What a PhD in Human Development did for

Beverly McNamara, Ph.D., BCBA

Position: Operations Director of New Story

Dissertation Topic: High-Risk Students: Why Do They Persist in Completing Their High School Education?

""The interdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. Program at Marywood allowed me to connect with a diverse group of students. Members of my cohort consisted of medical specialists, school administrators, and social workers. Learning alongside these professionals created an opportunity for me to recognize the complexities that exist within the field of human development across multiple disciplines.""

Education:

B.S. in Sociology, King's College

M.S. in Counselor Education (Elementary), Marywood University

Ph.D. in Human Development with Concentration in Social Work, Marywood University

Beverly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by Penn State University and a Licensed Behavior Specialist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She is Operations Director of New Story, a private company that provides mental health and special education services to children across the state of Pennsylvania. As Operations Director, she is responsible for providing general oversight of clinical programs within the region. Specifically, the Operations Director assists in maintaining compliance with state regulations and aids in the development of new policies and procedures throughout the agency.

Dr. McNamara is recipient of the 2014 Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation presented by Marywood University during commencement activities in May.

Awards and Acknowledgements

William Fred Miller, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the William G. McGowan Medal for Excellence in Doctoral Studies at Marywood University.

Beverly McNamara, Ph.D., was selected as 2014 winner of the Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation at Marywood University

Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.

Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.

Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College

Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.

Dr. Francis Battisti was recently promoted to the rank of State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor and inducted into the ranks of the SUNY Distinguished Academy.

Sample Employment Settings of Alumni

  • Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
  • Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
  • Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Human Resources)
  • Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (Director of Community Health Education)
  • Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (Academic Vice President)
  • Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (Vice President for Student Development and Engagement)
  • Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (Diversity Office)
  • Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Francis Battisti, Ph.D., SUNY Broome Community College (Executive Vice President)
  • Janine Becker, Ph.D., Dean of Enrollment Management, York College