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Faculty & Staff

Sheila Blachman, Doctoral Lecturer, Special Education; Coordinator: Childhood Special Education, Childhood Certificates, and Bilingual Special Education

Sheila BlachmanContact:, 347-577-4081 (x4081), Google Voice: 860-740-2939, Carman Hall B19

Office Hours

Carman Hall B19
Best contact:, Google Voice: 860-740-2939
Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00pm
Zoom Link (click to join) Meeting ID: 714 437 6797

Courses Taught:

  • EDS 720 Student Teaching Seminar

Stuart Chen-Hayes, Professor, and Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Counselor Education: School Counseling and Bilingual Certificate

Stuart Chen-HayesContact:, 718-960-7304, Carman Hall B20
B.A., M.S.Ed., Indiana Univ.; Ph.D., Kent State Univ.

Office Hours:

Wednesday 5 PM- 6 PM (Fall semester) via Zoom (email for link)

Scholarship Highlights:

Chen-Hayes, L. T., & Chen-Hayes, S. F. (2021). 兩個爸爸 (Baba and daddy). Yuanliou (遠流).

Chen-Hayes, S. F. (2019). Double dads one teen: A queer family's trailblazing life in the USA and Taiwan. DIO Press.

Chen-Hayes, S. F., Ockerman, M. S., & Mason, E. C. M. (2014). 101 solutions for school counselors and leaders in challenging times. Corwin Press.

Courses Taught:

  • EDG 700 Professional Identity in School Counseling
  • EDG 707 Practicum in Counseling
  • EDG 708 Leadership and Advocacy in Schools and Communities
  • EDG 709 School/Community Leadership, Advocacy, Collaboration, and Consultation (SPR 22);
  • EDG 731 Sexuality Counseling in Schools and Families (SUM 22)
  • EDG 755 Seminar 1: Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression Leadership and Advocacy in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Digication Portfolio

Samantha Chung, Doctoral Lecturer, Coordinator, Educational Leadership

B.A., M.S.Ed. at Hunter College; Ed.D., Columbia University

Janet DeSimone, Associate Professor, Leadership Studies, and Coordinator, Organizational Leadership

Janet DeSimoneContact:, 718-960-4993, Google Voice: 516-400-6255, Carman Hall B48
B.A., Marist Coll.; M.A., SUNY-New Paltz; P.D., Ed.D., St. John's Univ.

Office Hours

Research Interests:

Leadership dispositions; collaboration; attitudes/perceptions of inclusive education

Courses Taught:

  • EDL 802: Ethical Leadership
  • EDL 707: Creating Effective and Supportive Learning Environments for ALL Students
  • EDL 709: Case Studies in School Building Leadership

Harriet (Niki) Fayne, Professor, Leadership Studies

Harriet (Niki) FayneContact: ,718-960-7240, Carman Hall B33
B.A., Barnard College, MAT, Harvard University, Ph.D., Columbia University

Office Hours

Scholarship Highlights (January, 2020- December, 2021):

Collett, J., Dubetz, N., Fayne, H., Marshall, A., & Rothstein, A. (2020). Signature Practices in an Urban Residency Program: How are These Practices Evident in the Graduates’ Classrooms? In J. Carinci, S. Meyer, and C. Jackson, Eds., Linking Teacher Preparation Program Design and Implementation to Outcomes for Teachers and Students. Information Age Publishing.

Fayne, H.R., Bijesse, T., Allison, P., & Rothstein, A. (2021). Multimodal Literacy and Creative Computing Badges in a Teacher Quality Partnership Residency Program: Putting P-12 Students in the Center Right from the Start. In Yi Huang, Ed., Credential Innovations for Inclusive Pathways to Professions. IGI Global Publishing.

