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School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty

At the core of the educational experience at Marist is our distinguished faculty. Offering both sterling educational credentials and deep professional experience, these talented men and women are deeply dedicated to the education and development of our students. The members of Marist’s faculty share their knowledge with our students, mentor and encourage them, challenge them to think in new ways, collaborate with them on high-level research, and help them become career-ready. We hear from countless alumni who reflect back on the significant impact their professors had and continue to have on their lives. Each and every day, Marist’s faculty prove not only that outstanding teaching and outstanding research can go hand-in-hand, but that great teachers have a lasting impact on their students.

Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Deborah Gatins
BA, Vassar College
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Miami, Florida

Criminal Justice

Randi Blumenthal-Guigui
Professional Lecturer of Criminal Justice
MS in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
BS in Speech, Emerson College

Molly Buchanan
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD in Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida
MS in Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
BA in Psychology, Framingham State University

Addrain Conyers, Chair
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD in Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
MA in Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BA in Psychology and Sociology, Boston College

Frank Merenda
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
EdD in Leadership and Administration, St. John’s University
MPA in Management and Policy, Harvard University
MA in Special Education, Counselor Education/School Counseling, and Guidance Services, Lehman College, City University of New York

Julie Raines
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
PhD in Public Administration, North Carolina State University
JD, Catholic University of America

Education

Jane Bean-Folkes
Assistant Professor of Education
EdD in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University
MAEd in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University
MA in Elementary Education, Seton Hall University
BS in Advertising, Syracuse University

Susan Chambre
Assistant Professor of Education
PhD, Fordham University
MS, Hunter College
BA, Stern College for Women

Amity Currie
Professional Lecturer of Education
MA in School Psychology, Marist College
BA, Williams College

Christina Wright Fields
Professional Lecturer
PhD in Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University
MS in Higher Education Administration with Enrollment Management, Drexel University
BS in Biology, Millersville University

Wendy Gladstone-Brown
Assistant Professor
EdD in Executive Leadership, St. John Fisher College
C.A.S. in Educational Administration, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
MS in Elementary Education, Nazareth College of Rochester
BA in Drama, State University of New York at Potsdam

Mary Kelly
Assistant Professor of Education
PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
MA, University of Phoenix
BA, Northern Arizona University

Kari Morrison
Coordinator of Clinical Teacher Preparation
EdD in Teacher Leadership, Walden University
MS in Teacher Leadership, University of Minnesota
BS in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Jennifer Powers
Director of Clinical Teacher Preparation and Certification
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
MAT in Secondary Education, Kent State University
BA in Theatre Arts, Kent State University

Carol Rinke
Associate Professor
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland College Park
MAT in Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA in Human Biology, Stanford University

Edward Sullivan
Associate Dean for Teacher Education
EdD, New York University
CAS, Fairfield University
MS, New York University
BS, Southern Connecticut State University

Zsuzsanna Szabo
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Education Programs
PhD in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona
MEd, State University of New York at Buffalo
BS in Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
BA in Theology, University of Alba-Iulia, Romania
BS Civil Engineering, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Kathy Trela
Associate Professor of Special Education
PhD in Special Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
MS in Special Education, State University of New York at Geneseo
BS in Education, State University of New York at Geneseo

Kathleen Vigil
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
EdD, Boston University
MEd, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Social Work

Katharine Dill
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Field Education
PhD in Social Work, University of Toronto
Diploma in Social Work Research, University of Toronto
MSW, University of Toronto, Canada
BSW, University of Western Ontario

Martha Garcia
Assistant Professor of Social Work
PhD in Social Welfare, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work

Daria Hanssen, Program Director
Associate Professor of Social Work
PhD in Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work, Graduate Center of the City University New York
MSW, Florida State University
BA in Social Welfare, Florida Atlantic University

Isabel Rose
Associate Professor of Social Work
Ph.D., School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York
MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS in Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Psychology

Peter del Rosario
Associate Professor of Psychology
PhD in Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo
BS in Psychology, Union College

Sherry Dingman
Associate Professor of Psychology
PhD in Biopsychology, University of Montana
MA in Learning, University of Montana
BA in Psychology, University of Montana

Kristen Dovgan
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD, George Mason University
BA, Western Connecticut State University

Marcos Ionescu
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD, City University of New York

Kristin Jay
Associate Professor of Psychology
PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
BA in Psychology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Thomas Killian
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Northern Colorado
MEd in Counseling, University of Mississippi
BA in Psychology, University of Mississippi

C. Ryan Kinlaw, Chair
Associate Professor of Psychology
PhD in Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MEd in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University
BS in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kimery Levering
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Binghamton University
MS in Psychology, Binghamton University
BA in Psychology, The College of New Jersey

Erik Moody
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in Experimental Psychology, Kent State University
MA in Experimental Psychology, Kent State University
BA in Psychology, Manhattanville College

Patrick O’Donnell
Associate Professor and Director, School Psychology Graduate Program
PsyD in School Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
Advanced Certificate in School Psychology, Marist College
MS in Clinical Psychology, Loyola College in Maryland
BA in Psychology, Siena College

Elizabeth Quinn
Associate Professor of Psychology
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Union Institute
MA in Psychology, Marist College
BA in Psychology, Marist College

Michele Rivas
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling
PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education, Syracuse University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies, Syracuse University
MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Long Island University
BS in Psychology, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Mary Stone
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in School Psychology, Fordham University
EdM in School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA in Psychology, New York University

Jason Trent
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in Social/Personality Psychology, University of Missouri
MA in Psychology, University of Missouri
BA in Business Studies, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

William Van Ornum
Professor of Psychology
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago
BA in Psychology and Theology, DePaul University

Stacy A. S. Williams
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD in School Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MA in Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
BA in Psychology, Amherst College

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Faculty Publications & Scholarly Activities

Scholarly research, dialogue, and creative activity are critical to any academic community. Through consequential scholarship, Marist faculty members strengthen the learning environment in their classroom and share important knowledge with the larger scholarly community outside of Marist. Their substantive pursuits reflect a dedication to academic excellence and to their own development as scholars and artists.

View 2017-2018 Selected Faculty and Student Publications and Scholarly Activities