Leslie Smith, J.D., Psy.D.
Director of Counseling Psychology
Dr. Leslie Smith, Director of the Counseling Psychology Program, holds a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College, and a Juris Doctor from Widener University. She has earned recognition for her expertise in human behavior through experience in delivery of clinical services, leadership development, and family mediation processes in a variety of major public agencies and private practice.
She is the founder and president of the Regional Counseling Services of Southern New Jersey, providing complex specialized therapeutic counseling services for victims of domestic violence and crime as well as specialized treatment for offenders. For six years Leslie was the director of a victim services organization providing advocacy and therapeutic services for victims of sexual trauma and domestic abuse. Prior to her career in psychology Leslie practiced as an attorney, providing legal counsel and representation to children after earning her Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law. In addition to teaching in the counseling psychology program, Dr. Smith also teaches law and justice courses at Rowan University.
Our faculty members are dedicated psychologists, educators, and counseling practitioners with a genuine commitment to teaching counselors-in-training at the graduate level.
Steven M. Alessandri, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rosemont College. He earned his doctorate in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College, his M.A. from Marshall University, and his B.A. from Villanova University. Dr. Alessandri is a licensed psychologist and has held academic, research, and clinical appointments at several universities, medicals schools, and mental health settings. He has written numerous scholarly papers and publications in the areas of child development, psychopathology, and education. He has worked in many local school districts as a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist.
Douglas D. Arnold, M. Ed. earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University, and his Master's degree in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina. He also did doctoral work in Education Leadership and Administration at Immaculata College. Mr. Arnold holds an elementary and secondary school principal certification, and is currently the assistant principal at Bala Cynwyd Middle School. He has 12 years experience as a school counselor. He has delivered numerous presentations to the professional community on various topics including comprehensive school guidance programs, crisis management in schools, and use of the Internet by students and counselors.
Keith Cetera, Ed.D. earned his doctorate and M.Ed. in human sexuality education from Widener University, and his M.Ed. in Counselor education from Widener. Keith is certified in secondary school counseling and holds a Student Assistance Program certification. He has worked as a guidance counselor in local high schools for several years. Dr. Cetera has also completed the Postgraduate Training and Internship Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Council for Relationships, where he served as a therapist for adolescents and adults. Dr. Cetera is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Christine M. Erdner, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in Rosemont College Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies. She earned her Ph.D. at Temple University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland, M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Scranton, and B.A. at the College of Notre Dame. She completed a two-year graduate residency in research at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Erdner is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment. She continues to provide workshops at mental health and drug and alcohol facilities, and acts as a clinical supervisor to local counseling practitioners.
Martin D. Gilbert, Psy.D. earned his M.A. and doctorate in clinical psychology from Widener University. He is a certified school psychologist who has worked for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit since 2000. Dr. Gilbert is also a licensed psychologist and has worked in a variety of outpatient and residential mental health settings providing psychological evaluations and individual, group, and family therapy for children and adolescents.
Mufid James Hannush, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rosemont College. He earned his Doctorate at Duquesne University, his M.A. from American University of Beirut, and his B.A. from Greenville College. Before coming to Rosemont, he served as Director of Counseling Services at La Roche College and as Assistant Dean for Counseling at Duquesne. He has published many book reviews and scholarly articles, including interviews with Rollo May and James B. Watson (son of John Watson). Dr. Hannush is the author of Becoming Good Parents: An Existential Journey. He currently serves as Review Editor for the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology.
Jane M. Hart, Ed.D. earned her master's degree in Counselor Education from St. Lawrence University, and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. She is a PA licensed professional counselor with over 30 years of clinical experience providing individual, group, family, and crisis counseling in various settings including university counseling centers, drug and alcohol agencies and private practice. Dr. Hart has created and delivered numerous trainings for universities, mental health and substance abuse facilities, state certification boards, and law enforcement. Areas of clinical expertise include addictions, spiritual psychology, and trauma. Dr. Hart is currently in private practice, and directs The Healing Bridge Project, which is a nonprofit research and service organization designed to explore the human experience of integrative healing and to provide education and resources.
Marc R. Kossmann, Psy.D. earned both his doctorate and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Widener University, and his B.A. in Psychology from New York University. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Havertown, PA, specializing in clinical and health psychology. Dr. Kossmann has a particular interest in mindfulness meditation and its application to psychological and physical health issues. Additional areas of clinical expertise include hypnosis, pain management, and stress reduction.
Rosemarie Manes, M.A. earned her master's degree from La Salle University and is licensed as a marriage and family therapist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in mental health and addiction treatment, and has expertise in suicide prevention. Ms. Manes has provided lectures and workshops in suicide prevention and assisted in developing survivors of suicide group training in universities and PA school districts. She is the author of The Deafening Silence: A memoir, and has published articles in The Suicide Survivor Newsletter and The Journey. She has served as a board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Mia Solomon, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Rosemont College Graduate School. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She trained in family therapy at Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and completed her pre-doctoral training at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Solomon has worked in private practice, and in the field of behavioral health and family medicine. She currently teaches and consults to physicians and patients at the Bryn Mawr Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Solomon is a licensed psychologist, and holds a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy.