ACADEMICS

  • New Faculty 2017-2018

    Worcester State University is pleased to showcase our newest faculty members and librarians, whose in-depth knowledge of their disciplines and dedication to teaching, scholarship, and research will inspire students to transform their curiosity and passion into the knowledge and skills that can shape the future.

  • Tanya Biello
     
      

    Tanya Biello

    Occupational Therapy
    MOT, Worcester State University
    Areas of expertise: physical disabilities, neurodevelopmental treatment, neurovision rehabilitation
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am excited to become part of the interdisciplinary effort to provide a supportive, engaging, learning environment aimed at fostering both personal and intellectual growth, as well as providing rich opportunities for a unique, diverse group of students.
    Laura Bothwell
     

    Laura Bothwell

    Health Sciences
    Ph.D., Columbia University
    Areas of expertise: bioethics and public health ethics, the global history of medicine and public health, national and international health policy, pharmaceutical regulation
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am excited to work with the highly diverse student body at Worcester State University.

     

    Alex Burgess
     

    Alex Burgess

    Psychology
    Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Areas of expertise: child clinical psychology
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? By fostering a student-centered learning atmosphere, WSU has a clear mission to providing top quality higher education publicly.
    Nancy-Dooley
     

    Nancy Robert Dooley

    Occupational Therapy
    Ph.D., New York University
    Areas of expertise: geriatrics, mental health, working with people who have dementia and their caregivers
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I love that there is so much happening at Worcester State to engage students and faculty.

     

    Aleel Grennan
     

    Aleel Grennan

    Biology
    Ph.D., University of Illinois
    Area of expertise: plant physiology
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I’m excited by the supportive community that encourages student engagement and curiosity.

     

    Nargess Hakim

    Nargess Hakim

    Mathematics
    M.S., WPI
    Areas of expertise: pre-calculus and business calculus
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? Diverse students and faculty and supportive environment excite me to continue teaching at WSU.


    Robert Holmes
     

    Robert Holmes

    Business Administration and Economics
    Ph.D., Northeastern University
    Areas of expertise: organizational behavior, health-care systems
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I’m excited about the supportive faculty and close relationships to students.

     

    Alfredo Justo
     

    Alfredo Justo

    Biology
    Ph.D., University of Vigo (Spain)
    Areas of expertise: biology, mycology, botany
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I’m excited about the great variety of biology courses offered to the students and the emphasis on critical thinking and hands-on experience.

     

    Terri Khoury
     

    Theresa “Terri” Khoury

    Nursing
    D.N.P., Regis College
    Area of expertise: public health
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I’m excited about sharing my love of nursing and public health.

     

    Nabin Malakar
     

    Nabin Malakar

    Earth, Environment, and Physics
    Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
    Areas of expertise: remote sensing, land surface temperature and emissivity, air pollution, application of machine learning to earth sciences
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I’m excited about the unique cultural and intellectual history of Worcester, diversity, and opportunity to prepare next generation of students with problem solving skills.

     

    Andrew Piazza
     

    Andrew Piazza

    Health Sciences
    Ph.D., University of Alabama
    Area of expertise: injury prevention and control
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am a firm believer that learning works both ways in the classroom. I am excited about the opportunity to learn from my students and incorporate what I learn into future lessons.

     

    Jacquelyn Raftery Helmer
     

    Jacquelyn Raftery-Helmer

    Psychology
    Ph.D., Clark University
    Areas of expertise: child clinical psychology, motivation, family interaction and parenting
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am excited about the intellectual curiosity of Worcester State students and the diversity of experiences they bring to the classroom. I am looking forward to joining a community of talented teacher-scholars who give so much of themselves to their students.

     

    Jamie Remillard
     

    Jamie Remillard

    English
    Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
    Areas of expertise: science writing, rhetoric of science, technical and professional communication, participatory rhetorics, public writing
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? WSU students are driven, caring, curious, and creative, and I am excited to connect with them in the classroom and beyond. I look forward to the many opportunities at WSU to link teaching with meaningful interdisciplinary, community-engaged research.

     

    Spyridon Tsakas
     

    Spyridon Tsakas

    Business Administration and Economics
    M.Sc., University of Edinburgh
    Areas of expertise: entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation, technology, health care
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I think Worcester State plays a central role in forming educated, knowledgeable, and socially conscious individuals who care about making the world a better place. I hope to contribute to this noble mission and help form a better future through the next generation.
    Jaime Vallejos
     

    Jaime Vallejos

    Health Sciences
    M.D., UNAN-Leon Nicaragua
    Areas of expertise: health policy design and implementation, health systems quality improvement, public and global health, population management, vulnerable populations, youth educational programs
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am excited about the diversity and engagement of our students, the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty and the local community, and the honor to prepare the next generation of public health professionals.

     

    William Chadbourne

    Nursing
    M.S., Worcester State University
    Area of expertise: nursing
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? The learning environment at Worcester State is enhanced by the variety of students with their rich backgrounds that add different points of view in the classroom setting.

     

    Colleen Karow

    Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    Areas of expertise: acquired neurological cognitive and communication disorders, cognitive wellness during aging, mild cognitive impairment, technology and application-based treatments for aging individuals with cognitive and communication disorders
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? I am excited to mentor students from a wide range of backgrounds and interests in this vibrant urban community. I am also excited that Worcester State University offers many opportunities for collaboration with health and human services educators and scientists.



     

    Ana Neto

    Biology
    Ph.D., University Pablo deOlavide (Spain) and University of Porto (Portugal)
    Areas of expertise: microbiology, cancer, developmental biology
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? Everyone is excited to collaborate and disseminate the knowledge!

     

    Michelle Paik Page

    Nursing
    M.S., Framingham State University
    Area of expertise:nursing education
    What excites you about the learning environment at Worcester State? Worcester State University has been named the number one nursing school in Massachusetts for NCLEX-RN licensure pass rates in 2017. This has been an extremely important highlight during my tenure here.