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Health Care Quality Faculty

Learn from Authorities in Health Care Quality

Current top-tier experts are best suited to prepare new leaders for an emerging field, and the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences is proud to host a faculty of executive officials from across the health care industry.

Kenneth Harwood, PT, Ph.D., CIE

Director, Health Care Quality Program,
Director for Research Program in Physical Therapy Program,
Associate Professor

Formerly, Dr. Kenneth Harwood was the Vice President of the Practice and Education for the American Physical Therapy Association where he oversaw Association efforts and activities designed to improve and enhance the state of physical therapy education and practice. In addition, Dr. Harwood held previous full-time academic positions at Columbia University, New York University and SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn and a number of consulting positions as a physical therapist and ergonomist.

Dr. Harwood research interests include ergonomics, low back pain care, health care policy and quality. He has published and presented nationally and internationally in the field of occupational health, low back pain care and prevention, safe patient handling and movement, health care policy and quality and leadership. He is a founding editorial board member of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, a manuscript reviewer for a number of physical therapy and rehabilitation journals and a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Dr. Harwood has been honored by a number of academic institutions for lectureships, received the 2010 Advocacy Award for Improved Caregiver Safety, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from SUNY, Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, a member of the team that won the 1996 Woodbridge Award for Excellence in Research and presented testimony on behalf of the APTA to a United States Senate Subcommittee.

Joseph Bocchino, Ed.D., MBA

Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences,
Associate Professor

Dr. Joseph Bocchino has served as an executive within the pharmaceutical, healthcare and hospitality industries and has held board positions within the private and public sectors. His corporate experiences have included: hospital assignments; assignments in both the U.S. domestic markets and global markets; responsibilities in pharmaceutical clinical research, manufacturing and marketing environments; medical device development and manufacturing; and oversight responsibilities for regulatory affairs and product registrations. He has extensive merger and acquisition experience in the evaluation and integration stages, focusing on the valuation and retention of human leadership capital during corporate transactions.

Mary Corcoran, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Health Sciences, Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Mary Corcoran is a tenured Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, the George Washington University, Washington D.C., and Associate Dean of Faculty Development for Health Sciences, SMHS. Dr. Corcoran has a long history as an author, researcher, and educator. She is the immediate past editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Corcoran has published and presented widely on the topics of environmental modifications, dementia management, caregiving styles, and skilling building for caregivers.

Dr. Corcoran has taught at the George Washington University since 1997. During this time, she has taught in several programs in the CRL Department. Currently, Dr. Corcoran developed and obtained approval for a post-professional Doctor in Occupational Therapy and serves as the program director.  Through her role as Associate Dean of Faculty Development for Health Sciences, Dr. Corcoran has been instrumental in establishing programs and resources to promote teaching and learning. She initiated the IMPACT Initiative in 2012 as a resource for faculty, staff, and administration in support of teaching, scholarship, and collaboration.

Gaetano Lotrecchiano, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Secondary)

Dr. Lotrecchiano is an assistant professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lotrecchiano has been faculty at the George Washington University since 2005 and has spent some of that time as faculty at Children’s National Medical Center. He has worked within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) as an advisor to the Center for Applied Developmental Science and Neuro-education and has alliances with multiple regional universities and initiatives including advisory roles to the Innov@N (Innovation) for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers initiative at GSEHD, the Maternal and Child Health funded Pathways Program at Howard University, the Khalifa Bin Zaven al Nehavan Foundation initiative to create a sustainable rehabilitation center and professional education in the Eastern Region of the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Lotrecchiano has served in a number of positions administering disabilities and rare disease programs throughout his career including the NIH funded Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), Rare Diseases Clinical Research Center (RCDRC) and has been responsible for leadership and faculty development programs. As a past principal investigator of the District of Columbia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (DC LEND) program at Children’s National Medical Center, Dr. Lotrecchiano has been instrumental in providing a holistic approach to adult health professional training that accommodates for competency based learning designs as well as state-of the art-blended learning delivery techniques.

Dr. Lotrecchiano is a Morton A. Bender awardee for teaching excellence and member of the George Washington University Society of Distinguished Teachers. He is committed to the training of health professionals to be well rounded professionals with the knowledge, insight, and critical thinking skills to navigate the changing American healthcare environment. As such he stresses the need for graduate students to be ever cognizant of the many disciplines that make up healthcare and encourages his students to be agents of change and interdisciplinary brokers. His passion for teaching strives to help students understand their own competency needs to be effective professionals.  Presently Dr. Lotrecchiano teaches the science and practice of team science, transdisciplinary proposal, grantsmanship, and leadership and change.

Paige McDonald, Ed.D.

Director of the Core Curriculum in Health Sciences,
Program Director for the HSCI program with Health Sciences

Dr. Paige McDonald has over 20 years of leadership in military, educational and consulting sectors. She served for five years on active-duty in the United States Navy as an Antisubmarine Warfare Officer and Administrative Department Head.  In 2004, she and a fellow Naval Academy graduate started their own corporate coaching business, BeaconLeader Inc.  The company delivers training to small and medium sized companies in leadership development, organizational development, process improvement, and change management.

Dr. McDonald has over 16 years’ experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in various higher education settings.  She has taught at the George Washington University since 2008. Since then she has designed undergraduate and graduate courses for both online and blended delivery. Currently she teaches courses in leadership and organizational change.

Karen Schlumpf, MPH


Professor Karen Schlumpf is an epidemiologist/data analyst with more than 20 years of experience in research and statistical analysis. She has been teaching at the George Washington University since 2003. She currently serves as the Research Course Director and teaches courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, quantitative analysis and research methods. Professor Schlumpf has been recognized with the GW Bender Teaching Award in recognition of excellence in the classroom and inducted into the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Prior to becoming full-time faculty, Professor Schlumpf has conducted research focused on the issues of blood donation - assessing blood demand, collection, screening, processing and utilization. Other research experience includes neurogenetic linkage and gene mapping, infantile feeding disorders and health service utilization.

Catherine Turley, Ed.D.

Program Director, Clinical Management & Leadership Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Catherine Turley has over 20 years’ experience in radiography and radiation therapy and has held staff, management and educator positions in those clinical fields. She has served on the Research Grants and Advisory Panel of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Research and Education Foundation and as both a member and chair of the Editorial Review Board of Radiation Therapist.

Dr. Turley has taught at the George Washington University since 1994. During this time, she has served as Director of the Radiation Therapy, Clinical Health Sciences and Clinical Management and Leadership Programs. Dr. Turley was a pioneer in the development of GW’s online courses and degree programs in the health sciences. Currently she teaches courses in leadership and human resource development.