The College of Education and Human Services Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members

The College of Education and Human Services is pleased to welcome the following six new faculty members and nine new staff members.

Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences
B.A.     Rutgers, The State University of NJ
B.S.    Rutgers, The State University of NJ
M.P.H.    George Washington University
Ph.D.     University of Maryland, College Park

DR. AMUTAH received her Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in 2010.  Her dissertation examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality in Washington D.C.  In 2010-12, she held a W. K. Kellogg Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Community Health Scholars Program at Morgan State University, through which she conducted community-based participatory research in collaboration with a non-profit agency in Baltimore.  Her research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, infant mortality, and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations.  Dr. Amutah is the President-Elect for The Society of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). 

Graduate Program Liaison, Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education
B.A.    Indiana University
M.A.    Montclair State University
Ed.D.    Seton Hall University

DR. BOGART, who earned a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Seton Hall University, joins MSU after retiring from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), where she served as an Education Program Development Specialist in the Office of Special Education Programs.  While with the NJDOE, Dr. Bogart was responsible for providing training and technical assistance for school personnel and families involved in the education of students with disabilities.  She also served as the liaison to the Office of Professional Standards, Licensing and Higher Education Collaboration regarding the approval of special education personnel preparation programs and the highly qualified teacher initiative.  In her role as Graduate Program Liaison at MSU, Dr. Bogart helps to coordinate and manage various graduate programs leading to Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification. 

Associate Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education
B.Phil.    Western College of Miami University, Ohio
M.S.    Syracuse University
Ph.D.    Syracuse University

DR. BRODERICK comes to MSU from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she developed an integrated Elementary Inclusive Preservice Education program that offers both single- and dual-certification at the elementary level.  Her research and teaching interests focus on inclusivity in schooling, literacy, and communication.  In 2011 she co-guest-edited a special issue of Teachers College Record on the theme “Disability Studies in Education: Inviting Interdisciplinary Alliances around Inclusive Education Reform.”  She has published numerous articles in national and international journals, including Disability Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Inclusive Education, and The Journal of Developmental Processes.

Director, Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services
B.A.    National Chung Hsing University, Taipei, Taiwan
M.A.    Department of Agricultural Extension, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ph.D.    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

DR. CHEN joined the CEHS community as the inaugural Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation on Education and Human Services (CREEHS) and as a Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences.  Dr. Chen is an international expert on the theory and practice of evaluation.  Previously, he was a Senior Evaluation Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.  At the CDC, he played a leadership role in designing and implementing a national monitoring and evaluation system for HIV prevention.  Dr. Chen has worked with community organizations, health-related agencies, government agencies, and educational institutions.  He has conducted both large-scale and small-scale evaluations in the U.S. and internationally, including evaluating programs in asthma control, HIV prevention and care, drug abuse prevention, and anti-smoking.  Dr. Chen is author of several evaluation books and has also published extensively in journals.  Dr. Chen serves on the editorial boards of New Directions of Evaluation and Evaluation and Program Planning.  He received the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory and the Senior Biomedical Service Award from CDC for his evaluation work.

Director, Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal
B.A.    Le Moyne College
M.A.    Syracuse University
M.A.T.    Montclair State University
Ed.D.    Seton Hall University

DR. DONVITO is the new Director for the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER).  She served as the Interim Director for the MSUNER since January 2012 and prior to that as the Induction Coordinator for the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program at MSU.  Dr. Donvito also served for many years as a school partner representative to both the Executive and the Operations Committee of the MSUNER.  Prior to coming to MSU, she was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the District Coordinating Supervisor of Social Studies/Humanities for the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Schools.  She also was the Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Social Studies Supervisor at Livingston Public Schools, and a teacher at Montclair High School and at Verona High School.  Her other professional accomplishments include serving on the Diversity Council at Kean University and on the following committees for the New Jersey Department of Education:  the 9/11 and Terrorism Curriculum Committee, the Higher Education Task Force, and the Review Panel for the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies.

Center of Pedagogy, Program Advisor
B.A. Susquehanna University
M.Ed., M.Ed. Rutgers University

MS. ENGSTROM is a new Program Advisor in the Center of Pedagogy, having served as the Fieldwork Coordinator since 2008.  She holds two master’s degrees from Rutgers University—one in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education and the other in Administration and Supervision. She has been an instructor and an instructional leader at multiple levels of the educational system. In addition to having been a first-grade teacher for six years, Ms. Engstrom has been an after-school program director, an instructional support provider, and a vice principal. She was a full-time instructor in the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Department in 2007-08. She has also conducted professional development for teachers.

Assistant Professor (one-year appointment), Counseling and Educational Leadership
B.A.    Montclair State College
M.A.    Georgian Court College
Ed.D.    Rutgers University

DR. GEIER, who received her doctorate in Educational Administration, joins the Educational Leadership program in a one-year appointment.  She has considerable experience in schools, having served as Director of Elementary Curriculum at Middletown (NJ) Public Schools from 2000 to 2007, and as principal, vice-principal and guidance counselor at several other NJ public schools.  Since 2008 she has taught online courses, including Curriculum and Instructional Strategies, and Organizational Theory, Supervision, and Instruction, for Grand Canyon University and Northcentral University (AZ).  She has also served as an independent educational consultant for various schools districts.  She has published several articles in the journal Library Media Connection.   

