Faculty Research Directory



Timothy P. Brackenbury, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
246 Health Center     419-372-7188     Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Brackenbury received his Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas Intercampus Program, Kansas City in 1992.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in August 2001. 

Dr. Brackenbury’s interests are in the areas of speech and language development in children with and without impairments.  His research is focused on how children acquire new words and the initial representations that they create when they first encounter new words.  The goals of this research are to increase our knowledge regarding the ease at which children acquire new words and improve our ability to identify children with language impairments.  Dr. Brackenbury’s clinical experiences have centered on preschool age children with developmental disabilities, including deafness and visual impairments. 

Dr. Brackenbury is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Elizabeth I. Burroughs, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
249 Health Center       419-372-7191     Fax:  419-372-808

Dr. Burroughs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Science from Purdue University.  She received her Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Iowa.  Dr. Burroughs completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  She is a member of and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Dr. Burroughs’ primary areas of interest in research and teaching include the psychosocial aspects of communication disorders, evidence based practice in speech-language pathology, pediatric language disorders, and counseling.  Recently, she has examined the extent to which children with limited intelligibility of speech exhibit social skills deficits and/or behavior problems.

Roger D. Colcord, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
244 Health Center       419-372-7184     Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Colcord received his Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy in 1974 and his Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology in 1976 from Purdue University.  In 1984, he received his Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University.

From 1976-1978, Dr. Colcord was a speech pathologist at the Speech and Hearing Center, Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked primarily with clients exhibiting stuttering and voice disorders.  He has been on the faculty in the Department since 1982.  His primary areas of interest include fluency and fluency disorders, normal and disordered speech/voice production, and infusion of science into the academic and clinical education of students in communication sciences and disorders.  Dr. Colcord is a board recognized specialist (initial cadre) and specialist mentor (initial cadre) in fluency disorders.

Virginia L. Dubasik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
242 Health Center       419-372-7168     Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Virginia Dubasik received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Northern Arizona University. In 1999, she received her Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in diverse learners from the University of Phoenix. In 2002, she returned to Northern Arizona to earn a Master of Science degree in Clinical Speech Pathology. In 2011, she received a doctorate in Speech and Hearing Science with an emphasis on language acquisition in dual language learners from Arizona State University. Dr. Dubasik also spent one year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Arizona State where she developed her knowledge and skills in child phonology. Dr. Dubasik is a bilingual certified speech-language pathologist.

Dr. Dubasik’s research interests span several areas and focus on typical and atypical speech and language acquisition in monolingual and dual language learning children, as well as intervention in both areas. Of special interest to her is speech, language and literacy development in culturally and linguistically diverse populations and instructional practices utilized in early childhood education programs serving these children. Dr. Dubasik has explored the interrelations among children’s linguistic development and early childhood experiences and language exposure in two separate but related lines of research. Her first line of research expands upon existing research on dual language learning children by exploring their early language development and language experiences and exposure, and teacher language use in Head Start classrooms. Preliminary results of this research have been submitted for publication with Drs. M. Jeanne Wilcox and David Ingram. Dr. Dubasik continues to be involved in collaborative research projects with colleagues from Arizona State University.

John W. Folkins, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Disorders
251 Health Center       419-372-8024      Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Folkins has published approximately 60 papers, most of which are related to the control of speech movements.  His research draws from a diverse range of disciplines, including physiology, acoustics, aerodynamics, mechanical engineering, linguistics, experimental psychology, and otolaryngology.  Although the principal concern is with understanding the processes used by adults who speak normally, some of the theoretical principles and experimental techniques have been applied to speech of those who manifest disorders, specifically individuals who stutter, are deaf, have a repaired cleft palate, or are neurologically impaired.

Perhaps Dr. Folkins’ most important work is in the first paper he published (Folkins and Abbs, 1975).  This paper is now a classic and has been reprinted in a collection of the most important articles in speech production (Kent, R. Speech Production, New York, Acoustical Society of America, 1991).  The primary finding is that lip movements for speech are modified while they are being made based on changes in the movement of other speech structures.  This finding has been replicated a number of times during the past 30 years by investigators using a variety of techniques, including Folkins and Abbs (1977), and Folkins and Zimmermann (1982). 

