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New faculty join Penn State Beaver

8/29/2011 —

Penn State Beaver welcomed two new faculty members for the fall semester.

LaVarr McBride has accepted the joint position of instructor in administration of justice at Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango. In addition to teaching at each campus, he will serve as program coordinator and internship supervisor. Neha Pandit has been hired as a regional instructor in psychology and will provide internship supervision for Penn State Beaver, Penn State Kensington, and Penn State Greater Allegheny. She will also deliver psychology courses at the campuses.

McBride was an assistant professor at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, where he was also the program director of criminal justice. He has extensive field experience after serving in a variety of positions, including training specialist with the Office of Defender Service, Washington, D.C., pre-sentence investigator for federal courts, probation officer, parole officer, correctional officer, and consultant as a Defense Initiated Victim Outreach Specialist for federal and state cases. He holds a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

Pandit was an assistant professor and counselor at Georgian Court University, and an associate professor and course leader in psychology at London Metropolitan University. She was a psychologist with American Psychotherapy Associates in London and was a psychologist, EAP counselor, and instructor at the Outpatient Psychiatry and the Center for Cognitive Therapy for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Pandit holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in community counseling and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice from George Washington University.

McBride can be contacted at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866, and Pandit can be reached at nzp2@psu.edu or 412-675-9136.

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