Regis College is pleased to announce that seven faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Health Sciences, and Young School of Nursing have been granted promotions.

“The quality of scholarship by these faculty members is commendable and demonstrates the high level of academic excellence at Regis College,” said university president Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “They cut across disciplines and build an enriching intellectual community that is teaching the next generation of leaders. I am so proud of each of them.”

“Our Regis faculty demonstrate how rigorous scholarship and inquiry in their fields can inform both their teaching and their service to the university,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Erina Driscoll, PhD. “Faculty commitment to our students and their ability to adapt to new modes of teaching has never been more evident than in this past year during the pandemic.”

Priscilla Boerger, EdD, has been promoted to full professor of education. Dr. Boerger has more than 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. She has written numerous book reviews and presented at several conferences and events including co-presenting “Reframing the Dissertation in Practice: Strategies to Foster Persistence,” at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Convening in 2017 and she was a co-keynote speaker at the Women in Leadership: Higher Education Conference at Harvard University in 2018. She provides professional development for the teachers at the Regis College Children’s Center and earned a certificate in the administration from the Intercultural Development Inventory to better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in her work.

Helen Sabolek Consiglio, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of psychology with tenure. With 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Consiglio has published numerous articles related to brain function and memory, as well as presented at various conferences and summits. Most recently, she presented findings regarding the impact of yoga on depression and anxiety in adolescents, a timely subject matter. She has taught Regis College’s First-Year Seminar and mentored the PRIDE Scholars where she is lauded for her consistently strong student evaluations.

Shari Litch Gray, PhD, has been promoted to full professor of biology. Dr. Litch Gray established the Zebrafish Facility at Regis in 2017 and has since been actively involved with the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) and the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). She took a sabbatical during the 2019-2020 academic year to study the most modern research techniques for undergraduate students, which will be implemented at the Zebrafish facility and across her department. With more than 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, Dr. Litch Gray has published several articles, made dozens of presentations, and received numerous awards including the New Hampshire Outstanding Teaching in Postsecondary Education Award by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

Sheryl Kelleher, DNP, has been promoted to associate professor of nursing. Prior to joining the Young School of Nursing in 2014, Dr. Kelleher served as a nurse practitioner preceptor at two area health centers and a registered nurse at the Boston VNA and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She draws on her clinical practice expertise in her classroom instruction. Dr. Kelleher is involved with the Be Like Brit Foundation, an orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti that provides medical services to those in need, as well as mentorship to nurses in the Haitian community. She also developed a curriculum for Be Like Brit to promote understanding of health issues and improve future health outcomes. In addition, her research on anxiety during pregnancy contributes information on the impact of a non-pharmacological intervention to reduce anxiety and improve well-being in expecting mothers.

Annela Kelly, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of mathematics. Dr. Kelly has nearly 30 years of teaching mathematics at the university level. She is currently researching mathematics anxiety in students using​ data analysis and recently had an article in combinatorial game theory accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Mathematics and Its Applications. She has presented at numerous conferences and meetings nationwide, including at the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America. In addition to her role in the STEM department, Dr. Kelly serves as a PPFC member, a First-Year Seminar faculty member, and advised first-year nursing students during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa Krikorian, DNP, has been promoted to associate professor of nursing. Dr. Krikorian joined the graduate nursing department in the Young School of Nursing in 2012 where she directed the women’s health nurse practitioner program. She has maintained her clinical practice caring for women in gynecology, obstetrics, and continues to work at Lahey Health where she has been on staff for more than 20 years. Along with Dr. Kelleher, Dr. Krikorian is involved with the Be Like Brit Foundation, an orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. Through this collaboration, they travelled to Haiti biannually, offering medical care to the underserved while collecting valuable health statistics about population needs. With this information, they developed a “Lunch and Learn” program designed educate women in Haiti to improve their personal health and the well-being of their children. This project included the development of educational handouts translated into the native Creole language that could be shared within the community. In addition, Dr. Krikorian developed a school health curriculum for the orphanage that covers many age-appropriate health-related topics for youth.

Jacquelyn MacDonald, PhD, has been promoted to associate professor of applied behavior analysis with tenure. With 14 years of teaching experience, Dr. MacDonald is a licensed behavior analyst, the founder and co-director of the Regis Autism Center, and the co-founder and co-host of ABA Inside Track, a behavior analytic podcast. She currently serves as the assistant dean of behavior and brain sciences and as the program chair for the applied behavior analysis department. She was awarded Educator of the Year 2018 from The New England Center for Children. Dr. MacDonald has several manuscripts published in journals including Behavioral Analysis in Practice, Behavioral Interventions, and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and has co-written a chapter titled “Generalized Imitation: in the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. In addition, Dr. MacDonald brought her knowledge of caring for individuals with disabilities to Iceland on several service trips.