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My name is Dr. Maria Perrotta. As an educator, I believe academics is not just about learning new information or skills it’s about changing the way that you see and process the world. The primary reason I teach is to leave a legacy. Passing on knowledge and helping my students achieve their personal and professional goals enables the opportunity for them to contribute to their community and in turn help others. I also like to share my enthusiasm for Psychology with others. I like to inspire my students to achieve their goals. I personally enjoy learning because the more knowledge I gain, the better I can serve each of you. In the classroom, I love it when my students have their “aha” moments and make the connection between their experience and the concepts that we are discussing in a course. I hope those moments motivate you to learn more and keep you connected to the course!


I would like to provide you with a bit of background information on myself. I am from Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles north of Pittsburgh.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health/Community Health from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Slippery Rock University, Master of Education degree from Slippery Rock University, and a PhD in Health Psychology from Walden University.

While pursuing my first Master's degree, I was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in the Academic Advisement department at Slippery Rock University.  This allowed me to have my first experience teaching at the college level, in that I was a co-facilitator of a First-Year Studies course for freshman students. I have also been a faculty member at both a ground campus and online campus since 2010 teaching various Psychology courses. What makes my situation unique is that I have also been an online student and can relate to your experience! I want each of you to know that I am always here for you and invite you to reach out to me at any time. Please remember that I have been where you are!

I have been employed by a Social Services Agency for the past fifteen years as a Therapist in an Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program.  This program is very unique in that it is located in a high school.  In fact, it is the only one of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania.  I facilitate group, individual, and family therapy on a daily basis.  I am also a Psychiatric Consultant in the Emergency Room at a local hospital.

Prior to my current employment, I was a Director at a Social Services agency in Pennsylvania in which I was responsible for the daily operations of a foster care, adoption, and truancy program for teenagers.  I love to teach and that is where my passion lies.  I am the mother of two sons, Sammy (age 17) and Brady (age 15).  I am an exercise and fitness enthusiast and always try to lead an active lifestyle. I look forward to working with you!

Education

2017

Walden University

Health Psychology

2008

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Education

1998

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Counseling

Degree

2017

Doctorate

2008

Masters

1998

Masters

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