Testimonials from Rehabilitation Counseling Graduates

Check out where these alumni are now – and how our program helped get them there!

Natalie Davison ’18 is a Director of Learning Support and Disability Services at The College of Idaho.
“The mentorship and hands-on experiences offered in this program prepare counselors to work with a passionate competency.”

Kathleen Brown ’17 is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
“The collaboration between the students and faculty is one that lasts a lifetime.”

Tracie Mallie ’12 is a District Administrator.
“The University of Scranton’s Rehabilitation Counseling program prepared me beyond words. I felt confident, knowledgeable, engaged, current, and most of all, filled with skills that I now got to apply in the “real” world.”

Danielle Frascella ’12 is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
“The University of Scranton’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program offers an enriching academic experience.”

Joe Mancini ’11 is an Executive Director.
“The prestige that comes with obtaining a master’s degree from the University has set me apart from my peers when securing positions with organizations.”

Mindy Farley ’11 is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
“The confidence I gained through the program and through mentoring is part of what helped me to enter school yet again this year so that I may add PhD to my name and expertise.”

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The Leahy Clinic: An Opportunity Like No Other

The University of Scranton’s Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program.

As a member of NAFC, the Leahy Clinic is required to quantify and qualify the care provided utilizing a formalized set of quality standards set forth by this national association. Voluntary submission of information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures is required to attain their standards rating along with validation that they are successfully incorporated within the organization. NAFC quality standards elements included policies and procedures related to the following areas: administrative, enhanced access and continuity of care, identifying and managing patient population information, planning and managing care, providing self-care support and community resources, tracking and coordinating care and measuring and improving performance.

Procedures documented by the Leahy Clinic, Lackawanna County’s only free clinic, include reports of the diversity in its racial, ethnic and language composition within the patient population. Language services and multi-lingual staff of the clinic interpret for the patient utilizing culturally specific dialects that decrease the possibility for misdiagnosis due to lack of understanding in both directions of interpretation. The Leahy Clinic has also established relationships with medical and diagnostic specialists with the goal of improving overall health and decreasing inappropriate Emergency Department utilization due to lack of accessible care, by implementing a patient navigation system.

“We have been members of NAFC for the past 10 years, and along with University of Scranton students, have been able to develop resources and provide patient care based on best practices for delivery of outpatient care,” said Andrea Mantione, D.N.P., director of the University’s Leahy Community Health and Family Center, which includes the Leahy Clinic. Both Dr. Mantione and Maria Vital, Ph.D., operations manager at the Leahy Community Health and Family Center, have been featured as guest speakers to NAFC’s national audience.

“We continue to work with both the National and State Association of Free and Charitable Clinic as a model of high quality health care delivery to our most vulnerable populations,” said Dr. Mantione. “We are excited to have received this top rating highlighting our commitment to providing quality care for our patients.”

The Leahy Clinic, now in its 13th year of operation at the University’s Panuska College of Professional Studies, provides free non-emergency healthcare to uninsured Lackawanna County residents who may otherwise forego healthcare due to cost or seek care in hospital emergency rooms. Through the innovative collaboration of community health provider volunteers with undergraduate and graduate student volunteers and faculty members, as well as other University resources, the Leahy Clinic has been able to offer free care that includes medical, counseling, physical therapy and low vision services, along with exercise and nutrition classes. Since 2007, the clinic has served more than 7,000 individual patients through more than 16,000 visits.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. Both the NAFC and The Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care.

The Leahy Clinic provides unparalleled academic experience and hands-on opportunities for our health care students.
Learn more about the Panuska College of Professional Studies.

Why Emotional Intelligence is Necessary for Every Step of Your Career

Accounting and finance professionals who show higher emotional intelligence are more likely to obtain higher organizational positions according to research discussed in a Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) podcast by Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., chair of the Accounting Department and director of the University’s internationally recognized DBA program.

In the episode 62 IMA’s “Count Me In” podcast, which aired nationally on April 27, Dr. Boyle discusses the four major components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management; social awareness; and relationship management. He also discusses training to develop skills in each of these areas, and explains in more detail the traits of each of these components that are valued throughout your career, as well as specific traits that are advantageous at different levels of advancement, such as at the supervisory, managerial or executive career levels.

At Scranton, Dr. Boyle also serves as director of the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program. He, along with accounting faculty members James Boyle, D.B.A., and Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., led the University’s effort to establish a Business High School Scholars Program.

A Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Management Accountant, Dr. Boyle has more than 25 years of industry executive experience. He has served in executive roles in startup, middle market and Fortune 500 companies where he has held the positions of chief executive officer, president, chief operations officer and chief financial officer.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Dr. Boyle was profiled in 2018 as one of just six “Professors to Know in Business Programs Based in the Northeast” selected by Bschools.org, an online resource for entrepreneurs. The professors, who teach at business schools in the Northeast with online MBA programs, were selected based on their professional experience and knowledge.

Dr. Boyle, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 2009, was awarded the Faculty Senate Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award for 2019; the Kania School of Management’s (KSOM) Alperin Teaching Fellow for 2015 to 2018; and the KSOM Advisory Board’s Award for Curriculum Innovation for 2017-2018. In addition, he has twice earned the KSOM Teacher of the Year award and earned the Provost Excellence Awards for the Scholarship of Teaching in 2014 and for Scholarly Publication in 2012. He was awarded the Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2015. Also, four research papers he has authored with fellow KSOM faculty members have received the IMA’s Lybrand Medals for “outstanding papers.”

Dr. Boyle earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton, a MBA from Columbia University and a doctorate from Kennesaw State University.

IMA is one of the largest and most-respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. In 2017, the University’s undergraduate accounting program earned endorsement by IMA, which recognizes select programs across the county that meet rigorous educational standards, enabling students to pursue and earn the Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) credential. IMA also recognized Scranton’s student chapter as one of just five Outstanding Student Chapters in the nation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Our Exceptional ABA Faculty – Meet Dr. Michael E. Kelley.

The University of Scranton has hired Michael E. Kelley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, as a faculty member in the Counseling and Human Services Department. He holds a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBAD) degree, which is doctoral designation for Board Certified Behavior Analysts with doctoral training in behavior analysis.

The University of Scranton serves as the executive hub for the Autism Collaborative Centers of Excellence (ACCE), which is part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar regional initiative led by the AllOne Foundation intended to significantly enhance the service delivery system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families living in 13 counties in Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kelley will take a leadership role with University’s ACCE executive hub, housed in the Panuska College of Professional Studies, to establish educational and scientific efforts to develop and deploy empirically-based information for improving care to those with ASD in the local community. Over time, Dr. Kelley hopes to develop a National Model of Excellence for clinical service, training and research in Autism and related developmental disabilities.

Dr. Kelley will also teach in the University’s post-graduate Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, which the University began to offer in the fall of 2019. The 18-credit program for professionals working in psychology, education, child care, occupational therapy, speech and language disorders, and counseling will prepare students to meet the requirements needed to take the Behavior Analysis Certification Board examination.

Dr. Kelley most recently served as the executive director of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology, in addition to being a professor there. He previously served as an assistant professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center and as director of the Medical Center’s Severe Behavior Program, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kelley taught as assistant research professor at University of Southern Maine and as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kelley’s research has appeared in 50 peer-reviewed publications and he has received grants from National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, among others. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and has previously served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University, his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He was a pre-doctoral intern and post-doctoral fellow at Marcus Institute and Emory University School of Medicine. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida.