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Current Institutional Review Board Members

Susan Edgar-Smith, Ph.D. (Chair)
(610) 341-4379;  sedgarsm@eastern.edu

Dr. Edgar-Smith (B.A. Connecticut College, 1984; MA & PhD Bryn Mawr College, 1998) is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Counseling Psychology department.  She serves as the degree coordinator for the School Counseling and the School Psychology programs. Dr. Edgar-Smith is a licensed and school certified psychologist, specializing in school consultation for elementary, secondary and post-secondary students who are coping with learning and social/emotional issues. Her consultations involve short to long-term psychotherapeutic interventions and psychoeducational assessments. Her clinical areas of interest include Aspergers Disorder, ADHD, anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders, childhood abuse and its impact on emotional, social, and academic progress.

Rebecca Hays, Ph.D.
(610) 341-1460;  rhays@eastern.edu

Dr. Hays is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Eastern University. Dr. Hays has a Master’s degree in Marine Science and a Ph.D. in Oceanography, and uses aerial photography, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and GIS to examine the relationship between vegetation and ground elevation in salt marshes.  She teaches courses in Marine Biology and Environmental Issues, and works with undergraduate researchers on nutrient chemistry in wetland and aquatic systems, using remote sensing and GIS to examine vegetation patterns, and examining the relationships between organisms and their hydrological and geochemical environments.

Kathy-Ann Hernandez, Ph.D.
(610) 225-5686;  khernand@eastern.edu

Dr. Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern University, and has several years of experience teaching diverse student populations at all levels. She has taught in her native country of Trinidad and Tobago, the British Virgin Islands, and for the Russell-Conwell Center at Temple University. She is also an educational researcher, having worked at Temple University as a Research Assistant/Associate for the College of Education and the Center for Research in Human Development and Education.

Meg Laakso, Ph.D.
(610) 341-5864;  mlaakso@eastern.edu

Dr. Laakso is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Eastern University. She has a Master's degree in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology. Prior to joining the Eastern faculty, Dr. Laakso's research focused on a mechanism by which drug-resistant virus HIV enters the host cell.  Current projects with undergraduates investigate economically important plant viruses and how insects transmit them to crops. She teaches courses in Genetics and Biotechnology.

Tara Stoppa, Ph.D.
(610) 341-5871;  tstoppa@eastern.edu

Dr. Stoppa is an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair of the Psychology Department at Eastern University. Dr. Stoppa teaches courses that focus on human development, personality, and family issues. Her research interests relate to the study of identity formation during adolescence and the transition to adulthood, focusing upon the processes underscoring identity development and the emergence of an adult sense of self and self-in-relation to society. In addition, this work also fundamentally entails a consideration of both individual and social-level factors (including the contexts of family, peers, community and institutions) that may either serve to promote or constrain adaptive development in this area -- ultimately, with an eye toward intervention.

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