Course Faculty

The following faculty collaborated to design, develop and sequence content for The Transformative Leadership Course.


Nital Appelbaum

Nital Appelbaum, Ph.D.

Nital P. Appelbaum, Ph.D. is an industrial and organizational psychologist and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in healthcare team functioning, clinical leadership, power dynamics, and psychological safety. In the medical school, she is charged with developing a data registry to longitudinally track and study the professional development of physicians from medical school, through residency, and out into practice. In the health system, she aids in action research on various quality and safety initiatives. Her applied work includes organizational development and consultation on change initiatives.


Deborah DiazGranados

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D.

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine. Deborah has over 10 years of experience as an organizational scientist where she focuses on understanding the complexity of a variety of work contexts. Deborah’s areas of expertise include team and leader development, teamwork and collaboration and decision-making in ambiguous contexts. Deborah is course leader for an Interprofessional course which focuses on the Foundations of Interprofessional Practice as well as a seminar course on Team Science.


Alan Dow

Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A.

Alan Dow, M.D., M.S.H.A. is Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. He directs the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care and is responsible for developing, implementing, and studying initiatives in interprofessional education and collaborative practice across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health, and Social Work, the VCU Health System, and the surrounding community. Alan is a practicing internist who sees patients both as a hospitalist in his tertiary academic medical center and a primary care provider in a local free clinic.


Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston, Ed.D., M.H.A., FACHE

Ann Johnston, EdD, FACHE holds a BA with distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and a Doctor of Education in leadership from VCU. Dr. Johnston spent more than 20 years as a healthcare executive in small to medium sized community hospitals. She has served as COO in both for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations and has had responsibility for strategic planning, certificate of need, and new business development. Currently she serves as the Director of Professional Development and Outreach for VCU’s Department of Health Administration.


The following staff collaborated to design, structure, build, deliver and support The Transformative Leadership Course.


Scott J. Diegelmann

Scott Diegelmann, B.A.

Scott Diegelmann specializes in instructional technology at the VCU School of Medicine, and serves as the lead programmer and web developer for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care. He currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.


Elizabeth Micalizzi, M.B.A., PMP, CCRP

Elizabeth Micalizzi is the Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Administrative Director for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.  She brings almost 20 years professional history in the academic medical center in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, instructional development, multi-media design, as well as complex project management in health sciences and integrated technology in clinical research.