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Headshot of 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

    Headshot of Don Ambrose
    Professor of Graduate Education
    Memorial Hall 202 D

    Academic Background

    • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, specializations in Talented and Gifted and Educational Foundations, University of Oregon
    • Master of Science, Educational Policy and Management, University of Oregon
    • Bachelor of Education, major in Curriculum, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


    Headshot of John Baer
    Memorial 102P

    Academic Background

    B.A., Psychology and Japanese Studies, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1972

    Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, Rutgers University, 1991 

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    Recent magazine interview about my background and interests:

    Headshot of Juleen Buser
    Associate Professor
    Memorial Hall 202-G

    Academic Background

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Syracuse University
    • M.A. in Counseling, Wake Forest University
    • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
    • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College

    Research Interests and Professional Background

    My research agenda focuses on coping strategies—specifically the maladaptive coping strategies of eating disorder symptomatology and self-injury.

    Headshot of Trevor Buser
    Professor; Director of the Coaching and School Counseling Program
    Memorial Hall 202-M

    Academic Background

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Syracuse University
    • M.A. in Counseling, Wake Forest University
    • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
    • B.A., UCLA

    Professional Background and Focus of Research

    Headshot of Diane Casale-Giannola
    Memorial Hall 102E

    Academic Background

    • Doctor of Education (Administration and Leadership), New York University
    • Advanced Certificate (Educational Supervision and Administration) Brooklyn College
    • Master of Science (Educational Psychology and Statistics/Special Education) Albany University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Albany University


    • Nasim Dil Service Award, Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division – National recognition for outstanding service 2010
    Headshot of Heather Casey
    Memorial Hall 102M


    • 2006: Ph.D. in Education - Literacy concentration
      Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
      Dissertation title: Making room for the middle: Understanding effective middle school teachers and their work with struggling readers and writers
      Advisor: Dr. Lesley Mandel Morrow
    • 2000: Ed.M. in Reading Education with Reading Specialist concentration
      Rutgers University, Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick, NJ
      Thesis title: The language arts block: From research to practice
    Yi-Ju Cheng
    Assistant Professor I
    Memorial Hall 202M


    • Ph.D. in Counseling, University of North Texas (CACREP accredited)
    • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of North Texas (CACREP accredited, Community Mental Health Counseling)
    • B.S. in Social Work, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan


    Michael Curran Jr.
    Memorial Hall 102G

    Academic Background

    Ed.D., Business Education, Temple University, 1984
    M.A., Business Education, Rider University, 1974
    B.S., Business Education, Rider University, 1971
    Recipient of the Rider University Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2008

    Lauren Delisio
    Assistant Professor I
    Memorial 102O
    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
    • M.B.A., Finance, University of Connecticut
    • B.B.A., Personnel Management & Organizational Behavior, College of William & Mary

    Professional Certifications

    • Licensed Psychologist (New Jersey & Pennsylvania)
    • Certified School Psychologist (New Jersey & Pennsylvania)
    Susan Dougherty
    Assistant Professor II
    Memorial 102N
    Headshot of Tracey Garrett
    Memorial 102L

    Academic Background

    • Ed.D Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
    • M.A. Counselor Education, Kean University
    • B.S. in Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University
    • B.S. Psychology, East Stroudsburg University

    Courses Taught

    Context of Schooling, Effective Classroom Management and Student Teaching Seminar

    Research Interests

    Classroom management, student motivation, cultural diversity

    Headshot of 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

    Peter Hester
    Associate Professor of STEM Education
    Memorial Hall 102F

    Academic Background

    2002 Doctor of Philosophy Instruction and Curriculum in the content Areas (Science) University of Colorado
    1986 Master of Arts in Teaching Biology Northern Arizona University (NAU, Flagstaff AZ)
    1982 Bachelor of Science Environmental and Systematic Biology California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo CA)

    Michele Kamens
    Professor and Director of Special Education Programs
    Memorial Hall 102J

    Academic Background

    • B. S. Rutgers College; Elementary and Special Education
    • M.Ed. Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Special Education
    • Ed. D. Temple University Graduate School of Education; Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education

    Courses Taught at Rider

    Dr. Kamens is the coordinator for Rider's special education programs. She teaches various courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in special education.

    Headshot of Tamar Jacobson
    Early Childhood Education Program Professor
    Memorial Hall 102H

    Educational Background

    • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 2/92-8/97
    • Ed.M., State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 6/89-2/92
    • BA, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, 9/88-6/89
    • Validator certification for National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, Division of National Association for the Education of Young Children, 4/95 - 2004
    Headshot of Sharon McKool
    Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Teacher Education
    Memorial Hall 102D


    Ph.D. 1998 University of Texas at Austin Language & Literacy
    M. Ed. 1988 Texas State University Reading
    B.S. Ed. 1984 Texas State University Elementary Ed.- Reading


    Elementary Education (Grades 1-8)
    Professional Reading Specialist
    Professional Supervision

    Teaching Honors and Awards

    David Bruton, Jr. Fellowship- The University of Texas at Austin 1996-1997
    Alpha Chi Honor Society- “Favorite Professor”- SWTSU 1994

    Headshot of Tricia Nolfi
    Assistant Professor II; Program Director, MA Organizational Leadership Program
    Memorial Hall 202O

    Academic Background

    Ed.D, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, (2015)
    Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education

    M.Ed., College of Education, The Ohio University (1989)
    Educational Leadership

    B.S. College of Communication, The Ohio University (June, 1987)
    Interpersonal Communication

    Headshot of Christina Hamme Peterson
    Professor and Chair of the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling
    Memorial Hall 202C

    Academic Background

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

    Professional Background and Research

    My research focuses on environmental factors that influence well-being and performance. Two questions guide my work:

    Mark Pearcy
    Assistant Professor II
    Memorial Hall 102Q

    Academic Background

    • B.A., History, University of Florida, 1992
    • M.Ed., Social Studies Education, University of Florida, 1993
    • Ph.D., Social Science Education, University of South Florida, 2011

    Courses Taught

    • SST 300: Historical & Contemporary Issues in the Social Studies
    • SED 405: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools
    • SED 370: Teaching in the High School
    • BHP 100: Great Ideas I
    • EDU 106: Contexts of Schooling
    Leonard Goduto
    Ed.D. Program Director; Associate Professor
    Memorial Hall 202K

    Academic Background

    Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Columbia University
    Ed.,M., Administration/Supervision, Rutgers University
    B.A., Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Terry Pertuit
    Assistant Professor I
    Memorial Hall 202K
    Headshot of Kathleen Pierce
    Memorial Hall 202F

    Dr. Kathleen Marie Pierce is a professor in the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling in the School of Education at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.

    Headshot of Judith Stegmaier-Nappi
    Assistant Professor I
    Memorial Hall 218C

    Academic Background

    EdD., Administrative Policy and Urban Education, Fordham University, 1997    

    M.A.  Administration and Supervision, Montclair State University, 1992

    B.A.  Psychology and Social Studies, Montclair State University, 1982

    Recipient of the Montclair State University William A. Cuff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Education, 2006


    Teacher of Psychology – New Jersey

    Teacher of Social Studies – New Jersey

    Supervisor – New Jersey

    Headshot of Maria Villalobos-Buehner
    Associate Professor of Spanish
    Fine Arts 354

    María Fernanda Villalobos-Buehner received her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. Her dissertation explored the effect of study abroad programs in the development of a second language identity and second language learning motivation. Dr. Villalobos-Buehner research interests include foreign language pedagogy, the adult language learner, second language acquisition, language learning motivation, the role of technology in language learning, and study abroad programs and their influence in language learning.