Director – Dr. Heather Parrott, Associate Professor of Sociology at LIU Post
Dr. Heather Parrott is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Long Island University (LIU Post). She received her Ph.D. from University of Georgia, where she also completed Graduate Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Women’s Studies. For her Nonprofit Management Certificate, Dr. Parrott focused on nonprofit research and led program evaluation efforts for three Georgia nonprofit agencies. Dr. Parrott additionally has nearly a decade of social work experience working within nonprofit agencies that address family and gendered violence.
In her academic research, Dr. Parrott’s explores issues related to social and economic inequality, most notably pay differences by gender, race, immigration, and parenting statuses. She also publishes work on innovative ways to engage students within and beyond the classroom. Dr. Parrott joined the LIU faculty in 2009 and teaches a variety of sociology courses there, including Research Methods; Sociological Statistics; Race and Ethnicity; Immigration; Poverty; and Gendered Violence.
Dr. Tejas Bouklas, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at LIU Post
Dr. Bouklas has a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University and the Women in Science Engineering Program, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases) at Stony Brook University before joining LIU-Post in 2016.
Dr. Bouklas specializes in microbiology and immunology, and investigates host-pathogen interactions of infectious diseases. She takes multidisciplinary approaches to address the persistence and resistance of pathogens in immunocompromised hosts. During her doctorate, she established aging as a novel virulence factor in Cryptococcus neoformans, a pathogen that afflicts HIV+/AIDS patients. This has led to her work in multidrug-resistant Candida spp., which is notorious for causing infections in diabetic and elderly patients. Dr. Bouklas’ work has significantly contributed to the fields of microbiology and infectious diseases, and has been disseminated in several manuscripts and reviews, as well as presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Orly Calderon, Associate Professor of Social Work at LIU Post
Orly Calderon, Psy.D., is an associate professor at LIU Post, where she teaches in the Social Work and in the Psy.D. Departments, respectively. In her teaching, Dr. Calderon focuses on issues associated with clinical and research collaboration among mental health professionals (e.g., social workers and psychologists) and between metal health professionals and other disciplines (e.g., educators, law enforcement). For the last 10 years she has been mentoring graduate students in the social work department at LIU, as they conduct their respective capstone projects investigating role theory principles as they apply to social workers who practice in interdisciplinary settings.
Dr. Calderon’s interest in interdisciplinary collaboration is reflected in her clinical and research pursuits as well. She has written and presented (nationally and internationally) about interdisciplinary collaboration in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, as well as about collaboration between academia and community based organizations.
Dr. Lynn Cohen, Professor of Special Education & Literacy at LIU Post
Lynn Cohen, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of special education and literacy. She received her Ph.D. from Fordham University. Before coming to LIU/Post, she was a preschool, kindergarten, and literacy teacher. Dr. Cohen has led several research projects and was project director for a partnership between LIU Post and Wyandanch Union Free School District. In this capacity, she provided grant money to train preschool teachers in the Vygotskian curriculum, Tools of the Mind. Her research interests are related to young children’s social and emotional development, self-regulation, oral language skills, emergent literacy, and play.
Dr. Cohen teaches courses at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. She is co-editor of two books, contributor to national and international journals, and given papers at over 60 conferences. Dr. Cohen serves on several advisory boards related to early childhood.
Dr. Veronika Dolar, Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY Old Westbury
Dr. Dolar received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2010. Dr. Dolar has a very rich international experience. She was born in Slovenia (at that time still under Yugoslavia), obtained here international baccalaureate (IB diploma) in Italy at the United World College of the Adriatic and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Dolar also worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at numerous universities and colleges in the United States.
Her current research interests include health economics focusing on eating decision, nutrition and obesity, labor economics, as well as economic education and economics of education.
Dr. Dolar is also involved in experimental and multidisciplinary research collaborating with Professor Kathy Isoldi at the department of nutrition at LIU Post. In three distinct projects they are investigating the eating decisions and attitudes of 1) young children, 2) university students, and 3) parents, as well as providing cooking lessons for low income children and their families.
Dr. Barbara Fowles, Professor of Electronic Media at LIU Post
Before coming to LIU, Barbara Fowles earned a degree in developmental psycholinguistics and spent 10 years at Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop), heading research for the educational program “The Electric Company.” Dr. Fowles also has an advanced certification in child psychotherapy from the Advanced Institute for Analytic Psychotherapy in New York and is a New York State-certified clinical psychologist, specializing in children and adolescents. She has served as a consultant to several productions of television programs for children, nationally and internationally, to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Planning Committee on educational technology and to the FTC on children’s advertising.
