Amel Logan

Academic Credentials

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D); License Professional Counselor (Virginia and Maryland)

Bio

Dr. Logan has 23 years in the mental health field holding a variety of positions to include therapist (within public and private sectors), clinical director, resource supervisor, rehabilitation specialist, home-based counselor, and social worker. I also own/operate a private mental health practice for the last 14 years. These varied positions have allowed me to treat and encounter an array of mental health disorders and situations. My professional journey over the years has shown me that regardless of the psychological symptoms that a person may present with, everyone wants to be genuinely listened to and acknowledged, helping them become more comfortable embarking on this personal journey.

Teaching Areas

Counseling/Psychology

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Michelle Walters-Edwards

Academic Credentials

Ph.D, B.Sc. Hons.

Biography

A native of England in the United Kingdom, Dr. Michelle Walters-Edwards has been a full-time faculty member within Marymount’s Health and Human Performance Department since 2005.

Dr. Walters-Edwards has worked as a research scientist at the National Centre for Sports Injury Surgery in the U.K. Previous research interests include the quantification of neuromuscular and sensory control of the knee joint using a novel method of assessment (magnetic stimulation) in both recreational and elite athletes prior to and following an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) as well as during conditions of fatigue and muscle damage. Dr. Walters-Edwards has served as a special volunteer at the National Institutes of Health, Physical Disabilities Branch of Rehabilitation Medicine and has conducted human performance assessments with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.

Current research projects include exercise and nutrition as an intervention for both adult and childhood obesity.

Other credentials

Member, American College of Sports Medicine (A.C.S.M); Candidate for American College of Sports Medicine, Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification

Teaching Area

  • Exercise Physiology (HPR 202)
  • Intro to Exercise Sciences (HPR 201)
  • Health Assessment (HPR 302)
  • Intro to Sports Medicine (HPR 260).

Research Interests

  • Neuromuscular performance of the lower limb
  • Prevention of ACL injury in female athletes
  • Prevention and reversal of childhood obesity
  • Human performance of elite athletes

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Gwendolyn S. Roberts Francavillo

Academic Credentials

B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.P.H., The George Washington University
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Biography

Dr. Gwendolyn S. Roberts Francavillo is an experienced, tenured Associate Professor of Public Health in the School of Health Sciences at Marymount University. She has taught and conducted research at universities since 1998 with expertise in stress management, public health ethics, wellness, sexuality, and global health. Dr. Francavillo has an interactive teaching approach to make any topic fun and engaging! A professional endeavor of hers is to establish an interest among her students in research methods and theoretical foundation. Dr. Francavillo has a PhD and Master’s degree in Public Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). One of her passions is teaching yoga to varied populations for over 20 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She has received funding, published findings, and presented at national conferences. Dr. Francavillo feels her calling is to help others embrace positivity, feel empowered to take responsibility for their own health, and be the best selves they can be!

Teaching Area

  • Health Psychology
  • Stress Management
  • Global Health and Culture
  • Public Health Capstone
  • Yoga

Research Interests

  • Stress Management
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Sexual Assault

Publications

  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2021). Psychosocial Holistic Stress Management: Innovative Factors and Techniques Associated with a Reduction of Perceived Stress. Presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2021). “Soul-utions” for Stress Reduction. Presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2021). Health and Immigration Ethics: How Would You Decide? Presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2021). Developing an Effective, Interactive Online Intervention to Target Public Health Issues and Risk Behaviors. Presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2019, November). Applying an Ethical Decision-Making Framework to Case Studies Involving Public Health Issues and Risk Behaviors. Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2017). College Students Experience Sexual Assault Disproportionately as a Result of Disparities. Presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the National Wellness Conference, St. Paul, MN.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2017). Educating vulnerable students with evidence-based sexual assault information. Presented at the 2017 Global Perspectives International Conference, Marymount University, Arlington, VA.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2015). Improving prevention and response to sexual misconduct on campus: How the data help us. Presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American College Health Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2013). Sexual education, sexual communication, sexual assault knowledge, rape myths, acceptance, and sexual assault experience among deaf and hard of hearing college students. Presented at the 2013 Bridging the Gap Conference, Vancouver, WA.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2013). Sexuality assault knowledge among deaf and hard of hearing college students. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Boston, MA.
  • Francavillo, G. S. R. (2010). Sexuality education, sexual communication, rape myth acceptance, and sexual assault experience among Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students. Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

