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Men's Studies and Fatherhood Certificate Program
Master of Science in Applied Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Psychology
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The principles of psychology, when applied effectively to other fields of endeavor, can greatly enhance the effectiveness of practitioners. This is especially true in the vital fields of mental health, business and economic development, environmental concerns, education and literacy, health and wellness, peace and diplomacy, and the human services, among a wide array of other fields of human endeavor.

By advancing our understanding of the human condition, we make a difference in how individuals, families, and communities, interact and work towards a common good. This is not a speculative research undertaking, but a real life search for practical applications and solutions, which have demonstrable results in our lives and the lives of our fellows across human culture.

Applied Psychology can address the special needs of the human family that have emerged in contemporary culture, as well as areas of time honored concern that are resurfacing in modern times. This program will present students with the findings of contemporary research, and the latest evolving theories, as well as examine the techniques which have proven most effective in making positive and enduring contributions to harmony and right action as appropriate to the contexts in which real life challenges are occurring. It is our pleasure to invite serious students to join us in this quest for human betterment.

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The Applied Psychology Program is designed to serve the needs of professionals currently in, or wishing to enter, and benefit from the field of psychology through the following professions:

  1. Clinical psychologists in counseling centers, independent or group practices, hospitals, or clinics
  2. Counseling psychologists in counseling centers, hospitals, and individual, family or group practices.
  3. Community psychologists, single parent counselors, counselors of at-risk youth and families, domestic violence counselors, Counselors of Returning Offenders
  4. Transpersonal psychologists, contemporary shamanic practitioners, Jungian counselors, archetypal psychologists, mind-body practitioners
  5. Organizational psychologists
  6. Social psychologists, developmental psychologists
  7. Spiritual psychologists, spiritual Counselors and pastoral counselors
  8. Rehabilitation counselors
  9. Employment, career and vocational counselors
  10. Mental health counselors
  11. Experimental or research psychologists
  12. Other counseling specialties include multicultural, or gerontological counseling

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Participants in Applied Psychology may pursue a concentration of study and research in any one the following fields of inquiry:

  • Human Service Studies
  • Study of Aging
  • Men�s Studies and Fatherhood
  • Career Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Community Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Human Communications
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Interdisciplinary and Cross-disciplinary Studies


    Tricia Devin, Ph.D
    Program Director

    Dr. Devin holds an EdD, MA, PA and BA from Pepperdine University, a Post-Doctorate Ph.D. from Polytechnic University, Berlin, and an RN in Critical Care from the University of Alberta, Canada. She completed her Fellowship Program in England. Dr. Devin served as Provost of Academic Affairs, Dean of Business and Management at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, and Critical care and Trauma Specialist in California for fifteen years. She has taught online, on-ground, Flexnet and distance education for the past ten years. In 1981, she developed and implemented a specialized consulting business based in Los Angeles, California, with businesses in re-engineering and restructuring transitions. She has worked for corporations in United State, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.

    Daniel L. Huber, Ph.D.
    Dan Huber grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Heavily influenced by the beauty of nature around him and the communal interest in helping others, inspired by his parents, Dan developed and pursued a career in helping people. His career started as a childcare counselor at the Child Guidance Clinic in Boston, where exposure to the brightest minds in psychiatry and psychology in helping children, inspired him to enter further graduate study in psychology. His studies began at Boston University and culminated in degrees in counseling and school psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Along with his strong academic interest in learning ways to help others, Dan developed spiritually through meditation and shamanism. He found this to be a much broader view for understanding and helping to improve the human condition. Dan�s current work is focused on using ancient techniques of meditation and Shamanism to improve the lives of others and strengthen communities. This interest is presently being expanded into teaching, researching and infusing scientific psychology with practical spirituality.

    Antonio Cardona, MPA, MA, CPM, CWDP, GCF
    Mr. Cardona holds the Executive Master's in Public Administration from Rutgers University and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from The College of New Jersey. He has been actively involved in diversity and race relations, and the development of anti-discrimination programming for over 10 years. Mr. Cardona is a native speaking Spanish language communicator and has served as an EEO Investigator for the State of New Jersey, including placement within the Office of the Attorney General for assurance of compliance and diversity administration. He is a human resource professional with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and a Workforce Development Coordinator and Career Counselor. Mr. Cardona coordinates mediation scheduling and training for Union County and serves as a professional mediator with the court systems in Union and Somerset Counties. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology with Mercer County College, and an adjunct faculty member with the Human Resource Development Institute, Union County College. Mr. Cardona serves the State of New Jersey as a diversity expert, holds government certifications in EEO/AA, Diversity Programming and Training, Mediation and Employment Dispute Issues, and holds workforce development credentials including Certified Job Counselor, Training-the-Trainer, and Managing Workplace Diversity. He is an active radio and television presenter, trainer and speaker and serves on a number of state boards and community advisor boards.

    Ruth Huffman-Hine, Ph.D.
    Dr. Huffman Hine has spent forty years in the field of education, twenty-four of which were in designing and implementing programs in literacy, English as a Second Language and programs for high school completion. Serving as administrator of the school corporation's program, she collaborated with business and industry to design programs of instruction to encourage workers to be successful in their jobs. Dr. Huffman Hine is zealous in her desire to inspire adults to achieve an education so they can be successful in their life's pursuits. She holds a lifetime teaching certificate with a BS in Education from Butler University, Indianapolis; MA in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Greenwich University. She has served in leadership roles in adult education professional organizations, and has provided direction in training volunteer tutors. Dr. Huffman Hine is presently doing research for a publication in adult education.

    Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC
    Prof. Rinas is currently finishing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for several years, and continues to be a licensed counselor in private practice. Ms. Rinas has considerable experience in qualitative methods of research. Her doctoral research uses blended methods of qualitative inquiry to better understand complex relationships between people involved in selected activities, focusing on the psychological and ecological implications of different forms of communication. Ms. Rinas has research interests in consciousness, social change, human-nature interconnections and psychological/ social interdependencies within diverse cultures and societies. Her interests have been fueled by work experiences in job coaching, human resource administration, case management, emergency mental health and crisis-management services and Juanita�s personal journey from homelessness to higher education in Western society. She has worked with diverse client populations and belief systems. Ms. Rinas is an active advocate for cultural preservation, multicultural communication, environmental preservation, ecological sustainability, social justice and reform. She is proactive regarding the creation of positive, creative, and sustainable work and living environments, applied education, training, and research. She values indigenous rights, spiritual freedom, women�s rights, and integral, life-long learning. Ms. Rinas has a published poem: Seamless Flowing. She writes for a local, independent newspaper and has a column, Beyond the Heard Mentality, which promotes self-care, connections with community, environment, mental health, social issues, and community services.

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