critical care and step-down settings; however, her work as a professional nurse began in the medical-surgical acute care area caring for patients on a cardiac-surgical unit. Ms. Albert has also worked in nursing leadership roles as the clinical coordinator of a step-down unit and also as a hospital supervisor of a local community hospital.

Ms. Albert found a passion for teaching after working with a preceptor that provided an incredible learning experience for her in the critical care setting; Mary Beth made it a goal provide others with similar experiences and educate through both the art and science of nursing. Ms. Albert worked as an adjunct clinical instructor for Moravian University for over ten years and has also worked as an education specialist in the hospital setting with a focus on building the skills of the novice nurse in the acute care, step-down and critical care settings. Ms. Albert remains active at the bedside in an ICU setting and also functions as an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Instructor for a local hospital network.


Tanu Altomare


Tanu Altomare | Assistant Professor of Public Health

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 246
Office phone: 610-625-7807
Email: altomaret@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., University of Houston-Downtown
M.P.H., University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health
Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health

Research Interests
Water Environment, Foodborne Pathogens, Risk Assessment, Sustainability

Dr. Altomare is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Moravian University. Her work has focused on children's health behaviors in the context of environmental exposures. She has also worked on research projects focusing on application of quantitative microbial risk assessment models for foodborne pathogens, specifically Listeria monocytogenes. Prior to her appointment at Moravian University, Dr. Altomare was the Assistant Director for Supplemental Instruction at the University of Houston-Downtown, where she trained and supervised over 200 undergraduate tutors and mentored undergraduate research projects in higher education.

Dr. Altomare strives to create an innovative teaching experience for students at Moravian and aims to involve students in undergraduate research projects focusing on water quality, food safety, and sustainability practices.


Alissa Butler


Alissa Butler | Clinical Instructor of Nursing

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 207
Office phone: 610-625-7878
Email: butlera02@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., Concordia University Wisconsin

Clinical Expertise
High-Risk Neonatal Nursing
Maternal-Child Nursing

Research Interests
Holism in Nursing Education
Importance of Simulation-based Nursing Education
Maternal-Newborn Health
Maternal Health in the Transgender Population

Ms. Butler specializes in the Maternal-Child specialty with significant clinical expertise in maternal-newborn and high-risk neonates. Her professional nursing career began bedside for over 15 years where preceptor and leadership roles have led to her passion in nursing education.

Ms. Butler’s clinical teaching experience includes nursing courses related to Foundations in Nursing, Health Assessment, Med-Surg, and Maternal-Child Nursing. Based on her personal learning needs and experience as a student nurse, Ms. Butler has gained an appreciation for developing critical thinking skills through classroom to clinical learning and vice-versa. Most importantly, she always strives to provide the same level of teaching to her own students through a holistic learning environment that includes caring, inclusiveness, integrity, and excellence.


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Kerry H. Cheever | Professor Emerita

Email: cheeverk@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales
M.S.N., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Certifications
Postgraduate certificate – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – Marquette University
Postgraduate certificate – Bioethics for Community Member of Institutional Review 
Boards – New York University & Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Clinical Expertise
Trauma/Emergency, Critical Care, Medical/Surgical Nursing

Research Interests
Editor: Brunner & Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing

Dr. Cheever has broad-based experience in the adult acute care inpatient environment. A retired U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Commander, she served as specialty advisor to the Navy Surgeon General for critical care and medical-surgical nursing issues and trends. She has forged nursing service – scholarship relationships within the local community, notably with St. Luke’s University Health Network, establishing the Evidence-Based Practice and Standards Council. Invited to participate in the Turkish Fellowes Programmer, she served as a visiting scientist in 2012 and delivered a series of lectures at three Turkish universities, including the keynote address at the First International Turkish Nursing Research Conference at Fatih University in Ankara. With Dr. Janice Hinkle, she serves as editor of the Brunner & Suddarth Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, which has received two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards since 2008.


