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Fall 2016

Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D. has been elected to the position of President-Elect Designate for the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).  She will serve as President of SEPI in 2019.


The annual Ferkauf Family and Friends Brunch happened on November 6, 2016 where students' family and friends got a taste of a typical day at Ferkauf. Guests were invited to attend mock classes and had a chance to meet the program directors and members of the faculty and administration. The first years and their families attended the brunch and hear stories from senior students (Sara Honickman from our program spoke on this event).

Ferkauf is proud to have been a large presence at this year's 50th Anniversary ABCT Conference held in NYC! We are extremely proud of our colleagues and professors who presented posters at the conference this year. Please see below: 

  • Social Media Utilization, Internalization, and Body Image; M. Campbell, Y. Lechtman, A. Van Meter 
  • Cognitive and Emotional Resilience in Adolescents; Exposed to Stress in a Low-Cost Primary Care Setting;E. Ronan, J. Rosenthal, Y. Bulba, R. Edelman, E. Rigogiannis, R. Proujansky, J. Wallerstein, E. Green, L. McGinn 
  • The Relationship Among Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Traits, Adult Attachment, and Quality of Life; A. Sarda, L. Sternberg, K. McFarlane, M. Wheaton 
  • The Relationship Between Perseverative Thinking and OCD Symptom Dimensions; L. Sternberg, K. McFarlane, A. Sarda, M. Wheaton 
  • The Impact of Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, and Emotion Regulation in Depression; M. Chu, Y. Lechtman, M. Campbell, E. Youngstrom, A. Van Meter 
  • How Social Support Influences Attitudes About Mental Health Treatment and Treatment-Seeking Behaviors in Young Adults; N. Agrawal, A. Van Meter 
  • Coping and Cognitive Risk Factors for Suicide in Minority Adolescents Seeking Primary Care Services; J. Rosenthal, E. Ronan, R. Proujansky, J. Wallerstein, E. Green, L. McGinn 
  • Intolerance of Uncertainty as a Predictor of Hoarding Symptoms in an Undergraduate Sample; K. McFarlane, A. Sarda, L. Sternberg, J. Abramowtiz, M. Wheaton  
  • Physical Quality of Life Across Pediatric Psychiatric Disorders; Y. Lechtman, A. Van Meter, M. Campbell, E. Youngstrom, J. Youngstrom, R. Findings 
  • As well as Dr. Lata McGinnDr. Catherine Eubanks and Dr. Richard Zweig, who presented at the conference! 

Jennifer Ho '18 was appointed as student representative to the Council of Professional GeroPsychology Training Programs (GoPGTP) for the 2017 calendar year.

Jamie Schumpf, Psy.D. was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, and was also named Editor of Advances in Cognitive Therapy.

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. and Richard Zweig, Ph.D. were both appointed as full Professors in June, 2016. The title of Professor is the highest academic rank at universities and suggests that they have reached the highest level of expertise in the field and have gained international recognition.

The program is excited to introduce an Addiction minor co-directed by Dr. Kate Walsh and Dr. Andrea Weinberger. Students who are interested in substance abuse and addictions are encouraged to take it. Please check the Addictions minor section for details on requirements.

The Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program has been awarded the maximum 7 years of reaccreditation from the APA (2015-2022). Thanks to the clinical faculty and students who helped out in the process, you efforts were much appreciated.

Spring 2016 

Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., was chosen for a 2016 APA Early Career Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wheaton will receive the award at the APA convention in August in Denver Colorado.

Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of Couples Therapy Training and Education at William Alanson White training program. 

Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., presented in a research roundtable at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in Philadelphia. Dr. Wheaton discussed new research findings on vulnerability factors for hoarding disorder.

 Anna Van Meter, Ph.D., was selected for the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. This competitive fellowship, supported by NIMH, NIDA and the Kavli Foundation, is intended to train “the next generation of researchers” in the theoretical perspectives and methodology of mind-brain science, so that this knowledge can be applied to translational research related to mental health. snake photo 2016

Sara Rothschild '18 and Shira Kelin '18 received $2000 grants from the Society for Psychotherapy Research for their research dissertation projects. 

Brittney Silvestri '17 was awarded $1000 from Division 39 Section Viii Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis for her qualitative study on the experiences of non-cisgender or trans-identified individuals in couples therapy. 

