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Dr. Patrick Rowley, Ed. D.

Assistant Professor & Academic Unit Leader of Master of Arts Counseling Program
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Dr. Patrick Rowley is a Counselor Educator who currently functions as the Unit Coordinator and Assistant Professor for the Graduate Counseling Program at Rosemont College. He graduated with an M.A. from Villanova University with an Education Specialist Certificate in Secondary School Counseling. He received his Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where his dissertation focused on postsecondary planning for students experiencing emotional disturbances in urban environments.  Dr. Rowley has over 10-years of experience working within the field of counseling as a school counselor and clinical mental health counselor. As a school counselor, he supported the needs of students experiencing emotional disturbances at Upper Darby High School. As a clinical mental health counselor, he has fulfilled roles as Director, Supervisor, Behavior Specialist Consultant, Mobile Therapist, and Therapeutic Support Staff within community mental health agencies in the Greater Philadelphia Area in support of students experiencing disabilities. He has co-authored an article in Professional School Counselor that addresses how school counselors support the needs of students experiencing homelessness. He has facilitated presentations at national and local conferences on such topics as policy in education, developmental models in supervision, and the school to prison pipeline. As a lifetime resident of Philadelphia, he is passionate about contributing to positive change within the community through his efforts in the field of counseling and sees Rosemont College as an ideal academic atmosphere to accomplish this goal.

Abbey Wexler, MA/MA

Coordinator, Practicum & Internship Training
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Abbey Wexler
, MA/MA, has nearly 25 years of experience working in Academia. She holds a Masters of Art in English from Temple University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College. Her clinical experience is from University of Pennsylvania where she served as a diagnostician and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Cognitive Therapy, formerly known as the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy Training.


Leslie Smith '98
Schools of Graduate & Professional Studies, Graduate Counseling

Dr. Leslie Smith 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.

Kathryn Birster
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

Kathryn Birster, M.S.Ed., earned her Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. She holds an additional Master’s in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Head Academic Coordinator for the Gateway to College program at Community College of Philadelphia where she provides counseling and academic advising/coaching to students who were not successful in a traditional high school setting. She has also worked as a guidance counselor in middle and high schools in Philadelphia and as a crisis intervention counselor at a mental health insurance company.

Keith Cetera
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

Keith Cetera , PhD, 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).

Martin Gilbert
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

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.

H. David Chen
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

Dr. H. David Chen has been teaching since 1979. He earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from American University in Washington, DC. Prior to 1979, he was a certified counselor at National Youth Counseling Services in ROC. In the early 1980's, he held the following positions: Research Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, Research Fellow at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Guest Investigator on Alzheimer’s Disease at Rockefeller University in New York City.

Since the late 1980's, Dr. Chen held various senior leadership positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Wyeth (Pfizer), Johnson & Johnson, Cephalon (Teva), and Bristol-Myers Squibb. While working in the private sector during the past 25 years, Dr. Chen has been an adjunct faculty teaching statistics, research methods, counseling psychology, educational, social, and abnormal, women's psychology, marketing/marketing research, decision analytics, and leadership and problem solving skills courses at Widener University, Rosemont College, and Saint Joseph’s University’s Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing Program. Since 2011, Dr. Chen has been serving as a visiting professor in Decision and System Science at Saint Joseph's University

Stacy Raphael
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

Stacy Raphael, Ph.D. is a professor whose interests are in race, diversity and American education; the politics of knowledge production regarding race and racism; and critical qualitative research methodologies. Her work examines: the emerging role of school counselors as activists; infusing diversity and cultural proficiency throughout counselor education programs; and how white professors conceptualize/engage race in their teaching, research, and service. As an educator, she is committed to collaboratively guiding students as critical thinkers who challenge issues of power and equity in American culture.

Stacy has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, in the Department of Social Welfare. Through this multi-disciplinary program, she completed coursework in Sociology, Anthropology, Education, and Social Work. She also has an MSW from Columbia University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her doctoral training, Stacy had over a decade of work in non-profits, government, child welfare, health care, politics, and business. She is a local activist in issues of race and K-12 education.

Adrienne O'Hara '08
Adjunct Faculty, SGPS Counseling
Adrienne O'Hara M.A., NCC, LPC, is an alumni of Rosemont College having earned her M.A. in the Counseling Psychology program in 2008. Adrienne is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and also hold a National Board Certification through the NBCC. Adrienne has past experience working in private practice with adolescents, families, and individuals, in addition to three years of experience working with children ages 12-17 through an MST therapy program. Currently Adrienne holds a position as the upper school counselor at a private school in addition to adjunct work she does for Rosemont College in the Counseling Program.

Jeff MacNamara, MA

Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Counseling

Jeff MacNamara, MA, is an alumni of Rosemont College's Counseling Graduate Program and was the recipient of Rosemont College’s Presidential Medal for the graduate students in 2014. He currently is employed as a School Counselor for the Norristown Area School District. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Jeff worked as a Deputy Sheriff and then as an Adult Probation and Parole Officer for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He has worked with criminal offenders and the court system for approximately eight years. Jeff is passionate about being School Counselor because to him there is nothing more rewarding then to motivate an unmotivated student, focus on an unfocused student, inspire the uninspired student and be a positive role model for all students he encounters.