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Abbey Wexler, MA/MA


Director, Graduate Counseling Psychology
awexler@rosemont.edu
610-527-0200 x2375

Abbey Wexler
, MA/MA, has nearly 25 years of experience working in Academia. She holds a Masters of Art in English from Temple University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College. Her clinical experience is from University of Pennsylvania where she served as a diagnostician and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Cognitive Therapy, formerly known as the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy Training.

Faculty

 

Leslie Smith '98


leslie.smith@rosemont.edu
Schools of Graduate & Professional Studies, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Dr. Leslie Smith holds a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University. She has earned recognition for her expertise in human behavior through experience in delivery of clinical services, leadership development, and family mediation processes in a variety of major public agencies and private practice.

She is the founder and president of the Regional Counseling Services of Southern New Jersey, providing complex specialized therapeutic counseling services for victims of domestic violence and crime as well as specialized treatment for offenders. For six years Leslie was the director of a victim services organization providing advocacy and therapeutic services for victims of sexual trauma and domestic abuse. Prior to her career in psychology Leslie practiced as an attorney, providing legal counsel and representation to children after earning her Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law. In addition to teaching in the counseling psychology program, Dr. Smith also teaches law and justice courses at Rowan University.

Kathryn Birster


Kathryn.Birster@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology


Kathryn Birster, MS.Ed., earned her Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. She holds an additional Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Head Academic Coordinator for the Gateway to College program at Community College of Philadelphia where she provides counseling and academic advising/coaching to students who were not successful in a traditional high school setting. She has also worked as a guidance counselor in middle and high schools in Philadelphia and as a crisis intervention counselor at a mental health insurance company.

Keith Cetera


kcetera@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Keith Cetera , PhD, earned his doctorate and M.Ed. in human sexuality education from Widener University, and his M.Ed. in Counselor education from Widener. Keith is certified in secondary school counseling and holds a Student Assistance Program certification. He has worked as a guidance counselor in local high schools for several years. Dr. Cetera has also completed the Postgraduate Training and Internship Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Council for Relationships, where he served as a therapist for adolescents and adults. Dr. Cetera is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Martin Gilbert


mgilbert@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Martin D. Gilbert , Psy.D. earned his M.A. and doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University. He is a certified school psychologist who has worked for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit since 2000. Dr. Gilbert is also a licensed psychologist and has worked in a variety of outpatient and residential mental health settings providing psychological evaluations and individual, group, and family therapy for children and adolescents.

 

Talya Hammer

 
thammer@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Dr. Talya Hammer, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist who has been working in the field of psychology for over 15 years. She completed her doctoral training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clinical and School Psychology. In 2001, she obtained her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University. Dr. Hammer practiced in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, private practice, and school settings. She specializes in working with children and adolescents who experience academic, behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. In addition to working as an adjunct faculty member at Rosemont College, she also serves as a School Psychologist for the North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA.
 

MJ Hannush


mjhannush@rosemont.edu
Faculty, Associate Professor, Psychology

Mufid James Hannush, Ph.D. Mufid James Hannush is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosemont College. He earned his doctorate at Duquesne University, his M.A. from American University of Beirut, and his B.A. from Greenville College. Before coming to Rosemont, he served as Assistant Dean for Counseling at Duquesne University and Director of Counseling Services at La Roche College. Later, he served as Senior Psychologist and Director of Mental Health Services at Desoto Correctional Institute in Arcadia, Florida. He has published many scholarly articles and book reviews and authored the book, Becoming Good Parents: An Existential Journey.

 

H. David Chen

 
dchen@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology


Dr. H. David Chen has been teaching since 1979. He earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from American University in Washington, DC. Prior to 1979, he was a certified counselor at National Youth Counseling Services in ROC. In the early 1980's, he held the following positions: Research Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, Research Fellow at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Guest Investigator on Alzheimer’s Disease at Rockefeller University in New York City.

Since the late 1980's, Dr. Chen held various senior leadership positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Wyeth (Pfizer), Johnson & Johnson, Cephalon (Teva), and Bristol-Myers Squibb. While working in the private sector during the past 25 years, Dr. Chen has been an adjunct faculty teaching statistics, research methods, counseling psychology, educational, social, and abnormal, women's psychology, marketing/marketing research, decision analytics, and leadership and problem solving skills courses at Widener University, Rosemont College, and Saint Joseph’s University’s Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing Program. Since 2011, Dr. Chen has been serving as a visiting professor in Decision and System Science at Saint Joseph's University

Allyce Baron


allyce.baron@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Allyce Baron, MA, is an alumni of Rosemont College's Counseling Psychology Graduate Program, class of 2010. She has extensive history working with children and families, and has joined together with the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services as a Court Appointed Advocate assisting families and children involved in the foster care system. Allyce’s additional experience involves working with developmentally disabled children in the school setting. More recently, she has been working in a psychiatric hospital within the outpatient setting with a wide range of adult populations with acute mental health issues, including dually diagnosed individuals, military personnel, combat veterans, and adolescents/families. Allyce’s focus on professional development includes the scope of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma informed practices. It is her desire to facilitate a learning environment that promotes growth both professionally and personally. She believes that we are all in this together for the betterment of the individual, family, and community as a whole.

Stacy Raphael


stacy.raphael@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology

Stacy Raphael, Ph.D. is a professor whose interests are in race, diversity and American education; the politics of knowledge production regarding race and racism; and critical qualitative research methodologies. Her work examines: the emerging role of school counselors as activists; infusing diversity and cultural proficiency throughout counselor education programs; and how white professors conceptualize/engage race in their teaching, research, and service. As an educator, she is committed to collaboratively guiding students as critical thinkers who challenge issues of power and equity in American culture.

Stacy has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, in the Department of Social Welfare. Through this multi-disciplinary program, she completed coursework in Sociology, Anthropology, Education, and Social Work. She also has an MSW from Columbia University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her doctoral training, Stacy had over a decade of work in non-profits, government, child welfare, health care, politics, and business. She is a local activist in issues of race and K-12 education.

Adrienne O'Hara '08


adrienne.ohara@rosemont.edu
Adjunct Faculty, SGPS Counseling Psychology

Adrienne O'Hara M.A., NCC, LPC, is an alumni of Rosemont College having earned her M.A. in the Counseling Psychology program in 2008. Adrienne is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and also hold a National Board Certification through the NBCC. Adrienne has past experience working in private practice with adolescents, families, and individuals, in addition to three years of experience working with children ages 12-17 through an MST therapy program. Currently Adrienne holds a position as the upper school counselor at a private school in addition to adjunct work she does for Rosemont College in the Counseling Program.

Jeff MacNamara, MA

 
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling Psychology
 
Jeff MacNamara, MA, is an alumni of Rosemont College's Counseling Psychology Graduate Program and was the recipient of Rosemont College’s Presidential Medal for the graduate students in 2014. He obtained his Educational Specialist I Certification (Elementary & Secondary School Counselor PK-12) and currently works as a School Guidance Counselor for middle and high school students in therapeutic alternative school based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a guidance counselor, Jeff worked as a Deputy Sheriff and then as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He has worked with criminal offenders and the court system for approximately eight years. Jeff is passionate about being School Guidance Counselor because to him there is nothing more rewarding then to motivate an unmotivated student, focus on an unfocused student, inspire the uninspired student and be a positive role model for all students he encounters.