LauraLCH Ann Camlet Houser, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families 211A
(570) 340-6031| lacamlet@marywood.edu

 

As the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Dr. Houser provides administrative oversight for sponsored programs and for faculty and student research involving human participants and animals at the University.  A long-time member of the Marywood community, Laura received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts with a major in Musical Theatre and two minors in Dance and English from Marywood.  She also attended Marywood for her graduate work, where she earned her Master's Degree in Communication Arts with an Interdisciplinary Concentration of Communication Arts and Theatre, as well as her Ph.D. in Human Development with an Instructional Leadership Concentration.  In addition, Laura is an adjunct faculty member for both the Communication Arts Department and the Theatre Program at Marywood where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Courene M. Loftus, MPA, CIP

Director of Human Participants Protection and Research Compliance
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 211
(570) 961-4782 | cloftus@marywood.edu

                                                                                                                                                                                                       As Director of Human Participants Protection and Research Compliance, Courene administers the program protecting the rights and welfare of human participants in research, including operation of the Institutional Review Board and Exempt Review Committee. She manages the education and support of researchers in ethical practices, as well as adherence to federal regulations and University policies.  An alumna of Marywood University and senior staff member of ORSP, Courene holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design/Photography and a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.  She is a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and is also a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) through the organization.                                                                                              

Brian Whelan

Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 212
(570) 340-6087 | bwhelan@marywood.edu

 

Brian provides administrative supervision for research, grant and contract activities within Academic Affairs. He assists faculty with identifying funding sources, developing the proposal and the submission process. Brian is a member of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Grant Network.

 

Stephanie LaFave

Grant Specialist
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 213
(570) 340-6050 | lafave@marywood.edu

 

Stephanie assists principal investigators and project directors with all phases of post-award process from the time an award is made through close-out. Stephanie has a background in accounting and has certificates from the National Council on University Research Administration (NCURA) in the Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs and Financial Research Administration.

Ryan Houser, MA

Research Administrator
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 218
(570) 961-4778 | rhouser@marywood.edu

 

As the Research Administrator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Ryan is responsible for  administrative review of all human research submissions, the review of exempt research, and the coordination of the Exempt Review Committee (ERC).  He trains and supports researchers at Marywood in ethical practices, integrity of research, and adherence to University and federal regulations.  Ryan received his Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts with a major in Theatre and a minor in English from Marywood.  He also attended Marywood for his graduate work, where he earned a Master's Degree in Communication Arts.

 

Kristie J. Congdon

Information Specialist
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 214
(570)-340-6088 | kcongdon@marywood.edu

 

Kristie's role within the Office of Research team is to "spread the word." Developing, directing, and administering information allows her to provide dissemination services that include opportunities for research as they exist and are created. Keeping record of the many projects within the Office of Research allows her to draw on her background as a legal assistant, something she readily admits helps with her responsibilities. The importance of available detailed information is key to successful communication, and Kristie feels well prepared for the fast paced, continuously changing environment of research and grants.

Brendan Brown

Graduate Assistant
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 208
(570-961-4775), bbrown@m.marywood.edu

Brendan is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  He provides support to ORSP staff.  Brendan graduated from Marywood in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Psychology and a Minor in Business.  He is currently enrolled in Marywood’s MBA program with a concentration in General Management.