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Dr. Anitra Yusinski-McShea

What a PhD in Human Development did for

Dr. Anitra Yusinski-McShea

Position: Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Scranton

Dissertation Topic: Exploring Hiring for Mission Practices at Jesuit Colleges and Universities: An Evaluation of the Student Affairs Search Process

"The education I received from Marywood University’s doctoral program in Human Development not only helped me progress in my profession, but the cohort model also allowed me to foster connections with some amazing colleagues within Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania."

  • BA in Sociology and Anthropology, Elizabethtown College
  • MA in College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
  • PhD in Human Development with a Concentration in Higher Education Administration, Marywood University

Dean McShea is responsible for assisting the Vice President for Student Affairs in the overall daily management of the division. She supervises several departmental directors and program leaders in the areas of Residence Life, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, Multicultural Affairs, Recreational Sports, the Jane Kopas Women's Center, Office of Student Engagement, and Off Campus and Commuter Student Affairs. Dean McShea also acts as the moderator of Student Government and has primary responsibility for being a student advocate.

Awards and Acknowledgements

Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.

Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.

Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College

Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.

Sample Employment Settings of Alumni

  • Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
  • Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
  • Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (human resources)
  • Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (director of community health education)
  • Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (academic vice president)
  • Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (vice president for student development and engagement)
  • Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (diversity office)
  • Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (assistant superintendent)
  • Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (assistant superintendent)


For more information, contact the Ph.D. Program Director's Office at (570) 348-6279.