Our Faculty - Counselor Education

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Faculty Profiles

  • Victoria L. Bacon

    Victoria L. Bacon
    Professor of Counselor Education
    Kelly Gym, Room 103

    Victoria L. Bacon is a licensed psychologist, internationally Certified Group Psychotherapist and professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Bridgewater State University where she prepares master's level counselors. She is the recipient of the 2014-15 BSU Presidential Fellowship to continue her work on the Legacy Exploration and Preservation Group Project which provides LEPG wellness groups to veterans and adults affiliated with veterans or military personnel in Southeastern Massachusetts. She is a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (APGA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Bacon has counseling experience in schools, colleges, and community mental health settings. Her scholarship activities include publications in journals and books as well as presentations at state, national, and international conferences.


    BA, Fitchburg State College
    MA, Anna Maria College
    CAGS, EdD, Northeastern University

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  • Katherine Bender

    Katherine Bender
    Assistant Professor of Counselor Education; Student Affairs Program Director
    Maxwell Library, Room 313C

    Dr. Katherine M. Bender is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), The American College Counseling Association (ACCA), The Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Her professional areas of interest include: suicide prevention, mental health and higher education, wellness in the legal profession, self-care and wellness in helping professions, and clinical supervision. Dr. Bender has counseling experience in a variety of higher education settings and consults regular with law school staff and students on counseling and mental health concerns.  Dr. Bender has spoken at over 40 law schools in the United States and has presented at numerous national conferences. She is currently a reviewer for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Dr. Bender has published in law journals on the mental health of law students. Dr. Bender has teaching experience at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels in traditional settings, hybrid classes, and distance learning classes. She enjoys sunrises in Florida and sunsets on the Cape, running in races which encourage the use of tutus, and spending time with her nieces.


    BA, Georgetown University
    MS, The University of Scranton
    PhD, Old Dominion University

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  • Elaine Bukowiecki

    Elaine Bukowiecki
    Professor of Elementary & Early Childhood Education; Chairperson of Counselor Education Department
    Kelly Gym, Room 106
    508.531.2228, 508.531.2721

    Dr. Elaine M. Bukowiecki is a professor of literacy education for the department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University. Elaine joined the Bridgewater State University community in 2003, where she teaches graduate level courses for the MEd and CAGS programs in Reading. Elaine has served as Graduate Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Reading from 2009-2015. In 2014, she was appointed by then Dean Karim Ismaili to serve as Graduate Faculty Fellow for the College of Graduate Studies. As Graduate Faculty Fellow, Elaine has predominantly worked with graduate student research and funding. In June 2015, she was appointed by the president of Bridgewater State University to serve as Acting Chairperson for the Department of Counselor Education for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

    Dr. Bukowiecki has research interests in the academic disciplines of critical literacy and content-area literacy. She has published widely in academic journals regarding this topic and has presented papers and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences about critical literacy and content-area literacy. In 2014, she published two books regarding the inclusion of literacy techniques in social studies teaching and currently is in the final stages of co-authoring a book regarding the inclusion of informational texts in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.

    Dr. Bukowiecki spent 28 years working in public education, first, as an elementary school classroom teacher for the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Public Schools and second, as a language arts consultant and district-wide language arts coordinator for the Putnam, Connecticut Public Schools. She is past president of the Massachusetts Reading Association.

    Dr. Bukowiecki received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Clark University, a Master of Arts in Teaching English degree from Assumption College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Reading from Lesley College, and a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in language and literacy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.


    BS, Clark University
    MA, Assumption College
    CAGS, Lesley College
    EdD, University of Massachusetts at Lowell

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  • Kevin Duquette

    Kevin Duquette
    Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
    Maxwell Library, Room 313

    Dr. Kevin Duquette began his career as a member of Teach for America, during which he taught English Language-Arts to high school students in rural North Carolina. He holds Advanced K-12 school counseling licensure (NC), and spent three years working as a school counselor in urban and suburban schools. Kevin’s scholarship has allowed him to present at national, regional, and state-level conferences for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Kevin has also held leadership positions at the state and regional levels including acting as a Regional Delegate (NCSCA), Chair of the Recruitment and Membership Committee (PCA), and North Atlantic Graduate Student Representative (NARACES). Kevin’s research focuses on school counselor identity, model school counseling programs, and school-wide interventions.


