Faculty Scholarship and Teaching

Marianne AdamMarianne Adam, PhD, CRNP
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing

Dr. Adam teaches nursing courses in the traditional BS program, the RN-->BS program and the masters degree program. Her primary teaching responsibilities include pharmacology (NURS331.2, 332.2, 532), physical assessment (NURS331, 534) and a course addressing culture and healthcare (IDIS216/NURS216). Adam with colleagues (Dr. Gotwals, Dr. Cheever and Dr. Sipple) taught a course focusing on nursing of populations at high risk for health care needs (NURS322); she accompanied students on three trips to Honduras. During the most recent trip in May 2013 Dr. Adam and Dr. Gotwals and 4 nursing students travelled to Honduras with the MAMA Project.

During doctoral studies at Penn State Dr. Adam conducted a phenomenological study to enhance the understanding of the initial lived experience of becoming a diabetic.  The research study, The Lived Experience of Becoming a Diabetic: A Phenomenological Study was presented as a poster at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 28th National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2013). The conference was attended by over 5,700 people. Adam is scheduled to present research findings at the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention (November 2013) in Indianapolis.

Additionally, Adam has been a nurse practitioner since fall 2000. During that time Adam worked part-time, per diem in a local family practice office. Adam currently works at the Blandon Medical Group, a practice in the Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG). The practice delivers care to patient across the lifespan. As a part-time, per diem provider Adam sees patients presenting with acute or episodic concerns, for well visits and for management of chronic concerns. Through clinical practice Adam stays informed regarding clinical practice standards and is able to translate this information to the classroom and clinical arena.


Pamela AdamshickPamela Adamshick, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing

Certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center in psychiatric/mental health nursing, and with many years of clinical experience in acute and community based psychiatric nursing, Dr. Adamshick’s research and teaching address a variety of mental health issues.  She recently facilitated student research projects in Nurs 316 (Applied Nursing Research) on mental health in the homeless population.  These included “Nurses’ Attitudes Toward Homelessness” (Advisor to: Katherine Janela, Natalie Lawrence, Tessa Piantadosi ) and “An Educational Intervention with Volunteers Serving the Homeless” (advisor to: Britney McNabb, Stephanie Rich, & Christina Tomaino).  Dr. Adamshick’s scholarly outcomes related to these projects include a publication and a poster presentation.   She co-authored an article: August-Brady, M. and Adamshick, P. (2013). Oh, the things you will learn:  Taking undergraduate research to the homeless shelter.  Journal of Nursing Education, 52(6), 342-345.  She will present research on nurses’ attitudes toward homelessness at the 27th Annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas in October, 2013.  The poster, The Intersection of Homelessness and Mental Illness: Implications for Psychiatric/ Mental Health Nurses was co-developed with Dr. Michele August-Brady. 

Mental health in vulnerable adolescents is also of particular concern to Dr. Adamshick.  Her research on relational aggression in adolescent girls has informed her practice and teaching,  resulting in her developing and leading weekly school-based support groups for high-risk female adolescents at one of the local high schools.  The publication describing her research is: Adamshick, P. Z. (2010). The lived experience of girl-to-girl aggression in marginalized girls.  Qualitative Health Research, 20(4), 541-555.  She also taught a service-learning class IDIS 298:  “Perspectives on Youth Violence.”


Michele August-BradyMichele August-Brady, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing

