Phone Number: 610-436-6941
Office: Sturzebecker 222 I
Dr. Debra Bill is a Professor in the Department of Health. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 1999 after completing her doctorate in Health Studies/Health Education from Temple University. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked for twenty years as a program planning /development and evaluation specialist in health education, designing, implementing and evaluating health programs for diverse learners in schools, community's workplaces and global settings. She worked on several research grants and was Principle Investigator of an NIH funded Educational Multi-purpose Arthritis Grant at the University of Connecticut Medical Center.
She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in transcultural health, global health promotion, health program planning, and community health. Her specialty area of expertise is culture and health. She has been a leader in applying the promotora de salud model to educate migrant/immigrant communities about maternal and child health.
She has worked on a number of international projects with community partners and has done extensive fieldwork in Guanajuato, Mexico for the past twelve years. She has also done fieldwork with her students and supervised community work in Kennett Square PA with migrant Latino farm families, Jamaica, Greece, Lithuania, Iraq, and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Bill has developed and taught international health immersion courses to Mexico and Jamaica for West Chester University public health students. She was the first recipient of the Open Society Award for Social Justice in 2009 by the National Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE). She has chaired the SOPHE Anthropology and Public Health sections for a number of years.
Dr. Bill has authored and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed articles on health equity and health disparity issues presented at international, national, and state-wide conferences. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Education, and American Anthropological Association.
Her research interests include: culture and health, issues of health equity/health disparity, health program design in multi-cultural communities, service learning, and qualitative research. Topics of special interest: include Latino health, pedagogy of service learning and immersion experiences in health education, health promotion in multi-cultural populations, and global health promotion.
HEA 110: Transcultural Health, HEA 100: Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 103: Drugs and Society, HEA 109: Women's Health, HEA 242: Introduction to Community/Public Health, HEA 301: Health for Elementary Grades, HEA 330: Health Behavior, HEA 342: Program Planning/Evaluation, HEA 410: Mental Health, HEA 440: School Health Programs, and HEA 210: Internship.
HEA 543: Transcultural Health, HEA 539: Health Program Planning, HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, HEA 531: Community Health, Special Topics 581: Global Health Promotion, Health Counseling and Health Promotion, Service Learning in International Health Education in Little Bay Jamaica, Mexican Culture and Health, Guanajuato, Mexico, HEA 649/650: Applied Learning Experiences.
Phone Number: 610-436-3357
Office: Sturzebecker Office 302
Jim Brenner joined the Department of Health faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2002 and then as an Assistant Professor in 2004. He is currently at the Associate Professor rank. Prior to WCU, he has taught at Temple University, Arcadia University, and Westtown School. Before that he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Princeton University for six years.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Brenner helps coordinate the WCU Partners in Prevention (PIP) program which assists faculty, staff, and students identify alcohol and other drug problems, how to discuss these with someone they care about, and where to find resources for further support. PIP has been in existence since 2003. He is the program director and advisor for the Health Science General undergraduate program and part of the Health Education faculty. Dr. Brenner serves the MPH Program as the Poster session organizer, which is held three times a year.
Dr. Brenner's research pursuits include Health Education pedagogy; college student AOD prevention; and alcohol use among college athletes. He has numerous publications, grants, and symposia presentations in these three areas.
HEA 623: Substance Abuse Prevention
Phone Number: 610-738-0557
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Sturzebecker Office 315
Dr. Bowen is a social gerontologist with interests in health disparities research and efficacy trials of health care technologies to inform translational research and system-wide implementation. Dr. Bowen received her PhD in the Sociology of Aging and Population Health from Virginia Tech and has a Certificate in Gerontology and Race and Social Policy. Dr. Bowen has examined racial and socioeconomic inequalities across the life span; specifically how long-term social (e.g., childhood and adulthood socioeconomic conditions, race/ethnicity), and behavioral (e.g., physical activity, obesity) determinants of disease affect mobility and functioning later in life. In her work, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she examined how access to health care may account for differences in physical and cognitive functioning among older minority populations. Dr. Bowen is currently funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs to leverage innovative technology to improve functioning and patient care in a geriatric population.
