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Kean University

Dr. Rebekah R. Pender's primary area of research interest is centered on chronic pain and play therapy. Additionally, she is also interested in body image and self-esteem in adolescents.


Ph.D.  Counselor Education and Supervision ,  St. Mary's University, Texas
M.A.  Community Counseling Psychology , University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas
B.A. Psychology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas

Courses Taught

  • Counseling Skills
  • Internship in Counseling I & II
  • Internship LPC Option
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling Across the Lifespan
  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling

Selected Publications

Pender, R., Webber, J. M., Mascari, J. B. (Spring, 2015). Using play to help children cope with chronic pain: A new role for counselors. VISTAS.

Pender, R., Webber, J.M. (March, 2015). Playing through the pain. Play Therapy, 10(1), 10-15.

Areas of Expertise

  • Play therapy
  • Childhood chronic pain
  • Body image 
  • Acculturation

Teaching Philosophy

Each student is a unique individual and has the ability to bring something special and wholly their own to an environment that is cultivated to embrace that individuality while simultaneously encouraging connections and cooperation with others.