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Kenneth Harwood, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Academic Credentials

PT, PhD, FAPTA

Biography

Dr. Harwood is currently the Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Education at Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia . Dr. Harwood earned his BS in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center and his MA and PhD degrees from New York University’s Biomechanics and Ergonomics Program. He held academic positions at Columbia University, New York University, George Washington University and SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. In addition, he was the Director of Practice and then the Vice President of the Practice and Education Divisions for the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Harwood published and presented nationally and internationally in the area of physical therapy, occupational health, low back pain care and prevention, safe patient handling and movement, leadership and health services research and quality

Other Information

Teaching Area

Research Interests

  • Health Services Research
  • Learning health systems, quality and safety
  • Low back pain

Publications

(Past 5 years)

  • McDonald PL, van der Wees P, Weaver GC, Harwood K, Corcoran M. Learning Health Systems from an Academic Perspective: Establishing a Collaboratory within a School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Medical Education Online. Medical Education Online,2021 26:1, DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2021.1917038
  • McGowan E, Hale J, Bezner J, Harwood K, Green-Wilson J, Stokes E. (2020) Leadership development of health and social care professionals – A systematic review. BMJ Leader. 2020;0:1-8.
  • Rugs, D., Powell-Cope, G., Campo, M., Darragh, A., Harwood, K., Kuhn, J., & Rockefeller, K., The use of safe patient handling and mobility equipment in rehabilitation. Work. 1 Jan. 2020: 1 – 11.
  • Harwood KJ, McDonald PL, Butler J, Drago D, Schlumpf KS. Comparing student outcomes in traditional vs intensive, online graduate programs in health professional education. BMC Medical Education. 2018 18(1):240 doi: 10.1186/s12909-018-1343-7
  • Frogner B, Harwood K,, Andrilla CHA, Schwartz M, Pines JM. Physical Therapy as the First Point of Care to Treat Low Back Pain: An Instrumental Variables Approach to Estimate Impact on Opioid Prescription, Health Care Utilization, and Costs, Health Services Research. 2018 53(6):4629-4646. doi.org/01.1111/1475-6773.12984
  • Harwood KJ, Darragh AR, Campo M, Rockefeller K, Scalzetti DA. A systematic review of safe patient handling and mobility programs to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in occupational and physical therapists and assistants. International Journal for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. 2018;8(1):46-56
  • McDonald PL, Harwood KJ, Butler JT, Schlumpf KS, Eschmann CW, Drago D. Design for success: Identifying a process for transitioning to an intensive online course delivery model in health professions education. Med Educ Online. 2018;23(1):1415617. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2017.1415617 [doi].
  • Scalzitti DA, Harwood KJ, Maring J, Leach SJ, Ruckert EA, Costello, E. Validation of the 2-minute walk test with the 6-minute walk test and other activity measures in persons with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 2018. 20:158-163.
  • Harwood KJ, Scalzitti DA, Campo M, Darragh AR. A systematic review of safe patient handling and mobility programs to improve patient outcomes in rehabilitation. American Journal for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. 2016. 12(4):141-150.
  • Scalzitti, D, Harwood KJ, Campo M. Searching the literature for safe patient handling and mobility. American Journal for Safe Patient Handling and Movement. 2016. 6(1):10-15
  • Harwood KJ, Mallinson T, Dietrich N, Maring J, Raetzman S, Rivard P, Weaver J, Woodward R, Schlumpf K, Gold L. FASI Performance Measures Summary Report, CMS. CMS Report, Fall, 2018, Document created under contract Modified HHSM-500-2010-0025I-T006 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Embargoed)
  • Mallison T, Dietrich CN, Harwood K, Maring J, Lyons L, Gaskin S, Gorsky A, Weaver J, Rivard P, Woodward R, Stokes T, Gold L. Functional Assessment Standardized Items (FASI) Final report. Document created under contract HHSM-500-2010-0025I-T006 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, March 30, 2018, https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/ltss/downloads/teft-program/fasi-2017-field-test-report.pdf.
  • Gage B, Mallinson T, Lyons L, Maring J, Harwood K, Paudel A, Jackson B, Rivard P, Gold L, Weaver A, & Lida K., TEFT FASI Alpha Test Report., Document created under Contract HHSM-500-2010-0025I-T006 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May, 2017 

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