CNHS: Focus on Faculty and Staff

College of Nursing and Health Sciences | October 17, 2012
CNHS: Focus on Faculty and Staff

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to welcome its new faculty members and provide updates on accomplishments of several current faculty members.


Scott Crouter, PhD, FACSM, assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, was recently appointed interim director of GoKids Boston. In his new role, Crouter will be responsible for continued growth of current programs, development of new programs, and leading a college-wide effort to define the vision and direction of GoKids. Crouter has been an EHS faculty member since 2007. His research focuses on the use of objective monitors, such as accelerometers and pedometers, for the measurement of physical activity in children and adults. Crouter received his BS from Linfield College, MS from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and PhD from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University.


Richard Fleming joins the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as an associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences. Fleming received his PhD in psychology in 1990 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has served as an associate professor at Auburn University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In his new role, Fleming will conduct collaborative research on lifestyle change to prevent and treat childhood obesity, with a special emphasis on children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He will also teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to his PhD, Fleming earned an MS and MEd from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a BS from the University of New Hampshire.

Libin Zhang, a Department of Nursing lecturer, obtained her PhD in sociology and MS in statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she worked as a teaching assistant for courses on research methods in sociology, and social and health policy. From 2009 to 2010, she served as editorial assistant for the Journal of Sociological Methodology, the only American Sociological Association periodical devoted entirely to research methods. Her PhD dissertation is titled “A Multilevel Study of Effects of Socioeconomic Status, Income Inequality, and Built Environment on Adult Obesity in China.”

Dr. Ana Cristina Lindsay, DrPH, MPH, DDS, has completed research focused on understanding family- and community-level factors that influence children’s health, such as diet and physical activity, and the risk of obesity among low-income, Latino immigrant families and children in the U.S. and Latin America. Dr. Lindsay’s research has primarily focused on family based prevention and health-promotion research and interventions conducted in partnership with state- and federal-level programs serving low-income families in the U.S. Prior to joining the EHS Department as associate professor, she helped create and codirect the doctoral program in public health nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. Dr. Lindsay earned her DrPH and MPH degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her DDS degree from the Campos School of Dentistry.

Teresa Eliot Roberts began teaching part-time at UMass Boston in 2004 after completing her nursing doctorate at Boston College. Her specialties include gynecology, primary care, and intercultural nursing care. She has primarily participated in the undergraduate programs at CNHS. A full-time clinical assistant professor as of fall 2012, Roberts is expanding her teaching into the graduate nursing program. She recently penned a chapter titled “Cultural Diversity and Values” for the book Community and Public Health Nursing: Evidence for Practice, which received the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award. Roberts earned her MSN from the Massachusetts General Hospital of Health Professions and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Adrienne Wald, EdD, MBA, BSN, CHES, joins the College of Nursing and Health Sciences as clinical assistant professor and director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program, Traditional and Accelerated Nursing Baccalaureate Options. Prior to her arrival at CNHS, Wald spent six years as director of wellness education at the College of New Rochelle. In her new position, Wald will advise all undergraduate students and faculty members of the Traditional and Accelerated Nursing Options, directing these undergraduate programs toward further success. Wald earned her EdD in nursing education from Teachers College at Columbia University, her MBA in health care management from Adelphi University, and her BSN from Boston University.

Terry Buttaro PhD, CEN, CCRN, ANP/GNP, FAANP, joins CNHS as clinical assistant professor for the Department of Nursing. She maintains an active practice as an adult and gerontological certified nurse practitioner in Northeastern Massachusetts. She is certified in both critical care nursing and emergency care nursing, and is the primary editor and a contributing author for Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice. The fourth edition of this text was published last spring. Buttaro is also the primary author and editor of Clinical Management of Patients in Subacute and Long-Term Care Settings, which she coauthored with CNHS’ Karen Dick. She received her certificate of advanced graduate studies in health professions education and master’s degree from Simmons College.

Karen M. McInnis, MEd, was recently appointed interim director of student services. Karen will continue to work with the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, helping to implement college policies that aid student success. Karen worked as student services specialist to Exercise and Health Sciences students this past year. In her new role, she will continue to advise EHS students. She holds a master of education degree from UMass Boston and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mount St. Mary’s College.

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