I am an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Counseling. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University in Elementary Education. My Master of Education degree was earned at Westminster College in Counseling. I attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.
I entered the field of education teaching Social Studies to fourth and fifth grade students in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Upon relocating to Pennsylvania, I worked with children and adolescents as a community-based mental health therapist. In the years prior to entering academia, I also worked as an administrator for a multi-county, community-based Autism program, as well as, co-ordinating a large special education preschool program, that also served multiple counties.
At Westminster, I teach Educational Psychology, Testing and Assessment, and Educational Law classes for our undergraduate program. I teach Counseling Theories and Practice, Techniques in Counseling and Psychotherapy, and Groups Process in our Graduate Program.I also advise Westminster's Kappa Delta Pi chapter, which is the Educational Honors Society.
I am currently a member of the American Counseling Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and Kappa Delta Pi
I am currently a co-principal on a National Science Foundation I-USE grant.
My research interests include the effects of trauma on a child's psychopathological development, the effects of burnout and compassion fatigue in education, and the effective treatment of challenging behaviors in the classroom.