Deirdre Mithaug, Ph.D.
Deirdre Mithaug, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
in The School of Education’s Human Services and Counseling
Department teaches courses in research and behavior management,
curriculum and instructional design, and practicum. She has
research interests in the area of self-determination, teacher
education, and online learning.
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Gregory Maertz, Ph.D.
The research and teaching of Professor of English Gregory Maertz,
Ph.D., are divided between Romanticism (theory, poetry, fiction)
and Fascism Studies, in particular the visual arts of the Third
Reich and intersections between Classical Modernism and Nazi
Modernism. His major publications seek to elucidate his discovery
of nearly 10,000 works of art produced in Nazi Germany and the
previously hidden archives of the Haus der Deutschen Kunst.
Beverly Greene, Ph.D., Professor of
Greene is well known for her outstanding contributions to the
psychology of women, African Americans, and the LGBT
community. She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal
articles, book chapters and books and has received numerous awards
for her contributions to the literature, including several
distinguished publication awards from AWP. As a pioneer in the LGBT
people of color movement, Dr. Greene has blazed a trail to
understanding the complexities of multiple identities and its
impact on mental health.
Frank Barile, Ph.D., Associate Professor
of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Barile has been awarded a $36,000 grant from the Alternatives
Research and Development Foundation to continue his research on
mouse embryonic stem cells, cementing his place at the forefront of
the race to cure diseases and prolong lives using stem-cell
science. While most media outlets only recently began publicizing
scientific advancements involving mouse embryonic stems cells, Dr.
Barile and his team of graduate students have been working with
mouse stem cells for nearly two years.
Leonard M. Baynes, J.D., Professor of
Baynes recently received $70,000 in grants to expand the summer
preparatory program he designed for disadvantaged college students
who wish to enter law school. The program is primarily being funded
by the New York Community Trust.
Judith Beizer, Pharm.D., Clinical
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice
Beizer was elected Vice President of the American Society of
Consultant Pharmacists, based on her longtime advocacy for the
health-care rights of senior citizens and patients with chronic
illnesses. Beizer, an expert on geriatric therapeutics, also
recently earned an invitation by New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy to
lead a forum on Medicare Part D during a Long Island town hall
Frank Brady, Ph.D., Professor of
Communication Arts and Journalism
Brady instructs a course that exposes St. John’s students to the
behind-the-scenes operations of New York’s biggest media outlets.
“Communications in New York” is an eight-day intensive summer
course that features field trips throughout the city.
Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D.
Brondolo has garnered academic esteem during the past five years
with her cutting-edge system of measuring the effects of racism on
the health and well-being of African- and Latino-Americans. Now,
with the help of a team of St. John’s graduate students, she is
applying her methodologies to Asian populations and discovering
Elissa Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Brown has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, which has allowed her to
focus on U.S. children and adolescents classified as traumatized.
Brown already has designed a graduate program at St. John’s that is
helping traumatized youth cope with anxiety, depression and
Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., Professor
of Spanish and Chair of the Committee on Latin American and
Camacho-Gingerich was named one of 40 “Outstanding Women of 2006”
by el diario/La Prensa, New York’s most widely circulated
Spanish daily newspaper. It is the second time el diario
has bestowed this honor on Camacho-Gingerich, who is nationally
recognized for her research on Latino issues.
Frank Cantelmo, Ph.D., Associate Professor
of Biological Sciences
Cantelmo has developed an introductory-level ecology course that
recently was recognized by the College Board as one of 25 U.S.
college courses that best conform to Advanced Placement
Environmental Science standards. Cantelmo is an expert on global
forest protection and serves as an environmental adviser to
Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See
to the United Nations.
William Chaplin, Ph.D., Associate
Professor of Psychology
Chaplin has published an article suggesting that hostility is a
predictor of recurrent heart attacks in men. The article was
written by Chaplin and a team of New York researchers from Mount
Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center.
Chaplin specializes in personality psychology.
John Conry, Pharm.D., Associate Clinical
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice
Conry has been volunteering once a week at Project Renewal, a New
York City medical-outreach clinic. His contributions include
traveling across the city in a van, providing urgent HIV/AIDS
services to members of New York’s homeless population.
Mary Ann Dantuono, J.D.
Dantuono is the Associate Director of the Vincentian Center for
Church & Society at St. John’s University and an Adjunct
Professor of Law at St. John’s College of Professional Studies. An
expert on women’s issues for the Mission of the Holy See to the
United Nations, she served for over 10 years as a member of the
Social Policy Committee of Catholic Charities USA and on the boards
of several human service organizations.
William DiFazio, Ph.D., Professor of History
DiFazio has published a book titled Ordinary Poverty: A Little Food
and Cold Storage, which was selected as a finalist during last
year’s Harry Chapin Media Award ceremony, run by advocacy giant
World Hunger Now. Ordinary Poverty, DiFazio’s third book, has been
hailed by several critics and notable scholars, including Princeton
University Professor of Religion Cornel West. DiFazio is currently
working on a fourth book, The Game Is Rigged: The Class War Against
Ordinary People, a sequel to Ordinary Poverty.
