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Dr. Gina Vitacco- Vives

What a PhD in Human Development did for

Dr. Gina Vitacco- Vives

Position: Director of Curriculum and Technology, Delaware Valley School District, Milford, PA

Dissertation Topic: Instructional Strategies and Practices Utilized in Fifth Through Eighth Grade Classrooms in Relation to Cognitive Demand and Critical Thinking: A Case Study

"Marywood offers an excellent doctoral program that afforded me a valuable learning experience and professional growth opportunities."

  • BS in Education, SUNY at Oneonta
  • MS in Instructional Technology, Marywood University
  • Ph.D. in Human Development with an Educational Administration Specialization, Marywood University

Dr. Vitacco-Vives is a member of the Delaware Valley School District Administrative Cabinet. In addition to overseeing curriculum and technology district wide, she is responsible for professional development, new teacher induction, the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) program, and the oversight of the district strategic plan. Since obtaining her Ph.D., she has assumed responsibility for the development, implementation, and administration of the K-12 Delaware Valley Cyber Academy (DVCA). The DVCA provides an educational alternative for students who prefer an online learning environment.

Awards and Acknowledgements

Edward P. Syron, Ph.D. has been profiled by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum.

Christopher W. O'Brien, MS, ATC was selected as the recipient of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) 2007 Francis J .George Scholarship Award. This award is given to the most outstanding doctoral student who is a member of the EATA.

Patricia Miller, Ph.D. was named the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service at Keystone College

Brian Mauro was the recipient of the Grady Roberts Graduate Student Writing Award for an abbreviated version of the paper, Can Social Norming Theory Be Applied to Change Student Behavior?, derived from his Qualifying Paper.

Sample Employment Settings of Alumni

  • Kristine Bewick, Ph.D. - Wilkes University (faculty)
  • Trudy Coleman, Ph.D. - Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (epidemiologist)
  • Pat Dunleavy, Ph.D. - Marywood University (human resources)
  • Debra Fetherman, Ph.D. - University of Scranton (director of community health education)
  • Sonji Lee, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Jeff Leitzel, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Jill Murray, Ph.D. - Lackawanna College (academic vice president)
  • Stephen Pugliese, Ph.D. - Immaculata University (vice president for student development and engagement)
  • Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D. - Marywood University (diversity office)
  • Thomas Quinn, Ph.D. - Abington Heights School District (assistant superintendent)
  • Cherie Roberts, Ph.D. - Bloomsburg University (faculty)
  • Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D. - Keystone College (faculty)
  • Ann Way, Ph.D. - Tunkhannock Area School District (assistant superintendent)


For more information, contact the Ph.D. Program Director's Office at (570) 348-6279.