Two New Associate Deans in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Two pictures, side by side, of Associate Dean of Nursing Matthew Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE (smiling in a button down shirt and glasses) and Associate Dean of Health Sciences Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, CMPC (smiling in a blue suit and red neck tie)

Associate Dean of Nursing Matthew Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE (left) | Associate Dean of Health Sciences Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, CMPC (right)

St. Catherine University is proud to welcome Matthew Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE, and Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, CMPC, the two new associate deans within the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and members of St. Kate’s academic leadership team. They are joining Dean of Health Sciences Lisa Dutton, PT, PhD, and Dean of Nursing Laura Fero, PhD, MSN, RN, to build on the legacy and strengths of the School of Health to prepare future healthcare professionals for the rapidly changing health field. Both Byrne and Fitzpatrick bring years of experience and expert knowledge to their roles and are dedicated to St. Kate’s mission to educate women to lead and influence. The Executive Vice President and Provost Anita Thomas, PhD, says, “The addition of associate deans to the School of Health will allow us to continue with the academic excellence in our health programs, to be innovative in interprofessional practice, and expand continuing education opportunities. Their areas of expertise will enhance our integrated healthcare training, technology, and health informatics.”

Associate Dean of Nursing Matthew Byrne, PhD, RN, CNE, has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and in staff development roles, for 15 years. He is focused on improving the technologies used by nurses, students, and patients in both clinical and educational contexts. His research focus is in nursing informatics with an emphasis on clinical decision support, UX/UI design, and workflows. Byrne’s clinical background is in perianesthesia nursing, and he serves as a reviewer and columnist for the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing and is on their Editorial Board.

Associate Dean of Health Sciences Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, CMPC, comes to St. Kate’s with a PhD in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology. Prior to joining St. Kate’s, he taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Ball State University, John F. Kennedy University, and Marian University (WI). In addition to his faculty roles, Fitzpatrick served as department chair for Allied Health at Marian University and was elected faculty senate president. His research interests include training and preparation in sport and exercise psychology and how to improve assessment processes within higher education.