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Faculty/Staff Profiles

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College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Valbona Bejieri, Ph.D. , Associate Professor                                                            

Prediction Inference, Bayesian Methods, Experimental Design, Survey Methodology, Applications in the field of Biostatistics, Environmental and Social Studies

Kimberly Bell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                                                                    

Health Behaviors, Cardiac Activity, Cognition and Neural Correlates

Angela Bullock, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Technology in Social Work Education and Practice, Informal Caregiving, Co-ed Mental Health

Wanda M. Colston, Ph.D., Professor

Language and Learning, Multicultural Communication

Abdi Darai, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Chaos and Fractais, Differential Equations

Angelyn Spaulding Flowers, J.D., Ph.D., Professor

Development and utilization of computer models and computer-based simulations to examine social destabilization phenomenon such as crime or terrorism within a complex systems framework.

Pamela Hampton-Garland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                

Gifted and Talented Education Advocacy, College and Career Readiness

Sylvia I. B. Hill, Ph.D., Professor

Use of research and community organizing techniques to mobilize communities to work on public safety. In particular, developing a geo-spatial neighborhood intervention model to reduce homicide, vehicular theft, and other indices of decaying neighborhoods.

Brandy Huderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Mammary gland breast cancer, Steroid Receptor biology

Amanda Huron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Urban Geography, Cooperative Housing, Urban Commons, GIS, DC History

Arleen King-Berry, JD, Professor

Special Education

Judith Korey, M.A., Music Program Coordinator/Jazz Archives Curator                   

Preservation and Access, Presenting Music

Chereen Leid, B.S., Project Coordinator MSI-CBO                                             

HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Alcohol Abuse, Campus Assaults

Maxine LeGail, M.S., Associate Professor

Communications Studies, Story Telling/Folk, African American English

Pamela Mertens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Post Traumatic Stress

Carl Moore, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Universal Design for Learning Inclusion, Educational Technology

Patricia M. Myers, Ed. D., Professor

Recruiting Effective Teachers: Identifying Qualities that Make a Difference. This research examines pre- and post-assessment data, self-identified personal attributes, and mentor assessments of participants in the District of Columbia Teacher Institute Program (DC-TIP), a Transition to Teaching grant-funded program.

Heidi Oliver-O'Gilvie, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Qualitative research on the work, lives and experiences of urban learners guided by highly-effective practitioners; work anchored in hip-hop, culturally relevant pedagogy and critical theory; collaborations in the field to craft manuscripts that include practical strategies for in-service practitioners.

Hailemichael Seyoum, Ph.D., Professor

Research in magnetism and magnetic materials, superconductivity, analyze and model magnetic hysteresis data, and atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Wynn Yarbrough, Ph.D., Chair, Division Arts and Humanities/Associate

Children’s Literature, Children’s Poetry, Gender, Education Literacy, Modern American Poetry, British/Commonwealth Poetry

College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability& Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)

Genell Anderson, AIA, Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning

The design and architecture of buildings and public facilities and DC Code for building compliance.

Elmira Asongwed, MS, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Secondary prevention with anklebrachial index measurements to identify peripheral artery disease and evidence-based education interventions for adult learners

Yacov Assa, Lab Technician, Environmental Quality Testing Lab, Water Resources Research Institute

Soil Biogeochemistry, Soil Fertility Management, Climate Change, Water Quality, and Soil Conservation

Mchezaji "Che" Axum, Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

Soil Nutrition, High Intensity Urban Farming, Agroecology

Sapna Batheja, Project Specialist, Nutrition and Health, Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health

Public Health Nutrition, Community Nutrition

Ralph Belton, RA, CSI, NOMA, ASEE, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning

Preservation Rehabilitation

Pier Broadnax, Ph.D., Director, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Leadership Development, Breast Cancer in Minority Women, Childhood Obesity

Kathy Dixon, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C Associate, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Architecture and Community Planning

Urban Planning, LEED buildings

Lorraine Weller Clarke, Ph.D., Project Specialist In Urban Agriculture, Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education

Community Gardens and Well Being, Urban Biodiversity, Heavy Metals in Soils, Soil Ecology

Justine Cromer, Project Specialist, Green Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Center for Sustainable Development

Integrated Marketing, Strategic Communications, Change Management, and Sustainable Business Development

Tolessa Deksissa, Ph.D., Director, Water Resources Research Institute, Professional Science Master’s in Water Resource Management and the Environmental Quality Testing Lab

Water quality assessment and modeling; emerging contaminants; GIS based modeling of green infrastructure; trace metal analysis and speciation with ICP-MS ; analysis of pesticide, PCBs and emerging contaminants with GC-MS, analysis of pharmaceutical and personal care products using TOF-MS with DSA; fate and transport of organic contaminants in soil and water; modeling integrated urban wastewater system; adaptive water resources management; and fostering significant learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Prema Ganganna, Ph.D., Chair, Division of Nutrition, Nursing and Health

Diabetic Nutrition, improving the dietary habits of the elderly, identifying barriers to good nutrition in the low socioeconomic areas of Washington, D.C.

