Katherine Currier, J.D.
Professor Emerita in Paralegal & Legal Studies

301 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2570 | currierk@elms.edu

B.A., Carleton College
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Northeastern School of Law

A nationally known leader in business and paralegal education, and author of three textbooks, including Introduction to Law for Paralegals: A Critical Thinking Approach, Professor Currier is a frequent speaker at national and regional paralegal educator meetings. For eight years she served on the board of directors of the American Association of Paralegal Educators. Professor Currier also served as a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee’s Commission on Paralegals, and for five years served as chair. She has chaired many site visits across the country evaluating paralegal programs seeking initial ABA approval or re-approval. In 2007, she was elected to the executive committee of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and in 2008 elected the Northeast regional representative to the IACBE board of directors. She also served as the president of IACBE Region 1.

Christine Fay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology

301 Berchmans Hall
fayc@elms.edu

B.A., Simmons College
M.B.A., Western New England College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

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.

Scott Hartblay, M.S.W.
Associate Professor of Social Work

302 Berchmans Hall
hartblays@elms.edu

B.A., Boston University
M.S.W., West Virginia University

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.

Cathy Machak ’98
Lecturer in Social Work

301 Berchmans Hall
macharkc@elms.edu

B.S.W., Elms College
M.S.W., Springfield College

Cathy Machak practiced social work in mental health settings, and is a consultant on trauma. Her area of interests are in working with non-traditional students, where she encourages students to “reach high, plan for success, and not quit in setting goals because a goal is only a dream if you do not have a plan.” Cathy is often a storyteller in the classroom, inspiring students with stories that she believes put flesh and blood on skeletal principles of social work. Her research interests are spirituality and healing, and she has spoken at international conferences on this topic.

Autumn Mathias, M.A., LCSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work

301 Berchmans Hall
mathiasa@elms.edu

B.S.W., Cairn University
M.S.W., University of Connecticut
M.A., Northeastern University

Autumn joined the Social Work Department in the Fall of 2016 and serves as the academic advisor to the Elms College degree completion program at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut. She previously served as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Western New England University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology at Northeastern University.

Caroline Murray, J.D.
Associate Professor of Paralegal and Legal Studies

301 Berchmans Hall
413.265.2401 | murrayc@elms.edu

B.A., Elms College
J.D., Barry University School of Law, Orlando, Florida

In addition to being a practicing local attorney and full-time instructor, Professor Murray coordinates the paralegal and legal studies internships, and is the faculty advisor to the student Paralegal Association. 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.

Maureen O’Connor Holland ’85, M.S.W.
Director of Social Work, Assistant Professor

302 Berchmans Hall
hollandm@elms.edu

B.S., College of Our Lady of the Elms
M.S.W., Springfield College

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.

Kurt Ward M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D.
Director of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

301 Berchmans Hall
wardk@elms.edu

B.A. (Legal Studies) – University of Massachusetts/Amherst
M.B.A. – Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ)
J.D. – Western New England University
Ph.D. – Northeastern University (Law & Public Policy)

​Dr. Ward serves as the Director of the Criminal Justice​ and Legal Studies programs at Elms College.  Prior to joining the Elms, he was the Director of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at Newbury College.  He has also lectured at MCPHS University in Boston on drug regulatory affairs.

Prior to entering academia,​ ​​Dr. Ward held positions in banking, information technology, management consulting, and litigation support. ​He earned his PhD from the Law & Public Policy program at Northeastern University​, where he studied the courtroom workgroup culture and operations in a federal problem-solving court.  As the Director of the Criminal Justice​ and Legal Studies
program​s,​​ ​he teaches the introductory courses and the capstone course, as well as other criminal justice electives and law courses.

John Lambdin, Ed.D.
Chair, Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology

302 Berchmans Hall
lambdinj@elms.edu

B.A., Lynchburg College
Ed.D., Boston University

Dr. Lambdin is a licensed psychologist who was in private practice providing psychotherapy for adults and families for more than 38 years. He has taught psychology in graduate and undergraduate schools, and served as a consulting psychologist in public and private elementary and secondary schools. He is interested in the practical application of psychology to all areas of human behavior. He is also interested in the role of humor in learning and mental health, and psychology in the media. Dr. Lambdin has been a professor at the Elms since January 2000.

Diana Lewis, Ed.D.
Professor of Psychology

302 Berchmans Hall
lewisd@elms.edu

B.A., Florida International University
M.S., University of Miami
Ed.D., American International College

Dr. Lewis is an educational psychologist who has worked as a reading clinician and conducted research in the area of language-based learning disorders and school bullying. Most recently, her interests have been in suicide prevention. Dr. Lewis teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, in addition to serving as faculty advisor to the Active Minds Club to promote mental health awareness on campus.

Jennifer Rivers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology

302 Berchmans Hall
riversj@elms.edu

B.A., Purdue University Calumet
M.A., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

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.

Brittney Carlson, Au.D/Ph.D., CCC-A
Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Assistant Professor

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2282 | carlsonb@elms.edu

B.A., Au.D., Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Dr. Carlson’s research interests include adult aural rehabilitation and amplification. Most recently, she served as a clinical audiologist at the Connecticut VA Medical Center. Dr. Carlson has volunteered on numerous committees for professional organizations, is published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented her research at conferences nationally.

Laura A. Hanratty, Ph.D., BCBA, LABA
Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
and ASD Graduate Programs
Assistant Professor

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2463 | hanrattyl@elms.edu

B.A., Western New England College
M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., Western New England University

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.

Kathleen Murphy, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2334 | murphyka@elms.edu

B.A., Elms College
M.S., University of Washington
Ed.D., American International College

Dr. Murphy is a speech language pathologist with over 15 years of experience working in urban and rural school districts. She has provided direct services, supervision, and management of clinical staff and collaborated with regular and special education staff, parents, and administration on multicultural awareness in education. She has developed workshops on childhood development, multicultural issues in speech language pathology, and special education law. Dr. Murphy has assisted in development of early childhood educational and play programs internationally and collaborated on the design and implementation of parent and coordinator resources within early childhood centers. In addition, Dr. Murphy has consulted with the State of Connecticut’s Early Childhood Cabinet to review the Early Learning and Development Standards for the Birth to Age 5 population specific to dual language learners. She has taught courses on special education law, multicultural awareness, and multicultural awareness in speech and language development. Dr. Murphy published her most current research on Latino parents’ perceptions of early intervention.

David Bickford, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD
Academic Coordinator, online SLPA programs

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2253 | bickfordd@elms.edu

B.A., M.A., University of Massachusetts

David Bickford has worked as a speech-language pathologist in skilled nursing facilities throughout western Massachusetts. He is employed as an SLP at the Park View Specialty Hospital in Springfield. He was an SLP and supervisor at Belchertown State School, the New Medico Head Injury Systems facility, and Valley Rehabilitation. David joined the Elms faculty in 2004.

Angela Mansolillo, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in CSD

3rd floor Berchmans Hall
413.265.2253 | mansolilloa@elms.edu

B.A., Rhode Island College
M.A., University of Connecticut

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.