Jenny Merkin '17 won a Scholar Travel Award to the Division 39 Spring meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2016. Jenny will be recognized and honored at the Division Scholars Reception and the Section VIII Reception/Conversation Hour.

The internship match rate for the Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program was 100 percent, a first in the school's history. By comparison, the national average was 87 percent. As usual, our students matched at top sites including Brooklyn VA, LIJ/Northshore, Montefiore Medical Center, Beth Israel, Manhattan VA, and St. Lukes Medical Center. Thirty-five percent of Ferkauf applicants matched at their top choice, 70 percent matched at one of their top three choices, and 88 percent matched at one of their five top choices. 

Richard Zweig, Ph.D. accepted an invitation to be a Visiting Fellow of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College (NY- Presbyterian Medical Center- Westchester) during his sabbatical in Spring 2016.

The Ferkauf Older Adult Program's externship was filmed as part of an APA video series promoting psychologists' roles in delivering behavioral health interventions in primary care. Ferkauf's program, which incorporates specialized training in the treatment of older adults within a primary care setting, was one of six programs included in the film and was the sole program focused on primary care geropsychology. The video highlights the collaboration of the Ferkauf Older Adult Program and Jacobi Medical Center.  

Summer 2015

Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., spoke at a research symposium at the conference of the International OCD Foundation in Boston, MA. Dr. Wheaton presented research findings on racial/ethnic group differences in obsessive beliefs and how these beliefs relate to OCD symptoms. 

Lata K McGinn, Ph.D.'s co-authored book on anxiety and depression was cited in an Atlantic magazine article about American college students' resistance to learning about topics that they find distasteful.

Alumna Navya Singh, Psy.D. was invited to present on her dissertation research about Rwandan refugees and asylum seekers at an APA Division 39 panel. The panel will take place on August 8, 2015, and is titled "Mass Trauma around the Globe: Culturally Sensitive Psychoanalytic, Systems & Integrative Approaches."

Gregory Hinrichsen, Ph.D.  Adjunct Faculty member of the Ferkauf Older Adult Program, will receive the 2016 Powell Lawton Award from the APA's Society of Clinical GeroPsychology for his leadership and influential contributions to the field.  

 Michael Wheaton, Ph.D. was first author on a recent article published in the journal Psychiatric Annals titled "Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Outcomes for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Exposure and Response Prevention." The article describes the components of CBT treatment for OCD and reviews the research literature demonstrating the effectiveness of this treatment. Read more. 

Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research in June 2015. The award recognizes the recipient's productivity and promise in making scientific contributions to psychotherapy research. Read more.

 Alumna Lauren Glick, Dr. Richard Zweig, and Aliza Romirowsky '17 co-presented a poster with Dr. Jo Anne Sirey at the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Washington DC. Their poster discussed the relationship between personality pathology, depression, and functioning in older adults.

Spring 2015

Founder of Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Aaron T. Beck gave a lecture to Dr. Lata McGinn's students on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Students learned about his work on CT for Psychoses and had the opportunity to pose questions to Dr. Beck. 

 The internship match rate for the Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program was 96 percent. By comparison, the national average was 89 percent. As usual, our students matched at top sites including Bronx VA, Brooklyn VA, LIJ/Northshore, Kings County Hospital, and St. Lukes Medical Center.

Catherine F. Eubanks, PhD is the 2015 Chair of the Research Committee of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) as well as the Program Co-Chair of the 2015 SEPI international conference.

Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., was selected for the ADAA 2015 Career Development Leadership Program. This program aims to support the development of early career investigators and researchers and includes attendance at the Anxiety and Depression Conference in Miami, FL.

Lata K. McGinn, PhD serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT). The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) was developed as a means to identify and credential mental health professionals who demonstrate competence in cognitive therapy. Its missions include certifying clinicians from all disciplines as competent cognitive therapists and educating the public about this empirically supported treatment.

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D., was selected for the Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder. This award is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Pittsburgh, and is designed to support junior investigators committed to a research career in the field of bipolar disorder.

