PCOM Graduate Programs Commencement

August 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mann Center
5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The 2021 commencement for PCOM graduate programs will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at The Mann Center in Philadelphia. Additional details will be posted when available.

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Speaker - Robert G. Cuzzolino, EdD

PCOM graduate programs commencement speaker and longtime PCOM administrator Robert G. Cuzzolino, EdD
Robert G. Cuzzolino, EdD

Commencement Speaker

For over 40 years, Robert G. Cuzzolino, EdD, served Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in increasing capacities, ever demonstrating a loyal dedication to strengthening the well-being of the College by acting as the driving force behind the realization and expansion of many of the College’s graduate degree programs. He retired as vice president for graduate programs and planning in October 2019.

Dr. Cuzzolino provided leadership and maintained administrative responsibility for doctoral and master’s degree programs in clinical, counseling and school psychology, biomedical science, physician assistant studies, organizational development and leadership, forensic medicine, public health management, and aging and long-term care administration. He also pioneered the development of the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Physical Therapy at PCOM Georgia.

Committed to advancing partnerships between PCOM and other institutions, Dr. Cuzzolino formed various dual-degree programs. While in his post as assistant dean for educational resources, he originated PCOM’s DO/MBA and DO/MPH programs, the first such combined programs in the osteopathic profession.

He led the College through numerous institutional self-studies and accreditations and managed program approvals and government relations. As a speaker and consultant, he shared his expertise in assessment and accreditation self-study with national organizations and other universities and continues to serve as a reviewer with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). At PCOM, Dr. Cuzzolino secured full-term accreditations without conditions from the American Psychological Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education—as well as decennial accreditation by the MSCHE. And he completed the feasibility studies and approvals by state and regional accreditation agencies for the development of additional locations in Center City, Philadelphia; Suwanee, Georgia; and Moultrie, Georgia.

A fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Dr. Cuzzolino served as a lecturer in medical ethics and law for the College’s physician assistant studies and doctor of osteopathic medicine programs. He likewise was a lecturer in the areas of administration, consultation, supervision and health policy for the psychology and clinical psychology programs.

An avid writer and national presenter, Dr. Cuzzolino was the recipient of grants from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the Center for Advancing Partnerships in Education, the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation, and the US Department of Health and Human Services for clinical learning and educational research.

Dr. Cuzzolino holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and English from Muhlenberg College, a master of education degree in counseling in higher education from Kutztown University, and a doctor of education degree in educational administration from Temple University.

In 2019, Dr. Cuzzolino was awarded the PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Honor—the highest award given by the association.

Honorary Degree Recipient - Robert L. Leahy, PhD

Honorary degree recipient Robert L. Leahy, PhDRobert L. Leahy, PhD

Honorary Degree Recipient - School of Professional and Applied Psychology

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is the founder and director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. A recipient of the prestigious Aaron T. Beck Award for outstanding contributions in cognitive therapy, Dr. Leahy has distinguished himself as one of the leading authorities and experts on cognitive therapy worldwide, known as a clinician, trainer, consultant and academic psychologist.

Dr. Leahy is the past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, past president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy, past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and clinical professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell University Medical School. He is also the honorary lifetime president of the New York City-Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association and a distinguished founding fellow and diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Dr. Leahy has served as associate editor and editor of the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. He presently acts as associate editor of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. He has also served on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Leahy sits on a number of scientific committees for international conferences on cognitive behavioral therapy and is often sought as a keynote speaker and workshop leader for conferences and at universities throughout the world.

Dr. Leahy is the author and editor of 28 books. His book The Worry Cure received critical praise from the New York Times and has been selected by Self Magazine as one of the top eight self-help books of all time. Eleven of his clinical books have been Book of the Month Club selections. Dr. Leahy is also the general editor of a series of books published by Guilford Press, Treatment Plans and Interventions for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, which includes books on depression, anxiety, OCD, insomnia, couples therapy, and child and adolescent therapy.

Dr. Leahy has published over 60 articles in professional journals and contributed to 62 book chapters. He has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Psychology Today, the Washington Post, WSJ, Redbook, Shape, Women’s Health, Self Magazine and USA Today Magazine, among others. He has also appeared on radio and television programs on the BBC and NPR and on “20/20,” “Good Morning America” and “The Early Show.”

