Dr. Stacy Jaffee Gropack
Associate Dean, School of Health Professions at LIU Brooklyn
Stacy Jaffee Gropack is currently the associate dean of the School of Health Professions at LIU Brooklyn, and a tenured associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University in higher education. Her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees were awarded from Long Island University. Her primary clinical experience is in pediatrics and adult rehabilitation. She currently is a consultant to a local early intervention program, providing physical therapy consultation to children less than five years of age. She teaches courses related to the psycho-social issues and education in physical therapy. Her current research interests include cultural diversity in the field of physical therapy and investigation of the use and knowledge of alternative therapies among physical therapists, as well as interprofessional education and the use of electronic portfolios for student development and assessment.
Associate Dean for LIU Pharmacy
Martin Brown, Associate Dean for LIU Pharmacy. He first joined LIU Pharmacy in 1985 and has held a variety of administrative positions including Coordinator of the Retail Drug Institute, Assistant Dean of Students, Assistant Dean and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs since assuming his present position in 2007. In his present position Dean Brown manages and oversees many of the day-to-day activities of LIU Pharmacy and provides direct academic oversight of the college's graduate programs. He has been connected to pharmacy his entire life and spent many hours working along side his pharmacist father at his pharmacy. He is a B.S. in Pharmacy graduate of the University of Iowa and also holds an M.S. in pharmaceutical socioeconomics from the same institution.
Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at LIU Pharmacy
Lorraine Cicero has been Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for LIU Pharmacy since 2007. She is also Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Cicero first joined LIU Pharmacy in 1994 as the Lasdon Research Fellow in Drug Information. Later she was named Drug Information Specialist and the Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice before being promoted to associate professor in 2005. In her present position Dr. Cicero is responsible for providing leadership, direction and administrative oversight for the student affairs and services of the LIU Pharmacy. She holds both B.S. in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from St. John's University and an M.S. in drug information and communication from LIU Pharmacy. She also holds a B.A. degree in sociology and health care humanities from SUNY at Stony Brook.
Mr. Eugene Spatz
Director, Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise
For more than 30 years, Professor Spatz has provided opportunities for people with disabilities to experience a quality of life that includes physical activity and sport, community living, employment and social inclusion. He works with the New York Special Olympics and other non-profit organizations, serving individuals with disabilities to develop inclusive fitness and sport programs that meet the needs of all people regardless of ability. His students play an integral role in assisting community organizations to help their participants and students to achieve a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Ms. Melissa Lent
Associate Director, B.S. in Health Science
Ms. Melissa Lent is a current Ed. D. student at LIU Post in the education leadership track and holds a Master of Science in Education for School Counseling from LIU Brooklyn. Her undergraduate degree is from SUNY Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. Ms. Lent currently teaches at LIU Brooklyn HS 300- The Introduction to Health Professions course for the Health Science program. Ms. Lent assists students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree with academic advising and preparation for graduation. She joined the Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science from previously working in the Office of Student Development and Retention where she was an academic and career counselor, all at LIU Brooklyn. She is from Brooklyn, NY, but currently resides in Long Island.
Dr. Kathryn S. Krase
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Dr. Kathryn S. Krase is an assistant professor of social work, and co-wrote the book, "Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect: A Practical Guide for Social Workers." She previously served as the associate director of Fordham University's Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child. Dr. Krase also served as the clinical social work supervisor for the Family Defense Clinic at New York University Law School. She earned her Ph.D. in social work, her Juris Doctor and her Master in Social Work from Fordham University. She teaches social policy, research, ethics, and child and family services. Her research and writing focuses on mandated reporting of child maltreatment, interdisciplinary education and practice, and social work education.
Ms. Kerry E. Weinberg
Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and Associate Professor
Kerry E. Weinberg is currently the associate professor and director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Long Island University. Prior to assuming her current position, she was a clinical associate professor, and director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at New York University. She received her M.A. from Fielding Graduate University in human organization systems and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree. She received an M.P.A. from New York University, a B.A. in economics from Fordham University, a certificate in ultrasound from Maryland Institute of Ultrasound (John Hopkins Medical Center), and a certificate in radiological technology; receiving the Squibb Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from the Mountainside Hospital School of Radiological Technology. She has served on the board of directors for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) and is still active in the society; she is a past chair and is currently an ex-officio member of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS); she currently serves on the board of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) as vice president; she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and also serves on the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography board of directors. She is a past president of the New York Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography and is listed in "Who's Who in America." She has contributed to numerous publications, including: "Clinical Guide to Ultrasonography;" "Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography;" "Review of Ultrasonography Examination;" "Assistant editor of Sonography Examination Guidelines;" among others. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of sonography and accreditation. Ms. Weinberg also facilitates in hybrid and online formats for both college and high school students engaged in internship training in business, finance and the entertainment industry.
