Social Science Faculty and Staff

    • Claudia L. Moreno

      Director of Social Work Program

      Phone: (845) 848-4078
      Email: Claudia.moreno@dc.edu 

      Dr. Claudia L. Moreno, PhD., MSW is the Director of 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 perspectives on HIV/AIDS and mentored fellows in the HIV Prevention-Research Ethics Training Institute. Dr. Moreno is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), where she is serving a three-year term on its Council of Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity and as the Chair of Cultural Competence. She also chairs the Board of Directors for the Latino Commission for AIDS (LACOA). Her areas of specialization are: Cross-cultural social work, Health research, especially HIV/AIDS and autism, Cultural Competence, International social work and Qualitative Research. Her teaching assignments: Research Methods, Macro Practice, Social Work Practice

        • Lucinda Acquaye

          Associate Professor

          Email: lucinda.acquaye@dc.edu

          Dr. Acquaye joined the college in the Fall of 2014.  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 in Social Work Education, International Social Work and Displaced Populations.  Dr. Acquaye and is an appointed member of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Council for Global Learning, Research, and Practice.

          Dr. Acquaye 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; and Cultural Competency.  Lucinda has taught Research Methods for Social Work Professionals,  International Service Learning, Social Movements and Social Justice, Introduction to Social Work, and Child Welfare and the Law.  She is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Social Work Club.

            • Bonni Raab

              Director of Field Education

              Phone: (845) 848-4076
              Email: bonni.raab@dc.edu 

              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.

                • Paul Bonk

                  Assistant Professor
of Political Science and Coordinator of Social Sciences

                  Phone: (845) 848-4073
                  Email: paul.bonk@dc.edu

                  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.

                    • Sarah Strout

                      Assistant Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Psychology

                      Phone: (845) 848-4114
                      Email: sarah.strout@dc.edu

                      Sarah Strout is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Division of Social Sciences, and Coordinator of the Psychology Major. Dr. Strout received her B.A in Psychology from Assumption College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology program at Clark University. Among the courses she teaches are General Psychology I and II, Biopsychology, Forensic Psychology I and II and Cultural Psychology. Dr. Strout is also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi.

                        • Kelly M. Johnson

                          Associate Professor of Psychology


                          Phone: (845) 848-4074
                          Email: kelly.johnson@dc.edu

                          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.

                          • Fabiana DesRosiers

                            Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Sciences Division

                            Phone: (845) 848-4070
                            Email: fabiana.desrosiers@dc.edu

                            Fabiana DesRosiers received her B.A. from Binghamton University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University. She is a First Year Advocate Award recipient, reviewer for the PSI CHI Journal of Undergraduate Research; and a reviewer for graduate and undergraduate grants for PSI CHI. Dr. DesRosiers research interests are in the areas of identity, self-concept, academic motivation, and freshman year issues. She enjoys advising students in the Freshman Year Program, Honors Program, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Dr. DesRosiers teaches Adolescent Psychology, Developmental Psychology I, General Psychology I, Psychological Testing, Psychology of Gender, and Sports Psychology.

                            • Michael Ainette

                              Assistant Professor of Psychology

                              Phone: (845) 848-4103
                              Email: michael.ainette@dc.edu

                              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.

                                • Anthony Troncone

                                  Assistant Professor of History

                                  Phone: (845) 848-4072
                                  Email: anthony.troncone@dc.edu

                                  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.

                                    • Christopher G. Libertini

                                      Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of History

                                      Phone: (845) 848-4069
                                      Email: christopher.libertini@dc.edu

                                      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.

                                        • Colby Valentine

                                          Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

                                          Phone: (845) 848-4071
                                          Email: colby.valentine@dc.edu

                                          Colby Valentine is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Social Sciences. Dr. Valentine received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, in San Diego, California, and a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Dr. Valentine has published in various journals including the Journal of Family Violence and Family Law Review on such topics as officer stress and officer-involved domestic violence. Her current research involves studies of prison misconduct, recidivism, and domestic violence. The courses Dr. Valentine teaches include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Corrections. Dr. Valentine is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

                                            • Tara Parrello

                                              Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator of Criminal Justice

                                              Phone: (845) 848-4097
                                              Email: tara.parello@dc.edu

                                              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.

                                                • Maureen Aitchison

                                                  Social Work Program Staff

                                                  Phone: (845) 848-4077
                                                  Email: maureen.aitchison@dc.edu

                                                    • Lorraine Morris

                                                      Division of Social Sciences Staff

                                                      Phone: (848) 848-4068
                                                      Email: lorraine.morris@dc.edu