R. Nicolle Carr, Ph.D., BCBA-DLearn more about R. Nicolle Carr
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.
Christine Fay, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, SociologyExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Department(s): Social SciencesLearn more about Christine Fay
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.
Susan Goldman, MSWLearn more about Susan Goldman
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.
Peter Marcus, Psy.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Psychology, Academic Program Coordinator, Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Psychology at MWCC and HCCExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Department(s): Social SciencesLearn more about Peter Marcus
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 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 country over the last 25 years.
Autumn Mathias, Ph.D., MSW, LCSWLearn more about Autumn Mathias
Autumn has experience in diverse fields such as services to 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 interests have been inspired by her international travels and her experiences as a social worker, and include transnational human rights activism, globalization, religion, and conflict and violence. Her doctoral dissertation qualitatively examines how Asian Indian Christians in diaspora have responded to religious persecution. Autumn began teaching as an adjunct at Elms College in 2014 and has been a full-time faculty member since 2016. She is an adviser to the Student Social Work Organization and co-adviser to the Massachusetts Eta Chapter of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences at Elms College.
Elizabeth Pitoniak, MSW
Academic Coordinator, Off-Campus Degree Completion Program in Social Work at STCCExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Department(s): Social SciencesLearn more about Elizabeth Pitoniak
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 PsychologyExpand Bio Collapse Bio
Department(s): Social SciencesLearn more about Jennifer Rivers
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.
Robert Sabato, M.A.Learn more about Robert Sabato
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.
Nancy SullivanLearn more about Nancy Sullivan