Anita Marie Slechta, M.S., BSRT, ARRT (R) (M), FASRT
Anita Slechta, professor and program director of the Radiologic Sciences option in CSUN's Health Sciences Department is a fellow of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). One of the largest allied-health-professional organizations in the United States, ASRT awards honorary-fellow status to members who have made outstanding contributions to the success of the organization and the profession.
Anita's numerous professional activities include chairing the ASRT "Baccalaureate Curriculum Project" work group, which produced the first curriculum overview for the nation's Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology (BSRT) programs, and sitting as an educator on the Radiologist Assistant (RA) Advisory Committee, which modeled the RA curriculum that is used today. Anita has served as a national education chapter delegate and California affiliate delegate in ASRT's House of Delegates and has also been very active with the California Society of Radiologic Technologists, serving as Education Committee chairman, Director-at-Large, Vice President, President and CEO.
Anita has lectured extensively at continuing education seminars around the country and taught "Radiation Protection in Fluoroscopy" in many states. She has also presented at numerous international, national and state conferences over the last 30 years.
Anita's publications include a research study that evaluated the need for and attitudes about continuing education in the Radiologic Sciences. This study was used to attain regulations – implemented in California in 2000 – that require continuing education for the relicensing of radiologic technologists.
Her recent research has centered on radiation-protection practices in the radiologic sciences. She and co-author Janet Reagan, Ph.D., were honored to receive the 2007/08 Jean I. Widger distinguished-writing award presented annually by the editorial review board of the national journal Radiologic Technology. Their award-winning research article was based on results from their national study, "An Examination of Factors Related to Radiation Protection Practices," which was published in Radiologic Technology in March/April 2008. The study's results are particularly timely because of the elevated national awareness that medical practitioners are utilizing radiologic imaging at an alarmingly increased rate and that, therefore, doses to patients and technologists have also increased.
In 2010, Slechta and her BSRT faculty in CSUN's Health Sciences department developed the university's CT/MRI certificate programs to provide professionals in medical imaging with opportunities to participate in college-level courses and clinical education in these advanced imaging modalities.
Doris Abrishami, M.A., BSRT, ARRT
Doris Abrishami graduated with a Bachelors of Science in the Radiologic Technology Program from California State University Northridge (CSUN). Shortly after graduation, Doris was hired at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. She has been working at Northridge Hospital as a senior diagnostic technologist for the past 16 years. Two years after she was hired as a technologist at Northridge Hospital, Doris was offered to take a leadership role as Clinical Coordinator and adjunct faculty at CSUN. She recently obtained her Masters degree in Higher Education from the Michael Eisner College of Education at CSUN and starting Fall 2014, she has accepted a full-time faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department at this university.
She has also been active in providing “Cultural Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity” presentations to help and guide technologists and administrators with this continuing education subject. Doris is a member of California Society of Radiologic Technologists (CSRT), Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences (AEIRS) and ASRT.
Nader Binesh, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Health Sciences, CSUN
Elaine Hernandez, BSRT, ARRT (CT)(R), CRT(R)
Hernandez is an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists-certified Computed Tomography (CT technologist) and has been in a trauma hospital-based clinical atmosphere for nine years. She instructs students in computed tomography for in-patients and trauma patients ranging in age from newborns to geriatric patients. As a computed tomography instructor for CSUN's Radiologic Technology program, she orients students to the principles of computed tomography.
Jennifer Little, M.S., BSRT, ARRT(R), CRT
Little worked for UCLA Medical Center as a radiologic technologist and at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital as a magnetic resonance imaging technologist. She recently joined the CSUN radiologic technology faculty as clinical coordinator for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. LIttle received advanced training in 1.5 Tesla and 3 Tesla scanners. She has experience in building protocols, performing MR angiography and imaging acute strokes, cardiac functions and breasts. She earned an advanced imaging certificate in MRI and is working on an advanced imaging certificate in CT. Little has taught classes in venipuncture, pathology for imagers and student independent study research projects. She is an active member of California Society of Radiologic Technology, American Society of Radiologic Technology, Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences, Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine – Section for Magnetic Resonance Technologists.