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March 28, 2007                                               

Steven J. Verhulst, Ph.D., Steven Verhulst, Ph.D., portrait professor of statistics and research consulting, has been named director of the division at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He succeeds Jerry A. Colliver, Ph.D., Jerry Colliver, Ph.D., portrait professor of statistics and research consulting, who remains on the faculty and continues as editor of the international journal "Teaching and Learning in Medicine."

Verhulst joined SIU as a researcher and statistician in 1979 and became a faculty member in 1981.  He earned his doctorate in health education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1988) and his master's degree in experimental psychology at Illinois State University in Normal (1976).  He earned his bachelors in psychology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (1974).

He is a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the American Public Health Association and the Society of Epidemiologic Research.  He was named the outstanding member of ASA's central Illinois chapter in 1989.  He has been a reviewer for various publications and research committees and continues reviewing for "Teaching and Learning in Medicine."  He has authored or co authored more than 100 journal articles.

A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Verhulst and his wife, Bonnie, have two children.

Colliver joined the SIU faculty in 1981 and has become a nationally recognized expert in performance based assessment used at most U.S. medical schools.  He was honored in 1995 with the John P. Hubbard Award awarded by the National Board of Medical Examiners to an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of evaluation in medicine.  He earned his doctoral degree (1971) and completed postdoctoral studies in experimental psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.  He earned his master's and bachelor's at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (1963, 1960).  Originally from Hale, Mo., Colliver is married to Julie A. Hubbard, J.D.
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