I am an Assistant 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 Foundations of Special Education, Educational Psychology, and Early Childhood 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 National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, and Kappa Delta Pi
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.