School of Health and Natural Sciences

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Our undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize the connection between professional knowledge and practice, intellect and vocation. We combine a solid liberal arts foundation with in-depth scientific and professional studies.

As a student in the School of Health and Natural Sciences (HNS) you will experience personal and professional growth while you gain the knowledge, practical skills and insight to excel. You will be offered a broad-range of engaged learning and research experiences as well as exciting and meaningful international learning opportunities. Your studies will prepare you for careers in diverse fields and for life in an ever changing technologically advanced world.

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

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Non-Degree Programs

School of Health and Natural Sciences Leadership

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Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L

Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences

Contact Information

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The Science Behind Sudden Oak Tree Death

NORS-DUC is a federally-funded research project dedicated to the study of emerging and invasive quarantine pathogens of ornamental and native plants.

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Post-Bac Premed

The Premedical Post-Baccalaureate is a certificate program designed to help students complete prerequisites to apply to health professional schools.

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Internship Opportunities

Dominican has long-standing relationships with both the Buck Institute on Aging and BioMarin, two prominent research facilities located in Marin County.

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Faculty and Staff

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Ruth Ramsey, EdD, OTR/L

Dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences
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Amy Gladstone, MS

Director of Operations Grant Coordinator and Compliance Officer
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Nilwala Abeysekara, PhD

Laboratory Manager
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Jacob K. Adkison, DNP, MSN

Director of Clinical Education
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Erin Aradi, MA

Student Services Administrator
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Andrea Renwanz Boyle

Professor and Department Chair
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Kathleen E. Budzinski

Executive Assistant to the Dean
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Robert (Ian) Barr, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Brett Bayles, PhD

Assistant Professor of Global Public Health
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Kiowa Bower, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Olivia Catolico, CNL, PhD, RN

Professor and Co-Assistant Director BSN Program
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Ellen Christiansen, DNP, MSN

Assistant Professor
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Roland Cooper, PhD

Professor
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Mary Beth Culler

Program Administrator
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Patti L. Culross, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Director, Global Public Health Program
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Debbie J. Daunt, MSN

Assistant Professor
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Rani Devadasan, LMFT, MS

Program Manager
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Adrienne Duff

Clinical Administrative Coordinator
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Mohammed El Majdoubi, PhD

Associate Professor
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Chris Endicott, PhD

Laboratory Manager
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Margaret Fink, EdD, RN

Professor of Nursing
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Kenneth Frost, PhD

Administrative Manager, NSM
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Alexandra Fuentes, MS

Laboratory Technician
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Carl Garrubba, MPA, PA-C

Program Director, Professor
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Robin Gayle, MDiv, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling Psychology
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Michaela George, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor Global Public Health Program and MS Physician Assistant Studies Program
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Laura Greiss Hess, OTR/L, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Diane Griffeath, MA

Program Administrator
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Joseph A. Habis, MD

Medical Director, MSPAS
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Elizabeth Hager, CHSE, MDiv

Standardized Patient Educator and Simulation Technician
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Randall Hall, PhD

Lillian L.Y. Wang Yin, PhD Endowed Professor
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Cynthia Harms

Administrative Coordinator
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Patricia R. E. Harris, PhD

Assistant Professor of Nursing
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Caroline Heredia

Program Assistant
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Obed Hernández-Gómez, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Vernon Huffman

Nursery Manager
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Tyler Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor
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Kristin Jones

Assistant Professor
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Charity Keplinger, DHSc

Associate Director Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
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Zilola Khashimova, MD, MBA, SP

Assistant Professor
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Noreen Kimelman, RN

Clinical Coordinator
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Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director, Associate Professor
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Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, MSN, RN

Professor of Nursing/Pediatric Nursing

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Lynne Marie LoPresto, MS, RDN

Assistant Professor
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Barbara McCamish, MPT, MSN, RN

Director, Clinical Simulation Services
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Karen McCarthy, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor
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Carlos Molina, EdD, LMFT

Assistant Professor Director of General Masters Declaration Program
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Claire Murphy

Instructional Resource Coordinator
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J. Vincent Nevins, LMFT, PhD

Assistant Professor Practicum Director
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Tomas Pastalka, PhD

Research Assistant Plant Pathologist
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Robert Pope, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Meredith Protas, PhD

Associate Professor MS Biological Sciences Director
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John Ramos, EM-CAQ, MMS, PA-C

Assistant Professor
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Evin Wallus, MS, OTR/L

Assistant Professor Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
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Rafael Romo, PhD, PHN, RN

Assistant Professor
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Wolfgang Schweigkofler, PhD

Research Associate Professor and Lead Scientist at NORS-DUC
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Mary B. Sevigny, PhD

Associate Professor
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Diara Spain, PhD

Professor of Biology, Interim Department Chair
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Diane Suffridge, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, University Counseling Services
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Karen Suslow, MS

National Ornamental Research Site Dominican Univ (NORS-DUC) Program Manager and PI
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Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD

Assistant Professor
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Caroline Umeda, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Lisa Wagenhurst, MA

Administrative Coordinator
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Julia Wilbarger, OTR/L, PhD

Associate Professor & Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
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Cary B. Wilson, MSPAS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education
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Jessica Wirth, MHS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies
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Victoria Estrella Worch, MEd

Student Services Administrator
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Jennifer M. Wurz, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor
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Amy Young, MS

Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences

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