Dr. August-Brady practiced in the critical care environment for nearly 15 years before launching her teaching career.  As such, she has an interest caring for clients at their most vulnerable periods.  Currently, she teaches advanced medical-surgical and critical care concepts to senior nursing students.  Dr. August-Brady has a passion for learning and how to engage students actively in the learning process.  It was this driving force that provided the impetus to develop an undergraduate research course in which students participate in clinically relevant evidence-based projects that have helped to shape nursing practice in the local area.  Dr. August-Brady has several publications related to the research course and has presented both internationally and regionally.  One of her latest publications, co-authored with Dr. Pam Adamshick, is “ Oh, the things you will learn: Taking undergraduate research to the homeless shelter” (Journal of Nursing Education, 2013, 52(6), 342-345).  Drs. Adamshick and August-Brady also developed a poster entitled “The Intersection of Homelessness and Mental Illness:  Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses” which will be presented by Dr. Adamshick at the Annual American Association of Psychiatric Nurses, October 2013, San Antonio, Tx.  Dr. August-Brady worked with a colleague from practice on how to measure the effects of a universal model of care delivery.  She was a co-author on and article entitled “Implementing an Acuity-Adaptable Care Model in a Rural Hospital Setting” (Journal of Nursing Administration, September 2013).


Sonia N. Aziz Sonia N. Aziz
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics and Business

Dr. Aziz's most recent research involves valuation of arsenic in drinking water in rural Bangladesh. Her scholarship primarily involves Environmental Economics with a focus on Health Economics. Dr. Aziz's research focuses on valuation of health and other non-market goods (environmental goods) by looking at human behavior in response to potential health and environmental risks, and the impact of that behavior on the outcomes experienced. She is particularly interested in risk mitigating actions taken by individuals in highly resource constrained economies and most of her field work is based in developing countries.


G. Clark ChapmanG. Clark Chapman, PhD
Director, Religious Studies
Comenius Center

Professor Emeritus G. Clark Chapman has recently published his article, "Bonhoeffer and Universal Health Care as a Human Right," in the journal Religion and Health  ( J Relig Health DOI 10.1007/s10943-013-9738-6). Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the most famous Protestant theologians of the 20th Century, a martyr to the Nazis, who wrote on ethical issues.  Dr. Chapman’s essay points out that he defended health care as a universal right (although he did not use that language), implicit in God's merciful care for humanity and our human obligation to carry out God's will.   He was silent on just how such universal health care should be implemented, of course, but the moral imperative is absolute.


Kerry H. CheeverKerry H. Cheever, PhD, RN
Professor & Chairperson
Department of Nursing

Kerry H. Cheever has over twenty years of clinical experience in the acute care environment that includes experience in the arenas of critical care, trauma, emergency, and transplant nursing.  Past positions Cheever has held have included Option Coordinator of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Marquette University, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Trauma and Life Support Center at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Specialty Advisor to the U.S. Navy Surgeon General on critical care, medical-surgical, and trauma nursing.  She is a retired Navy Nurse Corps Commander and a veteran of the First Persian Gulf War.  Along with her colleague, Dr. Janice Hinkle from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Cheever served as editor and author of the thirteenth edition of Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, which is the oldest medical-surgical nursing textbook in continuous publication in the world.  She previously served as an associate editor of the eleventh and twelfth edition of this textbook; the eleventh edition received an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award in January 2008.  She also authored a clinical handbook, IV Therapy DeMystified.  In addition to these text publications, Cheever has authored chapters in other textbooks and in peer-reviewed journals that include Western Journal of Nursing Research, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, and Critical Care Nurse, to name a few.  She has been invited to lecture to international audiences on methods aimed at implementing best evidence into clinical practice, including at conferences and universities in Australia, Jamaica, and most recently, Turkey.


Dana S. DunnDana S. Dunn, PhD
Professor, Asst. Dean of Special Projects
Psychology Department

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, studies the social psychology of disability, particularly physical disability. A disability is a characteristic tied to a person (e.g., deafness, blindness, tetraplegia), whereas a handicap is linked to constraints imposed by the environment (e.g., a lack of Braille signage, absence of ramps). These distinctions matter because they highlight the link between the characteristics of the person with a disability (PWD) and the power of the situation. In turn, the term situation includes not just the actual physical environment, but the social and psychological one, as well—laws (the ADA) and stereotypes (“disabilities make people helpless and dependent”), too, are situational forces. Although both personal and situational factors (whether objective or subjective) can have profound influences, as social psychologist Kurt Lewin argued, it is the interaction between these forces that shapes the unique behavior and experience of the individual. And, as rehabilitation psychologists have long argued, this social psychology mattersbecause situational constraints create greater social barriers and behavioral restrictions for PWDs than do the disabilities themselves. Dunn is the author of numerous journal articles, chapters, and a forthcoming book exploring the how the social psychology of disability affects both PWDs and nondisabled people. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology.