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Elise M. Colancecco | Assistant Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 310
Office phone: 610-625-7962
Email: colanceccoe@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Moravian University
M.S.N., Duquesne University
Ph.D., The University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Expertise
Acute Care
Critical Care

Research Interests
Older Adults Functional Recovery Following Injury

Elise M. Colancecco is pursuing her PhD at The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing with a minor in gerontology. Ms.Colancecco specializes in the areas of medical-surgical, step-down, and critical care nursing with a focus on gerontology. From a teaching lens, Ms. Colancecco strives to guide nursing students in developing their critical thinking skills through connections of clinical to classroom.

 


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Cathy A. Coyne | Associate Professor of Practice in Public Health

Office Location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 305
Office phone: 610-625-7720 
Email: coynec@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Boston College
M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (now Johns Hopkins Bloomsberg School of Public Health)

Research Interests
Health Disparities, Housing and Food Insecurity, Health Behavior, Health Literacy

Dr. Coyne is Associate Professor of Practice in Public Health at Moravian University. Prior to her appointment at Moravian University Dr. Coyne was the Director of Health Advocacy and Policy at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown PA where she established the Health Advocacy Program and a medical legal partnership. She also has held a faculty position at West Virginia University teaching graduate students in public health. In addition, Dr. Coyne has experience working in state government and with a cancer research non-profit organization.

Dr. Coyne’s research focus includes health disparities, particularly those related to housing and food insecurity; health literacy; and health behaviors associated with social determinants of health. She has been the principal and co- investigator on several federally funded and philanthropic grants and has published in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored two book chapters, and served as presenter at regional, state and national conferences.

Dr. Coyne believes that being involved in one’s community as a way to affect positive change is very important. She currently serves on the board of directors at New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem and is an active member of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council and the Lehigh Valley Regional Homeless Advisory Board.

 


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Mary DiGiulio | Associate Chair of Graduate Nursing/Director of NP Program

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 240
Office phone:  610-861-1608
Email: digiuliom@moravian.edu 

Education
BSN Fairleigh Dickinson University
MSN Fairleigh Dickinson University
Post Masters' Certificate Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
DNP University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

Certifications
American Nurses Credentialing Center Adult Nurse Practitioner
American Nurses Credentialing Center Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
American Nurses Credentialing Center National Healthcare Disaster Certification

Clinical Expertise
Primary Care
Uninsured patients
Faculty Practice
Practice Operations
Academic Practice Partnerships
Mentoring New Faculty

 


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Paulette Dorney | Associate Professor, Director of the Accelerated BSN Program  

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 309
Office phone: 610-625-7730
Email: dorneyp@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N, Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Certifications
C.C.R.N. (Certification for Adult, Critical Care Nurses)

Clinical Expertise
Care and Management of the Critically Ill Patient and Family
Nursing Education
Nursing Leadership

Research Interests
College Student Bereavement
Intraprofessional Collaboration
Role Transition from Student Nurse to Graduate Nurse

Dr. Paulette Dorney received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Cedar Crest College, and her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist track. Additionally, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Paulette Dorney has over 30 years experience as a practicing registered nurse and educator in a variety of clinical and academic settings. Her diverse practice and leadership roles have covered a number of specialties including critical care, cardiology, post anesthesia care, trauma, medical surgical, staff development, quality management, and end of life care. Dr. Dorney brings a wealth of practice experience to the classroom environment. Dr. Dorney is active at the local, and national levels in professional service and has received numerous nursing honors and awards.

Her current research interests focus on college student bereavement, intra professional collaboration, and practice readiness. Her recent publication (2015), “The empty desk: The sudden death of a nursing classmate.” OMEGA Journal of Death and Dying, 74,1-29, DOI: 10.1177/0030222815598688 disseminates her research findings related to grief and bereavement within the milieu of nursing education.


Janice

Janice Farber | Associate Professor 

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 209
Office phone: 610-625-7719
Email: farberj@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Moravian University
M.S.N., Drexel University
Ph.D., Widener University

Certifications
C.N.O.R. (Certified Nurse Operating Room)

Clinical Expertise
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Peri-Operative Nursing

Research Interests
Cultural Knowledge of Nurse Faculty
Improving the Peri-operative Experience of Nursing Students

Dr. Farber has been a nurse for more than 35 years and has a background in the medical-surgical, critical care, and peri-operative nursing specialties. She teaches clinical to traditional junior and accelerated baccalaureate nursing students in acute care rotations. Her experience as a nurse educator includes teaching freshman college students, traditional undergraduates, RN-BSN, and graduate nursing students. She teaches a variety of courses and content, which include college level reading and writing, adult medical-surgical health, peri-operative nursing, holistic assessment, nursing research, and theory practice for nurse educators. Dr. Farber is also active in Sigma Theta Tau Upsilon Alpha chapter. Her current research interests include how to improve the work life balance of nurse faculty and nurse faculty bereavement.

