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Monday, June 18, 2018 - 10:15am

Two faculty members in the nursing program at Mercy College have been recognized by national organizations for achievements that highlight Mercy’s commitment to scholarship and service to the community.


Dr. Lisa Martin, M.A., Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, was selected to present at the Lilly Conferences on Innovative Strategies to Advance Student Learning, which will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, in August. The highly acclaimed Lilly Conferences are held annually to bring faculty members together to advance student learning while promoting professional development of faculty.


Martin’s presentation will focus on ways to more effectively engage students enrolled in online classes. Using an online companion – a computer-savvy cat named Wadsworth – she demonstrates how helpful avatars can assist students who may be struggling with the material yet reluctant to reveal their difficulties.


Martin earned a Ph.D. in nursing research and theory and a master’s in delivery of nursing care from New York University. Prior to teaching at Mercy, she was senior manager of professional practice and an education specialist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. In 2016 Dr. Martin was named the Mercy College Online Teacher of the Year.


Dr. Kathleen Kenney-Riley, Ed.D., APRN-BC, PNP, associate professor of nursing, has been invited to join the board of the Speranza Human Compassion Project, an educational nonprofit that trains first responders how to work with persons who have experienced incidents of domestic violence. The program was started in Philadelphia with the goal of improving the care provided to families experiencing domestic violence and to enhance interdisciplinary communication and collaboration. She will serve as the board’s nursing representative, and will develop curriculum for use in academic and service organizations.


Kenney-Riley is a practicing pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She has taught nursing for more than 20 years, serving on the faculty at Mercy College, Columbia University College of Nursing, New York University School of Nursing and other colleges. Kenney-Riley developed the first nurse-practitioner-run mobile health van at NYU through a federal grant, and is the recipient of several other grants for clinical programs and nursing education. She has published numerous papers and served on the editorial boards of three nursing journals.


“We are pleased and proud that our colleagues have been invited to share their expertise. Their work contributes to improving both nursing education and the health of individuals and communities,” says Dr. Miriam Ford, Ph.D., APRN-BC, FNP, co-interim director of nursing.