    BA, State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo
    MEd, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    PhD, The Pennsylvania State University 

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  • M. Nikki Freeburg

    M. Nikki Freeburg
    Professor of Counselor Education; Mental Health Counseling Director
    Maxwell Library, Room 313D

    Dr. Nikki Freeburg is a member of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and The Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Her professional areas of interest include: research, assessment, supervision, wellness and the use of metaphors in the counseling profession. Dr. Freeburg has counseling experience in private agencies, psychiatric hospitals and career development centers. Scholarship activities include publications on HIPAA, more than 20 presentations (local, state, and national level), research grant acquisitions, providing supervision training for site supervisors and she has membership status on the CACREP review board team.


    BA, Albertson College of Idaho
    MA, Northwest Nazarene University
    PhD, Idaho State University, Counselor Education

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  • Christy Lyons Graham

    Christy Lyons Graham
    Professor of Counselor Education
    Kelly Gym, Room 101

    Dr. Lyons Graham received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University, a CACREP-accredited program. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and maintains a private practice in Barrington, Rhode Island. She has experience in both clinical and school settings; counseling children and their families is her clinical specialty. She has many years of clinical experience counseling individuals and families with mental and emotional disorders and/or facing various family crises such as death, domestic violence, divorce, and chemical dependency.

    Within the Department of Counselor Education, Dr. Lyons Graham was elected coordinator of the Department of Counselor Education’s Professional Development Center which serves professional counselors and counselor trainees across the region by offering continuing education workshops on topics such as “Play Therapy”, “Sandtray Therapy”, “Counseling Supervision” and “Getting Started in Private Practice”.  She is the founding Chapter Faculty Advisor for the Beta Sigma Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling professional and academic honor society, at Bridgewater State University.

    Dr. Lyons Graham has numerous roles outside the Department of Counselor Education including coordinating BSU’s Service Learning and Civic Engagement Initiative, and she was recently appointed to BSU’s Diversity and Social Justice Implementation Committee. She is also a frequent presenter at American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) national conferences and has several publications in ACA and ACES affiliated journals. Writing and research interests include empathy development and measurement, counselor development, relational teaching, relational parenting, social justice work, and service-learning.


    BA, University of Oklahoma
    MEd, Ohio University
    PhD, Ohio University, Counselor Education


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  • Louise Graham

    Louise Graham
    Professor of Counselor Education; Mental Health Counseling - International Non-Licensure (Non U.S. Citizens) Program Director
    Kelly Gym, Room 102

    Dr. Graham holds clinical hospital privileges at the New England Healthcare Veterans Administration Brockton campus and she has had a Harvard Clinical appointment through the Harvard Medical School since 1990. Her specialty is in Behavioral Medicine and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Graham is actively involved in mental health disaster response. She is on the MA Mental Health Disaster Response Team and on a Disaster Assistance Team for the Red Cross. Additionally, for the Red Cross she works with military families, facilitates mindfulness groups and teaches. She also volunteers for Camp Resilience in NH for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her recent published articles are in the following areas; Animated Assisted Therapy, Equines and military children and families, military and disaster. Courses she teaches are Psychopharmacology, Psychopathology, Internship, Wellness and Counseling the Military.


    BS, MAT, Bridgewater State College
    MA, PhD, Boston College, Counseling Psychology

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  • April Megginson

    April Megginson
    Assistant Professor of Counselor Education; School Counseling Program Director
    Maxwell Library, Room 313C

    Dr. April Megginson is a licensed Guidance Counselor (5-12) in the state of Massachusetts.  She has spent 14 years working in diverse public schools as a Title I Guided reading specialist, high school counselor, and middle school counselor.  Dr. Megginson is an active member of the American Counselors Association (ACA), American School Counselors Association (ASCA), Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and Association of Play Therapists (APT).  As part of her scholarship activities, she has presented at state, regional, national, and international conferences.  Her research and scholarship areas of interest include assisting school counselors in implementing a comprehensive data-driven school counseling program that advocates for and meets the unique needs of special populations, as well as utilizing play therapy and expressive arts therapy in schools. 


    BA, San Francisco State University
    MS, California State University, Los Angeles
    PhD, University of Wyoming

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Part-time Faculty Profiles

Staff Profiles

  • Amanda Barudin

    Amanda Barudin
    Staff Associate, Director of Fieldwork
    Kelly Gym, Room 110

    Amanda Barudin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned her master's degree in clinical and counseling psychology from William Paterson University and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Western New England University. Ms. Barudin has worked in community mental health agencies as well as private practice and has experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults suffering from various mental health disorders. She has also provided clinical supervision to counselors, while collaborating with local and state agencies to ensure that individuals and families are able to access appropriate mental health services.

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  • Michelle Owens

    Administrative Assistant I
    Kelly Gym, Room 104
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