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PhD in Health Sciences Teaching Faculty

Sarah Austin

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Educational Psychology with a specialization in Measurement, Assessment, Statistics, and Evaluation 
  • M.S., Western Michigan University, Occupational Therapy
  • B.A., Reed College, Medieval Studies

Research interests

Psychometric study of assessments of cognition, therapists' clinical use of both standardized and non-standardized assessments, and the skills demonstrated by highly experienced therapists in using standardized and non-standardized assessments in clinical practice


Daniel Boutin

Degrees

  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, Counselor Education 2006
  • M.S., Springfield College, Rehabilitation Counseling 1999
  • B.S., Springfield College, Rehabilitation Services 1997

Current professional position

Associate Professor, Director of Ph.D. in Health Sciences Program, NIU


Danai Fannin

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Speech & Hearing Science 2008
  • M.A., Saint Louis University, Communication Sciences & Disorders 2003
  • B.A., Southern Illinois University, Communication Sciences & Disorders 2001
  • B.A., Bradley University, Communications- Advertising/Public Relations 1997

Current professional position

Assistant Professor, NIU

Research interests

Dr. Fannin's research interests include communicative functions and evidence-based autism treatment, with a focus on providing appropriate evaluation and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse families.


Catherine Garner

Degrees  

  • DrPH, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • MPA, Tennessee State University
  • BSN, Vanderbilt University

Current professional position

Senior Consultant, Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL), Atlanta, GA

Research expertise

  • Health program evaluation
  • Quality initiatives and health outcomes
  • Case study research

Bio

Dr. Catherine Garner is a Senior Consultant for the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL). Prior to joining AAL, she served as the Executive Director for Nursing Practice and Academics for the eight hospital Greenville Health System. She has extensive healthcare leadership experience spanning home care, ambulatory care, and a position as Vice President of Clinical Operations for one of the country’s first Medicare Managed Care Organizations. She has held senior leadership positions in education, as Dean of Health Sciences and Nursing at the University of Phoenix, the Provost/ Dean of the International University of Nursing in the West Indies, and as Provost and Dean of American Sentinel University, founded as a Vanderbilt Technology Company. She holds a doctorate in public health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, where she was a HRSA Leadership Fellow. She is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a 2013-2014 fellow in the Harvard-Macy Foundation Education Innovation Leadership Program. Dr. Garner holds a bachelors and master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in public administration from Tennessee State-University of Tennessee Joint Program.


Beverly W. Henry

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Higher Education
  • M.S., UIC, Medical Dietetics
  • B.S., NIU, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science 

Current professional position

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, NIU

Research interests

  • Interprofessional education
  • Person-centered care
  • Child health and nutrition

Thomas Pavkov

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, Human Development and Social Policy
  • M.A., Wheaton College, Educational Studies
  • B.A., Fort Wayne Bible College, Christian Education

Current professional position

FCNS Chair and Professor

Research interests

  • Mental health services, outcomes, research and policy
  • Child and family serving systems including mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare and education
  • Family dynamics and atypical adolescent development
  • Supervision in human service agencies
  • Child maltreatment and delinquency

Ping Yao

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Statistics
  • M.S., University of Missouri, Animal Science (Genetics)
  • B.S. Huazhong Agricultural University, Animal Genetics and Breeding

Current professional position

Associate Professor, NIU

Research interests

Biostatistics methodology and application in health and medical research