Online MA in MHC Faculty

Dr. Colette Blakely

Description: Colette Blakely is an adjunct professor who has her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, and her MA in School Counseling from Concordia University. She is both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified School Counselor in the State of Illinois. Besides having built several courses for Nyack College’s online MA in MHC, she has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at North Park University, Governor State University, and Chicago State University. Dr. Blakely has taught a variety of graduate psychology-related courses including Group Dynamics, Social and Cultural Foundations, Research, Assessment Techniques, and Career Counseling.

Dr. Deborah Foulkes

Description: Deborah Foulkes has been an adjunct professor at AGSC since 2013.   She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Dr. Foulkes received a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and an M.A. in Counseling from Nyack College.  She has also completed post graduate education in the area of Global Trauma Recovery with an immersion experience in Rwanda.  As an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes has taught Group Therapy and Counseling, Theories and Foundations of Counseling, and Measurements and Assessment. Her research interests include Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma, Trauma Recovery in International Settings, and Spiritual Integration.  In addition to her role as an adjunct faculty member at AGSC, Dr. Foulkes is a clinical counseling practitioner at her own private practice in New Jersey where she specializes in trauma recovery.  Dr. Foulkes has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings where she has provided services to adults, children, adolescents and families.  As an educator, Dr. Foulkes has taught in Higher Education since 2008.

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett

Dr. Shirlyn Garrett is an adjunct professor who has her Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University, and her MA in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Illinois. She has developed and taught various Masters in Mental Health Counseling courses at Argosy University-Chicago, Adler University, and Chicago State University, including Group Dynamics, Play Therapy, Educational Psychology, Clinical Mental Health, Practicum and Internship. Dr. Garrett’s motto is, “I am a woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.” (Maya Angelou)

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera

Dr. Antoinette Ginés-Rivera (aka Dr. Toni) has been an Assistant Professor and Director of Internship and Field Placement for AGSC-NYC since 2011.  She received her degree in Bilingual School Psychology from Fordham University and Ph.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision from Regent University. Her counseling specializations include migration, family reunification, acculturation, and assimilation entering the United States as well as the psychopathology of the sexually abused and victimized individual.  She was also selected by American Counseling Association and the Journal of Counselor Development to contribute a chapter in a book representing the counseling practices of 41 countries around the world. Her doctoral research led her to Honduras where she investigated the counseling needs of the Honduran population for the development of a Spanish counseling training program specific to the Honduran population which is currently being developed.

Dr. Paula Tipton

Dr. Paula Tipton is an adjunct professor who has a Ph.D. from Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision, an MA in Christian Thought and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and Colorado and has been in private practice for 19 years. She has been full time faculty at Colorado Christian University where she taught all the core CACAREP courses and developed a number of courses for both their in seat and online programs. Additionally, she has taught adjunct at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northwestern University where she also served as an Internship and Practicum supervisor for their Family Institute. Her passion is in helping young clinicians do great clinical work from a Christian worldview perspective. 

Part-Time Staff

Sabrina Durand, Online Academic Program Coordinator

Sabrina Durand is currently a graduate student at Nyack College AGSC. She is in her last year of the MA in Mental Heath Counseling on-campus program. She has a BA in Teacher Education (Grades 1-6) and a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College. She is the co-author of a peer-reviewed article "Effect of Infidelity, Initiator Status, and Spiritual-Well Being on Men's Divorce Adjustment" which was published in February 2015 in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. She is a single mother of a teenage son.