One of the things I really enjoy about the field of psychology is that it’s really timeless.”


I am originally a Counseling Psychologist by training. Prior to joining the program at Johnson & Wales, I worked as a full-time therapist for about 6 years at Ohio University and Virginia Tech, in their University Counseling Centers. While there, I developed specialties in conducting Group Therapy, working with persons with Eating Disorders, and treating a variety of mental health concerns. While at Ohio, I also taught graduate-level classes in their Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

I was thrilled to be able to come to JWU and teach full-time in the undergraduate Psychology programs, as well as the Counseling Master’s program. At JWU, I teach a variety of undergraduate classes, such as Intro Psych, Abnormal Psych, Human Sexuality, Group Therapy, and Senior Research Seminar. In the Master’s program, I often teach Multicultural Counseling, Professional Orientation & Ethical Practice, Research, and Counseling Theories & Techniques. In addition, I recently became the Program Coordinator, overseeing many of the operations of our new bachelor of science degree in Psychology.

I also enjoy working with students on various research projects, and advising Honors students on their senior thesis projects (time permitting).

Areas of Expertise

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Counseling theories & techniques
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Professional orientation & ethical practice
  • Research

Sample Courses

  • PSYC 1001: Introductory Psychology
  • CSLG 2035: Foundation of Mental Health Counseling
  • RSCH 6150: Research/Theories of Mental Health Counseling
  • PSYC 2002: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 1001: Introductory Psychology
  • RSCH 4050: Research Seminar in Counseling Psychology
  • CSLG 5170: Multicultural Counseling Theories/Techniques

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, 2004-present
  • Rhode Island Psychological Association, 2015-present
  • American Counseling Association, 2016-present

Select Publications

  • Journal of Counseling & Development, “Commitment Predictors: Long-Distance versus Geographically Close Relationships,” 2017. Authors: M. Pistole, Amber Roberts + Jonathan Mosko
  • The Family Journal, “Attachment and Religiousness: Contributions to Young Adult Marital Attitudes and Readiness,” 2010. Authors: Jonathan Mosko + M. Pistole