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Pavan AntonyPavan John Antony

Dr. Pavan John Antony, associate professor in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

His recent research focuses on parents and children with disabilities who immigrated to the United States. Dr. Antony has spent over three years working with children with disabilities in
segregated settings in India where he studied families living in different socio economic status in Southwest India. A strong advocate for inclusive education, Dr. Antony believes resources exist in every community around the globe to build inclusion. Dr. Antony has worked with community-based organizations and student groups in various parts of the world in identifying community based resources to promote inclusion. When it comes to college classroom instruction, he integrates community service as an important part of the instruction. Providing students in college classrooms opportunities to listen to stories of individuals with disabilities and their families is one of the several strategies that Dr. Antony adopts into his teaching. He co-edited the book titled College for students with disabilities: We Do Belong.

Elizabeth de Freitas

Dr. Elizabeth de Freitas, professor in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Freitas is a specialist in mathematics education and cultural studies. She coedited the book, Opening the Research Text: Critical Insights and In(ter)ventions into Mathematics Education, which serves as an important resource for teacher educators and researchers in education.

expert-khamis-dakwarReem Khamis Dakwar

Dr. Reem Khamis Dakwar, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dakwar is the director of the Neurophysiology in Speech and Language Pathology (NSLP) Lab in the Hy Weinberg Center where she conducts clinically relevant neurophysiological studies relating to the field of speech-language pathology.  Her research focuses on the neurocognitive representation of Arabic diglossia and clinical speech and language assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

expert-ledererSusan Lederer

Dr. Susan Lederer, associate professor and director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Lederer develops research-based language and jumpstart literacy programs for young children with language delays. She is the author of peer-reviewed articles, three award-winning children’s books, and the StoryBook Yoga music CD.

Greg LetterGreg Letter

Dr. Greg Letter, associate professor and program director of the sport management programs

Letter earned his Ph.D. in administration and teaching with a concentration in sport administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also spent time in sporting goods retail management in jumbo sports, three years of marketing and management experience, as well as minority ownership of an independent growing company and approximately five years of teaching and coaching experience in the Philadelphia School District, Montgomery County School District and Saint Olios Academy in Brainmart, Pennsylvania.

Cindy Maguire

Cindy Maguire is associate professor of art and design education

She Co-Directs ArtsAction Group, an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. Her research interests include arts and development in US and international contexts, STEM to STEAM, and the role of collaborative and socially engaged art in personal and social transformation.

expert-mungaiAnne M. Mungai

Dr. Anne M. Mungai, professor, chair of Department of Curriculum and Instruction and director of adolescence and childhood special education 

Mungai is an educational consultant on professional development, gender, and special education, especially inclusion issues. She teaches courses in classroom management; foundations in families, cultures and learning; and team collaboration.

Robert Otto

Dr. Robert Otto, professor of exercise science and director of the human performance laboratory

He teaches advanced exercise physiology courses and in his lab he studies ways to enhance efficiency in human performance, from increasing elite tri-athletes’ running speeds to improving elderly patients’ mobility.  In 2005, he co-wrote the latest edition of the American Council for Sports Medicine’s primary exercise physiology textbook, ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

He is a registered as: Clinical Exercise Physiologist ACSM (2006), Licensed Exercise Physiologist (Louisiana 2005), ACSM Health Fitness Director (2006), ACSM Exercise Specialist (2006).

expert-jschoepflinJanet R. Schoepflin

Dr. Janet Schoepflin, professor and director for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Schoepflin’s primary research interests are in the areas of speech recognition in normal hearing individuals and persons with hearing loss and in sensory aids to improve speech recognition performance in individuals with hearing loss.

expert-serpanosYula C. Serpanos

Dr. Yula C. Serpanos, professor and director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Serpanos is a New York State licensed audiologist and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Dr. Serpanos has clinical expertise in diagnostic audiology. Her research agenda includes audiologic screening and noise-induced hearing loss. She also coordinates the Doctor of Audiology Program.  

Stephen Shore

Dr. Stephen Shore, clinical assistant professor of special education

Shore is an internationally known expert and leading educator on autism who was diagnosed as a child with strong autistic tendencies. Dr. Shore was nonverbal until age four but with the strong support of his family and teachers, he completed his doctoral dissertation. Dr. Shore is currently the author of multiple books about autism. His newest book released on August 21 is College for students with disabilities: We Do Belong. His other books include Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell: Self Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2nd. Ed.

Anne Marie Skvarla

Anne Marie Skvarla, director of the Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders

As director, Skvarla is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the center, program development and collaborates with faculty to coordinate and develop curriculum and program initiatives for the program and University. Her extensive background also includes serving as the Clinic Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Disorders Clinic within the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University in New York, NY.

As a member of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Skvarla has served on program committees for the group’s annual convention.  She is also an active member of the Metropolitan New York Council of University Clinic Directors in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Skvarla has extensive administrative and clinical experience in both the university and hospital settings. Areas of interest include acquired adult neurological impairments, dysphagia, clinical supervision and inter-professional education/collaboration.

expert-virgilioStephen Virgilio

Dr. Stephen Virgilio, professor, Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management

Virgilio can discuss better ways for parents to go about approaching the topic of weight with their child; how to motivate children to become active and play sports; how parents can set a good example of a fit and active lifestyle for their children; how the obesity problem is on the rise; the factors behind the obesity numbers; and what’s being done to combat the issue. In his latest published book, Fitness Education for Children: A Team Approach, 2nd. ed. (Human Kinetics 2012), Dr. Virgilio emphasizes the importance of collaboration to combat obesity and promote active lifestyles. He shows how you can combine the efforts of physical educators, administrators, classroom teachers, school volunteers, parents, school lunch personnel, health service professionals, and others in the community.

Dr. Virgilio has been a children’s health expert for more than 30 years and has served as a consultant to companies such as Fisher-Price, Sport-Fun, and Dannon Yogurt, as well as to school districts across the country. In his previous book, Active Start for Healthy Kids: Activities, Exercises, and Nutritional Tips, which focuses on children ages 2-6, he provides a wealth of safe, inexpensive, and developmentally appropriate activities that parents, teachers, and caregivers can implement.  He says it is important to reach children in their formative years and help them develop positive behaviors that will last a lifetime. He has been quoted in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, SELF, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today, as well as Child and Parenting magazines. He also has been a guest on several national broadcasts, including the radio program “Parent Talk” and ABC’s “20/20.”

John Wygand

John Wygand, clinical associate professor, Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management

Wygand is a College of Sports Medicine Fellow (ACSM.), which recognizes outstanding professional achievement in research and/or service in the field. Wygand’s primary research interests are in clinical exercise physiology and sports performance physiology.  

Wygand has taught at Adelphi since 1985 where he is the director of Undergraduate Programs in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy in the Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education, Sport Management (ESHSPESM). Wygand also serves as the Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine and his responsibilities include the Adult Fitness Program and CHANGE, which is a teenage obesity intervention program in conjunction with Winthrop University Hospital.  He is co-chair of the university’s Wellness Committee.

expert-zarcoEmilia Zarco

Dr. Emilia Zarco, associate professor of health studies and chair of the Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management

Her work focuses on developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Health Education and Promotion Programs. She is a physician from the Philippines.


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