Healthcare Informatics

Nathaniel Ashby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Analytics
717-901-5100 ext 1660


Ph.D. in Psychology – Universitat of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany.
M.Sc. in Psychology – University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.
BS w/honors in Psychology – University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA.


Dr. Nathaniel Ashby is fascinated by human decision-making processes (i.e., why we do the things we do). Understanding these complex and often perplexing behaviors is what drew him to Psychology as an undergrad and what motivated me to pursue a Ph.D. Conducting studies and finding interventions that might assist people to make better decisions is both challenging and rewarding. He thinks engagement in research is something every graduate should experience.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Ashby is interested in the role individual differences play in judgment and decision making and how it can provide for efficient assessment in industry. For example, how does numeric ability and memory capacity influence decision making in complex analytic environments? His interest also spans in the way we collect information and use it to inform our decisions, as well as the biases we show during that process. To that end, he uses a large amount of eye-tracking and other process tracing methodologies to answer his research questions.

Courses Taught at HU:

Analytics II
Applied Experimental
Data Analytics
Qualitative Decision Making
Quasi-Experimental Design

Mark Crider, Ph.D., RN
Executive Director and Professor, Nursing
717-901-5100 ext 1655


Ph.D. in Nursing/Health Policy – University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA.
M.S.N. in Nursing Education – Villanova University College of Nursing, Villanova, PA, USA.
B.S. with a major in Nursing – Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, University Park, PA, USA.


Dr. Mark Crider served as Assistant Dean for Administration and Special Projects and Director of the Veteran to BSN program with the Duquesne University School of Nursing before joining Harrisburg University. He also has served as Assistant Professor in the Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA before moving back to Pennsylvania in 2011, taking the position of Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University. Dr. Crider also was the Chair of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Nursing before becoming Assistant Dean.
Dr. Crider has a diverse nursing background as a staff nurse, nurse manager, nursing director, lobbyist, management and organizational development specialist, and nurse educator. His research interest is focused on policy, specifically health policy impacting persons with chronic mental illness in the community, professional practice policies, and nursing education policies.
Dr. Crider received his BS in nursing from the School of Nursing at the Pennsylvania State University, his MSN in nursing education from the College of Nursing at Villanova University, and his Ph.D. in nursing with a health policy focus from the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Crider has extensive experience in professional organizational leadership holding membership positions in several nursing specialty organizations including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In addition, he has held state leadership roles as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association/California, and the California League for Nursing. He is a three-time delegate from both Pennsylvania and California to the American Nurses Association general assembly meetings and an honorary member of the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). In December 2016 Dr. Crider was elected to a two-year term as President of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), the state constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). He also serves as Board President of the Peer Support and Advocacy Network, Allegheny County.

Rand Ford, Ph.D.
Professor of Analytics

Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, the Johns Hopkins University.
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, the Johns Hopkins University.
B.A., the Johns Hopkins University.

Rand Ford comes to us from the University of Maryland University College where he worked as Director and Professor for the Data Analytics Program. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Hood College and as President of their faculty.

Additionally, throughout his career, he has held C-level positions at 6 different companies. Dr. Ford earned his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence, along with a master’s and bachelor’s, from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds two patents and is active in both academic and applied research. Rand’s areas of expertise are in the analysis of unstructured data, natural language processing, and machine learning.

Barbara Geisler, EdD, PMP
Assistant Professor of Project Management
717-901-5100 ext 1622


Ed.D., Widener University, Chester, PA, USA.
M.Ed. In Adult Education, Widener University, Chester, PA, USA.
B.Sc. in Hotel Management, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA, USA.


Dr. Barbara Geisler serves as an Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She has over fifteen years of experience in higher education and project management. She earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Doctorate in Higher Education from Widener University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

She previously worked as a project manager in the government sector overseeing contracts with the US Navy, Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other agencies of the Department of Defense. Dr. Geisler also has a background in instructional design and has presented at several national conferences on best practices in e-learning. Her teaching focus includes project management leadership, communication, and research methodology.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Dr. Geisler has a passion for classroom teaching in the areas of Education, Communication, Leadership and Corporate Training. Dr. Geisler also has a background in instructional design and has presented at several national conferences on best practices in e-learning. Her teaching focus includes project management leadership, communication, and research methodology.

