Behavioral Science and Neuroscience

Professor of Neurosciences - Dr. Steve Glasser

Steve Glasser, PhD – Professor of Neurosciences

Dr. Glasser received his B.A. in Psychology (1971), M.Sc. in Physiology (1977), and Ph.D. in Physiology (1978) from the University of Rochester.

In 1978, while writing his doctoral thesis, and in 1979, Dr. Glasser completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University in lower vertebrate visual system development, under the aegis of Dr. David Ingle.

His faculty appointments began as an Assistant Professor in Biology at Long Island University (1979-1982).

In 1983, Dr. Glasser served as the Director of Basic Sciences and Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University of St. Lucia School of Medicine.

In 1984, Dr. Glasser was recruited to St. Georges University School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy. Within a year, he had expanded his responsibility with a joint appointment in Physiology and was promoted to Associate Professor. In 1986, he was appointed Course Director and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience. In 1989, he was appointed Associate Dean of the Pre-Clinical Faculty and Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Glasser became an Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College in 1994, where he developed a Pharmacology course and was the lead instructor in Neuroanatomy, Control Systems Physiopathology, Visceral Physiopathology and Pharmacology.

In 1999, Dr. Glasser became an Associate Professor at Ross University School of Medicine teaching Neuroscience. Shortly, thereafter he was appointed Director for that course. He undertook the responsibility of Curriculum Coordinator in 2000 and in 2001 was promoted to full Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience.

Dr. Glasser served as a professor at American University of the Caribbean from September 2002 until February 2004. He taught Neuroscience, Behavioral Science, Pharmacology and Physiology, and served in the Student Academic Affairs, Admissions and Curriculum Committees.

In February, 2004 Dr. Glasser was appointed as the founding Dean at American University of Antigua (AUA). He has served as the Associate Dean of Academic Organization, Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor and Chair of Neuroscience. He also served on the following committees at AUA: Dean’s Council; Department Chairs; Admissions (Former Chair); Faculty Affairs (Former Chair) and Student Promotions.

Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor - Dr. James Rice

James Rice, RhD – Associate Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Professor

Dr. James M. Rice received his doctoral degree in rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University in 1983. He initially taught at St. Cloud State University and also at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis from 1981 to 1989. He became a licensed Psychologist in 1983 and worked as a hospital-based psychologist working with chronic pain, spinal-cord injured, stroke, and traumatic brain injury patients. In 1990, he was a founding partner and president of Medical Psychology Associates, PC, a private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana providing psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services. In 2008, Dr. Rice joined the faculty at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. He is currently Associate Dean of Admissions, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and Professor of Behavioral Science & Neuroscience. His current clinical and research interests include the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease and disability.

 Professor - Dr. Don Kastuk

Don Kastuk, PhD – Professor

Don Kastuk is a Counselor and a Professor of Behavior Science and Neuroscience. He has extensive experience with Caribbean medical education, and he has been with AUACOM since its first year in 2004. He earned a PhD in psychology from York University, where his dissertation addressed recovery from brain injury. He also holds an MS degree in Hyperbaric Medicine, and an MA in psychology where his graduate work involved research regarding the effects of hormone levels on brain function. He is a certified and experienced professional scuba diving instructor, and he holds credentials and instructor qualifications in first aid and emergency care. Dr. Kastuk has won awards for his teaching and has been involved in research in hospital, university, clinic, and private-practice settings. He is especially interested in the connections between medicine and psychology.

Vasavi Gorantla, MSc., PhD – Associate Professor

Vasavi Gorantla, MSc., PhD – Associate Professor

Dr. Gorantla obtained his Ph.D. degree in Neuroanatomy from Manipal University, India, where he worked on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy-Role of Exercise, Environmental enrichment and Pyramid – A Behavioral and Morphological study in rats. Prior to his Ph.D. degree Dr.Rakesh obtained a M.Sc. in Medical Anatomy from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. He has been teaching for American University of Antigua College of Medicine since September 2013. His current research interests include Hippocampal neurogenesis, memory and learning.

 Director of AUA Counseling services - Dr. Lynn McKnight

Lynn McKnight, LPC,MAC,CCS,ATR-BC – Director of AUA Counseling services

Professor McKnight received her master degree from the University of Louisville, majoring in counseling with a specialization in expressive therapies. Her thesis research focused on assessing for field dependent and independent cognitive styles, and their implications in learning and memory. Professor McKnight obtained post graduate course work in addictions studies and in psychology from the University of South Carolina and Capella University. She went on to become the clinical director at Crossroads Center Antigua, and the outpatient director for Pavillon International; both centers of excellence in the addictions treatment field. She is licensed as a professional counselor, a professional counselor supervisor, and a clinical addictions specialist. She is certified as a master addictions counselor, board certified and registered art therapist and certified clinical supervisor. She currently teaches behavioral science and directs the counseling center at AUACOM, as well as provides clinical supervision for the clinical staff at Crossroads Center.