Born and raised in Natrona Heights, PA, Peggy was the oldest of four children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University in 1969. She then married her husband Andrew J. Kaczmarek on November 6, 1971. They later moved to New Mexico to continue school and start a family. Peggy received her first Masters degree from Western New Mexico University in English in 1974, followed by a Masters in Counseling and Guidance from New Mexico State University in 1978. She then went onto receiving her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from NMSU in 1983. Peggy was a dedicated professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology where she taught master level and doctoral level course work. Dr. Kaczmarek operated a private practice for children, adolescents, and adults, along with having over 25 published articles. She also spoke on a national basis and was a Program Committee Member of the American and New Mexico Psychological Associations. She received numerous rewards including the Darnall Achievement Award that recognized her outstanding achievements in teaching, research, and services to NMSU. Peggy and Andrew were very dedicated to their church Immaculate Heart of Mary for nearly 30 years. Together they have four children, Drew, Debi, Michael, and Mark. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and being a loving mother.
Dr. Peggy Glaister Kaczmarek led New Mexico State University’s development of an American Psychological Association accredited Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and served as its Director of Training. In addition to other accolades, she received the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award, the Dennis W. Darnall Faculty Achievement Award, and served as President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. She authored many professional publications, notably the APA book for New Mexico Law and Mental Health Professionals, and earned her Diplomat in Psychopharmacology thereby creating a vital NMSU link toward establishing prescription privileges for psychologists. Undeniably, Peggy exemplified the best of her profession with superb kindness, sensitivity, integrity, wisdom, dedication, and understanding that she applied to teaching, research, and service. Such qualities naturally also shined brightly in her proud commitment to family and Catholic faith. A professor and psychologist yes, but most especially an endeared and beloved wife and mother of four. Professional success she considered a fortunate product of this strong family life. She noted that such achievement was also possible because of the encouragement and support of her parents, Thomas and Helen Hartman Glaister, sister, two brothers, and close friends. Peggy’s unique strength, bravery, and perseverance lives on in the many individuals she touched in both her personal and professional life.
Class Level: Doctoral
Required Major: CEP
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Other Requirements: Must have merit inside and outside of the classroom