Dr. Echols served as the Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences from 2019 until her retirement in 2023. Dr. Echols received her MEd from Ashland University, and her PhD from Ohio University both located in Ohio. She served for 10 years as Assistant Dean & Chair of Medical Education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale. Before joining LU, she served as Associate Dean at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith. During her time at LU she brought in her extensive background in higher education, developing and establishing new study programs, as well as regional and programmatic accreditation.
She had several favorite teaching interests including maximizing student learning using learning styles, study strategies, and test-taking skills, healthcare systems around the world, developing educational curricula and assessments as well as practical uses for research methods and analytics.
Her research interests are in Interactive Education Models, Simulation Learning in Healthcare, Patient Communication Skills, and Professionalism. Through the integration of her extensive experience and knowledge, she has been recognized nationally for her research and publications.
Through the integration of her extensive experience and knowledge, Dr. Echols has been recognized nationally for her research and publications. For five consecutive years, she received the External Funding Recognition Award from Nova Southeastern University. In 2015, at the Joint AACOM/AODME Conference, Dr. Echols received the Outstanding Poster Award for her research on the “Effects of Hippotherapy on Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder. In 2022, the Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board recognized Dr. Echols as one of the top 200 Educator’s in the United States.
Dr. Echols has been involved with research as part of the Geriatric Workforce Enhance Project (GWEP) through a collaboration with the Department of Geriatrics at Nova Southeastern University Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, she had a special research interest in examining interventions and programs aimed at increasing student performance on health professions licensing exams.