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    Ray, E. Todd

    E. Todd Ray

    Assistant Professor, College of Health Professions. E. Todd Ray teaches across disciplines in the College of Health Professions.  His interests focus on health care policy from local, national and international perspectives.  Dr. Ray has practiced in Germany, England and the U.S. Additional research interests include cultural impacts on health outcomes.  Recent activities have focused on improving mental health and other health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Ray holds graduate degrees in Nursing, Business and Public Health from the University of Michigan.



    Rayess, Nassif E.

    Nassif E. Rayess

    Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, received his bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. His areas of interest are noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), acoustics, finite element and boundary element methods and mechanical design. Rayess teaches senior design, mechanical measurements, dynamics and a graduate course in NVH. His current research is focused on theoretical and experimental work in the areas of acoustic holography and coherence techniques for complex acoustic fields. He joined the University in 2001.



    Regan, Charles

    Charles Regan

    Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, collaboratively teaches diagnostics, therapeutics, and procedures (DTP) course and serves as a clinical coordinator within the PA program.  He has earned a B.S. in Sport Medicine in 1999, M.S. in PA studies in 2007, obtaining both degrees from University of Detroit Mercy.  He has worked extensively in orthopedic surgery and the urgent care settings.  He joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2019.



    Relich, Erin E.

    Erin E. Relich

    Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, Dental Hygiene Clinic Coordinator, is the course director for Clinical Dental Hygiene I-IV (CLN 8140, CLN 8150, CLN 8260 & CLN 8270). These four clinical courses provide patient care experiences that assist the dental hygiene student in achieving beginning stage to end stage competency for clinical skills. She is also involved in providing continuing education courses on fluorides and antimicrobials to practicing dental hygienists and dentists. Relich is a contributing co-author of the Fluorides chapter in the Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist (12 Edition). She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.S.D.H.) degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Administration (M.S.A.) with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University. She joined Detroit Mercy in 2012.



    Resnick, Noah S.

    Noah S. Resnick

    Professor and Associate Deancurrently teaches and practices in the city of Detroit, Michigan. He is a partner at Laavu (Laavustudio.com), A DETROIT-BASED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PRACTICE, ROOTED IN CITY-BUILDING, which operates under the interrelated concepts of the architectonics of multiple scales; the architect as urban collaborator; and the architect as community builder. Resnick grew up in Miami, Florida, where he attended the Design and Architecture Senior High magnet school (D.A.S.H.). He earned his B.Arch. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, graduating at the top of his class, for which he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal of Excellence. Resnick completed his Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SMarchS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Architecture + Urbanism stream. This degree culminated in an urban design thesis that focused on the potential of transit oriented development nodes in the city of Detroit. In addition to Detroit, Noah has lived and practiced in Chicago, Boston, and New York, as well as Berlin, Germany where he worked in the studio of Daniel Libeskind.

    Resnick’s 15-plus years of research in the area of urban theory and history -initially as a graduate student at MIT, and for eight years as the director of the Graduate Architecture Program at University of Detroit Mercy- parallels the central themes at the root of Detroit based projects, and directly informs his professional design practice. This research currently focuses on community centered developments along Detroit’s commercial and transit corridors and the role that establishing a positive identity plays in the success of a neighborhood scale design.



    Richards, Michelle

    Michelle Richards

    Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Research, received her undergraduate degree in Social Science, Multidisciplinary Studies, with special emphasis on Political Science, Economics and Psychology, from Michigan State University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Richards is responsible for teaching Applied Legal Theory and Analysis. She has also developed a course in Pre-Trial Litigation Skills, in which students explore basic litigation skills in a problem-based context.  She joined Detroit Mercy Law in 2012.



    Rihana-Abdallah, Alexa N.

    Alexa N. Rihana-Abdallah

    Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, teaches courses on water and wastewater treatment, environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology and bioremediation, as well as other environmental related topics. Her publications and presentations deal with analytical analysis of heavy metals in water, field and laboratory analysis of natural and engineered degradation of hydrocarbons and chlorinated compounds in groundwater and subsurface, and clean energy technology. Rihana is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the University in 2000.



    Robinson-Dunn, Diane L.

    Diane L. Robinson-Dunn

    Associate Professor of History. After receiving a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she joined the University faculty in 2001. She teaches courses in the history of modern Europe (especially Britain) and the modern Middle East. She authored The Harem, Slavery, and British Imperial Culture: Anglo-Muslim Relations in the Late Nineteenth Century in 2006. Robinson-Dunn is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, UK.



    Roberts-Kirchhoff, Elizabeth S.

