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Four Doctoral Candidates to Defend Their Dissertations in June  

Audience listening in on a dissertation defense.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." 

- Benjamin Franklin


Doctoral candidates in the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration have made a tremendous investment in their scholarly work, which ultimately benefits not only their own goals, but also the world around them.

The School of Health and Medical Sciences is pleased to announce that the following individuals, candidates for the PhD in Health Sciences degree, will defend their dissertations in June. All members of the Seton Hall University community are invited to attend.

Carolyn Goeckel: “An Exploratory Study on Perceptions of Competency towards Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Athletic Training”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Location: Science & Technology Center, McNulty Amphitheatre
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dissertation Committee:
Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD, Chair
Vikram N. Dayalu, PhD, CCC-SLP
Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC

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Dennis Torre: "Effects of Direction Time-Constraints and Walking Speed on Turn Strategies and Gait Adaptations in Healthy Older and Young Adults"

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: Science & Technology Center, McNulty Amphitheatre
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Dissertation Committee:
Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD, Chair
Raju Parasher, MSc, EdD, PT
Preeti Nair, PT, PhD

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Thomas Koc: “Intra-rater Reliability of the Clavicular Jump Test (CJT)”

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Location: Science & Technology Center, McNulty Amphitheatre
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dissertation Committee:
H. James Phillips, PT, PhD, ATC, OCS, FAAOMPT, Chair
Deborah A. DeLuca, MS, JD
Annette Kirchgessner, PhD

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Brenda Petersen: “An Exploration of Nurse Educators’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Horizontal Violence Measured through Dimensions of Oppression"

Monday, June 12, 2017
Location: Science & Technology Center, McNulty Amphitheatre
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dissertation Committee:
Deborah A. DeLuca, MS, JD, Chair
Genevieve Pinto Zipp, PT, EdD
Terrence Cahill, EdD, FACHE


The PhD in Health Sciences interdisciplinary program helps healthcare professionals become advanced practitioners, researchers, managers and educators. The program’s specialization tracks include:

  • Health Professions Leadership
  • Movement Science
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Students in the program develop their individualized plan of study with a dedicated academic adviser who is a member of the faculty. Coursework also is enhanced by regular interactions with professionals in varied health fields, including nursing, hospital and healthcare systems management, pharmaceutical, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology.

Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Joann DeBerto, Department Secretary
  • (973) 275-2076
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