HMS Faculty

Director of Health, Medicine, & Society Program

Jessecae Marsh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Marsh joined Lehigh in 2011 and is an associate professor in the Psychology Department. She became director of the Health, Medicine, and Society program in July, 2017. 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


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

Kelly Austin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology; Director of Global Studies

Dr. 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 and environmental causes of HIV, TB, and malaria in developing nations. Austin’s fieldwork is centered in rural Uganda, where

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

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

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

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

Dr. Lowe-Krentz is also affiliated with the bioengineering department and is a member of the health professions advisory committee at Lehigh. Her research in vascular cell signal transduction and stress is supported by the NIH and currently also by a CORE grant with Dr. Kathy Iovine to translate the work into zebrafish. She teaches Biochemistry courses and signal transduction.

Lucy Napper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Napper received her Ph.D. in Psychology for the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research focuses on responses to health-risk information, attitude and behavior change, and the assessment of health-related cognition and behaviors. She explores the influence of peers and parents on substance use and sexual risk behaviors of emerging adults. She also studies the efficacy of interventions

Lorenzo Servitje, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Servitje has been with Lehigh University since July, 2017. His research focuses on medical discourse and literature and history. He is currently working on a book project “Medicine is War: The Marital Metaphor in Victorian Literature and Culture,” that traces the history of the metaphorical militarization of medicine. While working in the Victorian period, Servitje also studies


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

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

Dr. 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 changes to

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

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).

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

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

Breena Holland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Initiative Program

Dr. Holland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Initiative. She earned her doctorate and master's degree in Political Science at the University of Chicago and she holds bachelor's degrees from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the Department of Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California at

Diane Hyland, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

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

Dr. 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; (2)

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

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

Holona Ochs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

Holona Ochs is an Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research interests include: public policy, nonprofit administration and social entrepreneurship, and research methods.

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

John Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 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 and 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

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

Jennifer Swann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Sciences

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-

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


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

Nicole Defenbaugh, Ph.D.
Clinical Communication Specialist, St. Luke's University Health Network
Prior to joining Lehigh University, Dr. Defenbaugh was a professor of Communication Studies for 13 years. She was also the Director of Education in the Department of Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Associate Professor for the University of South Florida – Morsani College of Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Defenbaugh became the Director of Advance Care Planning for the
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,

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

Rajika E. Reed, Ph.D., MPH, M.Ed. is the Senior Network Director of Epidemiology & Strategy at St Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, where she plays an instrumental role in conducting the Community Health Needs Assessments across SLUHN’s eleven campuses.  She also plays a role in quality improvement initiatives,


Professors Emeritus

Stephen Cutcliffe, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Emeritus
Arthur King, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Emeritus
Judith N. Lasker, Ph.D.
NEH Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Anthropology Emeritus

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

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