William S. FallaWilliam S. Falla, PhD
Department of Philosophy

Dr. Falla is currently teaching PHIL/REL 250: Environmental Ethics, Phil/Rel 250, An overview of the ethical, metaphysical, cultural, and political issues involved in understanding humankind's complex relationship with the natural world and with other-than-human animals.   This course examines positions and philosophies of radical environmentalists, environmental ethicists, animal-rights advocates, and political ecologists.  Dr. Falla has incorporated readings in Health and Public Health by authors such as Arthur Kleinman. 

Dr. Falla is also teaching PHIL 252: Philosophy of Technology which includes a section on Assisted Reproductive Technology focusing on some of the writings by Jurgen Habermas.

In the spring, he will be offering PHIL 259: Medical Ethics, a very popular course among the premedical students.    This course provides an examination of the basic theory of bioethics as it is set in the broader field of moral philosophy.  Contemporary ethical issues in biomedicine will be examined and the student will learn to think ethically about them within the context of the current ongoing debate.


Janice FarberJanice Farber, MSN, CNOR
Department of Nursing

Janice Farber has clinical nursing experience working with patients in the medical- surgical environment in the acute care hospital setting and works a few hours each month as a staff nurse in the operating room at St. Luke’s Hospital.  She is a member of the Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN), a national association committed to improving patient safety in the surgical setting, and maintains certification in peri-operative nursing (CNOR).  She recently published an article in the AORN Journal, Measuring and Improving Ambulatory Surgery Patients’ Satisfaction.  This quality improvement project focused on educating the peri-operative nursing staff in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) on the use of Press Ganey scores to measure and improve ambulatory surgery patients’ satisfaction.  After Professor Farber reviewed the PG Reports and implemented opportunities for improvement with nursing staff of the peri-operative areas, PG patient scores showed improvement. In addition, Professor Farber presented an oral seminar at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute (DUNEI) Conference in Savannah, Georgia in 2012 on the application of the Cognitive Science of Learning: Information Processing Model, a strategy used to enhance nursing education through the integration of multimedia learning within teaching pedagogy.


https://amos.moravian.edu/ICS/icsfs/10368-1.jpg?target=750fbca1-12fe-4343-9cb2-7b162da3c9beCecilia M. Fox, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Director of the Neuroscience Program
President of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter

Dr. Fox’s lab focuses on the protection of dopamine neurons against oxidative damage in rat models of Parkinson’s disease.  Recent research projects have investigated whether DNSP-11, a biologically active synthetic peptide derived from the human pro-sequence of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) offers protection of dopamine neurons against the neurotoxins, 1-Trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline (TaClo) and 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) in two rat models of Parkinson’s disease. Previous literature has suggested that while GDNF treatment has shown significant amelioration of parkinsonian symptoms through protection of dopamine neurons, the size of the protein prevents it from traversing the blood-brain barrier thereby limiting its practical use as a therapeutic agent. Due to its small size and high bioactivity, the DNSP-11 propeptide, may offer a more feasible alternative.  The motor function of experimental Fisher344 rats receiving the DNSP-11 were compared to control rats using the footfault and cylinder tests at three to four weeks post-surgery.  Improvement in the performance of these behavioral tasks was evident following DNSP-11 exposure.  Brain tissue was processed for tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) immunocytochemistry and the dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta of the brain were counted. Percent neuronal survival for DNSP-11 treated animals was significantly higher than in control animals for both lesion models.  The data strongly suggest that DNSP-11 plays a neuroprotective role against TaClo and MPP+ insult in these rodent models.  The results from this work as well as the positive outcomes recently observed in nonhuman primate research at other institutions, gives promise that DNSP-11 may be considered as a potential therapeutic agent in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. 


