Expert Directory

Psychology, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Alcohol, Drugs, Counseling, College Student Health, Social Justice, Disabilites

M. Dolores Cimini is a New York State licensed psychologist who has provided leadership for comprehensive efforts in research-to-practice translation at the University at Albany since 1992 with over $9 million in support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The screening and brief intervention program developed by Dr. Cimini, the STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program, has earned 13 national awards for best practices and innovation in behavioral health care. 

Cimini is the director of the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program at UAlbany, an agency recognized as a model/exemplary program in alcohol and other drug prevention by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has published two books and numerous professional articles in both national and international refereed journals in the alcohol and substance use field and has earned two awards for excellence from the White House for her contributions to STEM mentoring. Cimini is a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and was the Past Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, where she has had leadership for reviewing and disseminating APA’s practice standards focused on serving diverse and underrepresented groups and the addressing of issues related to psychology and social justice.

Joseph Ciotola, MD

Orthopedics and Joint Replacement

Mercy Medical Center

Orthopedic, Surgery, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Shoulder Replacement, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Hip Replacement

Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D., is a top rated orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center. Board Certified, Dr. Ciotola’s extensive expertise in anterior hip replacement makes him one of the most sought-after orthopedic surgeons in the Baltimore region for hip replacement.

Dr. Ciotola also specializes in knee replacement and knee resurfacing using MAKO® robotic arm technology, ACL reconstruction and shoulder/upper extremity surgeries including total shoulder replacement and the LRTI procedure to relieve arthritis of the thumb.

Dr. Joseph Ciotola’s dedication to providing advanced orthopedic techniques helped bring anterior hip replacement to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. Ciotola, who is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Baltimore to perform anterior hip replacement, teaches orthopedic surgeons throughout the country how to perform this minimally invasive approach to hip replacement. Many of his patients have expressed their gratitude and satisfaction by recommending Dr. Ciotola to family, friends and even strangers who are in need of a hip replacement.

Dr. Joseph Ciotola is dedicated to providing his patients the best orthopedic care possible. Patients turn to Dr. Ciotola for his clinical expertise when they have hip or knee pain. His great compassion and concern for helping relieve their pain provides patients with the confidence that they will be able to return to their daily routines. Dr. Ciotola works individually with patients to develop the best treatment options to help with the return to normal activities.

Constitutional Law, Conflict of Law, employment discrimination, Family Law, Labor and Employment Law, Sexuality Law and Policy

Joined Albany Law School in 2000. Previously in private practice with Winston & Strawn in Chicago, specializing in employment-related appellate litigation; visiting professor at University of Toledo College of Law; law clerk to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. Research interests include employment discrimination, federalism, and lesbian and gay rights.

Macroeconomics, United States economy, international economy, economic history, Brexit, Bitcoin, International Finance

Dr. Nathaniel Cline can speak to a broad scope of economic topics, including the debate over unemployment compensation, the recession, and the healthcare vs. economy debate. He holds a Ph.D. in economics and is a recognized expert on economic history, the U.S. and international macroeconomics, Bitcoin, Brexit, and international finance. 

Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb Space Telescope, Galaxies, Gravitational Lens, Gravitational Lensing

Dr. Dan Coe is an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and provides support for astronomers using and preparing to use the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. As an instrument scientist for the JWST Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam), Dr. Coe wrote much of that instrument’s user manual in JDox (JWST Documentation) and developed more efficient dither patterns for NIRCam observations. He is also the Frontier Fields Lens Model coordinator. As an astronomer, Dr. Coe discovers and studies the most distant galaxies known using the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes with the aid of gravitational lensing by massive galaxy clusters. He is the principal investigator of the Reionization Lensing Cluster Survey (RELICS), a 188-orbit Hubble Treasury Program. RELICS observed 41 clusters and delivered many of the best and brightest galaxies known in the universe’s first billion years (z ~ 6 – 10). Previously, as a co-investigator on the Hubble Multi-Cycle Treasury Program CLASH (Cluster Lensing And Supernova survey with Hubble), Dr. Coe discovered a strong candidate for the most distant galaxy known at z ~ 11. Dr. Coe also successfully advocated for lensing clusters to be included in the Hubble Deep Fields Initiative, which became the Frontier Fields.

Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH

Attending physician for the Division of Infectious Diseases

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology

Susan Coffin, MD, MPH, is an attending physician for the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a core faculty member of the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at CHOP, and a professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is actively engaged in the clinical care of children with infections, research on the transmission of infectious diseases in healthcare and community settings, and teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, and other care providers. Dr. Coffin is the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist and a senior member of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Coffin also works with public health departments to promote health and safety for all residents of Philadelphia.

Dr. Coffin has an active and well-funded research program that focuses on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Coffin is an active participant in numerous local, state and nation-wide public health programs that address such topics as the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, pandemic influenza preparedness, and pediatric influenza. In addition, Dr. Coffin has worked on infectious diseases prevention projects in healthcare and community settings in Botswana, Ghana, Vietnam, Egypt, Greece and China.

Dr. Coffin’s interests include pediatrics, infectious diseases, public health, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, infection control and healthcare-associated infections, quality improvement.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lumbar Puncture, Devic's Disease, Neuroimmunology

Cohen began studying multiple sclerosis (MS) in the 1980s when it was still considered an untreatable disease. Today, 15 disease-modifying treatments are approved for MS, and Cohen said he has “been involved in some way or another” with the development of each of them.

Cohen has worked with ACTRIMS since its founding in 1995. The group is made up of clinicians and researchers across North America who focus on sharing knowledge in hopes of improving MS treatment options and providing training to early-career physicians and scientists. It has counterparts in other areas of the world, including the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).

During his residency, which began in 1981, Cohen was drawn to neuroscience and immunology, both fields than in their infancies and both notoriously complex. “MS is a field where those two topics intersect,” he told Multiple Sclerosis News Today.

He came to the Mellen Center in 1994, just one year after the first disease-modifying treatment, Betaseron (interferon beta 1b, marketed by Bayer HealthCare), was approved for MS. He treats a large population of MS patients there and was named director of its Experimental Therapeutics Program in 2014. He designs and runs clinical trials for MS and related diseases, while training other specialists in the skills necessary to run MS trials.

Telemental Health, digital therapy, Depression, Recovery, Addiction, Depression and Anxiety

Dr. Kelly Coker is an associate professor in the Counseling Department at Palo Alto University and is a licensed professional counselor (#4490) in North Carolina.  Kelly has conducted research and published findings in refereed journals related to substance abuse prevention and intervention, clinical training and supervision, the use of play in counseling and supervision, and the importance of program evaluation and assessment in counseling.  She has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling and Development (JCD), the flagship journal for the American Counseling Association.  Kelly has also co-edited a book on using family systems approach in applying the DSM-5 to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning, and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences.

Kelly works as a counselor with, and is currently contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resources with  Kelly has an interest in identifying best practices for treatment of depression, anxiety, overcoming addiction, and resolution of trauma, specifically, in her review of resources.

Kevin O Cokley, PhD

Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Institute for Urban Policy & Research Analysis

University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

African American psychology, ethnic identity development, Racial identity development, Psychology, Black Lives Matter

Kevin Cokley's research can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology, with a focus on racial and ethnic identity development, academic motivation, and academic achievement. A theme of much of his research is understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. Cokley's research and scholarship have led him to challenge the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual, and to critically re-examine the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement. Recently Cokley has started exploring the impostor phenomenon and its relationship to mental health and academic outcomes among ethnic minority students.

Cokley's publications have appeared in professional journals such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Individual Differences and Personality, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and the Harvard Educational Review.

Cokley has a joint appointment in the College of Education's Department of Educational Psychology and the College of Liberal Arts' Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. He is the Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis.

He has written several Op-Eds in major media outlets including the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, The Conversation and The Hill on topics such as Blacks' rational mistrust of police, police shootings of Blacks, the aftermath of Ferguson, the use of school vouchers, racial disparities in school discipline, and Black students' graduation rates.

