FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Traci Bitondo, Ph.D., LPC, LPAT, adjunct lecturer in the School of Psychology and Counseling, received a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision with a concentration in leadership from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Christina L. Bryant, director of campus ministry, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, successfully defended her dissertation “Surviving Scripture: Domestic Violence and Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians” and graduated with a Ph.D. in biblical interpretation from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lena Campagna, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, presented with a colleague at the Rutgers University Education Policies, Communities, and Social Justice Research Conference in May. Their research presentation was titled “Playtime vs. Punishment: Examining the Pre-school to Prison Pipeline.” At the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium in June, Campagna presented on “Responding to Calls for Social Justice Reform: Utilizing Class Projects as Opportunities for Student Agency.”
Heather Cook, MLIS, research analyst, completed a certificate in institutional research from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in June. Cook is serving as treasurer, and Dr. Susan Hayes, executive director of institutional research and assessment, as chair of the New Jersey Association for Institutional Research for 2022-23.
Clare Echterling, Ph.D., adjunct lecturer in the Department of English, has two upcoming publications, “Intergenerational Justice and Young Adult Climate Literature” in “The Oxford Handbook of Young Adult Literature” (2024) and “Decolonizing Climate Knowledge: Teaching Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s Poetry in an Online Global Environmental Literature Course” in “Teaching the Literature of Climate Change” (2023).
James Flynn, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy, chaired the online symposium “Morality as the Target of Moral Judgments” at the American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division conference on Jan. 15. He presented a paper titled “Dominican Justice and Mercy in the Classroom: Implementing Plagiarism Policies” on June 9 at the online Dominican Higher Education Colloquium’s “Weaving a Tapestry of Universal Justice” conference.
Soheila Kobler, director of online education, was vice chair for self-study evaluation for the Middle States team visit in April.
Benjamin Lammers, Ph.D., professor of history, presented on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism to the staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway. The event was arranged for International Holocaust Awareness Day by History Department alumnus Patrick Koslecki ’17, director of diversity and inclusion at the hospital.
Valerie Lewis-Mosley, OPA, Ph.D., adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, received the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell Peace Award at the 2022 Dominican Sisters of Caldwell Assembly June 25. She served on the plenary panel on “The Black Dominican Story” June 8 during the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. She was the keynote commencement speaker at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City on June 4 and presented at a Juneteenth celebration workshop at the Caldwell Library in June. She was named a 2022 Delaplane Writing Cohort Scholar for the Lilly Grant Foundation venture “Preaching on Racism” and was chosen to participate in a forum with the Ad Hoc Committee on Racism in the Sante Fe Archdiocese in August.
Thomas Ling, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling, and Karla Batres, former associate professor of psychology, presented a symposium at the American Psychological Association Conference in August on “Is the Gate Locked? Understanding the Hidden Rules and Policies That Create Inequity in Student Outcomes.”
Crystal Lopez, assistant dean for residence life and conduct, spoke at the Association of College and University Housing Officers- International conference in June in Pittsburgh. Her presentation was titled “Letting go … A story of vulnerability.”
Maria Lupo, DMH, LPAT, ATR-BC, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, received a doctorate in medical and health humanities from Drew University in May. Lupo co-moderated a panel on wellness, resilience and the creative arts and led a community art therapy project, “The Healing Quilt,” at the Montclair Art Museum on May 12.
Stephen M. Meawad, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology, was selected for and attended the Teaching Interfaith Understanding seminar at DePaul University in Chicago in June. He was invited to be an author in “The Palgrave Handbook of Religion and State.”
Mary Ann B. Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, was invited to teach a Contemporary Catholic Poetry course to seminarians and M.A. theology students at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York during the spring 2022 semester.
David Petriello, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Department of History and Political Science, had his book “The Politics of Disease: American History from Columbus to Covid” published by McFarland Publishers. In March he presented the paper “Paintings and Pandemics: The Portrayal of Cholera in Romanticism” at the Southern Association of Historians of Medicine and Science.