Dr. Folkins’ second most important area of research concerns the analysis of the basic units used by the perceptual-motor system in the organization and control of speech movements.  This work spanned a number of years and was summarized in Folkins and Bleile (1990).  This article received the Editor’s Award for the article of highest merit published in the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders that year.  This research examines the interaction between theories and the units used in the development and characterization of the theories across a number of different disciplines.  These perspectives are then used to examine the candidates for speech motor units (e.g., the phoneme, the phone, or nonlinguistic units such as movements or sound), and to show the pervasive effects of unit choice on the examination and understanding of speech motor impairments.

Dr. Folkins served BGSU as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs form 2000-2007.  He then took the position of Chief Executive Officers for the BGSU Research Institute, which helps to license the intellectual property of faculty members, staff members, and students.  Dr. Folkins will split his time between Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Honors Program.

Alexander M. Goberman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
248 Health Center      419-372-2518      Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Goberman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995 from the University of Connecticut, with a double major in Communication Sciences and Language, Linguistics, and Communication.  In 1997, he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut, with a major in Communication Sciences/Speech-Language Pathology.  In 2000, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, with an emphasis on Speech Science, Motor Speech Disorders, and Phonetics.

Dr. Goberman’s research focuses primarily on inferring physiological and neurological functioning from acoustic analysis of speech and voice.  Dr. Goberman’s recent research includes analyzing the speech and voice characteristics in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson Disease (PD).  Specifically, he has examined medicine-related, fatigue-related, and anxiety-related speech and voice changes, in addition to the correlation between speech and non-speech motor variability across medication cycles in PD.

Dr. Goberman’s work has more recently focused on inferring Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risk in healthy newborn infants through acoustic analysis of the newborn cry.

He is also the graduate coordinator for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Lynne E. Hewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
251 Health Center       419-372-7181      Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Hewitt received her Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in 1980, double-majoring in linguistics and English.  She was awarded a fellowship to study Hindi language and culture from the American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi following graduation.  Subsequently, she received her master's and doctoral degrees in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Ohio.  Her academic honors include election to Phi Beta Kappa.  Prior to coming to Bowling Green State University, Dr. Hewitt taught for five years in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State.  She has received a New Investigator Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Research Foundation.  She was awarded an Erskine Fellowship in 2008 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, to teach in the area of autism.  Currently, she is the Coordinator for Special Interest Division 1, Language Learning and Education, of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving over 4000 affiliates nationwide.  She is an Associate Editor of the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, responsible for manuscripts in the areas of autism, child language development and disorders, pragmatics, and non-European languages.  She is serving as Chair of the Department of COmmunication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green.

Dr. Hewitt’s primary research interests and expertise lie in the area of child language development and disorders, with a particular interest in assessment and conversational pragmatics.  She also has an interest in linguistic theory as it relates to language development and disorder, and in the relationship between language and cognition.  She has had extensive training in linguistics and linguistic approaches to the analysis of developmental data.  Her interests include discourse analysis, developmental pragmatics, communicative competence in autism, and research on efficacy of language intervention using single subject designs.  Current projects include: discourse analysis of conversational breakdowns and repair strategies in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder; prosodic impairment in Asperger syndrome; a critical assessment of the history of nativist thought in models of language development and disorders; and individual differences in response to intervention of children with autism spectrum disorders.


Ron Scherer, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
243 Health Center       419-372-7189     Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Scherer received his bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, in 1968, and his Master of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1972.  In 1981, he received his Ph.D. in Speech Science from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Scherer’s primary interests are in voice and speech science, with research publications mostly in aerodynamics, mechanics, acoustics, and methodological issues in voice production and assessment.  He has made extensive use of laryngeal models.  His interests range from pathological voice problems to the characteristics of the elite vocal performer, with the goal of understanding how best to help people achieve better voice production.  He enjoys collaborating with other voice professionals (in speech-language pathology, engineering, physics, medicine, music, theatre, and public speaking) for research, educational, and public awareness purposes.

Dr. Scherer’s current research includes a National Institute of Health grant “Aerodynamic and Acoustic Models of Phonation”, involving BGSU and the University of Toledo.  This research uses physical and computer models to study the air pressures, airflows, vocal fold motion, and the acoustic generation of sound during phonation.  In addition, he also is PI of a subcontract to the University of South Carolina (D. Deliyski, PI) dealing with the analysis of phonatory production variables relative to high speed video of human phonation.  Other current research interests include classical, cultural, and extreme singing, whisper, animal sounds and other topics. 

