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Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD, Northeastern University, 2014; MA, Northeastern University, 2012; BA, Gonzaga University, 2009
Dr. Condon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration. His research centers on two main areas of scholarship: first, Dr. Condon examines the impact of meditation on social processes and emotion regulation – including compassion and prosocial behavior. Second, he examines the contributions of psychological science to modern meditation programs in dialogue with Buddhist philosophy. At SOU, Dr. Condon teaches Health Psychology, Sustainable Compassion, Stress Management, History of Psychology, General Psychology, Writing & Research, and Statistics. To learn more about his research and teaching, see his website here.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Health Administration Program Co-Coordinator
PhD, Bowling Green State University, 2014; MS, University of the West Indies, 2005; BS, University of the West Indies, 2002
Dr. Gibbs is a sociologist and trained social demographer. He is a faculty member in the Sociology and Anthropology department, an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration and a researcher at the Southern Oregon University Resource Center (SOURCE). The core classes taught by Dr. Gibbs include Sociological Imagination, Introduction to Social Research, Sociology of Healthcare, Sociology of Families, Quantitative Data Analysis, Global Health, and Epidemiology. Dr. Gibbs’ research focuses broadly on issues pertaining to the social determinants of health and health outcomes of individuals throughout the life course. Dr. Gibbs also has expertise in analyzing nationally representative surveys such as the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), General Social Survey (GSS), American Community Survey (ACS), and the US Census data.
Assistant Professor of Communication
PhD University of California at Santa Barbara, 2017; MA, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2013; BA, Connecticut College, 2007
Dr. Hocevar is a faculty member in the Communications and an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration. She teaches health communication, risk and crisis communication, and health and new technology, as well as other Communication Studies courses. Her research currently focuses on the health-related information and communities facilitated by the Internet, and quantitative methods and measures related to health.
Health Administration Program Co-Coordinator – Associate Professor of Philosophy
PhD, University of Minnesota; MA, University of Tennessee; BA, Johns Hopkins
Dr. Devora Shapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy, and serves as affiliated faculty for SOU’s GSWS and Healthcare Administration programs. She earned her BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Clinical Medical Ethics from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of medicine. Her previous work has centered around the articulation of non-propositional accounts of experiential knowledge, as well as critiques of the political and epistemic value of “objectivity”. Her current work focuses on applying intersectional theory within the context of medical diagnosis and pharmaceutical trials, as well as in the philosophy of epidemiology. In her spare time Dr. Shapiro negotiates collective bargaining agreements, designs things, and does the kind of ballroom dancing that one can win at. Additionally, she can often be found at music venues, but only the questionable sort, and listening to music, but only the superior sort.
Assistant Professor of Economics
PhD, University of Utah, 2018; MS, University of Utah, 2014; BA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2008
Jacki Strenio is an Assistant Professor of Economics and an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration at Southern Oregon University. Her research and teaching interests are in health and gender economics. Her current research explores the gendered costs and consequences of intimate partner violence over the life cycle on educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and overall economic wellbeing in the US. She incorporates a plurality of frameworks in her teaching and research to explore economic issues, emphasizing their historical, political, and social contexts. She holds a Higher Education Teaching Specialist (HETS) designation and is committed to implementing more effective, research-backed practices in her classrooms and encouraging diversity in economics education more broadly. She teaches Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Gender Issues in Economics, and Health Economics at SOU.
Patricia (Trish) Styer
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
PhD, University of Chicago, 1993; MS, University of Washington, 1988; BA, Reed College, 1983
Trish worked as a consultant and analyst in the healthcare field for over 20 years before joining the faculty at SOU. Trish is the Management Information Systems program coordinator in Business Administration and is an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration. She is currently developing curricula for the integration of healthcare data and process improvement in management and business information systems courses. Her research focuses on the implementation process and effectiveness of innovative community health programs.
Assistant Professor of Sociology/Human Services
PhD, Syracuse University, 2015; MA, Syracuse University, 2010; BA, University of Michigan, 2001
Kelly is a faculty member in the Sociology Anthropology program, an affiliate faculty in Healthcare Administration, and the co-coordinator of the Human Services program. She is a medical sociologist who teaches courses in the sociology of drug use and addiction that incorporate public health and medical perspectives on the use of substances. Her research examines how public health programs, such as needle exchange, and health care practitioners conceptualize the health of people who inject drugs. Her current project focuses on drug use and harm reduction responses in rural contexts. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy; Health; Culture, Medicine, and Society; and Critical Public Health.