MEHP: Faculty


Ahmed Ibrahim is the Senior Education Research Consultant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources. Dr. Ibrahim leads the initiatives of scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at both the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. Dr. Ibrahim consults with Johns Hopkins faculty on NIH and NSF grant proposals.

Dr. Ibrahim earned a PhD in educational psychology (learning sciences) from McGill University and completed his postdoctoral training in developmental psychology at the University of California at Riverside (UCR). He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cairo University, and an MSc. in computer engineering from New York University (NYU) before working in the engineering field for several years.

Dr. Ibrahim’s research interests include: (1) science education and inquiry, (2) teaching and instruction, (3) engineering design, (4) media and technology, (5) assessment and evaluation.

Dr. Ibrahim has a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Science Education (IJSE) and the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (IJSME). Dr. Ibrahim teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods, assessment and evaluation, statistics, and proposal writing.


Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dr. Burgner is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She earned her MD through Indiana University School of Medicine, after which she completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at Vanderbilt University. After completing her fellowship, she completed the Johns Hopkins Master of Education for the Health Professions program. She serves as the associatedirector of the Vanderbilt Nephrology Fellowship Program and serves as course director for multiple Vanderbilt Medical School courses and Vanderbilt Nephrology Fellowship courses.


Dr. Anne Belcher recently retired asAssociate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She continues to hold a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center/JH School of Medicine and also hold a joint appointment as Associate Professor (Clinical) in the JH School of Education.

She has 48years of experience in nursing education, having taught at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. She has held numerous administrative and educator positions throughout her career.

Dr. Belcher’s area of expertise is oncology nursing and her research interest is psychosocial aspects of cancer, with a focus on spiritual care.

Dr. Belcher holds a Bachelor ofScience in Nursing from the University of North Carolina(where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International), a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington, and a PhD from the Florida State University.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. In 2009 Dr. Belcher received the National League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award.

She currently consults with the NLN CNEA (Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation) on on-site evaluator training and teaches in the JH School of Education MEHP (Master of Education in the Health Professions) program.


Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. April Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Her academic area of interest is in teaching leadership skills to physicians and physicians in training. She has been very active at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as course director (CD) for the Health Disparities Course, strand leader for Health Disparities, CD of Leadership Skills for Medical Students, CD Independent Study for the Boards, and CD for the the Subinternship in Medicine.

April was born in Connecticut. She attended the United States Air Force Academy, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and later served in the United States Air Force on the Milstar Satellite Program. Dr. Fitzgerald left active duty to attend medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where she received her M.D. degree in 1996. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts in 1999.

Dr. Fitzgerald practiced at Mass General Hospital in Boston before moving to the D.C. area when she was called to active duty to serve at the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and served on the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).She continues in the U.S. Air Force Reserves at the rank of a Colonel.

April has been on faculty at Johns Hopkins since 2007. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is the Mid-Atlantic President-Elect for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) and runs a leadership course nationally through the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM). April graduated from the JHUSOE MEHP program in spring 2016.


Bonnie L. Robeson, Ph.D., M.A.S. is a Senior Lecturer at the Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches Statistics for Business, Operations Management, Innovation for Humanity, and Capstone Project for the EMBA . She has been teaching at JHU since 1989. She holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from West Virginia University and the M.A.S. in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Robeson has been a Principal Investigator on a NCI drug discovery contract, Director of North American Operations for a European chemical company and an entrepreneur in the life science laboratory services area. She also teaches course (Managing and Leading Biotech Professional, Creating a Biotechnology Enterprise) in the Advanced Academic Program, Biotechnology Enterprise MS program. She has received the “Excellence in Teaching” Award in the past.