Laura L. Schrock, M.S., CCC-SLP, Instructor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
241 Health Center       419-372-7183     Fax: 419-372-8089

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Theatre Arts from Heidelberg College in 1981.  In 1986 she received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from BGSU.  She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1987 and has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Ohio since 1987.

Currently, Laura is a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at BGSU.  She is an active member of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association (OSLHA) and currently serves as the Supervision Professional Practice Representative.  She is a past-president of OSLHA.  Laura has also served as President of the Inter-University Council of Speech and Hearing Supervisors and continues to be an active member of that group.

Laura has made many presentations to students at BGSU, as well as to students at Owens Community College, the University of Findlay, and Northwest State Community College.  She has also presented several mini-seminars at the OSLHA convention and has presented at the ASHA convention.

Laura’s practice interests include literacy, preschoolers and phonology.

Before coming to BGSU, Laura worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Betty Jane Memorial Rehabilitation Center and Blanchard Valley Hospital.

Kimberly S. Traver, Lecturer, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
245 Health Center      419-372-7185      Fax: 419-372-8089

Dr. Traver received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders 1993 from BGSU; master of science degree in Audiology 1995 from Wayne State University; and doctorate of Audiology in 2001 from the University of Florida.

From 1995-1997 she worked for a private audiology practice in Toledo providing audiological care mainly to adults.  She also performed industrial audiology services for many factories/industries in the NW Ohio area including teaching a certification course to company personnel on Hearing Conservation Programs and industrial hearing screenings.

Dr. Traver joined Findlay Ear, Nose and Throat in 1997 working with three otolaryngologists providing audiological care to patients from newborn to geriatric.  Services provided include diagnostic testing and fitting of amplification.  Her special interests were in the pediatric population and educating patients on hearing impairment.

Dr. Traver joined the BGSU faculty in July, 2008.  Her goals are to grow the audiological division of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and continue to educate the public about hearing impairment.




Michael E. Buerger, Ph.D., Professor, Criminal Justice, Department of Human Services
215 Health Center      419-372-8905      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Buerger held academic posts at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Penn State University, and Northeastern University prior to coming to Bowling Green.  Between university appointments he has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Director of the Minneapolis Office of the Crime Control Institute, and the Research Director for the Jersey City (NJ) Police Department.  On an exchange program with An Garda Siochana, the Republic of Ireland’s national police force, he conducted a study of the Garda’s promotional system.  In addition, he was a member of the Urban Institute site visit teams that evaluated the Title 1 program putting “100,000 cops on the street.”  He is a charter member of the Futures Working Group (FWG), a collaborative agreement between Police Futurists International and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  In addition to the Doctorate in Criminal Justice from Rutgers (1993), he holds Master’s degrees in Liberal Studies (Dartmouth 1985), and in Criminal Justice (Rutgers 1987). 

Dr. Buerger’s academic career began after nine years as a police officer in New Hampshire, so his interests lie in the areas of police organizations and operations.  His publications include contributions to the literature on community policing and problem-oriented policing.  Those works include his dissertation on the Repeat Call Address Policing problem-solving team in Minneapolis, published articles on the community role and changes in the police officers’ role in community policing, and pieces on rural applications of community policing.

Dr. Buerger has recently published three papers on racial profiling, and is co-author of a FWG “white paper” on Augmented Reality (AR) systems for police use.  Additional works in progress include the role of privacy in the face of technological advances, the future of police operations within a global economy, and the evolving role of the police intelligence mission in the wake of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. 

Beyond the academic interests for which he is paid, Dr. Buerger secretly nourishes a fascination with the emergence of the written word (a Master’s thesis on the political interpretation of Sumerian cuneiform literature), sword and sorcery fantasy writers of the late 19th and early 20th century, science fiction television series, modern evolution of Celtic music, and super-hero comic books… all of which will no doubt bring him to some dismal end. 

Melissa W. Burek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Department of Human Services
214 Health Center      419-372-9542      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Melissa Burek attended Florida State University for her undergraduate degree.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1993.  She attended graduate school at the University of Cincinnati where she received her Master of Science degree in 1996 and her Ph.D. in 2002 both in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Burek’s research projects include examining AFDC’s replacement program, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), as well as other government benefit programs in relation to crime.  She is also interested in exploring the structural covariates of crime in relation to their influences on index offenses versus less serious crimes.  Other areas of research concern the quality of jobs in relation to offending, juvenile offending and victimization, racial biases in jury selection, the structural environment of college campuses as it relates to the impact of drinking and deviant behaviors of college students, and using multivariate statistical procedures with nominal and ordinal data.   

