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Academic Personnel

Meet Our Newest Faculty Cohort 2021


Early Childhood and Childhood Education 
Melissa Garcia Vega, Assistant Professor
Melissa Garcia Vega

Melissa L. GarcĂ­a Vega, completed her bachelor’s degree at (CUNY) Queens College in English literature. She taught elementary school in East Harlem while completing a master’s degree at Hunter College. Melissa earned tenure teaching kindergarten in Westchester, NY. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Rio Piedras while teaching at the UPR Aguadilla campus and working with teachers throughout the island. Melissa’s research examines postcolonial and global contexts in Children’s literature with emphasis on the Caribbean region.

Economics and Business
Andrea Honig , Lecturer
Andrea Honig

M.Acc, Washington State University
B.A, Brandeis University


 Andrea Honig has taught of variety of accounting (including financial accounting, cost accounting) and economic courses. She has recently passed all four parts of the CPA Exam. Prior to joining Lehman as a full time faculty, she worked in a tax office and conducted research in accounting. Her areas of research interest include behavioral studies in taxation and managerial accounting as well as research into measurement models for corporate social responsibility reporting data. Along with this current research, she is writing a textbook that is aiming to make introduction to accounting more accessible.

Health Sciences
Tailisha Gonzalez, Instructor
Tailisha Gonzalez

Tailisha Gonzalez MPH, MS is the Co-Director of the undergraduate Health Services Administration program at Lehman College. Professor Gonzalez is currently completing her doctoral studies at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy in Harlem, New York. She completed her Masters in Public Health from Hunter College and a Masters in Non-Profit Management from New School University (Milano School of Management). She majored in Latino Studies with a concentration in African American Studies and Political Science at Columbia University. As a community health researcher, Professor Gonzalez examines how social determinants affect cardiovascular health, particularly in Latinx and African American communities. She has a specific interest in the behavioral factors associated with CVD risk, including smoking, alcohol use, and physical activity. Her epidemiologic studies include analyses of publicly available national data sets using sequential logistic regression models to explain the relationships between social determinants and health outcomes, such as type 2 diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension. She is currently conducting health disparities research, examining the role of work contexts as structural determinants of type 2 diabetes and dissecting the effect of occupational segregation on Latinx and Black workers.

Amy White, Lecturer
Amy White

Prof. White started at Lehman in 2017 as adjunct faculty, then became a substitute lecturer in 2018, and a Doctoral Lecturer this fall. Her bachelor's was in Environmental Studies from Brown University, researching lead poisoning in urban housing. Her Master's of Science is from the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on health policy and management. After a twenty-year career working in managed care and doing health outcomes research in the pharmaceutical industry, Prof. White transitioned to higher education, earning a Doctorate of Education in Health Professions from A.T. Still University, studying recent college graduate's transition from Medicaid to private health insurance. 

At Lehman, Prof White is the co-program director of Health Services Administration, the fourth most popular major at Lehman. Among other classes, she teaches introduction to the US health care system, introduction to managed care, and health care research methods. Prof. White's research interests are to continue to study the transition off Medicaid upon college graduation to learn how to make the transition successful, helping catapult more students out of poverty. Outside of Lehman, Prof White exercises at dawn with a group of over-achievers and plays the viola in local chamber music groups and is always looking for more opportunities to play (and excuses to not exercise).

Library
Katelyn Angell, Associate Professor
Katelyn Angell

Katelyn (Kate) Angell is Associate Professor and Assessment-Data Management Librarian at Lehman College. She previously worked as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Library Instruction at LIU Brooklyn, Adjunct Reference Librarian at The CUNY Graduate Center, and Reference Librarian at Sarah Lawrence College. Kate holds a BA in Psychology and English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Library and Information Science from St. John's University, and an MA in Psychology from LIU Brooklyn. Her research interests include information literacy instruction and assessment, cross-campus partnerships and outreach, and the history of psychology and medicine

Michelle Ehrenpreis, Assistant Professor
Michelle Ehrenpreis

Michelle Ehrenpreis earned her BA in Literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2007, MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2008, and MS in Business Management and Leadership from CUNY School of Professional Studies in 2021.  She has worked in a number of regional academic libraries serving a diverse range of patrons.  Michelle has taught courses in Information Literacy, and has published in her field.

Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance
Jason Noble, Assistant Professor
Jason Noble

Dr. Jason Noble joins the Lehman College faculty after serving two years as a substitute assistant professor. He brings a twenty-one-year career of national and international excellence in secondary and university band education, creative music curricular reform, and progressive music education, having conducted featured concerts fifteen times at Carnegie Hall and at many of the finest concert halls across the world on six continents, from Sydney, Australia, to Vienna, Austria, to Beijing, China. He holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.D.C.T., College Teaching of Music Education), where he was the recipient of the Florence K. Geffen Endowed Fellowship, New York University (M.A., Music Education), and the Frost School of Music, University of Miami (B.M., Music Education, cum laude). His passion for instrumental music education and teacher training found a perfect fit at Lehman College, where he teaches graduate conducting, instrumental methods, and creative teaching strategies for graduate music history and theory.

Prior to his appointment at Lehman, Dr. Noble served as conductor of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble, garnering national and international acclaim, leading the commission of new works by diverse composers, and leading the group to its first three full-length performances at Carnegie Hall since 1965. As Director of Bands at Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, NY), he piloted, tested, and implemented a progressive and successful Democracy in Band curriculum focused entirely on intrinsic motivation, student choice/voice, and shared responsibility without the typical exogenous rewards systems found in most school band programs. He also recently served as an adjunct lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University, supervising and mentoring New York City student teachers in the Teachers College MA program. He began his career as Director of Bands at Miami Coral Park High School in Miami, Florida. His primary teachers and advisors were Gary Green (University of Miami), Nicholas DeCarbo (University of Miami), David Elliott (NYU), Paul Cohen (NYU), Justin Dello Joio (NYU), Maxine Greene (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Randall Everett Allsup (Teachers College, Columbia University).
Nursing
Theresa Lundy, Assistant Professor
Theresa Lundy

Theresa L. Lundy has been full-time faculty at Lehman College for more than two decades, where she teaches fundamentals of nursing, medical/surgical nursing, policy and politics/trends and issues, and community health. She was promoted to Assistant Professor this year after earning her Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Lundy received her baccalaureate, master's degree, and advanced practice certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Lehman College. Her clinical expertise includes gerontology, critical care, community health, and nursing management. Passionate about quality nursing care and teaching, Dr. Lundy strives to educate and mentor new generations of excellent nurses that positively impact patient outcomes. As a nurse scientist, Dr. Lundy's research interests are family caregiving of older adults, health care disparities, palliative care, and cultural diversity. Her dissertation is entitled "Exploring Decision-Making among Family Caregivers of Black Older Adults with Advanced Chronic Illnesses." She was inducted into the New York Academy of Medicine in 2018 and is the immediate past president of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, where she serves on the NYBNA Board of Directors and is an emeritus member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Psychology
Steven Holochwost, Associate Professor
Steven Holochwost

Dr. Steven Holochwost is a developmental psychologist who works with programs designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. His research in child development examines the effects of environment, and particularly poverty and parenting, on voluntary forms of self-regulation (e.g., executive functions) and the involuntary activity of neurophysiological systems that support self-regulatory abilities. This research is directly relevant to his applied work, which examines the efficacy of educational interventions for children in poverty. The common thread running through both these lines of work is the need to understand how poverty impacts child development, and how programs that expand educational opportunities for children can mitigate those effects. At Lehman he directs the Regulation, Education, and Neuroscience (ReNeu) Lab and co-directs the Research on Advancing Equity through the Arts in Children, or REACH Lab, which is a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab.

Prior to joining the faculty at Lehman, Dr. Holochwost was Director of Research for Youth and Families at WolfBrown, a research and evaluation firm. He also held positions as Associate Director of Research at the Early Learning Center and as a Senior Assistant Child Advocate with the Office of the Child Advocate for the State of New Jersey. He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a masters degree in public affairs from the Fels Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.
School of Education
Rene Parmar, Professor & Dean
Rene Parmar

Dr. Rene S. Parmar joined Lehman College after serving as Professor of Measurement and Evaluation at St. John’s University. She was also the Chairperson of the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership. Prior to that, she held the position of Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Parmar began her career as a special education teacher. Since her appointment in higher education, she has published and presented widely in the areas of educational assessment, mathematics for students with learning disabilities, and educational leadership for inclusive environments. She is the founding president of the New York State Division for Diverse Exceptional Learners, and active in numerous professional organizations and journal review boards. Dr. Parmar received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Jabalpur (India), M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University and Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Texas.

Sociology

Dialika Sall, Assistant Professor

Dialika Sall

Dialika Sall is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lehman College-CUNY. Her qualitative research in the areas of immigration and race focus on the integration and racialization processes of second-generation West African youth. This research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, among others. Dialika earned my PhD in Sociology from Columbia University in 2020 and is originally from the Bronx, NY. Learn more about her work at www.dialikasall.com.