Conferral of Degrees
Conferral of Degrees
The colleges and academic programs at Midwestern University skillfully blend these critical components into the outstanding professional education that will take you into successful 21st century healthcare practice.
Midwestern University recently held commencement ceremonies to celebrate nearly 340 graduates from the College of Health Sciences. Graduates from both the Downers Grove, Illinois, and Glendale, Arizona campuses who earned their master’s and doctoral degrees will join their healthcare professions as clinical psychologists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
The College of Graduate Studies offers degrees on both campuses and upholds academic excellence by pursuing the advancement of education, research, and service
Dr. Porta received her Laurea Degree (equivalent to the combination of B.A. and M.A degrees) in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Genova (Genova, Italy) in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Physiology from Loyola University Chicago in 2006. Dr Porta completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University Downers Grove in 2009 and, in the same year, began her career in the Department of Physiology in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at the rank of Instructor. She was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor
Dr. Kiraly-Alvarez has worked as an occupational therapist primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults in school-based settings. She holds three degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, including a Bachelor of Science in Movement Sciences, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Her doctoral project focused on enhancing the clinical utility of the Pediatric Volitional Questionnaire (PVQ). Dr. Kiraly-Alvarez has completed several research projects investigating various occupational therapy interventions with adults
Dr. Emily Simpson earned Baccalaureate degrees in fine arts and developmental psychology from DePaul University, a Master’s in Science of occupational therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in education and service leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She is the Director of Student Research in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program and also serves as the Chair of Admissions. She teaches five research courses, the psychosocial practice course, and a seminar on occupational justice. Dr. Simpson has 17 years of experience as an occupational therapist working
Dr. Kimberly Bryze has worked as an occupational therapy educator for 29 years and has been the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois since 2004. Dr. Bryze received a Baccalaureate degree in Special Education from Bradley University and taught children with cognitive, and behavioral disorders for five years before turning to a second career in occupational therapy. She earned Baccalaureate and Master degrees in Occupational Therapy and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois
Dr. Anthony Peluso is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Program. He aids in the delivery of the M.P.H. degree program in Global One Health at Midwestern University’s Glendale, AZ and Downers Grove, IL campuses. Dr. Peluso earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and both Master and Doctor of Public Health degrees from East Tennessee State University. His recent research endeavors have included investigations of abortion attitudes and perceptions among women of reproductive age, reproductive health
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