Faculty


Lisa Wagner

Program Director
(415) 422-5828

Lisa S. Wagner, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of the Gerontology Minor, and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Aging...

Education:

PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Washington | BA, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Courses:

Social Psychology, Generation to Generation, Adulthood and Aging, Directed Reading and Research; Independent Study, Social Psychology

Thomas Cavanaugh

Professor
(415) 422-6356

Professor Cavanaugh regularly teaches medical ethics, a medieval honors seminar (Boethius, Dante and Chaucer), and a first-year seminar entitled What...

Courses:

The Middle Ages: The Age of Chivalry, FYS: First-Year Seminar, Ethics, Ethics for Majors, Philosophy Symposium, Dir Reading & Research, Topics in Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, St Ignatius Institute Symposium

Mel Ciena

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5334

Dr. Ciena is a native New Yorker who has been teaching at University of San Francisco since 1991. He has been honored with the Distinguished...

Education:

BA and MA in Experimental Psychology, California State University | MA and PhD in Psychological Studies and Developmental Psychology, Stanford University

Courses:

General Psychology, Child Development, Theories of Personality, Adulthood and Aging

Amie Dowling

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4888

Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past several years, her work has considered the...

Education:

MFA, Smith College

Courses:

Composition I, Composition II, Dance in the Community, Directed Study, Performance and Activism, Art and Incarceration, Performing Arts and Community Exchange, Composition I

Nate Hinerman

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-2314

Nate Hinerman teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San...

Education:

PhD, Graduate Theological Union - Philosophy of Religion

Courses:

Death and Dying: Exploring New Paradigms, Religion, Psychology, Modern Literature

Scott Nunes

Professor
(415) 422-5645

His research focuses on the behavioral ecology of mammals.  His recent work with Belding’s ground squirrels in the Sierra Nevada has examined breeding dispersal in adult males, and short- and long-term benefits of play behavior for young animals.

Education:

PhD, Michigan State University | BA, UC Santa Cruz

Courses:

Human Biology, Human Biology Lab, General Biology II, General Biology II Lab, Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Comparative Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy Lab, Human Anatomy, Human Anatomy Lab, Readings for Advanced Undergraduates, Research for Advanced Undergraduates, Thesis Research for Biology Honors Program, Thesis Writing for Biology Honors Program, Directed Reading, Research in Biology, Thesis Writing

Julia Orri

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2331

Julia Orri, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Exercise and Disease...

Education:

PhD, The University of New Mexico

Courses:

Intercollegiate Sports, Introduction to Kinesiology, Measurement and Statistics, Anatomical Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Laboratory, Exercise & Disease Prevention

Christina Purpora

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2021

Christina Purpora is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her primary areas of teaching are applied assessment and nursing fundamentals in the traditional undergraduate nursing program. Her professional experience includes working in hospitals as a staff nurse for 21 years and a clinical nurse educator for nine. Her clinical expertise is in medical-surgical and critical care nursing of the adult and older adult.

Education:

Ph.D., Nursing, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (2010) | MS, Nursing (nursing education focus), University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut (2005) | BS, Nursing, Regis University, Denver, Colorado (1995) | AS, Nursing, Ventura College, Ventura, California (1991) | Diploma, Practical Nursing, Thompson School for Practical Nurses, Brattleboro, Vermont (1978)

Courses:

Applied Assessment and Nursing Fundamentals I: Health and Wellness

Christian Thompson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5270

Christian J. Thompson, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco and the owner of Thompson...

Education:

PhD, University of Kansas

Courses:

Introduction to Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Laboratory, Physical Activity and Aging, Nutrition for Exer & Health, Special Topics in KIN, Directed Study, Research Seminar

Allison Thorson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5703

Allison Thorson joined the faculty at USF in 2009. She is a committee member on the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging and Gerontology and Chair of the...

Education:

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | MA, Missouri State University | BA, University of Northern Iowa

Courses:

Communication & Everyday Life, Quantitative Research Methods, The Dark Side of Interpersonal/Family Communication, Family Communication, Communication & Aging, Directed Project, Communication Studies Internship, Research Methods