Our Leadership

Led by Dean Louis Primavera, Ph.D., the administration at the School of Health Sciences works daily to provide the support and resources our programs, faculty, and students need to embody and champion our mission and values


Louis Primavera

Louis H. Primavera, PhD


Areas of Expertise


Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Areas of Expertise

Sport psychology, mindfulness-based interventions, anger and violence research and treatment

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Rivka Molinsky, OTR/L, PhD

Associate Dean of Students and Innovation

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive rehabilitation, adult rehabilitation

Meira Orentlicher

Meira L Orentlicher, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Director of Research & Faculty Scholarship, School of Health Sciences
Associate Chair of Research & Scholarship, Occupational Therapy

Professor, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Transition from school to adult life for students with developmental disabilities, students with autism, person-centered planning, and school-based occupational therapy

Joseph Tommasino

Joseph F. Faiella-Tommasino, PA-C, PhD

Vice President of PA Program Development and Operations
Chairman of Physician Assistant Programs New York Division

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie Dapice Wong, DPT, PT, OTR/L, CAPS

Chair and Director, Occupational Therapy

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy

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Mary Flanagan, M.S., PA-C

Co-Chair, Physician Assistant Programs
Chair of Assessment and Remediation, Physician Assistant Bay Shore

Areas of Expertise

Primary care, influenza, infectious disease, vaccination

Jill Horbacewicz

Jill Horbacewicz, PT, MA, PhD

Chair, PT Programs (DPT, OPTR, PPDPT)
Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy; Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency; Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Musculoskeletal physical therapy, muscle imbalances

Hindy Lubinsky

Hindy Lubinsky, MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH

Chair and Director, Speech-Language Pathology

Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, Speech-Language Pathology

Sandra Russo

Sandra Russo, PhD, RN

Chair and Director, Nursing

Associate Professor, Nursing, Nursing

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Faye Walkenfeld, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Science

Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Development, parenting, attachment, memory, cognitive development, Jewish, religious and cultural identity

Marissa Esposito

Marissa F. Esposito

Director, Alumni Affairs and Continuing Education

Susan Powers

Susan Powers

Associate Director, Administration

Lisa Thompson, MBA

Administrative Director

Jill Zucker

Jill Zucker

Director of Student Affairs

Denise VanderSal

Director of Accreditation