Assistant Professor of Psychology
AS, Springfield Technical Community College; BA, Our Lady of the Elms College; MS, Springfield College
Diane Hall, MS, is assistant professor of psychology
at Bay Path College. She brings her work experience in both clinical and forensic settings to her role at Bay Path, and she is especially skilled in working with acute, high-risk individuals. Hall has focused on experiential learning and social entrepreneurship, and she has formed collaborations with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Youth Services, and Voices from Inside, which provide educational and experiential opportunities for students.
In 2004, Hall joined Bay Path as an adjunct professor, and she was appointed to a full-time position in 2006. Since joining Bay Path, she has developed two courses within theforensic psychology major
, which are now required—survey of forensic psychology and psychology of the female offender. Other courses taught by Hall include: domestic violence, forensic psychology, psychology of criminal behavior, social psychology, counseling psychology, psychological measurement and evaluation, abnormal psychology, psychology of women, theories of personality, adolescent and adult development, and first-year experience. Along with her academic duties, Hall has been an active member of the Charitable Campaign Committee, First-Year Committee, and Institutional Review Board. From 2000 to 2002, she served as an adjunct professor at Springfield College, and taught courses in interviewing and counseling, psychology of human development, and personality development.
Prior to her full-time appointment at Bay Path, Hall was employed as a forensic clinician with Behavioral Health Network and worked at Hampden County Correctional Center in the Division of Forensic Mental Health Services. In this capacity, she performed comprehensive clinical assessments, crisis intervention and risk assessments, and intake evaluations with incarcerated men and women. She also conducted suicide prevention and assessment trainings to the correctional staff and co-facilitated forensic psychotherapy groups with male inmates on pre-trial status. Today, she remains on staff on a per diem basis.
Hall started her career in the mental health field at the Adult Psychiatric Treatment Unit at Baystate Medical Center. She completed her graduate-level internship as an inpatient psychiatric specialist. Following her internship, she remained on staff as a part-time counselor. She later worked at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital as a triage clinician performing clinical assessments and working with families, professionals, forensic services, and a variety of community agencies to determine the psychiatric needs and level of care required for treatment.
A licensed mental health counselor, Hall is an associate member of the American Psychological Association and a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors. She is a clinically certified forensic counselor, certified clinical criminal justice specialist, and certified personality disorder treatment specialist. Hall has been inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. She has presented at various professional meetings including the annual conferences for the American Mental Health Counselor Association and American Counseling Association.
Hall received her master’s degree in counseling and psychological services with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling from Springfield College. She earned her baccalaureate in psychology from Our Lady of the Elms College, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is also a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, and earned her associate in science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.