Kathleen M. Muldoon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Muldoon faculty photo

Midwestern University
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Department of Anatomy
Agave 201A
19555 N 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308

Office: (623) 572-3339
e-mail: kmuldo@midwestern.edu

EDUCATION

H.B.Sc Anthropology University of Toronto 1999
M.A. Anthropology University of Toronto 2000
A.M. Anthropology Washington University in St. Louis 2003
Ph.D. Anthropology Washington University in St. Louis 2006

RESEARCH SUMMARY

I maintain two distinct areas of scholarly research. Firstly, I am a paleontologist. I conduct research at the intersection of mammalian evolution and ecology. I am involved in projects in Madagascar and in the United States (Wyoming). Secondly, I am an anatomy education scholar, with interest in the effectiveness of teaching innovations on retention of material and public health knowledge. I strongly believe that teaching and research are not mutually exclusive, but are tightly connected such that both are enriched when blended. In both areas, my research is explicitly interdisciplinary and collaborative.

Paleontology in Madagascar

My paleontological research focuses on mammal evolution and ecology. I use the fossil record as a framework for addressing questions of community change over time. I am primarily interested in the response of mammals, particularly primates, to environmental change and human impact, both in the past and in the present. I am involved in several projects that investigate the recent extinctions in Madagascar. Since human colonization approximately 4000 years ago, Madagascar's native community has suffered the loss of dozens of species, including the giant lemurs. My goal is to understand how primate communities in Madagascar have been influenced by these extinctions. The subfossil record provides a unique opportunity to approach this question. By comparing "subfossil communities" with modern ones, insights can be drawn into the degree of change experienced by those communities over time. The results of these comparisons have practical conservation implications, given the fragile state of living lemur habitats in Madagascar. 

Medical Education: cCMV and Student Empathy

I am broadly interested in how medical education can frame student (and hence physician) perspectives on health and illness. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus and the leading cause of congenital disabilities, yet physicians and allied health practitioners have little knowledge of congenital CMV (cCMV) infection. I am involved in several projects that include evaluate methods for the prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection through professional education, and promotion of CMV awareness and behavioral interventions in the community.  In addition, I am interested in the ways in which the hidden curriculum influences the development of student attitudes, particularly towards people with disabilites. The long term goal of this research program is to improve education of health care providers, so that knowledge may translate into improved medical and therapeutic practice.