“Stronger Together: Growing Our Community of Practice- Lehman Session” (with Janet DeSimone, Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Gaoyin Qian, and Anne Fennelly). EdPrepLab Spring Convening 2021, Online, June 2021. (Invited)

“Teacher Educators as OER Storytellers'' (with Naliza Sadik, Wendy Barrales, Anthony Wheeler, and Zulyvette Muniz). 2021 Open Education Conference, Online, October 2021. (Peer-Reviewed)

Project Administrator, CUNY Teacher Education OER Hub, funded by CUNY Office of Library Services, $15,000 (2020-2021)

Design and Evaluation Team Member, SCALE Deeper Learning Project, funded by Hewlett Foundation, Lehman College Subcontract $15,000 (2019-2021)

Principal Investigator: LUTE-STEM Teacher Quality Partnership Project, funded by U.S. Department of Education, $5.4 M (2019-2024)

Courses Taught:

  • EDS 709 Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students (Fall)
  • EDS 710 Practicum in Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students (Fall)
  • EDL 805 Program Development and Evaluation (Spring)

Enrique Figueroa, Assistant Professor, Coordinator, Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership


Carmen Garcia, Secretary, CLLSE Department

Carmen Garcia Office Hours:

Carman Hall B20
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00am - 5:00pm (On-Campus)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Remote)
Best contact email:

Julia Hood, Doctoral Lecturer, Leadership Studies

Julia HoodContact:, 347-577-8537, Phone: 845-598-7666, Carman Hall B19
B.S., Nyack College; M.S., The College of New Rochelle.; Ph.D., Capella University

Office Hours

Scholarship Highlights:

Becker, G.F., Hallcom, A. Herrera, D., Hood, J. (2021). Evaluating a homeostatic relationship as a positive influence on syzygy within the organizational universe model. Journal of Advancements in Applied Business Research, X(1), 22-28.

Becker, G.F., Hallcom, A. Herrera, D., Hood, J. (2021). Evaluating a homeostatic relationship as a positive influence on syzygy within the organizational universe model. International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2021.

Courses Taught:

  • EDL 801 Holistic Leadership
  • EDL 803 Communication & Teamwork
  • EDL 808 Leadership Seminar 1
  • EDL 809 Leadership Seminar 2
  • EDL 810 Leadership Seminar 3

Joseph Huot, Lecturer, Special Education

Dov Kugelmass, Substitute Doctoral Lecturer, Counselor Education: School Counseling

Office Hours

Lingyu Li, Assistant Professor, Special Education

Lingyu LiContact:, Carman Hall B01A
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison

Office Hours




Anna Locke, Doctoral Lecturer and Acting Program Coordinator, Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Office Hours

Ph.D. Montclair University, M.S. and B.A. Northwestern University

Publications List

Locke, A. F. (2021). A counterstory of resistance: The professional identity development of Latinx doctoral students in counseling programs. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 00, 1– 12.

Locke, A. F. (2021). Body betrayal: Living and understanding infertility.

Locke, A. F. (2021). Surviving the rollercoaster: The professional identity development of Latinx doctoral students in counseling. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 14(2).

Butler, K., Flores Locke, A. & Filmore, J. (2021). Introduction to 21st Century counseling: A multicultural and social justice perspective. Cognella.

Courses taught:

  • EDG 701 Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • EDG 702 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
  • EDG 703 Human Development in Counseling
  • EDG 750 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling

Danielle Magaldi, Associate Professor, Special Education and Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education, Adolescent Special Education, and Certificates

Magaldi DopmanContact:, 347-577-4042, Google Voice: 845-580-4098, Carman Hall B01F
B.S., Quinnipiac Univ.; M.S., Fordham Univ.; Ph.D., Fordham Univ.

Office Hours


Rene Parmar, Dean, School of Education

Fall 2022 Office Hours:

Carman Hall B33
Best contact:


Limor Pinhasi-Vittorio, Chair, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Literacy Studies and Advanced Certificates

Limor Pinhasi-VittorioContact:, 718-960-7205, Carman Hall B17A
B.Ed., Hakibbutzim State Teacher's Coll., Israel; M.A., New York Univ.; Ph.D, Hofstra Univ.

