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    Abell, Steven

    Steven Abell

    Professor of Psychology, teaches general psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory and psychotherapy. Abell's areas of special interest are personality theory and contemporary psychotherapy theory. He is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He holds a bachelor of arts from Columbia University and a master of arts and a doctorate from Loyola University Chicago. Abell joined the University in 1994 and previously served as chair of the Psychology Department.

    abellsc@udmercy.edu

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    Abraham, Kristen

    Kristen Abraham

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology Master of Arts Program, teaches undergraduate courses in psychology and graduate courses relevant to clinical psychology. Abraham’s research interests include recovery-oriented approaches to serious mental illness, mental health services and public mental health systems, family relationships in adulthood and action-research paradigms. She is a licensed psychologist and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College and a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis on community psychology) from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining the University she completed three years of postdoctoral clinical and research training at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. She joined the University in 2013.

    abrahakm@udmercy.edu

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    Abrams, Howard

    Howard Abrams

    Emeritus Professor of Law (Posthumous), specialized in copyright and such related areas as entertainment and computer law. He authored a multi-volume treatise on the law of copyright, co-authored a casebook on copyright and authored and co-authored a number of significant scholarly articles. He served as the American Reporter on author's rights for the XIIIth International Congress on Comparative Law (Montreal 1990) and as the General Reporter for the XIVth International Congress of Comparative Law (Athens-Delphi 1994). He joined the University in 1977.

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    Adams, Andrea L.

    Andrea L. Adams

    Affiliate Professor, Department of Clinical Dentistry, teaches Physical Assessment and Management of Medical Emergencies to dental hygiene students. She is also involved in teaching simulated medical emergencies to dental and dental hygiene students. Additional responsibilities include monitoring sedated patients in the Department of Oral Surgery. Ms. Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy. She joined the University in 2018.

    adamsal1@udmercy.edu

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    Ahmad, Maha

    Maha Ahmad

    Assistant Professor, teaches anatomy courses to dental, dental hygiene graduate students. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students.  She has received several teaching awards.  Prof. Ahmad has many research interests including educational research, head and neck anatomy and salivary research.  She received her Ph.D. in 2005 in Anatomy and Cell Biology from University of Illinois at Chicago.  She joined the university in 2012.

    ahmadmk1@udmercy.edu

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    Aksu, Mert

    Mert N. Aksu

    Dean, School of Dentistry, Professor, Division of Practice Essentials and Interprofessional Education, earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn, a Master's in Health Services Administration and a D.D.S. from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and a J.D. from Wayne State University. He is a former attending staff of Henry Ford health Systems, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a Fellow with the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Aksu joined the University in 1993.

    aksumn@udmercy.edu

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    Al-Holou, Nizar

    Nizar Al-Holou

    Professor Emeritus Electrical and Computer Engineering, teaches courses in the areas of digital logic, computer networks, microprocessors, computer architecture and electrical circuits. His area of expertise is in digital systems, microprocessors, real-time systems, computer-based instruction, and computer architecture. He is a senior Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Damascus University, a master of science from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Dayton, all in Electrical Engineering. He joined the University in 1992.

    alholoun@udmercy.edu

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    Allen, Wilfred M.

    Wilfred M. Allen

    Assistant Professor, McAuley School of Nursing, teaches in the undergraduate Nursing program with a concentration in health assessment and medical-surgical nursing. He has spent 26 years actively practicing as a registered nurse and the past 10 years as a nurse practitioner caring for those with acute and chronic illness locally and the impoverished and underserved internationally as a missionary. Allen is certified by the ANCC and the AANP as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. He earned his B.S.N., M.S.N., Post Master's Certification in Nursing Education, and Ph.D. at Wayne State University. Allen’s research interests are self-care and care-giving in patients with acute and chronic illness, the influence of masculinity ideology on health behaviors, and health promotion with risk reduction in patients with chronic illness. He joined the University in 2016.

    allenwm@udmercy.edu 

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    AlQawasmi, Riyad

    Riyad AlQawasmi

    Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Orthodontics Program, earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1994. In 2004, he received a Ph.D. in Dental Sciences and a M.S.D. in Orthodontics from Indiana University and MSD. His research interests include population genetics and dissecting genetic and environmental factors involved in clinically relevant conditions. In 2014 he was awarded the Subtelny, Baker, Eastman Teaching Fellowship Award from AAOF. He joined the university in 2011.

    alqawara@udmercy.edu

     

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    Al-Abbousi, Reem

    Reem Al-Abbousi

    Clinical Assistant Professor, currently serves as a clinical faculty for dental students in the group practice model, as well as a facilitator for ethical rounds and clinical oral diagnosis and treatment planning courses. Her interests include research on dental pain and has been a published co-author on the subject. She has served as chair of the American Dental Education Association Special Interest Group on Career Development for the New Educator in 2017- 2018. Prof. Al-Abbousi received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Walsh University, Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University, and a Certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency from Case Western Reserve University. She maintains a private practice in Dearborn Heights, Mich. She joined the University in 2012.  

    alabborh@udmercy.edu
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    Anderson, David

    David Anderson

    Clinical Assistant Professor, earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Toronto in 1972. He practiced in Windsor, Ontario as a general practitioner for 38 years, retiring from practice in 2009. He is a recipient of the Barnabus Day Medal and the Service Award from the Ontario Dental Society. He joined the university in 2005.

