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HPAC Committee Members

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is made up of faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds who donate their time to helping students prepare to apply to graduate-level health professions programs.

Most medical and dental schools require that a committee letter of recommendation from the home institution accompany a student’s application for admission. To seek such endorsement students must provide the Health Professions Advisory Committee with a dossier including five letters of recommendation (3 from science faculty) in the spring of the calendar prior to the year in which they would commence their medical/dental program (16-18 months prior to entry).  

Physician Assistant programs and veterinary schools do not require committee letters, however these students are welcome and encouraged to attend relevant workshops and events. 

The committee membership during the 2011-2012 academic year includes:

Brenton DeBoef Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Pastore Hall
Tel: 401-874-9480
H.James Harwood, Jr., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Cell & Molecular Biology
Founder & Chief Consultant, Delphi Biomedical Consultants, LLC

Niall Howlett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology

Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences



Kathleen D. Maher, M.A.
Pre-Health Professions Advisor and HPAC Chair
Assistant Director for National Fellowships and Academic Opportunities, University Honors Program
Lippitt Hall 300C
Tel: 401-874-5875
Katherine Petersson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Studies
Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Tel: 401-874-2951
Andrea A. Rusnock, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Washburn Hall
Tel: 401-874-9021

Pre-health Program