Scholarly Achievements

Here are the latest accomplishments in scholarship, research, and publications by MBU faculty and staff.

Megan Ady, assistant professor, Physician Assistant Program 

An article, “Sexual Health Preventive Services: Screenings, Vaccination, and Counseling,” Physician Assistant Clinics — Preventative Medicine, January.  

Melissa Anderson Morgan, adjunct professor, College of Education and School of Health and Human Performance

Completed specialized training in oncology-based yoga and launched “Yoga for Cancer” for cancer patients and survivors at the Staunton-Augusta YMCA. Her program was featured in Community Rec Magazine, a bi-monthly publication for health and fitness professionals serving their communities. 

Pam Bailey, interim associate dean, College of Education

Selected by the national board for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators as the associate vice president of affiliates, serving for a two-year term. 

William Cundiff, program director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program

A presentation, “New Whistleblower Protections Effective January 26, 2022,” focusing on the New York State Labor Law 740 revision, New York State Office of Medicaid Inspector General, February.

Matt Davies, associate professor, Shakespeare and Performance Program

A guest director for the University of Virginia’s graduate theatre program: a multimedia production of How To Live On Earth, Caplin Theatre, late February. Inspired by the failed Mars One Project, MJ Kaufmann’s play examines the fascination with new frontiers along with humans’ often tenuous connections to the world where they live.

Brianna Kurtz, assistant professor of teacher education

A presentation, “PIVOT! Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for Interruptions in Schooling,” 49th Annual Conference of the Research Council on Mathematical Learning, Grapevine, Texas, March 4. 

Natalie Murphy, director, School of Nursing

A national poster presentation: Haynes, T., Grigsby, S., Jupka, K., Finley, A., Hutchings, A., & Murphy, N. (2021). Integrating Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community into Course Modules to Prepare Nursing Students to Serve Diverse Populations. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Transforms 2021 Conference. Poster Presentation (live and virtual). Dallas, Texas. December 2-4, 2021.

Invited to serve as a director on the board of directors of Nursing Heart, Inc. Based in the United States, this non-governmental organization’s mission is to improve the health of marginalized communities in Guatemala and develop nurses who can face global public health challenges. Nursing Heart partners with nursing programs to offer immersion learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate nursing students in Guatemala. A partnership with Nursing Heart and Murphy Deming’s School of Nursing is underway.

Roderic Owen, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies

Invited to give the annual Memorial Endowment Lecture at Lady Doak College in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His talk on March 16 focused on “Understanding and Upholding Human Dignity.”

Invited to contribute to a conference on health and peace sponsored by Cardiff University, Wales. He spoke about diverse conceptions of anger and their relationship to developing peaceful and healthy ways of working through disagreement and conflict. 

Brenci Patiño, associate professor of Spanish

A panelist for “Harnessing Social Capital and Family Engagement to Enhance Latinx Student Success,” Virginia Latino Higher Education Network Encuentro 2022, March 18. 

Stephanie Sebolt, associate professor of education, and Mary Clay Thomas, associate professor of social work

A presentation, “Mindfulness, Resilience, and Self-Care for the Teacher and Practitioner,” 2022 Contemplative Practices for Higher Education Conference, Mount Saint Mary’s University, March 4. 

Pam Stephenson, associate professor, Occupational Therapy Program

A presentation, “Positive mental health at school: Building capacity through partnership,” together with occupational therapy students and faculty and a local school-based practitioner, Virginia’s state occupational therapy conference for children and youth practice. 

A presentation at the same conference for the plenary session, “Communities of practice and you: Taking the next step,” with occupational therapist Heidi Hull. This session focused on knowledge translation.