Ralph Cherry, PhD
Dr. Cherry is an Associate Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty of Purdue University Calumet in 1987. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Gerontology Center at Purdue University Calumet. His teaching areas include Sociology of Health and Health Care, Social Gerontology, Marriage and Family, and Research Methods. His research interests include the perception and use by older people of community health and human services, and the structure and quality of long term care.
Cezara Crisan, PhD
Dr. Crisan earned her PhD in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago, in 2013. She joined Purdue Calumet in 2007 as an instructor and PNW in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her teaching experience includes courses in: Statistical Methods, Introductory Sociology, Gender Roles, Socio-Psychology of Marriage and Families, Social Problems, Sociological Theory and Criminology. Her research area of interest is framed by social problems, with, primary areas of specialization in immigration studies and gender studies within the macro approach of sociological theory. Over the years Cezara has mentored several students in the Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program, all of whom have been admitted into graduate programs, as well as students presenting at the Clement Stacey Undergraduate Research Conference.
Anne Edwards, PhD
Dr. Edwards received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a graduate minor in statistics. Dr. Edwards joined the faculty of Purdue Calumet in 1997 and is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Gerontology Center. Her research interests include the stress process in informal caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic illnesses, as well as older people’s knowledge of chronic illnesses and services for the elderly. She teaches multivariate statistics.
David Nalbone, PhD
Dr. Nalbone earned his PhD in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University in 2000, and joined Purdue Calumet in 2002. He is currently associate professor of psychology, and his research interests include applications of terror management theory to political attitudes and attitudes toward climate change, and educational assessment.
Kathryn Sweeney, PhD
Dr. Sweeney received her PhD in sociology from Emory University. She joined the faculty at Purdue Calumet in 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Sociology. Sweeney’s research focuses on how structural inequities and ideology influence relationships and institutions. Her work examines the covert ways that privilege and oppression of race, class, and gender affect situations and relationships related to education and the family. Sweeney’s teaching areas include social stratification, gender, the family, introductory sociology, qualitative research methods, and research design.
Elsa K. Weber, PhD
Dr. Weber received her PhD in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and joined the Purdue Calumet faculty in 1997. She is an associate professor, and coordinator of Early Childhood Development Programs. She holds early childhood and elementary teaching licenses, and taught at the early childhood level for 13 years. She teaches courses in early childhood curriculum and practicum, diversity issues for human services, and child development. Research interests include children’s social development and play, with emphasis on language, autonomy and initiative.
Su-Jeong Wee, PhD
Dr. Wee received her PhD in Elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wee joined Purdue University Calumet in 2009 and she is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Development. Her research interests include arts education in early childhood, teacher education, multicultural education, and multiple intelligences.
HDFS Adjunct Faculty
David V. Brewington, PhD
Dr. Brewington earned his PhD in Sociology in 2011 from Emory University. He specialize in data analysis in outcomes-oriented environments in the health, non-profit, community, and education sectors. He is a program analyst at a hospital in Chicago and consults in nonprofit, community, and education sectors in evaluation, survey research, and nonprofit and community research. He teaches evaluation and statistics.
Sandra Singer, PhD
Dr. Singer’s graduate study at the University of Colorado was in Developmental Psychology with an emphasis on the neurophysiology of human development. Following her doctoral work, she received a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetics from the National Institute of Mental Health to do research at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Psychiatry. As a Professor of Psychology, her research interests have been in the area of neurophysiology of both normal and abnormal behavior across the lifespan.
Rebecca H. Stankowski, PhD
Dr. Stankowski is the Director of the Institute for Social and Policy Research. She received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University and has been at Purdue Calumet since 1986. She teaches administration of social service not-for-profit agencies.