What a PhD in Human Development did for

Dr. William Miller

Position: Graduation Program Coordinator, Wilkes University School of Nursing

Dissertation Topic: An Exploration of the Impact of Barriers to Nurse Practitioners Working in Primary Care: A Descriptive Study

""The interdisciplinary nature of the doctoral program at Marywood University has taught me to expand my thinking and view both triumphs and obstacles from a variety of perspectives. This has helped me realize that the problems in healthcare will not be solved by reacting in the same manner as before. The solution lies in being proactive and expanding the concepts of primary care beyond the current model. We must reach into the community and provide individuals with the knowledge and services they need to improve their health.""


BS in Health Science, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

MHA in Health Administration, The Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D. in Human Development with a Concentration in Health Promotion, Marywood University

Dr. Miller also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Wilkes University School of Nursing; Wilkes University's Jay S. Sidhu School of Business & Leadership, and in Marywood University's Administrative Studies Program. He is the 2014 recipient of the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies at Marywood University.

Prior to his transition to academia, Dr. Miller had over 15 years of customer service and healthcare experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in which he assumed various roles encompassing general administration and oversight, marketing, staff development, budgeting, and client relationship management. In his current role as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Wilkes School of Nursing, he is responsible for the administration and operation of the school's online graduate programs. William was instrumental in the development of the Nurse Executive curriculum and the management and leadership courses for the concentration, and is adjunct faculty within the concentration.

His research agenda in Marywood's doctoral program centered on addressing the inequities in patient access to healthcare, especially the issues in primary care.

Awards and Acknowledgements

William Fred Miller, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies at Marywood University.

Beverly McNamara, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation at Marywood University

Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.

Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.

Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College

Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.

Dr. Francis Battisti was recently promoted to the rank of State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor and inducted into the ranks of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.


Stanley Kania, a member of the 2014 Ph.D. Program cohort, received word that his recent research on" Alumni Engagement in the College Recruiting Process" is being picked up for publication by the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals in their Fall 2014 issue of Perspectives, their quarterly publication.

Kelly Carroll, a member of the 2013 Ph.D. Program cohort, is collecting data as an independent grant reviewer by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Sample Employment Settings of Alumni

  • Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
  • Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
  • Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Human Resources)
  • Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (Director of Community Health Education)
  • Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (Academic Vice President)
  • Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (Vice President for Student Development and Engagement)
  • Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Diversity Office)
  • Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Francis Battisti, Ph.D., SUNY Broome Community College (Executive Vice President)
  • Janine Becker, Ph.D., Dean of Enrollment Management, York College