Dominic O. Vachon, M.Div., Ph.D.

Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care

Dominic O. Vachon

Dominic O. Vachon graduated from Notre Dame in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy.  In 1985, he completed a master of divinity from Notre Dame, and in 1993, he earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Loyola University, Chicago.  

For the past ten years, Vachon has been director of Behavioral Medicine and Caring Science Training at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center's Family Medicine Residency Program.  He also is a practicing psychologist specializing in neurofeedback therapy.  His research has focused on the relationship betweeen empathy and burnout, factors in maintaining caring behaviors in difficult work, the psychology of helping interactions, physician-patient dynamics, and the role of spirituality in helping others. He provides workshops nationally in the area of maintaining balanced caring behaviors in the helping professions. 

Contact: Dominic O. Vachon


Jaclyn Champagne, M.A.

Research Assistant & Program Coordinator

Jaclyn Champagne

Jaclyn graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2012, she completed a master of pastoral ministry from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She received training in Clinical Pastoral Education at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT in 2012-13.  Before coming to Notre Dame, Jaclyn worked in prisons, trauma hospitals, and hospice settings as a chaplain, including serving as the Spiritual Care Coordinator for a hospice in Massachusetts. 

At the Hillebrand Center, Jaclyn assists in the quantitative and qualitative research studies of the center, coordinates projects both with the undergraduate course training and with consulting projects with healthcare organizations in the community. Jaclyn has a special interest in the field of palliative and end-of-life care.

Contact: Jaclyn Champagne

Father James K. Foster, C.S.C., M.D.

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Director, Center for Health Sciences Advising

Father Foster

Fr. Foster directs the Center for Health Sciences Advising and serves as chair of the Department of Preprofessional Studies. He closely monitors developments within the health profession admissions process including new schools, course requirements, and curriculum developments.  Fr. Foster joined the Department of Preprofessional Studies in 1997 and became chair of the department in 2005.

Fr. Foster earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and earned his M.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine (1984) and Infectious Diseases (1986) at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill. and was board certified in both areas. After several years in private practice, Fr. Foster entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. He also completed a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1997.

Contact: Fr. Foster


Kathleen Kolberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean of Undergradute Studies

Kathleen Kolberg

Kathleen Kolberg is an assistant dean for undergraduate studies. She is responsible for student advising, focusing on overloads, transfer credits, and graduation issues. She also advises science and engineering students on preparation and admission to health profession schools.

Contact: Kathleen Kolberg


Carry Teshka, Senior Department Coordinator

Kay Ernsberger, Office Coordinator

219 Jordan Hall of Science
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-9536