HEA 106: Death and Dying, HEA 320: Positive Aspects of Aging
HEA 648: Research Methods in Public Health (traditional and online)
Phone Number: 610-436-2138
Office: Sturzebecker Office 209
Dr. Lynn Carson joined the faculty in the Department of Health in fall semester, 1989. Before joining the Department of Health at WCU, Dr. Carson served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine). During her tenure at PCOM, Dr. Carson developed and implemented primary care, health education and preventative medicine programs for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program. She also provided administrative support for grant procurement and related grant project. As a faculty member in the Department of Health, Dr. Carson served as the Program Director for the BS in Public Health, Health Promotion for 12 years. She also was the Undergraduate Public Health/Health Promotion Internship Coordinator for 22 years. In 1999, the faculty in the Department of Health decided to revise the MS in Health degree to meet the requirements of a Master of Public Health degree and in 2006 the MPH degree received full accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). Dr. Carson has served as the MPH Program Director since 1999. In addition to the number of administrative roles in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the Department of Health, Dr. Carson has provided instruction in elective and required courses in the B.S. in Public Health/Health Promotion Program and the MPH Program. She enjoys her role as faculty supervisor for the Applied Learning Experience in the MPH Program students along with providing support and direction as students prepare for their roles as public health professionals. Dr. Carson is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, the Society of Public Health Education and Eta Sigma Gamma (National Health Education Honorary). She also served two terms as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society of Public Health Education.
Dr. Carson's research interests include community health, health disparities in underserved populations, community health program development and evaluation. Dr. Carson also has an interest in professional preparation in graduate and undergraduate programs in public health. Topics of special interest include the animal human bond and health along with animals and their impact on community health.
HEA 100: Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 106: Death and Dying, HEA 240: Foundations of Health, HEA 242: Introduction to Public and Community Health, HEA 320: Positive Aspects of Aging, HEA 343: Advance Program Planning, HEA 410: Mental Health, HEA 420: Health Marketing and Communications, HEA 421: Public Health Internship (Undergraduate Internship Supervisor), HEA 435: Special Topics: Animals in Health/Human Service
HEA 506: Current Issues in Death and Dying (Elective), HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, HEA 531: Community as a Basis for Health, HEA 649: Applied Learning Experience I (MPH Practicum Supervisor), HEA 650: Applied Learning II (MPH Practicum Supervisor), HEA 581: Special Topics: Animals in Health/Human Service (Elective), HEA 544: Program Administration in Health/Human Service
Phone Number: 610-436-1038
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Sturzebecker Office 303
Dr. Joanne Christaldi joined the faculty in the Department of Nutrition as an Assistant Professor in 2013. Prior to accepting her current position, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Coordinated Program Director at Marywood University from 2008-2013. She teaches graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in the nutrition track.
Dr. Christaldi is also certified with the Commission on Dietetic Registration and earned an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia. In addition, she has over 7 years of experience working as a clinical dietitian. Dr. Christaldi has presented at both domestic and international conferences. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Philadelphia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and 3 Dietetic Practice Groups-Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and Weight Management.
Research interests include hunger and food insecurity, obesity prevention and treatment and qualitative theory and methodology.
NDT 200: Nutrition and Culture, NTD 320: Strategies and Dietetics Education, NTD 413: Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NTD 414: Medical Nutrition Therapy II.
NTD 610 Nutrition Assessment
Phone Number: 610-436-2931
Office: Sturzebecker Office 207
B.S. Health and Physical Education - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed. Health and Physical Education - Temple University
D.Ed. Health Education - The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Cinelli is a profess of Health Education, Chairperson of the Department of Health, and Director of the Center for Healthy Schools. Dr. Cinelli's professional career in health education includes K-12 teaching, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Health Education, and as a consultant to K-12 schools in the areas of health education curriculum, health education teaching and assessment, coordinated school health programs, health education policies and advocacy efforts to create healthy school communities for student health and learning. Dr. Cinelli has served on state and national boards, advisory and steering committees to promote, support, and create health promoting schools and communities.
Dr. Cinelli has focused her scholarship on creating infrastructure, policies, and curricula to create healthy school communities for student health and learning. As Director of the Center for Healthy Schools Dr. Cinelli provides professional development and technical assistance to assist school administrators with a coordinated school health model to address risk behaviors of health issues of school-aged youth. Dr. Cinelli's scholarship includes developing professional development materials, K-12 health education curricula, policy development, and prevention programs.
K-12 Health Education Curriculum
Exemplary Sexuality Education K-12 Curriculum Development
Creating Safe and Supportive Schools
Assessment and Evaluation In Health Education
Coordinated School Health Programs
MPH Applied Learning Experience
Research and Report Writing in Health Education
Elementary Health Education Methods
Phone Number: 610-436-3531
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Sturzebecker Office 211
Dr. Sharon DeJoy joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Assistant Professor in 2012, after completing her doctorate in Public Health from the University of South Florida. Prior to accepting her current position, she was an Ass it ant Professor of Community Health at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, and directs the BS in Public Health-Health Promotion program. Dr. DeJoy has conducted community-based research and consultation in maternal child health for underserved populations. She has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed articles and presented at international conferences. Dr. DeJoy maintains certification as a direct-entry midwife, although she is not in clinical practice. She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, the Midwives Alliance of North America, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives; she also serves on the leadership teams of the Association of Midwifery Educators and the Midwives Association of Pennsylvania.