Associate Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Education

Dr. Camille Bryant, Associate Professor in the School of Education, began her appointment at Johns Hopkins University in August of 2015. Dr. Bryant graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned her MEd and PhD from the University of Virginia in Educational Research, Statistics and Evaluation. Dr. Bryant’s background includes experiences as an Americorps VISTA, a Teach for America teacher, and an Associate Professor at Columbus State University. She has taught Research Methods, Mixed Methods, and Statistics courses to students across a variety of disciplines including counseling, medical education, curriculum and instruction, and leadership. Dr. Bryant has conducted research using the quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods paradigms for evaluation, survey development, and intervention studies. Her primary research interest lies in understanding how teachers make instructional decisions based on contextualized.


Dr. Harnett is a licensed psychologist with extensive university teaching experience in graduate and undergraduate programs. She has served as a Coordinator of Training for an APA-Approved Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology within a hospital and Director of a Graduate Clinical Psychology Program at a university. She has considerable experience in clinical supervision overseeing practica/field experiences for psychology interns, graduate-level social workers, and medical residents. Finally, Dr. Harnett has served as a psychologist to the professional schools (medicine, law, pharmacy and social work) of a major university.

Clinically, Dr. Harnett’s expertise is in stress management, resilience, psychotraumatology and emergency mental health interventions/crisis interventions. Since 9/11, she has been actively engaged with public safety populations on building resilience through trainings and outreach. Her military interests center on military members, veterans and military family issue. She has developed and delivered curricula for the Maryland National Guard’s Reintegration and Deployment Cycle Support Programs, and served on numerous state and national committees on issues of veterans’ behavioral health. Recently, she traveled through the U.S. Department of State to the Republic of Estonia, to brief the Estonian Defense Force Medical Command on building community capacity for treating veterans and on managing veterans back into the civilian workforce. Dr. Harnett received the U.S. Department of the Army’s Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and the Maryland Department of the Military’s Meritorious Service Medal.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and Baltimore Psychological Association. Her current research interests include issues in military families as well as promoting resilience among “first responders” to include educators.


Dr. Bosch is an Instructor and Educational Researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level biology and biochemistry classes. Her scholarly interests lie in curriculum development and outcomes assessment of collaborative learning techniques, both online and on-site. Dr. Bosch is certified in distance education technology.

Originally from Munich, Germany, she holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, and previously taught and performed lab research at the University of Washington, Seattle.


Associate Provost, Academic Technology and eLearning
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Heather Tillberg-Webb, PhD has been designing and teaching instruction for almost two decades. She currently serves as the Associate Provost of Academic Technology and eLearning at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In this role, she manages key projects that impact educational effectiveness, from overseeing the instructional design and technology team to evaluating systems and processes that contribute to a successful educational environment.

Dr. Tillberg-Webb has been teaching in undergraduate and graduate traditional and online courses since earning her doctorate in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia in 2007. She has served as a faculty member, instructional designer, and administrator in higher education environments. Previously, she has worked as an instructional designer for a variety of institutions and projects–including Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, and Northern Virginia Community College.


Dr. Joan DeSimone has been a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University since 1994, teaching classes in both business and education, especially Leadership and Management Theory, Organization Development, and Strategic Change. Presently she is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University,School of Education, engaged in Partnerships in Educational Transformation, working with entrepreneurs engaged in innovative educational solutions to the challenges of school reform, as well as promoting excellence in educational settings. Dr. DeSimone is also a faculty member in Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where she teaches Managing in a Diverse and Global World, Groups and Teams Interventions, and Facilitating Strategic Change.

Joan DeSimone, Ph.D. is an Organization Development Consultant, who has worked with government agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, on the local, state, national and international levels. She has developed and implemented Succession Management and Mentoring Programs, Leadership Development, Management Development, and Supervisor Development Programs, Continuous Process Improvement Programs, Strategic Change Management initiatives, and Strategic Planning endeavors, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to a diverse client population. Her research efforts reflect her commitment to social justice practices and inclusion, especially with vulnerable and disabled populations, which include returning combat veterans.