Andrew Plath, Ph.D., LPC (IL), assistant professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling, presented at the annual Association for Humanistic Counseling conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in May on “Music in the Classroom: Efficacy & Activities” (collaborating with Caldwell students Erica Meyler and Caitlyn Conselyea) and “Task-Oriented Self-Care: A Novel Approach to Wellness.”
Kenneth F. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, professor of applied behavior analysis, co-authored a paper with his former thesis student Angelina Longo, his doctoral student Christopher Colasurdo and his ABA department colleagues Jason Vladescu and Sharon Reeve, investigating instructional methods to teach American Sign Language to undergraduate students. The paper was published in the journal Behavioral Interventions. Reeve was co-author on five additional research papers published in other peer-reviewed journals as well as three research paper presentations at the annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Boston. He served as a guest associate editor for the journal The Psychological Record and as a research paper reviewer for the journals Behavioral Interventions and Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
Sharon A. Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, professor of applied behavio analysis, was a co-author on a paper investigating effective methods to teach children with autism spectrum disorder how to brush their teeth independently. The paper was published in the journal Education and Treatment of Children. Along with her colleagues, she was also a co-author on four recently published behavior analysis research papers. Reeve served as a discussant in the symposium “Strategies for Teaching Play Skills and Appropriate Social Behaviors to Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder” at the 48th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Boston and was a co-author on four papers presented at the convention. She also served as an article reviewer and associate editor for multiple behavior analysis journals.
Jill Sheldon, administrative assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, has been volunteering as a facilitator for Good Grief, a Morristown organization that helps children, families and communities through loss and adversity.
Stacey Solomon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and counseling, and Annette Vaccaro, Ed.D., assistant professor of psychology and counseling, presented on the topic “Intervention Strategies for Students Experiencing Emotional Dysregulation” at the spring conference of the New Jersey School Counselor Association April 1 at Kean University.
Annette Vaccaro, Ed.D., LPAT, LPC, associate professor and coordinator of the graduate counseling master’s degree with art therapy specialization program, is being honored at the Union County YWCA’s “Empowering Women” event to be held in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to support domestic violence programs.
Jason C. Vladescu, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP, LBA (NY), professor of applied behavior analysis and clinical supervisor of the Center for Autism and ABA, was selected to serve as a member of the School-Age Autism Advisory Panel in the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. Vladescu along with colleagues Tina Sidener and Sharon Reeve co-authored an article titled
“Training medical students to teach safe infant sleep environment practices using pyramidal behavioral skills training” in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. This manuscript was based on former ABA doctoral student Dr. Jacqueline Mery’s dissertation project.
Applied behavior analysis doctoral student Allison Parker had her thesis, “Identifying and Training Skills Acquisition Protocol Development: A Preliminary Investigation,” published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. Her advisors from the Applied Behavior Analysis Department were Tina Sidener, Ph.D., BCBA-D, department chair, professor and clinical supervisor of the Center for Autism and ABA; Ruth DeBar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (NY), professor and clinical supervisor of the Center for Autism and ABA; Sharon Reeve, professor and graduate program coordinator for the department and director of the Center for Autism and ABA, and Kenneth Reeve, professor and graduate program coordinator.
Applied Behavior Analysis master’s student Natalie Folgia’s thesis on “Teaching Leg Shaving with Finishing Touch Flawless Legs™ to Women with Disabilities” was published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. Her advisors from the Applied Behavior Analysis Department were Sidener, DeBar and Sharon Reeve.
The Caldwell HelpLine, created by Thomas Ling, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling, has started responding to calls to 988, the nationwide mental health crisis and suicide prevention number. “The graduate student volunteers on this line will be saving lives by ensuring callers in crisis are directed to appropriate services and supports,” said Ling, who has overseen the hotline for the past 11 years.