Joseph Connors, JD

Professor of Law; Director, Health Law Clinic

Albany Law School

Health Law, health law policy, Client Interviewing

Clinical Professor  of Law Joseph Connors is the Director of Albany Law School’s Health Law Clinic, an experiential course through which second and third year students provide representation to individuals with chronic health conditions  

He served as Director of Albany Law School’s Clinic and Justice Center from 2009 – 2012. He is the 2007 recipient of both the Distinguished Excellence in Teaching and Distinguished Excellence in Service awards from Albany Law School.  

He is also a recipient of the NYS ARC Robert Hodson/Augustus Jacobs Disability Law Award.  A former staff attorney at the Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation, Professor Connors’ research interests include preserving the integrity of families affected by health challenges and removing barriers to access to justice for individuals with disabilities.

Patrick Connors, JD

Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law

Albany Law School

New York Practice, New York Law, Ethics in Law, legal ethics

Patrick M. Connors is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School where he teaches New York Practice and Legal Ethics. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law where he taught Professional Responsibility from 1991 to 1999.

He received his B.A. degree from Georgetown University and his J.D. degree from St. John’s Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review and research assistant to Professor David D. Siegel.

Upon graduation from St. John’s in 1988, Professor Connors served as a personal law clerk to Judge Richard D. Simons of the New York Court of Appeals until 1991. From 1991 until May of 2000 he was an associate and then member of the litigation department at Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, in Syracuse, New York.

In January 2013, Professor Connors became the author for the NEW YORK PRACTICE treatise, which is now in its sixth edition. In addition, he is the author of the McKinney’s Practice Commentaries for CPLR Article 22, Stay, Motions, Orders and Mandates, Article 23, Subpoenas, Oaths and Affirmations, Article 30, Remedies and Pleading, and Article 31, Disclosure. He also authors the Practice Commentaries for the New York Rules of Professional Conduct (available on Westlaw; in progress) and several articles in the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act. He is also the author of the New York Practice column and the annual Court of Appeals Roundup on New York Civil Practice, which are published in the New York Law Journal. From 1992 through 2003, he was a Reporter for the Committee on New York Pattern Jury Instructions (“PJI”), the panel of New York State Supreme Court Justices that drafts and oversees the frequent revisions of the standard jury charges in civil cases. His publications have been cited in over 130 reported cases.

He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics. He served on the New York State Attorney Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial District from 1997 until 2000. He was the Reporter for the New York State Bar Association's Special Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct, which published a report recommending substantial amendments to New York’s Code of Judicial Conduct. He was also the Reporter for the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Non-lawyer Ownership of Law Firms. He is a member of the Office of Court Administration’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice and served as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s CPLR Committee from 2003 through 2007.

Professor Connors is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars on recent developments in New York Practice, professional ethics and legal malpractice. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant on issues pertaining to attorney ethics, legal malpractice, and civil procedure.

In the Fall of 2015, Professor Connors was a Visiting Scholar in Residence at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Jaya Connors, JD

Assistant Professor of Law; Director, Family Violence Litigation Clinic

Albany Law School

Family Violence, Children's Rights

Assistant Professor of Law Jaya Connors is the Director of Albany Law School’s Family Violence Litigation Clinic, a course in which second- and third-year students provide legal representation to survivors of domestic violence in Family Court proceedings. 

Prior to this position, she was the Deputy Director of the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department’s Office of Attorneys for Children, where she assisted in the administration of the Attorney for Child Program and provided ongoing legal education to over 500 attorneys for children in the Third Judicial Department. Professor Connors began her career as a Legal Services Attorney, whereas a Supervising Attorney, she provided legal assistance to parenting, pregnant, and “at-risk” minors. 

Thereafter, she held many positions, including a prior position at Albany Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic as Clinical Instructor, where she supervised students who represented incarcerated battered women. Additionally, Professor Connors is a former Legal Director of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association’s The Legal Project. She is a recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship Award.