Office Hours

Scholarship Highlights:

Pinhasi-Vittorio, L. & Ben Zion, Y. (Eds.) (2020). Leading through a Different Lens: Using Literacy and Photography to Examine Our Personal and Communal Narratives.
Apple Books. ISBN 9781715112189

Pinhasi-Vittorio, L. (2018). Writing, sharing, and healing: the interplay of literacy in the healing journey of the recovering from substance abuse. Journal of Poetry Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/08893675.2018.1504668

Write your life: The interplay of literacy as a tool to overcome trauma and post trauma by writing and sharing our stories. Keynote speaker, Zoetis Women's Council Compassion Fatigue Conference. December 10th, 2020. Online.

Writing for our lives: A multi-dimensional approach for working our way through trauma by writing and sharing our stories. Keynote speaker, 7th International Conference on HIV/AIDS, STDs and STIs. March 18-19, 2019. New York, NY, USA

Courses Taught:

  • EDR 752 Teaching Comprehensive Strategies for Literacy thru Children's Literature for Diverse Learners in Early Childhood & Childhood Education
  • EDR 753 Teaching Comprehensive Strategies for Literacy thru Young Adult Literature for Diverse Learners in Middle Childhood & Adolescent Education
  • EDR 767 Project Seminar: Research on Literacy I and II



Gaoyin Qian, Professor, Literacy Studies

Gaoyin QianContact:,718-960-8307, Carman Hall B01G
B.A., East China Norman Univ.; M.A., Shanghai International Studies Univ.; M.S.Ed., Southwest Missouri Univ.; Ph.D., Univ. of Georgia

Office Hours: On Fellowship Leave for Fall 2023

Scholarship Highlights:

Qian, G. (2020-2022). Lehman Problem of Practice Innovation Pilot Grant in a consortium of Lehman, Brooklyn, and Touro Colleges. Grant funded by US PREP, Texas Tech University, ($50,000).

Courses Taught:

  • EDG 708 Counseling Research, Program Development, and Evaluation (FA 21)
  • EDR 713 Instructional Approaches to Language & Literacy Development for Diverse Learners in Middle Childhood & Adolescent Education (FA 21)

Laura Roberts, Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Counselor Education:School Counseling

Laura RobertsContact:,718-960-8119, Carman Hall B48
B.S., Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania; M.S.Ed., Baruch College; M.S., Mercy College; Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Office Hours

Courses Taught:

  • EDG 703 Human Development in Counseling;
  • EDG 743 Internship in School Counseling I;
  • EDG 744 Internship in School Counseling II

Mary K. Sanford, Substitute Doctoral Lecturer, Special Education, and Coordinator, Lehman College Special Education Teaching Fellows

Mary Sanford Contact: 718-960-8173, Carman Hall B20
B.A. Mercy College; M.S. Ed College of New Rochelle; M.S., P.D. Ed.D. Fordham University

Office Hours

Service Highlights:

Coordinator of Special Education New York City Department of Education

New York State Education Department - Content Advisory Committee for NYSTCE Students with Disabilities, Educating All Students

Courses Taught:

  • EDS 715 Research in Education
  • EDS 741 Psycho-educational Evaluation of Children with Learning Problems
  • EDS 712 The Adolescent with Disabilities
  • EDS 743 Behavioral Assessment, Management, and Change


Meagan Serrano, Lecturer, Special Education and Coordinator, Childhood Special Education, Adolescent Special Education, and Certificates.

Meagan SerranoContact:, Carman Hall B01A
B.S., Binghamton University; M.S. Hunter College; Ph. D. Expected 2024, CUNY Graduate Center



Tanupreet Suri, Doctoral Lecturer, Counselor Education: School Counseling

B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Courses Taught:

  • EDG 702 Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
  • EDG 708 Research and Program Evaluation
  • EDG 706 Assessment in Counseling
  • EDG 743 Internship in School Counseling 1
  • EDG 744 Internship in School Counseling 2


Jennifer Van Allen, Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies

Jennifer Van AllenContact:, 718-960-7883, Carman Hall B17C
B.S, M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Office Hours

Scholarship Highlights:

Van Allen, J., & Katz, S. (2020). Teaching with OER during pandemics and beyond. Journal for Multicultural Education, 14(3/4), 209-218.