    Elizabeth S. Roberts-Kirchhoff

    Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Assistant Dean for Academics for the College of Engineering & Science, teaches allied health chemistry and biochemistry. Her research interests include the (1) analysis of food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics using X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry; (2) investigation of cytochrome P450 enzymes and their role in the metabolism of xenobiotics; (3) analysis of pesticides and pharmaceutical compounds in southeastern Michigan waterways; and (4) use of active-learning strategies in the university classroom. Roberts-Kirchhoff received a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A & M University and Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from University of Michigan. She completed postdoctoral research at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Roberts-Kirchhoff joined the University in 1997.



    Roche, Jason John

    Jason John Roche

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies. He teaches courses in audio production, video field production, television studio production, electronic music production and mass media and documentary film production. Roche's research includes documentary film production and media content analyses. His most recent documentary, Stealing Home, was named best feature documentary at the 2014 Detroit Dreaming Film Festival. He served as director of The Honors Program at University of Detroit Mercy from 2012-2015. Roche holds an A.A. from Cayuga Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from Geneseo State University of New York and a Master of Arts from Syracuse University. He joined the Detroit Mercy faculty in 2009.



    Rombes, Nicholas D.

    Nicholas D. Rombes

    Professor of English and Co-Director of the University Honors Program. His research and teaching interests include post-digital culture, early American literature and punk as a subculture. He is author of Cinema in the Digital Age (Columbia University Press), A Cultural Dictionary of Punk (Bloomsbury), and the novel, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing (Two Dollar Radio). He also directed a movie, the lo-fi, sci-fi love story The Removals. He has been invited to speak at several international conferences including, most recently, in Tehran, Iran. Rombes holds a Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts and a doctorate in English from Penn State. He joined the University in 1995.



    Rosenburg, Neal S.

    Neal S. Rosenburg

    Dean and Professor, College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing, joined Detroit Mercy in fall of 2017. During his career, he has served as associate dean for Program and Faculty Development in the School of Nursing at Linfield College in Portland, Oregon and most recently as the dean of the School of Nursing at the Nevada State College (NSC).  At NSC, he successfully implemented a strategic plan tripling the size of the School of Nursing while maintaining an average NCLEX pass rate of >98 percent and generating strong revenue lines for the School of Nursing. He earned his Ph.D. in Nursing Theory/Research from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2010. He also holds an Honor’s B.A. in French Language/Literature from Saint Louis University; B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Nursing (Nurse Educator) from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Additionally, Rosenburg is a Post Doctorate Scholar in Nursing Theory from the Watson Caring Science Institute. Actively engaged in nursing scholarship, his research focuses on factors that contribute to safe, effective, and sustainable infant feeding practices among West African women living with HIV, to reduce maternal-child post-natal HIV infection. He is primary author of the following awarded and/or funded grants:  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD): Supporting and Empowering Enfermeras/os for Diversity and Scholarship ($1.5 million); National Institute of Health (NIH): Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Supplemental Grant to funded R01): Men’s Club: Impact of Male Partner Involvement on Initiation and Sustainment of Exclusive Breastfeeding among HIV-Infected Postpartum Women ($517,135.00). Rosenburg has published and presented both nationally and internationally.



    Ross, Robert

    Robert Ross

    Professor of Physicsteaches general and modern physics courses. He has 14 years of industrial research experience in the field of thin film amorphous silicon photovoltaic devices. He has served on the Utica Community Schools Board of Education since 2004 and is currently president. His recent research in physics education is focused on innovative curriculum development, active-learning strategies, and assessment. He is an officer of the Engineering Physics and Physics Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Ross holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University. He joined the University in 1995.



    Rouen, Patricia A.

    Patricia A. Rouen

    Professor, McAuley School of Nursingteaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner and the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Her areas of interest include health education and management of chronic disease in adults. Rouen earned her B.S.N. from the University of Michigan and her M.S.N. from Oakland University. She holds a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Oakland University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Rouen maintains a clinical practice at the McAuley Health Center. She joined the University in 1999.



    Ruel, Jennifer L.

    Jennifer L. Ruel

    Clinical Associate Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Oakland University of Rochester MI, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and a Post Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner from University of Detroit Mercy. She holds ANCC board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship and became certified in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine. She joined the University in 2008.

    Ruel’s clinical experience includes emergency, integrative urgent care, family practice, labor & delivery, and critical care nursing. As a family nurse practitioner, she has practiced mainly in the emergency department along with primary care family practice. Ruel’s practice and research interests include APRN role/advocacy, emergency, advanced procedures & assessment, informatics, women’s health, alternative modalities to health, nutrition, health promotion, wellness and anti-aging management.