College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mary completed her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University. Prior to her career in higher education, she worked as a clinician specializing in community mental health and the treatment of persons with severe and chronic mental illnesses. In addition to her duties as a contributing faculty member at Walden, she is also an Associate Professor and the Chairperson for the Psychology Department at Sinclair College in Dayton Ohio. At Sinclair, Mary served as a Campus Lead for the Completion by Design Initiative and as a coach for the Ohio Student Success Leadership Institute. She led the development of structured academic pathways for the degree programs at Sinclair and has served as a coordinator for Liberal Arts Career Community and as a Faculty Fellow for Center for Teaching and Learning. Mary regularly presents at conferences and colleges on the topic of guided pathways and faculty engagement. Her research interests include academic hope theory and the impact of teacher empathy on student success.