Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education
Dr. Joel Erion
Dr. Joel Erion is a professor of school psychology in the Department of Professional Studies. He earned his doctorate in School Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Edinboro University in 1996, Dr. Erion worked as a school psychologist in the public schools for 16 years. In 1993 he was chosen as School Psychologist of the Year by the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. In 1994 he served as president of this same organization. Dr. Erion is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.
Research interests include parent tutoring, response to instruction and intervention and single-case design research. Dr. Erion has presented and published on numerous occasions, frequently with student co-authors. He serves as faculty advisor to the graduate honor society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda and the School Psychology Club. Dr. Erion serves as a lead program reviewer for the National Association of School Psychologists. Working with Edinboro University management and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), he helped to have PASSHE recognize the Educational Specialist degree. In 2011 Edinboro University’s School Psychology program became the first in the state system to award the Educational Specialist degree. Dr. Erion has served as the chair of the Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education since the spring of 2013.
Dr. Erion has four awesome adult children and three beautiful grandchildren
Dr. Katherine Robbins-Hunt is a special educator with over 17 years’ experience working with individuals with a wide range of disabilities from kindergarten through college, specializing in emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and learning disabilities (LD). She is currently an assistant professor and assistant chair of the Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education. Dr. Robbins-Hunt studied at the University of Central Florida, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Clemson University. While completing her doctoral program at Clemson University, Dr. Robbins-Hunt served as a mentor and eventually a learning specialist for at-risk and underprepared student athletes, and those with disabilities. In addition, her research interests include the New Literacies, instructional and behavioral interventions for students with high-incidence disabilities, high-impact practices for advising undergraduate students, and best practices for preparing pre-service teachers. Dr. Robbins-Hunt serves as a co-advisor to the Education Living Learning Floor, as a member of the Advising Quality Committee, and the Collaborative Student Engagement Committee at the university, and on the Advisory Boards for the Barber National Institute and the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center (TREC). On a personal note, Dr. Robbins-Hunt has been a competitive water-skier since the age of eight, was a three time All-American and NCWSA National Champion in college, still holds records in the jump event for Pennsylvania State, and the Eastern Region of the United States and is the president of the Pennsylvania State Waterski Federation.
Dr. Meghan Ferraro is an assistant professor and the graduate program head for special education in the Department of Counseling, School Psychology, and Special Education. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, as well as a Pennsylvania Certified Elementary Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and School Psychologist. She has over 10 years’ experience working in the public school system as both an educator and school psychologist. She has worked with students spanning from preschool to twelfth grade with a wide range of abilities. Dr. Ferraro earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Educational Specialist’s Degree in School Psychology, and Doctoral Degree in School Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include consultation, special education, behavioral assessments and interventions, reading instruction/intervention, and Multi-Tiered System of Supports.
Dr. Penny Orr is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist and an Art Therapy Credentialed Supervisor. Dr. Orr is the past president of the ATCB board, Co-Director of the Edinboro Masters in Counseling/Art Therapy and a practicing Art Therapist. She has been teaching in higher education for the past 12 years and has worked with many populations as an art therapist. Dr. Orr has co-published two books, written chapters in two books and published many research articles. She has presented her research at regional, national and international conferences in the fields of art therapy, art education, and psychiatry.
Dr. Susan H. Packard joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2001, and is the Coordinator of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduate program. She serves as Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Among her credentials, Dr. Packard is a licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor and master addictions counselor. She has extensive work experience in the fields of addictions treatment, clinical mental health counseling and corrections. Dr. Packard holds memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. Her favorite part of teaching is advising students.
Dr. Packard is an active member of many campus committees, for example, the Planning and Budget Committee and the Library Information Services Senate Committee. She received the Edinboro University APSCUF Distinguished Service Award in 2015.
Based on her previous work experience, Dr. Packard’s research interests straddle corrections and counseling. Her research has been published in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, The Prison Journal, Corrections Compendium Journal and The Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association. She has presented at a variety of conferences, including the European Society of Criminology, the American Society of Criminology and the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.
Dr. Packard has a keen interest in genealogy. Her other hobbies and interests include cycling, walking, and photography. She and her husband enjoy taking long walks with Fergus, their Golden Retriever.