Director, HEOP, CSTEP and C-STEM Programs

Orlando-Marquez C. Kittrell, Psy.D. currently serves as the founding director for the Office of State Grants (OSG) at Ithaca College.  OSG operates the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and the Ithaca College-sponsored Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (C-STEM) Program.  

He also serves as the Ithaca College Delegated Administrator for the New York State Grants Gateway (NYS Division of the Budget) and he serves on the Leadership Council for the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Kittrell has comprehensive grantsmanship training for NSF, NIH, and NYSED request for proposals (RFP), including serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) for HEOP and CSTEP grants. Dr. Kittrell is also knowledgeable about securing and establishing utilization plans with certified vendors through the New York State Minority and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE), in compliance with the NYS Division of Minority and Women Business Development (DMWBD).

Dr. Kittrell earned a B.A. in Psychology, Speech Communication and Mass Communication and an M.S., Exceptional Persons/Special Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA); earned extensive graduate coursework in the Certificate of Advanced Study School Psychology program at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY); completed the Psy.D. with a clinical-counseling curriculum emphasis from California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA), and has earned advanced professional certificates from the Leadership and Strategic Management Certificate Program, Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management and School of Hotel Administration (Ithaca, NY), and is completing postdoctoral professional development in psychology at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). His educational portfolio also includes law school attendance at Taft Law School (Santa Ana, CA) and the California School of Law (Santa Barbara, CA).  Dr. Kittrell also completed the Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit Program (Hampton, VA).



Psychology (postdoctoral professional development), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)


Cert., Leading Management Teams, 2008, Leadership and Strategic Management Certificate Program, 
Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management and School of Hotel Administration (Ithaca, NY)

Cert., Executive Leadership, 2007, Leadership and Strategic Management Certificate Program,
Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management and School of Hotel Administration (Ithaca, NY)


Psy.D., (Doctor of Psychology) Clinical-Counseling Psychology curriculum, 2007, California Coast University (Santa Ana, CA)

C.A.S., (Certificate of Advanced Study) School Psychology, 30 credits, The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)


M.S., Exceptional Persons/Special Education, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)


B.A., Psychology, Speech Comm., and Mass Comm., Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA); graduated with a historical distinction




Course(s) Teaching/Recently Taught

  • Prep for College Algebra: ALEKS (2012 - 2016 Summer Institute) 
  • Introduction to Psychology/ Exploring Psychology in Everyday Life (2009 - 2016 Summer Institute)


Teaching and Research Interests


Dr. Kittrell has taught the following undergraduate courses: Personality Theory, Social Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Psychology of Personal Affirmation, Psychology of College Success, Curriculum on Learning Academic Success Strategies, Strategies for Academic Success, Exploring Psychology, and General Psychology.  Research interests include Media Psychology; Power of intention on interpersonal communication; Executive leadership and management in higher education; Influence of physical appearance on objectivity and altruism, and Psycho-theatrics: psychology, law, and Shakespearean ideology.


Dr. Kittrell’s academic areas of clinical and counseling proficiency include health & wellness issues, family unification and family systems, self-esteem, student development, leadership development, interpersonal communication, and community HIV/AIDS prevention and education.


Selected Publication

Kittrell, O. (2008). Developmental Stage Theory: Chickering’s Psychosocial Theory for 21st Century Western Thought on College Student Development and Engagement. Act 101 Journal (refereed), 21-27.

Professional Affiliations/Memberships (recent/updated)

  • STEM Education Coalition
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOPPO)
  • Association for Program Administrators of CSTEP and STEP, Inc (APACS)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Division 41 – American Psychology - Law Society
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
  • National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
  • National Association for Developmental Education (NADE)
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
  • National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Hobbies include watching classic and horror films, reading magazines such as GQ, Esquire, Details, and Conde' Nast Portfolio, and collecting old coins.  His favorite television networks and shows include: Food Network, CNN, OWN, MSNBC, HLN, Bravo,  Law and Order, Mad Men, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Judge Judy, and Dateline NBC.  He enjoys cooking and eating East Indian and West Indian cuisines.  His favorite motto to live by is "Carpe Diem."

"The unexamined life is not worth living," Socrates