The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to welcome five new faculty to our college, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion for their field of study. Our college prides ourselves in fostering emerging student leaders in the areas of health and wellness, and this all starts with their education – here at Fresno State. Due to the diligence and unwavering dedication of faculty and administration, our 3,000+ students in our college are given a first-rate education and the chance to #LiveWell and #BeBold! We welcome our new and returning faculty to a start of a great 2015-2016 school year!
Dr. Serena Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Baylor University, master’s degree in ESL and Literacy Education from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas.
Johnson is an educator committed to eliminating barriers for d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Over the years, she has served the Deaf community in several capacities, including as a community American Sign Language interpreter, as a Deaf and hard of hearing educational consultant, and as Director of Education at a non-profit benefiting Deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
Johnson’s research interests include college access and success for d/Deaf students in higher education in general, d/Deaf students in community college in particular, and English as a Second Language students in higher education.
Dr. John Luke Pryor is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Health Science, with a concentration in Athletic Training, from Lock Haven University, master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College, and his doctorate in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut.
Pryor is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is actively engaged in community service and education in the prevention and treatment of exertional heat illnesses during endurance events. He has previously volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon and Falmouth Road Race.
Pryor’s research focus is improving recreational and occupational athlete safety and performance under oppressive environmental conditions. Related research interests are the effects of heat and hydration on endurance performance and thermoregulation, preventing lower extremity injury in youth athletes, and ergogenic aids in aerobic, anaerobic, and resistive exercise.
Dr. Jennifer Roos is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Fresno State, master’s in Physical Therapy from Fresno State, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the Fresno State/ UC San Francisco Joint Doctoral program.
Roos, a Central Valley native, previously taught in the Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State as a part-time lecturer in the area of healthcare and clinical experience. She has been serving the Valley as a licensed physical therapist for the past 15 years, specializing in chronic pain, aquatics, and women’s health. Most recently, she worked as a physical therapist liaison for San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Fresno, working with patients with a variety of complex orthopedic and neurologic conditions.
Roos’ research interests include inter/intra-professional education experiences for the DPT student and exposure to a multi-disciplinary team approach in simulation lab experiences. Other interests include analyzing data from use of the functional electrical stimulation cycle in chronic patient populations in multi-subject studies.
Dr. Stephen Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Sacramento, master’s degree in Audiology and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Utah, and Ph.D. in Audiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He later obtained an additional master’s degree and Ph.D. in Business Administration from California Coast University.
Roberts has a long history with Fresno State, where he has served as a lecturer and part-time faculty in CDDS for 21 years. During his time on campus, he has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses for students majoring in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Education. He also taught in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Rehabilitation at Fresno State for an additional 15 years.
During his expansive career, he’s held many leadership positions with local organizations. This includes acting as Chief Operating Officer of US Script, Inc. and Executive Director of the Division of Developmental, Genetic, Neurologic and Rehabilitative Care at Children’s Hospital Central California, among many other administrative roles.
Roberts’ research interests include pediatric audiology, audiology/aural rehabilitation with adults and audiologic/rehabilitation counseling with Deaf and hard of hearing communities.
Dr. Janice Smith-Warshaw is an assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Management Science from the University of South Carolina, masters in Deaf Education from McDaniel College, Ed.S. in Change Leadership in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice from the University of Redlands.
Smith-Warshaw brings with her 19 years of experience working in the deaf education system, having served as both an educator and administrator for several School for the Deaf facilities, specializing in early childhood education, high school level education and physical education. She most recently made history by becoming the first deaf woman to serve as superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, where she strived to provide skills and develop positive self-esteem for all Deaf and hard of hearing students.
Smith-Warshaw’s research interests include American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual education, education of Deaf and hard of hearing students, social and educational justice, change leadership and organizational change.
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