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    Jose M. Maldonado, PhD, LPC
    School Counseling, Student Affairs, and College Counseling Programs
    Program Coordinator
    Associate Professor
    McAllan Hall, Office 106

    Dr. Maldonado teaches courses in counseling theories, multicultural counseling, counseling at-risk children and families, practicum, and internship. He has training and experience across the core CACREP areas. For example, Dr. Maldonado's professional experiences include counseling individuals, groups, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. His research areas include clinical supervision, multicultural counseling, and ethnic identity. He has presented at the state, regional, and national levels on topics related to multicultural counseling, as well as school counseling. Dr. Maldonado has valid licenses and endorsements as a nationally certified counselor (NCC), a certified school counselor (K-12) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a certified director of school counseling services (K-12) in New Jersey. In addition, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. He is a member of ACA, ACES, AMCD, ASCA, NJCA, and NJSCA.


    Cindy O'Connell, MEd
    Clinical Coordinator of Field Placement
    Specialist Professor
    McAllan Hall, Office 104

    Professor Cynthia O'Connell teaches Practicum, School Counseling Program Planning and Practice, and Career Development and Counseling for the School Environment. She also supervises school counseling interns at their sites and is the field placement coordinator. Professor O'Connell has worked as a teacher in health and physical education, as a school counselor in New Jersey, and as a director of guidance in New Jersey. She earned a Master of Education from The College of New Jersey and has SAC certification. She is also a member of ASCA, ACA, NJSCA, and NJPSA.


    Tina Paone, PhD, NCC, NCSC, LPC
    Associate Professor and Chair
    McAllan Hall, Office 107

    Dr. Paone teaches courses in group counseling, group experience, and internship. She has training and experiences across the CACREP core areas. Dr. Paone's professional experience includes counseling individuals, groups, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has counseled children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including K-12 schools, community agencies, and private practice. Her research areas include play therapy, group counseling, multicultural counseling, and school counseling. She has presented at state, regional, and national levels on topics related to school counseling, play therapy, and multicultural counseling. Dr. Paone is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a certified school counselor (K-12) in Pennsylvania, as well as a nationally certified counselor (NCC), a nationally certified school counselor (NCSC), and a registered play therapist supervisor (RPT-S). She is a member of ACA, ACES, APT, ASCA, NJCA, NJSCA, and PAPT.


    Nicole Pulliam, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    McAllan Hall, Office 103

    Dr. Pulliam teaches courses in student affairs, college counseling and other core courses within the program. She brings over 10 years of experience as a student affairs practitioner, within the areas of career counseling, advising within Educational Opportunity Programs, greek life/student activities and financial aid. Her research interests include college student development, 1st generation college students, career development, secondary to post-secondary partnerships, and diversity & social justice initiatives. She has presented on such topics at national, regional and local professional conferences. In addition, she has co-authored a textbook chapter on the counseling and mental health needs of gay youth and boys. Dr. Pulliam currently serves as the President for the New Jersey Career Development Association and as Communications Co-Chair for the North Atlantic Region for Counselor Education and Supervision. She has been recognized within the profession, earning the 2013-2014 ACES Presidential Fellow award and the 2010-2011 NARACES Emerging Leader fellowship. She is also a member of ACA, ACES, NCDA and NASPA.


    Pietro Sasso, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    McAllan Hall, Office 105

    Dr. Sasso teaches courses in college counseling, student affairs, and internship. He has significant professional and teaching experience in postsecondary education. As an administrator, his experience is exceptionally diverse, spanning several educational administrative functional areas. As an educator, he is an emerging research-scholar with significant experiences in student affairs as an academic success counselor, alcohol educator, and student activities coordinator. His research interests include identity construction of traditional undergraduates (college student development), alcohol misuse in higher education (student health outcomes), the impact of the college fraternity experience, and masculinity in higher education. He is currently authoring several articles addressing alcohol misuse and masculinity issues among undergraduate college students to appear in national, peer-reviewed journals, as well as a textbook to be entitled The Contemporary College Student: A Reader. Dr. Sasso is also a certified college instructor, alcohol educator (ASTP, TIPS), and academic advisor (Master Advisor Certification). He is a member of ACA, NACADA, NASPA, ACPA, and AFA.

    Jason Barr

    Jason Barr, PhD
    Associate Professor and Associate Dean
    McAllan Hall, Office 129

    Dr. Barr teaches courses in human development, risk and resiliency, and research and statistical methods. His experiences focus on evaluation of school programs that attempt to promote positive developmental outcomes in children and adolescents. He has been involved as a member of a research team investigating the effectiveness of a multilevel intervention in public schools that dealt with children at risk for behavior problems and promoted resiliency against future behavior problems. He has also managed a nationwide evaluation of a character education program and its effects on positive academic and developmental outcomes in children and adolescents. He was a research associate for the Police Athletic League of New York City, where he helped develop and evaluate programming for inner-city children and adolescents. Dr. Barr is a developmental psychologist and a member of AERA, NERA, and AME.


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