About the School Psychology Faculty

Students benefit from classes taught by faculty who are active researchers — a rarity in most graduate programs, because most active researchers do not teach. They also read articles and books on course topics written by program faculty.

Our faculty members are shaping theory and practice within the field, publishing books and authoring articles in top-tier medical, psychological and educational journals, including School Psychology Quarterly, the Journal of School Psychology, and The Journal of Applied School Psychology.

Their work has been recognized by leading authorities in medicine, public health, psychology and law, including the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General, the head of the National Institutes of Health, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several American Psychological Association presidents.

Faculty members are also active practitioners, conducting evaluations, consulting with teachers and school districts, and offering parent trainings.

Stefan Dombrowski
Professor and Director, School Psychology Program
Memorial Hall 202J

Academic Background

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Child Psychology, University of California, Davis Medical Center
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Georgia
  • B.B.A., Personnel Management & Organizational Behavior, College of William & Mary


Karen Gischlar
Associate Professor
Memorial Hall 202N

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Lehigh University
  • Ed.S., School Psychology, Rider University
  • M.A., School Counseling, The College of New Jersey
  • B.S., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, The College of New Jersey


Current research focuses on emergent literacy skill assessment and intervention and the implementation of Response to Intervention models.

Scholarly Projects

Peer Reviewed Journals

Emmanuel Ahia
Professor and Director, Ed.S. Counseling Services Program, & M.A. Clinical Mental Health Program
Memorial Hall 202E

Academic Background

  • J. D. School of Law, University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas. May 1990
  • Ph. D. Education Psychology (Counseling): Department of Educational Psychology; Southern Illinois University; Carbondale, Illinois May 1983
  • M. A. Interpersonal Communication; Minor in Counseling Psychology, Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. June 1980
  • B. A. Religious Studies; Minor in Counseling Psychology; Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Dec 1978

Books and Book Chapters

    Christina Hamme Peterson
    Director of School Counseling and Coaching, Associate Professor
    Memorial Hall 202H

    Academic Background

    • PsyD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, 2003
    • PsyM, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, 2001
    • BA, Vassar College, 1993

    Professional Background and Research