With nearly forty years experience in the fields of education and counseling, Dr. Barry Mascari serves as a tenured faculty member and chair of Kean University’s counseling program, mentoring faculty members and assisting with the University’s accreditation efforts.
“I could never have dreamed of having a faculty position and preparing and mentoring new professionals,” he says.” I am very fortunate to be able to serve as a mentor after my own long career. When others my age are considering retiring I am having the time of my life in my work.”
Dr. Mascari holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also holds a master’s degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Bridgeport and is certified as a principal/supervisor and a substance awareness coordinator.
“Neither of my parents attended college and my mother dropped out of high school during the great depression,” he says. “I had no role models for school but relied on a number of people who became academic and professional mentors. Parental support was great but they could not help with higher education or career.”
He has been awarded grants for his work on the Systemic Reform of School Guidance and Counseling which led to the establishment of the NJ Center for the Advancement of School Counseling and the NJ Intervention and Referral Services Program. Among the more than 20 articles and book chapters he has published in the last several years is Terrorism, Trauma, & Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing & Responding which he co-edited with his wife and which was published by the American Counseling Association Foundation.
Dr. Mascari is a licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, New Jersey disaster response counselor, approved clinical supervisor, national certified counselor, national certified school counselor, certified clinical mental health counselor, master addictions counselor, certified director of student personnel services and certified divorce mediator. He has served as President of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, NJ Counseling Association and NJ Mental Health Counselor Association. He served as one of the founding members of the NJ Council on Divorce Mediation, the Passaic County Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Clifton Against Substance Abuse. He has just completed 10 years of service to the NJ Counselor Licensing Board.
His professional accolades include a Licensed Professional Counselor Award, the NJ Counseling Association’s Charles Tabler Distinguished Professional Services Award and the Joseph Kolodziej Humanitarian Award from Clifton Mental Health Services.