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ellen abate   Associate Professor Dr. Ellen Abate, RN, Ph.D
White Hall 003E
(203) 837-3232

Professor Ellen Abate joins the nursing faculty at Western full time in the fall of 2007 as Associate Professor. Dr. Abate comes to Western with 25 years of experience in nursing higher education.  She was previously on the faculty at SUNY New Paltz, where she taught in the RN–BSN and graduate programs, and served as Nursing Director from 1999-2004. Her teaching responsibilities included family and community health, leadership and management, nursing research, health education, cultural diversity, and the professional and ethical issues related to nursing and health care delivery. Dr. Abate received her BS in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, MA in Nursing from NYU and her Ed.D from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Her clinical expertise and current research activities are in family and community health nursing.  

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Professor Dr. Carol Avery, Ed.D, RNBC, Board Cert. in Perinatal Nursing

White Hall 107C
(203) 837-8559

Dr. Carol Avery, who is a Full Professor in the Nursing Department, received her higher education degrees are from the University of Bridgeport (BSN), Hunter College of the City University of New York (MSN), Teachers College of Columbia University (Ed.D.). She is Perinatal Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Areas of teaching include undergraduate and graduate courses as well as graduate thesis advisement. Her research through several CSU grants have focused on areas of student nurse clinical practice and graduate nurse competency.

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Assistant Professor Christine Berte, APRN-BC

White Hall 108
(203) 837-3225

Assistant Professor Christine Berté joined the staff of Western in the Fall of 2009.  She received her combined Nursing and Psychology undergraduate degree from Pace University.  She received her MSN from Fairfield University, in the Family Nurse Practitioner program, and holds a Post-Masters Certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner also from Fairfield University. Christine has developed her practice to specialize in pediatric and adolescent medicine within the juvenile correctional system.  For 13 years her practice was the Bridgeport Juvenile Detention Center, where she established a primary care medical office for the juveniles within the facility.

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Professor Dr. Daryle Brown, Ed.D, RN

White Hall 133B
(203) 837-8640

Dr. Daryle Brown joined the Western Nursing full-time faculty in fall 2003.  Dr. Brown received her BSN from Kent State University in Kent, OH. She received her M.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University with a major in nursing education/medical-surgical nursing/adult health/professorial role. She comes to Western after 23 years of teaching nursing at a private, suburban university, holding various positions.

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Associate Professor Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty, Ph.D, RN, CNM

White Hall 004
(203) 837-3927

Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty, is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College (B.S. in Nursing), Rutgers University (M.S. in Maternal-Child Nursing), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery),and the University of Rhode Island (Ph.D.).  Dr. Doherty joined the WCSU faculty in the fall of 2008.  Her areas of expertise are nurse-midwifery, childbirth education, and maternal-newborn nursing. 

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Professor E. Patricia Geraci, MA, Ph.D (candidate), ANP-BC

White Hall 103
(203) 837-8558

Professor Pat Geraci, received her Baccalaureate degrees in Nursing from PACE University. She completed her MA degree in Teaching Nursing in 1981, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut in the Educational Leadership Dept. in Adult and Vocational Education. In additions to teaching on both the graduate/undergraduate levels, she is professionally practicing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in pulmonary/internal medicine practice in Fairfield, CT where  she emphasizes health care prevention strategies and management of acute and chronic illnesses.

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Professor Dr. Laurel Halloran, Ph.D, APRN

White Hall 203
(203) 837-8566

Dr. Laurel Halloran, who is a Professor of Nursing, has been on the faculty at WCSU since 1986. She received her BSN from Georgetown University, MSN from Hunter College of City University of New York, PhD from the University of Connecticut and a Post Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University.  She maintains an active clinical practice in Pulmonology and Family Practice.

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Associate Professor Jeanette Lupinacci, Ed.D, MS, BSN, CRRN

White Hall 107B
(203) 837-8570

Dr. Lupinacci received her BSN from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct.  She received her M.S. focusing on Medical Surgical Nursing-Clinical Nurse Specialist tract from WCSU and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford. Dr. Lupinacci joined Western's Nursing Department faculty in 2005.

