Social Work Department
Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
Dr. Hilary Copp has been a member of the Edinboro University social work faculty since 2008. She is currently the director of the undergraduate program and teaches practice, research, HBSE, and field in both the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. Dr. Copp's research interests center primarily on LGBTQ individuals and issues, with a specific focus on school climate for LGBTQ students at both the secondary and collegiate levels. Her clinical practice experience includes work with members of the LGBTQ population, outpatient mental health, older adults, and Holocaust survivors. Dr. Copp is a co-founder and facilitator of TransFamily of Erie, a monthly support group for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals and their loved ones. She lives in Erie with her spouse and two extremely spoiled cats.
Dr. Mandy Fauble is a licensed clinical social worker and Edinboro University alum, receiving her master's degree in Social Work in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Dr. Fauble has been a full-time social worker since 2002, and she specializes in intervention with serious mental illness, trauma, intergenerational impacts of child sexual abuse, suicide prevention, and crisis intervention. She has been a therapist, supervisor, program director, and currently oversees several clinical programs as an agency administrator. Developing and implementing innovative behavioral health programs is her passion.
Dr. Fauble has been an adjunct professor at Mercyhurst University since 2005 and at Edinboro University since 2012. At Edinboro, she works with graduate social work students in the seated classroom and online. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes foundations of interpersonal skills, knowledge and values required to successfully practice professional social work. She is certified in online teaching and utilizes the online platform technology to create an interactive and academically robust environment.
Suicide Prevention is an important issue for Dr. Fauble. She serves on the Erie County Suicide Prevention Task Force and is a certified instructor of both Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Question, Persuade, Refer. Dr. Fauble serves on the Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition and is a board member on the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Counselors.
At home, Dr. Fauble enjoys reading, music, cooking, and spending time with her family, including her husband, three children and her dog.
Christine Rine joined the Department of Social Work graduate faculty at Edinboro after four years at Plymouth State University of New Hampshire. At Plymouth she furthered her interest in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping by partnering with the New Hampshire’s Division for Children Youth and Families to conduct research which integrates census and organizational data to map and better understand the environmental contexts experienced by youth- in- care throughout the state. Prior to this position, she served as a part-time faculty member at both SUNY Buffalo and SUNY College at Buffalo in New York State.
Her teaching focuses on the use of technology to enhance the online learning environment and she has been recognized for efforts in this area. She has sought several training opportunities to further these efforts and continues to pilot various instruction methods to maximize teaching and learning opportunities to benefit students and her department.
Her professional career outside of academia includes work with: HIV/AIDS populations, GLBTQ youth, severely emotionally disturbed youth, hospice clients, nonprofit program development, grant writing, and program and practice evaluation.
Outside of professional interests, she enjoys competitive Scrabble, DIY home improvement projects, live music venues, and attending various cultural and community events with her family.
Dr. Rinfrette received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island, her Master of Social Work from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. She came to Edinboro University in 2011, and has been the director of the Master of Social Work program since 2012. She worked for several years as a registered nurse in pediatric intensive care before obtaining her MSW. Before obtaining her Ph.D., her MSW practice experience included 20 years in outpatient mental health treatment and outpatient substance abuse treatment. She is now involved in providing cancer survivors’ support. Dr. Rinfrette has published in several journals and is a peer reviewer as well. Her research interests include trauma, mental health, and addictions. Currently her work includes research on vicarious trauma, trauma, and establishing trauma informed systems of care in community agencies. Her research includes a multisite investigation of vicarious trauma and empathy in MSW students, the impact on trauma symptoms of the combined use of trauma sensitive yoga and the Seeking Safety intervention, and the impact of spirituality in the recovery process in addictions recovery.
Mr. Schaffer earned his master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work in 1991; Bachelor of Social Work from Slippery Rock University in 1989; and Liberal Arts Degree from Penn State University in 1986.
Mr. Schaffer has been an Adjunct in Edinboro University’s Social Work Department since 2012. He was an Adjunct at Thiel College, Department of Sociology, Greenville, Pa., for 5 years; and also taught at California University of Pa., School of Social Work and the University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Forensic Social Worker.
Mr. Schaffer has presented at numerous national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and published 3 book chapters and over 20 articles, all on military veterans in the areas of: 1) Forensic, 2) Homelessness, 3) Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), 4) Sexual Offenders and 5) Fatherhood. He retired as the Coordinator, Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO), Liaison, Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), VA Medical Center, and Butler, Pa. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, 1976-82.
Mr. Schaffer is a father of 19 year old triplets; 2 boys and a girl. His sons are Navy and Army reserves and his daughter attends EU. He is an active community and non-profit volunteer. He is an avid weight lifter and has practiced Judo, Tae Kwon Do and most recently Hapkido.