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Who Serves on the Institutional Review Board?

The Institutional Review Board members serve on a volunteer basis and are profiled below.

The minimum composition of the board is established by institutional policy. The chair is a faculty member elected from within the board. The policy regarding board membership is described in the IRB Guidebook.

Chair

John A. Mills, Ph.D., ABPP (State University of New York at Buffalo), professor, Department of Psychology. Dr. Mills is a licensed psychologist (Pennsylvania and Delaware) and holds the diplomate in Counseling Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, the only post-doctoral credential recognized by the American Psychological Association for clinical achievement. He earned a B.A. with Distinction from the University of Delaware (1978) and an M.Ed. in Counseling/Student Personnel Administration. He attended Purdue University for one year before transferring to SUNY–Buffalo. He earned an M.S. in Sport Science from IUP in 2003. In the Department of Psychology, Dr. Mills teaches at the undergraduate and doctoral levels and serves on a number of committees, including service as the chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee. He has also served on the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is a Fellow of PPA. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), and the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR). His current scholarly interests include the structure of personality and emotion, interpersonal behavior, addictions, clinical supervision, health and sports behavior, and professional and ethical issues. He may be reached by e-mail at jamills@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-4520.

Members

Lynanne Black, Ph.D. (Temple University), associate professor, Department of Educational and School Psychology. Dr. Black has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Classical Humanities and Psychology (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.), a Master of Education degree in School Psychology (Temple University), and a Ph.D. in School Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood (Temple University). In addition to teaching courses, she is the chair of the Educational and School Psychology Departmental IRB committee and serves on the Curriculum Committee, School Psychology Committee, and Doctoral Committee. She is a member of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, the National Association of School Psychologists, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council for Exceptional Children—Division for Early Childhood, and the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Black also serves on the Children’s Advisory Commission, Children’s Advisory Commission Early Care and Education Committee, and Children’s Advisory Commission Executive Committee. She can be reached via e-mail at lblack@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-4757.

Kristy S. Chunta, Ph.D., R.N., ACNS, B.C., C.M.C. (West Virginia University), associate professor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health. Dr. Chunta is a licensed registered nurse (Pennsylvania) and holds certification as a clinical specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing and a subspecialty certification in Adult Cardiac Medicine. She earned her diploma in Nursing from the Conemaugh School of Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing and School Nurse Certification from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown; and Masters of Science in Nursing with role preparation in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Chunta teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and serves on a number of committees, including the College of Health and Human Services Graduate Curriculum Committee. She is vice president of the board of trustees for the Lucas Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides support to families who have lost a newborn. Her research interests include anxiety, depression, expectations, and physical health status in patients recovering from open-heart surgery. Dr. Chunta is a reviewer for clinical, research, and nursing education-based journals, including the American Journal of Nursing, Heart & Lung, and Nurse Education Today. She can be reached via e-mail at kchunta@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2408.

Hilliary E. Creely, J.D., Ph.D., (Brown University), assistant dean for Research, School of Graduate Studies and Research. Dr. Creely received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biology, (The George Washington University), a J.D. and Certificate of Specialization in Law and Technology, (University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law), and a Ph.D. in molecular biology (Brown University). Prior to joining IUP, Dr. Creely was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was also a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Stem Cell Fellow in Law, a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany, a Max-Planck-Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow, and an NIH pre-doctoral institutional training grant funding recipient. Dr. Creely can be reached by e-mail at hcreely@iup.edu, or by phone at 724-357-2655.

Sharon K. Deckert, Ph.D. (Arizona University), associate professor, Composition and TESOL, Department of English. Dr. Deckert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Comunications (University of Utah), a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics (University of Utah), and a Ph.D. in Second Language Education Teaching (SLAT), (Arizona University). In addition to teaching English courses, she is head mentor of Composition and TESOL Teaching Associates. Dr. Deckert has served as an ESL tutor volunteer at the Cresson Correctional Facility, Cresson, Pa. She has also served on the Graduate Student Travel Awards committee for the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Dr. Deckert is a member of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Law and Society Association, International Association of Forensic Linguistics, International Society for Language Studies, and National Council for Teacher of English. She can be reached via e-mail at Sharon.Deckert@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2261.

Kathleen J. Hanrahan, Ph.D. (Rutgers University), professor, Department of Criminology. Dr. Hanrahan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology (State University of New York at Albany), a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice (State University of New York at Albany), and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (Rutgers University). In addition to teaching courses, she is the assistant chair of the Department of Criminology. Dr. Hanrahan is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Teaching Committee and is a board member of the Criminal Justice Policy Review. She is a past member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, State Representative for Pennsylvania of the NEACJS (Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences), and served on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators. Her project interests and research have included “Fear of Crime among Elderly Women”; “Electronic Monitoring and House Arrest: Offender Perceptions of Intermediate Sanctions”; “College Students’ Perceptions of Cybercrime”; and “Pilot Project on Parenting Concerns among Male Inmates.” She can be reached via e-mail at hanrahan@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-2720.

Christoph Maier, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University), associate professor, Department of Mathematics. Dr. Maier teaches Statistics and Mathematics courses to both graduate and undergraduate students and is coordinator of the IUP Applied Research Lab. He also serves as the internship coordinator for the Mathematics Department. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Math, with emphasis on Computer Science, from Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) and a Master of Arts degree in Pure Mathematics from Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.). Dr. Maier is a statistical consultant with the Prostate and Urologic Cancer Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and an active member of Sigma Xi. He can be reached via e-mail at christoph.maier@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-3799.

Vincent Mercuri, M.Ed. (University of Pittsburgh), LPC, CAC, Community Representative. Mr. Mercuri currently serves as the executive director of the Open Door Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Center in Indiana, Pa. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Gannon University and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Mercuri is a licensed professional counselor, a certified addictions counselor (CAC), Office of Drug and Alcohol registered trainer, and is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a secondary school guidance counselor. He has served on the Pennsylvania Certification Board’s Ethics Curriculum Development Committee and was curriculum coordinator at Robert Morris College in its drug and alcohol counseling certificate program. He has also taught at Penn State University and the Community College of Allegheny County in their respective drug and alcohol counseling programs. He has been actively involved in areas such as food banks, assisting the homeless, DARE, and EMS, and has served as a school board member.

Laurie Roehrich, Ph.D. (University of South Florida), associate professor, Psychology. Dr. Roehrich is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and California and a member of the American Psychological Association Divisions 35 (Women), 38 (Health Psychology), and 50 (Addictive Behavior), in the latter of which she has held the position of secretary-treasurer since 2002. She is also a reviewer for several psychology journals and an active member of many IUP-related organizations. Her professional and research interests include addictive behavior, substance abuse, health psychology, cognitive-behavioral treatments, women and minority issues, depression/mood management, and public health/community psychology. She can be reached by e-mail at roehrich@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-3168.

Jennifer Roberts, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska), professor, Department of Criminology. Jennifer currently serves as the director of the Monroeville master’s program in addition to teaching doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate courses. She has conducted numerous research projects involving independent data collection and has taught master’s-level research methods courses and a Ph.D.-level survey methods course. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She may be contacted by e-mail at jroberts@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-5934.

Mark A. Sloniger, Ph.D., CSCS (University of Georgia), associate professor, Exercise Science. Dr. Sloniger is an active participant in the field of exercise science. He is a current member of the American College of Sports Medicine, for which he has served as a lecturer for several workshops. He is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on its executive committee. Finally, Dr. Sloniger is a member the National Strength and Conditioning Association, from which he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. His academic and research interests are in aging and muscle function. He may be reached at Mark.Sloniger@iup.edu or by phone at 724-357-5508.

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