William Hare, MSc., Associate Dean for Landgrant Programs

Soil Nutrients, Water Resources Management, Ethnic and Specialty Crops

B. Michelle Harris, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Minority health issues and reducing health disparities

Dr. Elgloria Harrison, the Special Assistant to the Dean

Community-based approaches to Asthma Management, Climate Change and its impact on human health, disaster preparedness, and cultural and emotional intelligence 

Barbara S. Harvey, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Xiaochu Hu, Ph.D., Project Specialist in Applied Economic Evaluation, Center for Sustainable Development

Economic Development and Immigration Policy

Anne Marie Jean-Baptiste, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, Assistant Professor,  Bachelor of Science Nursing

Critical Care and Adult Emergency Nursing

Susan Schaefer Kliman, Ph.D., AIA, Chair, Division of Architecture and Urban Sustainability

Urban heat island effect, and mitigation through appropriate building design, High performance buildings, Building science, Integration of landscape with the structure to improve energy efficiency, and incorporation of urban agriculture/farming with residential design

Tia Jeffrey, Ph.D., Project Specialist, Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health

Urban Health Disparities, positive youth development via nutrition education and fitness, and Senior Wellness

Dwane Jones, Ph.D., Director, Center for Sustainable Development

Urban Sustainability, Urban Stormwater Management, Environmental Policy, Urban Design, Public Health

Ashley Milton, Ph.D., Project Specialist, Environmental & Public Health in the Center for Sustainable Development

The valuation, benefit transfer, the ecology of deforestation and the links to human health, and conservation of biodiversity

Lillie Monroe-Lord, Director, Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health

Inner City Childhood Obesity Prevention, Food Security, Health Literacy and Geriatrics

Sabine O'Hara, Ph.D., Dean and Director of Landgrant Programs

Sustainable Economic Development, Community based approaches to Economic Development, Ecological and Agricultural Economics, stakeholder based assessment, Discourse Based Valuation, Economic Development and its Social/Cultural and Environmental Context. 

Clarence Pearson, Jr., Distinguished Professor, Architectural Research Institute

The design and management of residential, commercial, civil and institutional structures.

Matthew Richardson, Ph.D.

Understanding plant-insect relationships in human-managed, disturbed, and restored habitats.

John Slack, Ph.D., Director, Department of Health Education


Sebhat Tefera, Project Specialist, Environmental Quality Testing Lab, Water Resources Research Institute

Perchlorate analyses in drinking and ground water contaminants, vegetables, fruits and milk by LC/MS/MS (Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry), sodium in low sodium food products by ICP/MS (Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry), and detection of the adulteration of cereal flours with melamine and related triazine byproducts of ammeline, ammelide, and cyanuric acid by HPLC/DAD (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode-Array Detection)

Harris Trobman, Project Specialist in Green Infrastructure, Center for Sustainable Development

restoration of urban systems, with a particular interest on diverse and complex systems, and his skills include socially responsive design, community engagement, landscape architecture, urban design, and horticulture

Kamran Zendehdel, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Development

Urban Sustainability, Environmental Policy, Experimental Design, Community Engagement, Group Decision Making

School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

Nikolai V. Ostapenko, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Cross-border business transactions, globalization of entrepreneurship, evolution of international economic integration, and in a variety of aspects of transnational management and global marketing management.

Yolandra Plummer, Ph.D., Director, Counseling & Student Dev.

Human Service, Equal Rights in Higher Education, Working with Special Populations

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

Abiose O. Adebayo, Ph.D., Professor/Chair

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Structural Dynamics (CFD/CSD) method in the study of forced response and flutter of a turbomachinery row in the time domain.

Pradeep K. Behera, Ph. D., P.E., D.WRE, Associate Professor

Urban Stormwater Management, Non-point Source Pollution, Water Resources Engineering, Erosion and Sediment Control, Sustainable Urban Water Systems, Environmental Systems, Spatio-Temporal Informatics.

Paul Cotae, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Wireless mobile communication systems including B3G, CDMA/TDMA and 4G communication technologies, performance analysis, systems design, physical layer capability, the design of advanced communication algorithms, and recommendations for standards in B3G digital wireless communication systems.

