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Counseling and Human Services

What We Do:

We seek to train counseling and human service professionals to be self-reflective practitioners, competent care-givers, and community leaders. Special emphasis is placed on the achievement of excellence in academic and professional competencies.

The Department is committed to the enhancement of human development across the lifespan. Each program prepares students for work in a variety of settings (agency, school, etc.) as counseling and human service professionals who situate their work in cultural, family, and community (local, regional, national, and global) contexts.

How We Stand Out:

  • Small university for individualized attention
  • Service-learning and field-based opportunities provide real-world experience
  • Teaching rooted in Jesuit values like cura personalis (care of the whole person)
  • Seniors can take up to 12 credit hours toward graduate study through our accelerated BS to MS program (if they qualify)
  • Unique concentrations allow for a more focused education
  • One of only five Council for Standards of Human Service Education (CSHSE) accredited programs in the Northeast


The Counseling and Human Services Department offers curriculum leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Each program provides students with clinical experience opportunities as practicum and/or internship experiences congruent with appropriate career goals for each degree. A minimum of two clinical experiences are required in all our degree programs. Specific curricular requirements are listed under the respective programs. 

Meet Our Faculty:

Faculty and staff in the Counseling and Human Services Department serve as role models and mentors throughout your academic experience at The University of Scranton. Our experienced faculty members bring a wealth of clinical knowledge, professional expertise and enthusiasm for their field into the classroom. You’ll collaborate with professors who truly enjoy sharing their experiences and are passionate about the lessons and methods they teach.

Just a few examples:

  • Dr. Paul Datti has been featured in IDEAL (Individuals with Disabilities Express About Life) magazine, IGNITE and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He is also President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.
  • Gerianne Barber has garnered numerous accolades including the 2012 Sursum Corda Award for Professional Staff, the Children’s Advocacy Center Child Advocate Award and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association Outstanding Administrator Award.
  • Dr. Eschbach has authored numerous scholarly articles, presented at institutions across the country and received several professional accolades throughout her career, including The University of Scranton Distinguished Service Award. 

Lori A. Bruch, Ed.D, CRC, LPC


Department Chair

Associate Professor

B.S., M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., The University of Wisconsin-Stout
Ed.D., George Washington University

Phone: (570) 941-4308
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Geriane Barber, M.S., NCC, LPC, CRC


Director, Counselor Training Center

B.S., M.S., The University of Scranton

Phone: (570) 941-7635
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Susan Boafo-Arthur, Ph.D., NCC, HS-BCP


Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
M.Phil. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
M.S., Mississippi State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Phone: 570-941-4236
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Julie Cerrito, Ph.D., NCC, NCSC


Director, School Counseling Program

Assistant Professor

B.A., Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
M.S., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Phone: (570) 941-4163
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Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., CRC, CPRP


Director, Rehabilitation Counseling Program

Associate Professor

B.A., Quinnipiac University
M.S., Ph.D., Syracuse University

Phone: (570) 941-7819
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Paul Datti, Ph.D., CRC, HS-BCP


Director, Counseling and Human Services Program

Associate Professor

B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., The University of Scranton
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Phone: (570) 941-4127
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LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D., NCC, LPC


Associate Professor

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Washington State University

Phone: (570) 941-6299
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Dr. Oliver Morgan, NCC, ACS, DAC, LMFT, HS-BCP



B.A., Fordham University
M.F.T., Hahnemann Medical University
M.Div., Weston School of Theology
Ph.D., Boston University

Phone: (570) 941-6171
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Katherine Purswell, Ph.D., NCC, LPC


Assistant Professor

B.S., Texas State University-San Marcos
M.Ed., University of North Texas
Ph.D., University of North Texas

Phone: 570-941-7884
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Brandice Ricciardi, M.S., NCC, LPC, HS-BCP


Faculty Specialist

B.A., Fordham University
M.S., University of Scranton

Phone: (570) 941-4129
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Kevin Wilkerson, Ph.D., NCC, ACS



B.A., Colgate University
M.S., University of Vermont
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Phone: (570) 941-6649
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Benjamin Willis, Ph.D, NCC, ACS, LPCA


Assistant Professor

B.A., M.S., The University of North Carolina
Ph.D, The University of North Carolina

Phone: (570) 941-6172
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Inside the Classroom

Lessons in counseling and human services reach far beyond the classrooms at The University of Scranton. As a part of our Jesuit tradition, compassion and service to others is engrained in every lesson we teach. In our programs, you’ll find like-minded individuals – classmates, faculty and staff – empowered to make a difference just like you.

  • Rigorous and rewarding coursework
  • Focus on theory to practice with real-world examples
  • Opportunities for personal, professional and academic growth

Community Based Learning:

You’ll have access to a variety of wonderful field opportunities with area organizations like Marley’s Mission, which provides equine therapy to children who have experienced trauma. Our department places close to 100 interns in the Scranton community each year.

Career Outcomes:

You’ll find Scranton graduates with a counseling and human services degree working in:

  • Rehabilitation services
  • School counseling
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Specialized non-profit agencies
  • Centers for independent living
  • Higher education
  • Mental health corporations


The Counseling and Human Services undergraduate program is fully accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).  All students graduating with a degree in CHS are eligible to apply for the Certified Human Services Professional credential upon graduation through the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS).

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  CACREP is specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Graduates of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs meet all the educational and experiential requirements for becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Graduates of the Rehabilitation Counseling program meet all necessary requirements to be recognized as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). To receive these certifications, candidates must pass a national examination, which is typically taken during their final semester of study or shortly after graduation.

Graduates of our School Counseling program also meet the academic requirements for the Educational Specialist I certificate in elementary or secondary school counseling granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Although 60 graduate credits are required to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC), graduates of all of our professional counseling programs meet the specific educational coursework requirements for licensure.