 


Gannon

Jacqueline M. Gannon, EdD, MSN, RN | Instructor of Nursing

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 308
Office phone: 610-625-7766
Email: gannonj@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., East Stroudsburg University
M.S.N., Drexel University
Ed.D., Southern Connecticut State University

Clinical Expertise
Adult Health/Medical Surgical Nursing Diabetes Education Oncology Nursing

Research Interests
Nursing students’ attitudes towards the homeless Social Determinants of Health Vulnerable/Marginalized Populations

Dr. Gannon has been a nurse for more than 34 years and has a background in the medical-surgical, diabetes education, and oncology nursing. She teaches clinical and didactic to accelerated baccalaureate nursing students in medical- surgical rotations. Her experience as a nurse educator includes teaching first and second year associate degree nursing students in fundamentals, adult medical- surgical, and maternal newborn nursing. Ms. Gannon believes in giving back to the community, and is active in the West End Food Bank, a subsidiary of Second Harvest Food Bank.


Karen Groller

Karen Groller | Associate Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 307
Office phone: 610-625-7767
Email: grollerk@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Cedar Crest College
M.S.N., DeSales University
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Certifications
RN-BC (Board Certified Cardiac/Vascular Registered Nurse)
CMSRN (Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse)

Research Interests
Obesity Management
Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)
Academic and clinical education topics (e.g.-patient education practices, digital pedagogy)
Impact of preventative care on patient quality of life
Vascular and Traumatic Limb-Loss (amputations)

Recent Publications

Groller, K. (2018). Comment on: Efficacy of video-based education program in improving metabolic surgery perception among patients with obesity and diabetes. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 14(9), 1254-1255.doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.07.001

Groller, K., Teel, C., Stegenga, K., & El Chaar, M. (2018). Patient Perspectives About Bariatric Surgery Unveil Experiences, Education, Satisfaction, and Recommendations for Improvement. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 14(3), 785-796. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.02.016

Groller, K. (2018). Analyzing social media imagery for health messages. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(3), 191-192. doi:10.3928/01484834-20180221-15

Groller, K. (2017). Systematic review of patient education practices in weight loss surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 13, 1072-1087. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2017.01.008

Dr. Groller’s clinical expertise focuses on adult medical-surgical nursing care; particularly in cardiovascular, bariatric, and plastic surgical health concerns. She previously presented on education needs for patients with cardiovascular and bariatric health concerns as well as high-fidelity simulation use in health professional education at professional conferences for organizations such as the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing (AMSN), Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The Obesity Society (TOS) and Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Her work has been published in reputable nursing and medical journals such as Journal of Vascular Nursing, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), and Journal of Nursing Education.

Her doctoral studies, explored weight recidivism in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) patients. This was the first study to examine and synthesize patient education practices within the bariatric specialty. Her doctoral dissertation, Patient Descriptions About Weight Loss Surgery Education Practices, was a qualitative descriptive study that further investigated patient descriptions about their weight loss surgery education experience and satisfaction regarding their experience. Her research interest continues to focus on obesity management (from a bariatric surgical perspective). Other current research interests include the use of technology in patient and academic education (digital pedagogies) and impact of preventative care on quality of life for patients with genetic mutations. Dr. Groller serves as an editorial board member for the Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) Journal. She is also a founding member of the Nursing Research Collaborative of the Lehigh Valley (NRCLV).

