Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Department Chairperson
Anna Thibodeau, Ph. D.
Office: TH E 264 Phone: (716)673-3702
Dr. Anna Thibodeau is the founding chairperson of the Department of Language, Learning
& Leadership. She is an Associate Professor of Psychological Foundations of Education,
and she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Educational Psychology, Child
Development, Adolescent Development, and Assessment. She earned her doctoral degree
(Ph.D.) in Counselor Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where
her primary research interest was in post-abortion adjustment. Before teaching at
SUNY-Fredonia, Dr. Thibodeau created and managed the Niagara University Learning Partnership
(NULP), a collaborative venture between the Niagara Falls City School District and
Niagara University designed to support students (K-12) at risk for failure and prepare
pre-service teachers to work more effectively with high risk, multiple needs learners.
She also coordinated the Community Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CBAPP)
of Niagara County. Early in her career she taught Biology and Health classes in the
city of Buffalo, NY.
- Professional dispositions in pre-service and novice teachers
- Anxiety as a mediator of problem-solving behaviors in pre-service teachers
- Childhood anxiety
- Coping patterns in adolescents
- Adjustment to traumatic loss
- College of Education-BOCES P-16 Initiative
- Institutional Representative – American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- Association for Teacher Education (ATE) Leadership Development
- SUNY-Buffalo Counselor Education Advisory Committee
- Past Presenter, Oxford Round Table on Child Development, Oxford University, Oxford,
- Bird, C. & Thibodeau, A.M. (2007) Activating prior knowledge by incorporating diverse literacies into pre-reading strategies. Workshop presented at the Annnual conference of the National Council of Teachers
of English (NCTE). November 18, 2008. New York, NY.
- Ph.D. – Counseling & School Psychology (2002), State University of New York at Buffalo, Dissertation: Spiritual well-being and adjustment
- M.S.Ed. – Counseling (1989), Niagara University, Program emphasis: School Counseling
- B.S. – Biology (1976) Magna Cum Laude, Niagara University (Teacher Education Program)