Academics / Spring 2012

Proven program leadership

Jacob Christenson, Ph.D.

In a relatively short time span, Mount Mercy has grown a reputed cohort of programs that are directed by experts in the field. With the addition of the two newest programs, Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the institution is poised to excel.

Clinical Director Jacob Christenson, Ph.D., joined Program Director Randy Lyle to helm the MFT program. Alongside Director of MSN Graduate Program Kathryn Dolter, Ph.D., the newest graduate faculty continue to set the bar high in recruitment, training and program excellence.

Christenson joined Mount Mercy after working as a field therapist for a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens in south central Utah. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is widely published.

Kathryn Dolter, Ph.D.

Dolter, who combines strengths in academic, regulatory and hospital education, led the nursing  program at the University of Dubuque. A retired Army Nurse Corps officer, she has headed the Institute for Regulatory Excellence fellowship program at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and led programs at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. She’s also served as an instructor in the Army Medical Department Critical Care Nursing Course at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Alongside MBA Program Director Deb Oliver, Ph.D., and Education Program Director Dawn Behan, Ph.D., the programs continue to offer research and training in competitive fields.

“Mount Mercy is fortunate to have such dedicated and experienced faculty members who are committed to seeing the programs continue to thrive,” says Tom Castle, interim assistant provost/dean of adult programs.

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