Dr. Leahy holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree from Yale University.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, under the direction of Dr. Aaron T. Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy.

Honorary Degree Recipient - Mark David Lockett, MD, FAAUCM

Honorary degree recipient Mark David Lockett, MD, FAAUCM
Mark David Lockett, MD, FAAUCM

Honorary Degree Recipient - School of Health Sciences

Mark David Lockett, MD, FAAUCM, has practiced emergency medicine for the past 24 years. He presently serves as emergency department medical director at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, New Mexico. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor for a number of healthcare centers throughout Texas and Arizona. And he is a flight physician with AirCare International.

A military veteran, Dr. Lockett honorably served for 15 years in the United States Air Force. He was deployed to four wars and conflicts around the world. As active military, he held various medical posts at and nearby Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, including emergency services director, Holloman Air Force Base; medical director, White Sands Missile Range; and clinical hospitalist at a local civilian regional medical center, Department of Defense. In addition, he worked with the NASA Space Shuttle program as an emergency support physician.

Dr. Lockett has a tremendous passion for volunteerism. During the past six years, he has conducted overseas medical missions to 12 countries—and served as chief medical officer and tropical medicine consultant during these operations. He participates as a volunteer member of the Leadership Team of Global Health Reach, providing medical threat assessments for teams traveling to austere and isolated communities. This work also allows him the opportunity to apply his certification and membership with the International Society of Travel Medicine.

A fellow of the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Urgent Care Medicine, Dr. Lockett is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Wilderness Medicine Society.

Dr. Lockett holds bachelor’s degrees from both Temple University and Rutgers University. He is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.Dr. Lockett enjoys the study of epidemiology and anticipates completing his doctoral work in the subject in 2022.

Dr. Lockett is steadfastly committed to the high ideals and standards that have been his primary focus. He believes that competence, aggressive continued medical education and compassionate teamwork must remain the hallmark of medical care.

Honorary Degree Recipient - Samuel A. Spiegel, PhD

Honorary degree recipient Samuel A. Spiegel, PhD
Samuel A. Spiegel, PhD

Honorary Degree Recipient - School of Health Sciences

Samuel A. Spiegel, PhD, leads the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) online education programs, serving as assistant vice president for online education. He also founded the Trefny Innovative Instruction Center at Mines—in support of evidence-based practices for teaching and learning.

Prior to joining Mines, Dr. Spiegel served as chair of the Disciplinary Literacy in Science Team at the Institute for Learning and the associate director for the Swanson School of Engineering’s Engineering Education Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He previously served as a science educator at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study; as director of research and development for a multimedia development company; and as founding director of the Center for Integrating Research & Learning (CIRL) at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University. Under Dr. Spiegel’s leadership, CIRL matured into a thriving center, recognized as one of the leading National Science Foundation Laboratories for activities to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. While at Florida State University, Dr. Spiegel also directed an award-winning teacher enhancement program for middle school grade science teachers called Science For Early Adolescence Teachers (Science FEAT).

Dr. Spiegel’s extensive background in science education includes experiences as both a middle school and a high school science teacher; teaching university-level biology and science education courses, including courses for the Forensic Medicine program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; working with high-risk youth in alternative education centers; working in science museums; designing and facilitating online courses; developing multimedia curricula; and leading and researching professional learning for educators.

Dr. Spiegel’s professional research has been funded by the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management; the Florida Department of Education; the Florida Department of Health, Tobacco Pilot Program; the Higher Education Consortium; the Institute for America’s Health, the Leon County (Florida) School Board; the National Science Foundation; and the University of Pittsburgh. His work is included in numerous books, book chapters and published reports. And he is a frequent presenter at national science and science education conferences.

The Association for Science Teacher Education honored Dr. Spiegel for his efforts in teacher education with the Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers Award (1997). Dr. Spiegel’s current efforts focus on educational reform and on the innovation of teaching and learning resources and practices.

Dr. Spiegel holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Florida Atlantic University, and both a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctoral degree in science education from Florida State University.

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