Several students, alumni, adjuncts and faculty were involved in the Div. 39 Spring Conference in San Francisco in April 2015. The annual Spring Conference holds over 60 symposia and workshops about innovations in psychoanalytic thinking. Luis Nobrega, '16 and Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D. presented their research. Luis Nobrega's research project is entitled "You, Me, and Fantasy: The Impact of Sharing Sexual Fantasies on Intimacy in Committed Relationships" and Dr. Goldklank illustrated the research with clinical data. Brittney Silvestri '17 and Michelle Zarowitz '17 were awarded $500 Travel Awards granted by Section VIII (Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) of Division 39 of APA to attend the conference. Stephanie Manes, a supervisor in the Family and Couples therapy practicum course, also won a Travel Award to attend. Further, Alumna Navya Singh was awarded a Division Scholars Appointment from the Multicultural Concerns Committee of Division 39 of APA. The award was based on her "background, experiences, and commitment to psychoanalysis and multicultural issues." As part of the honor, she too received a Travel Award to the conference. 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn presented a Master Clinician Seminar on CBT for Obsessive Disorder at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) in Miami, Florida in April 2015.

 Eriko Dunn '16 and Dr. Richard Zweig published an article in the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs Newsletter. Their article described how Yeshiva University implements the Pike's Peak model, a specific approach to geropsychology training.

William Salton, Ph.D., presented on separation and individuation in a couple at the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (NYSPP) in March 2015. Dr. Salton will speak about separation, individuation as well as transference and countertransference, in his work with "Vito and Carmella."

 Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., presented a paper at the Third Annual New England OCD Research Symposium at Yale University in March 2015. Dr. Wheaton's presentation examined moderators and predicators of improvement with SRI augmentation strategies for OCD. 

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D., co-presented a paper at the annual conference of "German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology" in Innsbruck, Austria, in February, 2015. He and his student discussed their paper entitled "Social support and its contribution to trauma recovery and resilience in post genocide Rwanda."

Mary Marron '16 presented a paper at The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis conference in New York City in March 2015. Mary's paper is entitled "Psychotherapeutic Listening: Responses to Incoherence in the Psychotherapeutic Context."

Dr. Lata K. McGinn delivered the Keynote address on Social Anxiety Disorder at the International Conference on Cognitive Behavioral Interventions AIIMS, in March, 2015 in New Delhi, India, where she is also the guest of honor.

Dr. Richard Zweig co-authored a chapter, Personality disorders in later life, in the APA's Handbook of Professional Gero-Psychology: Volume 2. Assessment, treatment and issues of later life.

Fall 2014

 Ferkauf Older Adult Program (FOAP) received the "Innovative Training Award for 2014" by the Council of Professional GeroPsychology Training Programs in December 2014. The award recognizes a level of excellence and creativity in geropsychology training. Through the Clinical PsyD program, FOAP provides specialty training in Clinical GeroPsychology, offering didactic coursework and clinical training experiences to Ferkauf students in the emerging field of Clinical GeroPsychology. Read more.

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. was a co-author in a recent article published in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice entitled "Principles for Training in Evidence-Based Psychology: Recommendations for the Graduate Curricula in Clinical Psychology." The article provides guidelines for doctoral clinical psychology programs on providing evidence-based training to graduates, including processes stemming from Evidence-Based Medicine that teach student clinicians to integrate science and practice.

The Clinical PsyD. program had an average match rate of 93% over a four-year period.  Further, the Clinical Program’s match rate was in the top 3 for Clinical PsyD. programs nationwide. Dr. Schumpf, the Director of Externship and Internship training, credits the rate to Ferkauf's "'top-notch program and ... excellent candidates." Take a look at the APPIC's report on match rates and compare across programs.  

Richard A. Zweig, Ph.D. was Board Certified in Geropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (#7757) in 2014, the inaugural year for board certification in this specialty area.

William Salton, Ph.D. was featured in a New York Times article about therapists' offices.

