LauraLCH Ann Camlet Houser, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Sponsored Programs
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families 211A
(570) 340-6031| lacamlet@marywood.edu

 As the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Dr. Houser provides administrative oversight for sponsored programs and for faculty and student research involving human participants and animals at the University.  A long-time member of the Marywood community, Laura received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts with a major in Musical Theatre and two minors in Dance and English from Marywood.  She also attended Marywood for her graduate work, where she earned her Master's Degree in Communication Arts with an Interdisciplinary Concentration of Communication Arts and Theatre, as well as her Ph.D. in Human Development with an Instructional Leadership Concentration.  In addition, Laura is an adjunct faculty member for both the Communication Arts Department and the Theatre Program at Marywood where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students. 

Courene M. Loftus, MPA, CIP

Director of Human Participants Protection and Research Compliance
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 211
(570) 961-4782 | cloftus@marywood.edu

                                                                                                                                                                      As Director of Human Participants Protection and Research Compliance, Courene administers the program protecting the rights and welfare of human participants in research, including operation of the Institutional Review Board and Exempt Review Committee. She manages the education and support of researchers in ethical practices, as well as adherence to federal regulations and University policies.  An alumna of Marywood University and senior staff member of ORSP, Courene holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design/Photography and a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.  She is a member of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and is also a Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) through the organization.                                                                                              

Brian Whelan

Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 212
(570) 340-6087 | bwhelan@marywood.edu

 Brian provides administrative supervision for research, grant and contract activities within Academic Affairs. He assists faculty with identifying funding sources, developing the proposal and the submission process. Brian is a member of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Eastern Pennsylvania Grant Network. 

Stephanie LaFave

Post-Award Grant Specialist
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 213
(570) 340-6050 | lafave@marywood.edu

Stephanie assists principal investigators and project directors with all phases of post-award process from the time an award is made through close-out. Stephanie has a background in accounting and has certificates from the National Council on University Research Administration (NCURA) in the Fundamentals of Sponsored Programs and Financial Research Administration.

Ryan Houser, MA

Research Administrator
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 218
(570) 961-4778 | rhouser@marywood.edu

 As the Research Administrator for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Ryan is responsible for administrative review of all human research submissions, the review of exempt research, and the coordination of the Exempt Review Committee (ERC).  He trains and supports researchers at Marywood in ethical practices, integrity of research, and adherence to University and federal regulations.  Ryan received his Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts with a major in Theatre and a minor in English from Marywood.  He also attended Marywood for his graduate work, where he earned a Master's Degree in Communication Arts.

Kristie J. Congdon

Information Specialist
Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, 214
(570)-340-6088 | kcongdon@marywood.edu
 

 As Informational Specialist, Kristie mines research associated funding opportunities over a variety of public and private search engines to provide intricate reporting used in the final vetting of current funding opportunities in line with specific research activities. Maintaining database information, disseminating research interests and opportunities, and assisting with the annual research forum is all in a day work.  Kristie's passion to help people combined with a legal assistant background is a good match for the fast paced, continuously changing environment of research, grants, and sponsored programs. 

Brendan is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  He provides support to ORSP staff.  Brendan graduated from Marywood in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Psychology and a Minor in Business.  He is currently enrolled in Marywood’s MBA program with a concentration in General Management.