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2017 Innovative Teaching Award Honorable Mention

Dr. Diane Hall is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bay Path University whose experience and education bridge the fields of education, criminal justice, and psychology. Dr. Hall earned an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from American International College, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Additionally, Dr. Hall is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, a Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist, a Certified Anger and Depression Management Specialist, and a Certified Personality Disorder Treatment Specialist.

In the academic realm, Dr. Hall has focused on experiential learning and has formed collaborations with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Youth Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters that have provided educational and experiential opportunities for students outside of the classroom. Dr. Hall has worked on various projects with students including co-founding a book club with juvenile offenders chronicled in the Bay Path University produced video Reading Our Way Out, and conducting an annual book drive to benefit at-risk and incarcerated youth in which over 10,000 books have been collected and donated to area agencies. Additionally, Dr. Hall has served as a faculty mentor for student research projects conducted in collaboration with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, UMASS Medical School Department of Psychiatry, and student Honors theses. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the Bay Path University President’s Award for Excellence in Innovative Thinking and the Bay Path University Thumbprint Award.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin