Merrimack College has hired 14 new faculty members for the 2023-24 academic year. These teachers, researchers and thought leaders bring a wide breadth of knowledge and expertise in fields such as nursing, accounting, clinical mental health, communications and criminology.
“Without question, faculty are essential to the ongoing success at Merrimack,” said John “Sean” Condon, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Through a deep devotion to areas of expertise and a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, Merrimack faculty make significant contributions to society and are sought-after authorities in their fields.”
Mark Benander, Ph.D.
Mark Benander, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- M.S., Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Boston, MA
- M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- B.S., Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Research Interests: Trauma; Autism; Psychopharmacology; Online Graduate Learning in Mental Health Counseling.
Teaching Interests: Psychopharmacology; Counseling Theory; Counseling Skills, Assessment and Diagnosis.
Amanda Carlson, Ph.D. (ABD)
Amanda Carlson, Ph.D. (ABD), Assistant Professor, Accounting
Teaching Interests: Auditing; Data Analytics; Financial Accounting and Reporting; Fraud and Forensic Accounting; Nonprofit and Governmental Accounting.
Philip Cole, R.N., D.N.P., M.B.A., M.S.N.
Philip Cole, R.N., D.N.P., M.B.A., M.S.N., Assistant Clinical Professor, Nursing
- D.N.P., Nursing, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
- M.B.A., Business, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT
- M.S.N., Nursing Informatics, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT
- B.S.N., Nursing, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT
Research Interests: Resuscitation Medicine, Procedures, and Communication; Electronic Medical Record Efficiency; Nursing Communication; Efficiency of Emergency Medical Service Use; High Fidelity Simulation during Resuscitation Education.
Teaching Interests: Emergency Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Health Assessment, Pharmacology; Cardiac Electrophysiology; Medical Terminology.
Amanda Cremone-Caira, Ph.D.
Amanda Cremone-Caira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology
Teaching Interests: Cognitivie Electrophysiology; Science Writing; Research Methodology.
Rebecca Legro, M.S.
Rebecca Legro, M.S., Assistant Professor of Practice, Compass Program
Teaching Interests: Critical Inquiry; Conflict Resolution; Student Development Theory.
Kristy McDowell, Ph.D.
Kristy McDowell, Ph.D., Lecturer, Director of Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Program
- Ph.D., Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- B.S., Ecology and Evolution, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
Research Interests: Conservation Biology; Disease Ecology; Ecotoxicology.
Teaching Interests: Environmental Science
Christine McLaughlin, Ph.D. (ABD)
Christine McLaughlin, Ph.D. (ABD), Assistant Professor of Practice, Compass Program
Teaching Interests: Twentieth-Century Modernism; English Composition and Literature; English Language Learning and Student Success.
Angela Mousseau, Ph.D.
Angela Mousseau, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Teaching Interests: Statistics; Positive Psychology; Culturally Competent Practice and Leadership; Child Psychotherapy; Psychological Assessment; Research Methods.
Lien Nguyen, Ph.D.
Lien Nguyen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice, Public Affairs
Teaching Interests: Government Finance – Capital Financing; Government Revenue and Fiscal Health; Public Management and Policy Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Nonprofit Management.
Jhansi Prathuri, Ph.D.
Jhansi Prathuri, Ph.D., Instructional Professor, Computer and Data Sciences
Teaching Interests: Design and Implementation of Cryptographic Algorithms using Chaotic Functions; Machine Learning; Big Data; Cryptography; Chaotic Cryptography; Non-linear Dynamics.
Septime Sessou, Ph.D. (ABD)
Septime Sessou, Ph.D. (ABD), Assistant Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Teaching Interests: Intercultural Communication; Environmental Communication; Organizational Communication; Media, Culture and Identity; Communication and Advocacy.
Amy Shafrir, Sc.D.
Amy Shafrir, Sc.D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Public Health
Teaching Interests: Public Health; Epidemiology; Chronic Disease Epidemiology; Reproduction Health; Quantitative and Research Methods.
Brian Zager, Ph.D.
Brian Zager, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice, Compass Program
Teaching Interests: Communication Skills.
Paul T. Zipper, Ph.D.
Paul T. Zipper, Ph.D., Lecturer, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Teaching Interests: Theoretical Criminology; Criminal Law and Procedure; Juvenile Justice; Hate Crimes; Criminal Investigation Research Methods.