Dr. DeJoy conducts applied research focused on improving the quality and outcomes of the maternity care system in the United States. Topics of special interest include the midwifery model of care, informed decision making in childbirth, and obesity stigma in pregnancy.
HEA 240: Foundations of Health Education, HEA 242: Introduction to Community/Public Health, HEA 342: Program Planning, HEA 420: Health Marketing and Communication.
HEA 632: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Phone Number: 610-436-2113
Phone Number: 610-738-0559
Office: Sturzebecker Office 222A
Dr. Gilboy started at West Chester University, Department of Health, Nutrition Program as a full time adjunct faculty member in 2005. In 2007, Dr. Gilboy joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Health. Prior to West Chester University, Dr. Gilboy was an assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for culture, science and technology at the Community College of Philadelphia. Prior to working as an educator, Dr. Gilboy was a public health nutritionist for the National Health Service Corp. She currently teaches in the undergraduate Nutrition & Dietetics Program and is nutrition track coordinator and teaches in the MPH program. Her primary teaching areas are community and public health nutrition and nutrition education.
Dr. Gilboy is a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and the Society for Nutrition Education and its local affiliate, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Society for Nutrition Education (DVCSNE). Dr. Gilboy has been a board member of DVCSNE for several years.
Dr. Gilboy's research interests are in service learning and dietetics education, public policy and community nutrition education. She is currently working with Dr. Debra Bill on nutrition projects in the Hispanic community.
NTD 515: Public Health Nutrition, NTD 504: Nutrition Education K through 12
Phone Number: 610-430-4406
Office: Sturzebecker Office 303
Christine Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. She is an Assistant professor in the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and her Master's degree from Immaculata University in nutrition education. She earned her PhD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. For over 15 years, Chris has worked in corporate wellness, fitness center, and private practice settings-counseling clients and giving group talks.
Her research interests include performance nutrition, sports nutrition and education, cultural competency, wellness and assessment. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she works with athletes at WCU and does extensive public speaking. Chris serves on the Executive Committee of SCAN and has been the Director of Sports Dietetics-USA (SD-USA) since June, 2013.
HEA 610: Nutritional Assessment
Phone Number: 610-738-0557
Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Sturzebecker Office 312
Dr. McCown spent 30 years in the advertising business as an executive and creative director, before making a shift into human services, obtaining two Masters degrees and a PhD in the past decade, as well as completing the advanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trainings through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a practicum and one-year internship in MBSR at the Jefferson Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine. Prior to joining WCU, he held positions as Lecturer at Thomas Jefferson University and Director of Mindfulness at Work programs at Jefferson's Mindfulness Institute. He was a full-time instructor at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, teaching in the Applied Meditation Studies Program and the Won Buddhist Studies program. He continues to teach (summers) in the post graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, where he maintains a year-round practice of mindfulness-based family therapy there.
Dr. McCown's major focus is on the pedagogy of mindfulness in health care and education. He is the primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, and New World Mindfulness: From the Founding Fathers, Emerson and Thoreau to Your Personal Practice, and is author of the Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Current book projects include Mindfulness and Autism, and an edited volume entitled, Fundamentals of Mindfulness Pedagogy: A Cross-Cultural and International Handbook. His current research interests include relational accounts of the effects of mindfulness training on families and larger systems in which some members have been given a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, and the effects of mindfulness training on developing empathy and compassion in community leaders and medical students. He also directs the WCU Center for Contemplative Studies, which provides ongoing opportunities for professional training, and supports community outreach and research in applications of mindfulness and other contemplative modalities. On the theoretical side, he is developing an aesthetics of mindfulness in clinical and educational practice that is based on the sublime.
