Dr. Susan M. Muller, Dean
Dr. Susan M. Muller is dean of the School of Health Sciences. She is an experienced higher education leader with a strong background in health and exercise science. Muller most recently served as director of the School of Health Sciences at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she developed a new vision, mission statement and values for the school. She also helped begin the process of developing a new M.S. degree in Athletic Training and worked with faculty to complete a proposal for a B.S. in Nutrition and Fitness. Prior to that, she was on faculty at Murray State University, where she served as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, and at Salisbury University, where she served as chair of the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and director of the Health Education Program.
Muller holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Health Education from the University of Maryland, a B.S. in Biological Science from Salisbury University and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She was elected a Fellow for the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals in 2013, and in 2011, was selected as a Fellow for the American Association of Health Education. While at Salisbury, she earned the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant, and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
Megan Blakemore, Assistant Professor
Dr. Megan Blakemore, a physician assistant, is the academic coordinator and an assistant professor with the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Blakemore has worked as a physician assistant with Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital for the last eight years. She served as the TAVI coordinator and was instrumental to the development of the program.
Blakemore is certified in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, has served as a P.A. mentor and participates in the University of Phoenix mentor program. She earned her Doctorate of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2013, her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University in 2007, and her B.S in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2005.
Prior to becoming a P.A., Blakemore served over six years on active duty in the United States Army as a medical specialist.
Mary Amanda Haskins, Assistant Professor
Mary Amanda Haskins is an assistant professor in the Health Science program at Stephens. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Education from Mississippi University for Women, the first state-supported college for women in America. She completed her doctoral work and served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi, where she also coordinated a student and employee weight management health program. Haskins is published in the International Journal of Health Sciences, Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology and The Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research. She has presented her research on weight management at the Society for Public Health Education and findings from an osteoporosis study at The American Academy of Health Behavior.
Her other areas of interest in health promotion include nutrition and health disparities. Haskins recently completed her dissertation that focused on risk factors associated with osteoporosis among African American and Caucasian mother-daughter pairs. She enjoys cooking, running, attending barre dance classes and SEC football season.
Eric Johnson, PA Director
Eric Johnson is the director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. He is a physician assistant and a clinical assistant professor working in critical care and emergency medicine in Columbia. Prior to Stephens, he served as vice president for the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants and was the program’s director for the University of Missouri’s Physician Assistant Residencies in Acute Care Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine. He also was the academic adviser for the University of Missouri’s Pre-PA Association, helping future PAs attain admission into PA school.
Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in General Studies with an emphasis in biology, chemistry and philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2009 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to his career as a physician assistant, he was a paramedic and volunteer firefighter with 14 years of experience. He considers himself privileged to have assisted at both Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Specialist with Missouri Task Force One.
Margaret Ledda, HIA Director
Margaret Ledda, MBA, RHIA, has been the director of the Health Information Administration program at Stephens since 2009. Prior to that, she was an adjunct instructor for the HIA program. Ledda is a graduate of both St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, N.Y., and Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y., and has recently relocated to Missouri. Her background is in healthcare administration/management, in both clinical and ambulatory settings. Ledda has been a volunteer firefighter/EMS member for the last 26 years and is also a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Team, an international network of Critical Incident Stress Management teams, service providers, administrators, researchers and educators who function in the field of activity associated with critical incident stress and post-trauma syndromes.
Debeshi Majumdar, Assistant Professor
Dr. Debeshi Majumdar is an assistant professor of chemistry in the School of Health Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009 after which she did a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer biology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis. Majumdar first joined Stephens College as an adjunct faculty, but her passion for teaching and love for students motivated her to join the institution as a full-time faculty member. She recently received a Missouri Campus Compact mini grant.In addition to teaching, she loves to spend time with her husband and her five-year-old daughter.
Heather Matthews, Assistant Professor
Heather Matthews is a physician assistant working in hospitalist medicine at University Hospital in Columbia. She is an assistant professor for the Physician Assistant Studies program as well as the clinical coordinator. Matthews is also the assistant program director for the University Hospital Physician Assistant Fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine.
Matthews attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for undergraduate studies where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to her career as a physician assistant, she was a paramedic with 17 years of experience. Matthews has extensive knowledge in team building and tactical medicine and has taught these subjects on a national level.
Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi, Medical Director
Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi is the medical director for the Physician Assistant Studies program. He is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and works as a hospitalist and division director of Hospital Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Punjab University Lahore, Pakistan. Naqvi completed his Internal Medicine residency training from Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn N.Y., where he also served as chief medical resident.
He has served as medical director for Hospital Medicine at Columbus Regional Healthcare, Columbus, Ga.; clerkship director for Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine Columbus Campus, Ga.; and clinical assistant professor, Mercer University School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Mercer University Physician Assistant Program. He is dedicated to medical education and works as assistant professor of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, program director for Hospital Medicine Fellowship and medical director for Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship. He is actively involved in clinical research and his interests are patient safety, clinical quality improvement and new drug trials. He is also Fellow of American College of Physicians (FACP) and Fellow of Hospital Medicine (FHM).
Dr. Jeff Phillips, Associate Professor
Dr. Jeff Phillips, an associate professor of life sciences, specializes in ecology, and his research interests focus on the factors determining mate selection in largemouth bass, and the consequence that mate selection has on survival of the young. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
Dr. Erin Sellner, Assistant Professor
Dr. Erin Sellner is an assistant professor of biochemistry in the School of Health Sciences. She received her B.S. in Animal Science with minors in Rural Sociology and English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Animal Science, with emphasis areas in Reproductive Physiology and Molecular Genetics, and a doctoral minor in College Teaching.
Sellner’s research focus is in using genomic (allelic mutations and expression characterization) tools and analyses to explain behavioral phenotypes, utilizing diverse model organisms from pigs to fruit flies to bacterial colonies. Moreover, she is passionate about interdepartmental and community outreach to increase the recruitment and retention of women in STEM education and careers.
Jason Shaver, Course Director
Jason Shaver is the course director for the Clinical Medicine Series in the Stephens Physician Assistant Studies program. Much of his time as a physician assistant was spent providing care to the underserved in rural Illinois. He was a participant in the National Health Service Corps while providing care to the underserved areas. Shaver served as a preceptor to physician assistant students as well as to nurse practitioner and nursing students. His clinical experience prior to physician assistant studies include cardiovascular services supervisor, burn and wound care technician, and a polysomnographic technician. He has academic experience teaching college-level anatomy, cadaver dissection lab and anatomy lab for nursing students.
Shaver graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Drury University in 2001.
Dr. Carrie Whittle, Assistant Professor
Dr. Carrie Whittle is an assistant professor of mathematics and physics. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (Mathematics). Her research interests are in the field of combinatorial group theory, specifically the word and conjugacy problems for automorphism groups of right-angled Artin groups and the time complexity of algorithms solving these problems.
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