Social Work Faculty

    Lucinda Acquaye-Doyle

    Director of Social Work Program and Assistant Professor

    Email: lucinda.acquaye-doyle@dc.edu

    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.

        Maureen Aitchison

        Social Work Program Staff

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

            Melody L. Hyppolite

            Assistant Professor

            Phone: (845) 848-4078
            Email: melody.hyppolite@dc.edu

            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,
            Mental Health,
            Poverty

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

                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.