Dean's Welcome

Dr. Julia Moffitt
Dean of the School of Health Sciences Julia A. Moffitt, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Stephens College School of Health Sciences. Stephens has a long history of innovation in the health sciences.

The School of Health Sciences is home to an expanding offering of undergraduate programs, including clinical, pre-professional and management programs, as well as three graduate degree programs focused on making a difference in our communities.

Our mission is to prepare outstanding professionals to serve as leaders; exhibit critical and creative thinking skills; adhere to high ethical standards; and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, dispositions and cultural sensitivity required to contribute to the needs of an evolving and diverse society.

We fulfill this mission in a number of ways. We educate our undergraduate students through intensive, focused study that includes hands-on research and experiential opportunities under the advisement of faculty. Our master’s programs in educational counseling and physician assistant studies emphasize behavioral health, strengthened by our community partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health. And, as we grow our faculty, we look to develop a true inter-professional, collaborative spirit among our programs.

I invite you to explore all that Stephens College and the School of Health Sciences has to offer. Thank you for visiting!

Julia A. Moffitt, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences

 

About the Dean

Dr. Julia Moffitt’s experience encompasses department leadership and management, extensive committee service, scientific research and publication, and teaching experience in programs including the biomedical sciences, kinesiology, physiology and pharmacology.

Moffitt earned her B.S. in exercise science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, an M.A. in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in the physiology program in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her education also includes a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa, where she focused her work on physiology, pharmacology and behavior.

She has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence as well as for her research and professional service. She served most recently as a professor and chair of the department of physiology, pharmacology and pathology at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other professional appointments include professor and chair at St. Ambrose University, preceded by five years as faculty at Des Moines University.

She has been an invited lecturer at nearly 30 national and regional events and conferences; has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and published abstracts; is a named inventor on more than 20 U.S. and European patents related to cardiac pacing and neural stimulation therapies and has received significant funding for her research work.

 

Faculty + Staff

Undergraduate Programs

Biology, Health Science and Integrative Human Biology | Equestrian Studies | Health Information Administration | Human Development | Nursing | Psychology

 

Graduate Programs

M.Ed. in Counseling | M.S. in Health Information Management | Master of Physician Assistant Studies

 

Undergraduate Programs

 

 

Biology, Health Science and Integrative Human Biology

 

Dr. Michael Barger
Associate Professor of Biology

Michael BargerDr. Michael Barger earned his B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Parasitology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his Ph.D. at Wake Forest University on the spatial ecology of fish and parasite communities in Appalachian streams. He spent 18 years at Peru State College in Nebraska and one year at Westminster College before coming to Stephens. His research interests include all aspects of the biology of parasitic worms and their hosts. Along with undergraduate student colleagues, his lab has completed major projects such as biodiversity analytics in the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas funded by the National Science Foundation, long-term ecology of creek chub parasites in Nebraska, and taxonomic resolution of acanthocephalan parasites of turtles throughout North America. His current projects include the role of competition in regulating parasite communities, the influence of parasitism on host behavior, and various efforts to elucidate the life cycles of helminth parasites. He enjoys backpacking, fishing, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, and just about anything that keeps him outside and busy.

 

Dr. Mary Amanda Haskins
Assistant Professor; Biology + Health Science Program Chair

Dr. Mary Amanda Haskins received her B.S. in paralegal studies and M.S. of health education from Mississippi University for Women, the first state-supported college for women in America. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in health and kinesiology with a concentration in health behavior and promotion with an area of support in nutrition. Courses taught include Women's Health, Health Psychology, Nutrition, Health Behavior and Health Program Planning and Evaluation; she also oversees all internships and a professional development course for majors. Her research interests include osteoporosis knowledge, awareness and prevention as well as other preventative health perceptions and behaviors and health disparities.

 

Dr. Kevin Flaherty
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Kevin Flaherty earned his B.A. in anthropology from University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in anthropology from Penn State. Dr. Flaherty comes to Stephens to teach anatomy and physiology in the Physician Assistant and Nursing programs. His primary research interest is craniofacial development, and he has pursued projects in bone cell differentiation, craniosynostosis, how cartilage affects skull growth, and the measurement of developmental timing in mouse embryos. Flaherty also has a great professional interest in pedagogy, in particular the best methods for facilitating student learning of anatomy and physiology. His current research project examines the usefulness of 3D visualization software in anatomy education, with an emphasis on virtual reality. When not at work, he enjoys distance running, playing video and board games, playing fantasy football, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

 

