College of Science & Mathematics
Benefits Boundless for Psych Majors and Faculty
Students in Rowan’s applied behavior analysis courses have a unique opportunity to take courses while at the same time learning about the agencies that provide services to children and adults with special needs. Initiated in 2008 by Dr. MaryLouise Kerwin, professor and chair of the Psychology Department, graduate courses in the Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis have been offered at community agencies and are taught by adjunct faculty members who work in leadership position at these agencies.
Some of the agencies that have partnered with Rowan include Devereux in West Deptford, Bancroft Neurohealth in Haddonfield, The Center for Neurological and Neurohealth in Gibbsboro and Y.A.L.E. School Southeast in Voorhees. The current program coordinator and Associate Professor of Psychology, Michelle Ennis Soreth, favors this model because it provides students with the opportunity to directly observe the application of theory and procedures for clients and their families in these agencies. “Faculty members who teach these courses in their agencies appreciate the opportunity to teach the next generation of behavior analysts and showcase their agencies to Rowan’s students,” says Soreth.
In addition to being more convenient for these faculty members, this model also allows them to screen and recruit potential employees. This unique arrangement benefits the students directly by expanding the expertise of faculty to whom they are exposed as well as allowing the students to experience the policies and procedures of each agency firsthand. The Department of Psychology has been pleased with this model for delivering some of its courses and continues to explore other creative ways to partner with community agencies for the benefit of our students, the agencies, and the University.