Dr. Fowles’ research interests have been at the nexus of children’s cognitive development, language development, literacy , and media. She is interested in how our new media technologies, such as iPhones and iPads, which are invading the lives of ever younger children, are shaping key aspects of development. She also has a continuing interest in the ways television news programs use- and misuse- language to capture attention.
Dr. James Freeley, Associate Professor of Management at LIU Post
Jim Freeley received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, MBA from Pace University and Ph.D. from Fordham University. Prior to teaching, Jim worked as a business executive with several Fortune 500 firms including Sears, American Express and ITT. He served as Dean of Business Administration at Dowling College and founded or helped implement new business degree programs at St. Joseph’s College, Fordham University , the State University of New York and Metropolitan College.
Dr. Freeley has taught a variety of Management courses at LIU at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His primary emphasis is currently on teaching Entrepreneurship in coordination with his video documentary research. As a result of this focus on Entrepreneurship, he developed and implemented an MBA seminar in Social Entrepreneurship which not only explores this rapidly growing trend, but also requires the MBA students to “give back to society” by serving as consultants to non-profit organizations that need business expertise in making their organizations more efficient in serving the needs of society. This innovative Social Entrepreneurship approach in alleviating social problems by using MBA students has been well received within the University as well as featured in the media including a feature story in Long Island Business News. Recently, September 2015, his Entrepreneurship research was featured in USA TODAY ONLINE in partnership with T MOBILE.
Dr. Nancy Frye, Professor of Psychology at LIU Post
Nancy Frye, Ph.D., received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from New College, her MA degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech, and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Florida. Her research interests include predictors of relationship satisfaction and commitment, as well as predictors of feelings of college student belonging and commitment.
Dr. Brian J. Galli, Assistant Professor of Project Management and Management Engineering at LIU Post
Brian Galli holds a doctoral degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, earned December 2013. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering, earned May 2007, from Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton), as well as Masters of Science in Engineering Management, earned July 2009, from Missouri University of Science & Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and holds a certification as a Lean Bronze, Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, Project Management Professional (PMP), Professional in Engineering Management (PEM), and an Improvement Advisor.
Brian Galli currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of continuous improvement, management engineering, and project management in the College of Management at Long Island University – Post. He also owns Apex Strategies, Ltd, a company that that specializes in continuous improvement consulting and training initiatives. He has over 9 years of experience in applying industrial engineering and continuous improvement tools and concepts in a wide variety of arenas, including healthcare, manufacturing, transactional, and service environments. He has spent several years working for Northwell Health (formerly known as North Shore LIJ Health System) in New York and 1 year in the health plan business at the EmblemHealth Service Company.
Professor Benj Gerdes, Assistant Professor of Communications and Film
Benj Gerdes is an artist, writer, and organizer working in film, video, and other public formats. He is interested in intersections of radical politics, knowledge production, and popular imagination. His individual and collaborative work focuses on the affective and social consequences of economic and state regimes. His work has been exhibited and screened at venues including the Centre Pompidou, National Gallery of Art, New Museum, REDCAT Gallery, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the Tate Modern. Writings have been published in October, The Journal of Aesthetics + Protest, Incite! and Rethinking Marxism. He has lectured and taught widely in the United States, including at Cooper Union, Bard College, and Parsons the New School for Art and Design. He is currently Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Long Island University – Post.
Dr. Elissa Giffords, Associate Professor of Social Work at LIU Post
Elissa D. Giffords, DSW, LCSW is a professor in the LIU Post Social Work Department since 2000. She received her doctoral degree in social welfare with an emphasis on policy, planning, and administration. On Campus, Dr. Giffords serves as the informal mentor to the social work students. She is also the Department’s faculty liaison to the MSW Graduate Student Association, Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the National Association of Social Workers.
Dr. Giffords participates on many community boards including her role as Conference Co-Chair of the Nassau County Executive’s Task Force on Family Violence. She is also the Executive Committee Chair of the Nassau County Department of Social Services Advisory Council where she engages in collaborative advocacy efforts that focus on enhancing social service benefits and service delivery. Dr. Giffords’ research interests include poverty, social and health policy, chronic illness, interdisciplinary and inter-organization collaboration, employee commitment and organizational effectiveness.
Dr. Geoffrey Goodman, Associate Professor of Psychology at LIU Post
Geoff Goodman, Ph.D., has spent many years working in rural Uganda exploring the impact of the rural village library in a number of rural communities, including Kitengesa, Kabubbu, Mpigi, and Ggulama. He works closely with Dr. Kate Parry and the Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) to conduct some of this work.
