Rachel Vannatta Joins Department of Psychology/Counseling
Immaculata University is proud to announce that Rachel Vannatta, Ph.D., of Baltimore, MD has joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology and Counseling as an assistant professor for the graduate-level Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
“I am thrilled to join the Psychology and Counseling department at Immaculata University, where I look forward to being part of a wonderful program that trains competent, empathic, and insightful clinicians,” states Vannatta on her new position at Immaculata University.
For the past three years, Vannatta served as a counselor for Stevenson University in Owings Mills, MD. Previously, she was the primary therapist on call for the Renfrew Center and an in-home intervention therapist for the Baltimore County Crisis Response, both located in Maryland. Her academic experience includes teaching for Loyola University, George Washington University, Towson University, and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, where she was a graduate teaching assistant. Vannatta is a national certified counselor and a licensed clinical professional counselor (Maryland).
Earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northwestern University, Vannatta then received her Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling from Southern Illinois University and her Ph.D. from George Washington University in the Counselor Education and Supervision program.
Keeping up with trends and issues within her field, Vannatta retains memberships in several professional associations including the American Counseling Association, Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition, she is the chairperson for the Strategic Communications Committee of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. In 2015, the Association for Specialists in Group Work honored Vannatta with both the Presidential Award and the Outstanding Article award.
Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter at the request of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) thus making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.