Program and Training Director, Associate Professor


BS, Special Education, Lock Haven University
MS, Human Services Psychology, La Salle University
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, La Salle University
Dissertation title: Understanding Rampage Mass Murderers in the Public School System

Courses Taught

Doctoral level:

Professional Identity and Ethical Practice in Counseling Psychology
Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
Teaching of Psychology: alternative environments
Advanced Practicum

Master's level:

Psychopathology: Diagnosis and the DS
Introduction to Counseling and Guidance Theory
Professional Orientation and Ethics
Group Counseling
Internship for Counseling in the Community
Advanced Counseling Skills: Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
Professional Seminar: Culminating Experience
The Psychology of Wellness: On-line

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

As an educator, I believe first and foremost it is my responsibility to create life-long learners. Imparting a thirst for the eternal quest for knowledge is a gift that lasts a lifetime. This is accomplished through the artful dance of innovative and creative teaching practices that engage and inspire students to learn about themselves, each other, and society. Students then pass on this knowledge through mindful engagement in the counseling field. I try to instill in our students not only knowledge but also the desire to advocate for social justice and to make a difference in people's lives.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Menago, D. & Cummings, M. (2020). Suicide Assessment, Bereavement & Postvention: What Do Graduate Counseling Psychology Students Need to Know? American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon.
Menago, D. (2019) Suicide Bereavement and Postvention. Holy Family University Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology Community CEU Presentation, Phila, Pa.
Menago, D. (2019) Suicide Bereavement and Postvention. Holy Family University Faculty Development Day, Phila, Pa.
Menago, D. & McElwaine, P. (2018). Creating a Community of Learners through Innovative Pedagogical Approaches. Lilly Conference: Bethesda, Maryland
Menago, D. & Dasch-Yee, K. (2016). Mid-Atlantic Association of Teaching of Psychology Conference. VA. Creative Collaborations: Cross-Level Partnerships to Enhance Advocacy Scholarship.
Menago, D., Stokes, N., Makusiak, G, & Wombell, M (2016). International Peace Day Conference. Holy Family University. A Celebration of International Peace: The Opening of Cuba
Menago, D. Dasch-Yee, K., DeCiccio, J., McDonald, S., Meyer, M., (2015). Engaging Students in Research: Current Offerings and Emerging Possibilities. Holy Family University Faculty Development Day.
Menago, D. & McDonald, S. (2015). Top 5 Techniques for Creating On line & Blended Courses. Quality Matters Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Drexel University
Menago, D. & McDonald S. (2015). Top 10 Techniques for Creating On line & Blended Courses. Holy Family University Faculty Development Day.
Menago, D. & Shea, D. (2013). Integrating spirituality and clinical practice: mindfulness based practices. American Psychological Association Division 36 & Loyola University, 11th Annual Mid-Year Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Maryland.
Menago, D., Shea, D. & Muse-Burke, J. (2012). Integrating Spirituality into Counseling: mindfulness practices. PACES Fall Conference, Holy Family University Integrating Spirituality into Counseling

Additional Info


Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania

Research Interests

I engage in research that addresses best practices in higher education, specifically the training of graduate-level students and the development of innovative programming to develop competent clinicians consistent with APA accreditation guidelines.

Additionally, I engage in research addressing best practices regarding the treatment of suicide loss survivors and postvention, and the loss of a client by suicide. This data underpins the development of trainee modules for students in our program.