April 1, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 14

Welcome Additions

Asst. Prof. Guerda Nicolas (LSOE)

PhD, Boston University

Fields of Interest: Spirituality and religion in the lives of adolescents, effective intervention for ethnic minority adolescents, mental health treatment for depressed Haitian adolescents, social support network and health of ethnic minorities.

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Courses: Counseling Families, Group Counseling and Group Theory.

A Haitian native who came to the United States at age 12, Nicolas is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. She holds a master's degree from Farleigh Dickinson and earned an undergraduate degree at Rutgers. Her teaching experience includes stints at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ, and Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Nicolas held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Child Psychiatry of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her professional experience includes serving as a clinician with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center.

Asst. Prof. Ashley P. Duggan (Communication)

PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara

Fields of Interest: Non-verbal communication, Health communication.

Courses: Research Methods, Health Communication.

Duggan holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Georgia. Her master's thesis on communication between physicians and patients was awarded first place by the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association. Duggan previously taught at Cal-Santa Barbara and served as a research assistant at the National Institute for Drug and Alcohol Abuse. She is the author of 13 published works, including eight articles in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters.

Asst. Prof. Thomas J. Connelly (CSON)

PhD, University of Massachusetts

Fields of Interest: Child and family health nursing, ethics, and spirituality in health.

Courses: Ethical Decision Making for Advanced Practice Nursing, Child Health Nursing Clinical (Undergraduate), Nursing Science II, Child Health Nursing Clinical (Master-entry).

Connelly earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Syracuse University College of Nursing following five years of study at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass. He taught at the University of Massachusetts and College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, and his past professional responsibilities include serving as director of ambulatory care at the Shriner's Hospital for Children and several years as a nurse at hospitals in New York and Massachusetts. Connelly is a past president of the National Catholic Nursing Association.

Asst. Prof. Sean Buckley (LSOE)

Fields Of Interest: Applied statistics and public policy.

Courses: Readings and Research in Educational Policy, Introductory Statistics, Intermediate Statistics, Applied Bayesian Data Analysis, Data Analysis I.

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Before coming to BC, Buckley was an adjunct instructor in political science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to graduate studies, he served as an officer of the US Navy for five years as a surface warfare officer and nuclear reactor engineer. Buckley did his undergraduate work at Harvard University and received his master's and doctoral degrees at Stony Brook. His past professional responsibilities included consulting work with the Economic Institute of Montreal and the Chilean Ministry of Education. Buckley has published three book chapters and seven refereed articles.

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

-Stephen Gawlik

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