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Nursing

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.

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Occupational Therapy

Cathy Dow-Royer, Ed.D. OTR/L - 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.

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Physical Therapy

Cindy Buchanan, PT, PhD - Director and Professor of Physical Therapy. Dr. Cindy Buchanan has been appointed Director of the Physical Therapy Division/Asst. Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Buchanan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy with a concentration in biomechanics from the Medical College of Virginia. She was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biology with a concentration in muscle physiology from Northeastern University. She has extensive teaching experience, having held a faculty position in the Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA for eighteen years. While at Northeastern University, Dr. Buchanan was appointed Director of the Human Anatomy Laboratory and was invited to join the Bouve College Master Teacher Group. Most recently, Dr. Buchanan was the founding director of the PTA Program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC.

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