Library Event: “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence through Stress Reduction”


An Interdisciplinary Approach to Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence through Stress Reduction
Drs. Mary Montminy-Danna and Lisa Zuccarelli
Monday, October 31, 2016
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
McKillop Library


Drs. Mary Montminy-Danna and Lisa Zuccarelli’s pilot study of female survivors of intimate partner violence aimed to design an interdisciplinary model of stress reduction through the use of safe conversation, structured interviews and the use of a commercial biofeedback program. This approach is not typical of most domestic violence services, which usually provide counseling, advocacy and shelters. The opportunity to discuss with these women the amount and source of their stresses and their current coping mechanisms created an emotionally supportive environment for performing this study.

Biofeedback is used to train individuals to override the body’s stress responses, such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. Controlling these can result in restoring parasympathetic response, bringing calm to the body. By directing one’s mental activity through physical, visual and auditory stimulation, one can alter the potentially harmful physiological responses caused by chronic disturbances, such as pain, anxiety or other stressors. The autonomic system is controlled by hormones and neurotransmitters. Under chronic stress, humans over-secrete certain hormones, particularly cortisol, upsetting the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis. This can result in the shut-down of protective feedback mechanisms, creating altered metabolic states and a blunted immune response.

Salve Regina University, in line with its Mission, supports research that focuses on creating a world that is merciful, just and harmonious through its Antone Award for Academic Excellence: Special Project Award.


Mary Montminy-Dana, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, receved her B.A. in political science, from University of Massachusetts Boston, her M.S. in counseling from Northeastern University and M.S.W from Boston University. Montminy-Dana completed her Ph.D. in social work at Boston College.

Lisa Zuccarelli, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and biomedical Sciences, received her B.A. in biology and chemistry from Albertus Magnus College, her M.S. in physiology and neurobiology from New York University, and her Ph.D. in biology from New York University.

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“Leadership Competencies That Promote Change” by Dr. John Lewis


“Leadership Competencies That Promote Change” by Dr. John Lewis”

Thursday, February 25, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
McKillop Library,
Munroe Special Collections Room 109

All are invited. Refreshments served.

Leadership Competencies

Change is a constant in many fields including information technology and academic librarianship. Advances in technology, shifting demands of faculty and students, declining budgets, and transformations in publishing and in other methods of acquiring scholarly research all contribute to this evolving environment. Information technology professionals and academic librarians working in this environment must cope with continuous change while still providing research support to their primary clientele: faculty and students. Dr. Lewis will present his dissertation findings that focused on determining which leadership competencies were most successful in supporting change and promoting a healthy and productive working environment for employees.

Dr. John Lewis

Dr. John Kennedy Lewis is the collection services librarian and an adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He recently completed his Doctor of Management degree at the University of Maryland, University College. His dissertation research focused on leadership competencies that promote successful change in rapidly changing environments such as academic libraries, information technology, nursing and the military. Dr. Lewis has over twenty years of experience as an academic librarian and over fifteen years of experience as an adjunct lecturer. Dr. Lewis also possesses a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University and practiced law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over five years. He also has a Master of Science in Information Systems from Salve Regina University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Lewis has presented and spoken at numerous national and international academic conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed several encyclopedia articles to edited publications. His research interests include leadership, leadership competencies, sustainability, corporate responsibility, teaching and research methods, e-textbooks, and e-books.

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