Fellows Program 2011-2012

   Brian Abrams, Associate Professor of Music Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, LCAT, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, has been a music therapist since 1995, with clinical experience involving a wide range of populations. Dr. Abrams completed undergraduate studies at Vassar College and SUNY New Paltz, and graduate studies at Temple University. Prior to his current position at Montclair State as Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Therapy, he served on the faculty at Utah State University (2001-2004) and Immaculata University (2004-2008). He has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, and humanistic dimensions of music therapy. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, such as Music Therapy Perspectives, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. His current interests include contributing to the development of the global, interdisciplinary area of Health Humanities. He has also recently helped create a music therapy program at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he provides music therapy services on a part-time basis. From 2005 to 2011, he served on the Executive Board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), including as President from 2007-2009. On a national level, from 2010 to Present, he has served on the AMTA Board of Directors as an elected representative from the AMTA Assembly of Delegates.
   William Colucci, Associate Professor, Information Systems & Decision Sciences William Colucci is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information and Operations Management teaching the gateway course “Introduction to Computers in Business” - a hybrid course that provides students with an important overview of key applications. Dr. Colucci‘s principal areas of scholarship and research include the role of technology in culture and society, higher education learning (with a focus on distance, online or hybrid education), theories of modernity, social scientific epistemology, and social network analysis. He has studied extensively communication and identity in organizations. In addition to his work at the School of Business, he has taught at William Paterson University, Rutgers, Kean University, the Katherine Gibbs School and County College of Morris. He has also worked as a network administrator and information technology manager in the private sector. He provides general computer technical support services for small business as well.
   Lisa DeLorenzo, Professor, School of Music Dr. DeLorenzo holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MME from Indiana University, and a BS from West Chester State University -- all degrees in music education. At Montclair State University she is the Graduate Coordinator of Music Education where she teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers. Her interests in urban education, creative and critical thinking, and teaching music as democratic practice have provided material for numerous articles in practitioner and research journals. She is currently writing a book, Sketches in Democracy: Notes From An Urban Classroom for publication with Rowman & Littlefield. Dr. DeLorenzo was awarded a John A. Goodlad Fellowship for study at the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle. Her fellowship was one of eighteen selected throughout the country to examine teacher education and school renewal with Dr. John L. Goodlad, a nationally recognized author on school reform. She served on a writing panel for the New Jersey Department of Education She is currently doing research with the music programs at the Cicely Tyson High School (East Orange) and at Arts High (Newark) has been a clinician on various aspects of music teaching throughout the Eastern region of the USA.
   Arika Easley, Adjunct, History Arika Easley is an adjunct faculty in the Department of History at Montclair State University. She has taught the course, New Jersey: Past and Present, since Spring 2009, and has taught the course online since Fall 2010. She is a full-time history instructor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. This upcoming academic year, she received the Emerging Scholars Fellowship at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She received her BA from Dartmouth College, and MA from Columbia University. She has taken post-graduate courses at New York University, and is a currently a doctoral student in the Department of History at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Her dissertation research focuses on perceptual and historical relationships between African and Native Americans in the antebellum era.
   Jerry Allen Fails, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dr. Jerry Alan Fails is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Fails received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and a M.S. from Brigham Young University both in the field of Computer Science. His primary focus of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a current focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration. A major facet of his research is working with children and families in the design of improved or new technologies. He has worked with children as co-designers of technology for more than 8 years. He has presented at and published papers in the proceedings of several ACM-sponsored conferences including CHI, IDC, and MobileHCI.
   Soyoung Lee, Assistant Professor, Family & Child Studies Dr. Soyoung Lee is an assistant professor in the Family and Child Studies Department at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development in 2005 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Virginia Tech and an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State. Her research interests include immigrant families, family diversity, family life education, community impacts on families, and young adult development. She was recently selected as a service learning fellow at the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State. She has been a Certified Family Life Educator since 2005.
   Joanna Madloch, Adjunct, Classics & General Humanities Joanna Madloch has a Doctorate in Humanities from the University of Silesia (Poland). For the last five years she has taught Mythology at Montclair State University, NJ. In her lecturing she concentrates on comparative aspects of world traditions and legends, and researches visual aspects of antiquity and its modern perception. She has published over 20 scholarly articles dedicated to comparative literature topics, as well as a book on Russian-American poet, Joseph Brodsky. Recently her academic interests focus on the juncture of verbal and pictorial arts with an emphasis on literature and photography. She explores the theory and practice of “photo-text” both in high-brow and popular culture, analyzing different aspects of incorporating photography into literary text. The product of this latest fascination with photography is a series of articles dedicated to the picture of photographer in literature and arts, especially movies, in which she analyzed the character of photographer as an embodiment of cultural archetypes of a trickster and a monster. She is a dedicated photographer and her photographic works have been exhibited both in the US and Europe.
   Meena Mahadevan, Assistant Professor, Health & Nutrition Meena Mahadevan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in theHealth and Nutrition Sciences Department at Montclair State University. Sheearned her B.S and M.S in Food Science and Nutrition from SNDT Women’sUniversity in Mumbai, India. During this time,she contributed her knowledge, time and effort to numerous community outreachactivities related to maternal and child health, and nutrition in diseaseprevention, both in urban as well as rural settings. Dr. Mahadevan earned herM.H.E in Foods and Nutrition from the University ofGeorgia in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in 2003. As apost-doctoral fellow in the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University(2006-2009), Dr. Mahadevan co-investigated an NIH-funded trial on the ethicalissues relevant to research involving substance abusing and HIV-positivepopulations. She has co-authored several publications, and a book chapter onthese issues. Her research has also included studying the nutritional aspectsof drug abuse and HIV, the impact of workplace environment on the eating habitsof food service workers, menu designs on selection of healthy food choices, andthe effects of acculturation stress on the nutritional health of south Asian immigrants.
   Elizabeth McPherson, Assistant Professor, Theatre & Dance Dr. Elizabeth McPherson is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Montclair State University. She received a PhD in dance education from New York University, an MA in dance research and reconstruction from The City College of New York, and a BFA in dance from Juilliard. After a ten year performance career, she concentrated on teaching and scholarly pursuits -- exploring dance education themes with a focus on history. Author of numerous magazine and journal articles, she has also written the book The Contributions of Martha Hill to American Dance and Dance Education (1900-1995), and has a forthcoming book on the Bennington School of the Dance (1934-1942). In addition to her written work, Dr. McPherson stages modern dances of historical importance from the 20th century, such as Donald McKayle’s Games.
   Kate Nooner, Assistant Professor, Psychology Dr. Kate Nooner is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University, where she mentors undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of research projects related to the intersection of development, psychopathology, and neuroscience. Dr. Nooner's primary research in psychopathology attempts to integrate clinical and epidemiological approaches with neuroscience and evidence based interventions for maltreated youth. Using both approaches, Dr. Nooner and the Pediatric Neuroscience Lab explore the longitudinal course of childhood maltreatment with the goal of identifying trajectories of resilience. Dr. Nooner passion in teaching lies within igniting a love of statistics in undergraduate students as well as facilitating graduate students in building clinical skills for helping patients.
   Michael Oudshoorn, Chairperson, Computer Science Dr. Michael Oudshoorn earned his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Adelaide, Australia in 1992. He joined Montclair State University in 2010 and is currently Professor and Chair of Computer Science. Prior to Montclair State University, Dr. Oudshoorn worked at the University of Texas at Brownsville (2007-2010), Montana State University (2003-2007) and the University of Adelaide, Australia (1984-2003). He has twice been Professeur Invité (1992, 1995) at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire d'Informatique Signaux et Systémes de Sophia Antipolis, Université de Nice, Sophia Antipolis, France. Dr. Oudshoorn's research interests include software engineering, programming languages and systems, distributed and parallel computing, and autonomic systems. He has authored a textbook, several book chapters, edited conference proceedings and published over 75 referred scientific articles.

