Social Sciences Faculty and Staff

    Cynthia-Lee Williams

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    Phone: (845) 848-4124

    Cynthia-Lee Williams is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Dominican College.  Dr. Williams has earned a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from CUNY, the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She has also earned a M.A. in Criminology from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Art History at Ithaca College.  Her areas of interest include the following: policing in urban communities; police oversight agencies; the intersection between race, urban crime, and substandard living; and applied statistics.  Dr. Williams has published several articles that cover policing in urban communities and jail violence.  Her dissertation centered on mediation selection at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.  Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at CUNY, the Graduate Center, Dr. Williams worked as an investigator for the city government in the following three agencies: The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board; New York City’s Comptroller’s Office, Bureau of Labor Law; and New York City’s Department of Education, Office of Special Investigations.

        Mathew Biondolillo

        Assistant Professor

        Phone: (845) 848-4071

        Dr. Biondolillo received his B.S. from Syracuse University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on how people use autobiographical memory (memories of their own past experiences) to guide their behavior and decision making. He is particularly interested in how memories can be used as motivation for health behavior change. The courses he teaches include Developmental Psychology I and II, Adolescent Psychology, and Quantitative Research Methods. In addition, he is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi.

            Christopher G. Libertini

            Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Social Sciences Division

            Phone: (845) 848-4069

            Dr. Libertini has earned four degrees from Boston College, including a Ph.D. in Medieval History from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a M.Ed. in Secondary Teaching from the Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the School of Management. His areas of concentration include Ancient and Medieval Europe with a particular concentration in the Crusades. Dr. Libertini has presented papers at international conferences based on his dissertation, “Decision at Damietta: The Transformation of the Crusades 1095-1221.” More recently, his research projects have focused on the legacy of crusading and the modern world. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Libertini serves the Dominican College community as the faculty advisor to the school’s Debating Society, which competes as a member of the Public Forum Debate League against other area colleges. He is also an officer in the United States Army Reserves and served on active duty for a homeland defense mission as part of Operation Noble Eagle II.

                Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle

                Director of Social Work Program and Assistant Professor


                Dr. Acquaye-Doyle joined the college in 2014 and was appointed Program Director of Social Work in 2016.  She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, M.S.W. from Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. from the Howard University School of Social Work.  Her areas of specialization include Internationalizing Higher Education, International Experiential Learning with special emphasis on Social Work Education, International Social Work and Displaced Populations.  Dr. Acquaye-Doyle is a two-term appointed member of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Council for Global Learning, Research, and Practice and is newly appointed to CSWE’s Council on Human Rights.

                Dr. Acquaye-Doyle has research experience and interests in the areas of Attitudes toward Internationalization, Transformational Leadership, the Institutionalization of Experiential Learning Programs; African Immigrants and Mental Health; Study Abroad, Exchange and International Service Learning programs, Cultural Competency and Social Work Education.  Dr. Acquaye-Doyle has notable scholarly contributions to the field including domestic and international conference presentations, and articles published in peer reviewed journals; two of which appeared in the Journal on Social Work Education (Special Issue on HBCU’s and Special Issue on Globalization) and a book chapter which appears in NASW Press’ publication titled “Hope Matters: The Power of Social Work“.

                Dr. Acquaye-Doyle focuses on macro practice and has extensive experience in international programs, program development and management, monitoring and evaluation.  Dr. Acquaye-Doyle has taught Research Methods for Social Work Professionals, Macro Practice, Women in the Contemporary Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Social Movements and Social Justice, Introduction to Social Work, Social Work Policy, Child Welfare and the Law, Freshman Seminar, and International Service Learning courses.  She is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Social Work Club and serves on the college’s Freshman Directorate, Institutional Review Board, and Center for Instructional Excellence committees.

                  Michael Ainette

                  Assistant Professor of Psychology

                  Phone: (845) 848-4103

                  Dr. Ainette received his B.A. in Psychology from Lehman College, and his M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a health emphasis) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. His research interests involve identification of risk and protective factors for health outcomes with emphasis on stress, social support, and self-regulatory processes. The courses he teaches include, but are not limited to, General Psychology I and II, Psychology of Personality, Cognitive Neuroscience, Abnormal Psychology, and History and Systems of Psychology. Dr. Ainette is the faculty advisor for psychology internships and the Psychology Club advisor, as well.