Dr. Brandon C. Moore
Associate Professor of Biology

Brandon MooreDr. Brandon Moore’s academic path led from undergraduate degrees from Duke and Arizona State University, to a University of Florida Zoology Ph.D., and finally a Tulane University postdoctoral fellowship. These experiences have trained him to engagingly instruct integrative facets of vertebrate biology from the cellular to organismal level. At Stephens, Dr. Moore will instruct Anatomy & Physiology, Introductory Biology, and Human Reproductive Biology in our undergraduate programs and Cellular and Molecular foundations in the PA program. His research program is focused on crocodylian reproductive anatomy, particularly studying functional complexity and morphological divergence among species. Laboratory research is finding clear, large-scale phylogenetic patterns of morphological difference among major clades, which suggests the influence of strong selective pressures. Over the last few years, Dr. Moore has developed a collaborative group of U.S., South African and Argentinian colleagues at universities, zoos (notably the Omaha and St. Louis Zoos) and commercial operations to move toward characterizing reproductive morphological variation among crocodile, alligator, and gharial genitalia.

 

Dr. Samuel Roland
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Samuel RolandDr. Samuel Roland earned his B.A. in physics and mathematics from Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Michigan, where he investigated the origins of dark matter in the early universe, moments after the big bang. He also led the undergraduate physics labs at the University of Michigan, designing lessons and building equipment for hands-on learning. Before joining Stephens College, Dr. Roland worked as a data scientist, applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to fight online credit card fraud. 

 

 

Dr. Katherine Sharp
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Katherine SharpDr. Katherine Sharp received her B.S. in Biology from Stephens College in 2015 and an M.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 2018. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences (STEM Education emphasis) from the University of Kentucky in 2021, where her dissertation focused on developing case studies from medical reports to support argumentation in undergraduate biochemistry courses. Her current research interests include developing course-embedded undergraduate research experiences (CURE) in undergraduate chemistry classrooms and exploring how these experiences impact the development of critical thinking skills. Dr. Sharp’s prior research experience includes working with healthcare-acquired pathogens and studying biochemical mechanisms that are implicated in chronic infections. Due to her experiences with healthcare-acquired pathogens, Dr. Sharp was invited to collaborate on the development of a CURE that investigates the effects of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) on cardiac rhythm in frog hearts and Drosophila to model septic shock caused by bacteria. Dr. Sharp is continuing research related to LPS and protein interactions during infection within her chemistry courses. Additionally, Dr. Sharp has presented at national and international conferences including Experimental Biology, Association for Biology Laboratory Education, and European Science Research Association. Courses taught by Dr. Sharp include Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.

 

Equestrian Studies

 

Sara Linde Patel
Instructor; Program Coordinator of Equestrian Studies

Sara Linde-PatelSara Linde Patel graduated from Stephens College with her B.S. in Equine Business Management. She has earned her MBA with an emphasis in equine studies from Midway University. Patel has been riding and competing since 1986. In her youth, she successfully competed on various levels of the Greater Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association. Having worked in various aspects of the industry, her knowledge ranges from training and teaching hunter jumpers to breeding and stable management. A former veterinarian technician for small and large animal practice, Patel was active on the North Texas Hunter Jumper Circuit, where she was an assistant trainer at an “A” show facility in North Dallas.

Areas of Expertise: Hunter/Jumper training and instruction, Equine Management and First Aid, Stable Management, Equine Nutrition, Equine Anatomy, History and Theory of Horsemanship, Course Design, Methods of Teaching I-IV, Summer Riding Program Director.

Patel has been a faculty member since 2006 and is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and a recipient of the 2015 Stephens College Customer Service Award. She has coached and trained horses and students to local, regional, and national levels. USEF/USHJA Member

 

Kelly Hulse
Assistant Professor

Kelly HulseKelly Hulse is an assistant professor of equestrian studies and a world champion exhibitor and trainer. Prior to her position at Stephens, she and her husband owned and operated Mark Hulse Stables for more than 20 years. Under the Mark Hulse Stables banner, 45 world and reserve world championships were won. During this time, Hulse earned experience in teaching, training, breeding and equestrian business management. She is a USEF R judge and serves on the Missouri Horse Shows Association board. Additionally, she is co-chair of the United Professional Horseman's Association, Chapter 5. Hulse has a B.S. in equestrian science from William Woods University.

 

Health Information Administration

 

Margaret Ledda
Adjunt Instructor

Margaret Ledda, MBA, RHIA, has been the director of the HIA program at Stephens since 2009. Previously, she was an adjunct instructor for the HIA program. Ledda has a B.S. in healthcare management from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York, an M.B.A. from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, and a B.S. in Health Information Administration from Stephens College. 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 also is 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-traumatic stress syndromes.

 

Dr. LaShonda Carter
Adjunct Instructor

Dr. LaShonda Carter has taught in the HIA program as a part-time adjunct instructor since 2008 and has served on the Advisory Board to the Stephens College HIA program since 2012. She practices her expertise in health information management, data analytics and reporting in a large academic medical center. Her specialized interests include value-based reimbursement models and healthcare fraud analytics.