Christie GilsonChristie Gilson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Education Department

Every fall and spring semester, Dr. Gilson teaches EDUC 244: Including Students with Disabilities. This course is designed to familiarize students with current issues regarding special education services as they relate to students with disabilities, their families, and general education, the social model of disability, a historical perspective of special education services, special education laws and regulations at the federal and state levels, federal and state definitions, inclusionary practices, and research-based methodologies.  Medical diagnoses are discussed and debated.  The class covers the academic and social wellbeing of students with disabilities.


Dawn GoodolfDawn Goodolf, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing RN to BS/ Accelerated BS Program Coordinator

Dawn Goodolf  has 20 years of nursing experience in Critical Care, Trauma, and Emergency Nursing. She has served in a variety of roles in these positions, including 5 years as the Clinical Coordinator in the Emergency Department at St Luke’s Allentown Campus.

Since joining Moravian College, Dawn teaches NURS 324RN, Cornerstone of Professional Nursing annually. This course focuses on the analysis of  health care and the nursing culture through a variety of perspectives. Students explore the role of health professionals in economics, public policy, ethics, demographics, and evolving global issues.  Dr. Goodolf also teaches NURS 334RN, The Professional Nurse as Emerging Leader annually. This course provides the RN student with an expanded view of the concepts of autonomy, interdependency, and collaboration as a professional nurse.  Students learn essential competencies needed in order to succeed in a variety of nurse leader roles. Dr. Goodolf also teaches elective courses to RN students, and is currently teaching NURS 321RN, Integrative Therapies.  This course examines selected complementary and alternative therapies. 

Dr. Goodolf recently completed her doctoral studies at Widener University in May 2013. Her dissertation was titled, “Growing a Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory of the Educational Experience of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.” She researched the social process that was associated with nursing students as they attempted to adjust to their educational experience in nursing.  Her research has been selected for a Poster Presentation at the American Association of College’s of Nursing’s  2013 Baccalaureate Education Conference in New Orleans, November 21 – 23, 2013.  Of additional noted, she was also a contributor to Chapter 40:  Assessment of Musculoskeletal Function in the textbook: Hinkle, J.L., & Cheever, K.H. (2013). Brunner and Suddarth’s textbook of medical-surgical nursing (13th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Annually Dr. Goodolf participates in Girls on the Run as a running buddy and volunteer. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. The organization teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.


Beth GotwalsBeth Gotwals, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing

Beth Gotwals brings experience in community health nursing to Moravian College.  As a former visiting nurse and member of the management team of a home care agency, hospice nurse, and hospice manager, Beth has experienced many changes in the US health care system.  Her doctoral dissertation investigated the parish nurse/faith community nurse as health promoter, integrating faith and health into the lives of the congregants and surrounding community.  Dr. Gotwals continues to work with and support the Parish Nurse Coalition of the Greater Lehigh Valley and agrees with noted scholars such as Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University that parish nurses have untapped potential as leaders, educators, and trainers as communities work together to care for its members.  Another area of research interest is simulation as a tool for learning.  Students in the community courses make home visits, and begin by completing a simulated home visit in the safe, non-threatening environment of the nursing simulation lab.   

Dr. Gotwals teaches community health nursing and incorporates a ‘think globally act locally’ approach to clinical nursing experiences in the Lehigh Valley.  She has also co-lead many of the yearly service trips to Honduras, Central America where nursing students have had the opportunity to see health care in a developing country and impact the health of rural Hondurans.  Teaching duties include nursing electives in Faith Community Nursing and Nursing of Populations at Risk for Health Problems:  Honduras.  She also enjoys co-teaching a RN-BS course on community health, where students participate in community projects with the Bethlehem School District, St. Luke’s Community Health, City of Bethlehem Health Department, and inner-city faith communities who reach out to the vulnerable populations in our area.  Dr. Gotwals is the advisor for one of Moravian’s newest majors:  public health, which is a  cooperative program with East Stroudsburg University. 