 


Grube

Taylor Grube | Assistant Professor, Director of the RN to BSN Program

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 244
Office phone: 610-625-7505
Email: grubet@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., East Stroudsburg University
M.S.N., Drexel University
Ph.D., Widener University

Clinical Expertise
Obstetrics
Pediatrics
Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
Nursing Education

Research Interests
Infertility
Bullying in nursing academia
Nursing Education
Maternal-newborn health

Dr. Grube is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the RN to BSN program at Moravian University. She has taught a variety of content and courses, including maternal-newborn, leadership in nursing, and foundations of nursing. Her clinical expertise is in high-risk neonatal nursing in which she held positions as a staff nurse and nurse educator.

Dr. Grube’s dissertation research explored the experience of couples with infertility. In addition to infertility, her research interests include bullying in nursing academia and innovative pedagogies in nursing education. She is a Jonas Scholar Alumni, having been awarded the prestigious Jonas Leadership Scholar Award during the 2016-2018 award period.

 


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Shirley Guider | Assistant Clinical Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 249
Office phone:610-861-1412
Email: guiders@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Emory University
M.S.N., Yale University
PhD., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Clinical Expertise
Acute and Community Psychiatric and Mental Health Care for Adults and Geriatrics

Research Interests
Contrapower sexual harassment
Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care

Dr. Shirley Guider received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Emory University and her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Yale University in the Consultation Liaison track with a focus on the interaction of mind, body and spirit in creating wellness. Additionally, she received her PhD in Pastoral Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Dr. Shirley Guider has experience as a practicing registered psychiatric nurse in a variety of clinical settings and has served as an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She has taught in both academic and clinical settings including teaching about power, harassment and conflict in organizational settings.

She wrote the chapter “Embodying Christ, Touching Others,” in the edited volume Sensing Sacred: Exploring the Human Senses in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care.

 


Deborah Halliday

Deborah Halliday | Assistant Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 211
Office phone: 610-625-7812
Email: hallidayd@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Moravian University
M.S.N. Moravian University
Ph.D., Widener University

Clinical Expertise
Medical Surgical Nursing

Research Interests
Innovative Teaching Strategies

Ms. Halliday is the Simulation Coordinator for Moravian University's new Health Science Building. She teaches in the Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) and Post Baccalaureate (PB) programs here at Moravian University.

 


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Lori Hoffman | Associate Professor, MSN Program Director 

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 242
Office phone: 610-625-7769
Email: hoffmanl@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Illinois Wesleyan University
M.S., Boston University
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Clinical Expertise
Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Research Interests
Global Leadership Development in Nursing

Dr. Hoffman presently serves as the Director for the MSN program for Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Administrators, and Nurse Educators. Dr. Hoffman was a charter member of the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International and continues on the chapter's Board of Directors. Dr. Hoffman is a member of the American Nurses Association and has served on the Boards of Directors for PSNA, District 2, as well as Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives. She currently serves on the Coalition for Women and Gender Studies of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC). Dr. Hoffman is a proud member of ANEMO, the Mozambican Nurses Association and has played an important role in teaching leadership skills for nurses from Africa, including Mozambique, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

 


Anita Lugo

Anita Lugo | Instructor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 306
Office phone: 610-861-1590
Email: lugoa02@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Drexel University
M.S.N., Seton Hall University
Ph.D. in progress Villanova University

Certifications
CPNP-PC (Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care)
IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)

Clinical Expertise
Pediatrics
Lactation
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology
Medical-Surgical Nursing

Research Interests
Breastfeeding Support

Anita Lugo started her nursing career on a medical-surgical, cardiac, and stroke floor. She then moved on to working on the labor and delivery, nursery, and postpartum units for several years. Following this, Anita became a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner and worked in pediatric endocrinology. It was in this position that she recognized her passion for teaching. After four years of adjunct and full time instruction primarily in pediatrics and maternity, she has joined the Moravian University faculty. Her research interest is in breastfeeding support and she is an international board certified lactation consultant. She is a prenatal education instructor as well.


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Helen Kohler | Visiting Professor

Email: kohlerh@aol.com

Education
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
M.S., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Certifications
R.N. (Registered Nurse)

Clinical Expertise
Community Health & Global Health

Dr. Kohler teaches epidemiology and gives presentations on international health, especially from personal experiences teaching in Africa for many years.

