Faculty Highlights

Susan Cheng, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Public Health) will be presenting at the ASPHO conference this spring:

Cowell B, Cheng WS, Wang L, Rainusso N, Foster J. Definition of Risk Profile and Toxicities of High-Dose Methotrexate Use in Pediatric Osteosarcoma. American Society Pediatric Hematology Oncology, May 1-4, 2019, New Orleans, LA.


Seashore L, Cheng WS, Foster J. Treatment Outcomes in Children with Relapsed/Refractory Solid Tumors. American Society Pediatric Hematology Oncology, May 1-4, 2019, New Orleans, LA.


Bernhardt M, Mangum M, Cheng WS, Foster J. Management of High-Dose Methotrexate Infusions During an Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage. American Society Pediatric Hematology Oncology, May 1-4, 2019, New Orleans, LA.

Susan Cheng, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor) presented at the American Public Health Association in November the following:


Mason T, Battle A, Campbell K, Jackson N, Blevins A, Woodson M, Rodgers C, Langer J, Ali R, Cheng S. Levels of Emotional Intelligence as a Contributing Factor to Substance Use Behaviors among College Athletes: A Quantitative Approach. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 2019, Philadelphia, PA.


Mason T, Battle A, Campbell K, Ho L, Jackson N, Ali R, Langer J, Parise I, Cheng S. Follow-up Study: Quantitative Approach to the Effects of Emotional Intelligence, Persistence, and Graduation Rates on Substance Use Behaviors Among African American College Students. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 2019, Philadelphia, PA.


Mason T, Campbell K, Battle A, Ho L, Woodson M, Langer J, Ali R, Cheng S. Follow-up Study: Quantitative Approach to Exploring the Social Determinants of Health on Racial Inequities in Preventative Health Care in Young African American Men Versus Young Caucasian Men at Universities in the Midwest. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. November 2019, Philadelphia, PA.


Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, MHS, CHES (Assistant Professor, Nutrition) published an article that was also chosen as the Editor's choice for the June 2018 issue.

"Vegans report less bothersome vasomotor and physical menopausal symptoms than omnivores."

Beezhold B., Radnitz C., McGrath, RE, Feldman A.

Maturitas. 2018 Jun; 112:12-17 doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.03.009. Epub 2018 Mar 14.

PMID: 29704911

Dr. Gina Panozzo (Assistant Professor, Nursing) had a poster presentation entitled "Online Teaching Strategies" at the APNA IL Chapter Fall Seminar for NUrse Educators on 11/9/18.

Dr. Gina Panozzo (Assistant Professor) had two articles published in "Home Healthcare Now" in 2018 titled "A Day in the Life of a Psychiatric Home Care Nurse" and "Reach for the Stars".

 The COEHS Sixth Annual Faculty Research Forum was held March 26, 2019 with the following faculty presenting:

James Pelech, Ed.D. (Professor - Education) "Student Views on the Effects of Technology on Their Learning and Self-Efficacy or How We Got Our Cage Rattled"

Paula Sochacki, Ed.D., MPH, RDN, LDN (Assistant Professor - Nutrition)  "The Secret Recipe: To Leadership and Career Pathway Success in Dietetics"

Lindsey Ho, DrPH, MPH (Assistant Professor - Public Health)  "A Quantitative Approach to Characterizing the Joint Socio-demographic, Built Environment and Health Status of Communities"

Masoud (Max) Ghaffari, PhD, RN, MT (Assistant Professor - Nursing)  "Comparison of Three Instructional Methods for Teaching Pathophysiology"

Marshall J. Milbrath, PhD Candiddate, M. Ed. (Assistant Professor - Exercise Sports Studies)  "Examining Coach Decision-Making"

Dr. Margaret Delaney (Assistant Professor, Nursing) and Dr. Margaret Kipta (Assistant Professor, Nursing) presented "Cultural Competency in Health Care" at an afternoon break-out session at the University's Teach-In on Social Justice (March 4, 2019).

Dr. Gina Panozzo (Assistant Professor, Nursing) presented "Psychiatric Nurses' Perceptions of Therapeutic Alliance with the Schizophrenia Population:  A Survey Pilot Study" at the 18th Annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association - IL Chapter Conference (April 2018).  She was an APNA-IL Chapter 2018 Research Grant recipient.  She further served on the planning committee for the Conference.

Dr. Joan Libner (Professor, Nursing) presented a poster, "Improving Program NCLEX Pass Rates: Results to Implementing Remediation Strategies by The Illinois Board of Nursing" at the National League for Nursing 125th Anniversary Education 2018 Summit.

Drs. Deb Jezuit (Assistant Professor, Nursing) and Gina Panozzo (Assistant Professor, Nursing), Alison Ridge (Associate Professor Nursing) and Elizabeth Ritt (Professor, Nursing) presented a poster, "Graduate Nursing Students' Perspectives of Faculty Caring in Online Education" at the Springfield Memorial Medical Center 25th Annual Nursing Research Conference in March 2019.


Adjunct Faculty

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Name Department Email
Patricia Brown, DNP, APRN, CCRN-K BSN Nursing and Health pbrown@ben.edu
Sheila Campbell, Ph.D., RD Nutrition scampbell@ben.edu
Maureen Casten, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition mcasten@ben.edu
Jan Dowell, M.S., M.H.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. Nutrition jdowell@ben.edu
Lynn Dugan, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition ldugan@ben.edu
David Grotto, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition dgrotto@ben.edu
Michel Harris, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E. Nutrition MHarris@ben.edu
Kelly Knopf, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition kknopf@ben.edu
Annie Murphy, MPH, RDN, LDN Nutrition amurphy@ben.edu
Teresa Pangan, Ph.D., R.D.N. Nutrition tpangan@ben.edu
Monica Pawasarat, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition mpawasarat@ben.edu
Linda Roberts, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition lroberts@ben.edu
Laurie Schubert, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N Nutrition lschubert@ben.edu
Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition jshield@ben.edu
Anna Shlachter, MS, RDN, LDN Nutrition ashlachter@ben.edu
Traci Wessel, M.S., R.D., C.S.G., L.D.N. Nutrition twessel@ben.edu
College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Christopher Duffrin, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Email: egeorge@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

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Kindlon Hall, Room 258
Lisle, IL 60532

Fax: (630) 829-6281