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Fucillo, Sarah J., PhD, NCC

Sarah J. Fucillo, PhD, NCC
Assistant Professor College of Science and Humanities School of Education
Contact: Husson University
1 College Circle Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.941.7119
Room: 101C Darling Learning Center


Dr. Sarah Fucillo grew up in the Bucksport area and went to Thomas College for undergrad. She went for Criminal Justice; however, after taking her first psychology class she found she was much more intrigued by the "why" and "how to prevent" than the "whodunit". With this in mind, she double majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Her goal to bridge the criminal justice and mental health worlds led to her earning a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Alabama. Finding that she wanted an avenue to educate future counselors and conduct research she went on to earn a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University. After completing the Ph.D. program, she was hired as an Assistant Professor and Residential Faculty Supervisor at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Her tenure there included 52 total courses. Sarah taught at seven different campuses as well as the online program. All told, 250 unique masters and doctoral students passed through Sarah's classroom door at LWC. 

After being out of state for a decade, Sarah was thrilled when a position became available back home in Maine. Currently, Sarah is an Assistant Professor in the College of Science and Humanities in the Graduate Counseling and Human Relations Program at Husson University. She is thankful to be able to contribute to Maine by educating future mental health and school counselors who will go on to serve in their communities. Courses she has taught for Husson include Counseling Techniques, Theories of Counseling, Group Process, Child & Adolescent Counseling, Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Practicum, and Internship. 

She has experience as a counselor in a variety of settings including a juvenile detention facility, a crisis residential unit, a family and child community mental health agency, college career services center, and a university counseling center. This included providing mental health, crisis, and career related services. 

Sarah’s research interests include trauma-related topics, such as: vicarious trauma, race-based trauma, trauma-informed care, trauma-informed supervision, trauma sensitive interventions, and counselor wellness. She is a co-founder of an intercollegiate research team. The team has two active projects: one focusing on race-based trauma and the other on counselor personal trauma. She has presented at several professional conferences at the local, state, regional, and national level. You can find more information about her professional achievements in her CV. 

On a personal note, Sarah’s favorite place to be is her family’s camp in Blue Hill, ME. She enjoys the water, cookouts, kayaking, and s’mores with her family and friends.