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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: (845) 848-4071
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.
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.
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.
Social Work Program Staff
Phone: (845) 848-4077
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.
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.
Melody L. Hyppolite
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 her Ph.D. from University of Louisville.
Dr. Hyppolite comes to Dominican from the Social Work Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at Youngstown University.
Her areas of Specialization include:
Children and Families,
Parental incarceration and parental characteristics,
Teaching areas include:
Research Methods, Macro Practice,
Social Work Practice,
Social Work Theory/HBSE
Division of Social Sciences Staff
Phone: (845) 848-4068
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.
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.
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.