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Institute Team

James Carlson

James Carlson, PhD, PA‑C, CHSE

Vice President for Interprofessional Education and Simulation

Health Sciences Building, L.741, Baldwin Institute

Dr. Carlson is the Vice President for Interprofessional Education and Simulation and a member of the Physician Assistant faculty. In this role he oversees all simulation-based activities at the university, the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, and the Gross Anatomy Labs. He received his PhD in Interprofessional Health Care Studies from RFUMS in 2012 and his Master’s of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Practice from RFUMS in 2001. Dr. Carlson also teaches in a number of University programs and is a member of the RFUMS Master Teachers Guild. His research interests focus on diagnostic reasoning behaviors, simulation-based performance assessment, the role of simulation in team training, and Interprofessional education. As of May 2017 the RFUMS Department of Healthcare Simulation has been awarded accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This accreditation places RFUMS in a top tier of simulation programming both nationally and internationally.

Meredith L. Baker-Rush

Meredith L. Baker‑Rush, PhD CCC‑SLP/L

Interprofessional Simulation Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Specialist, Department of Healthcare Simulation

Health Sciences Building, G.675

Dr. Meredith Baker-Rush received her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology from Walden University and her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (a.k.a. Speech Language Pathology) from Rush University. Dr. Baker-Rush practiced medical speech pathology in acute care, acute rehab, outpatient, home health, and subacute settings with a specialty in geriatric medicine, critical care, cardiopulmonary disease, and neurology.

She is a member of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, the National and State Speech Language Hearing Associations, the American Psychological Association, Psi Chi International Honour Society in Psychology, the Golden Key International Honour Society, and serves on the research committee of the Chicago Simulation Consortium. She is a peer reviewer and active in simulation and interprofessional research. Her research interests include critical illness, psychology of illness, interprofessional education, and simulation.

Tamzin Batteson

Research Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education

Health Sciences Building, L.728, Baldwin Institute

Tamzin J. Batteson, BSc, assumed the role of Research Specialist of the Baldwin Institute in 2013. Prior to Joining Rosalind Franklin University, Ms. Batteson undertook a Post-Doctoral position in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she co-edited a book, Teaching Global Perspectives: Introducing Student Teachers to Development Education. She was also an Assistant Professor responsible for teaching Metacognition/how young people learn, and Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Ms. Batteson holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychology from Middlesex University, London, UK, and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Research Methods from Middlesex University.

Ms. Batteson also worked as a Research Assistant for the National Health Service Mental Health Trust at St Ann’s Hospital, London, UK, for five years. At St. Ann’s Hospital, she worked with dual diagnosis heavy-end drug users and sex workers who were homeless; assessed parasuicide and self-harm behaviors in Kurdish children; and, undertook a project examining the effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine on patients’ mental health for MIND.

In Ms. Batteson’s previous roles and current role as a Research Specialist she has published in a variety peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Allied Health, Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, Memory, Consciousness and Cognition. She has presented on interprofessional education and TeamSTEPPS in conferences, workshops, and forums nationally and internationally.

April D. Newton

April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP

Interprofessional Clinical Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, Director of Interprofessional Community Clinic, Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Health Sciences Building, L.732, Baldwin Institute

April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP, is the Interprofessional Clinical Specialist and serves as Director of the Interprofessional Community Clinic, a pro bono faculty-student collaborative clinic. She leads the development and implementation of interprofessional clinical training models and experiences.  Previously, Dr. Newton was the Executive Director of the Baldwin Institute in 2016-2017 after serving as the Director of Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice since 2015. She continues her faculty role as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Interprofessional Education and Global Health in the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Rosalind Franklin University, Dr. Newton was the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University, IA.

Dr. Newton received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Iowa and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. She is recognized as a member of the Alpha Eta National Scholastic Honor Society for Allied Health Professions. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University.

In 2016, Dr. Newton was named a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and serves on the membership committee of the National Academy of Physical Therapy Practice.  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. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the APTA Education Section and Co-Chair for the Education Leadership Conference. In addition, Dr. Newton is a charter member of the National Interprofessional Education Consortium in the American Council for Academic Physical Therapy and is a member of the the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC).

She has also presented nationally and internationally on clinical education and interprofessional education and collaborative practice at the Iowa Physical Therapy Association conferences, APTA NEXT conferences, APTA Combined Sections Meetings, and interprofessional conferences that include Collaborating Across Borders and All Together Better Health. 

Scott Rothenberg

Scott Rothenberg, BS

Community Engagement Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education

Health Sciences Building, L.728, Baldwin Institute

Mr. Scott Rothenberg, BS, is the Community Engagement Specialist of the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education. He is responsible for Service Learning for all first-year healthcare professions students, for developing community partnerships, and maintaining partnership relationships. Scott has an extensive background in working with collaborative teams and the community through his experiences with non-profits, political campaigns, and Illinois state government.  He has helped develop a program that provides Service Learning opportunities to Rosalind Franklin students throughout their academic career.

Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University. He did his graduate work at University of Illinois - Springfield in Political Studies with an emphasis in Practical Politics.  

Prior to joining Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Scott was the Policy and Outreach Coordinator for a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in the Quad Cities. He also worked with a not-for-profit agency in Lake County through the Northeastern Illinois Council.  He served as outreach staff for the local Boy Scout council’s Scoutreach program. They organized and implemented in-school and afterschool programming in economically challenged areas of Lake County. Through this experience he eventually took a position in Springfield, IL, as the Venture/Explorer District Executive for the Abraham Lincoln Council. He was responsible for the coordination and recruitment of two different high school co-educational programs: Exploring, a career education program, and Venturing, a high adventure program.  This provided Scott an opportunity to foster and manage volunteers to work as a team to achieve membership, fundraising, and program goals. Scott is an Eagle Scout and currently sits on the Northeastern Illinois Council’s Outreach Committee.

His other interests led him to work as a legislative intern with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago in Springfield, IL, and as a law clerk with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office working in workers compensation in their Civil Division.

As a Master Trainer in TeamSTEPPS, Scott co-presented at the AHRQ National TeamSTEPPS Conference in Washington DC.


Lori Thuente

Lori Thuente, PhD, RN

Interprofessional Education Specialist, DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education

Health Sciences Building, L.743, Baldwin Institute

Dr. Lori Thuente, PhD, RN, is the Interprofessional Education Specialist for the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Interprofessional Health Studies program. 

Dr. Thuente received her PhD degree in Nursing from Loyola University.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Wittenberg University.  She completed the two-year Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy at Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society.

Prior to joining the Baldwin Institute in 2016, Dr. Thuente was the Assistant Director of DePaul University’s School of Nursing: Master’s Entry into Nurse Practice Program located on the Rosalind Franklin University campus. Dr. Thuente’s previous role as a faculty member for both DePaul University School of Nursing and Loyola University Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has provided extensive experience in teaching, curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation. Dr. Thuente’s clinical focus is in pediatrics, specifically oncology and cardiology.

Dr. Thuente’s educational and clinical background in nursing provides an excellent foundation for the research she conducts in interprofessional collaboration as a means to improve patient safety. Her doctoral dissertation determined a grounded theory of nurse-physician collaboration and verified the steps in the social process of collaboration.  Her interprofessional research findings have most recently been published in the Journal of Nursing Education and the Journal of Allied Health.  Dr. Thuente has recently presented at conferences including, CAB VI, NEXUS and ASAHP. MEDSURG Nursing awarded Dr. Thuente with their 2016 Research for Practice Writer's Award for her article "Working Together Toward a Common Goal: A Theory of Nurse-Physician Collaboration."