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Meet our Counseling Program Faculty

Daneen Deptula, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Chair, M.S. Counseling

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Theories
  • Psychopathology I: Diagnosis and Assessment

Research Interests/Clinical

Children and adolescent peer relationships, including their role in maintaining and promoting sexual behavior, delinquency, bullying, and optimism


  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S., Ph.D., University of Memphis


Daneen Deptula

Christopher Adams, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Professional Counseling
  • Lifestyle & Career Development
  • Psychopathology II

Research Interests

  • Religious/spiritual issues in counseling
  • College student development
  • Career development
  • Therapist training
  • Supervision and professional development

Clinical Interests

  • Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Existential therapies
  • Religious and spiritual issues
  • College and career counseling
  • Developmentally-related concerns
  • LGBT issues
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Supervision


  • B.S., Psychology, University of Florida
  • M.A.E., Counselor Education, University of Florida
  • Ed.S., Counselor Education, University of Florida
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Buffalo, SUNY
Christopher Adams

John Hancock, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis
  • Group Work and Leadership in Mental Health Counseling
  • Internship/Practicum Seminar


  • B.S., Ohio Northern University
  • M.A., Assumption College
  • CAGS, Assumption College
  • Ph.D., Professional School of Psychology


John Hancock

Megan Krell, Ph.D.

Internship/Practicum Coordinator

Courses Taught

  • Practicum in School Counseling
  • Internship in Mental Health Counseling
  • Internship in Counseling
  • Group Work and Leadership in School Counseling
  • Lifespan Development

Research Interests/Clinical

  • Transitions for individuals with disabilities
  • College and career readiness for students with disabilities
  • School counseling and Race to the Top initiatives


  • B.S., Psychology and Humans Services, Northeastern University,
  • M.A., School Counseling, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
Megan Krell

Adjunct faculty

Nadyia Abbas-Pech
COUN 8140 Alcohol Abuse and Other Addictions

Gordon Benson, Ph.D.
COUN 7005 Mental Health and Family Counseling: Professional Practice

Holly Brockmire
COUN 8100 Child Trauma

Chandler Creedon, CAGS
COUN 8900 Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis School Counseling

Henry Culver, Ed.D.
COUN 7030 Introduction to Professional Counseling
COUN 8625 Crisis Intervention for Counselors

Lynn D'Agostino
COUN 8190 Social/Cultural Foundations

Robert Hynes, Ph.D.
Director / Assistant Dean for Student Support Services
COUN 8015 Research and Program Evaluation
COUN 8901 Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis
COUN 8132 Psychopathology II

Lauren O'Brien
COUN 8130 Psychopathology I
COUN 8901 Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis

Helen O'Donnell, Ed.D.
COUN 9085 Practicum in School Counseling
COUN 7000 Legal and Ethical Issues and Professional Practice

Margaret O’Hearn Curran, Ph.D.
COUN 8300 Psychological Testing and Assessment: Theory and Practice

Gail Okerman, M.Ed.
COUN 8900 Counseling Techniques and Case Analysis School Guidance

Meaghan Pilling
COUN 8700 Group Work and Leadership

Rebecca Spencer
COUN 8205 Psychology of Learning
COUN 8200 Principles of School Counseling

Karma Tousignant, CAGS
COUN 8210 College and Career Readiness

Mark Williams
COUN 8015 Research and Program Evaluation