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By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Oct. 3, 2013

Assistant Professor of Psychology John Christianson sees his research — on the neural mechanisms that allow mammals to distinguish between dangerous and safe environments, as well as the neural basis of stress resilience and emotion regulation — as having possible application in interventions for psychiatric conditions including post traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. A research associate at the University of Colorado for seven years, he was recently named a 2013 NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia, Anxiety & Depression) Young Investigator by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; he also holds a National Institutes of Mental Health “Pathway to Independence” grant. Christianson earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of New Hampshire, where he taught for three years. He is teaching Molecular Basis of Learning and Memory.

Associate Clinical Professor Mary Holper JD’03 is director of the Boston College Law School Immigration Clinic, a position she held at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she founded and directed the school’s immigration clinic. Holper’s past affiliation with BC Law included supervising students in the immigration clinics, and serving as a fellow for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. at the Immigration and Asylum Project, and a Human Rights Fellow for the BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Holper has worked with vulnerable non-citizen populations such as immigration detainees, refugees, juveniles, and victims of domestic violence and violent crime. She was among a team of attorneys and advocates who, for their efforts to lend assistance following a 2007 New Bedford immigration raid, was selected for the annual Daniel Levy Award from the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

Professor of Moral Theology Mary Jo Iozzio brings to the School of Theology and Ministry faculty her research and teaching interests in fundamental moral theology, bioethics and feminist ethics. She is the author of Self-Determination and the Moral Act: A Study of the Contributions of Odon Lottin, OSB and editor/contributor for Considering Religious Traditions in Bioethics: Christian and Jewish Voices and Calling for Justice Throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, among others. She also served as co-editor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and editor for the Content and Context in Theological Ethics book series. A former faculty member at Barry University in Florida, Iozzio earned degrees from Pennsylvania State University, Providence College and Fordham University. 

David Miele, an assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, focuses on how students regulate their own learning and the ways in which students differ in metacognitive processes, in particular the areas of self-regulation and motivation. He has also studied individual differences in parent and teacher beliefs about student cognition. Miele earned his PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University and was a post-doctoral researcher at Columbia University. Prior to joining BC, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. His research has been accepted by journals including Child Development, Experimental Brain Research and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Professor David Takeuchi is the inaugural associate dean of research for the Graduate School of Social Work, and its first Dorothy Book Scholar, following his tenure as professor and associate dean of research at the University of Washington School of Social Work. He studies the association of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status with health, access to care, treatment, quality of care, and outcomes, his work highlighted by the National Latino and Asian American Study — one of the most comprehensive studies of Latinos and Asian Americans ever conducted. Takeuchi has been principal investigator of major grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, and is currently a co-investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute funded by the NIH and Health Disparities. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Hawaii and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale. He has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.