Dr. Burek teaches Research Methods, Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice, and Juvenile Justice Subsystems at the undergraduate level.  At the graduate level, she teaches Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Policy Analysis.  She has recently published papers in the Journal of Crime and Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society.  In addition, she serves as the Secretary for the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, Book Review Editor for the Journal of Crime and Justice, and Editor of ACJS Now.

Christopher S. Dunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor
105 Health Center      419-372-9177      Fax: 419-372-2897

Dr. Dunn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Colgate University (1969), and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany (1970, 1974).  He was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services on August 1, 2003.  Previously, Dr. Dunn had been Director of the BGSU Research Services Office (now SPAR) from 1984 to 1993.  Dr. Dunn returned to BGSU from the University of Michigan, where he was Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (1993-2003). 

Dr. Dunn’s research and publications have focused on the use of criminal justice information and statistical systems for the study of delinquency prediction error, minority over-representation, desistance from crime, public policy about punishment, and the spatial characteristics of crime.  Dr. Dunn is currently involved in four active research projects: (1) co-occurrence of family violence (spouse assault, child abuse, and sibling assault) in the same households; (2) trends and patterns of post 9/11 anti-Islamic hate crime; (3) what can be learned about violence prevention from the decline in homicide from 1993-2000 as a “natural experiment”; and (4) evaluation of HIV prevention programs.  Students are always welcome members of Dr. Dunn’s research team.  Dr. Dunn teaches courses in research methods, justice information systems, and violence in the name of religion.

In 2001, Dr. Dunn was honored by his graduate school faculty as an outstanding alumnus for his work in providing public access to criminal justice data. 

Steven Lab, Ph.D., Professor and Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Human Services
219 Health Center      419-372-7778       Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Lab received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Criminology in 1982.  He has been a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at BGSU since 1987.

Dr. Lab is an internationally recognized expert in the area of crime prevention and is the author of “Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices and Evaluations” (5th Ed).  His research interests also include juvenile delinquency, school crime, and victims of crime.  He is the author of over three dozen articles or book chapters, and author or editor of 5 books.  He has also served as editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice.

Dr. Lab is a regular consultant for the National Institute of Justice on research and funding activities in the areas of crime prevention, community policing, school crime, gang behavior and interventions, and police partnerships to address crime.  

Dr. Lab is a Past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and has served in many other capacities for ACJS, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Educators, and the Police Section of ACJS.

John C. Liederbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Department of Human Services
236 Health Center      419-372-1053       Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Liederbach received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in 1990, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. 

Dr. Liederbach worked previously as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas.

His primary research interest is in police behavior, with a secondary interest in white collar crime.  In the area of policing, his publications have focused on describing the behavior of police officers across different types of communities, racial profiling, police use of force, police patrol allocation and deployment, and the processing of citizen complaints against the police. In area of white collar crime, he has published articles concerning the deviant behavior of medical doctors, and changes in the socio-legal control of medical crimes.

Dr. Liederbach’s teaching interests include policing, research methods, white collar and corporate crime, and policy analysis.

Philip Stinson, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, Department of Human Services
232 Health Center     419-372-0373       Fax:  419-372-2400

Dr. Philip Matthew Stinson, Sr., received a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University (1986), a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia (1992), a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2005), and a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2009).

Dr. Stinson worked previously as a police officer, juvenile detention counselor, and attorney. Prior to joining the BGSU faculty, he was an assistant professor of Criminology (nontenure-track) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the associate editor of Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Dr. Stinson’s research interests include police crime, media and crime, and mental health issues in the criminal justice system. He teaches Criminal Courts and Procedural Rights at the undergraduate level.

Adam Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Department of Human Services
235 Health Center    419-372-9540        Fax:  419-372-2400         

Dr. Adam Watkins received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration from Bowling Green State University. He received a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Prior to joining the faculty at BGSU, Dr. Watkins was an assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also worked previously with youthful offenders in group home and correctional settings.  

Dr. Watkins’ research interests include juvenile crime, the evaluation of anti-crime initiatives, and victim decision making. He teaches juvenile justice, corrections, and crime prevention.



