Faculty and Student Highlights

Faculty and Student Highlights

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Faculty Highlights

Evelyn Bilias Lolis, PhD, associate professor of psychology and educational consultation, had a proposal accepted for presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference in February, 2020. This presentation is based on her ongoing partnership with the Stamford Public Schools on fostering school connectedness. Lolis also had a book chapter published in the American Psychology Association (APA) Handbook, Promoting Mind–Body Health in Schools: Interventions for Mental Health Professionals, titled, “Mindful Gratitude in the Schools: Building Capacity Across the Tiers.” 

Bryan Ripley Crandall, PhD, assistant professor of education, was recognized with CWP-Fairfield last month at the Coalition of Community Writing conference in Philadelphia with an outstanding University/Community Partnership Award.

Paula Gill Lopez, PhD, associate professor of psychology, continues to present self-care/mindfulness workshops in the community. Beginning last month through March, Gill Lopez will collaborate with Black Rock School faculty and staff in Bridgeport to work on their theme of self-care for the year. She also recently presented a half day self-care workshop to the Danbury Public School, school psychologists, counselors, and social workers, and to the Fairfield Alumni College. Gill Lopez also had a book chapter published in the American Psychology Association (APA) Handbook, Promoting Mind–Body Health in Schools: Interventions for Mental Health Professionals, titled, “Practitioner Self-Care: Mind–Body Best Practice.” 

Stephaney Morrison, PhD, assistant professor of counselor education, had two publications accepted: “A Person-Centered Approach to Facilitate School Counseling Students’ Social Advocacy,” in Burrell Storms., Donovan, K., & Williams, P., Teaching through Challenges for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), and “Sexual Abuse Among Girls and Women in Jamaica” in the Journal of Sexual Aggression. She also recently joined the Stamford Public Schools, School Counseling Advisory Council. 

Dr. Morrison is a member of an international group of scholars, the School-Based Family Counseling Refugee and Immigrant Research and Intervention Team. Her work includes collaborative writing on the significance of a School-Based Family Counseling Model of work in the school system where all stakeholders are involved (e.g. counselors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, administrators, and the community) in creating strength-based strategic intervention, prevention, and counseling programs for refugee and immigrant children and their families. 

Tracey Robert, PhD, chair and professor of counselor education, Stephaney Morrison, PhD, assistant professor, and Jocelyn Novella, PhD, assistant professor, presented papers on “Feedback Exchange in Clinical Supervision, Person-Centered Approach to Facilitate School Counseling Students’ Social Advocacy, and  Beyond Place-based: Addressing Negative Biases, Attitudes and Beliefs about Technology in Counselor Education” at the national conference of the American Association of Counselor Education & Supervision last month.

Stephanie Burrell Storms, PhD, associate dean and associate professor of educational studies, has two books in the press: Book 1: Breaking Down Silos for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Teaching and Collaboration across Disciplines. Book 2: Teaching through Challenges for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The Counselor Education Department welcomed Jocelyn Novella, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, as an assistant professor, Nicole Fletcher, PhD, and Steve Lemay, PhD, who have recently joined GSEAP faculty. Last month, all three presented in Seattle at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision conference.

GSEAP Faculty Spotlight 


Jay Taylor, LCSW, clinical director of social work, is a community organizer for A Call To Men, a national non-violence and gender equality organization. Taylor is deeply devoted to intersectional social justice initiatives. His mission is to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe. 

In his work with A Call to Men, Taylor engages men to promote healthy masculinity that allows them to be their authentic selves. This process has been proven to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, homophobia, and bullying. He travels the country to work with professional sports organizations, the U.S. military, colleges, high schools, and government agencies on behalf of A Call to Men. At Fairfield, Taylor leads training sessions about healthy masculinity with student clubs and organizations.

Student Highlights 

Kira Littlejohn ’20 is the recipient of the Minority Teacher Incentive Grant awarded by the Connecticut State Office of Higher Education. Littlejohn is a candidate for GSEAP’s fifth-year Teacher Preparation Program.

Three counselor education students, Charles Mead, Alexis Rinaldi, and Casey Sollazzo, were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society on October 20. Additionally, three students, Maureen Dougherty, Amelia Laskowska, and Stephanie Papillo, were inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chi chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota, international honor society for counseling students, counselor educators, and professional counselors on November 1. Gamma Lambda Chi sponsored a team for the Out of Darkness Walk on October 26 and raised over $1,000 for suicide prevention.



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