Assistant Professor, Health and Nutrition Sciences
B.S.        Nanjing Normal University, China
Ph.D.      Ohio State University

DR. LI received her doctoral degree in Food Science and Nutrition at The Ohio State University in 2011, and received the 2010 Ohio State University Outstanding Graduate Research Award.  She conducts collaborative and multi-disciplinary research, focusing on functional food components with cancer preventive properties and development of functional food products for health benefits.  She has published research articles in Clinical Cancer Research, The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Nutrition and Cancer, Molecular Pharmaceutics, and Drug Resistance Updates.

Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership
B.A.    University of Puerto Rico
M.A.    Marshall University
Ph.D.    Kent State University

DR. LOPEZ-BAEZ joins MSU from the University of Virginia’s Counselor Education Programs, where she was a faculty member for 11 years.  She has taught graduate, professional, and medical school courses throughout her career, and has provided counseling services in college clinics and private practice.  Her areas of interest, research and professional presentations include diversity, cultural literacy, social justice, professional identity of mental health counselors, and working with Latino populations.  She is involved in ongoing research projects in the measurement of personal growth and cultural neuroscience as it pertains the counseling relationship (the neurobiology of empathy, connection and oppression).  Dr. Lopez-Baez has published one book and numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
B.A.    Boston College
M.A.    Boston College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M.A.    Boston College, Lynch Graduate School of Education

MS. MULCAHY, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, has joined MSU as the Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.  Her areas of specialized training include solution-focused family therapy, parent-child interactions therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, expressive therapies, play therapy, and collaborative family therapy.  Prior to coming to MSU, she was Manager of the Children’s Community Early Intervention Program at Children’s Hospital, Boston.  Prior to that, she worked as a licensed clinician and clinical caseworker supervisor in Brooklyn and in Boston.  Kaitlin has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Child Studies at MSU in the past year, teaching courses in play therapy and infant development.

Associate Professor, Family and Child Studies
B.A.    Appalachian State University
M.S.W.    North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D.    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

DR. VAN EEDEN-MOOREFIELD joins MSU after previously serving as an associate professor at Central Michigan University.  He also served as the editor of Michigan Family Review and brings experience working as a clinical social worker in North Carolina.  Dr. van Eeden-Moorefield’s research focuses on examining how social and contextual factors impact relationship processes among stepfamilies, families headed by same-sex couples, and stepfamilies headed by same-sex couples. He examines the role discrimination plays in influencing the diversity and quality of these family relationships, drawing on feminist and queer theoretical frameworks.  Dr. van Eeden-Moorefield has published numerous articles in such journals as Family Relations, Journal of Family Issues, and Journal of GLBT Family Studies, and has published chapters in several Handbooks, including the forthcoming Handbook of Marriage and the Family.

Dean, College of Education and Human Services
B.Ed.    University of Miami
M.S.    Nova University
Ph.D.    University of Arizona

DR. PETERMAN joins the MSU community as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, having served as Dean of Education and Professor at Queens College for the past three years.  Previously, she was a professor, department chair, and associate dean at Cleveland State University, and a professor at Ball State University.  In her research and professional activities, she has focused on building partnerships to enhance and strengthen urban teacher education programs.  Her leadership has been characterized by partnering to prepare school and community professionals, creating indigenous invention, and enacting distributed leadership.  While at Queen’s College, Dr. Peterman led an initiative, spearheaded by a committee of faculty and staff, to redesign the assessment system used by faculty and students to regularly examine and improve professional practice.  Recently, she was the principal investigator and author of a $2.6 million grant awarded by the New York State Race to the Top Initiative for Clinically Rich Graduate Programs to Prepare Secondary Science Teachers.  The grant, entitled Science Pedagogy, Inquiry and Research Across Settings, supports a collaborative teacher residency program involving Queens College and the New York Hall of Science that preparing science teachers to teach in New York City’s most challenging schools.

Program Assistant, Department of Secondary and Special Education
B.A.  Caldwell College

MS. WOLOWITZ is the new Program Assistant in the Department of Secondary and Special Education.  She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Career Planning and Development Office at Caldwell College.  In her new role, Ms. Wolowitz will be working closely with the Department Chairperson in handling overall office management as well as assisting with the development and coordination of special events and programs, renovations and CEHS facilities projects, and budget management.

Program Assistant, Office of the Dean
B.S.    Montclair State University

MS. WYNTER has been employed at MSU for over eight years, including as a Program Assistant in the Alumni Relations Department, where she organized events such as the 50th and 25th Reunion celebrations. Most recently she worked as Assistant to the Executive Director of EOF and Academic Development in the Department of Student Academic Services. In her new role, Ms. Wynter will be working closely with the Assistant Dean in handling overall office management as well as assisting with the development and coordination of special events and programs, renovations and CEHS facilities projects, and budget management.