• Autumn Mathias, MA, Ph.D., MSW, BSW and BS

    Assistant Professor of Social Work/Sociology Program Coordinator


    Autumn has experience in diverse fields such as services for refugees and asylum seekers, foster care/adoption, elder services, and political advocacy/community organizing around issues impacting immigrants. She is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in Massachusetts. Her social work interests include macro and international social work practice, holistic services for displaced populations, research methods, and cultural competence education. Autumn’s research and teaching interests have been inspired by her international travels and her experiences as a social worker, and include transnational human rights activism, globalization, identity, intergroup relations, and conflict and violence. Her doctoral dissertation qualitatively examined how Asian Indian Christians in diaspora have responded to religious persecution. She has been a co-advisor to the Student Social Work Organization the Massachusetts Eta Chapter of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences at Elms College. She also serves as a member of a community-based coalition and a non-profit board.

    Autumn Mathias
  • Brittney Carlson, Au.D/Ph.D., CCC-A

    Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Assistant Professor


    Dr. Carlson is a clinical and research audiologist with interests in adult aural rehabilitation, outcomes with amplification, and dual sensory impairment. She consults as a clinical audiologist at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital and is a research collaborator with the Aural Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Connecticut.  She is currently serving as treasurer for the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology and co-advisor to the Elms College chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). Dr. Carlson teaches hearing science, audiology, and senior seminar, and serves as the practicum coordinator.

    Brittney Carlson
  • R. Nicolle Carr, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Psychology


    Dr. Carr received her B.S. in psychology from Oklahoma City University in 2001 and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience) in 2005. In 2008, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through a program at Penn State. Dr. Carr currently works as a behavioral consultant in local school districts and teaches online courses for universities and colleges around the country. She was most recently appointed to the Autism Crisis Committee to determine possible changes to legislation in Oklahoma and the School Climate & Culture Task Force that will evaluate consequences and future directions in a nearby school district. She is the secretary for the American Psychological Association’s Society of Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology (Division 6) and the Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group on Ethics. Dr. Carr currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two daughters and three dogs.

  • Jeffrey Couture, B.A., M.S.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Jeff Couture is a 22-year veteran of the Chicopee Police Department where he currently serves as the department’s training officer. He is also a staff instructor with the Western Massachusetts Regional Police Academy and a law enforcement instructor with Commonwealth Police Services. He teaches Drugs, Guns & Gangs, Fair & Impartial Policing, and Domestic & Family Violence. He serves as the site supervisor for our students who intern with the Chicopee P.D.

  • Mary Deyo, SLPD, CCC-SLP

    Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders


    Dr. Deyo is a speech language pathologist with clinical experience and research interests in adults with intellectual disabilities and brain injury, as well as research related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She currently serves on the Berkshire County Arc advisory committee for their newest community center for adults with brain injuries, the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum Board, the Board of St. Mary’s High School, and is co-advisor to the Elms College chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA).  Dr. Deyo teaches speech science, phonetics, speech and language acquisition, professional communication in Communication Sciences and Disorders, observation methods and techniques in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and neuroscience.

    Photo of Mary Deyo, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders (CSD)
  • Christine Fay, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Faculty, Sociology


    Dr. Fay advocated for first-time offenders through a pre-trial diversion program before earning a business degree. Her doctoral research focused on the employment relationship, specifically on the impact of nonprofit organizations’ social context on employees’ evaluation process. For the past 17 years, she has taught management and sociology, coordinated internships, mentored student entrepreneurs, and served as chair of the Division of Business and Law.

  • William Gilbert, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, AADC

    Assistant Professor of Social Work


    William Gilbert has been a social worker for over 25 years as a clinician, administrator, and educator. He received his MSW from Boston College and his Ph.D. in social work from the University of Connecticut. He has worked at several social service agencies in Connecticut serving in both administrative and clinical positions, including 15 years in the addictions field. He also currently works at Griffin Counseling LLC as a private practice therapist. His dissertation was titled “Correlates of Recovery from Substance Use Disorders.” His primary research interest is the investigation of factors affecting recovery from substance use disorders. He is married with three adult children and three dogs.

    Staff photo of William Gilbert, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, AADC
  • Susan Goldman, MSW

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Psychology


    Susan Goldman has been in clinical practice for more than 30 years. She is currently in private practice in West Springfield, and has a special interest in couples and family treatment as well as trauma work. She has taught Introduction to Counseling at Elms for several years, utilizing an innovative in vivo method. Previously, Susan was a field instructor for Springfield College and the University Of Connecticut School Of Social Work.

  • John Hale

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    John Hale is a licensed attorney and retired captain with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where he served for 22 years. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, John served as academy drill instructor, academy commandant, standards coordinator and leadership development supervisor, prior to his retirement as captain. He also served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. He teaches Corrections and Rehabilitation, Effective Communications in Criminal Justice, and Ethics, Integrity Training and Leadership Development.

  • Laura Hanratty, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA

    Director of Applied Behavior Analysis, ASD Graduate Programs Assistant Professor


    Dr. Hanratty is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts. Her research background is in teaching children safety skills, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, and reinforcement parameters. Laura has presented her research at local and international conferences, as well as published and served as a guest reviewer for peer reviewed journals. Laura has experience working with children and adults with and without developmental disabilities, in schools, group homes, and the foster care system. She teaches courses in applied behavior analysis, assessment and treatment of behavior concerns, and research.

    Photo of Laura Hanratty, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, director of the applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorders program
  • Scott Hartblay, MSW

    Associate Professor of Social Work


    Professor Hartblay’s experience includes work in community and program planning, public welfare, community centers, mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and school social work. His interests include social work history, genocide studies, issues of oppression and discrimination, civil rights, social justice issues, government and public policy, and the development of values and ethics in social work students. Professor Hartblay believes in the importance of a strong liberal arts base in the education of social work students. His courses feature literature, art, and film as part of the teaching and learning process. He is interested in international social work, and, in addition to many years of teaching at Elms College, has taught in Poland, Lithuania, and Northern Ireland. Professor Hartblay has presented at international social work conferences, and leads students on educational trips to Ireland and Poland.

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  • Shawn Hemingway

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Shawn Hemingway is a 20-year veteran of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, where he has served as a correctional officer, reentry employment supervisor, and industries services manager. He teaches Corrections and Rehabilitation, Offender Reentry and Reintegration, Policing in America, and Probation, Parole & Restorative Justice.

  • Maureen O’Connor Holland, MSW

    Director of Social Work, Associate Professor


    Maureen Holland’s social work practice experience is in the areas of administration, child welfare, maternal child health, and disabilities. She is interested in making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved communities. She serves in an administrative role at New North Citizens’ Council, Inc., a community-based agency in the North End of Springfield. Her research interests center around Hispanic families, maternal child health, and disparities. Maureen is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where she focuses on infant feeding decisions.

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  • Kathy Layer, MLIS

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Kathy Layer is a law librarian at the Western New England University School of Law. She teaches Computer-Assisted Legal Research and Law Office Computer Applications, both of which she developed into fully online courses for the Legal Studies program. Kathy earned her paralegal certificate from Boston University.

  • Angela Mansolillo, M.A.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD


    Angela Mansolillo has been a speech-language pathologist since 1985, and works at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She has practiced in hospital, home care, and school settings. She lectures on dysphagia assessment and intervention, and earned specialty certification in swallowing disorders from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Angela joined the Elms faculty in 1998, and provides clinical supervision to student clinicians.

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  • Peter Marcus, Psy.D.

    Off-Campus Academic Program Coordinator, Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology at MWCC and HCC; Adjunct Professor of Psychology


    Dr. Marcus is a clinical psychologist who worked as a psychotherapist/counselor in several university counseling centers including Northern Arizona University, Boston College (postdoctoral fellowship), and Western Connecticut State University. In 2004, he shifted his career focus to teaching. He taught for 10 years at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York up until his arrival at Elms College in 2013. Dr. Marcus currently serves as the academic program coordinator for the accelerated bachelor’s degree programs in psychology at Mount Wachusett Community College and Holyoke Community College. His primary interests are in cross-cultural psychology and psychology and the arts. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on counseling Native American college students from the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache tribes. He has published one collection of poetry, “Dark Square” and his poems have appeared in more than 60 literary journals. In addition, he has won several poetry fellowships and grants. When not engaged with psychology or poetry, he prefers a peripatetic lifestyle and to date has traveled to nearly 100 countries over the last 25 years.

  • Danielle Maurice, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology


    Danielle Maurice ’00, Ph.D., will serve as an assistant professor of psychology. Maurice holds a Ph.D. in social and developmental psychology, as well as a master’s in psychology, from Brandeis University and has worked as an instructor at Assumption College, George Washington University, and Elms College, as well as a special education teacher at Sabis International Charter School in Springfield, MA, and Chicopee Public Schools. She also has experience as a human services agency policy analyst with Hornby Zeller Associates in Maine and as a research consultant, working with state agencies on public health program research and evaluation.

    Staff photo Danielle Maurice '00, Ph.D.
  • Caroline Murray, J.D.

    Associate Professor of Paralegal and Legal Studies


    In addition to being a practicing local attorney and full-time instructor, Professor Murray coordinates the criminal justice and legal studies internships. She has international training in law as well as a strong background in business management. Professor Murray is active in local government and the community through her association with the St. Thomas More Society, Junior Achievement, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Hampden County Bar Association, the West Springfield Rotary Club, the West Springfield Council on Aging, the West Springfield Community Preservation Committee, Holyoke Community College advisory board, and the Putnam Vocational Technical High School criminal justice advisory board.

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  • Jacqueline Neiman, CCC-SLP

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD


    Jacqueline Neiman is a certified speech and language pathologist who has been practicing in a variety of pediatric settings for over almost 30 years. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1990 and is licensed in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. For the last 15 years, Jackie has provided home/daycare-based therapy services for children ages 0 – 3 in a local early intervention program. Additionally, she supervises both graduate and undergraduate students during their off-site practicum placements. She teaches the Intro CSD course at Elms both on campus and in their online program where she enjoys sharing her love for this wonderful field.

  • Andrea O’Connor, J.D.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Andrea O’Connor is currently the judicial law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to that appointment, she was an associate with Hendel & Collins, P.C. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Writing.

  • Elizabeth Pitoniak, MSW

    Academic Coordinator, Off-Campus Degree Completion Program in Social Work at STCC


    Elizabeth Pitoniak is a trained social worker and psychotherapist who has considerable experience with the juvenile justice system, with a particular interest and experience in working with girls confined by court order to locked facilities.

  • Jennifer Rivers, Ph.D.

    Director of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology


    Dr. Rivers is an experimental social psychologist with research interests in basic processes related to self-concept change, social influence (e.g., cognitive dissonance, and reactions to feedback about the self), and prejudice. She has worked for the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University conducting research on public response to emergency health directives related to bioterrorism events. Dr. Rivers teaches courses in research methods, statistics for the behavioral sciences, general psychology, and social psychology. She is also advisor to the Psychology Club.

    Jennifer Rivers Headshot
  • Deborah Roberge, J.D.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Deb Roberge has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 17 years. She was a partner in the firm of Hurst and Fogerty and is now a solo practitioner. She teaches Criminal Law & Procedure.

  • Robert Sabato, M.A.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Psychology


    Bob Sabato is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been working with children and families for the past 30 years. Bob has worked in virtually all of the children’s clinical milieus, including inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization. Bob currently serves as the clinical director of a therapeutic day school for children between the ages of 5 and 18. Bob has been an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Elms College for the past 10 years.

  • Carolyn Scott-Howe, J.D.

    Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Criminal Justice


    Carolyn Scott-Howe is a sole practitioner and independent contractor. She has extensive experience in tort law, family law, criminal defense, municipal law, residential real estate, corporate law, and estate administration. She teaches Legal Studies I & II, Family Law, and Health Law.