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.
Alison Evans Cuellar, PhD, MBA
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Cuellar, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Health Administration and Policy, has extensive research experience in health care systems, Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. Her contributions include work on identifying and evaluating new organizational forms, such as hospital systems and physician alliances, and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and technology adoption. In other work supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, she has examined the intersection of behavioral health and the juvenile justice systems; on Medicaid policies and their impact on justice-involved youth and youth with behavioral health problems; on mental health courts as an innovative alternative for juvenile delinquents; and on health care services for incarcerated youth and adults returning to the community.
Kimberly Holmes, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Dr. Kimberly Holmes is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, overseeing the functional areas of admissions, academic advising, and student engagement in the college. Throughout her career, Kimberly has been committed to expanding access to higher education and improving outcomes for students from a range of backgrounds. She has specific experience in college student retention initiatives, first year student transitions, academic advising, graduate student programming, assessment, and undergraduate research programs.
Prior to her role in the college, Dr. Holmes served as an Assistant Dean and Director of Retention and Student Success in Student Academic Affairs – Advising, Retention and Transitions at Mason. She was responsible for leading several cross-campus retention initiatives, including the Patriot Success survey and early intervention team, a cross-campus retention committee, and assessments linking academic advising to student success outcomes. In partnership with the Office of Student Financial Aid, she created the Patriot’s Promise summer program to fund summer courses for in-state Pell grant recipients. She also led the team responsible for UNIV transition courses, and received a Curriculum Impact Grant to expand course offerings in the Spring semester. Kimberly has a wide range of experiences in higher education settings working with multicultural students, summer bridge programs, residence life, teaching, and postsecondary education research. She has worked on several National Science Foundation-funded projects related to undergraduate degree completion and retention in broadening STEM programs.
Dr. Holmes’ research interests include exploring the experiences of women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and expanding access to higher education for underrepresented groups, including students of color, first-generation college students, and students with financial need.
Catherine Tompkins, MSW, PhD
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Dr. Tompkins, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor, 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).
Carol Urban, PhD, RN
Associate Dean, Practice and Strategic Initiatives, CHHS
Dr. Urban, Associate Professor of Nursing, is the Associate Dean, Practice and Strategic Initiatives. 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.
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.
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.