Carter maintains the following certifications: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA), and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P), all sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She also maintains the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) credential sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Carter holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and political science from Lincoln University, a B.S. degree in Health Information Administration from Stephens College, and a Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Ann Schlosser
Adjunct Instructor

Ann Schlosser has taught as an adjunct instructor in the HIA program since 2008. She earned her B.S. in biology at the University of Kentucky, her M.S. in zoology at Miami University, and has completed postgraduate work in science education at the University of Missouri. She initially taught in both traditional and online classrooms and now focuses her teaching exclusively online. Currently she teaches Introductory Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology, and Medical Terminology. Schlosser believes one goal of science education is to create a scientifically literate society. To do this, she focuses on teaching science content as well as what science is and how science works, the nature of science. Her aim is to teach students to relate their life experiences and “school science” to what they consider “real science.” This, she believes, will create a context for the students that will transcend the classroom and create superior consumers of science.

 

Human Development

 

Dr. Sean Travis Clouse
Associate Professor

Dr. Sean Travis ClouseDr. Sean Clouse earned his B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in human development and family studies, an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A member of the Stephens faculty since 2006, he teaches courses in the education, psychology and counseling programs. His courses focus on life span development, multicultural aspects of learning, social justice issues and counseling. He also serves as the certification officer for the early childhood and elementary education and school counseling programs. Clouse is a licensed psychologist in the State of Missouri and focuses his clinical work on adolescents and young adults.

 

Nursing

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Dr. Noreen M. Houck
Associate Professor and Founding Director of Nursing

Dr. Noreen Houck is a National League of Nursing certified nurse educator with a background in academic leadership, accreditation and curriculum development. She obtained her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her M.S. as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist from Syracuse University; and her B.S. in nursing from Villanova University. Her research interests include patient safety and the nurse’s work environment, including workplace violence and workplace flourishing. Prior to joining the Stephens College faculty, Houck was associate professor and chair of the department of nursing at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

 

 

Felicia Anunoby
Assistant Professor

Felicia Anunoby has more than 30 years’ exciting career experience as a registered nurse and midwife in Nigeria; Northern Ireland; London, England; and the United States. Anunoby earned her Registered Nurse and Midwifery Associate degrees from the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an M.S.N. from the University of Columbia-Missouri, and an M.B.A. and B.S.N. from Lincoln University-Missouri. Before joining Stephens College, Anunoby was an assistant professor of nursing science at Lincoln University. Courses taught include Health Assessment and labor and delivery clinicals, and she served as a student success coach advisor. Anunoby is president of the Mid-Missouri Black Nurses Association. Her research interests include the impact of health disparities and cultural/spiritual influence on human health outcomes. Other research interests involve the assessment of toxic elements in drinking water and the influence on children and maternal health.

 

Janet Chance-Hetzler
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Janet Chance-HetzlerDr. Janet Chance-Hetzler, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, ACNS-BC, AOCNS, CNE, holds an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing Education, a post-master’s certificate in Adult Health & Gerontology-Clinical Nurse Specialist track and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. She was selected by her graduating institution, University of Missouri-Columbia, for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. Dr. Chance-Hetzler has several publications. Her manuscript “Prospective Lymphedema Surveillance in a Clinic Setting” was published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine; for this research she was also awarded the Lymphology Association of North America Research Award at the 25th World Congress of Lymphology held in San Francisco in September 2015. Her manuscript, “The Relationship Between Personal and Structural Barriers to Mammography,” was selected for presentation at the Midwest Research Nurse Society Conference in Milwaukee in March 2016. She co-authored the January 2016 lead article on the financial/economic issues of lymphedema in the National Lymphedema Network’s journal, LymphLink. In addition, she co-authored a chapter in B. B. Lee & S. G. Rockson’s (Ed) medical textbook "Lymphedema: A Concise Compendium of Theory and Practice," which was published in 2018. 

Dr. Chance-Hetzler is board certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse, an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, an Advanced Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and certified by the National League of Nursing (NLN) as a Nurse Educator. Dr. Chance-Hetzler is active in many professional organizations, such as Oncology Nursing Society, Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology, and National League of Nursing. She is also a current member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and a board member of the Missouri League of Nursing (MLN). She is also the chairperson for the MLN Scholarship Committee and the MLN Northern Unit Chairperson.

Dr. Chance-Hetzler has 11 years of teaching experience and 30-plus years of nursing experience working in various areas of clinical practice, including Medical-Surgical and Critical Care, but has practiced predominantly in Oncology/Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation and Oncology Clinical Research. Dr. Chance-Hetzler currently continues to practice part-time as an Advanced Practice Nurse in hematology/oncology. 