Mentors 2011-2012

Jean Alvares, Chairperson, Classics & General Humanities

Meredyth Appelbaum, Associate Professor, Psychology

  Amanda Birnbaum, Associate Professor, Health & Nutrition

Amanda Birnbaum is a public health behavioral scientist with over 15 years experience in adolescent health promotion. She holds a PhD in behavioral epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on adolescent eating and physical activity behaviors, social environmental influences on health behavior, and gender issues in health promotion. She is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences and serves as Graduate Program Coordinator for the Master of Public Health. Prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State University in 2005, she was a public health researcher at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She has experience collaborating with schools and community organizations on adolescent health promotion.

   Mark Kay, Marketing, Associate Professor, Marketing Mark J. Kay is an Associate professor in the Marketing Department. He has a Ph.D. from Baruch College (CUNY) as well as an MBA (International Marketing). He holds an MFA (Art & Design) and an MA (Religious Studies) from the University of Chicago, and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His broad research interests are interdisciplinary, having included studies of branding, sustainability, retailing, and arts marketing. During the 1990s, Dr. Kay developed and taught workshops in market logistics and AIDS prevention in East and Central Europe. He has written several case studies and lectured on the case method of teaching.
   Julian Keenan, Professor, Psychology Julian Paul Keenan, PhD is a member of both the Biology/Molecular Biology and the Psychology departments. His research focuses on the brain, neuroscience, genetics, and issues related to self-awareness and deception. He teaches a wide-range of classes in both departments from Statisticics to Evolutionary Psychology. Dr. Keenan is a true believer in the notion that the best teachers allow the students to engage, and as such he runs a student-focused laboratory. Most of his published works feature students as authors reflecting the expertise the learners gain at Montclair State University. The student-center focus is what attracted Dr. Keenan to the school and he remains dedicated to providing students with the best education possible inside both the classroom and laboratory.
   Christine Lemesianou, Deputy Chair and Associate Professor, Communication Studies Christine A. Lemesianou is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public and organizational relations, persuasion and new media, public speaking, research methods and globalization and has a strong interest in creating innovative pedagogical practices. Her research agenda is interdisciplinary and some of her ongoing projects examine communication and identity, globalization and borders, critical pedagogy, digital rhetoric, and new media and interactive technologies. She is a frequent participant at regional and national conferences and is currently working on a manuscript that interrogates emerging global literacies. She also serves as the Director of the Basic Communication Program at Montclair State University and offers workshops and training on presentation skills and communication coaching.

Valerie Sessa, Psychology