The Catholic University of America

May 5, 2009

CUA Experts Available to Discuss Swine Flu

The Catholic University of America offers faculty experts as resources on H1N1, swine flu. The experts are available to discuss the flu, prevention and response. For assistance in reaching sources, contact public affairs staffers Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

FLU IN THE UNITED STATES: Mary Dooley, clinical assistant professor of nursing, has taught community and environmental health for 2 1/2 years and has experience in global and domestic population-focused health. She can speak about the prevention of communicable diseases and responses to health emergencies and how outbreaks of disease are investigated.

Contact Dooley at 202-319-6871 (office), 202-390-7688 (mobile) or 202-986-0402 (home) or by e-mail at:

THE FLU AND CHILDREN: Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh, pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical associate professor, oversees CUA's program of school-based health clinics in Montgomery County, Md. Hawkins-Walsh can answer questions about ways to minimize the risk of flu in children and when parents should consult with their health-care provider.

Contact Hawkins-Walsh at 202-319-6482 or by e-mail at:

FEAR AND ANXIETY IN TIMES OF CRISIS: Cathleen Gray, associate professor at the National Catholic School of Social Service, can discuss fear and anxiety stemming from the spread of the flu and threat of a pandemic. She also can address ways for people to cope with their anxiety. Gray has a private practice focusing on family and women's issues and frequently has commented on mental-health issues in times of crisis for the media.

Contact Gray at 202-421-0016 (mobile) or by e-mail at:

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.