Patrick J. Doyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, Assistant Professor, Gerontology, Department of Human Services
221 Health Center       419-372-9537     Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Doyle graduated summa cum laude from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007. He received his Master of Arts in Applied Sociology in 2010 and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Gerontology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012.  

Dr. Doyle’s research has focused on understanding the experiences of people in long-term care settings and the many factors that influence quality of life and care in these environments. To understand the multitude of factors that must be considered in order to adequately address the complexity of life in long-term care institutions, his research and publications have been strongly nested in social theory (e.g., social ecology model, social network theory, life course approach, social constructionism). Dr. Doyle is especially interested in how organizational, environmental, clinical, social, and cultural factors influence the experiences of people with dementia living in long-term care residences. Dr. Doyle’s investigative approaches have included ethnography, in-depth interviews, surveys, and secondary data analysis.

Dr. Doyle was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County between 2011 and 2012. During this time, Dr. Doyle taught ‘Social Problems’ and ‘Contemporary Problems related to Aging in Society.’ Currently, Dr. Doyle is teaching the undergraduate and graduate sections of ‘Health and Aging’ and ‘Introduction to Gerontology’ at Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Doyle serves on multiple national committees related to aging including, but not limited to, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education ‘Accreditation Task Force’ and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ‘Non-pharmacological Approaches to Dementia Care Research Group.’ Dr. Doyle is also an active member of the Gerontological Society of America, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

Nancy A. Orel, Ph.D., L.P.C., Professor and Program Coordinator of Gerontology, Department of Human Services
218 Health Center      419-372-7768      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Orel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Bowling Green State University in 1978.  She received her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1983 from the University of Toledo and in 1999 she received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo.  Prior to joining the faculty at Bowling Green State University, she was the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Council on Aging and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Lourdes College. 

Dr. Orel’s professional background includes over 16 years of clinical experience working with older adults.  As a licensed professional counselor, she provided mental health services for older adults who reside in long term care facilities. As a member of Harbor Behavioral Healthcare’s Governing Board of Directors, she remains professionally active in the mental health field.

Dr. Orel’s research and the publications of that research have focused on intergenerational relationships within diverse family structures (e.g., multigenerational caregiving families, grandparent headed families) and the needs and concerns of vulnerable populations of older adults (i.e., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] elders; older adults with HIV/AIDS).

In 2004, Dr. Orel was honored with the 2004-2005 Clyde R. Willis Faculty Development Award. The award is presented to a College faculty member whose accomplishments best represent “a strong, balanced performance in teaching, scholarship and service with particular emphasis on major accomplishments in research."

Charles D. Stelle, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gerontology, Department of Human Services
229 Health Center      419-372-8304      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Stelle received his Bachelor of Science in Studies in Aging in 1994 and his Master of Science in Administration of Aging Organizations in 1996 from the University of North Texas.  He received his doctorate in Family Studies with an emphasis in aging families from the University of Connecticut in 2000.  Dr. Stelle has received certificates for training in gerontology from both the University of North Texas and the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Stelle's research has previously focused on aging and social support and familial relationships.  Dr. Stelle’s current research interests include issues of older men and masculinity, social roles and transitions in later-life individuals and families, social support networks of midlife and aging adults, patterns of grief and adaptation to bereavement, hospice and end-of-life care, and the experience of death as both an individual and familial transition.

Wendy K. Watson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Gerontology, Department of Human Services
220 Health Center      419-372-1054      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Watson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in 1990.  She received her Master of Science in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2006, both in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Watson's past research has explored issues of dating, sexual decision-making, sexuality, remarriage, and identity development for women in middle and later life.  Current projects and research interests include sex and sexuality, dating and remarriage, women's identity development, and HIV/AIDS prevention for older adults.

Dr. Watson served as a graduate instructor at Texas Tech University from 2002-2005 and also taught in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Bowling Green State University during 2006 and 2007.  During graduate school and post-graduate instruction, Dr. Watson has taught courses on Research Methods, Introduction to Gerontology, Gender Role Development, Human Sexuality, Contemporary Marriages and Families, and Families in the Middle and Later Years.

Dr. Watson is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, National Council of Family Relations, and the Society for the Study of Human Development.