Work-Life Balance, women in the workplace, Gender Equity and Equality

Nicole Coomber is on the faculty in the Management & Organization area at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Coomber completed her PhD in Education Policy and Leadership in May of 2012 at the University of Maryland’s College of Education. Her research interests include leadership, team dynamics, and experiential learning. Dr. Coomber teaches a variety of courses including Managing People and Organizations, Leadership in Action, Non-Profit Consulting, and Cross-Cultural Challenges in Business. Before joining the faculty at Smith, she worked with the QUEST program leading efforts in curriculum and corporate development.

Tropical Cyclone, Hurricane, Cloud Behavior, Monsoons

Corbosiero studies the structure and intensity change of tropical cyclones using both observational data sets, such as aircraft reconnaissance, and lightning, and high-resolution numerical models. She is interested in understanding the physical processes responsible for the formation of hurricane rainbands and secondary eyewalls, and how tropical cyclones respond to, and evolve in, vertical wind shear.

In addition, Corbosiero is leading an ongoing research collaboration between the National Weather Service and UAlbany’s Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, which is providing valuable insights into extreme weather as it trains the next generation of forecasters. The project focuses on the occurrence and prediction of high-impact weather events in the Northeastern United States. Such events, which include damaging winds and hail, widespread and localized flooding, and heavy snow and ice accumulations, have the potential to cause substantial societal and economic disruption.

The research has shed light on such subjects as hurricane-related heavy rainfall, the distribution of small-scale heavy snow bands, and the processes that govern the occurrence and location of severe weather. Research findings are transferred directly into daily NWS forecasts and operations. 

Matthew Cordova, PhD

Associate Professor, Co-Director, Palo Alto University Early Intervention Clinic

Palo Alto University

Health Psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) , Traumatic Stress, traumatic stress early intervention, Social Support, postraumatic growth, Positive Psychology

Dr. Cordova co-directs the Early Intervention Clinic (EIC), a Palo Alto University clinical research group dedicated to evaluating evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches to prevent trauma-related problems in recently traumatized individuals. The EIC trains students in research methodology and in evidence-based therapies for traumatic stress and traumatic loss. Dr. Cordova's research interests are in Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, traumatic stress, and "positive" psychology. One focus of his research has been in psychosocial oncology, studying various aspects of quality of life in patients with cancer, including physical symptoms, aspects of social support, stress response symptoms, perception of personal growth, and effectiveness of support groups. Another focus has been on traumatic stress generally, including evidence-based approaches to early intervention, social cognitive processing models of adjustment to trauma, and traumatic loss.

tax law, Taxation, Tax Policy, federal tax law, federal taxes, corporate tax, Chinese law

Danshera Cords is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School. She teaches and writes in the area of tax law. Her teaching is primarily in the areas of partnership tax, corporate tax, individual tax and tax policy. Professor Cords has also taught Business Organizations and Chinese Law.

Professor Cords' writing has been primarily in the areas of taxpayer rights and tax procedure. She speaks regularly around the country and has been repeatedly invited to speak on American Business and Tax Law in China. Beginning in the fall of 2013 she received an appointment as Distinguished Foreign Professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China, a program sponsored by Shanghai Education Committee. She has also been invited to and has been a visiting professor at schools including Seattle University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Professor Cords has been teaching since 2002. Before joining the Albany Law School faculty in 2010, she was a Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, she served as the Academic Director of the Graduate Tax and Business program from 2005-2008. From 2000-2002, Professor Cords was an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Maurice B. Foley of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID-19 Vaccine, coronavirus vaccine, Virology, viral immunology

Dr. Larry Corey is an internationally renowned expert in virology, immunology and vaccine development, and the former president and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. For more than four decades, he has led some of the most significant advances in medicine, including the development of safe and effective antivirals for herpes, HIV and hepatitis infections. An international expert in the design and testing of vaccines, he is helping to formulate a global, strategic response to COVID-19.

