Dr. Elizabeth is currently the Program Director for Social and Health Services and Health Care Administration in the Roger Williams University School for Continuing Studies.
Trained as a Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth has a rich and varied background in social service work and humanitarian work as well as academic teaching and research. She completed her graduate work at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; her undergraduate at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She completed a specialty certificate program in alcohol and substance additions as part of her doctoral program. Her dissertation used a quasi-experimental design to compare Psychodynamic and Humanistic group work on anxiety, self-actualization gains and participant satisfaction.
She worked as a Counseling Center Psychologist at James Madison University, Radford University, and SUNY Stony Brook. She completed a three year post-doctoral research fellowship in gender identity at SUNY Stony Brook through the department of Psychiatry. Her research focus was on the psychosexual development of twin children.
She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology and Counseling, full time and part-time, at a variety of universities, including Alfred University, Long Island University, University of Maryland-Okinawa, Northeastern University, Pine Manor, Johnson and Wales, University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University.
Dr. Elizabeth spent seven years living and working outside of the United States, primarily in the area of refugee mental health. She is a former primary health care U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. Following Peace Corps Service, she began her humanitarian career back in the Philippines working with Vietnamese and AmerAsian refugees, then in the Sudan with Ethiopian refugees, in Kenya with Libyan refugees, in Sierra Leone with Liberian refugees, and in Croatia with Bosnian refugees. Through this work she has been recognized as a leader in the care and prevention of Secondary Trauma.
In addition, she established a cross-cultural counseling center for refugees working at the International Institute of New Jersey and has several years of work experience in HIV social services and HIV prevention. She worked as a Prison Psychologist at the Wyatt Detention Center for two years before becoming the Director of Education for Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and Project Director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island where she developed an Asthma education program designed to reduce health disparities among minority families.