Sara Diane Nolan, MSW

adjunct faculty, the donald everett axinn division of social sciences


  • MSW, State University of New York at Albany
  • BS, State University of New York at Oswego

Courses taught

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Families and Society

academic Research/Interests

Shame and Vulnerability
The Impact of Addition on Families and Children

areas of expertise

Individual and Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Treating Anxiety and Depression

Why I teach

Because I love it enough to teach it. Psychology and Human Services is a demanding field where you need a strong sense of yourself and others. I have no regrets about entering this field, and I find the next generation full of promise, ready to take on the challenge.

Favorite Book

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Favorite film

Overboard (a childhood favorite)

Best part of being at SVC

The small class sizes allow for relationships to form between teachers and students in a way that I didn’t experience as an undergrad. I feel that this type of learning experience (for both parties) is immeasurable in the foundation that it builds. An added bonus, the gorgeous view!