 


Mikovits

John Mikovits | Assistant Professor Nursing

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 311
Office phone: 610- 625-7804
Email: mikovitsj@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., Widener University  
M.S.N., Moravian University
B.S., Moravian University

Certifications
C.H.C. (Certified Health Coach)  
Apple Teacher

Clinical Expertise
Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
Nursing Administration
Cardiac Critical Care
Mechanical Circulatory Support  

Research Interests
LGBTQ+ Health
Pre-Procedural Patient Education
Clinical Reflection

Publications

Presentations

  • Hallmark, B., Fruin, B., Mikovits, J. C., Meakim, C., Stephen, L. (September 29th, 2022). “Advancing Care Excellence for LGBTQ+ People.” National League of Nursing (NLN) Education Summit. Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • Mikovits, J. C. (July 22nd, 2022). “The Perception of Registered Nurses’ Knowledge of Transgender Care Through the Lens of Transgender People”: Sigma 33rd International Nursing Research Congress. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Mikovits, J. C., Butler, N., & O’Rourke, J. (November 8th, 2021). “Challenges and Future Trends in Higher Education.” Brown Bag Sessions, National League of Nursing (NLN). Zoom Video Conference, NLN, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Mikovits, J. C. (December, 2nd 2021). “The Perception of Registered Nurses’ Knowledge of Transgender Care.” Faculty Luncheon, Moravian University. Bethlehem, PA, USA
  • Mikovits, J. C. (June 23rd 2021). “The Perception of Registered Nurses’ Knowledge of Transgender Care Through the Lens of Transgender People”: Sigma - Upsilon Alpha Chapter Annual Business Meeting. Bethlehem, PA, USA
  • Mikovits, J. C. (March 28th 2020). “A gender-informed Approach to Nursing Research”: Nursing Education Research Conference. Washington D.C., USA. (conference cancelled)
  • Mikovits, J. C. (July 28th 2019). “A Concept Analysis of Preparedness: Application to LGBTQ Inclusion in Nursing Curricula”: Sigma 30th International Nursing Research Congress. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

John has almost ten years of experience with cardiac medical-surgical and cardiac critical care patients at St. Luke's University Health Network. There, in 2014, he developed a Ventricular Assist Device Program for advanced heart failure patients and has presented at multiple conferences about the meeting and exceeding patient outcomes and educational practices for patients and their caregivers. John has presented two quality improvement initiatives at St. Luke's, including "Developing and Implementing a Ventricular Assist Device Program in a Community Hospital - Meeting and Exceeding Quality & Financial Benchmarks" and "Early Education of LVAD Patients: A focus on Program Outcomes & Patient Quality of Life." Prior to joining the Moravian University faculty in 2016, John had done adjunct work both here, and at other local schools of nursing.

 


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Colleen Payton | Assistant Professor of Public Health, Director of the Public Health Program

Office Location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 247
Office phone: 610-625-7745
Email: paytonc@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Fairfield University
M.P.H., Thomas Jefferson University
Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University

Certifications
CPH (Certified in Public Health)
MCHES (Master Certified Health Education Specialist)

Research Interests
Community Health, Health Disparities, Health Behavior, Refugee Health, Workplace Lactation Support

Dr. Payton is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Moravian University. Her work has focused on refugee health surveillance including the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable disease, women’s health screenings, and vaccinations. Her work has also focused on the organizational climate for workplace lactation support in Pennsylvania from the perspectives of employers, employees, and workplace lactation experts. She has published her work in peer-review journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Dr. Payton is Co-Chair of the Research, Evaluation, and Ethics Committee of the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers. She is a member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Payton was elected Section Councilor for APHA's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section and is the Co-Chair of the MCH Section's Professional Development Committee. 

  1. Zhang, M., Payton, C., Gurung, A., Anglewicz, P., Subedi, P., Ali, A., Ibrahim, A., Haider, M., Hamidi, N., Atem, J., Thang, J., Wang, S., Kim, C., Kimball, S.L., Karaki, F., Nazhat, N., Abouagila, M., & Yun, K. (2022). COVID-19 infection and contact tracing among refugees in the United States, 2020-2021. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-022-01441-6
  2. Pezzi, C., Kumar, G.S., Lee, D., Cabanting, N., Kawasaki, B., Kennedy, L., Aguirre, J., Titus, M., Ford, R., Mamo, B., Urban, K., Hughes, S., Payton, C., Altshuler, M., Montour, J., & Jentes, E.S. (2022). Blood Lead Levels among Afghan Children in Select US States, 2014–2016. Pediatrics, 150(5): e2021054727. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-054727
  3. Payton, C., Mishkin, K., Davis, C.A., Katzburg, J., & Walker, D.K. (2022). A review of the maternal and child health APHA policy statements, 1970–2019. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-022-03398-2
  4. Payton, C., Kumar, G.S., Kimball, S., Clarke, S.K., AlMasri, I., & Karaki, F.M. (2022). A logic model framework for planning an international refugee health research, evaluation, and ethics committee. Health Promotion Practice, 23(5), 852-860. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399211035703
  5. Zhang, M., Gurung, A., Anglewicz, P., Subedi, P., Payton, C., Ali, A., Ibrahim, A., Haider, M., Hamidi, N., Atem, J., Thang, J., Wang, S., Kim, C., Kimball, S.L., Karaki, F., Nazhat, N., Abouagila, M., & Yun, K. (2021). Acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine among refugees in the United States. Public Health Reports, 136(6), 774-781. https://doi.org/10.1177/00333549211045838
  6. Kumar, G.S., Pezzi, C., Payton, C., Mamo, B., Urban, K., Scott, K., Montour, J., Cabanting, N., Aguirre, J., Ford, R., Hughes, S.E., Kawasaki, B., Kennedy, L., & Jentes, E.S. (2021). Health of asylees compared to refugees in the United States using domestic medical examination data, 2014-2016: A cross-sectional analysis. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 73(8), 1492-1499. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciab502
  7. Payton, C., Kimball, S., Ahrenholz, N.C., & Wieland, M. (2021). Preventive care and management of chronic diseases in immigrant adults. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, 48(1), 83-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pop.2020.09.006
  8. Payton, C., DeSilva, M.B., Young, J., Yun, K., Aragon, D., Kennedy, L., Tumaylle, C., White, D., Walker, P., Jentes, E.S., & Mamo, B. (2021). Hepatitis B evaluation and linkage to care for newly arrived refugees: A multisite quality improvement initiative. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23(3), 558-565. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-020-01058-7
  9. Farber, J., Payton, C., & Dorney, P. (2020). Life balance and professional quality of life among baccalaureate nurse faculty. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36(6), 587-594. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.08.010
  10. Crittendon, D., Cunningham, A., Payton, C., Mills, G., Kelly, S., LaNoue, M., & Arenson, C. (2020). Organizational readiness to change: Quality improvement in family medicine residency. PRiMER, 4:14. https://doi.org/10.22454/PRiMER.2020.441200
  11. Payton, C., Zeidan, A., Bogen, H., & Altshuler, M. (2020). Women’s health screening and mapped community resources for refugees resettled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 31(2), 958-972. https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2020.0071
  12. Young, J., Payton, C., Walker, P., White, D., Brandeland, M., Kumar, G.S., Jentes, E.S., Settgast, A., & DeSilva, M. (2020). Evaluation of a program to improve linkage to and retention in care among refugees with Hepatitis B virus infection – Three U.S. cities, 2006-2018. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 69(21), 647-650. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6921a2
  13. Pezzi, C., Lee, D., Kumar, G.S., Kawasaki, B., Kennedy, L., Aguirre, J., Titus, M., Ford, R., Mamo, B., Urban, K., Hughes, S., Payton, C., Scott, K., Montour, J., & Jentes, E.S. (2020). Health screenings administered during the domestic medical examination of refugees and other eligible immigrants in nine US states, 2014–2016: A cross-sectional analysis. PLOS Medicine, 17(3): e1003065. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003065
