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Current Institutional Review Board Members

Rebecca Hays, Ph.D. (Chair)
(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.

Cathy Kunsch, Ph.D.

Cathy is an Assistant Professor of the Counseling Psychology department at Eastern University. Cathy earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Lehigh University, where has been employed as a research scientist in the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders (primarily with adolescents) for the past five years. She is also a certified school psychologist in Pennsylvania and nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP).  She worked for the Devereux Foundation and maintains those professional connections. Cathy is the Co-Coordinator of the School Psychology program at Eastern and her professional and research interests include autism, positive behavior support, and self-management.

Stephanie Pérez-Jarmul, M.S.W.

Stephanie has been a full time faculty member in the Social Work department at Eastern since 2013. Stephanie holds a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University where her concentration was Social Work in the Community and Policy arenas. She has over a decade of practice experience in working with Latino Communities of Philadelphia in the areas of Maternal and Child Health. Stephanie spends most of her time at the Esperanza College campus where she serves as site coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work program. Her research interests include modern marianismo, parenting and fatherhood.

Melissa Terlecki, Ph.D.
(610)-902-8358; mst723@cabrini.edu

Dr. Melissa Terlecki is an Associate Professor at Cabrini College in the Department of Psychology who serves as the IRB’s external reviewer. She received her PhD. from Temple University in Cognitive Psychology with a specialization in Neuroscience. Her research interests include spatial ability, gender studies, and metacognition. She serves multiple empirical journals as a peer-reviewer and is on the Editorial Board of Sex Roles. Likewise, Melissa serves the community by educating gradeschool students, especially young females, on the importance of STEM education. As an author, she has presented and published numerous articles and a book on training in spatial ability and closing the gender gap. Her most recent efforts involve building a new leadership program at Cabrini College, with a focus on metacognition. As a workshop presenter, she engages faculty and staff in metacognitive techniques and provides the pedagogical tools to share with students both inside and outside of the classroom. Melissa also serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Cabrini College.

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