Dong Hyun Jeong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

HCI, Visual Analytics, Visualization, Cloud Computing, Physical Computing

Junwhan Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                                                          

Distributed Systems; Software and Hardware Transactional Memory; Fault Tolerance; Wireless Networking; Cross-layer Optimization

Samuel Lakeou, Ph.D., Professor                                                                                

Solar Cell Efficiency, Laser Assisted Prototyping, Pulsed Laser Deposition of Thin Films, Data Acquisition System Design, Renewable Energy Power Systems, VLSI Design

Lily R. Liang, Ph.D., Associate Professor                                                                         

Research interests include but are not limited to: data mining, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition and digital image processing. In the past several years, she has been focusing on developing and applying algorithms in the biomedical field.

LaVonne Manning, M.S., Associate Professor                                                         

Educational research involving robotics, including the use of robotics as a way to attract and retain students in computer science and to encourage the pursuit of graduate studies

James C. Shakir, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                                                        

Distributed Application, Cloud Distribution, Network Security

Devdas Shetty, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Mechatronics Design, Production Engineering and Design, Industrial Engineering and Design, Biomedical Research, Rehabilitation Suspension Systems,

Xueging Song, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Design and synthesis of derivatives of biologically potential organic and organometallic molecules aimed at enhancing their bioavailability and target selectivity; 2. Characterization of their structures using state-of-the-art spectroscopic, photo-physical, and electrochemical methods; Understanding of the relationship between the properties of the molecular components and their bioavailability, and then to use that knowledge to direct our synthetic efforts.

Lara Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Postural Control, Balance Rehabilitation Devises/Aids, Prostheses Implants, Rehabilitation Robotics

Pawan Tyagi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Molecular Spintronics, Solar Cells, Biomedical Sensors, Nanomaterials based devices

Briana L. Wellman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor                                             

Multi-robots, Educational Robotics, Autonomous Systems

Byunggu Yu, Ph.D., Professor                                                                                                

Novel techniques for managing and accessing continuously changing information in space-time continuum and already proven techniques for managing low- to high-dimensional data presented in many publications in leading scientific forums in Computer Science.

Ahmet Zeytinci, Ph.D. Professor

Numerical Methods in Structural Analysis, Vibrations, Plates and Shells, Foundation Design and Finite Element Analysis in Engineering Problems.

Yoa Yu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Public Transportation Planning

Nian Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Neural networks, fuzzy logic and their applications in autonomous robot navigation, signal processing, security, energy and power grid, and related fields, and VLSI/FPGA design.

UDC Community College (UDC-CC)

Robyn Ellis, M.A., Director, College Readiness and Community Outreach    

College Readiness, Community Outreach

Kimberly Ford, MPA., Dean, Workforce Development and Life Long Learning

Workforce Development, Lifelong Learning

Yolanda Harris, M.Ed., Division Director, Business Department                       

Business, Marketing, Business Education, Fashion

Marilyn Hamilton, M.Ed.  Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs

Effective practices related to training prospective teachers to use technology in the classroom, and the use of electronic portfolios in teacher preparation programs; 1. The effect of a single course, Technology for Teachers, on teacher candidates' use of technology in the classroom during and after student teaching.
2. What does the electronic portfolio tell us about the teacher candidate's capacity to impact student learning, and the belief that all students can learn?

Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D., Director, Humanities Division                                

Interpreting, documenting and chronicling the history of the African American Deaf Community

Administrative Units

Scott King, M.S., M.S.,
Associate Professor/Program Coordinator

Student Development, Servant Leadership, Management Education, Hospitality Industry, Experiential Education, Study Abroad

Harold Obiakor, M.D. Adjunct Professor (Science/Math)

The control and eradication malaria parasites, Prevention of placental malaria, Infant Mortality

Beverly Bennett-Roberts, Ph.D. Adjunct Prof., ECLT Program Advisor  

Early Childhood

Edith R. Westfall, D.Sc. Associate Dean, Workforce Development and Life Long Learning

Workforce Development, Lifelong Learning

Katherine S. Broderick, JD, Dean, David A. Clarke School of Law                      

Legal Education, Poverty and Inequality, First Amendment, Pro Bono Legal Services, Legal Education, Poverty and Inequality, First Amendment, Pro Bono Legal Services

Nancy Carlson, Ph.D., Coordinator, Counseling Graduate Program

Gifted and Talented Education (advocacy for underrepresented populations), Differentiated Counseling needs in the Schools.

Serena Butler-Johnson, Psy.D., Director, Counseling and Student Development Center

Women’s Issues, Mental Health, Expressive Therapy, Psycho-Therapy, Suicide Prevention, Body Image, Eating Disorders, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Working with diverse populations, Mind/Body Connections

Ayana Elliott, DPN, Health Services Director                                                     

HIV/AIDS, Health Issues

Sislena Ledbetter, Ph.D., Director, Counseling/Student Development                

Leadership, Diversity, HIV/AIDS, Domestic4 Violence, Behavioral Health