ASU College of Health Solutions Welcomes 22 New Faculty

September 12, 2022

Twenty-two new faculty members join the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University for the 2022-2023 academic year, bringing an infusion of new talent, energy, and ideas.

The new faculty offer significant experience that will help the college prepare its future healthcare leaders and advance its mission to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.

ASU’s College of Health Solutions is welcoming 22 new faculty members for the 2022-2023 year. Pictured: (top row from left) Danny Hughes, Mindy McEntee, Adewale Oyeyemi and Susan Racette; (second row from left) Joseph Roberts, Taichi Suzuki, Niko Verdecias and Joshua Anbar; (third row from left) Liz Harrell, Jessica Hogan, Rajendra Karkee and Hugh Lamont; (fourth row from left) Mallory Mushaben, Rollin Medcalf, Ileana Ratiu and Travis Schlappi. (Not pictured: Jade Culbertson, Charles Leddon, Jennifer Ratigan, Norma Rodriguez, Indigo Young and Robert Zwarich.)
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“We are thrilled to welcome these impressive professors to the College of Health Solutions,” said Associate Dean Michael Yudell said. “Our new faculty bring diverse experience and credentials to the college, adding to our teaching and research expertise in a wide range of areas, including nutrition, population health, global health, health care systems health, biomedical diagnostics, movement science and speech and hearing. Science. They are well prepared to contribute to our collaborative approach to solving health issues.

The new faculty comes at an exciting time as the College of Health Solutions celebrates its 10e anniversary and expanding its research and programs to meet demand from healthcare professionals. The college has a unique structure that combines several diverse but related health disciplines to help the community meet its many health challenges.

Full and Tenure-Track Professors

New tenured and tenure-track faculty bring a significant depth of academic knowledge, research, and scholarship to the College of Health Solutions:

  • Danny Hughes, a professor of health care systems, begins in January 2023. Hughes comes to college from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Economics, where he served as director of the Health Economics and Analytics Laboratory and the master’s program . He was also Executive Director and Principal Investigator at the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Mindy McEntee is an assistant professor of population health. McEntee has taught numerous college courses as a postdoctoral fellow over the past year. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Towson University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University from Nebraska.

  • Adewale Oyeyemi is Associate Professor of Population Health, as of January 2023. Prior to ASU, Oyeymi was Professor of Community Physiotherapy and Health Promotion at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Social Health Sciences from Ghent University in Belgium, a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Records from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

  • Susan Racette is a professor of movement sciences. Racette previously served as a professor of physical therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Racette received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Biology (with a minor in Biochemistry) from Bucknell University.

  • Joseph Robert is an incoming assistant professor of nutrition who holds a doctorate in nutrition and health sciences from Emory University, a master’s degree in nutrition and health sciences from the University of Nebraska, and a bachelor of science in science. of Nutrition from North Carolina State University. His recent teaching experience includes positions at Georgia State University, Emory University and Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • Suzuki Tai Chi will start in January 2023 as an assistant professor of nutrition/biodesign. Suzuki’s education includes a PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California-Berkeley, a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in animal science. science and resources from Nihon University in Japan. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Microbiome Sciences at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Germany.

  • Niko Verdecias, an assistant professor of population health, comes to the College of Health Solutions after a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. While in Washington, Verdecias was a co-investigator for three COVID-19 health information, immunization, and communication grants. Verdecias holds a doctorate in public health (with a focus on community health and prevention) from Drexel University, a master’s degree in public health from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a BS in Psychology from Syracuse University.

Career faculty

These new faculty bring excellence in teaching, clinical experience, and service in their fields to their new roles as career faculty at the College of Health Solutions:

  • Joshua Anbar, a lecturer in health care systems, was previously an associate professor at the College of Health Solutions. Anbar earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Arizona in 2020.

  • Jade Culbertson is a lecturer in population health. Culbertson, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Utah, was most recently the fitness and community wellness coordinator at the Northeast Community Center in Portland.

  • Liz Harrel started as a clinical associate professor in the area of ​​health care systems in May. Harrell holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Arizona State University.

  • Jessica Hogan joins as a lecturer in population health. Hogan, who earned a doctorate in behavioral health from ASU, was most recently an adjunct professor of psychology and business at Grand Canyon University.

  • Rajendra Karkee will be a lecturer in population health from January after serving as associate professor of public health at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal.

  • Hugues Lamont will begin in January 2023 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Movement Science after serving as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.

  • Charles Ledonlecturer in movement sciences, was previously director of sports science initiatives for the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team.

  • Rollin Medcalf, a lecturer in health sciences and medical studies, was most recently an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in Taos. Medcalf holds an MD from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine.

  • Mallory Mushaben brings her experience as a respiratory therapist to her role as a lecturer in health sciences and medical studies. Mushaben has worked at Mayo Clinic Hospital since 2020.

  • Jennifer Ratigan, a clinical associate professor of speech and hearing sciences, started college in January. Ratigan, who did an audiology residency with the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and earned a doctorate in audiology from Gallaudet University, brings clinical and classroom experience to the position.

  • Ileana Ratiu joins as a Clinical Associate Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Ratiu, who earned a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences from ASU, recently taught at Midwestern University.

  • Norma Rodriguez is a lecturer in speech and hearing sciences. Rodriguez brings to this position extensive speech-language pathology experience gained over many years leading a clinical practice.

  • Travis Schlappi will start as a lecturer in biomedical diagnostics in January 2023. Schlappi, who holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, was an assistant professor of medical diagnostics at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California.

  • Young Indigo joined the college as a clinical associate professor in speech and hearing sciences. Young has been a clinical instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston since 2017.

  • Robert Zwarich is a lecturer on health care systems. Most recently, Zwarich was a teaching assistant at Texas Tech University.

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