Dr. Michael Masaracchio
Interim Chair and Associate Professor
Dr. Michael Masaracchio has been a practicing physical therapist for over 10 years. He is currently an associate professor and director of the Anatomy Lab at Long Island University's Department of Physical Therapy. Clinically, Dr. Masaracchio is the senior staff physical therapist at Masefield Cavallaro Physical Therapy, where he specializes in the examination and treatment of orthopedic and sports related pathologies. He is board certified in orthopedics and sports from the American Physical Therapy Specialization Council and has recently been appointed to the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for the sports physical therapy examination. Dr. Masaracchio has recently published a study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy entitled "Short-Term Combined Effects of Thoracic Spine Thrust Manipulation and Cervical Spine Non-Thrust Manipulation in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial." Dr. Masaracchio has also recently co-authored two articles. The first is entitled "The Use of Patellar Taping in the Management of a Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: A Case Report" and was published in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy in 2009. The second paper, entitled "Injuries in the Pediatric Athlete: Etiologies and Strategies for Prevention," was published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice in 2008. Currently, Dr. Masaracchio is co-authoring a book titled "Musculoskeletal Surface Palpation: A Clinical Guide." Over the past five years, Dr. Masaracchio has presented at local, national and international conferences on the examination and treatment of various orthopedic and sports pathologies. He will be completing his Fellowship in Manual Therapy from Regis University in July of 2013.
Karen Denard Goldman
Chair, Department of Pubic Health
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health
An award-winning health educator, teacher, mentor and author, Karen Denard Goldman has developed and implemented public and community health education programs for government agencies and voluntary non-profit organizations; taught in and directed graduate and undergraduate health education degree programs; been awarded and managed state and federal grants; authored peer-reviewed articles for public health, medical and health education journals, book chapters; co-authored two volumes of Health Education Tools of the Trade "how to columns;" and guest-edited a Health Education Career Development monograph for Eta Sigma Gamma. Dr. Goldman is the past president of the national Society for Public Health Education, a former member of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, co-founder of the New York State Coalition for Health Education and, recently, a member of the board of the Public Health Association of New York. He is currently on the board of the national Directors of Health Promotion and Education, an associate editor of Health Promotion Practice and coordinator of the annual New York City Public Health Leadership Conference, "Finding Your Inner Leader." Dr. Goldman is now Chair of the M.P.H. Program at LIU Brooklyn and director of KDG Consulting, a small health education consulting enterprise. Dr. Goldman holds an M.S. in community health sciences from Hunter College, CUNY, a Ph.D. in health education from NYU, and a certificate in human resources management from Pace University. A certified health education specialist since 1989, Karen is one of the original Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).
David K. Spierer
Associate Professor, Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science
Dr. Spierer is currently an associate professor and director of exercise science and the human performance laboratory in the Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Science at LIU Brooklyn. Dr. Spierer received his doctorate of education in applied physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004. In addition, Dr. Spierer is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and secured his certification as a corrective exercise specialist in 2012. Dr. Spierer teaches undergraduate courses in evaluation of fitness and foundations of exercise physiology and graduate courses in chronic disease and clinical exercise physiology. In the past four years Dr. Spierer has developed a variety of clinical, exercise science and fitness related affiliations. His students have gone on to work for large medical centers, franchised exercise organizations and private practices. Dr. Spierer's research focus includes investigations of stress (video gaming and cursing) and cardiovascular fitness and he has recently published a study regarding the reliability and validity of accelerometers. Dr. Spierer also has research interests are in the area of fitness in people with Parkinson's, cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system function in response to stress and exercise and the effects of exercise training in athletes. His research has been published and presented at national conferences.
When I began teaching over nine years ago I was most interested in communicating complex information with an enthusiastic voice. I thought that if I taught with enough vim and vigor, students would get excited about the content. Since that time I have been developing as a professor and although enthusiasm in my classroom is something I hold dear, the overall philosophy of my teaching has evolved to include a focus on creating lifelong learners, developing skillful clinicians, building a classroom environment that models real world situations, fostering professional development, serving as a role model and providing accessibility to students. I look forward to being able to continue to develop and implement innovative teaching methods to keep students engaged and interested in content. My function as a professor is to open students' eyes to the possibilities, encourage them to question and guide them toward the answers.
