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Loyola names new executive director of Loyola Clinical Centers

| By Rita Buettner
Rebecca Zukowski Loyola University Maryland
Rebecca S. Zukowski, Ph.D.

From her very first visit to the Loyola Clinical Centers, Rebecca S. Zukowski, Ph.D., was struck by the LCC’s strong foundation—and all it could become.

“The exciting part is that the foundational base has been laid so well by the former leadership and the work of the faculty and staff and students,” Zukowski said. “Imagine the possibilities.”

As Zukowski becomes the executive director of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) on Sept. 6, she is envisioning the possibilities for the LCC, which provides state-of-the-art facilities and treatment for people experiencing difficulties in the areas of psychology, pastoral counseling, literacy, hearing, speech, and language.

“Friends have asked me why this and why now. It’s an easy answer for me because I believe that how we educate the next generation to care for populations with complex needs and limited resources is so important,” she said.

Zukowski, who comes to Loyola from Resurrection University in Chicago, Ill., where she has been dean and professor in the College of Nursing, is looking forward to helping the LCC become “an amazing learning laboratory” for students.

“That’s critical,” she said. “But I believe the interprofessional component of that has room to grow. I believe there will be great opportunities to utilize the expertise and the different points of view that come from different disciplines to effect change.”

Zukowski also wants to expand research opportunities—focusing on data, documenting outcomes—and make sure the LCC is serving the community well, and ensure that the work of the LCC stays student-centered.

“Students’ voices need to be heard, student leadership needs to be cultivated in the Centers, and we need to look at outcomes that we can benchmark and measure,” she said. “Our students, our graduates could potentially be seen as different from others because of their experiences in the Centers.”

Her previous positions include serving as associate academic dean and nursing division chairperson for Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., senior research associate for the National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Rockville, Md., and director of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute and Business & Technology Group Inc. in Indiana, Pa.

Growing the research aspect of the LCC is also integral to Zukowski’s vision for the future of the LCC.

“I’m a quantitative researcher. If we can really start getting people to see that as a research center for faculty, the impact and the potential for funding can really escalate,” she said. “The other exciting part is that building of community partnerships—and operating from a framework of collective impact. We have an opportunity to leverage and work with partners that may not be traditional partners.”

Zukowski has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor’s in English from Carlow College, a Master of Science in Nursing from Marquette University, and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“I really believe that the fabric of who I am, my portfolio, I’ve lived and executed that Jesuit, Ignatian philosophy,” said Zukowski, who traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to look at how to help make first responders more effective. “I’ve worked collaboratively to identify the needs and challenges of populations. And I really believe in a boots-on-the-ground approach, I believe in understanding what the needs are before we decide what solutions will work.”

Zukowski will move to Maryland with her husband of 33 years, Mark. Their son, David, and his wife, Amanda, live in Washington, D.C., and daughter, Stefanie, lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The LCC operates from three locations: Belvedere Square and Loyola/Notre Dame Library in Baltimore City and Loyola University Maryland's Columbia Graduate Center in Columbia, Howard County. Some services are also provided off-site through partnerships with schools and community agencies. More information can be found at loyola.edu/clinics.

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