New faculty and staff bring expertise to the College
Five Faculty join the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sheryl L. Chatfield, Ph.D. (left), joins as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Chatfield is conducting research and is teaching in the MPH and Ph.D. programs. Prior to coming to Kent State University, Dr. Chatfield served as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Chatfield earned her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi with a concentration in Health Behavior. She also earned a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research from Nova Southeastern University.
Abigail Gamble, Ph.D. (left), joins as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Gamble will be teaching MPH courses, developing online courses and assisting in research projects. Prior to joining Kent State University, Dr. Gamble was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Gamble earned her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi with a concentration in Health Behavior.
Kristina N. Knight, Ph.D., MPH, joins as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Knight will be teaching courses in the BSPH, MPH and Doctoral programs, and conducting research. Prior to joining Kent State University, Dr. Knight was the Assistant Program Director and the Director of Community Initiatives for the MPH Program in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. She was Adjunct Faculty at both the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University. Dr. Knight earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Health Education and Promotion and is a Certified Master Trainer of Youth Development Programs.
Mary M. Step, Ph.D. (left), joins as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Step will be teaching in BSPH, MPH, and PhD programs as well as conducting her research. Prior her appointment at Kent State University, Dr. Step was at Case Western Reserve University as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Case School of Medicine. Dr. Step earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Communication Studies and completed a post doctoral fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has been funded by the American Cancer Society, HRSA and NCI. Her current research spans clinician communication training, alternative tobacco products, and social media based health interventions.
Janice D. Yoder, Ph.D., joins as a Professor. Dr. Yoder is the current editor of Sex Roles. She is assisting students and faculty on publishing their research and serving on dissertation committees. Before coming to Kent State University, Dr. Yoder served as Professor at the University of Akron in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Yoder earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Bethany Lanese, PhD, joins the Department of Health Policy and Management as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Lanese will support course development in the new Online MPH Program, as well as teach courses in the MPH and BSPH programs. Prior to her appointment with Kent State University, Dr. Lanese served as a Lecturer at the University of Akron, where she taught courses in healthcare management and organizational behavior. Dr. Lanese worked for almost five years at a non-profit community hospital in healthcare management as the Co-Management Administrator/ Coordinator of Special Projects. She also held appointments at Cleveland State University and Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Lanese earned her PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University and has a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration from the University of Akron.
New staff, Advisors Mary Scott – Toepfer, M.Ed (left) and and Shaunte Rouse (right) join Student Services.