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Accolades: July 2019

Publications, presentations and promotions: What our faculty and students have been up to recently

June 26, 2019

Chinako Belanger, associate director for Residence Life, Robin Bishop, PhD, chair of the psychology department; and Kimberly Nao, PhD, Fritz B Burns Endowed Chair of Education and Director of Instructional Leadership.
Chinako Belanger, associate director for Residence Life, Robin Bishop, PhD, chair of the psychology department; and Kimberly Nao, PhD, Fritz B Burns Endowed Chair of Education and Director of Instructional Leadership.

Faculty

A team from Mount Saint Mary’s presented “Mitigating the Gap in Cultural Competency: Addressing LGBTQIA+ Inclusion, Equity, and Access on College Campuses” at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education in June in Portland, Ore. Chinako Belanger, associate director for Residence Life, Robin Bishop, PhD, chair of the psychology department; and Kimberly Nao, PhD, Fritz B Burns Endowed Chair of Education and Director of Instructional Leadership, discussed how the University’s efforts to live up to its new admission policy to admit transgender women and transgender men in its traditional undergraduate programs by addressing the gap in cultural competency around LGBTQ issues at our institution.

Paula Helu-Brown, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, Julie Jackson, PsyD, assistant professor of psychology, and Jocelyn Chong, PhD, director of the Title V Postbaccalaureate Project and the Professional and Academic Resource Center, presented “Próximos Pasos: Building on and Expanding Latinx-Oriented Programs” at the 2019 Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators conference in April in Riverside, CA. The presentation focused on how Mount Saint Mary’s built on the success of the ¡Enlaces! Certificate to develop a Title V-funded PsyD clinical psychology program with an emphasis on Latinx mental health which launches this fall. The conference theme was Institutionalizing Inclusive Support Systems for Latinx in Higher Education.

Associate Professor Madeleine Bruning, EdD, has been named interim director of the Master of Science in Nursing program. A pediatric nurse practitioner, Bruning teaches pediatrics in the ADN program and her research interests have focused on vulnerable student populations in post-secondary educational settings. Assistant Professor Robert Vos will serve as interim director of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. He had previously served as the ABSN assistant program director.

Montserrat Requant, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Language and Culture, presented a selection of her work, entitled “If the Inns were Inns of Court,” at the 31st annual Cervantes Symposium of California at Cal State Northridge in April. She specializes in peninsular literature in comparative contexts. Her current research focuses on Cervantes and Bacon

Students

A research group led by Luiza Nogaj, PhD, professor of biological sciences, and Loyola Marymount University professor David A. Moffett published “Amyloidogenicity of naturally occurring full-length animal IAPP variants” in June in the Journal of Peptide Science. Mount biology majors Alissa Oakes ’19, Arleen Lamba ’20, Jaris Torres ’19, Litza I. Ledesma Monjaraz ’19 and Crystabel Munoz ’19 collaborated with students from LMU on the research.