Summer 2014

Kate WalshClinical PsyD Program Welcomes Drs. Walsh and Wheaton to the Faculty: Kate Walsh, Ph.D. will be joining the clinical program (PsyD) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in September, 2014 as Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her B.A. from Boston University and her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She completed her internship at the National Crime Victims Center, Medical University of South Carolina and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where she conducts research focused on trauma exposure and mental health outcomes. Dr. Walsh's research interests intersect the areas of gender-based violence (GBV), posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders. She has a particular focus on mechanisms including emotion dysregulation and neuroendocrine reactivity that explain why some individuals exposed to GBV go on to develop a host of negative sequelae while others do not. She has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to identify biopsychosocial pathways to developing substance use and risky sexual behaviors. She was also recently invited to submit a funding proposal to the Department of Defense to develop an intervention to prevent sexual harassment and assault in the military, and she has a number of ongoing projects focused on sexual assault in other settings (college, prison, adolescents). Dr. Walsh was also the recipient of two competitive National Institute on Drug Abuse travel awards to present research at national meetings of the American Psychological Association and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence. 

 Michael WheatonMichael Wheaton, Ph.D will also be joining the clinical program (PsyD) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in September, 2014 as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Dr. Wheaton received his BA from Cornell University and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his Internship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago and is completing a postdoctoral position in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University. Dr. Wheaton's research interests focus on the psychopathology and treatment of obsessive compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs), with a particular emphasis on hoarding disorder. His research program aims to explore the cognitive, behavioral, and neurobiological factors that contribute to these disorders. Dr. Wheaton has a particular interest in cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD, including exposure and response prevention (EX/RP). He has served as a therapist on an NIMH-funded trial of EX/RP for OCD and is interested in investigating variables (e.g., biomarkers, therapist skills) that predict response to EX/RP. Dr. Wheaton was awarded a traineeship by NIMH to work on genetic and phenotypic investigations of OCD and received a grant from NYSPI to examine the neural correlates of CBT for OCD. Dr Wheaton has received a grant from the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation to study Affective Responses and Information-Processing in Compulsive Hoarding. He was also awarded a Career Development Travel Award from ADAA to present his research at their annual Conference. 

Lata McGinn, Ph.D. wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post about the prevalence of and causes behind suicide in middle-age and older white men. The piece was in response to Robin Williams's suicide on August 11, 2014.

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. co-published an article called "Pathways to Resilience in Post-genocide Rwanda: A Resources-Efficacy Model" in the journal Intervention. Dr. Auerbach and his fellow researchers examined resilience in post-genocide Rwanda utilizing interviews that were analyzed via qualitative research procedure. Their results suggest a “resources-efficacy-resilience” model, in which the availability of resources creates self-efficacy which facilitates resilience, i.e. the ability overcome past trauma and create a successful life. Read the article.

William Salton, Ph.D. led a workshop "Cultural Nuances: How to Manage the Challenges and Opportunities of Understanding and Working With Patients From a Different Culture" through the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy on June 21, 2014. Dr. Salton examined how cultural differences between patient and therapist can be explored and how they can ultimately enhance treatment.

Lata McGinn, Ph.D.served as part of a Division 12 task force which delineated a model graduate curriculum   for teaching evidence based practice in Clinical Psychology. The curriculum focuses on teaching students to base clinical practice and applied work on research, teaching critical thinking and lifelong learning, and integrating experiential with didactic learning in all training.

Spring 2014

Jamie Schumpf, Psy.D., presented at the Annual APPIC conference on the clinical program's affiliated internship and new training program federally funded by HRSA on May 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The CTP-SPMI is a collaborative training program that provides a continuum of competent care to underserved, severely and persistently mentally ill populations with an internship at Bronx Psychiatric Center. The program is finishing its first training year and serves as a model for other institutions to create affiliated programs.   

Snake Photo2The Clinical PsyD. Program (PI: Anna Van Meter, PhD) was also awarded the 2014 Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative grant from the APA's Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP - Section III of Division 12, Society for Clinical Psychology). The Clinical PsyD program was awarded the grant to further enhance our initiative to integrate clinical practice and research by using clinical data to improve ongoing practice. The grant will support the use of electronic medical records as a tool for measuring patient outcomes, providing therapists feedback, and answering research questions.Read YU Today post about the Clinical PsyD. Program's award.

Samantha Stein '16 and Eriko Nagao '16 received the Hans Strupp Memorial Student Travel Award to present their poster at the Society for Psychotherapy Research conference in Copenhagen in June. Their poster will be on the influence of therapist-trainee personal therapy and rejection sensitivity on facilitative interpersonal skills.

Anna Van Meter, PhD was awarded a grant from the Institute of Clinical and Translational Research Catalytic Seed Grant at Einstein-Montefiore Institute of Clinical and Translational Research to investigate neural correlates of emotion recognition in young people with bipolar disorder using a novel task and fMRI.

Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D. was featured as one of five Master Clinicians at the William Alanson White Institute Educational Intensive, June 2014. The Master Clinicians -- Dr. Goldklank, Dr. Mark Blechner, Dr. Philip Bromberg, Dr. Jacqueline Ferraro, and Dr. Edgar Levenson -- exhibited a "live supervision" to an international audience: they offered five vantage points over the course of five days on conducting psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy from a contemporary Interpersonal/Relational perspective. Dr. Goldklank also served on last year's panel of Master Clinicians at the William Alanson White Institute Educational Intensive.

Luis Nobrega '16 received a Travel Award granted by Section VIII (Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) of Division 39 of APA to attend Div. 39 Spring Conference in New York, 2014. The annual Spring Conference holds over 60 symposia and workshops about innovations in psychoanalytic thinking. Luis also received a Travel Award to attend the Div. 39 Spring Conference in 2013 by the Multicultural Concerns Committee and Sexualities and Gender Identities Committee of Division 39 of APA. 

Elaine Lavin '18 presented a poster with her fellow researchers at the inaugural conference of the Society for Affective Science in Washington DC in April 2014. They examined dyadic patterns of emotional experience that mark distressed couples. Elaine also presented a poster on ambiguous loss and parenting stress associated with boundary ambiguity in families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in October 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Orlando, Florida.

 Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. was granted the Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Award, a National Institute of Mental Health-funded training program for early career investigators pursuing research related to prevention and intervention for child psychiatric disorders. The award includes a five-day intensive Summer Research Institute as well as funds to visit mentors and to attend professional conferences. 

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D.  also participated in two different symposia at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2014. Dr. Van Meter presented data on different models of risk during the prodromal phase of bipolar disorder, as well as various cross-cultural indicators of suicidality and self-injury in young adults. 

William Salton, Ph.D. presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on February 28, 2014. He discussed treatment of long-term in graduate student training clinics using a case study of five long-term patients at the Parnes Clinic. 

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D.    gave a talk at Brown University on February 5, 2014 titled "Trauma and governance in post-genocide Rwanda." He spoke about the ways Rwandans have addressed the unusual challenge of perpetrators and victims living together after a mass murder. Dr Auerbach also had a letter-to-the-editor published in the New York Times in response to Jeffrey Gettleman's article about Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame. Dr. Auerbach's letter defended the governing policy of President Kagame. 

William Arsenio, Ph.D.    was recently selected to be on the Board of Directors for the Jean Piaget Society for the 2014-2017 term. The society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge. 

The internship match rate for the Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program was 95 percent. By comparison, the national average was 81 percent. As usual, our students matched at all top sites including Bellevue, Brooklyn VA, LIJ/Northshore, Manhattan VA, Mt. Sinai, New York-Presbyterian, St. Lukes Medical Center, Montefiore and Yale. Seventy percent matched with one of their top three choices.

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. and William Salton, Ph.D. introduced a course “Working With Asylum Seekers” that taught students how to psychologically evaluate asylum seekers and write reports that would be presented in court on their behalf. Students worked in pairs to complete three asylum evaluations, interviewing people from across the globe with different pleas for asylum. After meeting with the clients, students wrote up an affidavit, or a written account of what they determined about the client based on the interview, which was then given to a lawyer, who submitted it into evidence in support of the client’s case. The course emphasizes to students how their role as an expert witness in an asylum case is different than that of a clinician with clients. Read more about the course

Jamie Schumpf, PsyD Jamie Schumpf, PsyD has served as Treasurer of New York City-Cognitive Behavior Therapy Association (NYC-CBT) from 2014 and continues to serve in this role. NYC-CBT is a local organization that connects mental health providers (e.g., psychologist, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners), students and trainees interested in behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based interventions, located in the New York Metropolitan area, with each other. This group aims to facilitate discussion and to disseminate clinical skills and research among professionals and students.

