IP Institute Team


Tamzin Batteson, BSc, Research Specialist

Tamzin has a background in Psychology and Education and worked on implementing Development Education into second and third level education in the Republic of Ireland. Tamzin’s work is in Cognitive Psychology and her research interests are Metacognition in Education and Phenomenology with specific focus on Visual Mental Imagery and its role within Cognition.



William Gordon, DMin, Director of Resources and Operations

Bill is a faculty member in the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies department at RFUMS.  His doctoral dissertation engaged a catechetical model to focus on patriarchal structure as a cultural organizer, and he is recognized for his work in interdependent leadership as an alternative to hierarchy.  He has an extensive history in community/organizational development and communication, working in both the for-profit and non-profit venues.  Dr. Gordon is also an author, independent consultant and trainer in these fields. Dr. Gordon joined the University in 2012 and the Institute in 2013.


April Newton, DPT, Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice

Dr. Newton received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Iowa and her transitional DPT from A.T. Still University. Additionally, she has a Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University. Prior to joining RFUMS, Dr. Newton was an assistant professor and director of clinical education at Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. She is active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Education Section and Clinical Education Special Interest Group where she has served in various capacities. Dr. Newton is an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a Trainer for the Basic Credentialed Clinical Instructor Course. Her clinical practice primarily involves young adult to geriatric clientele in acute care and outpatient orthopedics. She also supervises physical therapy students on global health rotations to St. Jude Hospital, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, West Indies. Dr. Newton has presented at Iowa Physical Therapy Association conferences, APTA national conferences, and APTA Combined Sections Meetings and her research interests in clinical education and interprofessional education have been published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and Medical Science Educator, respectively.

Catherine Myser, Ph.D., Director of Global Health and Ethics

Catherine Myser, Ph.D., completed her Bioethics doctorate and Medical Anthropology postdoctoral education at Georgetown University and Stanford Medical School respectively. She has 30 years of experience doing global health and ethics research and education, and clinical ethics consulting, in medical schools and hospitals in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America; and has traveled to 70 countries.  She has been awarded three Fulbright scholarships for research and teaching in Sweden and Turkey. She serves as Associate Editor of Global Bioethics & Global Health Ethics for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Recent publications include Bioethics Around the Globe (Oxford University Press, 2011); “Defining ‘Global Health Ethics’: Offering a Research Agenda for More Bioethics and Multidisciplinary Contributions - from the Global South and Beyond the Health Sciences - to Enrich Global Health and Global Health Ethics Initiatives,” (Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2015); and “Global Bioethics and Global Health Ethics” (Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, forthcoming 2016).  She has most recently presented her Global Health and Ethics work at: the Fulbright Academy Global Health Summit (2013), McGill University Health Centre (2013), The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (2014), Duke Global Health Institute (2014), and Oxford University (2015).


Robert Swanson, BS, Logistics Specialist

Rob has been working in the healthcare field for over 10 years.  During that time he worked as a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman, an optician (both in the military and private practice), and a work center supervisor.  He performed eye tests, made glasses, sutures, insertions and drainage, bracing, casts, and phlebotomy. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and an Associates of Science in Medical Office Administration.  He started working at the university in June 2007 as a Mail Courier, and was promoted to Distribution Clerk one year later.  In the summer of 2010 Rob accepted an administrative assistant position in the department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, which he grew into the Interprofessional Course Coordinator.  At the Institute, Rob coordinates all logistics of the Institute, particularly as related to events and processes.


Elizabeth Rosiles, MA, Program Manager for Global Health

Ms. Rosiles earned an Associate in Arts majoring in Elementary Education from the College of Lake County, a Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), and a Master's Degree from NEIU. Ms. Rosiles is responsible of daily operation for the Office of Global Health Initiatives, management of education and research activities, and program development to support partnerships, education and research activities.


Scott Rothenberg, BS, Community Engagement Specialist 

Scott grew up here in Lake County and graduated from Mundelein High School.  He went to Western Illinois University, graduating with a BS in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.  He did his graduate work in Political Studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield.  Scott has extensive background working in teams and with the community through his experiences with the Boy Scouts of America (both locally and in Springfield,) political campaigns, and state government.  His responsibilities include providing a program of Service Learning experiences to Rosalind Franklin University students at any point in their academic career.


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