Full Time Faculty
Dr. Allison Buller is an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. Allison comes to us from Western Michigan University where she received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education. She received several grants to support her dissertation study, “Exploring the Experiences of Counselor Educators Recognized for Their Excellence in Teaching.” Her research interests include best practices counselor education and teaching counseling, naturopathic medicine and health psychology.
Dr. Sara Connolly earned her M.Ed in College Student Development and her Ph.D in Higher Education Administration from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Her dissertation examined the impact of First Year Experience Courses on Social Integration for first year female students. Dr. Connolly has over 15 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as supervising and advising students. She has mentored and advised graduate students from their first course through Masters Thesis. She also has over 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in student affairs, including Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Orientation at Florida State University. As a professional in Student Affairs, Dr. Connolly worked primarily with first year students, creating transition programming and leading University retention efforts. She has extensive experience in scholarly projects, presentations and writing textbooks. Her research titled, New Student Orientation in Online Education, was selected to receive the 2008 ACPA Commission for Admissions, Orientation and the First-Year Experience (AOFYE) Research Grant. Dr. Connolly’s research interests include first year experiences and programs, causes of attrition and retention improvement, student services in online education and perceptions of professional preparation programs.
Dr. Liane Leedom is a psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California (USC), where she obtained a B.S. in Psychobiology. She graduated from the USC Keck School of Medicine where she was active in research, publishing many papers regarding the psychoneuroendocrinolgy of behavior. She trained in psychiatry at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center where she was Chief Resident helping oversee a Psychiatric Emergency Room that served 4 million people. She was a Fellow in Consultation and Out Patient Psychiatry at Yale/New Haven Hospital and studied neuroscience at Yale for five years where she researched sex steroid effects on the brain and behavior. Dr. Leedom currently studies the impact of personality disorders on parenting and the family.
Dr. Matthew Long is the Director of Student Development at Gateway Community College. In his current position he oversees such departments as Counseling, Advising, Career Services, Student Activities and Leadership, Athletics, and Student Disability Services. Matthew has a varied background in teaching and working in an array of student services at public and private institutions of various sizes on the East and West Coasts. Matthew has earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University and an M.A. from the University of Maryland College Park in College Student Personnel.
Robyn Greenspan is the chief content writer at ExecuNet. She originated ‘Dealing With Your Digital Dirt’, which raised international awareness of online reputation, identity optimization and digital career management strategies. Robyn holds a MS in Counseling/Human Resources Development from University of Bridgeport and teaches grad students about leadership and how to overcome their fears about writing.
Frank Basler has been a management trainer, organization development consultant and executive coach, working in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. Representative engagements include helping a large international division create a more transparent, team-based culture, working with a senior management team to improve relationships and clarify roles, coaching corporate VPs and directors of non-profits, conducting a facilitation skills workshop for 45 internal consultants, and even helping a plant manager and a union president find a way to talk to each other again. Prior to beginning his consulting practice in 1983, Frank was Manager, Management Development and Training, for General Foods (now part of Philip Morris). His previous corporate experience includes senior consulting and management development positions at American Hospital Supply and G.D. Searle (now divisions of Baxter and Monsanto, respectively). He graduated from Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management
Lisa Arnold, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist and licensed alcohol and drug counselor. She has worked in the therapeutic environment, specifically substance abuse counseling, for the past eighteen years. For the past ten years, she works as a part time counselor at Fairfield University and has a private practice in Woodbury, CT. She is married with three children.
Tricia Santi, (M.S., M.A., CAGS, LMFT) held her first professional career in public school special education as a teacher and administrator. Following that career, Tricia became degreed and licensed as a marriage and family therapist, maintained her own private practice and worked as an adjunct professor for several universities; UCONN, Southern, Quinnipiac and Western. She became a full time instructor at the University of Bridgeport in the fall of 2005. Her position was shared between two programs, undergraduate Human Services and graduate Counseling. During this time Tricia maintained a part time private practice bringing to the university a practitioner’s perspective and experience. Tricia believes counseling and the human service field require a positive, creative style and belief system. A development of and accessing of our ‘right brain’ intuitive sides is necessary for success in the human service and counseling field. With that in mind, expressive art, photography and music are integrated into all classes taught by Tricia.
Jeanjulia Van Der Maelen (MSSW) graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Social Work and also completed her studies at Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She has clinical practical experience with the City of New York’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Family Intervention Agency, Family Services, Woodfield, Milford Child Guidance Clinic in conjunction with Milford Youth Services, and North Haven Community Services. She also has had clinical experience with Guilford Youth and Family Services, Cornerstone, and the Shoreline Center for Family Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Dr. Charles N. Jamison, Jr., is a psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience in the market research profession. Currently, Charles is the Brand Strategy Director at Footsteps where he coordinates and oversees the research and account planning for all of the Agency’s clients/brands including Nissan/Infiniti, Gillette, Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, etc. Charles has worked at agencies such as BBDO and Ted Bates Advertising, where he was a VP, Research Director; he was also a partner in his own agency, Jamison and Leary Advertising, which specialized in the African American consumer segment. For over 15 years he was a marketing consultant/focus group moderator conducting research and interviews across a variety of products and services for both the general market and the multicultural market. Charles has been published in a number of periodicals including Black Enterprise and Forbes.
Mary Martera (LPC) is a graduate of University of Bridgeport with an M.S. in Counseling and an M.B.A in Management and Industrial Relations. Her career includes positions in Corporate Professional Relations and Human Resources and as Director of Human Resources for Non-Profit Agencies. She is currently a Consultant for a non-profit educational agency, and as a part-time faculty member of U.B., has the pleasure of teaching several Management and Human Resources courses. Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a small private practice and facilitates several support groups.
Paula Quenoy is currently working on her dissertation in order to complete a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She works as a Knowledge Development Fellow at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund aiding with evaluation and early childhood research. In addition, she works as a Research Assistant at Southern Connecticut State University assisting with research on the intersection between national broadband policy and education policy. She has been teaching as an adjunct at the University of Bridgeport since 2007 and teaches a variety of courses in research, counseling and college student personnel courses. Prior to returning to school, Paula worked in career services centers at various universities including the University of Bridgeport, Loyola University New Orleans, and Rice University.