Her research interests include Teaching and Training, Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Gamification, Active Learning, Blended Learning, Leadership, and Project Management.”

Courses Taught at HU:

Applied Project in Project Management
Business Communications
Research Methodology and Writing

Ron Jones
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
717-901-5100 ext 1650


M.Sc. In Digital Forensics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA.
B.Sc. In Electrical Engineering, Digital Design, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.


Ron Jones has 40 plus years in Information Technology and Data Security Professional with extensive experience in building, managing and securing information environments. He has focused on converting business requirements into value-add Cybersecurity Solutions and has effectively delivered cybersecurity and information assurance solutions to Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, and federal and state government organizations. His specialties are in the areas of Information Security, Cybersecurity, Data Security Standards, Information Assurance, Data Privacy, Data Networks, and Computer Forensics.

Teaching and Research Interests:

Ron Jones' research area focuses on the development of “Cyber AI Surrogates (CAS)” that are autonomous agents or embedded agents within a security asset, such as an IPS. The CAS architecture focuses on developing a CAS agent that expands its resources by coupling with a Cloud environment – and expand further by utilizing cloud bursting.

Courses Taught at HU:

CISC Cybersecurity Concentration

Jay Liebowitz, D.Sc.
Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance

Functional Area:

ISEM Faculty

Office Location:

1500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA


Dr. Jay Liebowitz is the Distinguished Chair of Applied Business and Finance at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. He previously was the Orkand Endowed Chair of Management and Technology in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

He served as a Professor in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. He was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide, and was ranked #2 in KM Strategy worldwide according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management.

At Johns Hopkins University, he was the founding Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence and the Capstone Director of the MS-Information and Telecommunications Systems for Business Program, where he engaged over 30 organizations in industry, government, and not-for-profits in capstone projects. Prior to joining Hopkins, Dr. Liebowitz was the first Knowledge Management Officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before NASA, Dr. Liebowitz was the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Professor of Management Science at George Washington University, and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Liebowitz is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Expert Systems With Applications: An International Journal (published by Elsevier), which is ranked #1 worldwide for AI journals according to the h5 index of Google Scholar journal rankings (March 2017). ESWA was ranked third worldwide for OR/MS journals (out of 83 journals), according to the 2016 Thomson impact factors. He is a Fulbright Scholar, IEEE-USA Federal Communications Commission Executive Fellow, and Computer Educator of the Year (International Association for Computer Information Systems).

He has published over 40 books and a myriad of journal articles on knowledge management, analytics, intelligent systems, and IT management. His most recent books are Knowledge Retention: Strategies and Solutions (Taylor & Francis, 2009), Knowledge Management in Public Health (Taylor & Francis, 2010), Knowledge Management and E-Learning (Taylor & Francis, 2011), Beyond Knowledge Management: What Every Leader Should Know (Taylor & Francis, 2012), and Knowledge Management Handbook: Collaboration and Social Networking, 2nd ed. (Taylor & Francis, 2012), Big Data and Business Analytics (Taylor & Francis, 2013), Business Analytics: An Introduction (Taylor & Francis, January 2014), Bursting the Big Data Bubble: The Case for Intuition-Based Decision Making (Taylor & Francis, August 2014), A Guide to Publishing for Academics: Inside the Publish or Perish Phenomenon (Taylor & Francis, 2015), Successes and Failures of Knowledge Management (Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2016), and Actionable Intelligence in Healthcare (Taylor & Francis, 2017). Dr. Liebowitz served as the Editor-in-Chief of Procedia-CS (Elsevier).

He is also the Series Book Editor of the new Data Analytics Applications book series (Taylor & Francis). In October 2011, the International Association for Computer Information Systems named the “Jay Liebowitz Outstanding Student Research Award” for the best student research paper at the IACIS Annual Conference. Dr. Liebowitz was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business at Queen’s University for the Summer 2017. He has lectured and consulted worldwide.

Glenn W. Mitchell, MD, MPH, CPE, FACEP
Professor of Healthcare Informatics
717-901-5100 ext 1629


M.Sc. in Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
MD, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
MPH, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA.
B.Sc. in Physics, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.


Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA, He was previously a Senior Consultant at Numerof & Associates, Inc in St Louis, MO. During 2007 to 2012, he was Chief Medical Officer for the Sisters of Mercy Health System, responsible for establishing the Center for Medical Informatics and the Center for Quality and Safety as well as leading the full spectrum of successful physician-related programs such as EHR implementation, ICD-10 conversion, evidence-based medicine use, physician leader development and system-wide strategic planning for all clinical service lines. For thirty years he has been involved, locally and nationally, in the development of provider and staff education and leadership development. During his career, he has been full-time faculty at Brown University (also his alma mater) and adjunct faculty at several institutions including St Louis University, University of Texas Medical Branch and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Mitchell is a retired Army Colonel, Past President of the Aerospace Medical Association, former Vice-Chair of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has authored over 40 publications and has received numerous military and civilian awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit, and the Secretary of the Army’s R&D Achievement Award.

Teaching and Research Interests:

With many years of experience in healthcare delivery and administration, Dr. Mitchell is interested in expanding available healthcare educational offerings at HU. He enjoys teaching all of the courses supporting the Master's Degree in Healthcare Informatics but also enjoys teaching non-clinicians about the US Healthcare System.

Dr. Mitchell enjoys teaching students the analytics and management skills needed to improve population health using today’s big data insights and effective business strategies. He wants to have the data your doctor is entering into the computer actually make you – and everyone else – “healthier!”

Dr. Mitchell's research interests are divided between data mining for health outcomes improvement strategies and innovation in biotechnology solutions for common clinical problems.

Courses Taught at HU:

HCIN 500
HCIN 515
HCIN 520
HCIN 545
HCIN 550
HCIN 699
ISEM 541

Albert Sarvis
Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center
M.A. in Geography

M.A. in Geography, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
B.A in Geo-Environmental Studies, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.”

Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.

Michael L. Seavers Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Healthcare and Information Technology

Ph.D. in Public Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Masters in Healthcare Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Masters in Computer Science, Villanova University, PA, U.S.A.
Master’s in Business Administration, Penn State University, PA, U.S.A.
Bachelor Science in Computer Science, Shippensburg University, PA, U.S.A. (Minor in Music)

Dr. Michael Seavers is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University. Dr. Seavers has a varied background in IT, business, and healthcare spanning many decades. Dr. Seavers began as a programmer analyst at Shared Medical Systems and later at General Electric in their Aerospace Division. Dr. Seavers then began working at Book-of-the-Month Club where he managed an application department focused on order processing and pick-pack-and-ship algorithms. Later as a Senior Project Manager, Dr. Seavers worked for Hanover Direct during the .COM initial years working with major corporate clients like Sony.

As the .COM industry went bust, Dr. Seavers moved to the healthcare industry. Dr. Seavers worked at Capital BlueCross for nearly two decades. The first decade was as a Senior Manager in the IT department and the second decade as the Senior Director of Claims and later the Senior Director of Enrollment and Billing. Dr. Seavers focus was automation of labor for instance in the way of robotics for healthcare.

After a varied career background and various formal degrees, Dr. Seavers is very pleased to be teaching at Harrisburg University.

Teaching and Research Interest:
Prior to coming to Harrisburg University, Dr. Seavers has been an adjunct professor to many colleges and university in Central Pennsylvania (e.g. Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Penn State Harrisburg, and Shippensburg University). Dr. Seavers has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, information technology, healthcare administration, and business administration.

Dr. Seavers’ life-long goal has been to be a professor who teaches not only theory but the practical side of business and healthcare using his vast experiences in the field. Dr. Seavers succumbs to the ancient saying that “if the son/daughter does not turn out better than the father, then they both have failed.” Dr. Seavers uses this saying as a guide when teaching all his students.

Dr. Seavers’ research interests are in the transparency of data, especially in healthcare. For example, as healthcare becomes more and more commoditized, patients need to understand provider and hospital quality and pricing data. The basic question is: How will this data understanding occur especially given privacy concerns? How will patients utilize data once they have it? Data transparency is critical as we continue into the 21st Century.

Courses Taught at HU:

Data Mining
Healthcare Informatics Curriculum Courses