Raymond DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Professor of
DiGiuseppe is leading a charge to redefine anger so that it might
be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders. DiGiuseppe, who recently was elected President of the
Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, cites the rise
in court-mandated anger-management treatments to support his
Dawn Flanagan, Ph.D., Professor of
Dr. Flanagan teaches classes in the areas of intellectual
assessment, tests and measurement, learning disability, and
professional issues in school psychology. She has studied,
researched, and published on topics related to psycho-educational
assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities. She is the
co-developer of the CHC Cross-Battery approach, and has published
extensively on the topic of theory-based assessment and
interpretation of cognitive and academic abilities.
Gina Florio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of
Florio was awarded two prestigious research awards. The first,
bestowed by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, is awarded
each year to a small number of young professors engaged in
independent research. The second, the Clare Booth Luce Assistant
Professorship Award, will fully fund Florio’s research at St.
John’s for five years.
Diane Heith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Government and Politics
Heith has been gaining a name for herself in academic circles with
her research examining the impact that public opinion polls have on
U.S. presidential politics. She was invited to address the topic,
“Saving a President: Public Opinion and Impeachment” at Hofstra
University’s 2005 Conference on the Clinton Presidency.
John Hogan, Ph.D., Professor of
Hogan has been appointed Section Editor for American
Psychologist, the American Psychological Association’s flagship
publication and the most widely circulated professional psychology
journal in the world. Hogan, an expert on international psychology
and the history of psychology, is responsible for the journal’s
obituary columns and history articles.
Peggy Jacobson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
of Speech, Communication Sciences and Theatre
Jacobson is using an NIH grant to help Spanish-speaking
children in this country overcome special language disorders in
their quest to learn English. Jacobson says her work grows from a
need to address the 7 percent of Spanish-speaking children in the
United States who are language impaired.
Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology
Javier has been reelected to the New York State Board of
Psychology’s Division of Licensing Service. Dr. Javier, a 15-year
member and former Vice Chair of the State Board, has served the
Division of Licensing Service for five years. A specialist in
psycholinguistics and an expert in bilingualism, Javier has
discovered that there are major differences between the cognitive
processes of monolingual and bilingual individuals, and that
memories are often coded in language-specific ways. His discoveries
have prompted therapists to alter their clinical treatments for
Margaret John Kelly, D.C.,
A Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Sister Kelly, is the
Executive Director of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society.
Sr. Kelly lectures and publishes in the area of governance and
ethics, the Vincentian Charism, and has held faculty and
administrative positions at St. John’s University and other
colleges and universities.
Brian Lockey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Lockey author of the recently published Law and Empire in English
Renaissance Literature, will take part in “The Spanish Connection,”
a research seminar to be held in summer 2007 at the Folger
Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
Regina Mistretta, Ed.D. Associate
Professor of Early Childhood and Adolescent Education
Mistretta has earned high praise for her longtime efforts to
improve the quality of math education throughout the Diocese of
Brooklyn. Now one of her newest initiatives — a tutoring program
directed toward parents of children struggling in math — has been
making a difference.
Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Professor of
Nathan has traveled to the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan to
discuss academic programming with its Minister of Education and
Science. Nathan says his trip was part of a larger effort to forge
a partnership between Kazakhstan and St. John’s Peter J. Tobin
College of Business.
John Otero, Assistant Professor of
Otero recently resigned from his post as Commanding Officer of the
NYPD’s Computer Crimes Squad to become the principal instructor of
St. John’s new Computer Security Systems bachelor’s program. Otero,
who headed the police force’s computer crime unit for five years,
has traveled the country to give lectures and lead training
sessions, and is frequently consulted by producers of television
crime shows such as Law and Order and CSI.
Nerina Rustomji, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor of History
Rustomji has won a $30,000 fellowship grant from the
American Council of Learned Societies to launch a one-year project
that will explore historic and contemporary notions of the houri,
the female companion awarded to a Muslim male upon his entry into
paradise, according to Islamic tradition. An expert of Islamic
societies and fluent in Arabic, Rustomji is a member of the Middle
East Studies Association and the author of The Garden and the Fire:
Heaven and Hell in Islamic Culture.
Annalisa Sacca, Ph.D.
Sacca is Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages and
Literatures, Coordinator of the Italian Program, Director of the
Center for Global Development. She is also a specialist on
Contemporary Italian Literature and has published articles and
books on literary criticism on modern and postmodern Italian
authors and three books of poetry.
Deborah Saldana, Ed.D., Associate
Professor of Early Childhood and Adolescent Education
Saldana has developed a program to help motivated high-school
dropouts assimilate back into mainstream society. Funded by the
U.S. Department of Labor, “Project Reconnect” is giving American
youth renewed leases on life.
Robert Tomes, Ph.D. Associate Professor of
Social Science and a past Fellow of St. John’s Vincentian Center
for Church and Society
Tomes traveled to Vietnam with a group of students enrolled in his
course on the Vietnam War. The students participated in various
tours and community-service activities while receiving academic
credit. Tomes is the author of Apocalypse Then: American
Intellectuals and the Vietnam War.
Jenny Zhou, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Zhou and colleagues from Columbia University have been leading a
charge to prove that poor math skills among U.S. elementary school
students are partially attributable to inadequate teachers. One of
their cross-cultural studies comparing U.S. and Chinese samples
recently was published in Contemporary Educational