HMS Faculty

Director of Health, Medicine, & Society Program

Kelly Austin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Kelly Austin, was named the Health, Medicine and Society Program Director in 2014. Professor Austin's research and teaching interests include global development and inequality, global health, the environment, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Since arriving at Lehigh in 2012, Austin has continued to develop research investigating the social

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Core Faculty

Sirry Alang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Alang earned her doctorate in health services research, policy and administration at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, her master’s in sociology from Lehigh University and her bachelor’s in sociology and anthropology from the University of Buea in Cameroon.  Prior to joining Lehigh’s faculty, Alang was principal planning analyst at the Hennepin County Public Health

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Christopher Burke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

My research focuses on the links between stress and physical/mental health and the social/structural factors that strengthen or weaken such links. Stress is intimately linked to public health issues, as it can be both an antecedent and a consequence of chronic health problems. It is perhaps not surprising that chronic health problems can be a source of stress, but recent work also shows that

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Dena Davis, Ph.D.
Presidential Endowed Chair in Health - Humanities/Social Sciences; Professor of Religion Studies; Associate Director of Personnel for Health, Medicine and Society

Dr. Davis comes to Lehigh after teaching at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University) and Central Michigan University. She received her doctorate in religion from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from University of Virginia. Her specialty is bioethics, and her specific focus is on the ethics of genetic medicine and genetic research. Dr. Davis' latest book is Genetic

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Elizabeth A. Dolan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Dr. Dolan researches and teaches 18th -century literature and contemporary illness narratives. Her book Seeing Suffering in Women’s Literature of the Romantic Era (Ashgate 2008) addresses 18th-century medical topics such as melancholia, contagious eye disease, health travel, and the impoverished ill.  She taught literature to medical students for three years in the Department of

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Judith N. Lasker, Ph.D.
NEH Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

Dr. Lasker’s major area of interest in both teaching and research is in the field of medical sociology, with particular emphasis on women’s health issues and international health. She has carried out extensive research on pregnancy loss and infertility and is co-author with Susan Borg of two books on these subjects, When Pregnancy Fails; Families Coping with Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy

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Julia Lechuga, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education and Health, Medicine and Society

Julia Lechuga (Education and Human Services and The Community Health Research Group) earned her doctorate in health psychology, her master’s in experimental psychology and her bachelor’s in psychology/communication at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Before joining Lehigh’s faculty she served as an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research

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Linda Lowe-Krentz, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Biochemistry

Dr. Lowe-Krentz is also a member of the bioengineering advisory program and the health professions advisory committee at Lehigh. Her research in vascular cell signal transduction and stress is supported by the NIH and currently also through an interdisciplinary award to Mechanical/Bioengineering Professor Yaling Liu of Lehigh University. She teaches Biochemistry courses, has taught Anatomy and

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Jessecae Marsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Marsh joined Lehigh in 2011 as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department. She completed her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Yale University in 2008 and spent three years as an assistant professor at Texas Tech University before joining Lehigh’s faculty. Dr. Marsh’s research addresses how the beliefs that people hold influence the way they think about the world. She has

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Lucy Napper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Napper received her Ph.D. in Psychology for the University of Sheffield, UK. She researches substance use, risky sexual behaviors, and the efficacy of risk reduction approaches. Her current research focuses on substance use among emerging adults, the context of high-risk alcohol use, and the

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Affiliated Faculty

Susan Barrett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Barrett is a developmental psychologist who studies how children and teens reason about health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors. Her current work focuses on how sensitivity to body size and shape changes as children’s bodies mature and how sports participation affects attitudes about the body’s shortcomings and strengths. Dr. Barrett regularly offers HMS/Psyc386 Child Health

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Bill Best, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Co-Director of Lehigh IDEAS, Director of STS Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Professor Best's scholarly interests revolve around the technical, social, cultural and political aspects concerning engineering disasters. His particular interest is the social and political response to engineering disasters, primarily railway and structural disasters, in 20th century Britain. His work investigates the "Public Inquiry Process" and how this process, if at all, facilitates

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Shin-Yi Chou, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics

Dr. Shin-Yi Chou received her B.A. from National Taiwan University in 1994 and her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1999. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses on three aspects: quality and cost of health care; economic analysis of obesity; and health insurance, education and health outcomes. Her recent research on parental education

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Constance Cook, Ph.D.
Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Connie Cook has published Death in Ancient China: The Tale of One Man's Journey (Leiden, Brill Press, 2006). The book assesses information from one of China's oldest "medical records," which were buried in the patient's tomb. Forthcoming is Pre-Han Healing in the Harvard Illustrated History of Chinese Medicine and Healing (Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press).

