Deborah Budash


Deborah E. Budash, Ph.D., of Clarks Summit, was named assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Department. She chaired the Master of Medical Science (MMS) Program and the Master of Health Science (MHS) Program at St. Francis University in Loretto, from 2014 to 2019, where she also served as program director of the MMS and MHS and as a tenured associate professor. She has authored several articles and reviews, as well as a book titled “Achieving Persistence in Online Programs: Reflections of Graduate Learners and Faculty.” Dr. Budash earned a doctorate in education from Northcentral University in Scottsdale, Arizona, a master’s degree in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.

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