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Associate Professor & Chair, Counselor Education Department (CED)

Phone: 908.737.5954 • Email: jmascari@kean.edu

Office: Nathan Weiss Graduate College EC-307 • 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083 

Physical location for mapping directions: East Campus, 215 North Avenue, Hillside, New Jersey 07205

About me...I am an Associate Professor and current Chair of CED at Kean University's Nathan Weiss Graduate College.  I joined CED as a full time faculty member in fall 2004 
after serving as an adjunct member of CED since 1985.


Degrees: Ed.D. in Counseling Education & Supervision from Argosy University-Sarasota, FL; M.S. in Counseling from the University of Bridgeport; and M.A.T. from Fairleigh Dickinson University-Teaneck. 

Licenses and certifications: New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LCADC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) with Addictions (MAC) and Mental Health (CCMHC) specialties, Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a certified NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (NJDRCC). 


I have over 40 years of counseling-related experience in schools, outpatient treatment and family crisis. I also served as a district director of counseling and student services, as well as executive director of a statewide alcohol and drug abuse prevention agency. For 10 years I was a member of the NJ counselor licensing board (chair for 8 years), and was President of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) in 2006-2007. My research in the area of counselor licensing and professional identity led to the AASCB-ACA national summit 20/20: The future of counseling. I am also a former President of the New Jersey Counseling Association (NJCA) and the New Jersey Mental Health Counselors Association (NJMHCA), and one of the founders of the New Jersey Council on Divorce Mediation. I as a

board member (2012-2017) 

of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). My clinical expertise includes alcohol and drug counseling, family crisis, mediation, and treating trauma.


Recent articles include: 

CACREP Accreditation: A Solution to Counselor Identity and License Portability Problems (Journal of Counseling & Development)

9/11: Lessons learned; The Best laid plans: Will they work in a real crisis; Salting the slippery slope: What licensing violations tell us about preventing dangerous ethical situations; and Moving forward: Issues in trauma response and treatment. My first publication was in 1982 and, since joining academia fulltime, I have been first or second author on 23 refereed articles, 16 book chapters, and 3 books. The latest book 

published by the American Counseling Association Foundation (ACAF) in 2010

, with Dr. Jane Webber is Terrorism, trauma and tragedies: A counselor’s guide to preparing and responding (3rd edition). T

he 4th edition with revised format and contents with a modified title (Disaster mental health counseling: 

A guide to preparing and responding) will be available from ACA VERY soon

Current research interests include theoretical integration and teaching as we enter the Post-Theoretical era, responding to crises, treating trauma, veterans' issues, and using emotional regulation and somatic techniques in treatment.


Since 2004 I have provided over 100 presentations at state and national conferences, with several invited keynote addresses (See my Vitae/Publications tab on this site).  If interested, my recent appearance in a National Public Radio show in Ohio about the OSU incident:  

http://radio.wosu.org/post/response-osu-campus-attack  My intro is at the 14:34 mark of this link. 

Here is the link from our live demonstration in Hawaii, March 2014: 

Please visit my other pages for links to information about the program, office hours, and resources (Powerpoint presentations, articles, etc.). This site was designed to provide you with easy access to information. 

Email me with any suggestions or problems as this site, like me, is a work in progress.