    andersdp@udmercy.edu

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    Andrada, Ana

    Ana Andrada

    Clinical Assistant Professor, teaches didactic and clinical courses in Endodontics to pre-doctoral students. In addition, she is involved in the Endodontic portion of the Advanced Dental Program. Her responsibilities also include the advanced endodontic didactic course where she is the course director. Her research interest in on the immunomodulation of periapical lesions.  Prof. Andrada received her DDS from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 1999 and in 2005 she received her Endodontic certificate from the same University. She remained as faculty for 3 years while maintaining a private practice. Prof. Andrada completed a residency in Endodontics and Doctorate in Oral Biology at Harvard University in 2016. She joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2016.

    andradac@udmercy.edu

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    Andrzejak, Michelle

    Michelle Andrzejak

    Associate Professor of Biology, teaches a variety of courses in cancer biology, developmental biology, evolution, general biology, biology and social issues and various biology laboratory classes. Her research interests are the mechanisms of cancer onset and the responsiveness of neoplastic cells to cancer treatments.  Andrzejak received her B.S. in Biology from University of Detroit Mercy and her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Cancer Biology with a minor in Pharmacology. She joined the University in 2004.   

    andrzemac@udmercy.edu

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    Antczak, Yvonne

    Yvonne Antczak

    Clinical Assistant Professor, teaches didactic and pre-clinical simulation lab to pre-doctoral students.  Her interests focus on the learning styles of dental students, dental education and curriculum, and evidence-based dentistry. She earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit and a Master of Art in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Detroit Mercy.  Additional responsibilities include mentoring and advising students, and dental school committees.  Prof. Antzcak worked in private practice for 26 years prior to joining Detroit Mercy.  She joined the university in 2011..

    snyderyv@udmercy.edu

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    Archerd, Erin

    Erin Archerd

    Associate Professor of Law. Archerd's research and teaching interests include commercial law, education law, alternative dispute resolution, and Latino law and policy. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review as well as the advanced training director for the Harvard Mediation Program and as a teaching fellow for Professor Michael Sandel's famous Justice course at Harvard College. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology (with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) from Stanford University, where she was a teaching assistant to Professor Phil Zimbardo. Previously, she was an associate at Covington & Burling in San Francisco and the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She joined the University in 2015.

    archerer@udmercy.edu

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    Archey, Dawn

    Dawn Archey

    Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Mathematics, teaches a variety of mathematics courses. Her research is in the field of functional analysis, more specifically C*-algebras. Dr. Archey also studies gender issues in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She blogs about applications of mathematics at https://sites.udmercy.edu/archeyde/. Archey received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Kalamazoo College and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon. She then spent two years on a postdoctoral research fellowship at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, Israel. Dr. Archey joined the University in fall 2011.

    archeyde@udmercy.edu

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    Archibald, Catherine

    Catherine Archibald

    Associate Professor of Law, received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and her B.A. from Princeton University. Prior to law teaching, she was a litigation associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf in New York City. Her scholarship focuses on international and environmental law, and gender and sexuality law. Her work has been cited in many of the nation's best known law reviews, including the Yale Journal of International Law, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law. She joined the University in 2015.

    archibcj@udmercy.edu

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    Ash-Rafzadeh, Armand R.

    Armand R. Ash-Rafzadeh

    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, teaches DSP, computer applications and instrumentation, digital control, circuits and systems. Ash’s publications and presentations deal with bio-medical engineering and electrical engineering issues, including Doppler Ultrasound Blood Flow Analysis, ultrasound imaging, and non-linear filtering. He consults with the automotive industry on CAE applications in mechatronics, and has been involved in developing the methodology and processes for Total Vehicle EDS-CAE Modeling, CAE System Element Identification, CAE Standard and Library Committees, and CAE Analysis Methods. Ash holds a B.S. from the College of Science and Technology, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He joined the University in 1987.

    arash@udmercy.edu

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    Askar, Mazin

    Mazin Askar

    Clinical Associate Professor, teaches in the Postgraduate Endodontics Residency Program as well as Preclinical and Clinical Endodontics for pre-doctoral dental students. He has special interest in Microsurgical Endodontics.  He received his B.D.S. degree in Dentistry from the University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1973 and a Certificate and Master’s Degree in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota in 1980. He has received several teaching awards. His areas of interest include microbiology of the root canal system, metallurgy of the root canal file systems, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of different root canal materials, and tissue reaction to the growth factors. Prof. Askar joined the university in 2014..

    askarma@udmercy.edu

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    Atwan, Salwa

    Salwa Atwan

    Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Dentistry, Division of Clinical Essentials and Simulation, Chief of Service, teaches didactic and clinical courses in pediatric dentistry. She has published a number of scientific articles and presents continuing education courses. She is a member of numerous national and international professional organizations and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Atwan is a consultant at the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and an attending staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Her research interests focus on the prevention and treatment of pulpal disease in teeth. Dr. Atwan received her D.D.S. from University of Detroit Mercy, her M.S. and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Certificate of Dentistry for the Disabled from the University of Washington/Seattle. She joined the University in 1996.

    atwansm@udmercy.edu