MCP Cytotechnology/Histotechnology Faculty
Keisha Brooks Burnett, MS, CT (ASCP) MB
Mrs. Burnett began her career 18 years ago as a cytotechnologist. After receiving a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduating from UTHSC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cytotechnology, she earned a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently finishing up her doctoral degree requirements in Educational Leadership at the University of Memphis. Before entering academia, Keisha was employed as a cytotechnologist at Duckworth Pathology and Quest Diagnostics. She is currently a PRN cytotechnologist at American Esoteric Laboratory. Mrs. Burnett has been a faculty member in the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences since 2005. She served as President of the American Society for Cytotechnology (ASCT) in 2014-15 and serves on a number of committees in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). Mrs. Burnett currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the cytotechnology curriculum within the MCP program.
Sheila Criswell, MS, MLS(ASCP) CT, HTL, MB
Instructor and Histotechnology Education Coordinator
Phone: (901) 448-7165
Ms. Criswell received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin and her B.S. in Cytotechnology from UTHSC. After practicing as a cytotechnologist and laboratory supervisor for 15 years, she returned to UTHSC for her Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is currently enrolled at the University of Memphis in the PhD program in biological sciences. Ms. Criswell is certified by the ASCP Board of Certification in the areas of cytotechnology, histotechnology, medical laboratory science and molecular biology. Ms. Criswell began teaching histotechnology courses at UTHSC as an adjunct instructor in 2011 and is currently teaching courses full-time in both the Masters of Cytopathology Practice (MCP) and Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) programs. She serves as the Education Coordinator for the histotechnology curriculum within the MCP program.
Barbara DuBray-Benstein, PhD, SCT (ASCP)
Professor and Program Director
Dr. Benstein has over 35 years of teaching experience at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin followed by a B.S. in Cytotechnology from UTHSC. She went on to complete a Master of Science Degree and a Ph.D in Biology from the University of Memphis. Throughout her career, she has been active in numerous professional societies serving as President of the Southern Association of Cytotechnologists, Chair of the ASCP Board of Registry Cytotechnology Examination Committee, consultant to the Cytopathology Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and a member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). She has served as Associate Editor of The ASC Bulletin and a member of the Editorial Board of Cancer Cytopathology Journal. She is the recipient of several notable awards including the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award, The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award and the ASC Excellence in Education Award.
Cheryl L. Brown