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Faculty - School Counseling

Carol's headshotCarol A. Corbett, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Director, Master’s in School Counseling Program, Lehigh Valley Campus at DeSales University
Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Master’s Field Placement - Master's Program in Clinical & Counseling Psychology Chestnut Hill College, (Lehigh Valley Campus at DeSales University)

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Dr. Corbett received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Natural Science. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Duquesne University and subsequently worked for eight years as the Director of School Counseling at a public school district in Western Pennsylvania. While in that role, Dr. Corbett introduced and developed into the high school’s curriculum the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, advocated for and subsequently hired a second certified school counselor, developed and implemented national standards and protocol for the National Honor Society, developed the high school’s annual master schedule, and managed the social/emotional, academic and career demands of a student body of 700 students.

In 2007, Dr. Corbett earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University and had a particular research interest in resiliency and protective factors among the adolescent population. Dr. Corbett taught adjunct graduate courses in the School Counseling Masters Program at Duquesne University for several years prior to relocating to the Lehigh Valley in 2008, after accepting an Assistant Professor position with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), where she taught for four years.

In 2010, Dr. Corbett opened Wings of Change Counseling, LLC, an outpatient mental health practice, where she continues to work with families, couples, and individuals with mental health issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction issues, relationship struggles, etc. Dr. Corbett maintains collaborative relationships with many of the school districts in and around the Lehigh Valley in an effort to best serve the student population in those communities.

As an Assistant Professor at Chestnut Hill College, Dr. Corbett’s roles include being the Program Director of the M.S. in School Counseling as well as being the Coordinator of Field Placement for both the Clinical Counseling & Psychology program and the M.S. in School Counseling programs. Dr. Corbett teaches in both programs and was instrumental in the development, approval, and implementation of the new school counseling program.

Dr. Corbett has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006 and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselors Association and a member and past presenter of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. She has two chapters published in The counselor’s companion: What every beginning counselor needs to know. Gregoire, J. & Jungers, C. (2006). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Stephen's headshotStephen J. Stunder, Ed.D, LPC, NCC

Assistant Professor of Human Services
Associate Director, Master’s in School Counseling Program (Main Campus)

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Dr. Stunder is a former School Counselor with 10 years of experience working in an educational setting.  He served as the Director of Counseling at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, PA.  While at Holy Ghost Prep, he served as the Founder and Director of the Montgomery Scholars Program, a program for students with learning differences, in addition to serving on the school’s Administration.

Dr. Stunder also serves as the Director of the Human Services Management Graduate Program at Chestnut Hill College.  He also teaches in the Graduate Counseling Program at Rosemont College.  Dr. Stunder is also a Professional Member of the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).

Dr. Stunder’s research has focused on the development of learning difference programming for independent secondary schools, as well as the development of curriculum for students with learning needs and adults with developmental disabilities.  He has published an Intervention Workbook for Recovery Centers of America, as well as in the Interdisciplinary Journal for Advances in Research in Education (IJARE), where he also serves on the Journal Editorial Board.


Claudia García-Leeds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of Master's Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Main Campus
DeSales Center Room 9

Dr. Garcia-Leeds is the Co-Director for the MCCP Program. She is also a faculty member in the Department of Professional Psychology. She teaches several courses in the program, among them, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Working with Ethnically Diverse Couples and Couple and Family Techniques.  Dr. Garcia-Leeds worked for nearly 20 years with underserved communities in New York City and Philadelphia. Additionally, she has been involved in several research programs investigating challenges faced by people of color. 

Susan Featro

Director of Master's Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Lehigh Valley Campus at DeSales University
Assistant Professor of Clinical and Counseling Psychology
2755 Station Avenue, Dooling Hall, Room 219, Center Valley, PA 18034
610-282-1100 (ex. 1484)
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Nicole Monteiro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Monteiro is trained as a clinical psychologist and has extensive experience in individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment and clinical supervision in a variety of settings, including hospitals, juvenile justice, community mental health, and university counseling. Her professional and research interests include: treatment of trauma; the unique psychosocial needs of immigrants, refugees, and survivors of war and torture; disaster mental health; stress, coping and resilience in underserved populations; and the intersection between culture, mental illness and wellbeing. She has worked in Botswana, Bahrain and Ethiopia and has published a number of scholarly articles and book chapters on culture, mental illness and global mental health

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Rachel Saks, PsyD

Associate Professor of Psychology
DeSales Center, Room 4

Dr. Saks is a licensed psychologist with extensive clinical experience providing psychodynamic psychotherapy and supervision. Dr. Saks has over eight years of experience providing psychotherapy, evaluation and consultation for geriatric and medical patients in inpatient healthcare settings. In addition, she provided intensive outpatient treatment for children and families in the New Jersey foster care system. Dr. Saks’ scholarly interests include, geriatric psychology, the impact of psychotherapeutic interventions in healthcare settings, attachment issues and treatment for children and families in foster care, and cultural competency in clinical care for the aging. She is a member of APA and the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic psychology.

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Leslie Parkes Shralow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Co-Director, Master's Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Main Campus
DeSales Center, D10

Dr. Shralow is a licensed psychologist and her doctoral degree is in clinical psychology. She had a key role in developing an integrated college campus eating disorders prevention and treatment program at Villanova University Counseling Center. Experienced in crisis intervention and major mental illness, Dr. Shralow completed her doctoral internship at Napa State Hospital, CA, and has served as Mental Health Delegate for Montgomery County, PA. Her current clinical and scholarly interests include relational psychodynamic therapy and supervision, professional ethics, mindfulness and psychotherapy, and women’s issues. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and of several professional organizations including APA, APA Division 39, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology


Leonard Spearing, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Education
St. Joseph Hall, 4th Floor, East Wing, SJ466

Leonard M. Spearing has served as an Assistant Professor of Education at Chestnut Hill College since 2015. His primary area of emphasis is Special Education, with particular attention to students with Emotional Behavior Disorders and Autism. Areas of research include perceived self-efficacy, assistive technology, and learned helplessness. 

Prior to his tenure at Chestnut Hill College, Leonard was employed as a special education teacher and coach for 35 years in Council Rock School District. Dr. Spearing earned his B.A. from LaSalle University in Special Education and an M.Ed. from Temple University in Educational Media. He received his Ph.D. from Drexel University in the area of Educational Leadership and Learning Technology. His current PDE certifications include Special Education PK-12, Math, Science, English and Social Studies. He also holds a letter of eligibility as a School Superintendent.

Nancy Levitt, M.Ed.

Student Teaching & Field Experience Coordinator
Education Partnership Liaison
St. Joseph Hall, 4th Floor, East Wing, SJ465

Nancy L. Levitt is the Education Partnership Liaison and Student Teaching & Field Experience Coordinator for Chestnut Hill College. She focuses on building and sustaining relationships with local schools. Developing partnerships provides her with opportunities to directly engage with school administrators and teachers meeting both the needs of local schools and pre-service teachers.  She directly supports pre-student teaching field placements allowing her to spend time in some partnership elementary schools. She has extensive experience as a preschool teacher, director, elementary teacher, and reading specialist.