Faculty


Lisa Wagner

Program Director
(415) 422-5828

Lisa S. Wagner, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco.  She completed her BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, and her PhD in Social and Personality Psychology at the University of Washington. Through a grant from National Institute on Aging, her research has examined age-related stereotypes and older adults’ experience of stereotype threat.  Her recent research promotes intergenerational interactions between younger and older adults...

Education:

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

Hsiu-Lan Cheng

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
(415) 422-5721

Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng's research examines help-seeking attitudes and mental health concerns (particularly depression, body image concerns, disordered eating) from the intersection of racial and ethnic minority psychology, objectification theory, attachment theory, and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in understanding the contextualization of mental health and psychological wellbeing within the sociocultural milieu of racism, sexism, classism, immigration, and acculturation.  Dr...

Education:

PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Mary Lou De Natale

Professor
(415) 422-2022

Mary Lou De Natale has expertise in community mental health and telehealth case management with the underserved in the community and their partners / families. For the past twenty nine years, she has been involved in the bachelors, masters, and DNP programs (committee member of doctoral dissertations in the School of Education and School of Nursing and Health Professions - DNP projects). Her professional and personal mission, clinical practice, and research revolve around health care advocacy...

Education:

Post-Doctoral Academic Program of Study, Social and Behavioral Health-Health Policy, University of San Francisco, EdD, San Jose State University, MSN, University of San Francisco, BSN

Expertise:

Community and mental health nursing, Maternal-child nursing and pediatric

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 politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration with Bay Area artists, some who were previously incarcerated, won the International Screendance film prize. Her most recent film, Separate Sentence, examines the intersection of gentrification and the generational impact of incarceration. She has presented work...

Education:

MFA, Smith College

Karen Francis

Professor
(415) 422-6265

Karen Francis, PhD, is a professor and co-chair in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches courses in the areas of movement science: Motor Learning, Measurement and Statistics, Neuroscience, Professional Practicum and serves on committees for both the Gerontology and Neuroscience Minors. Dr. Francis's research interests are focused on how we control and coordinate movement and how aging and disease affects our ability to control movements. In one line of...

Education:

PhD, The University of Texas

Erin Grinshteyn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6692

Dr. Grinshteyn is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches a variety of courses in the MPH program. Her primary research interest relates to fear of crime and fear of violent victimization, and the association of fear with a variety of health outcomes. She is particularly interested in population-based health disparities associated with fear of violence and specifically examines these topics among older adults. Erin also does work examining...

Education:

PhD in Health Services, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA, MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University , BA in Sociology, Brandeis University

Jeffrey Johnson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4609

After earning BA and PhD degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, Professor Johnson worked as a UI designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He has taught at Stanford University, Mills College, and in 2006 and 2013 taught HCI as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New...

Education:

PhD, Psychology (developmental, experimental), Stanford University, BA, Psychology (experimental), Yale University

Expertise:

Computer Science, Cognitive/Perceptual Psychology

Marisa Knight

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4374

Marisa Knight, PhD, specializes in cognitive neuroscience. She teaches biological psychology and research design, and her research is focused on the interplay between motivation, emotion and cognitive functioning across the lifespan.

Education:

PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

Janice Mark DNP, FNP-BC, RN

Assistant Professor
(925) 699-9432

Professor Mark’s history with USF spans 37 years. After graduating from the BSN program in 1987, she enjoyed a 30-year nursing career as a medical surgical staff nurse in a local hospital. She then earned an MSN from UCSF as a geriatric clinical nurse specialist, and when an opportunity opened up to teach at her undergraduate alma mater as a clinical instructor, she jumped at the chance. This sparked a love and passion for teaching nursing, and she has continued to teach at USF for almost 25...

Education:

University of San Francisco, DNP/FNP, 2017, UC, San Francisco, MSN-Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1993, University of San Francisco, BSN, 1987

Expertise:

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Simulation, Geriatric Nursing, Adult health

Allison Thorson

Professor
(415) 422-5703

Allison Thorson is a Professor of Communication Studies, Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Children and Youth, and Director of the Child and Youth Studies Minor at University of San Francisco. She also teaches in the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program. Her research focuses on how individuals and families communicatively manage and maintain individual/relational well-being in the context of — often deemed taboo — unexpected, hurtful, or non-normative events (e.g.,...

Education:

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