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Headshot of Emmanuel Ahia
Professor and Director, Ed.S. Counseling Services Program, & M.A. Clinical Mental Health Program
Bierenbaum Fisher 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 John Baer
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102P

    Academic Background

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

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

    Visit my website

    Recent magazine interview about my background and interests:

    Headshot of Juleen Buser
    Professor and Director, School Counseling and Coaching Programs
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218-E

    Academic Background

    • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, 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 Diane Casale-Giannola
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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
    Headshot of Yi-Ju Cheng
    Assistant Professor I
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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


    Headshot of Michael Curran Jr.
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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

    Headshot of Aubrey Daniels
    Acting Assistant Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202K
    Headshot of Lauren Delisio
    Assistant Professor I
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102O
    Headshot of Stefan Dombrowski
    Professor and Director, School Psychology Program
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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)
    Headshot of Susan Dougherty
    Assistant Professor II
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102N
    Headshot of Andrea Drewes
    Assistant Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202L
    Headshot of Tracey Garrett
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 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
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202N

    Dr. Gischlar's primary areas of research interest are early/emergent literacy assessment and intervention, and multitiered systems of support. Prior to joining the faculty at Rider, Dr. Gischlar enjoyed a 19-year career as a kindergarten teacher and, subsequently, school psychologist in the K-12 public schools. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Lehigh University. 

    Headshot of Leonard Goduto
    Ed.D. Program Director; Associate Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202K

    Academic Background

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

    Headshot of Peter Hester
    Associate Professor of STEM Education
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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)

    Headshot of Bonnie Lehet
    Assistant Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202I
    Headshot of Bhesh Mainali
    Assistant Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102Q
    Headshot of Sharon McKool
    Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Teacher Education
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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 and MS Higher Education Assessment, Analytics and Change Management
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202 G

    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
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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:

    Headshot of Mark Pearcy
    Assistant Professor II
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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
    Headshot of Terry Pertuit
    Associate Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202K
    Headshot of Kathleen Pierce
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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 Lori Prol
    Assistant Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 218A
    Headshot of Sharon Sherman
    Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 102
    Headshot of Judith Stegmaier-Nappi
    Associate Professor
    Bierenbaum Fisher 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
    Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; 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.