Dr. Lupinacci has been a registered nurse practicing medical surgical nursing for 15 years.

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Assistant Professor Jennifer Ort, MS, RNC MN-N

White Hall 003D
(203) 837-3295

Assistant Professor Jennifer Ort joined the faculty of Western Connecticut State University in the Fall of 2012.  She received her Nursing undergraduate degree from Dominican College, and her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Mercy College.  Jennifer received her lactation certification from UCLA and is also certified by the National Credentialing Council as a Maternal-Newborn Nurse. Currently she attends The Sage Colleges in Albany New York working on her doctoral dissertation towards a Doctorate in Nursing Science.

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Assistant Professor Bozena Padykula, PMHNP-BC,APRN,MSN,RN,AHN-BC

White Hall 003E
(203) 837-3905

Mrs. Padykula is a new member of WCSU faculty starting the fall of 2010. For seven years she was a member of UCONN School of Nursing. She received her ADN from Capital Community College of Hartford(1997); BS from the Charter Oak State College, New Britain(2001); MSN from University of Hartford, West Hartford(2003); and PMC from St. Joseph College, West Hartford (2009) in the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner track. 

Mrs. Padykula has been a practicing registered nurse for 12 years in the areas of psychiatric, geriatric-medical/psychiatric, medical-surgical nursing.

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Associate Professor Dr. Joan Palladino, Ed.D, RN, CCRN

White Hall 107A
(203) 837-8651

Dr.  Joan Palladino joins the WCSU staff in the Fall 2004. Dr.. Palladino has been a nurse for 24 years working primarily in critical care. She earned her BSN from St. Joseph College in 1980, and an MSN in nursing education from the University of Hartford in 2004.  Dr. Palladino graduated from the University of Hartford's Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program in May 2009. 

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Professor Dr. Barbara Piscopo, Ed.D, RN

White Hall 107D
(203) 837-8557

Barbara Piscopo joined the faculty of the Department of Nursing at Western Connecticut State University in 1985.  She holds a doctorate in Nursing Education from Teachers College Columbia University.  Dr. Piscopo’s clinical focus is maternal-newborn health.  She has served as Department Chair and Undergraduate Program Coordinator.   Currently she serves as the RN-BS Program Coordinator. 


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Professor Dr. Catherine Napoli Rice, Ed.D, RN, BSN, MA

White Hall 211
(203) 837-8639

Since joining the department in 1997, Catherine Napoli Rice RN, Ed.D. , has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate level, graduate level, and serves as a thesis advisor.  Dr. Rice, is a graduate of Rockland Community College (A.A.S), Hunter College (B.S.N), New York University (M.S in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration), and the University of Bridgeport (Ed.D.). 

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Professor Mary Ann Riley, MA, M.Ed, CRNI

White Hall 107E
(203) 837-8571

Ms. Mary Ann Riley,  has been a full time member of Western’s Nursing Dept. since 1977.  Prior to coming to Western, she taught at Pace University and Dutchess Community College. She received a BSN from SUNY- Plattsburgh, MA and M.Ed. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Riley serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Infusion Therapy.

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Assistant Professor Monica Sousa, ACNS-BC, MSN, APRN

White Hall 233
(203) 837-3934

Ms. Monica Sousa recently joined the WCSU Nursing Department faculty as a full-time Assistant Professor of Nursing.  She had previous experience as Adjunct Professor for the Nursing Department.   She received her BSN and a minor in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in 2004, and MSN from WCSU in January of 2010 in the Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator track. 

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Assistant Professor Kathleen Thelian, PMH-NP-BC, PMH-CHS-BC,PH/CMN-CNS-BC

White Hall 003F
(203) 837-8835
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Assistant Professor Linda Warren, RN, MSN, CCRN

White Hall 139
(203) 837-3907

Ms. Linda Warren has been a member of the WCSU faculty since the Fall 2008.   She received her diploma from Cooley Dickinson Hospital School of Nursing in 1973 and earned her BSN from Southern Connecticut State University in 2004 and an MSN in nursing education from the University of Hartford in May 2008. Ms. Warren has been a nurse for 37 years working primarily in the critical care area.

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