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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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