Dr. Chance-Hetzler lives in Columbia with her husband; she has one daughter, who holds a doctorate in sociology and is a professor of sociology, and one granddaughter.

 

Psychology

 

Dr. Eric Marx
Associate Professor and Psychology Program Chair

Dr. Eric Marx completed a B.A. in philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University and an M.T.S. in religion and culture at Harvard Divinity School before obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology from Georgetown University. His principal academic and research interests are in the study of moral and social development, including the roots of prejudice and discrimination, and in the psychology of the arts and artistic creativity. Among the courses Marx teaches are Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Music and Psychology, and Global Ethics.

 

 

Dr. Crina Mansat
Assistant Professor

Dr. Crina Mansat obtained her B.A. in law from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania, her M.A. in experimental psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma, and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Texas A&M University. She has taught courses such as Cognitive Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Judgment and Decision Making, Abnormal and Biological Psychology. Her research interests focus on the cognitive processes underlying human judgment, decision-making and learning, and their interplay with factors such as personality, working memory capacity and intelligence.

 

 

Graduate Programs

 

M.Ed. in Counseling

 

Dr. Dan Kissinger
Director of Counseling and Assistant Professor

Dr. Dan Kissinger has served as the director of counseling and associate professor for the Stephens College Counseling program since 2020. Dr. Kissinger completed his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, M.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from Clemson University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. His clinical experiences include working with adult and adolescent populations in public and private mental health organizations, college counseling centers, and private practice. In addition to his administrative role, he teaches courses in the core and clinical mental health counseling areas. His research interests include wellness/wellness counseling, student-athletes/identity, and issues surrounding the therapeutic/supervisory alliances. Dr. Kissinger is a licensed professional counseling (MO) and board approved supervisor in Missouri.

 

Dr. Sean Travis Clouse
Associate Professor

Dr. Sean Travis ClouseDr. Sean Clouse earned his B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in human development and family studies, an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A member of the Stephens faculty since 2006, he teaches courses in the education, psychology and counseling programs. His courses focus on life span development, multicultural aspects of learning, social justice issues and counseling. He also serves as the certification officer for the early childhood and elementary education and school counseling programs. Clouse is a licensed psychologist in the State of Missouri and focuses his clinical work on adolescents and young adults.

 

 

Dr. Sarah Irvin
Assistant Professor of Counseling

Sarah IrvinDr. Sarah D. Irvin received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. She received her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Delta State University and her B.A. in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University. Dr. Irvin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with clients coping with severe mental illnesses. She is also the Program Chair of the Law and Ethics in Counseling Conference held annually in New Orleans. Dr. Irvin enjoys presenting at state and national level conferences on topics such as forgiveness, self-care, and counselor supervision. Her research interests include counselor wellness and self-care and counselor supervision.

 

Ann Landes
Instructor

Ann Landes has been a counselor educator at Stephens College since 2008, teaching mainly school counseling-related courses, as well as practicum and internship. In addition, she is an academic advisor for the school counseling students. Landes graduated with a B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska and earned her M.Ed in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked as a school counselor, director of school counseling, and district coordinator for secondary school counseling over a period of 31 years. She retired in 2009 from Columbia Public Schools, but continues to work with CPS students and staff as the coordinator of secondary summer school. In 2009, Landes was named Outstanding Counseling Director/Coordinator by the Missouri School Counselor Association. She has remained active in that organization, completing a three-year term as post-secondary vice president on the MSCA Governing Board. While Landes did not attend Stephens College, she comes from a family that includes five Stephens alumnae, dating back to the 1930s. This family connection has made working at Stephens College especially rewarding. 

 

Carolyn Roof
Instructor

Carolyn Roof, M.Ed. has been a counselor educator at Stephens College since 2009. She has taught School Counseling Practicum/Internship, Foundations of School Counseling and Behavior Strategies/Classroom Management. She has also served as an adviser for school counseling graduate students. She is a former Coordinator of Elementary School Counseling for Columbia Public Schools as well as a former school counselor at Mill Creek Elementary School in Columbia. She continues to work part-time as an elementary school counselor. She started her career as an Elementary Learning Disabilities Teacher before becoming a school counselor. Roof completed her graduate and undergraduate degree at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State).

Roof has served as president of the Missouri School Counselor Association Governing Board as well as other positions. She has also served as Midwest region vice president of the American School Counselor Association Governing Board. She continues to work as a consultant and facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Counselor Section. Roof has been recognized as Missouri School Counselor Association Outstanding Counseling Director/Coordinator of the year and American School Counselor Association Elementary Counselor of the Year.

Roof enjoys working for Stephens College and loves educating and training future school counselors.

 

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