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About the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences seeks to foster caring in our global community. Through learning to treat one person at a time, helping individuals and families better manage every day issues, or working in a large organization, Mercy College teaches students how to become an integral part of their world.

School of Social & Behavioral Science Departments

Stuart Sidle, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Message from the Dean

I am Dean Stuart Sidle and I welcome you to the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

The faculty at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences are dedicated to our undergraduate and graduate students because we know they will change the world!  We teach and learn from our students who are interested in Psychology, Counseling, Sociology, Social Work, Legal Studies, Political Science, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice and International Relations and Diplomacy.

Student Spotlight: Sasha Garcia '19

See how one of our recent Behavioral Science graduates balances life at our Manhattan campus with her pursuit of her degree, all while managing clubs and demands outside of school. The support she receives from Mercy's faculty, staff and students makes all the difference.

Careers in Social & Behavioral Sciences

With a degree in the Social or Behavioral Sciences, you can pursue a career in one of many essential helping professions. As the world realizes the importance of mental health and social connection, there has been an increase in the number of fields that rely on social and behavioral scientists. For intelligent, hardworking and ambitious students who want to pursue a career in anything related to the social and behavioral sciences, Mercy College is the perfect place to launch your career. 

The growing number of professions includes... 

  • Social Worker
  • Criminologist
  • Therapist
  • Behavioral Healthcare Coordinator
  • School Counselor
  • Paralegal
  • International Policy Advisor


A good internship brings academic coursework to life and provides work experiences and professional contacts that help ensure a successful professional career. The ultimate goal is to help you identify and secure an internship that not only meets your academic objectives but also enhances your professional career in the social and behavioral sciences.

By pursuing your degree at Mercy College, you'll have the support you need to secure a fulfilling internship in your desired field. The people you have met here, courses you have taken, things you have done, and information you have collected throughout your time at Mercy will all prepare you with the tools you need to launch a satisfying career. 

SSBS research

Faculty & Student Research

The directed research course in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences provides a hands-on research experience for students where students work in small groups with a faculty mentor to conduct original research on the faculty member's research project. 


IHELP at Mercy College

Mercy College is here to help our students and communities succeed. The new Interdisciplinary Health Education Learning Program (IHELP) fellowship aims to expand internship opportunities that provide services for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders in high need and high demand areas for graduate Fellows in Mercy's School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Occupational Therapy programs.

Contact the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Stuart Sidle, PhD 
Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
(914) 674-7517 
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Wendi Vescio, MS 
Associate Dean, SSBS 
(914) 674-7341 
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Eduardo Albrecht, PhD 
Associate Dean, SSBS 
(914) 674-3025 
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Alexandra Enderle, BBA 
Assistant to the Dean 
(914) 674-7509 
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Marla Moulton, MBA 
Coordinator, SSBS Graduate Programs 
(914) 674-7786 
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Rachel Gori, BA 
Administrative Assistant, SSBS Undergraduate Programs 
(914) 888-5249 
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Gracemarie Venticinque, AA  
Administrative Assistant, SSBS Social Work Program 
(914) 674-7301  
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Roman Bulat 
Administrative Assistant, SSBS 
(914) 674-7403 
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