Academic Experts Database

Our faculty, staff, and administrators are available to provide their expertise on a variety of topics (listed at right). This database is designed primarily for members of the media looking for public comments.

To speak to a faculty or staff expert, please contact Sherry Frable at (570) 348-6207 or

Topic: Social Services

Phyllis Black, Ph.D, LSW


Topics: Social Services; Ethics; Education;

Areas of Expertise: Graduate Social Work Education; Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice and Education

Dennis Chapman, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Assistant Professor

Topics: Diseases & Disorders; Social Services; Healthcare;

Areas of Expertise: Group work (support & skills building); Gerontology (improving the well-being of nursing home residents with dementia); Mental Health (treatment & program management)

B. Lynn Hutchings, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Topics: Social Services;

Areas of Expertise: Designing and modifying the built environment to accommodate people with disabilities.

Kerri J. Tobin, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor of Education

Topics: Education; Families & Parenting; Nutrition & Exercise; Education; Social Services;

Areas of Expertise: Poverty and Education; Homeless Children; Education Policy; Nutrition and Academic Achievement