Paul J. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CRC
Visiting Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Counselor Education, University of Arizona
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling & Services, Springfield College
B.S., Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, Springfield College
Phone: (508) 767-7163
Dr. Paul J. Bourgeois is the Coordinator of the Online Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption College. Prior to joining Assumption, Dr. Bourgeois served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling and Services program at Springfield College. Dr. Bourgeois has published and presented on issues related to ethical counseling behavior and professional issues in rehabilitation counseling. Currently, his research interests are focused on the infusion of distance technology in the training and supervision of graduate rehabilitation counseling students. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
Marta Carlson is the Associate Director of the Student Development and Counseling Center at Assumption College and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Human Services since 2009. She has a doctoral degree in Counseling and Human Services with a concentration in Counselor Education and Supervision from Syracuse University, is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts, and a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. Her areas of interest in both teaching and practice include group psychotherapy, eating disorders and other process addictions, and training and supervision.
Jessica, a 1999 graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption, has been teaching two of the vocationally focused courses in the program since 2001 and, more recently, in the online program since 2012. Her background in the field includes VR counseling work in the private and public sector, although her heart lies in the public VR system and the diversity that counselors are exposed to in that environment. She currently works full time for the State of CT, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, as a VR Supervisor.
Heather Ward Harris
Online Adjunct Faculty 2010
B.S., Eastern Kentucky University, 1997
MRC, University of Kentucky, 2001
Phone: (859) 368-7744
Heather Harris came to Assumption College as an online adjunct faculty in 2010. She has taught for the University of Kentucky’s online Master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling since 2004. She is a Certification Rehabilitation Counselor and has owned her own vocational consulting business since 2007.
Dr. Hill currently serves as Vice President of Inclusion and Community Engagement at Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In this role, among other responsibilities, he is responsible for creating an inclusive and diverse campus community. In addition to his administrative appointments, he also has numerous years of teaching experience. Dr. Hill began his teaching career at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, where he served as assistant professor in the Division of Business, Law and Public Policy. Dr. Hill has been a faculty member in the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program at Assumption College for over 12 years.
Dr. Hill received his bachelor of arts degree in history-political science from Bethany College – Lindsborg, Kansas, masters of science degree in student personnel administration from Emporia State University – Emporia, Kansas, and a doctorate of philosophy degree in political science from Howard University – Washington, DC.
Assistant Professor, Human Services and Rehabilitation
A.B., Assumption College
M.S., Fitchburg State College
Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psy.
Phone: (508) 767-7214, Office: Switzer
Keith Lahikainen is a licensed psychologist who has practiced since 1995 in a wide variety of clinical/practical settings with diverse populations ranging from inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient community counseling to corporate psychology consulting. Specializing in human motivation, his professional focus has been on teaching and applying concepts of positive psychology and preparing people for change. Dr. Lahikainen has taught at the collegiate level since 2001 and joined the Rehabilitation Counseling program in the summer of 2007, teaching Family & Rehabilitation.
Susan R. Sabelli
Clinical Coordinator, 1979
A.B., Merrimack College
M.A., Assumption College
C.A.G.S., Assumption College, 1978
Study: New York University
Phone: (508) 767-7222, Office: Switzer
Susan Sabelli serves as clinical coordinator for the Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services for both undergraduate and graduate students. She is a certified Rehabilitation Counselor and the holder of the first license for Rehabilitation Counselors offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Director of Rehabilitation Counseling Programs
Director of the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies, 2006
Assistant Professor of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1996
Phone: (508) 767-7319, Office: Switzer 105
Dr. Susan Scully-Hill has been a faculty member since 1998. Previous to her faculty appointment at Assumption College, she was an assistant professor at Emporia State University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Programs. She has numerous publication credits in many areas related to the human services, education and rehabilitation counseling professions. Dr. Scully-Hill currently teaches the Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum and the Psychology of Disability across the Lifespan in the graduate program.
Justin S. Somers MA, CAGS, CRC
BS Psychology, Plymouth State University, 2008
MA and CAGS Rehabilitation Counseling, Assumption College, 2011
Justin Somers is a certified rehabilitation counselor with a focus on rehabilitation of veterans. He employs an eclectic and person centered approach to rehabilitation counseling and has been an adjunct faculty since fall 2015.
Beverly Stewart received her MA/CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College and has been a rehabilitation practitioner and manager/mentor of rehabilitation counselors for many years. She is currently the chair of the Board of Directors at NEADS- dog for deaf and disabled Americans.