Judy Adams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Laboratory Science, Department of Public and Allied Health
504 Life Sciences Bldg.      419-372-8554      Fax: 419-372-0332

Dr. Adams received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Biological Sciences in 1979.  She has been a member of the Medical Technology faculty at BGSU since 1979.  Her teaching includes Immunology and Immunohematology, Forensic Laboratory Testing, and HIV/AIDS Education.

Dr. Adams’ primary research interests are in the area of HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on school-based education programs concerning prevention of HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Adams and colleagues in the college participate in evaluation studies of state agency HIV/AIDS programs through the Ohio Department of Health.  Dr. Adams also collaborates with researchers at OSU and public school educators studying obesity, nutrition, and exercise in middle school aged students.

Rebecca Ann Bertz DMH, MT (AMT), Assistant Professor and Director of Medical Laboratory Science
504 Life Sciences Bldg.      419-372-2833      Fax: 419-372-0332

Dr. Bertz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1968, Master of Medical Humanities from Drew University in 2005, and Doctor of Medical Humanities from Drew University in 2010.  She worked for several medical laboratories in Massachusetts and New Jersey before being employed by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics as a medical diagnostics industry instructor prior to coming to BGSU in January 2013.

Dr. Bertz’ research interests include assessing the effectiveness of medical laboratory instrumentation distance learning.

Roudabeh Jamasbi, Ph.D., Professor, Medical Laboratory Science, Department of Public and Allied Health
504 Life Sciences Bldg.      419-372-8724      Fax: 419-372-0332

Dr. Jamasbi received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in Microbiology-Immunology in 1974.  She has been a member of the Medical Technology faculty at BGSU since 1981.  Her primary research interests are in two areas: cancer immunology and clinical microbiology. 

In her cancer research program, Dr. Jamasbi is interested in preparing reagents such as monoclonal antibodies for early detection of cancer.  She is also involved in identifying different receptors associated with transformation of cancer cells.

Her microbiology research involves development of rapid methods for identification of nosocomial infections by determining both phenotypic and genotypic characteristics of some of these microorganisms.

L. Fleming Fallon, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Dr.P.H., Distinguished Teaching Professor and Program Cordinator of Public Health, Department of Public and Allied Health
234 Health Center      419-372-8316      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Fallon is the Associate Director of the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health.  His research interests include occupational medicine, management, ethics, environmental health hazards and polypharmacy.  Prior to joining the Bowling Green faculty in 1997, he served as a hospital epidemiologist.  He has previously taught at the Columbia University School of Public Health and Slippery Rock State University.  He is a licensed Health Officer (NJ). 

Since 1995, Dr. Fallon has written a weekly column entitled Health Thoughts, which appears in newspapers in Ohio and Pennsylvania.  Dr. Fallon received his MD degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine and his DrPH in Environmental Health Science from Columbia University School of Public Health.

Hailu Kassa, M.S.O.H., M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Public Health, Department of Public and Allied Health
224 Health Center      419-372-9615      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Kassa, a native of Ethiopia, earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Bowling Green State University in 1982.  Soon afterwards, he returned to his country and worked in various capacities in the Ministry of Agriculture.  After returning to the United States in 1990, he held various positions, including senior research Associate, assistant professor, and registered sanitarian.  At that time he enrolled at the Medical College of Ohio as a part-time graduate student and received the Master of Occupational Health (MSOH) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the institution.  Dr. Kassa's research interests include environmental lead assessment, commercial food safety, and potential impact of wildlife on health.

Hans Schmalzried, Ph.D., Professor, Public Health, Chair of the Department of Public and Allied Health
231 Health Center      419-372-9930      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Hans Schmalzried received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo in 1978.  He received a Masters of Science in Education of Public Health in 1982.  Dr. Schmalzried earned his doctoral degree in public health administration from the University of Toledo in 1990.  He is a 1996-1997 graduate of the Centers for Disease Control and University of California Public Health Leadership Institute.

Prior to coming to BGSU as a fulltime faculty member in 2005, Dr. Schmalzried served concurrently (1987-2005) as Health Commissioner for two county health districts (Fulton County and Henry County, Ohio).  While there, he led a staff of over 85 providing both traditional public health services and innovative programs including Home Health, Hospice, a regional dental center, and a mobile migrant medical services project.  Prior to being a health commissioner, Dr Schmalzried spent seven years (1980-1987) with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), first as an Environmental Scientist and then as a Certified Environmental Engineer. 