John Shatzer, PhD is an Associate Professor of Research with the JHU School of Education and teaches the MEHP Assessment course and advises Capstone fellows. John lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is a retired Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. John is the founding director of the Center of Experiential Assessment (CELA) is the Founding Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and the Office for Teaching and Learning there. Dr. Shatzer also served as the founding Program Director for the Vanderbilt Masters in Health Professions Education degree. He has been in medical education since 1975, with an emphasis on assessment principles and practices. He has worked in medical simulation, especially the use of standardized patients in learning and assessment since the mid-eighties. Dr. Shatzer received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 while working there at the School of Medicine. He taught fifth-grade students on Guam for six years before returning to the States to pursue his doctorate in 1976.

After receiving his Ph.D. in educational psychology, Dr. Shatzer took the newly created position of Director of the Office of Medical Education Services at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he spent 14 years assisting faculty and the administration with thebest practiceseducation, including the creation of their first standardized patient program.Dr. Shatzer was recruited to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2005, and retiringfrom there in 2014. In November2014, Dr. Shatzer returned to Johns Hopkinswith a one-year appointmentas the Interim Directorof the office of Assessment and Evaluation at the School of Medicine. The office serves as a resourcein both assessment and program evaluationfor all programs(UME, GME, GBE, and Postdoc)within the JHUSOM.

Dr. Shatzer’s interests focus on bringing the sciences of learning and teaching into medical education, testingthebest practices of education and creating opportunities for health professions trainees to use experiential learning opportunities through simulation, makingmedical education both efficient and effective. He has over 60journal articles, consultantships and invited presentations,held workshops in many national and international venues,and mentored both faculty and trainees in careers in medical education.


Assistant Professor, Medicine
Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation
University of Utah School of Medicine

Jorie Colbert-Getz, PhD, MS, is Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and the first Assistant Dean of Assessment and Evaluation for the University of Utah School of Medicine. At the national level Dr. Colbert-Getz served a three-year term on the executive committee for the Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education and is currently director of the Learning Community Institute Research Network. She has over 25 publications in medical education, mostly focused on assessment. Her overarching mission is to ensure assessments measure developmentally appropriate learning objectives/milestones. To that end, her research focuses on validity frameworks and other elements of assessment utility, survey design, and program evaluation. Dr. Colbert-Getz received her MS degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and her PhD degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah.

Prior to coming to Utah, Dr. Colbert-Getz was the Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Dr. Kathleen (Kathi) M. White previously directed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Master’s degree programs at the School of Nursing. She currently coordinates the MSN Health Systems Management track and the MSN-MBA dual degree option. In July 2010, Dr. White began an assignment at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she serves as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Health Workforce Analysis, the Division of Nursing and the Office of Performance Management in the Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. White also maintains a joint appointment as a clinical nurse specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH), where she is a member of the EBP Steering Committee and an original part of the collaborative SON/JHH team that developed the widely published, award-winning Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-based Practice Model and Guidelines. Dr. White’s numerous practice leadership roles have included consulting with Parkway Group Healthcare in Singapore and the primary healthcare reform project in Armenia; serving as visiting faculty at the American University of Armenia; as a member of the Hopkins-Healthways Advisory Group; and as the Chairperson of the American Nursing Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics from 2006-2010. She currently serves on the Governor’s Health Quality and Cost Council, the Maryland Health Care Commission’s Hospital Performance Evaluation Guide Advisory Committee, the CareFirst Board of Directors, and the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s Board of Directors, where she served as their inaugural Chairperson until 2011.


