Dr. Elsie Harrison appointed new director of counseling center

by Mike Disman / Beacon Staff • September 6, 2012

Dr. Elise Harrison, a psychologist, was announced as the new director of the counseling center — following an eight-month search — on July 11 by Dean of Students Ronald Ludman and Vice President of Communications and Marketing Andrew Tiedemann.
Harrison’s hiring came after the Nov. 11 firing of Cheryl Rosenthal, who served as director of the counseling center for more than six years. According to a Beacon interview with Rosenthal in December, her termination was “strictly administrative.”
According to the email sent to the Emerson community from Ludman, prior to becoming the new director Harrison served as the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services for 17 years at Fairfield University, where she was also an adjunct professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.
Harrison currently holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, degrees in Advanced Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from State University of New York at Purchase.
Patricia Callahan, the associate director of the counseling center, served as the Interim Director during the search.
“I am particularly grateful to Patty for the thoughtful guidance and untiring assistance she has provided me over the past eight months,” Ludman said in the email.