Germaine Louis, PhD, MS
Dean, College of Health and Human Services
Dr. Germaine Louis is an internationally recognized reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose expertise focuses on the impact of environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility. Her research has addressed a mixture of environmental exposures, including endocrine disruptors, stress, diet, and physical activity in relation to a spectrum of reproductive outcomes in both men and women. In addition, Dr. Louis’ research extends to studies of the implications of fecundity and fertility for health across the lifespan and future generations. A complimentary and parallel avenue of research includes methods aimed at addressing challenges, such as the complexity associated with studying exposure mixtures and studying reproductive potential outcomes that often are not statistically independent or may be blocked by an intervening event. She was an early pioneer in the application of the exposome research paradigm for understanding environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility impairments. She has served as Principal Investigator for original extramural and intramural research totaling over $53 million.
Prior to joining the College of Health and Human Services in October 2017, Dr. Louis was the Director for the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health where she led population health scientists in designing research aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of fetuses, pregnant women, children, and young adults. Prior to joining NICHD, Dr. Louis was a tenured professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she taught in both the graduate and medical school programs, and led research focusing on the impact of environmental influences on human reproduction and development. She has published numerous scientific papers and technical reports, and co-edited the textbook Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. She has provided considerable service to The National Academies, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization among other governmental agencies, as well as for her disciplinary home as elected President for the Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, along with serving on the boards for the American College of Epidemiology and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. She is the recipient of many awards for research excellence, mentoring and service.
Keith Howell, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Program Evaluation
Dr. Howell, Associate Dean of Research and Program Evaluation, serves as the College's contact point for research issues with faculty, administrators, and all University-related offices and coordinates accreditation activities including Mason's SACS accreditation. He also participates in recruiting and hiring research faculty and supporting the development of their individual research programs. Dr. Howell is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Council of University Research Administrators, Council on Undergraduate Research, American Public Health Association, Society for Public Health Education, and American School Health Association.
Carol Urban, PhD, RN
Associate Dean, Practice and Strategic Initiatives, CHHS
Director, School of Nursing
Dr. Urban, Associate Professor of Nursing, is the Director for the School of Nursing and Associate Dean, CHHS. She served as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing from 2006 to 2013, administering the BSN program for over 500 students. She teaches courses in pharmacology and pathophysiology/medical-surgical nursing. Dr. Urban has served on George Mason University's General Education Committee and Distance Education Council, and is a member of the NOVA HealthFORCE and the NOVA Community College Nursing Advisory Board.
Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and Interim Director of the Office of Student Affairs
Whitney Gaston serves as the Interim Director of the Office of Student Affairs and Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. She has worked in higher education for almost 20 years and her professional experiences include admissions, advising, marketing, recruitment, alumni relations and program planning. Prior to coming to Mason, Whitney worked for the University of South Florida – Polytechnic Campus as the Director of University Relations. Her career background also includes working in the community college system in Florida. Whitney thoroughly enjoys working with students, as well as streamlining processes to better serve her constituents and institution.
Catherine Tompkins, MSW, PhD
Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Dr. Tompkins, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, teaches human behavior, research, and gerontology courses in the Social Work Department. She is interested in developing new programs for undergraduate students and developing innovations in distance education. Dr. Tompkins has been pursuing two research tracks since arriving at Mason: 1) The need for interventions for individuals with dementia and their caregivers and 2) an exploration of the potential caregiving relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren residing within grandparent-headed households. She reviews manuscripts for several journals, has affiliations with several state and national organizations, and participates on advisory boards for two community-based agencies.
Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Tompkins served as Director of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and as the Program Coordinator for the John A. Hartford funded project, Strengthening Aging and Gerontological Education in Social Work (SAGE-SW).
Director of Development
Laura is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and brings over twenty years of fundraising experience to her role at George Mason University. She began her career in philanthropy on the side of giving funds away and eventually transitioned to the other side of securing resources to impact and improve lives through philanthropy. She has held leadership positions with the American Red Cross while also serving on their National Disaster Response Team to raise major gifts during national disasters. Recently, she served in a leadership capacity for nine years with Inova Health System raising funds to address community health improvement projects.
Lisa R. Joyner
Executive Director of Finance and Administration
Lisa Joyner has worked with the College of Health and Human Services (previously the College of Nursing and Health Science) at George Mason University since 1997. She works closely with the Dean in forecasting, advising, and monitoring the college's budget. Lisa is responsible for ensuring that the college's fiscal and personnel activities are performed within the state and university's guidelines. Prior to coming to George Mason University, she worked in the Vice President's office of Finance at Norfolk State University.