Communications Faculty and Staff

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Chairperson and Associate Professor
Brian Cogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Cogan is Chair of the Communications Department and teaches a wide variety of courses including History of Media, Understanding Television and Foundations of Media Theory. He is a past President and Wilson Scholar of the New York State Communication Association. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on topics ranging from politics, popular culture and music. He is the co-author/editor of two books forthcoming in 2014, Baby Boomers and Popular Culture: An Inquiry into America's Most Powerful Generation (Co-edited with Thomas Gencarelli) 2 Volumes Praeger Books (2013) and Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ________* I Learned from Monty Python" *Including History, Art, Poetry, Communism, Philosophy, Birth, Death, Religion, Literature, Transvestites, Botany, the French, Class Systems, Mythology, Fish Slapping and many more! (Co-written with Jeff Massey) St. Martins Press (2013).

E. Deidre Pribram, Ph.D.
Dr. Deidre Pribram teaches a range of media and communication courses, including Research in Communication, Senior Seminar, Film Art and Foundations of Media Theory. She is an expert in film and television studies, having published extensively in those areas. Her work also focuses on gender, popular culture and cultural emotion studies. Dr. Pribram's most recent books are:  Emotions, Genre, Justice in Film and Television: Detecting Feeling (Routledge 2011) and A Cultural Approach to Emotional Disorders: Psychological and Aesthetic Interpretations (Routlege, forthcoming 2015).

Associate Professor
Janice Kelly, Ed.D.
Dr. Janice Kelly has an earned doctorate degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in Communication and Education.  Her research specialty is corporate communication, gender studies and relational/interpersonal communication. Her research on A Comparison of Prime-Time Situation Comedy Fathers and Real Fathers on Involvement, Communication, and Affection has appeared in USA Today, Big Apple Parenting Magazine and other national and publications as well as family-oriented conferences and journals. She serves as a consultant to both state and local family agencies and grassroots fatherhood initiative projects. She serves as a guest editor for the journal Fathering: Theory, Research, and Practice about men as Fathers. She recently produced a documentary on "Perceptions of Fathers in the Media: In search of the Ideal Father."  She is an Associate Professor of the Communications Department at Molloy College.

New Media Program Coordinator
James Cohen, M.A.


Jamie Cohen is the program director and full time instructor for the Molloy College New Media Program. He was formerly the director of web and digital media at the Hofstra University School of Communication as well as an assistant adjunct professor. He teaches digital journalism and media studies as well as other digital media and new media courses in the Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Department. In addition to teaching, Jamie has helped developed the New Media Program and major at Molloy College. His research is based on web television, online tools, digital curation and digital literacy. Jamie is skilled in website development and management and has been published several times on media literacy and digital curation.

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Anna D'Aloisio, M.B.A.
Anna D'Aloisio's primary responsible at Molloy is to prepare students for careers in public relations and event planning.  Additionally, she instructs Business students in areas of corporate communications and public speaking.  Anna brings to Molloy more than a decade of professional experience working in various public relations/corporate communication roles in New York City.   She has published journal articles in both College Teaching and thePublic Relations Journal.  Anna continues to be actively engaged with supporting NYC clients in their PR and marketing efforts.


Jean Devlin, Ph.D.
Jean Devlin received her Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in Children's Literature, from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship. Her full-time career is as Director of Student Special Services (Special Education) at North Shore Hebrew Academy HS, where she teaches English and history, and runs Project Interact, a division of Rotary International. At Molloy, she loves teaching Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature, Creative Drama and Small Group Discussion. As a storyteller, she has appeared live or on tape on four continents, and was aired on Public Radio and the first Bush White House.Her awards include Educator of Excellence, New York State English Council; Educator of Excellence, Long Island Language Arts Council; Excellence in Teaching at Molloy, and citations in several Who's Who publications, including Who's Who in America, of American Women and American Education.

Adjunct Instructors


Melissa Forstrom, M.A.
Melissa is an Adjunct Professor in visual culture, media and communications at Molloy College and a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Westminster, London, UK. Melissa received a professional certificate in International Marketing Management from Pace University and her Master of the Arts from the University of Westminster in Visual Culture. Her MA dissertation is titled: Cultural Representation in Three British Museum Exhibitions that Commemorate the Bicentennial (1807-2007) of the Abolition of the British Transatlantic Slave Trade. In 2011 she successfully completed a professional certificate in Arabic language from New York University. In January 2013, Melissa became a Researcher in Residence in the New York Public Library's Wertheim Study. In 2013, she spoke at both the New York Public Library and at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Melissa is also a Film Curator at Alwan for the Arts in New York City. Aside from academics, Melissa had many years of corporate work experience in advertising, media and communications.

Christian Holland, M.S.
Christian Holland is a Brooklyn-based critic, journalist, and educator. He was a founding contributor and executive editor for the Boston-based non-profit arts journal Big Red & Shiny and now sits on the publication's board of directors. In addition to Big Red & Shiny, he has contributed to Art PapersArt New England and Boston's National Public Radio station, WBUR. With degrees in film and journalism from Emerson College and Boston University, respectively, he serves as a communications consultant for artists and galleries and has lectured on mass media at Boston and New York City area colleges.

Lynn Kennedy, M.A.
Once a competitive public speaker and debater, I went on to teach Shakespeare, literature, public speaking, acting and composition in the Port Washington Public School system for 38 years before retiring from public education.   I have had the pleasure of working with culturally and academically diverse students throughout my career and have found this to be true: "The deepest desire of every student is to like the world on an honest basis through knowing it." (Eli Siegel)  

Television Studio and Media Facilities Manager
Thomas Kenny, M.A.

Tom Kenny teaches courses in both traditional media and new media for the Communications Department including TV Studio Production, Editing and Post Production, Online Content Production and Video Storytelling for the web. He has co-authored both the new media minor and major at Molloy College, designing both production and studies courses. Since 2008, Tom has held the position as television studio and media facilities manager and is involved in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the television studio including equipment repairs, maintenance, inventory, upgrades and assisting students with productions. Tom also manages and produces content for the Communication Department's website and social media network.

Janet Douglas-Pryce, M.A.
Jane Douglas Pryce teaches courses in the professional communications concentration including experiences in corporate communications.  Janet earned her Master of Arts degree from NYU University in speech and interpersonal communications.  Janet's background in education not only includes several years in higher education as she has experience teaching in an elementary school environment, previously teaching sixth grade students.

Nicole Stevens, M.A.
Nicole Stevens teaches a variety of communication courses including Scriptwriting for Media, Online Journalism and Television Production. Nicole has worked as a production assistant at My Damn Channel LIVE, YouTube's first live comedy show on the internet. The show won a variety of Webby Awards including best director and best host. Nicole also worked at VH1 on The Behind the Music special and was a reporter for LI News Tonight. She has worked in radio since 2007 and has excessive training in the field of audio. Currently, Nicole works with voiceover talent to record and edit highlights for the NHL. 

Administrative Assistant
Anne Hunter

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