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Karen Rousseau, MSN - Director and Associate Professor of Nursing. Karen Rousseau earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, in Chicopee, Massachusetts and her master's degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a practicing nurse, including 21 years as a nurse educator. She is currently pursuing a PhD in nursing at Duquesne University with a focus on families with chronically ill children. Her areas of expertise include maternal/newborn and pediatric nursing as well as nursing management. She has held a variety of nursing roles in maternal child care, as well as in nursing management prior to coming to American International College.
Cathy Dow-Royer, Ed.D. - Associate Professor and Director of the Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Dow-Royer earned her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Illinois, and her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts. She has over 34 years of experience as a practicing clinician, including 12 years as the owner of a private hand therapy practice. Dr. Dow-Royer began her academic career at AIC in 1998 and has provided leadership during two successful program accreditations, as well as the curriculum transition from a bachelor to a master's level professional program. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she teaches the research series courses and guest lectures on topics such as splinting and modalities. Research interests include the influence of academic departments on faculty scholarship in occupational therapy.
Gail Stern, PT, PhD, NCS - Director and Professor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Stern has been involved in neurologic physical therapy practice for over 25 years. She received a BA in English and Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California. She earned her PhD in Computing Technology and Education from the Graduate School of Computer Science at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Stern is a board certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her teaching focus includes neuromuscular patient management, gait analysis, motor learning and control. Her research interests are in the use and application of technology in education and patient management.