Welcome to the Health Professions Advisory Group website.

This website is an important resource for:

  • Current Centre College students who are interested in a career in one of the health professions.
  • Prospective high school students who want information on why Centre College is a good choice for them.
  • Alumni who are applying to Health Profession Schools and may need some assistance and alumni who want to locate some of their colleagues in the health professions

The members of the Health Professions Advisory Group are all faculty at Centre. TheHealth Professions Advisory Group was founded in 1995. If there is a profession which you are interested in that is not listed below, contact Dr. Kerry Paumi. Follow Dr. Paumi on Twitter (@DrKPaumi) and become a member of the Centre College Pre-Health Society Facebook Group.

Kerry A. P. Paumi

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Associate Professor of Chemistry • Chief Health Professions Advisor • Medical School Advisor • Chemistry • Global Commerce Program • Work Office: Young Hall 116 • Work Phone: 859.238.5415

Kerry Paumi, an associate professor of chemistry, was named a Centre Scholar in 2015.

Before coming to the College in 2009, Paumi taught at Stevenson University and the University of Kentucky (UK) and was a visiting scientist in the Graduate Center of Toxicology at UK’s School of Medicine. Her work has been published in Organometallics, the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature.

Paumi earned a B.S. in chemistry at Gettysburg College, and a Ph.D. at Wake Forest University. She continued her post doctoral training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the biochemistry department and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the pharmacology department.

Email: kerry.paumi@centre.edu

  • Synthetic organic chemist
  • Undergraduate research program in inhibitor design & peptide synthesis

Amanda Falk

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Assistant Professor of Biology • Pre-Veterinary Advisor • Biology Work Office: Young Hall - 122 Work Phone: 859.238.5304

Amanda Falk graduated with a B. S. (Honors) in Biology from Lake Superior State University, performing a senior thesis on molecular and morphometric sexing of bald eagles and related species. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Kansas, studying avian paleontology and ichnology—trace fossils—as well as anatomy and behavior of modern birds. During this time she began research in China and South Korea, supported by a U.S. Fulbright Grant from 2011-2012 that provided the opportunity to perform extensive research in China.

She has expertise in paleobiology, evolutionary biology, functional morphology, and fossil behavior. Her current research interests are studies of fossil avian anatomy, avian ichnology (the study of preserved behavior known as trace fossils—footprints, burrows, etc.), comparative studies of modern avian anatomy, studies of modern avian footprint production and tracemaking behavior, laser-stimulated fluorescence of fossils, and paleobiodiversity and mass extinction.

Email: amanda.falk@centre.edu

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Aaron Godlaski - On Sabbatical 2019-20.  Please see Erin Wachter.

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Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience • Dental School AdvisorPsychology Work Office: Young Hall 220 Work Phone: 859.238.6333

Aaron Godlaski joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky, where he studied alcohol and human behavior. Following the completion of his dissertation, he interned at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., specializing in clinical health psychology and outpatient psychotherapy.

Godlaski’s research interests include the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive and physiological processes, and the effects of alcohol on human behavior. He is also interested in pedagogical innovations associated with meditation and other contemplative practices, and how such practices can enrich the lives of students.

Email: aaron.godlaski@centre.edu

File last updated: 12/20/18

January Haile

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Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology • Physician Assistant Advisor • Chair of the Chemistry Program Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Work Office: Young Hall 119 Work Phone: 859.238.5880

January Haile is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology and Chair of the Chemistry Program. She joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.

Before coming to Centre, Haile was a research mentor at Virginia Tech, and taught as a supplemental instructor at Emory and Henry College. In 2013, she received Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Departmental Recent Alumni Award for biochemistry. She was invited to attend the 56th annual meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Students in 2006.

She graduated summa cum laude from Emory and Henry College with a B.S in biology and chemistry, where she was President of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society her senior year. She earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Email: january.haile@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/27/15

Drew Morris

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology • Pre-Optometry Advisor • Psychology Work Office: Young Hall 227 • Work Phone: 859.238.5338

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Email: drew.morris@centre.edu

File last updated: 5/2/13

Margret "Peggy" G. Richey

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Ewing T. Boles Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology • Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program • Nursing School Advisor • Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology • Work Office: Young Hall 124 • Work Phone: 859.238.5319 • Work Email: peggy.richey@centre.edu • Website: web.centre.edu/bio/richey/index.htm

Peggy Richey is Ewing T. Boles Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Richey’s primary area of research interest involves the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria. She has engaged her Centre students in collaborative research on several research projects. Richey also has actively encouraged her students to pursue off-campus research projects, helping them earn placements with short-term or summer projects at major university laboratories throughout the United States.

Richey has published her research in academic journals including Phytopathology, Journal of Bacteriology, and Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology.

A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky, Richey also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant pathology from UK.

Email: peggy.richey@centre.edu

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  • Biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant disease; the identification of novel chemical inhibitors of bacteria
  • Long-term research on the testing of chemicals for antibacterial activity against a range of bacteria
  • Undergraduate science education and research

Daniel Scott

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry • Pre-Pharmacy Advisor • Chemistry •  Work Office: Olin Hall 217 • Work Phone: 859.238.5731 • Work Email: daniel.scott@centre.edu

Daniel Scott joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of chemistry in 2017.

Prior to joining Centre, Scott was an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at DePauw University for 4 years, a visiting assistant professor of chemistry here at Centre for a year, and postdoctoral scholar in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky as part of the NIH funded Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. His research interests include the development of new anti-cancer drugs as well as improved nanoparticle delivery systems capable of simultaneously delivering the drug as well as diagnosing and monitoring response the therapy.

Scott earned a B.S. in chemistry from Georgetown College, and a Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Email: daniel.scott@centre.edu

File last updated:12/20/18


KatieAnn Skogsberg

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Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience • Physical Therapy Advisor • Chair of Behavioral Neuroscience Program • Psychology • Behavioral Neuroscience Work Office: Young Hall 216 Work Phone: 859.238.5238

KatieAnn Skogsberg joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is an associate professor of psychobiology, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013.

Before coming to Centre, Skogsberg taught courses in psychology at Northwestern University, where she earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology: brain, behavior, and cognition.

Her research interests include individual and group differences in visual attention abilities, and the efficacy of behavioral and biofeedback training for enhancing attentional abilities and the remediation of attentional deficits.Her collaborative research focuses on the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to study patterns of brain activity related to attention, and performance on visual attention tasks, specifically the effects of energy drinks on VATs, and also the effects of concussions on VATs. Her work also includes survey research on concussion knowledge and what motivates athletes to return to play after sustaining a concussion. To read more about Skogsberg’s research go to Centre College research on energy drinks creates buzz and Athletes not willing to report concussions, say RICE presentation researchers.

She graduated from Boise State University with a B.A. in theatre arts and a B.S. in psychology, with a biology minor.

Email: katieann.skogsberg@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/27/15