HEA 315: Mind-Body Health, HEA 325: Stress Management, HEA 410: Mental Health
HEA 501: Integrative Medicine, HEA 511: Stress Management Techniques and Program Development, HEA 529: Mental Health, HEA 545: Mind-Body Medicine
Phone Number: 610-738-3897
Title: Assistant Professor
Dr. Lynn Monahan Couch joined the faculty in the Department of Health as an Instructor in 2000. Prior to her faculty appointment, she worked as a registered dietitian in the Student Health Center at West Chester University and as a Food Service Administrative Manager at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, DE. Currently, Dr. Monahan is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Nutrition, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate public health courses, with primary MPH teaching responsibilities in human nutrition and nutrition policy/programs. She also serves as a faculty advisor in the MPH-Nutrition capstone applied learning experience courses.
She is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Nutrition and Dietetics Educators of Preceptors groups.
Dr. Monahan's research interests are clinical nutrition (particularly endocrine disorders), food systems and nutrition policy with an emphasis in sustainability and the impact in public health. She has authored and co-authored various peer-reviewed articles and presented at national conferences on these topics.
NTD 200: Nutrition and Culture, NTD 303: Introduction to the Principles of Nutrition, NTD 309: Nutrition through the Life Cycle, NTD 413: Medical Nutrition Therapy I, NTD 415: Community Nutrition
NTD 503: Human Nutrition, NTD 600: Maternal Child Nutrition, NTD 625: Nutrition Policy and Programs, HEA 649: Applied Learning Experience I, HEA 650: Applied Learning Experience II
Phone Number: 610-436-2300
Office: Sturzebecker Office 222 O
Phone Number: 610-436-2623
Dr. Maura Sheehan CIH is a certified industrial hygienist who joined the faculty of the Department of Health in 1980 to expand the undergraduate B.S. program in Environmental Health. She developed the M.S. Program in Environmental Health which was replaced by the current MPH, Environmental Health track. Dr. Sheehan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental health, industrial hygiene, and environmental toxicology. Dr. Sheehan has worked as an industrial hygiene consultant for many organizations including industries, universities and research organizations. She has published several articles and reports about workplace aerosols and has made many national presentations on this topic. Dr. Sheehan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (national and two local sections), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the International Occupational Health Association, the American Association for Aerosol Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Because of her service to the organization and the industrial hygiene profession, Dr. Sheehan is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, an honor limited to less than five percent of the membership.
Dr. Sheehan's research area is the generation, measurement and control of workplace aerosols. Aerosols are airborne particles or droplets and she has conducted research on asbestos, fibrous glass, bioaerosols, composite aerosols, metal working fluid mist and diesel particulate matter. Dr. Sheehan was the chairperson of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Standards Advisory Committee for Metalworking Fluids. Currently, Dr. Sheehan is working with colleagues from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health evaluating devices used to sample diesel particulate in mining workplaces.
ENV 102: Humans and the Environment, ENV 451: Environmental Toxicology, ENV 452: Industrial Hygiene I, ENV 460: Industrial Hygiene II
ENV 530: General Environmental Health, ENV 551: Environmental Toxicology, ENV 524: Industrial Hygiene
Phone Number: 610-436-2360
Office: Sturzebecker Office 222 P
Professional Engineer (P.E.), 1991, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Dr. Shorten has directed Master's thesis research for several students, the results of which have been both published and presented before national audiences such as the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He is currently the Vice-President of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of SETAC.
Dr. Shorten's primary area of expertise is the assessment of the fate and transport of environmental contaminants. Recent publications in this area have focused on sampling methodologies and artifacts. His computing interests, have led to national and international presentations. These have included the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in assessing water quality, the use of spreadsheets as tools in the classroom, the use of multimedia in the classroom, and the use of the Internet in environmental chemistry education. Dr. Shorten integrates the World Wide Web into all his upper division environmental health courses.
Dr. Shorten's hobbies and interests include contemporary band music (he plays tuba in the Chester County Concert Band), bicycling, and caving. You just might find him listening to National Public Radio as he travels around greater West Chester and parts beyond.
Fate and transport of lead in the environment Atmospheric transport and modeling of pesticides and other organics Computer applications in environmental chemistry and education
Environmental Chemistry of Aquatic and Atmospheric Systems, Ecological and Human Health Risk Assessment, Computer Applications in Environmental Health and Education
ENV 545: Risk Assessment, ENV 547: Environmental Regulations
Phone Number: 610-436-2295
Title: Assistant Professor
Dr. Christine Williams joined West Chester University in 2009 after completing her Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University. She joined the School Health track and taught classes including Healthy Youth and Human Development. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has done work in the area of mindfulness based stress reduction. She also does health coaching and worksite wellness lectures.
She has published articles on health teaching techniques, obesity and mindfulness.
HEA 100: Dimensions of Wellness, HEA 325: Stress Management
HEA 511: Stress Management, HEA 535: Mind Body Medicine