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Faculty members publish books on variety of topics

Point Park University faculty members are known for their real-world experience in their fields of expertise. This page showcases the latest works by our faculty members. Check back periodically for new releases. 


The Medicalized Body and Anesthetic Culture

Pictured is the cover of The Medicalized Body and Anesthetic Culture: The Cadaver, the Memorial Body, and the Recovery of Lived Experience by Brent Robbins, Ph.D.Brent Robbins, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Point Park University, School of Arts and Sciences 

For more than a decade, Robbins has 
studied the way people experience their bodies and emotions. As part of his research, Robbins explored how medical professionals in training come to learn about the body and how it impacts their clinical practices — which inspired him to write this book.

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Doctors learn that medical practice shouldn't talk about the anatomical body as if it were a person. As a result, medicine can often objectify and dehumanize patients by thinking of living people as if they are objects like a cadaver,” Robbins explained.

Published April 2018

Palgrave Macmillan

The Quelling

Pictured is the cover of the Quelling by Barbara Barrow, Ph.D.Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and coordinator of the literature program, Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice, School of Arts and Sciences 

Barrow is author The Quelling, a novel about two sisters — Addie and Dorian — who were accused of murder when they were very young and now decide they want to raise a child together. Both diagnosed with a rare psychiatric condition, the sisters are under the care of a doctor who uses them for his strange and transgressive cures.

“The plot hinges on the tension between their wills and the doctor’s. A good friend describes the book as a ‘feminist Clockwork Orange,' and I think this sums up a lot of the novel’s themes and concerns,” Barrow explained.

Published September 2018

Lanternfish Press

Detours and Designs
This is the book cover for Detours and Designs by Matt Fazio, Ph.D. and Josh Malacki.

Matt Fazio, Ph.D., is co-author of the book Detours and Designs, a novel for young readers about real issues and problems they face.

"We ultimately decided on fiction for a younger audience because we felt that regular kids in realistic situations were not shining through when so many other-worldly themes were dominating. We wanted to connect with young readers about issues and problems they actually face in their everyday lives," explained Fazio.

Published April 2018

Torchflame Books

Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children's Literature and Culture
This is the book cover for “Reading in the Dark: Horror in Children’s Literature and Culture,

Edited by Jessica McCort, Ph.D., assistant professor of composition and rhetoric and coordinator of the University's writing intensive program, Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice, School of Arts and Sciences 

McCort’s book explores the intersection between horror, popular culture and children's cultural productions including picture books, fairy tales, young adult literature, television and monster movies. The book also discusses the multitude of benefits horror texts can provide for young readers and viewers.

Published July 2016

University Press of Mississippi 

The Silent Treatment
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By Steven M. Hallock, Ph.D., professor, School of Communication

Hallock’s debut novel is an existential mystery that explores why Grant Baker, a long-time respected newspaper photographer, suddenly stops talking. The route his wife, Pauline, travels to answer this question takes her to a doctor, a priest, a psychiatrist and Grant's boss at the newspaper, prompting theories from simple anger, to God's will, to an inexplicable physiological condition.

Published July 2016

Artists' Orchard, LLC. 
 

Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable ScreenplaysPictured is the book cover of Beating Hollywood by Steve Cuden

By Steve Cuden, associate professor of screenwriting in the Conservatory of Performing Arts 

Cuden's book analyzes 40 classic movies, packing 150 tangible tips about how to develop character, structure, plot and dialogue. 

Published December 2015

Cudwerks Productions

 

Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh StoryPictured is the book cover of Justice Delayed: The Catherine Janet Walsh Story by Steve Hallock, Ph.D.

By Steve Hallock, Ph.D., professor of journalism in the School of Communication 

Hallock's book emerged more than 30 years after the murder of 23-year-old Catherine Janet Walsh, thanks to new light shone on long-stored evidence. "Justice Delayed" is a true saga of crime, its investigation and trial, and of the effects of the murder on a small, close-knit community in Monaca, Pa. 

Published July 2015

The Artists' Orchard, LLC

The Science and Pseudoscience of Children's Mental HealthPictured is the book cover of The Science and Pseudoscience of Children’s Mental Health: Cutting Edge Research and Treatment by Sharna Olfman, Ph.D.

By Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences 

Olfman offers the latest science and fresh perspectives on the cause and treatment of children’s psychological disturbances.

Published March 2015

Praeger Publishers

 

Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That GetThe cover of assistant professor of screenwriting, Steve Cuden's, new book, Standing Ovations

By Steve Cuden, associate professor of screenwriting in the Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Cuden has developed a construct for storytelling in a musical. He breaks down 40 musicals into their narrative beats and plot points to demonstrate the framework for great broadway composition. 

Published April 2013

Cudwerks Productions

 

Cover image of the new book, The Press March to War,  by Steve Hallock, Point Park professor

The Press March to War

By Steven M. Hallock, Ph.D., professor of journalism in the School of Communication. 

Hallock provides a comprehensive overview of conflicts from the Korean War to U.S. operations in Libya and outlines how newspapers have set the stage for U.S. military intervention.

Published May 2012

Peter Lang Publishing

 

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Drugging Our Children: How Profiteers are Pushing Antipsychotics on Our Youngest and What We Can Do to Stop It

By Sharna Olfman, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Brent Robbins, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Olfman and Robbins examine the reasons behind the dramatic rise in antipsychotic drug prescriptions for children and how historical and cultural factors, as well as the role of the pharmaceutical industry, have influenced this trend.  

Published February 2012

Praeger Publishers

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Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and the Culture of Silence

By Bill Moushey, professor of journalism, School of Communication. Moushey co-authored the book with former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Robert Dvorchak. 

Moushey and Dvorchak investigate the scandal surrounding former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Published April 2012

 

HarperCollins Publishers

The cover of Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Rebirth by Andrew Conte, director of Point Park News Service.

Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Rebirth

By Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation, School of Communication

Conte details the Pittsburgh Penguins’ journey from bankruptcy and losing seasons to its 2009 Stanley Cup win and the opening of its new arena in the summer of 2010.

Published October 2011

Blue River Press

 

Nothing Fatal

Sarah-Perrier-Nothing-FatalBy Sarah Perrier, Ph.D., associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Literary Arts, School of Arts and Sciences

Perrier explores questions about our contemporary understanding of dating, relationships, sex and marriage. The 2009 Akron Poetry Prize-winning work for Editor's Choice delivers poems that are clearly in favor of love, while also revealing how, through imprecision of language and desire for romantic gestures, we create a kind of comedy from our courting of one another.

Published October 2010

The University of Akron Press


Previous Publications

Auditioning and Acting for the Camera

By John W. Shepard, professor of theatre, Conservatory of Performing Arts

Every camera, including the commercial camera, the industrial camera, the soap opera camera, the sit-com camera, and motion picture camera, presents a unique challenge for an actor during an audition. Shepard shares techniques every actor should master before stepping into an audition.

Recognized by Broadway.com as one of "11 Amazing Books for the On-Camera Actor," April 2015.
Published April 2004

"Auditioning and Acting for the Camera"

Doing Good Works: Small Acts That Make a Big Difference

By Bryan Douglas with Sean Elliot Martin, assistant professor, School of Arts and Sciences

"Bryan Douglas" is the pen name for a Pittsburgh man who became an Internet sensation after posting a YouTube video of his trip to Chicago to help complete strangers, from taking apart a swing set to delivering a car battery. Martin helped Douglas write the book, which offers straightforward steps for regular people who want to make a big difference in the lives of others.

Published September 2009

"Doing Good Works"

Our State Parks, Western Pennsylvania

Photography and text by Christopher Rolinson, professor, School of Communication. Edited by Michael Caggeso

Rolinson's fine arts photography book has 92 photos depicting remote and wild locales within 23 state parks across Western Pennsylvania. The project grew out of photos that Rolinson shot while teaching a Nature Photography class in 2004.

Published November 2009

"Our State Parks"

 

Reporters Who Made History

By Steven M. Hallock, professor, School of Communication

Hallock looks back at the last half of the 20th century through the work and reminiscences of 10 of the era's preeminent journalists including Helen Thomas, Anthony Lewis, Morley Safer, Earl Caldwell, Ben Bradlee, Georgie Anne Geyer, Ellen Goodman, Juan Williams, David Broder, and Judy Woodruff.

Published November 2009

"Reporters Who Made History"