Valarie has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, an Ed.M. in Counseling with a Specialization in Counseling Women and an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology, both from Boston University. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed mental health therapist in MA.
Valarie has been teaching full-time at QCC since fall of 2009; prior to that she was an adjunct instructor. Valarie teaches Introduction to Counseling, Counseling Methods, Self-Assessment and Career Planning, Introduction to Psychology, as well as Lifespan Development and Abnormal Psychology. All of her courses are web-enhanced, and use a variety of teaching approaches, including film, You-Tube clips, interactive and group exercises, and apply psychological and therapeutic approaches to student’s own experiences. She is attentive to those with learning challenges and is happy to provide any necessary supports.
As a psychotherapist, Valarie has extensive experience in community mental health, as well as providing treatment in a college mental health center, state mental health facility, state institution for the developmentally disabled and in home-based modalities. She has particular expertise in treating adolescents and adults, to those with developmental disabilities and is attentive to women’s issues and multi-cultural concerns.
Valarie’s research has included the impact of the therapist’s family of origin upon the practice of psychotherapy, and an evaluation of a master’s level counseling program with a specialization in counseling women.
Valarie serves as the advisor to the Psychology Club and Psi Beta National Honor Society. She is a recipient of the 2012 NISOD award. She is very interested in furthering her students’ understanding and enthusiasm about the field of psychology, encouraging her students to grow as individuals and to assist them in moving forward in their educational and professional careers.