Earlier this year, he responded to the sudden emergence of COVID-19 by redirecting his energies to speed the development of antiviral medications and vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the pandemic. He is building strategic collaborations among academic institutions, government health leaders and the pharmaceutical industry to test future COVID-19 vaccines and find ways to manufacture and distribute enough doses to immunize as many as 4 billion people.

Dr. Corey is drawing on his expertise as a co-founder, in 1998, of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Headquartered at Fred Hutch in Seattle, it is the world’s largest publicly funded collaboration focused on development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Corey's teaching and mentoring interests include virology, viral immunology and development of novel therapies for viral infections. His current research projects include:

- Spatial and functional characterization of tissue resident immune responses at the site of herpesvirus or HIV infection
- Development of immunotherapies for HSV and HIV infection; including CAR T cells for treatment for HIV infection
- Spatial dynamics and function of adoptively transferred or vaccine induced T cells
- Characterization of tissue-based memory B cells and the role antibody effector responses play in chronic viral infections
- Use of monoclonal antibodies for the prevention of viral infections

In addition to his role as president and director emeritus at Fred Hutch, Dr. Corey is a member of the Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease, Clinical Research, and Public Health Sciences Divisions.  He is also a Professor, Medicine and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington, and Principal Investigator at the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). 

Shelley J. Correll, PhD

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Organizational Behavior, Sociology, workplace dynamics, Gender Stereotypes

Shelley J. Correll is professor of sociology and (by courtesy) organizational behavior at Stanford University, where she directs the Stanford VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab and previously directed the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her expertise is in the areas of gender, workplace dynamics, and organizational culture.

Correll is committed to uncovering and removing the biases and barriers that limit women’s full participation in society. Her research on the “motherhood penalty” demonstrates how motherhood influences the workplace evaluations, pay, and job opportunities of mothers. Her current research uncovers how gender stereotypes and organizational practices limit the advancement and retention of women in technical jobs. Correll has published more than 30 articles on these topics. Correll’s research has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Distinguished Article Award, Sex and Gender section; from the American Sociological Association, the 2009 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work Family Research; and recognition for Extraordinary Contribution to Work Family Research in 2018.

With her colleagues, Correll is currently designing and evaluating “small wins” interventions to increase diversity and inclusion outcomes in modern workplaces. Her research has been profiled in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and other leading media publications.

Correll is an award-winning teacher and mentor. In 2016, she was awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award and in 2017, the SWS Feminist Mentor Award, both from Sociologists for Women in Society. Correll has conducted executive seminars and management development programs internationally. She frequently teaches in Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business, including in the first LGBTQ executive education program offered by a top business school. She is codirector of the Program for Women Leaders in Major League Baseball at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In addition to her teaching and research activities, Correll has been an active change agent in academia, having earned the Alice H. Cook and Constance E. Cook Award, Cornell University in 2008, for work to improve the climate for women at Cornell and elsewhere, and more recently, through her work as the Clayman Institute director. Under Correll’s directorship, the Clayman Institute received the 2019 President’s Awards for Excellence Through Diversity.

Nursing, covid

Dr. Costa's goal is to maximize survival and minimize morbidity for mechanically ventilated adults. She accomplishes this through her research on the organization and management of critical care. Specifically, her work identifies key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve the delivery of high quality, complex care to mechanically ventilated patients

Nursing, Acute Rehabilitation, Patient Safety, rehabilitation nursing, Nurses

Michele Cournan, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FNP, CRRN has been a rehabilitation nurse for over 20 years with experience in acute rehabilitation and academia. She is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, an acute free-standing rehabilitation facility in Schenectady, New York. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Excelsior College, a part-time faculty at Walden University, and has a private business as a legal nurse consultant. She has published several articles and delivered many presentations nationally over the past 15 years. Most recently Michele has presented webinars related to the care and management of  COVID-19 patients in rehabilitation facilities. She has also presented a series of webinars nationally on the Impact Act and the resulting changes in the regulations for functional assessment. Michele is a Past-President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.