There are currently several key areas of exploration, each initially influenced by and related to the role of the rural village library, including improvement of school readiness skills (emergent literacy, oral language, and social competence); general library impact on the community; the relationship between children’s art, school readiness skills, and self-representations; gender, familial, and social roles; caregiver impact on school readiness skills; caregivers’ oral storytelling themes; and play strategies that promote literacy acquisition.
Dr. Azad Gucwa, Assistant Professor of Biology at SUNY Farmingdale
Azad Gucwa, Ph.D., MT(ASCP) received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science as well as her Ph.D. in Genetics from Stony Brook University. She studies regulatory mechanisms involved in endocytosis, an essential cellular process that is important for the transduction of signals involved in development and proliferation, as well as the entry of pathogens and viruses. To accomplish this, she is involved in several collaborative studies with colleagues at institutions such as Northwell Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, and Icahn School of Medicine.
Dr. Gucwa is also extremely passionate about making science accessible and a possibility for all. In 2015, she was the Co-Director for the LIU Post Exceptional Researchers’ Discovery Institute along with Dr. Kathleen Feeley, Director of the Center for Community Inclusion. This program offered participants, including students with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD), the opportunity to learn about STEM careers, meet with local scientists, and conduct experiments in LIU Post’s laboratory facilities. Dr. Gucwa hopes to expand on this in order to provide more opportunities for students with ASD to interact with typical peers in a safe educational environment that provides the necessary supports for success.
Dr. Kathy Isoldi, Associate Professor of Nutrition at LIU Post
Dr. Isoldi has been a registered dietitian/nutritionist for the past 30 years, counseling adults, children and families on ways to improve food intake and reduce obesity risk. After receiving her doctorate from New York University in 2010 she transitioned from clinical practice to academia to address childhood obesity through conducting research-based interventions. She designed and is the Principal Investigator for Cooking Up Energy®, an experiential cooking and nutrition education program for youths that aims to reduce childhood obesity risk. Dr. Isoldi teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on food and culture, nutrition communication, obesity management and nutrition counseling techniques.
Dr. Robert H. Keisner, Professor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post
Dr. Keisner received his B.A. in psychology from LIU/Post, his M.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He also received his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Derner Institute, Adelphi University. He is past chairperson of the New York State Board for Psychology, a fellow of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, a member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the recipient of the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his contribution to the training of psychologists in the public interest.
Dr. Keisner is a clinical supervisor at the Psychological Services Center, affiliated with the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. He teaches courses in Ethics, Clinical Psychology in the Public Interest and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. His interests include professional competence, professional ethics and standards, interpersonal psychoanalysis, the psychology of climate change and qualitative research.
Dr. Patrick Kennelly, Professor of Geography at LIU Post
Patrick Kennelly received his Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University, M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Arizona, and B.S. in Geology from Allegheny College. He worked as a scientist and geographic information systems (GIS) manager in industry, environmental consulting and state government. His research interests are using GIS to analyze environmental concerns and developing automated cartographic techniques.
He is the Editor of the journal Cartographic Perspectives, Chair of the Cartography Specialty Group -American Association of Geographers, and a member of the US National Committee – International Cartographic Association. Maps created by Dr. Kennelly have been included in an exhibition at the Harvard University School of Design, in cartographic and geologic textbooks, on the covers of books and journals, in multimedia art exhibits, and on outdoor interpretive signs for the National Parks Service.
Carolyn Schurr Levin, Assistant Professor of Journalism at LIU Post
Dr. John Lutz, Associate Professor of English at LIU Post
John Lutz is an Associate Professor and Chair of English, Co-Chair of the Outcomes Assessment Steering Committee, Director of Director of the First-Experience, Director of Learning Communities, and Chair of Faculty Council. He received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1998) from The State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. (1991) and B.A. (1989) in English literature from Long Island University. He teaches philosophy and literature, postcolonial literature and theory, political philosophy and 20th-century literature. His publications include articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Conradiana, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, LIT, Research in African Literatures, Rethinking Marxism, Mosaic and Critique.
Professor Kimberly Mullins, Assistant Professor of Library and Informational Science at LIU Post
Kimberly Mullins received an undergraduate degree in Education and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, a graduate degree in Instructional Design from NYIT and a second graduate degree in Library and Information Science from LIU Post. Prior to joining LIU in 2011, Professor Mullins was an instructional designer for various corporate entities including Grumman Aerospace and Vytra-EmblemHealth as well as a K-12 public school media specialist. In her research, Professor Mullins developed the first of its kind instructional design model for embedding information literacy in curriculum. She was also a lead investigator for an internationally recognized multi-year ethnographic research project to better understand LIU’s undergraduate and graduate student study and research habits. In addition to her instruction design librarian duties at the Post B. Schwartz Library, she teaches a variety of information literacy and research classes and is also an adjunct professor for LIU’s Palmer School of Library and Information Sciences.