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Stephen Cutcliffe, Ph.D.
Professor of History; Director of Science, Technology, & Society Program

Dr. Cutcliffe engages issues related to HMS primarily in his teaching. His gateway course for the STS Program—STS 11: “Technology and Human Values”—includes a short unit on health technology and the social and ethical issues posed by developments in the field of medicine. He is currently pursuing research in the area of nanotechnology and its societal implications, which include many health

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Sharon Friedman, M.A.
Professor of Journalism & Communication; Director of Lehigh's Science & Environmental Writing Program

Sharon M. Friedman is Professor and Director of the Science and Environmental Writing Program in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University. At Lehigh, she served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006-2008, Chair of the Journalism and Communication Department from 1986-1995 and Undergraduate Curriculum Director of

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Breena Holland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science; Environmental Initiative Program
Diane Hyland, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology; Associate Dean for CAS Faculty & Staff

Dr. Hyland specializes in the study of adult development and aging. She studies psycho-social adaptation to normative developmental life transitions, such as entry into college or retirement. She also studies individual differences in coping and adaptation to traumatic life events such as infertility, stroke, and physical disability.

Chad Meyerhoefer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Meyerhoefer’s research focuses on the economics of health and nutrition, much of which involves the use of microeconometric methods to evaluate and inform public policy.  He has research spans the fields of economics, health services research, and health policy.  Some of his current research projects include: (1) examining the relationship between food assistance programs and health

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Gordon Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Psychology

I am a social psychologist whose research interests examine thought processes that occur effortlessly and unconsciously, which nonetheless direct how we perceive the world (often without us realizing we have been influenced in any way). A primary focus of this research examines unconscious influences on our impressions of others. For example, the unconscious nature of stereotyping causes

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Ageliki Nicolopoulou, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Prof. Nicolopoulou is a sociocultural developmental psychologist with a range of research interests that include the role of narrative in development, socialization, and education as well as the influence of the peer group and peer culture as social contexts for promoting and shaping children's language, social understanding, and gender identity.

Several facets of her work have

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Helena Ochs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Laura Katz Olson, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Olson has published seven books: The Political Economy of Aging: The State, Private Power and Social Welfare; Aging and Public Policy: The Politics of Growing Old in America; The Graying of the World: Who Will Take Care of the Frail Elderly; Age Through Ethnic Lenses: Caring for the Elderly in a Multicultural Society; The Not So Golden Year: Caregiving, the Frail Elderly and the

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John Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson of History

Professor Smith, trained both as an engineer and a historian, specializes in the history of technology and business history. His research interests focus on the history of industrial research and development and the chemical industry. He is co-author of Science and Corporate Strategy: DuPont R&D, 1902-1980, and he has published articles in Technology and Culture, and Science.

Alan J. Snyder, Ph.D.
Vice President & Associate Provost for Research & Graduate Studies

Dr. Snyder is a bioengineer by training. His research career focused on the development and use of heart replacement devices for critically ill patients, his work spanning from fundamental aspects of device design and interactions between natural and human-designed systems, through clinical application. His experience in an academic medicine setting, where he had responsibilities related to

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Lloyd Steffen, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion Studies; University Chaplain

Lloyd Steffen is Professor of Religion Studies as well as University Chaplain at Lehigh.  He Directs the Dialogue Center and the Lehigh Prison Project.  Steffen teaches Bioethics and a course on religious interpretations of plague and pandemic, “From the Black Death to AIDS.”  He has recently written, co-written or co-edited four books that all involve issues involving health care, death and

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Jennifer Swann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences
Lehigh University HMS - Jennifer Swann

Dr. Jennifer Swann received her doctorate in reproductive neuro-endocrinology from Northwestern University. She studied at University of Michigan and was tenured at Rutgers Newark before coming to Lehigh as an associate professor of biology in 1996. The recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, Swann's teaching interests include neuro-

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Bruce Whitehouse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Whitehouse joined the faculty at Lehigh in 2008 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brown University in 2007. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Mali, Nigeria, and the Republic of Congo on subjects ranging from female infertility to marriage to transnational migration. He regularly teaches "Health, Illness and Healing," an introduction to medical anthropology

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Adjunct Faculty

Bonnie Coyle, M.D.
Director of Community Health, St. Luke’s Health Network

Dr. Coyle earned her MD at Jefferson Medical College and a Masters degree in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland. She is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine, a member of both the APTR (Association for Prevention Teaching and Research), the APHA (American Public Health Association), and the ACPM (American College of Preventive Medicine), and has served as both

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Timothy A. Lomauro, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Dr. Lomauro is a clinical psychologist and has been a part-time faculty member at Lehigh since 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1990 at St. John's University in New York. He has taught undergraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology and the Psychology of Body Image and Eating Disorders. Dr. Lomauro is a Licensed Psychologist in NJ, NY,

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Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Sociology

My work bridges the fields of political sociology, global health, and international development to explore global social change. My research utilizes a comparative, cross-national perspective to examine how structural forces including political institutions, world institutions including IGOs and INGOs, and features of political economy impact the well-being of populations across nations.

Rajika Reed
Adjunct Professor, Sociology, Epidemiologist, St. Luke's Hospital

Professors Emeritus

Arthur King, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Emeritus
Larry Silberstein, Ph.D.
Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Studies, Emeritus
Barbara Traister, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Emeritus