Social Sciences Faculty and Staff

Criminal Justice

    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.


        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.

            Scott E. White

            Assistant Professor of History, History Internship Coordinator and College Archivist

              Phone: (845) 848-4072


                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.

                    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.

                        David Chun

                        Assistant Professor of Psychology

                          Phone: (845) 848-4070

                          Dr. Chun received his B.S. in 2001 at Rutgers University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in 2010 at the University of California at Davis. His research interest primarily focuses on emotion, cognition, and their applications in attachment theory. In particular, he is interested in the cognitive processes underlying avoidant defenses and their impact on health and overall well-being. Dr. Chun teaches General Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Cultural Psychology.

                            Blair Hoplight

                            Assistant Professor of Psychology

                              Phone: (845) 848-4071

                              Blair Hoplight received his BS in Biology, and a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Bio Behavioral Sciences at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.  Currently his research includes studies of witness identification in lineups and the efficacy of games as learning and memory tools. Among the courses Dr. Hoplight teaches are Quantitative Research Methods, Psychology of Gender, Criminal Psychology and Senior Seminar for the Social Sciences. In addition, Dr. Hoplight coordinates the Psychology Club. 

                              Social Sciences

                                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.

                                    Lisa Connolly

                                    Administrative Assistant, Division of Social Sciences, IRB Assistant

                                      Phone: (845) 848-4068

                                      Social Work

                                        Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle

                                        Director of Social Work Program and Associate 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.

                                            Melody L. Hyppolite

                                            Assistant Professor of Social Work

                                              Phone: (845) 848-4078

                                              Melody L. Hyppolite, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor earned her B.S. in Psychology, Kentucky Wesleyan College, her M.S.W. from Spalding University and parental characteristics,
                                              Mental Health,

                                              Teaching areas include:
                                              Research Methods, Macro Practice,
                                              Social Work Practice,
                                              Social Work Theory/HBSE

                                                Bonni Raab

                                                Director of Social Work Field Education and Assistant Professor

                                                  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.

                                                    Maureen Aitchison

                                                    Social Work Program Staff

                                                      Phone: (845) 848-4077