Dr. Lauren Mullins, Assistant Professor of Health Care and Public Administration at LIU Post
Lauren Bock Mullins, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from Villanova University and her Ph.D. from Rutgers University- Newark. She has a master’s degree in human rights from Columbia University, with a concentration in women’s rights. She and colleagues at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark reviewed the State of New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Performance Budgeting program for Governor Christie’s administration.
Her research interests include social equity issues such as family responsibilities discrimination, gender, managing diverse personnel, and the public management of human trafficking. She is a proponent of interconnectivity between academics and mainstream media. Her letters to the editor on work and family and the gender pay gap have been published in the Wall Street Journal. She serves as an elected Board member for the Section for Women in Public Administration of the American Society for Public Administration.
Dr. Dana R. Reinecke, Professor of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post
Dana Reinecke earned her PhD from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. She is a doctoral level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and a New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). Dr. Reinecke is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University Post. Dr. Reinecke provides training and consultation to school districts, private schools, agencies, and families for individuals with disabilities. She has published her research in peer-reviewed journals, written chapters in published books, and co-edited books on ABA and autism. Dr. Reinecke is actively involved in the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis (NYSABA), and is currently serving as President (2017-2018).
Current areas of research include use of technology to support students with and without disabilities, self-management training of college students with disabilities, and online teaching strategies for effective college and graduate education. Other areas for possible lines of research and collaboration include staff, teacher, and parent training, especially delivered online or via technology; as well as program/curriculum development and behavioral supports of individuals with autism and related disorders.
Dr. Jeong-eun Rhee, Professor of Education at LIU Post
Jeong-eun Rhee’s scholarship focuses on qualitative research methodology; anti-oppressive education through the lens of race, class, gender, immigration and other socially constructed differences; and international education, empire, and politics of knowledge. She uses interdisciplinary theoretical approaches such as critical race theory, feminist theory especially feminism of color and Third World feminism, postcolonial studies, critical theory, ethnic studies, psychoanalysis, and affect theory. Her commitment has been to opening up a space for the unsayable, silenced, and marginalized in the production of knowledge so that “differently produced different knowledge” can transform our educational practice to (re)connect learners to the interdependent world.
She received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University and MA in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University. She is currently serving as an editor-in-chief for Educational Studies, the journal of American Educational Studies Association.
Dr. Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology at LIU Post
Jennifer Rogers-Brown, Ph.D. received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of California at Irvine and her PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. Rogers-Brown conducts research on civil society responses to technological advancements in agriculture and food in Mexico, Brazil, and the US. She teaches courses in environmental sociology, feminism, food, and globalization.
Dr. Rogers-Brown is the lead representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information for the Sociologists for Women in Society. She is also a new member of Puente a la Salud Communitaria’s board of directors. Puente works with rural Oaxacan women and farmers to improve family nutrition and economic sustainability.
Dr. Colby Valentine, Assistant Professor of Criminology at Dominican College
Dr. Valentine received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2012. Before moving to Florida, Dr. Valentine volunteered in the California Criminal Justice System for victim advocate agencies as well as juvenile diversion programs. In Florida, she worked in the Bureau of Grants and Development for the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) and examined FDOC data for her dissertation investigating the relationship between age and prison misconduct. Her current research interests include prison misconduct, office-involved domestic violence, police stress, and neighborhood predictors of intimate partner violence. She also collaborates with the New Jersey Parent’s Caucus to explore issues related to juvenile waiver, solitary confinement, and mental health.
Dr. Susan Zeig, Professor of Film at LIU Post
Professor Susan Zeig is a documentary filmmaker focusing on issues of social concern. Her current work leads from the decades of dismal graduation rates in many urban neighborhoods, and how communities are successfully working to turn this around. She has received grants for these projects from the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, the Walter and Elise Hass Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Latino Communications Center, Independent Television Service (I.T.V.S.) New York Foundation on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Humanities, New York State Council for the Arts, the Film Fund, and the Research Committee of Long Island University. Her films are in national distribution in educational, community and labor union circuits as well as being broadcast over PBS, transmitted on cable and the Internet. She also created a University Satellite Network with a 20 -university link-up, serving as Co-Project Director.