Catherine Koverola PhD

  • President

Dr. Koverola, Pitt-Titusville’s fifth president, has brought with her a wealth of experience from colleges and universities all over the world. Over her 30-year career she has served as educator, scholar, clinician, and advocate on four continents.

Most recently Dr. Koverola served as the inaugural provost at the African Leadership University in Mauritius where she worked to establish a university system designed to deliver academic programs on a mass scale across the African continent. She has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cambridge College, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University and dean of psychology and interim vice president of academic affairs at Antioch University Seattle.

She also held several administrative posts — including director of PhD and MA psychology programs, director of the Alaska Rural Health Training Academy and chair of the Department of Psychology — at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. An inter-culturally minded program innovator, she led the development of a doctoral program in clinical, community and cross-cultural psychology and graduate programs in drama therapy, eco-psychology, mindfulness studies and trauma-focused interdisciplinary studies that integrate the expressive arts.

Dr. Koverola is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of interpersonal victimization in cross-cultural contexts. She has developed culturally relevant programs that serve victims of violence in locations as varied as urban medical centers to remote indigenous communities in Canada and Alaska. Globally, she has provided clinical consultation to a wide range of practitioners including those serving Syrian refugee populations in Jordan; victims of the armed conflict in Colombia; and vulnerable children in the Caribbean, east Africa as well as Norway and Finland.

Having specialized in serving traumatized youth, specifically inner-city African American and Latino youth as well as rural Canadian First Nations and Alaska native youth, Dr. Koverola is equipped to address the pressing issues college students face today. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and many private foundations.

Creatively supporting faculty development through many initiatives, she established Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at two universities. The American Council of Education Women’s Network of Massachusetts recognized Dr. Koverola’s dedication to faculty development and mentorship of women by awarding her the 2014 Leadership Award.

“It is truly an honor to serve as president of the Titusville campus and to have the opportunity to creatively develop a unique and targeted model of education designed to meet the needs of the region,” said Dr. Koverola. “I look forward to working with the Pitt-Titusville team, the committed Advisory Board, our exceptional partner organizations as well as the community to make the bold vision for the Titusville hub a reality.”

To learn more about Dr. Koverola, read her curriculum vitae.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Theology, Fuller Theological Semin
  • M.A. Clinical Child Psychology, University of Western Ontario
  • B.S. Biology, University of British Columbia