The faculty of the Counseling Department represent
one of the major strengths of the Department; the composition of the faculty
has been carefully planned so that the differing areas of expertise meet
the clinical, theoretical, and personal growth needs of our students.
Faculty are expected to be generalists in terms of possessing experience
both as practitioners and researchers; at the same time, differing approaches
to counseling theory and practice offer students a variety of perspectives
and resources. Thus, all our faculty are equipped to teach the essential
skill-building courses in the program, the Practicum (510A &510B)
and Supervised Internship (514A &514B), while individual specializations
and interest lead to the pattern of assignment of other courses. The following
summary highlights the interests and activities of each faculty.
Maureen Buckley joined the faculty in 1998 with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. At SSU, she has regularly taught core classes such as Research and Evaluation and Pre-Practicum; in addition, she teaches Counseling Children and Adolescents, Working with Families in the Schools, Supervised Field Experience, and a variety of other school counseling related classes. Dr. Buckley's counseling experience includes work in school counseling, community mental health, pediatric behavioral medicine, child trauma and psychological assessment. Her scholarship focuses on mentoring, emotional competence, and contextual interventions for promoting positive developmental outcomes for youth. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the School Counseling (PPS) program. Dr. Buckley's office is located in Nichols Hall, Room 232. Office hours will change each semester. Please check in Nichols Hall 220 for updated office hours.
Adam Hill joined the faculty in 1998 with a Ph.D. in Counselor
Education and Supervision from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio,
where he specialized in couples and family counseling, as well as ethics
education in counselor education. Before coming to SSU, Dr. Hill gained
a clinical background in community mental health and college counseling.
He has experience counseling individuals, couples, and families in both
individual and group modalities. Dr. Hill's research interest are in
the area of post-modern approaches to counseling (narrative, solution-oriented,
collaborative language systemic, and reflecting team) as well as ethics
education in counselor education. In our department he has taught Theories
of Counseling, Group Process, Pre-practicum, Practicum and Relationship
and Sexuality. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program.
Dr. Hill's office is located in Nichols Hall, Room
235. Office hours will change each semester. Please check in Nichols
Hall 220 for updated office hours.
Carolyn Saarni received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in developmental psychology. Her post-doctoral training in clinical psychology was acquired in New York, and she has been a licensed psychologist in California since 1979 (currently inactive status). Since 1980 she has been a Professor in the Department of Counseling, and in our program she has generally taught Research Design, Developmental and Clinical Issues with Children and Adolescents, Relationship Counseling, and the Practicum course sequence.
Professor Saarni's research has focused on children's emotional development. Her co-edited volumes include Lying and Deception in Everyday Life,The Socialization of Emotion , and Children's Understanding of Emotion. Her book, The Development of Emotional Competence, describes specific skills of emotional competence that are contextualized by cultural values, beliefs about emotion, and assumptions about the nature of the relationship between the individual and the larger society. Her work has been published in many periodicals as well as in other edited volumes. Recently she has had published a chapter on emotional development for the Handbook of Child Psychology and additional chapters for several other edited books on emotional intelligence and personality development. She is an internationally recognized scholar and has enjoyed speaking engagements in many countries, most recently in China and Germany where she spoke on emotional development and on childhood depression. Dr. Saarni's office is located in Nichols Hall, Room 220. Office hours change each semester and are scheduled by appointment. Dr. Saarni teaches Fall semester only.
Dr. Julie Shulman joined the faculty in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Memphis, where she specialized in feminist theory in counseling, women's sexuality, and lesbian/gay/bisexual mental health. She is a licensed psychologist, with experience in community mental health and college counseling settings working with individuals, couples and families. Dr. Shulman has experience teaching in Counseling, Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology training programs, and her teaching interests include sexuality counseling, multicultural counseling, and practicum and internship supervision. Dr. Shulman's scholarship focuses on women's sexuality and LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) mental health, and she uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research. Her office hours will change each semester; please check Nichols Hall 220 for updated office hours.
Dr. Adam Zagelbaum joined the faculty in 2008, with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie , IN , where he specialized in both school counseling and marriage and family counseling. He has counseled clients within virtually all types of educational settings, including: elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, technical and vocational schools, magnet programs for the gifted and talented, universities, alternative schools, and educational programs within correctional facilities. He has also supervised and presented his research within international venues such as the school system of Trinidad and Tobago . His scholarly works have been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited books and volumes, and as contributions to video training series. Dr. Zagelbaum's research interests focus on career development, interviewing skills and strategies for professionals who work with child and adolescent populations, group work, conflict management and mentoring. His office hours will change each semester; please check Nichols Hall 220 for updated office hours.
Dr. Sandra Zimmermann Licensed Clinical Social Worker, began teaching in the Counseling Department in 1991. Her teaching responsibilities are primarily in the School Counseling track, with research interests in K-12 counseling issues, especially mentoring and violence prevention. Dr. Zimmermann still teaches part-time in the Spring semester. Prior to her affiliation with SSU, Zimmermann counseled in a variety of settings, first as a social worker and probation officer and later as a school counselor and school principal. Zimmermann has counseled clients in Job Corps, students and parents in Project Head Start, adolescents in juvenile hall settings, and has worked with families on AFDC as a social worker. She has provided counseling services to the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled populations in both state facilities and in the community.