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Beaver campus will welcome new faculty members for fall semester

4/28/2014 —

Penn State Beaver will welcome three new faculty members for the fall semester. Amy Camodeca and Marissa Mendoza-Burcham were named assistant professors of psychology, and Stephanie Cabarcas will be an instructor in biology.

Camodeca is currently completing the second year of her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. She held a previous post-doctoral position studying autism at The Watson Institute, Sewickley, and has been a sessional instructor and a laboratory instructor in the Psychology Department at the University of Windsor, Canada. She holds a doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Windsor; a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, Colorado; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baldwin Wallace College, Ohio.

Mendoza-Burcham currently works at the Merck Child and Adolescent Program Center for Children and Families, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics of UPMC. She has been a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty instructor in psychology at McNeese State University, Louisiana; an adjunct faculty instructor in psychology at Lone Star College, Texas, and a guest lecturer in the Department of Special Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in school psychology from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in psychology from McNeese State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis and design from the University of California-Irvine. In addition, Mendoza-Burcham served a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Oregon Health Science University, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, and holds a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from the University of North Texas. She is a state and nationally-certified school psychologist.

Cabarcas is currently an instructor of biology at Gannon University, Erie, and was also a teaching assistant for undergraduate molecular and cellular biology at St. John’s University, New York. She has extensive grant writing experience for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and has held a variety of administrative experience, including working as a contractor for Boundless Learning, and contract editor and reviewer for various scholarship publications. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in biological sciences from St. John’s University, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from High Point University, North Carolina.

For information about the faculty or Beaver's academic programs, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

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