                      Maureen Aitchison

                      Social Work Program Staff

                      Phone: (845) 848-4077

                          Paul Bonk

                          Assistant Professor
of Political Science and Coordinator of Social Sciences

                          Phone: (845) 848-4073

                          Dr. Bonk received his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Rutgers University, an M.A. in International Relations from University of Toronto, and a B.A. in English Literature from University of Toronto. His research interests include ethnic conflict; economic development; African history, culture, and politics; and the historical evolution of the interstate system. Dr. Bonk teaches a range of courses, including the Origins of Modern Africa, World Politics, Introduction to Sociology, American National Government, and Global Interdependence.

                              Kelly M. Johnson

                              Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Psychology

                              Phone: (845) 848-4074

                              Dr. Johnson received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from University of Delaware, an M.A. in General Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a B.S. in International Finance from University of Southern California. Her research interests involve Intergroup Relations, particularly as anxiety and control are involved, and more recently, the effect of re-testing on students’ retention of course material. Among the courses Dr. Johnson teaches are Psychological Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Experimental Psychology and Social Psychology.

                                  Claudia L. Moreno

                                  Associate Professor in the Social Work Program

                                  Phone: (845) 848-4078

                                  Dr. Claudia L. Moreno, PhD., LMSW is an Associate Professor in the Social Work Program.  Dr. Moreno comes to Dominican from the Social Work Program at Columbia University.  Prior to that, she was an associate professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, where she taught classes in social work practice at the introductory and advanced level.  Human Behavior in the Social Environment, HIV/AIDS and Social Work practice with Latino clients.  She has mentored fellows in the HIV Prevention-Research Ethics Training Institute at Fordham University and has worked at the Social Intervention Group at Columbia University.  She currently teaches and provides trainings at the HIV/AIDS Service Administration (HASA) at Fordham University.  She also is currently an in-home therapist for Disadvantaged children in New Jersey.  Dr. Moreno is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), where she has serve on its Council of Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity and as the Chair of Cultural Competence and the Council of Practice and Specializations.  She is part of the Board of Directors for the Latino Commission for AIDS (LACOA) and chairs the Board of Directors at Voces Latinas Inc. in Queens, NY.  Her areas of specialization are: Intervention Research, Cross-cultural social work, Health research, especially HIV/AIDS and autism, Cultural Competence, International social work and Qualitative and Community-participatory research.  She is frequently interviewed by Television networks such as Telemundo and Univision.

                                  Her teaching assignments: Research Methods, Macro Practice, Social Work Practice

                                      Lorraine Morris

                                      Division of Social Sciences Staff

                                      Phone: (845) 848-4068

                                          Tara Parrello

                                          Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice

                                          Phone: (845) 848-4097

                                          Tara Parrello is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and the Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies. Dr. Parrello has earned two degrees from Fordham University, including a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Sociology. She completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattanville College, earning a B.A. in Sociology. Her areas of concentration include: criminology, gender, deviance, popular culture and body modification with a particular concentration in plastic surgery. Dr. Parrello has presented papers at national sociology and criminology conferences based on her dissertation, Look This Way: The Growth and Diversity of Plastic Surgery in Contemporary America and her research on juvenile crime and ethnic gangs.

                                              Bonni Raab

                                              Director of Field Education

                                              Phone: (845) 848-4076

                                              Professor Raab, LCSW, DCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Director of Field Education and Director of the Gadol Community Resource Center. She received her B.A. in Social Work from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her M.S.W. from Fordham University School of Social Service and has completed doctoral courses at Columbia University. Professor Raab has been a member of the social work faculty of Dominican College since 1978 and was Director from 1981 through 2011. She joined the faculty after a five-year career as a Senior Public Health Social Worker for the Rockland County Health Department and as the Staff Development Supervisor for the Rockland County Department of Social Services.

                                              In addition, Professor Raab continues to practice as a clinical social worker, consultant in the areas of clinical practice and administration and as a community activist in areas including special education, disability, aging, and immigration. Professor Raab is a licensed clinical social worker with the State of New York and carries a “P” and “R” rating for the practice of psychotherapy. Her ongoing practice experience enriches her teaching.

                                              Her primary curricular area is human behavior and the social environment and social work practice. She is also responsible for a number of social work electives and courses in social justice with a service learning component. Professor Raab serves on a number of community advisory boards and boards of directors.

                                                  Anthony Troncone

                                                  Assistant Professor of History

                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4072

                                                  Dr. Troncone has earned two degrees from Rutgers University, including a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in American History from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his undergraduate studies at Kean University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Troncone continues to foster his wide-ranging interests in the field of history with a particular focus given to ethnicity in America, U.S. Civil War, Native American studies, and the history of food. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Troncone serves the Dominican College community as the faculty advisor to Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society for college students pursuing studies in the social sciences. He also gives back to the local community by appearing as a frequent guest lecturer at community forums as well as serving as the Chairman of the Pascack Valley Historical Society.