Karen GrollerKaren Groller MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN
Department of Nursing

Ms. Groller’s clinical expertise focuses on the care of patients with cardiovascular, bariatric and plastic surgical concerns as she maintains specialty certifications in cardiac/vascular and medical-surgical nursing.  Ms. Groller assists patients in achieving their optimal level of health as a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network.  Her commitment to vascular disease is recognized through her leadership contributions on the Society for Vascular Nursing Board of Directors (2009-2013) and participation in the development of a regional amputee support group (2003-2008).  Karen has presented numerous oral and poster presentations at national conferences for the Society for Vascular Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Drexel University Nursing Institute, and Nurse Educators Institute on topics related to vascular disease, ongoing staff development and nursing education. She is well published in the Journal of Vascular Nursing.  Her commitment to bring clinically-relevant issues to the classroom is recognized in her most recent scholarly work (co-authored with Dr. Cheever) published in the journal of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, “Facilitating students’ competence in caring for the bariatric surgical patient:  A case study approach” (doi: 10.1089/bar.2010.9924).

Ms. Groller is completing doctoral studies at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, KS.  Her dissertation focus resides in bariatric surgery and technology use in education.  Current clinical and educational research activities include: A Preliminary Analysis of Factors Associated with Postoperative Complications in Weight Loss Surgery and A Descriptive Qualitative Research Study on Recently Graduated Registered Nurses’ Perceptions of Simulation as a Learning Experience.  Dissemination of results from both studies is currently being pursued through National presentations and publications.

As a member of the Moravian College Community, Ms. Groller teaches in the undergraduate and master’s in nursing education programs by sharing her knowledge on current issues and trends in healthcare in Nurs115-Foundations of Nursing and Healthcare, Nurs311-Individual Quest of Phenomenology, Nurs317-The Professional Nurse and Nurs506-Policy, Quality and Safety in Healthcare.  


Taylor GrubeTaylor Grube, MSN, RNC-NIC
Department of Nursing

Taylor Grube teaches maternal and newborn health concepts in the course NURS 312: Embracing the Dynamic Family.  This course provides a foundation to facilitate family growth and development throughout the life span and across generations.  She also teaches NURS 317: The Professional Nurse, a clinical practicum course in which students establish their role as a professional nurse through the understanding of autonomy, interdependency, leadership, and collaboration.

Taylor is certified in high-risk neonatal nursing and currently practices as a neonatal nurse. In her role as a staff nurse, she has been involved in various quality improvement projects that support neonatal health and development.  Taylor chaired a Perinatal Loss Committee, which provided support and resources for women and families who experienced fetal or newborn loss. 

Taylor is currently a doctoral student at Widener University, where she will complete her PhD in Nursing Research and Education.  Her research interests include maternal-newborn health, infertility, and nursing student empathy.


Lori HoffmanLori Hoffman, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, MS Program Coordinator
Department of Nursing

Dr.  Hoffman has taught baccalaureate nursing students at all levels of their education, teaching introduction to nursing, maternal and child health, fundamentals, and professional role transition courses.   She is teaching a freshmen seminar on “Women, Health, and Relationships” in fall 2013.  She currently is the Coordinator for the Master of Science Program in Nursing and teaches courses in nursing education and evidence-based practice.

Her area of clinical specialization is maternal-newborn nursing, with expertise in labor, delivery, and postpartum care of mothers, as well as normal newborn care.   She co-authored an article in Holistic Nursing on the mental and physical health issues and challenges surrounding pregnancy concealment and denial, and has presented at nursing conferences both regionally and internationally on this topic. 

Dr. Hoffman serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Executives, and is a proud member of both the American Nurses Association and Associação Nacional dos Enfermeiros de Moçambique (ANEMO).  From 2008-2012, Dr. Hoffman provided leadership for a government-sponsored partnership between Moravian College nursing faculty and the elected officers of ANEMO.  This partnership was funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, i.e. PEPFAR, a federal grant to provide support and education for care providers in Sub Saharan African nations.  This project culminated in the offering of educational sessions to teach leadership skills to members of ANEMO in 2011-2012.   


Sarah K. JohnsonSarah K. Johnson,  PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

Some of Dr. Johnson’s current work focuses on the preservation of semantic memory with aging, both healthy aging and in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD).  Her colleague, Andrea Halpern (Bucknell University) and Dr. Johnson are looking at whether the organization of memory for music (familiar songs) is preserved in these groups.  There are well established deficits in non-music-related semantic memory in people diagnosed with AD, but these individuals often appear, at least anecdotally, to be quite spared in their memory for music from across their lifespans, disproportionately spared relative to the difficulties they have with other types of memory.  Healthy aging is generally not associated with substantial declines in semantic memory, although declines in other kinds of memory are not uncommonly found.

She also teaches health-related courses.  PSYC 320: Mind and Brain addresses personal health in relation to deficits that occur with brain damage (e.g., due to stroke, anoxic episode, viral infection, toxic drug overdose, external trauma, etc.).  The impairments that can occur in perception, memory, language, decision making, and even social and emotional processing with damage to the brain certainly have a huge impact on personal, and often social, well-being.


Donna KeelerDonna Keeler, MSN, RN, CPAN
Department of Nursing

Donna Keeler, instructor of nursing, is a native of the Lehigh Valley and has been actively practicing nursing in the acute care setting for over 30 years.  Her areas of expertise include post-anesthesia, surgical, critical care and trauma nursing.  She holds certification in post anesthesia nursing.   She teaches Holistic Assessment to the sophomores in the fall semester.  This is the course that introduces nursing students to the clinical setting.  In the spring, she teaches Individual Health Challenges; this course addresses chronic illness and the effect chronic illness has on the patient, the patient’s family, the health care system and the economy. 

Ms. Keeler is currently pursuing a doctorate in Nursing at Widener University.  She is very interested in disaster nursing and was part of the disaster relief effort during Hurricane Katrina.  She is a member of the Bethlehem Medical Reserve Corp, and the South Eastern Pennsylvania Surge Medical Assistance Response Team/ SMAT 3.  Ms. Keeler is an active member of the community and a volunteer for Arts Quest whose mission is to “to celebrate the arts and culture of the diverse peoples of the Lehigh Valley”.


Helen R. KohlerHelen R. Kohler, PhD, RN
Visiting Professor
Department of Nursing

Dr. Kohler is a visiting professor at Moravian College and at University of Eastern Africa in Kenya.  Her areas of expertise are epidemiology, international health, public health, and public health nursing.  She has been teaching periodically in Africa since 1968, most often at Cuttington College in Liberia and University of Eastern Africa.  She has also done short term teaching and curriculum workshops in South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Japan, Taiwan, China, Jordon, and Bulgaria.

Dr. Kohler teaches Nursing 502:  Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at Moravian College each fall semester since 2009.  She also gives invited presentations on international health in a variety of nursing courses.  With respect to recent publications, she revised the international chapter for the 4th and 5th editions (2009 and 2013) of the Mausner and Smith Community/Public Health Nursing Practice textbook.


