HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, and more.


Kelsey Cowles, Research and Instruction Librarian, earned Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) credentials through the Medical Library Association (MLA). She also achieved Level II of the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization.

HSLS welcomes five new members to our team:

Colleen Ashley, Marketing and Web Specialist, coordinates HSLS marketing and promotional efforts, supports website administration, and provides communication within and on behalf of HSLS. She brings experience in writing, editing, and program management in the arts and higher education.

Dominick Caimano, Systems Administrator, manages HSLS web-server hardware, operating systems software, and web-based applications. He worked as an electronics technician for the Department of Cell Biology at Pitt for the past 11 years. During his time at Pitt, he earned both a BS and MS in Information Science, which positions him well as he moves into a career in information technology.

Jeremiah Galvanek, Program Manager, supports the HSLS-UPMC partnership to provide digital library resources and services. He provides project support, manages the HSDL website, facilitates outreach, and coordinates communication related to the UPMC digital library program. He brings expertise in customer support and relations and most recently worked at UPMC Passavant in patient/customer services.

Sera Thornton, PhD, Instructional Designer, leads HSLS in integrating evidence-based methods into instruction and explores opportunities to grow educational initiatives. She previously worked as a learning scientist and teaching consultant with Pitt’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She brings a wealth of experience in instructional design, STEM education, evidence-based teaching and learning techniques, and the role of visuals and multimedia in learning.

Alyssa Young, MLIS, Research and Instruction Librarian, serves as the liaison to Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education. She previously worked at James Madison University for five years as a STEM Instruction Librarian. She brings expertise in instruction and targeted outreach to support research and scholarship.


Jill Foust, Research and Instruction Librarian Emeritus, co-authored the article:

Joseph HM, Lorenzo NE, Fisher N, Novick DR, Gibson C, Rothenberger SD, Foust JE, Chronis-Tuscano A. Research Review: A systematic review and meta-analysis of infant and toddler temperament as predictors of childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2023 Jan 4. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13753. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36599815.