What a PhD in Human Development did for

Beverly McNamara, Ph.D., BCBA

Position: Operations Director of New Story

Dissertation Topic: High-Risk Students: Why Do They Persist in Completing Their High School Education?

""The interdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. Program at Marywood allowed me to connect with a diverse group of students. Members of my cohort consisted of medical specialists, school administrators, and social workers. Learning alongside these professionals created an opportunity for me to recognize the complexities that exist within the field of human development across multiple disciplines.""


B.S. in Sociology, King's College

M.S. in Counselor Education (Elementary), Marywood University

Ph.D. in Human Development with Concentration in Social Work, Marywood University

Beverly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by Penn State University and a Licensed Behavior Specialist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She is Operations Director of New Story, a private company that provides mental health and special education services to children across the state of Pennsylvania. As Operations Director, she is responsible for providing general oversight of clinical programs within the region. Specifically, the Operations Director assists in maintaining compliance with state regulations and aids in the development of new policies and procedures throughout the agency.

Dr. McNamara is recipient of the 2014 Melvin Medal for Excellence in Scholarly Investigation presented by Marywood University during commencement activities in May.