Van Allen, J., & Zygouris-Coe, V. (2020). Preparing teachers to integrate digital tools that support students’ online research and comprehension skills. In Keengwe, S. & Onchwari, G. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Literacy and Digital Technology Integration in Teacher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Courses Taught:

  • EDR 731 Practicum in Fostering Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (SU ‘21)
  • EDR 733 Practicum in Fostering Language and Literacy Development in Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education (SU ‘21)
  • EDR 702 Language and Literacy Acquisition and Development of Children (FA ‘21)
  • EDR 703 Literacy Acquisition and Development of Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents (FA ‘21)
  • EDR 529 Language, Literacy, and Educational Technology (FA ‘21)
  • EDR 605 Professional Writing for Educators (FA ‘21)

Professor Emerita

Barbara Gottlieb, Professor Emerita, Special Education

Contact:, 718-960-8183, Carman Hall B01E
B.A., Univ. of Pittsburgh; M.Ed., Lesley Coll.; Ed.D., Northern Illinois Univ.

On Leave


Scholarship and Service Highlights:

Fellowship Incentive Research (2020). Trust among partners in the special education process: Parents’ connectedness/trust with schools in relation to the special education status of their children. Data collection, analysis and report.

Program Development: Dual Certification Program with Middle and High School Education Department (Social Studies).

Courses Taught:

  • EDS 701 Understanding Individuals with Disabilities
  • EDS 715 Research in Special Education
  • EDS 718 Culminating Masters Project

Adjunct Faculty by Program:

Counselor Education:

Jennifer Annunziata, M.S.Ed., ‘10, Lehman CE:SC, LMHC
Paula Arbelaez ,M.S.Ed., Ph.D. cand., LMHC
Luis Barcelo, M.S.Ed, ‘04, Lehman CE:SC
Jennifer Carchietta, M.S.Ed., '08 Lehman CE:SC
Kalya Castillo, M.S.Ed. ’11 CE:SC, Ph.D.
Johanna Cuello-Gutierrez, M.S., M.S.Ed. CE:SC ’22, LMHC
James Martinez, M.S.Ed. ’04 CE:SC, M.S.
Marisol Palau, M.S.Ed.
Suzette Ramsundar, M.S.Ed., CE:SC ’10, MSOL, ’18, MS, doctoral student
Emma Wixted, M.S.Ed., ‘14 Lehman CE:SC
Theresa Wyre, M.S.Ed. ’02 CE:SC, M.S.

Educational and Organizational Leadership:

Valerie Brown, M.S.O.L., ‘19 Lehman
Francis Cruz, M.S.Ed.
Amanda DuBois-Mwake, M.S.
Gerald Garfin, Ph.D.
Terry Houlihan, M.S.Ed., ‘10 Lehman CE:SC
Grace Hinds, Ph.D.
Eileen Newman, M.S.Ed.
Amanda Perez, M.S.Ed.
Anne Russo-Fennelly, M.S.Ed.
Jean Schutt McTavish, M.S.Ed.
Suzette Ramsundar, M.S.Ed., ‘10 Lehman CE:SC, Lehman M.S.O.L. ‘19

Literacy Studies

Diana Behan, M.S.Ed., ‘88 Lehman Literacy Studies

Special Education (Childhood, Adolescence, Bilingual):

Jason Adolphus, M.S.Ed.
Anastasios Argyros, M.S.Ed.
Lisa Cavallero, M.S.Ed.
Nicole Fernandes, M.S.Ed.
Adi Flesher, M.S.Ed.
Jamel Holmes, M.S.Ed.
Joseph Huot, M.S.Ed
Kim Kawecki, M.S.Ed
Lateasha Mays, M.S.
Elizabeth Mazzullo, M.S.Ed.
Faith Muturia, Ph.D.
Jeannine Newell, M.S.Ed.
Elliot Resnick, Ph.D.
Carol Rubel, Ph.D.
Julianne Vaupen, M.S.Ed.
Marlena Vedovino, M.S.Ed.
Gloria Wolpert, M.S.Ed.