The MCTI Team

The Team

MCTI Faculty Past and Current

Dr. Preston B. Cline: Education, with a primary focus on Mission Critical Teams. Currently, the CEO of Mission Critical Team Institute, a private applied research and education institute. BS, Rutgers University; M.Ed Harvard University, Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania. Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management. Visiting Scholar in the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative (WiN). The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dan Dworkis, MD PhD FACEP: Emergency Medicine, with a primary focus on the optimal development of mission critical medical teams. ScB, Brown University, M.D./Ph.D. Boston University School of Medicine, Residency Harvard Medical School. Currently, the Chief Medical Officer at the Mission Critical Team Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Dworkis is the founder of The Emergency Mind Project.

Dr. Art Finch: Consulting Psychologist with a primary focus on team optimization, assessment and selection, culture, personality, and executive coaching.  BS and Ph.D., Brigham Young University. Retired COL and US Army Ranger (23 Years Active Duty). Currently MCTI Director of Psychology and Founder and President of The Gauge Group – Psychological Consultation.

Shea Diamond: Cognitive Science, Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, and Adult Education. BA, Saint Louis University, Master of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania (2024). Former Intelligence Officer with the US Air Force with multiple deployments. Served as the Wing Intelligence Weapons Officer, an instructor in the Intelligence Weapons Instructor Course and held the prestigious position of Chief of Academics at the US Air Force Weapons School. 

Dr. Angus Fletcher: Angus Fletcher. Narrative Cognition, aka Low-Data Intelligence. Neurophysiology and Narrative Theory. BSc, University of Michigan, (Ph.D Yale). Army Commendation Medal for “groundbreaking research” into training imagination, intuition, and commonsense. Currently Professor of Story Science at Ohio State’s Project Narrative.

Anne Gibbon: Strategy & Data Analysis with AI, with a primary focus on innovating how humans interact with information using novel 3D graphics and drive decision processes with AI. BS, US Naval Academy. Currently, founder and CEO of Matri, an early-stage tech startup revolutionizing how teams manage complex decision processes with AI. 

Shaun Huls: Human Performance. B.S. University of Nebraska, MS California University of Pennsylvania. Formerly head strength and conditioning coach, and combatives coordinator, for US Naval Special Warfare. Later served as Director of High Performance at the Philadelphia Eagles supporting their 2017 Superbowl win. Currently, Director of High Performance at the Cleveland Browns.

Dr. Martin Ihrig: Knowledge Strategy. MBS University College Dublin, Ph.D. Technische Universität Berlin. He is an associate dean and clinical professor at New York University and a senior fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the co-founder and president of I-Space Institute, an applied research and consulting venture that helps organizations create innovation and growth opportunities.

Dr. Zab Johnson: Neuroscientist, with a primary focus on vision and visual behavior. AB, Mount Holyoke, Ph.D. NYU. Currently executive director and senior fellow of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative. An adjunct professor of Marketing at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joe Kable: Neuroscientist, with a primary focus on human decision-making. BS, Emory University, Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. Director of MindCore at the University of Pennsylvania, Primary Investigator, Kable Labs, and the Jean-Marie Kneeley President’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Dawn Kernagis: Neuroscientist, with a primary focus on neuroprotective strategies for individuals working in extreme environments. B.S. North Carolina State University, MPA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD. Duke University. Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurosurgery at UNC School of Medicine, visiting research scientist IHMC. Currently, the Director of Scientific Research at Deep

Blair Mannix: Admissions, with a primary focus on Selection and Assessment. BA, Saint Joseph’s University, M.S.ED University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Executive Director of Graduate Admissions at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 

Anthony “Harry” Moffitt: Psychologist (APS registered) specializing in human performance and team development – BA, Edith Cowan University; MPsych, Deakin University. Served 30 years with Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) as Team Commander and Director of High-Performance. Currently Director MCTI Australia & New Zealand, senior lecturer at the Australian Institute of Police Management and Managing Director of Stotan Group.

Chief David Morkal: Leadership Development, with a primary focus on coaching and mentoring. BFA, University of Evansville. Currently serving on the Board of the Leary Firefighters Foundation. Retired from FDNY as a Battalion Chief after 33 years of service.

Dr. Mario Moussa: Organizational Consulting and Executive Education, with a primary focus on large-scale change initiatives, collaboration, and negotiation. BA, Northwestern University; MA, SUNY/STONY BROOK; MBA, The Wharton School; Ph.D., University of Chicago. President of Moussa Consulting. Currently, Affiliated Faculty, Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clare Murphy: Storytelling, with a primary focus on the use of narrative in teaching. B.A., University of Galway. Director of Story with the Mission Critical Team Institute Currently, internationally recognized professional storyteller

Dr. Gloria Park: Psychological Performance. B.A Villanova University, Masters, Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Temple University. Currently, the Director of Performance Psychology at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

Dr. Michael Platt: Neuroscientist, with a primary focus on the brain’s decision-making processes. BA, Yale, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Currently James S. Riepe University Professor, University of Pennsylvania. He holds appointments in the Department of Neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Marketing in the Wharton School

Dr. Sharon Ravitch: Education, with a primary focus on instructor professional development. B.A., Temple University, Ed.M. Harvard, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania. Principle Investigator, Semillas Digitales Initiativeas. Currently, Professor of Practice, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Holly Ridings: Spaceflight. B.S. Texas A&M University. NASA’s first female Chief Flight Director, Currently, She is the Gateway Deputy Program Manager, where she leads teams to build and launch NASA’s foundational infrastructure in deep space.

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