CEHS welcomes new faculty members

For the 2016-2017 academic year, CEHS welcomed 11 new faculty members.  Find out more about our new faculty members education, research, and many accomplishments. 


Sara Anderson, Assistant Professor
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Anderson received my B.A. in psychology from Whitman College (2002) and my Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University (2012).  She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. at Georgetown University from 2014-2016, where she researched the long-term effectiveness of universal pre-K.  Prior to that she served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Promise at Tufts University.  She has received scholarships and honors from the American Education Research Association and Society for Research Adolescents and published numerous peer reviewed publications. 

William Beasley, Professor  beasley 
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Beasley, Ed.D received my B.A. in Psychology from Davidson College (1976), and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (1978) and Ed.D. in Education of the Gifted (1984) from the University of Georgia. He served as a public school teacher and administrator in both Texas and Ohio and worked as Assistant Director for Education in Case Western Reserve University’s Community Telecomputing Lab during the development of Cleveland Free-Net, the nation’s first free, open-access community computer network. He also served on the faculty of Cleveland State University in Ohio for 25 years, teaching and advising in their educational technology graduate program and directing the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence, before joining WVU in 2013 as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the newly created University College. Now, Beasley teaches in the Instructional Design and Technology program.


Jayne Brandel, Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

  Jayne Brandel earned her B.A. in Speech-Language-Hearing Science (1997) and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology (1999) from the University of Kansas (KU). After working in the Ohio schools for two years, she returned to KU and completed her Ph.D. (2009) in Speech-Language Pathology with an emphasis in school services and language-based disorders for school-age students. Brandel was a faculty member at Fort Hays State University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department teaching language development and disorders coursework for 4 years before being promoted to Chair. She has earned both the Early Career Contributions in Research Award and Journal Editors’ Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for her research and publications regarding school-age language disorders and interventions.


Gregory Epps, Clinical Assistant Professor and
Regents Bachelor of Arts Program Director
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Epps received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from West Virginia State University, a Master of Public Administration and Management degree from Marshall University, and earned a Doctorate degree in Education Administration, Higher Education, from West Virginia University with a minor Doctorate in Public Administration.  He is a graduate of the Business Management Institute, at Cornell University, the College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky and the Executive Leadership Program at Hampton University. 

Previous positions include: Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Interim Director for Diversity at WVU, Chief of Staff & Executive Assistant to the President for Communications, Community Relations and Alumni Affairs at West Virginia State University, Diversity Coordinator for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and teacher & coach for the Kanawha County School System.

Dr.  Epps has served as a consultant and made several presentations relating to various community, faith based, higher education, diversity, and leadership topics.  He has over 30 years of experience as a leader in education and community outreach.


Rodney P. Hughes, Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Hughes received a Ph.D. in Higher Education and an M.A. and B.S. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and worked as research manager in the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University from 2013-2016.  His areas of study include college access and affordability, labor economics, data use in education, and college and university governance.  From 2008-2011, Hughes served as student member of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University, and from 2010-2012 and 2014-2016, Hughes served on the Board of Directors of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, a higher education nonprofit organization. 


Denise Lindstrom, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts & Certification Program
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Lindstrom received my B.A in Secondary English Education  from California State University at Chico  (1987) and obtained my California State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual/Cross- Cultural Language and Academic Development emphasis from National University in San Jose, CA (1998).  She taught 6th grade  for three years in Oakland California before receiving a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University (2012) and then spent three years as a faculty member in the Teacher Education Program at Fairmont State University.  Lindstrom is also currently serve as an editor for the Journal to Digital Learning in Teacher Education.


Dr. Patricia Love, Visiting Instructor
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology

Love’s work has been featured on TV including repeat appearances on Oprah, CNN, and The Today Show, in cyberspace, and in popular magazines, but she’s also a distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT.  Love has six books and numerous professional articles to her credit. Her ever-popular books   Hot Monogamy and How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It have literally taken her around the world to help people understand and improve their relationships. Her teaching is known for its humor, warmth, research-base and practicality.


Natasha Murray-Everett, Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Murray recently earned her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her doctoral studies, she served as a teacher in both Baltimore City and Washington D.C. Public Schools. Her research interests include examining dialogic spaces for pre-service teachers as a way to explore their own racial and ethnic identities and the racial and ethnic identities of others. She seeks to look at how these understandings shape pre-service teachers’ ideologies of race and racism, how it influences their teaching practices, and their relationships with students. 


Melissa Patchan, Assistant Professor
Department of Learning Sciences & Human Development

Pathchan received my B.A. in Psychology from University of South Florida (2004) and my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from University of Pittsburgh (2011). She spent one year in Belgium as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Management at the University of Antwerp, and spent three years as a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Communication Science & Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.  Pathchan also spent a year as a research associate in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, & Communication Disorders at Georgia State University.  


Lisa F. Platt, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology

Dr. Lisa Platt has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Penn State University.  Her research focuses on multicultural psychology, with a focus on gender, gender diversity, and sexual orientation considerations.  Dr. Platt is originally from Wyoming, and most recently taught at a liberal arts college in Minnesota.  She is also a licensed psychologist in West Virginia.


Abhik Roy, Assistant professor
Department of Learning Sciences & Human Development

Abhik received his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Michigan Technological University, respectively. He was awarded a Ph.D. in program Evaluation from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Program Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. Prior to transitioning into his current role, Abhik was a program evaluator for the department of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Kansas. His primary research focus is on what guides evaluation practice and how theory informs practitioners. Aside from his teaching and research, he currently serves as an associate editor of the publication Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation.


Jiangmei (May) Yuan, Assistant Professor
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Yuan earned my Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language  (2009) and Master of Science in Information Media (2012) from Saint Cloud State University. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia (2016). Prior to coming to the United States, Yuan spent just over four years as a faculty member at a university in China.  Her research interest include enhancing STEM teaching and learning through the use of technologies and improving students’ learning by promoting their engagement in peer and formative assessments.  

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