Dr. Schmalzried’s research is in applied public health administration.  His research interests include health officer succession planning, perceptions about confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and local public health financing issues.  He is a member of the board of directors for the National Public Health Foundation.  He has been a Registered Sanitarian in the State of Ohio for over 20 years. 

Philip J. Welch, Ph.D. MCHES,Assistant Professor, Public Health, Department of Public and Allied Health
216 Health Center      419-372-0368      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Welch received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 1999. He received a Master of Arts in Wellness Management from Ball State University in 2001. Dr. Welch earned his doctoral degree in health education from the University of Toledo in 2011. Dr. Welch is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and serves as Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Public and Allied Health.

Prior to coming to BGSU as a full-time faculty member in 2012, Dr. Welch worked as a Health Educator at the University of Michigan Health System. While there, he planned and implemented worksite wellness programs for the system’s 23,000 employees. He also supervised undergraduate and graduate internship experiences.

Dr. Welch’s research is in public health policy. His research interests include state legislator support for public health issues and survey research methodology. Dr. Welch has presented at numerous state and national conferences and currently reviews research manuscripts for two scholarly periodicals, the Journal of School Health and Preventive Medicine.



Peggy Adams, M.S.W., Field Coordinator and Instructor, Social Work, Department of Human Services
233 Health Center      419-372-7608      Fax: 419-372-2400

Peggy Adams received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University in 1981, and her Master of Science degree in Social Work in 1987 from Michigan State University. 

Peggy has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years.  She has worked primarily with children and families in the mental health system, but also has had experience with oncology, HIV/AIDS, and elderly clients.  She has served as a clinical supervisor at Connecting Point, Inc. and as a psychiatric social worker at Medical College of Ohio Kobacker Center and the East Center for Community Mental Health.  Most recently, she has taught and assisted with the development of the social work program at Owens Community College.  

HeeSoon Lee, Ph.D, M.S.W., Assistant Professor, Social Work, Department of Human Services
227 Health Center      419-372-9538      Fax: 419-372-2400

HeeSoon Lee was raised in South Korea and she received both of her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from universities at KangNam University and Soong Sil University. Ten years ago, she came to the United States to continue her education and received another Master’s degree from University of Kentucky. Then, she received a Certification of Gerontology and a Ph.D. degree in social work from University of South Carolina in 2010. 

She recently joined the Social Work Program at Bowling Green State University as an assistance professor and is currently teaching Social Work Practice, Diversity, Oppression, and Social Institution, and HBSE II

Her interest research area is coping strategy and quality of life of the different ethnic older adult groups. She had written her dissertation on a topic of “A Study of Optimism, Coping Strategy, and Psychological Quality of Life among White, Korean, and African American Female Older Adults.” Recently, she submitted a manuscript for publication and three poster presentations are scheduled at the American Society of Aging (ASA), Southern Gerontological Society (SGS), and Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE), respectively. She is writing her next manuscript, entitled “Coping Strategies and Quality of Life of Older Women” and “Coping Strategies as a Mediator between Personality and QOL?”

Derek T. Mason, Ph.D, M.S.W., Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Social Work, Department of Human Services
230 Health Center      419-372-8901      Fax: 419-372-2400

Dr. Mason received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Rochester, M.S. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and an MSW and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

He has published and received grants in the areas of national drug policy, adolescent substance abuse, child welfare and social and health services to older persons. His current research examines social service utilization by older persons, including the role of information dispersion and acquisition processes on decisions to use senior center services; criminal victimization of older people; and the effects of missing data in survey analysis in social work research. He has also made numerous presentations, workshops and colloquia on establishing and enhancing the research capacity of community-based social service providers.

Mamta Ojha, Ph.D. MSW, CSW; Assistant Professor, Social Work, Department of Human Services
225 Health Center     419-372-8903     Fax:  419-372-2400

Mamta Ojha received her Bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from the Lucknow University, India.  She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Kentucky in 2005 and currently she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky.

Her research is focused on investigating and understanding work-life dynamics.  In her research, she has investigated state statutes protecting employment of intimate partner violence victims. She has also examined work and family environments of hourly and immigrant workers who often times are low-wage workers.  Presently, she is writing research papers from these projects, which are at various stages of manuscript writing and submission. She has also presented her research work at Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) conferences.