Angela Ekwonye

Assistant Professor

651-690-6266

amekwonye034@stkate.edu

Sr. Angela Ekwonye obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology and Education from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, her master’s degree in Microbiology and PhD in Health Sciences. She has taught at different levels of education and recently helped designed and developed the undergraduate Public Health program at Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire. Her research interest focuses on understanding how spiritual and religious practices relate to mental health, personal, and academic success.

Ph.D., Health Sciences
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 2011

Master of Science, Microbiology
Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, 2003

Bachelor of Science (Education) Biology
University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1990

Travel/Research Grant Award. (2017). APDC St. Catherine University.

  • Exploring spiritual beliefs and practices of college students and the association between spirituality and personal and academic success
  • Understanding the link between spirituality and mental health

HLTH 2050 Foundations in Public Health
HLTH 3250 Global Health
HLTH 4800 Senior Seminar

Teaching Experience

  • St. Catherine University: Senior Seminar, Foundations of Public Health, Global Health, 2017 - Present
  • Franklin Pierce University: Epidemiology, Research Methods, Global Health, Introduction to Public Health and Health Services, History of Public Health, Public Health Biology (Pathophysiology), Human Health & Nutrition, Biology & Health Science Seminar, General Biology 1 laboratory 2014 - 2017
  • Passaic County Community College: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Human Biology, 2013 – 2014
  • Bergen Community College: Microbiology, 2012 - 2014
  • Hudson County Community College: General Biology I & II, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Substance Abuse & Addiction, Human Biology, Practical Nutrition, 2011 - 2014
  • Paramus Catholic High School: Honors Biology, Advanced Placement Biology, 2003 - 2014

Work Experience

St. Catherine University
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, August 2017 - Present

National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Consultant, 2016–Present

College Board/Educational Testing Service
Advanced Placement Biology Reader, 2009–Present

Franklin Pierce University
Visiting Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Public Health, 2016 - 2017

Franklin Pierce University
Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology & Health Sciences, 2014-2016

Franklin Pierce University
Program and Curriculum Developer, B.S. Public Health Program, 2014-2016

Passaic County Community College
Adjunct Professor, 2013-2014

Bergen Community College
Adjunct Professor, 2012-2014

Hudson County Community College
Adjunct Professor, 2011-2014

Paramus Catholic High School
Biology Teacher, 2003-2014

Service

Departmental

Faculty Advisor, St. Kate Public Health Club, 2017 – Present

Moderator, Franklin Pierce University Public Health Club, 2015 – 2017

University

Search committee (Exercise Science), 2018

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee, Franklin Pierce University, 2015 – 2017

Faculty Development Committee, Franklin Pierce University, 2014

Certified in Public Health (CPH), National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), 2017 - Present

Certified Teacher of Biological Science, New Jersey, 2006 - Present

Ekwonye, A. U., & DeLauer, V. (2019). Exploring individual and interpersonal level factors associated with academic success of college students at a women’s, faith-based higher institution. Higher Education Studies, 9(1), 86- 99. https://doi.org/10.5539/hes.v9n1p86

Ekwonye, A. (2018). A research study using Mapworks derived data: What we learned about the impact of spirituality on college women. (Mapworks August 2018 Annual Report). St. Paul, Minnesota: St. Catherine University, Office of Students Affairs.

Ekwonye, A. U., DeLauer, V., & Cahill T. (2018). Effect of a spiritual retreat on perceived stress of Nigerian Catholic immigrant sisters in the United States, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 21:1, 49-64, DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2018.1447553

Ekwonye, A., Cahill, T., DeLuca, D. and Cabell, L. (2017) Exploring the Multivariate Relationships between Adolescent Depression and Social Support, Religiosity, and Spirituality in a Faith-Based High School. Health, 9, 38-56. doi: 10.4236/health.2017.91004.

Ekwonye, A. U. (2019, March). Personal and Interpersonal Level Predictors of Academic Resiliency, Academic Self-efficacy, Academic Integration, and Institutional Commitment of Female College Students. 2019 Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit in Arlington, VA. (Abstract Accepted).

Ekwonye, A. U., DeLauer, V., & Cahill, T. (2018, November). Effect of a spiritual retreat on perceived stress of Nigerian Catholic immigrant sisters in the United States. Poster session presented at the American Public Health Association Conference San Diego, CA.

Ekwonye, A. U., & Brueggemann, A. (2018, October). The spiritual impact rating scale for women (SIRSW): Validation and testing of an instrument to assess the influence of spirituality on the lives of female college students. Poster session presented at the Global Alliance's 2018 Coming Together for Action Conference, Denver, CO.

Ekwonye, A. U. (2018, October). The Development and Validation of the Spiritual Impact Rating Scale for Women (SIRSW). Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Women's Health Research Conference, St. Paul, MN

Ekwonye, A. U., DeLauer, V., & Cahill, T. (2018, July). Effect of a spiritual retreat on perceived stress of Nigerian Catholic immigrant sisters in the United States. Poster session presented at the 4th International African Mental Health Summit, St. Paul, MN

Diaz, N., & Ekwonye, A. U. (2017, November). A Systematic Review of Methods to Reduce the Incidence of Bronchopulmonary Dsyplasia. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA.

Poster Presentation, N’Keyah Diaz & Ekwonye, A. A Systematic Review of Methods to Reduce the Incidence of Bronchopulmonary Dsyplasia, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Oral Presentation, Ekwonye, A., Cahill, T., DeLuca, D. & Cabell, L. Exploring the Multivariate Relationships between Adolescent Depression and Social Support, Religiosity, and Spirituality in a Faith-Based High School. Division of Natural Sciences Research Forum, Franklin Pierce University, April 2017.