  14. Kumar, G.S., Pezzi, C., Wien, S., Mamo, B., Scott, K., Payton, C., Urban, K., Hughes, S., Kennedy, L., Cabanting, N., Montour, J., Titus, M., Aguirre, J., Kawasaki, B., Ford, R., & Jentes, E.S. (2020). Health of Special Immigrant Visa applicants from Afghanistan and Iraq after arrival into the United States, 2014-2016. PLOS Medicine, 17(3): e1003083. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003083
  15. Careyva, B.A., Shaak, K., Burgess, N.M., Johnson, M.B., Banerjee, E.S., Chung, Y., Davis, A.N., & Payton, C. (2020). Designing and evaluating a prediabetes shared decision aid. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 33(2), 262-270. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2020.02.190070
  16. Weinstein, L., LaNoue, M., Hurley, K., Payton, C., Sifri, R., & Myers, R. (2019). Feasibility pilot outcomes of a mammography decision support and navigation intervention for women with serious mental illness living in supportive housing settings. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 10, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/2150132719867587
  17. Pezzi, C., Lee, D., Kennedy, L., Aguirre, J., Titus, M., Ford, R., Cochran, J., Smock, L., Mamo, B., Urban, K., Morillo, J., Hughes, S., Payton, C., Scott, K., Montour, J., Matheson, J., Brown, M.J., & Mitchell, T. (2019). Blood lead levels among resettled refugee children in select U.S. states, 2010-2014. Pediatrics, 143(5), e20182591. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-2591 *Nominated by the National Centers for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) for CDC’s Charles C. Shepard Science Award.
  18. Payton, C., Romney, M., Olson, B.H., Abatemarco, D.J., LaNoue, M., & Leader, A. (2018). Evaluation of workplace lactation support among employers in two Pennsylvania cities. Business Horizons, 62(5), 579-587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2018.10.002
  19. Pezzi, C., McCullough, A., Joo, H., Cochran, J., Smock, L., Frerich, E., Mamo, B., Urban, K., Hughes, S., Payton, C., Scott, K., Maskery, B., & Lee, D. (2018). Vaccine delivery to newly arrived refugees and estimated costs in selected U.S. clinics, 2014-2015. Vaccine36(20), 2902-2909. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.12.023
  20. McIntire, R.K., Singer, D., DiVito, B., Basile, V., DiCarlo, M., German, E., & Payton, C. (2017). Characteristics associated with smoking among patrons of three Philadelphia parks. Journal of Community Health, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-017-0434-4
  21. Lieberthal, R.D., Payton, C., Sarfaty, M., & Valko, G. (2017). Measuring the cost of the patient-centered medical home: a cost-accounting approach. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management40(4), 327-338. https://doi.org/10.1097/JAC.0000000000000196
  22. Lieberthal, R.D., Karagiannis, T., Bilheimer, E., Verma, M., Payton, C., Sarfaty, M., & Valko, G. (2017). Exploring variation in transformation of primary care practices to patient-centered medical homes: a mixed methods approach. Population Health Management, 20(5), 411-418. https://doi.org/10.1089/pop.2016.0132
  23. Dawson-Hahn, E., Pak-Gorstein, S., Matheson, J., Zhou, C., Yun, K., Scott, K., Payton, C., Stein, E., Holland, A., Grow, H.M., & Mendoza, J. A. (2016). Growth trajectories of refugee and nonrefugee children in the United States. Pediatrics, 138(6), e20160953. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-0953
  24. Yun, K., Urban, K., Mamo, B., Matheson, J., Payton, C., Scott, K.C., Song, L., Stauffer, W., Stone, B., Young, J., & Lin, H. (2016). Increasing Hepatitis B vaccine prevalence among refugee children arriving in the United States, 2006–2012. American Journal of Public Health106(8), 1460-1462. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303203
  25. Yun, K., Matheson, J., Payton, C., Scott, K.C., Stone, B.L., Song, L., Stauffer, W.M., Urban, K., Young, J., & Mamo, B. (2016). Health profiles of newly arrived refugee children in the United States, 2006–2012. American Journal of Public Health106(1), 128-135. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302873
  26. Payton, C.A., Sarfaty, M., Beckett, S., Campos, C., & Hilbert, K. (2015). Does telephone scheduling assistance increase mammography screening adherence?. The American Journal of Managed Care21(11), e618-22.

