Elizabeth Rattine-Flaherty earns Ph.D. from OU

Elizabeth Rattine-Flaherty has recently been granted the degree of Ph.D. from the Ohio University School of Communication Studies, part of the Scripps College of Communication. She is a 1998 graduate of St. Clairsville High School. Her dissertation, "Reconstructing Sexuality and Identity through Dialogue: Muntunda's Actions for the Palestinian-Arab Citizens of Israel" was based on research she conducted in Israel and the West Bank of Palestine. While there, she studied the workings of the Muntada, a non-governmental organization which does outreach to Palestinian citizens of Israel, including men, women, and children, on health and social issues.

In May of last year, she received an appointment to the post of assistant professor of health communications at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. StLCoP is one of a handful of independent schools of pharmacy, and offers a six year course of study which integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional program. Students who complete the curriculum earn a doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The college, which was founded in 1868 and has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, is located in St. Louis's central west end medical community, neighboring with Washington University, and St. Louis Children's Hospital and the world-renowned Barnes-Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Rattine-Flaherty is currently teaching a course on professional communications to second and third year students and is in the process of developing a new course on the promotion of public health issues. She and her husband, Dennis, who teaches at St. John Vianney High School, are residing in "the Hill" neighborhood of St. Louis. Elizabeth is the daughter of Tom and Ann Rattine of St. Clairsville.