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Rev. Philip Kanfush O.S.B.

Professor, Education


  • Ed.D., West Virginia University
  • Post-Graduate Certificate, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.Div., Saint Vincent Seminary
  • M.A., Saint Vincent Seminary
  • M.S., California University of Pennsylvania
  • M.B.A., Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., Saint Vincent College
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • Courses

  • Applied Research & Statistics
  • Educating Students with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders
  • Inclusionary Education (graduate)
  • Methodes of Instruction & Assessment for Students with Significant & Multiple Disabilities (graduate)
  • Psychology & Education of the Exceptional Student
  • Statistics & Research Design (graduate)
  • Teaching of Business, Computer & Information Technology
  • Teaching of Composition & Language Arts for Upper Elementary (4-8)
  • About Rev. Philip Kanfush O.S.B.

    Dr. Philip M. Kanfush is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Doctoral Level and a licensed Behavior Specialist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Kanfush is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. He holds current Instructional II teaching certifications in the Commonwealth in the 10 areas of Early Childhood Education (pre-K to 3), Elementary Education (K – 6), Middle Grade areas of English, Math, and Science (7 – 9), Comprehensive Social Studies (7 – 12), Business, Computer, Information & Technology Education (K – 12), Special Education (pre-K – 12), Reading Specialist (K – 12), and as a Program Specialist in English as a Second Language (K – 12).  Dr. Kanfush earned Bachelor of Arts degrees at both the University of Pittsburgh and Saint Vincent College, and the Master of Business Administration and Master of Education in Special Education degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally he completed post-graduate studies in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kanfush completed the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees at Saint Vincent Seminary and earned his Doctorate in Education in Special Education at the West Virginia University. Dr. Kanfush is the Executive Director of the Bearcat B.E.S.T. Program at Saint Vincent College, and holds the rank of associate professor. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in reading instruction, multiple and severe disabilities, behavior and autism, and statistics and research design, and graduate level courses in inclusionary education, the assessment and instruction of students with multiple and severe disabilities, the assessment and instruction of students with severe emotional disabilities, and statistics and research design. His research interests include literacy instruction for struggling readers and students with intellectual disabilities, life skills instruction for individuals with significant and multiple disabilities, and the treatment of behavioral disorders, as well as teacher development.


    • Business Computer & Information Technology, K-12
    • Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists
    • Comprehensive Social Studies, 7-12
    • Doctoral Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analyst Certification Board
    • Early Childhood Education, Pre-K to 3
    • Elementary Education, K-6
    • Licensed Behavior Specialist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Middle School English & Language Arts, 7-9
    • Program Specialist in ESL, K-12
    • Reading Specialist, K-12
    • Special Education, Mental & Physical Disabilities, Birth-21