Department of Education

Meet Robert Walrath

Director of Graduate Programs

Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University
M.S., California State University
B.A., Alfred University

Phone:  897-8589

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Child and Family Therapy
  • Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents
  • School Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Special Education Law and Practices


Dr. Walrath has worked as a clinical child psychologist and a school psychologist in New Hampshire since 1985. Working in private practice and school settings; as well as inpatient psychiatric units, Dr. Walrath has evaluated and treated thousands of children and adults in his career. He is past Director of Behavioral Health Services at Elliot Health Systems in Manchester, New Hampshire, and was Clinical Director and a Managing Partner of Manchester Counseling Services in Manchester, New Hampshire for a number of years. He has served as an expert witness in cases involving child custody, child development, and child psychological treatment in courts throughout New Hampshire and in Florida. Dr. Walrath has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University New England, Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire, Granite State College, and New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, New Hampshire. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Rivier before joining the faculty full time in 2008.

Besides teaching full time in the Rivier School Psychology and Mental Health Counseling programs, Dr. Walrath serves as a consultant to several school districts in New Hampshire and with the Southeast Regional Education Services Collaboration (SERESC). He is a member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, (serving on the Board of Directors), the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (serving on the Research Committee and the Professional Growth Task Force). Dr. Walrath has presented across the country on topics related to Special Education Law, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, and Behavior Management.

Dr. Walrath’s current research interests include:

  • The relationship between working memory and specific learning disabilities
  • Theory of mind and social responses to projective tests with students with pervasive developmental disorders
  • Nonsuicidal Self-Injury In Adolescents
  • Pediatric Acquired Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus and OCD

Academic Philosophy
“I believe that students should have as much fun learning as I have teaching. I am fortunate to have the experience to bring real-life case studies into the classroom to provide students with examples of the clinical and ethical challenges they will face as practicing school psychologists and mental health counselors. As my students will someday be working directly with people with diverse problems and issues, I hope to inspire students to think and problem-solve with creativity and respect for their students and clients”.

  • Walrath, R. (Contributing Author and Editorial Board Member), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development, S. Goldstein & J. Naglieri (Eds.). (2011) New York: Springer (specific citations listed below).
  • Behavior Rating Scale, Part 2, p.228.
  • Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, Part 2, P.233-234.
  • Crystallized Intelligence, part 3, P. 444-445.
  • Dendrite, Part 4, p. 481.
  • Episodic Memory, Part 5, p. 593.
  • Extinction Burst, Part 5, p. 626-627.
  • Family Therapy, Part 6, p. 641-642.
  • Fluid Intelligence. Part 9, p. 660.
  • Hyperlexia, Part 8, p. 771.
  • Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development, Part 11, p. 859-860.
  • Mirror Neurons, Part 13, p. 957.
  • Night Terrors, Part 14, p. 1016-1017.
  • Nonverbal Learning Disability, Part 14, p. 1020.
  • Phonological Loop, Part 16, p. 1097-1098.
  • Separation Anxiety, Part 19, p. 1335-1336.
  • Social Skills, Part 19, p. 1404-1405.
  • Standard Scores, Part 19, p. 1435-2436
  • Tabula Rasa, Part 20, p. 1469.
  • Thematic Apperception Test, Part 20, p. 1481-1482.
  • Wernicke’s Area, Part 23, p. 1562
  • Psychological Assessment in S. Cullari (Ed). (2001) Counseling and psychotherapy

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