November 16, 2017
Detroit Mercy Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Pamela Zarkowski, Professor of Biology Mary Tracy-Bee, Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham and Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi pose for a photo.

University of Detroit Mercy gathered to honor two faculty members at the 2017 Faculty Recognition Awards.

Professor of Biology Mary Tracy-Bee was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award. The individual chosen for the Faculty Excellence Award is honored by faculty colleagues as the most outstanding faculty member within Detroit Mercy.

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Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham was awarded the Faculty Achievement Award, which honors a faculty member with between three and seven years of service. The individual chosen for this award is honored by faculty colleagues as demonstrating distinctive merit and achievement as a junior faculty member.

Faculty Excellence Award – Professor of Biology Mary Tracy-Bee

Mary Tracy-Bee joined the College of Health Professions in 1999 and after prioritization, moved to the Biology Department in the College of Engineering & Science. Tracy-Bee specializes in teaching human anatomy to both graduate and undergraduate students. Throughout her career, she has been an outstanding faculty member who continuously demonstrates excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Tracy-Bee is highly respected by both her colleagues and students due to her depth of knowledge and enthusiastic delivery of anatomical sciences. She teaches human anatomy to both pre-professional and professional programs in health professions and biology. As a highly sought after professor, she also holds three appointments at different hospitals reviewing anatomy with residents and physicians, is active in continuing education programs, and serves as a consultant to other academic institutions. In addition to 23 other teaching and research awards, she was named Best Anatomy Professor in North America by the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society in 2016. She has won the outstanding faculty award at both Wayne State University and Oakland University, where she holds appointments as an adjunct.

As a scholar, Tracy-Bee has published five books: one of these is in its fourth edition and another one is in its third. Her Bare Bones: Advanced Human Anatomy book is used in anatomy classes throughout the country. She has written five book chapters, has 26 peer-reviewed articles/published resources, and has chaired three symposia. At the 2016 American Association of Anatomists symposium, her proposal about the need for anatomical competencies in a modern medical curriculum was chosen for the Educational Roundtable, a testament to the quality of the proposal and the impact it would have in the anatomical community. She has presented 91 oral or poster presentations at research conferences, most of which include student co-authors. She has been invited to give 34 presentations nationally and internationally, including the Dartmouth Medical School and the American Medical Women’s Association. She is currently conducting novel research on the common carotid artery in collaboration with researchers at University of California.

Tracy-Bee is very active in service to the University, professional organizations, and the community. Of note, she has received grants from the National Science Foundation and Ford Community Corps. She also serves in leadership roles for the American Association of Anatomists and American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Tracy-Bee is active on many University committees, as well as many community organizations.

Overall, Tracy-Bee has brought recognition to Detroit Mercy through her excellence in teaching and research, as well as for her numerous service contributions to professional associations and the community.

Faculty Achievement Award – Associate Professor of Psychology Kristen Abraham

Upon the arrival of Kristen Abraham to Detroit Mercy in 2013, it was immediately obvious that she was an excellent fit as a member of the psychology faculty. Her experiences at the Veterans Health Administration as a postdoctoral fellow prepared her well for her work at Detroit Mercy, where she is an engaged and enthusiastic faculty member. In her four years of service, Abraham has accumulated many accomplishments that promise more greatness to come. Abraham’s teaching career at Detroit Mercy is truly outstanding. In addition to teaching seminars and traditional courses from undergraduate to masters and doctoral levels, Abraham also accepted challenging pedagogical roles, such as developing the ReBUILDetroit course on experiential research and integrating courses shared by the masters and doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Abraham is also known for her organized research group, which includes freshmen through advanced standing graduate students.

In an environment that supports integrated teaching and research efforts, it is not surprising that Abraham has become a recognized expert at the intersection of health disparities, clinical psychology, and community psychology. Her enthusiasm for this work has resulted in an impressive publication record. She has 18 peer-reviewed publications since joining Detroit Mercy, ten peer-reviewed posters and presentations, many with student co-authors. In addition, she was awarded a $417,827 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities grant.

With regard to service, Abraham readily and cheerfully reworked the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program to reflect the changing field and labor market. Her ability to work collegially and cooperatively with other faculty has earned her significant respect across the University. She is sought after to work on dissertation and Master of Community Development Capstone committees, and has ongoing commitments with the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Training Committee and the ReBUILDetroit program.

Abraham exemplifies the Detroit Mercy mission. Her professionalism and devotion to the field draw others to her vision and contribute to a working environment that brings success for all.