Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights

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Enjoy reading about the recent accomplishments of our talented faculty.

Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW, project director of Fairfield University Collaborates for a Healthier Connecticut (FCHC) Scholars Program and assistant professor of family therapy and social work, co-published journal article Re-envisioning Social Work Education to Prepare Leaders in Integrated Health and Social Care in the Health & Social Work, National Health Line Journal in collaboration with Sarah C. Reed, Teresa Moro, Barabara L. Jones, Robyn Golden, and Tamara J. Cadet. Dr. Berrett-Abebe also co-presented “Collective Action for Health Equity: Community Centered Interprofessional Educationwith Sarah Perez McAdoo, MD, to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the 68th annual program meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Nicole Fletcher, PhD, assistant professor of educational studies and teacher preparation, submitted Storytelling for Mathematic: Teachers’ Perceptions of Mathematicians’ Digital Stories and Their Potential for Instructional Use, which was accepted by the American Education Research Association (AERA) at the annual meeting in Chicago, IL, in collaboration with Walker, E.N., Wilson, R., Morrison, N., Clarke, A., Dilworth, N., and Harris, T. Dr. Fletcher also recently presented “Analysis of Preservice Teachers’ Virtual Number Talkers Practice: Implications for the Preparation of Facilitating Mathematics Discussions“ with Meador, A. at the annual meeting for the North American chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME) in Nashville, TN.

Paula Gill Lopez, PhD, associate professor of psychology and director of the School Psychology program conducted threat assessment training for Fairfield Public Schools. Dr. Gill Lopez is also a member of the research team involved in Public Act 22-114 which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor in May 2022 to study the role and impact of school resource officers (SROs). She also presented, in honor of National School Psychology Week, to the Texas Women's University Student Association.

Jocelyn Novella, PhD, LPC, ACS, BC-TMH, assistant professor of counselor education, presented “Wellness Tenure Marathonat the North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES) conference in collaboration with Department of Counselor Education colleagues Dr. Perera, Dr. Novella, and Dr. Kiweewa. Dr. Novella also contributed to A Qualitative Study, Telemental Health Training in Counselor Education, for the NARACES conference. She is also co-chair of the NARACES Wellness Committee and planned the design and execution of a wellness room with committee members for all conference attendees. Lastly, Dr. Novella joined the Instrument Development Group of the International Network of Anti-Racist Teaching Network as Director of Clinical Training where she placed students for the spring 2023 semester at eight new clinical placements including mental health agencies and practices across the state.

Yeddi Park, PhD, assistant professor of social work, presented "Correlates of Life Satisfaction among North Plains American Indian Women Cancer Survivors" at the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting (APM). Dr. Park will also present "Long Term Effects of School Context on Depressive Symptoms Among Asian Americans: The Moderating Effects of Nativity and Language" at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in January.

Bryan Ripley Crandall, PhD, associate professor of secondary English education and director of the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP)-Fairfield, co-hosted a screening of the film “Children at the Crossroads of Change” with the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee of Fairfield Warde High School, the Connect with Kids Network, CWP-Fairfield, and the Multicultural Center and Diversity Officer of Sacred Heart University, with special guest Dr. Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz. Dr. Ripley Crandall, in collaboration with CWP-Fairfield teacher leaders, also presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Anaheim, CA.

LaTasha Smith, PhD, LCSW, associate professor, social work, was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and accepted the Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Smith also presented her research on internalized racism and recent adaptation to a teaching model at the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Meeting.

Jay Taylor, LCSW, clinical director of the Master of Social Work program, was nominated for the Fairfield University MLK Award. Taylor also received IRB approval for his dissertation, titled "Breaking out of the Manbox: Effectiveness of Gender Transformative Interventions on Conformity to Masculine Norms" and will work with Fairfield students on data collection.

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