Director, Medical Initiatives and Scientific Engagement, Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (OWH) Professor Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Chief Scientific Officer for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Dr. Jenkins is currently the Director of Medical Initiatives and Scientific Engagement at the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Women’s Health (OWH), on leave from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Dr. Jenkins is the founder of TTUHSC’s Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health where she directed strategic planning and development of research and educational programs. In this role, she expanded the institute across five campuses and into a national and internationally known leader in sex and gender specific health education. Since 2012, she has served as the director of the TTUHSC Sex and Gender-Based Health Curriculum Program and Co-Chair of the President’s Task Force on Sex and Gender-Based Medicine. Dr. Jenkins is also the creator and former program director for a unique web-based continuing medical education certificate program, “Y Does X Make a Difference” to educate practicing physicians and nurses about sex and gender health differences. She recently chaired the first US National Medical Education Summit at Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Jenkins translational research focus is in the area of cancer immunotherapy where she worked with an NIH-funded team and for which she held the J. Avery Rush Endowed Chair for Excellence in Women’s Health Research. She has served nationally as co-Chair of the Reproduction Workgroup for NASA’s Decadal Review of Sex and Gender Research, a member of the Women’s Health Writing Group of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and as an expert advisor to HRSA and NIH. Dr. Jenkins is a 2015 MEHP alumna and serves the program as Director of the Capstone Projects.


Associate Professor
Notre Dame of Maryland University

Dr. O’Connor is an associate professor of nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD, where she teaches courses in nursing administration and education.She and a faculty partner created the graduate programs, which have enjoyed success for the past ten years.

She earned herBSN, MSN, andPhD from George Mason University in Virginia in 2005.She has practiced nursing management in the Boston area, Northern Virginia, and here in Maryland where she continues to work as a patient advocate at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Dr. O’Connor has published extensively on the subject of nursing leadership in journals such as Journal of Nursing Administration, Nursing Administration Quarterly, and Nurse Leader. She is actively involved in a variety of professional organizations at the national and local level, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Health Care Executives.


Dr. Ryan is Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.Mike has worked clinically as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the VCU School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Richmond since 2009. He served as the Pediatrics Clerkship Director from 2010-2013 and was appointed as Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education in 2013. He has presented and published on medical education topics such as feedback, advising, curriculum, and simulation.He has received several awards for teaching/education including the Academic Pediatric Association’s teaching award for junior faculty (2016) and the VCU School of Medicine award for educational innovation/educational research (2016). Dr. Ryan led the redesign of the VCU School of Medicine clinical curriculum and he completed the MEHP program at Johns Hopkins in 2015. He currently teaches in the Curriculum Development and Educational Scholarship courses through the MEHP program.


Dr. Sozio is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr Sozio completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he completed fellowship training in Nephrology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a MHS in Clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is part of the first cohort of the MEHP program.

Dr. Sozio serves in multiple educational leadership roles at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He serves as Course Co-Director for the Epidemiology course for first year medical students, Faculty Leader in the Colleges Advisory Program, Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Clinical Research Program, and Associate Program Director of the Nephrology Fellowship Program. He has served as Co-Director for Foundations of Innovation: Adult Learning since 2013.


Assistant Professor, Pediatric Anesthesiology
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Tom Caruso is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Lucile Packard Children’s HospitalStanford. He is also a faculty adviser in the GME Department at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. In this role, he is responsible for developing mentorship programs across the institution that are tailored to the unique needs of programs while adhering to best practice guidelines. At Lucile Packard, he serves as the director of the Perioperative Improvement Team. He also an instructor of the ‘Development, Management, and Evaluation of HPE Programs’ at Johns Hopkins School of Education. He has a Master’s Degree in Education for the Health Professional from Johns Hopkins School of Education and a Medical Degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He has a Bachelor of Science with high distinction from the University of Virginia.


Toni Ungaretti is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Education where she has implemented the Master of Education for the Health Professions program. She also co-teaches the clinical teaching seminar for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Fellows in the School of Medicine. She helped develop and deliver the course Principles and Practices in Medical Education for CME in the SOM.

Previously, she served as the assistant dean for the Office of Learning at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, as associate dean and co-director of the Division of Business and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, and as chair of the Department of Teacher Development and Leadership. She developed the Master of Science in Math Science Education, designed the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, and established some of the first professional development schools in the nation. Her interests include education of professionals in business and medicine, interdisciplinary education, international education, and corporate-university partnerships. Dr. Ungaretti earned her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland, her Master of Science degree from the University of Delaware, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.