Michelle A. Sayenga | Instructor of Nursing

Office Location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 250
Office Phone: 610-625-7737
Email: sayengam@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., Moravian University
M.S.N., Moravian University
Doctoral Candidate, Widener University

Research Interests
Medical/Surgical Nursing
Community Health Nursing through Home Health and Hospice care
Chronic Disease Management

 


Susan Scholtz

Susan P. Scholtz | Associate Professor

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 312
Office phone: 610-625-7768
Email: scholtzs@moravian.edu

Education
B.S.N., Pennsylvania State University
M.N., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Widener University

Clinical Expertise
Nursing care of the child

Research Interests
Expressive writing and reflection as it relates to learning within clinical education.

As a nursing faculty member for more than thirty years, Dr. Scholtz is acutely aware of factors that impact on a student's success. She received her PhD from Widener University. Her dissertation research examined variables inherent in clinical education that may be perceived as threatening to the nursing student and developed strategies to maximize successful completion of the nursing curriculum. Reflective journaling, clinical judgment in the novice nurse, and development of methods to create connectedness between instructor and student are areas that also interest her. She also authored a chapter on clinical education in the textbook Nursing Education: Foundations for Practice Excellence. Dr. Scholtz received the Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and was a finalist in the Nightingale Awards for excellence in Nursing Education.

 


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Janet A. Sipple | Visiting Professor

Email: sipplej@moravian.edu 

Education
B.S.N., West Virginia University
M.S.N., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ed.D., University of South Carolina
N.P., University of Missouri

Clinical Expertise
Community Health Nursing
Public Health
Global Nursing

Research Interests
Learning modalities to improve cognition in elementary school children

Dr. Sipple is a Southerner by birth and by choice having been born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. She returned to North Carolina after completing her undergraduate education in West Virginia. Upon completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Sipple began her nursing career at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

As her experiences progressed from staff nurse, nurse manager, nurse administrator, and academician Dr. Sipple moved from North Carolina to Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. She has been involved in associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree nursing education since the mid-seventies. Her various leadership positions in nursing education have provided her a variety of experiences in academic program design and redesign, nursing theory based curriculum development, program accreditation processes, educational consultation, development of academic partnerships, international nursing education curriculum design and implementation, and programmatic transition from associate to baccalaureate, diploma to single purpose college, and diploma to baccalaureate level curricula.

Dr. Sipple came to Bethlehem and St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1995 to transition the 114 year old program to baccalaureate degree program status through an innovative collaboration model with Moravian University.

 


Watchous

Maryfrances Watchous | Instructor 

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 351
Office phone: 610-625-7736 
Email: watchousm@moravian.edu

Education
Diploma, St Luke's School of Nursing
B.S.N., Moravian University
M.S.N., Moravian University 

Clinical Expertise
Adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient psychiatric nursing 
Psychiatric Crisis Nursing
Nursing Leadership

Certifications
PMH-B.C. (Board Certified through AACN)

Research Interests
Decreasing violence in hospitals
Nursing stress
Community mental health

Earning both her BSN and MSN from Moravian College, Ms Watchous has over 35 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings in a variety of clinical and leadership settings.  Ms. Watchous has been certified from the American Nurses Association in  Psychiatric Mental Health nursing for over 30 years and is a member of the local and national American Psychiatric Nurses Association.   She focuses on helping all health care clinicians to better understand mental health issues with appropriate interventions to help to decrease violence in the workplace and improve outcomes with patients. Ms Watchous strives to create an innovative teaching experience for students at Moravian and aims to involve students to better understand the correlation to health and mental health for optimal outcomes.


School of Nursing Staff

Tina Sanchez | Administrative Support Assistant

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 103
Office phone: 610-861-1660
Email: sanchezt@moravian.edu

 

Ann Sywensky | Administrative Support Assistant

Office phone: 610-625-7987
Email: sywenskya@moravian.edu

 

Shelly Strauss | Clinical Coordinator

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center, Room 210
Office phone: 610-625-7731
Email: strausss02@moravian.edu

 

Jennifer Landis | Simulation and Multimedia Technician  

Office location: Sally Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences, room 304
Office number: 610 625-7718  
Email: landisj@moravian.edu