Frank T. KuserkFrank T. Kuserk, PhD
Louise E. Juley Professor of Biological Sciences
Director, Environmental Studies & Sciences Program
Department of Biology

Among his many research projects, this past summer Dr. Kuserk worked with two SOAR students, Katy Blair and Brett Rentzheimer in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to 1) determine whether water quality in the Little Lehigh Creek and its tributaries were fit for recreational use; and 2) whether Pennsylvania should switch its standard for determining recreational water quality from the current fecal coliform standard to a more targeted Escherichia coli standard. Please click the link to the pdf file of a poster that Dr. Kuserk and his students presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Section meeting held at Delaware State University last spring.


Heikki LempaHeikki Lempa
Associate Professor
Department of History

Health has been a theme that goes through much of Dr. Lempa’s scholarship. In his first book, Bildung der Triebe. Der deutsche Philanthropismus (1768-1788), he explored the beginnings of modern education in Germany.  For 18th-century education health, or medicine to be precise, played a pivotal role. It provided the disciplinary framework to discuss the physical and intellectual formation of a child; it provided the institutional context and often also personnel to create what we see as the foundations of modern physical education.  He has continued to work on the history of medicine.  In Beyond the Gymnasium. Educating the Middle Class Bodies in Classical Germany (2007), he sought to understand the ways the old practices of the body continued to shape the everyday life in nineteenth-century Germany.  Although the entire book is concerned with health in the broader sense of the term, there are three chapters that pay special attention to key areas of medicine.  In the old, Galenic medicine the most important therapeutic tool was the art of six non-natural things, dietetics. In the beginning of the nineteenth century this old concept was revived and became and effective tool in supporting the idea of personal self-governance of the educated middle class. It also served as the ideological foundation for spas, such as Pyrmont spa or Carlsbad, and framed the administrative measures against the cholera that ravaged Europe since 1831. Given the focus of his scholarship, it is not surprising that the themes of health, medicine, and the body are discussed in most of his classes. His courses entitled the History of the Body and History of Emotions, however, most directly investigate health.


Joanne M. McKeownJoanne M. McKeown
Foreign Language Department, French

In 2008 Palgrave Macmillan published a fully annotated translation of  physician Antoine Despine’s De L’Emploi du magnétisme animal et des eaux minérales dans le traitement des maladies nerveuses, suivi d’une observation très curieuse de guérison de névropathie under the title Despine and the Evolution of Psychology.  McKeown was primary translator of Despine’s comprehensive and significant work; the other members of the translation team were Dr. Catherine Fine as Secondary Translator and Dr. Carole Koepke Brown as Volunteer Editor.  This landmark study, first published in Annecy, France  in 1838/39 and reissued in several large cities including Paris in 1840, was one of trauma therapy’s earliest monographs recounting a cure of a major dissociative disorder using mesmerism/hypnosis. The account of index patient Estelle L’Hardy is accompanied by case studies of several other of Despine’s patients.  All three contributors annotated the translation, showing its innovation and its place in the development of the understanding and treatment of this form of mental illness.  McKeown did extensive archival work in France to complete this multi-disciplinary project. Oxford University’s Daniel N. Robinson wrote of the translation, “As one of the earliest entries in what would become psychotherapy, Antoine Despine’s monograph is of great significance for psychologists, psychiatrists, and historians of medicine and science.  This fine translation brings Despine’s seminal work to an English-language readership for the first time, contextualizing it with invaluable scholarly apparatus” (2008- book jacket). 

McKeown, Joanne and Catherine Fine.  Despine and the Evolution of Psychology:  Historical and Medical Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2008.

In October, 2007 McKeown published an article in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. In “Restoring Literary Wholeness to the Fragmented Account of Antoine Despine’s Magnetic Cure of Estelle L’Hardy’s Dissociative Disorder” she shows how the labor-intensive work of the translation team of Despine’s 1840 monograph resembles the work therapists do to heal a dissociative patient.  In order to prepare the contents for a twenty-first century professional in the field, we “literary therapists” restored order and coherence to an original that appears to have been essentially unedited.   We treated the fragmented, disorganized and sometimes incoherent account much as physician Despine and others involved in healing dissociative patients treat the same symptoms and seek to re-establish order and integration to psyches marked by trauma.  In an interpretive comment following my article John G. Watkins writes, “McKeown’s article … gives valuable historical information on the hypno-suggestive treatment of a case of hysterical dissociation” (497). 

