Dr. Fitzpatrick received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. She had an uncommon range of prior professional experiences as a former 7-12 educator, counselor, and licensed psychologist. In 1996, she came to Manhattan College where she taught pre-service teachers until becoming the program director of the graduate counseling programs. She is a full professor and the current Chair of the Graduate Department of Counseling, Leadership and Education. Dr. Fitzpatrick developed and is the Director of the Center for Optimal College Readiness at Manhattan College. The Center provides outreach to K-12 schools in the NYC metropolitan region and develops partnerships and grants with schools and districts. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Sports and Arts for Students Foundation (SASFNY.org) which provides after-school and community school programs for over 20,000 K-12 children. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a co-author of the book, Counseling 21st Century Students for Optimal College and Career Readiness (Routledge Press, 2011).
Lisa Toscano, ATC, Ed.D., is currently a professor in the Kinesiology Department. Dr. Toscano’s area of expertise within Kinesiology is athletic training and sports medicine with an emphasis on the prevention of ACL injuries in female athletes. Her research in the field of resiliency has been instrumental in preparing her students for post-graduate work and summer research. Prior to teaching at Manhattan College, she was the Associate Head Athletic Trainer in the Manhattan College Sports Medicine Department. In addition to her work at the collegiate level, Dr. Toscano taught high school Physical Education, Health, and Biology. She earned her BS in Physical Education at Manhattan College, her MS in Exercise Physiology at Queens College, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s University.