Director, Athletic Training Education Programs
Tracye Rawls-Martin is a certified athletic trainer and one of nine African American athletic training education program directors in the United States. She is "mother," advisor and professor to over 25 athletic training students within the B.S./M.S. degree program in athletic training and the Masters of Science in Advanced Athletic Training and Sports Sciences at LIU Brooklyn. After beginning her academic career as a dance education major, she discovered the field of athletic training. The combination of dance education and athletic performance complimented her personality since she loves helping people, dancing and participating in sports.
In addition to nurturing her students through program's academic requirements, she has had the honor and privilege of working with over one thousand athletes worldwide—high school, junior college, division one collegiate's, semiprofessional and professional levels. Her current responsibilities as director of athletic training education programs at LIU Brooklyn include teaching, administrative and service duties.
My primary goal as program director for both the undergraduate and graduate level programs is to fulfill the responsibilities of the position and to promote the mission of the Athletic Training Education Program. My responsibilities include the following items: organization and administration of all aspects of the educational program, curricula program and development, fiscal and budgetary input and management as determined by LIU, equitable distribution of educational opportunities at all clinical and classroom sites and recognized institutional responsibility or oversight for the day-to-day operation, coordination, supervision and evaluation of all components (academic and clinical education) of the ATEP.
Ms. Cindy Bravo-Sanchez
Director of Clinical Education, B.S. in Respiratory Care
Ms. Cindy Bravo-Sanchez is a registered respiratory therapist, with an additional credential of neonatal-pediatric specialist. She is a current Ph.D. student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and holds a Master of Public Administration from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Her undergraduate degree is from LIU Brooklyn with a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care. Ms. Bravo-Sanchez currently teaches Clinical Experience courses, RC 109, RC 229, RC 210, and RC 330, at LIU Brooklyn. Ms. Bravo-Sanchez is also an advisor to respiratory care students, as well as prospective students.
Mr. James E. Eckert
Preclinical Coordinator, Physician Assistant Studies
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
James E. Eckert, PA-C, M.A. has been a physician assistant for over 20 years and has extensive experience in orthopedic surgery. He also has practiced in the United States Public Health Service, Bureau of Federal Prisons and in the Johns Hopkins University/City of Baltimore STI Clinic. His Master's degree in pastoral and spiritual care brings a different perspective to working with patients and students. He is a member of LIU's SafeZone. In this capacity, he serves as a contact for individuals on campus with questions or concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Professor Eckert joined the full-time faculty of LIU Brooklyn's Division of Physician Assistant Studies in 2011 and continues to work clinically in orthopedics.
Director of Continuing Profession Education for LIU Pharmacy
Joseph Bova, Director of Continuing Profession Education for LIU Pharmacy. Prior to joining the college in 2009, Mr. Bova was a community pharmacist for over 30 years including owning a pharmacy. He has been a member, in both full and extended capacities, of the New York State Board of Pharmacy since 1995. He is a past president and chairman of the board of the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and former mayor of the Village of Dobbs Ferry, New York. Mr. Bova is a graduate of St. John's University College of Pharmacy and recently completed his M.S. in drug regulatory affairs from LIU Pharmacy.
Field Coordinator for LIU Pharmacy
Fernando Gonzalez is a Field Coordinator for Experiential Education for LIU Pharmacy. He joined the College in 2010 with more than 20 years of management experience with several major pharmacy chains. He was appointed to the New York State of Pharmacy in 2007 and has been involved in many community outreach programs especially those aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse. Mr. Gonzalez received his pharmacy degree from the College and is an active alum, serving on the Alumni Board of Directors. In addition, he recently earned a MS in drug regulatory affairs from LIU Pharmacy.
Dr. Jo Rees
Assistant Professor of Social Work, LIU Brooklyn
Dr. Jo Rees primary research interests focus on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and adults involved in the juvenile/criminal justice systems. Dr. Rees has a commitment to conducting collaborative and culturally responsive community-based research to inform social policy and program development. She is currently working with a Brooklyn community based agency to identify the needs of formerly incarcerated LGBTQ individuals in New York City.
Dr. Katherine Dimitropoulou
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Katherine Dimitropoulou has been faculty in professional programs since 2000. Her area of expertise is research and pediatrics. Her research work focuses on understanding mechanisms to develop adaptive responses to learning in clinical population and education. Her recent work involves working with professional students to improve literacy and performance in critical thinking tasks. The last four years, she has been expanding her research work in education and specifically in implementing effective strategies in on-line and blended content delivery methods. She is working towards her certificate in On-line education and management and has participated in curriculum development and design for Occupational Therapy programs through initiatives at the American Occupational Therapy Association.