McKeown, Joanne. “Restoring Literary Wholeness to the Fragmented Account of Antoine Despine’s Magnetic Cure of Estelle L’Hardy’s Dissociative Disorder.”   International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 55. 4 (2007): 486-498.


Virginia Adams O’ConnellVirginia Adams O’Connell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

A medical sociologist and demographer by training, the bulk of Dr. Adams O’Connell’s research and publications have involved the healthcare system of the United States.   Areas of particular interest include bioethics, professional socialization, and medical education.  Her 2007 book, Getting Cut: Failing to Survive Surgical Residency Training is based on work commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trust to investigate the attrition rate in surgical residency programs across the United States.  Other recent work includes a study on physician burnout commissioned by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the training and practice expectations of premedical students, and the experience of families managing pediatric cancer.  She also recently completed a study on the unmet healthcare needs of a food shelter in the greater Bethlehem area with a recent Moravian graduate, Margaret DeOliveira.  She currently oversees the Moravian students shadowing medical practitioners in the Observer Program at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem.  She also enjoys teaching a course on bioethics from the sociological perspective. 


Susan ScholtzSusan Scholtz, PhD, RN
Associate Professor
Department of Nursing

Dr. Susan Scholtz philosophically believes that one of her most important faculty roles is to facilitate the transition of the first year student into the Moravian College experience. She has taught several iterations of the First Year Seminar which focuses on the development of student writing as well as engagement of the student in the Moravian College community. She offered the summer session of the Advance into Moravian (AIM) initiative which was designed to support programmatic learning outcomes by providing a myriad of opportunities in an intensive three-week course.  She continues to collaborate on ongoing initiatives to foster student engagement as a member of the First Year Seminar Committee and served as the Director of Introduction to College Life.

Dr. Scholtz’s research focused on the effectiveness of expressive writing to decrease stressors in nursing students. She incorporates the writing paradigm as a pedagogy across the curriculum and serves as a member of the Moravian College  “Writing Across the Curriculum Team. She was a member of the LVAIC Teagle Team which explored intentional learning and developed rubrics to assess student learning outcomes relative to writing. 

Dr. Scholtz currently teaches NURS 312, “Embracing the Dynamic Family,” with a focus on the Nursing Care of the Child.” She also interjects her experiences as a member of the St. Luke’s University Hospital Bioethics Team into her course entitled, Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare.” Dr. Scholtz is currently co-authoring a book entitled: Pediatric Nursing: An Unfolding Case Review for Test Success for Springer Publishing Company.


Jennifer A. SpechtJennifer A. Specht, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing

Dr. Specht teaches didactic nursing courses as well as hands-on clinical experiences across the nursing curriculums. She also teaches BIO/NURS205: Pathophysiology and NURS530: Advanced Pathophysiology. Her extensive experience as a professional nurse affords her the ability to offer students her expertise in specialty areas such as cardiology/electrophysiology, cardiothoracic intensive care, surgical intensive care, and post-anesthesia critical care. In addition to teaching and practicing nursing, she has functioned as a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education serving to evaluate a developing program in electrophysiology. She serves on the Pennsylvania Action Coalition Planning Group consisting of local healthcare leaders who work to implement the Institute of Medicine recommendations pointed at nursing, nursing education, and interdisciplinary health care.

She has presented her research related to mentoring relationships, especially their impact on the shortages of nurses and nursing faculty in the United States, at local and national conferences. She has also published her work related to her study of mentoring relationships and their impact on nursing faculty. Additionally, she seeks to ease the transition of junior faculty into their new roles as nurse educators though the use of mentoring. She is the author of a chapter in Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, as well as several nursing research book resources.