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Lynn Ortale, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life
Founding Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing, Center for Concussion Education and Research
Fournier 142
215-248-7030

Dr. Ortale is the Vice President for Student Life and the Founding Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing for the Center for Concussion Education and Research at Chestnut Hill College. Dr. Ortale’s commitment to student engagement combined with her experience at NCAA Division I, II and III institutions helped to support the development of the peer concussion education program. A strength of the peer education program is the interdisciplinary approach which combines research and theory with best practices and assessment. Dr. Ortale holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focused on entrepreneurial faculty. Dr. Ortale works with a dynamic group of Student Life and Athletics professionals to nurture student success by providing resources and transformative experiences outside the classroom to promote students’ personal growth and academic success.

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Ryan Murphy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
St. Joseph Hall 469
215-248-7032

Ryan P. Murphy, Ph.D. holds a PH.D. in sociology from Temple University. As a sociologist, Dr. Murphy teaches courses that examine how social structures shape human behavior and how social institutions influence individual choices. Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on structural inequalities in the Catholic Church, with particular emphasis on how women religious respond to gendered constraints in the day-to-day. Dr. Murphy has published articles in peer-reviewed and non-academic journals and has presented papers at both National and International conferences. Dr. Murphy is married to his loving partner, Krista, and the couple have one son, William “Liam.” In his spare time, Dr. Murphy enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, running, and playing guitar.