Fall 2013

Lata McGinn, Ph.D. and co-researchers presented at the 47th annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies in Nashville, TN November 21-24, 2013 . One clinical round table,Tailored Treatment Techniques & Difficult Differential Diagnoses, focused on differentiating OCD from a range of other psychological conditions. Specific attention was given to the similarities and differences in symptomatology between each disorder and OCD and to creating individualized treatment plans for treating specific OCD obsessions (i.e. fear of harming others vs. sexual obsessions). A poster presentation, Does OCD identification really matter? Results show: Yes, discussed misdiagnosis of OCD. Approximately half (50.5%) of the 208 primary care physicians, who participated in the study, misdiagnosed the OCD vignette they randomly reviewed. The results from this study found that the participants who correctly identified the OCD vignette were 1.5 to 8 times more likely to recommend an empirically supported OCD treatment. Dr. McGinn and researchers also presented these findings at the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Conference in July 2013.  

Clinical students in the second, third, and fourth year classes attended the ABCT conference in Nashville, TN, in November 2013.ABCTlarge

Richard Zweig, Ph.D. was appointed Chair of the Council of Professional GeroPsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP). The mission of the COPGTP is to promote state-of-the-art education and training in geropsychology, to provide a forum for sharing resources and advancements, and to support activities that prepare psychologists for competent and ethical geropsychology practice. Dr. Zweig has also joined the Editorial Board of Clinical Gerontologist.

Alumni Alla (Kryss) Palma, Diana Bronshteyn and Alina Feyder presented posters about their research on Depression and Social Isolation in Russian Immigrant Older Adults at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans, LA, in November 2013. 

William Arsenio, Ph.D.   was one of three faculty participants in the "Blood, Muscle, Bone: The Anatomy of Wealth and Poverty" project being conducted at Wesleyan University this Fall. The project brings together two nationally known dance choreographers, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Liz Lerman (a previous MacArthur prize winner), students, and researchers who focus on the consequences of economic inequality. Using collaborative methods, this group is exploring how dance choreography can be combined with social science research to examine and communicate the effects of poverty and inequality on physical and psychological health. Dr. Arsenio's contribution focuses on how growing US income inequality has affected the educational and psychosocial development of children and adolescents; This stems from the research he and his students conduct on understanding and moral evaluations of institutional fairness and how that relates to the "possible selves" that adolescents envision for themselves in the near future. The multi-disciplinary project will culminate in a performance-based teach-in on November 11th that will utilize a lively and provocative tool of past protest movements. 

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conference on October 22-27 in Orlando, Fl. Her talk, "A Tantrum By Another Other Name: Two Disorders of Chronic Irritability," looked at Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, a DSM 5 diagnosis, and compared it to the existing diagnosis of cyclothymic disorder in youth. Additionally, she presented two posters: Meta-Analysis of the Discriminative Validity of Caregiver, Teacher, and Youth Checklists for Assessing Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and Updated Meta-Analysis of the Clinical Characteristics of Mania in Children and Adolescents (of which she is lead author). She co-chaired a symposium called "Emotion Dysregulation Across Disorders of Youth."

Gregory Hinrichsen, Ph.D. Adjunct Faculty member of the Ferkauf Older Adult Program, joined the Editorial Boards of Clinical Gerontologist and The Gerontologist. 

Catherine Eubanks-Carter, Ph.D.   moderated a panel called "Understanding the Rupture Resolution Process and Assimilative Integration through Qualitative and Quantitative Methods," at the 2013 North American Society for Psychotherapy Research meeting in Memphis, TN, October 17-19. As part of the panel, Dr. Eubanks-Carter presented a paper "Understanding Assimilative Integration from a philosophical, individual, and clinical perspective," which she co-authored with student Jessica Grossman.

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D.   published an article in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy on a Status Update on the Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder.

William Salton, Ph.D., presented at the New York State Psychological Association's Biannual Substance Abuse Conference on October 4, 2013, in New York City. The conference focused on how experienced psychologically-informed clinicians actually work with patients, examining different modalities, treatment strategies, and approaches. Dr. Salton's presentation was called "Non-manualized Substance Abuse Psychotherapy: Drawing from the Patient's Own World (With a Little Help from Willie Nelson). Dr. Salton also spoke at BITS Pilani Univeristy in Goa, India, in July; his presentation was called "Possible pitfalls in cross cultural research interviews."

Summer 2013

Catherine Eubanks-Carter, Ph.D. is part of a team of investigators who were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Fund for Psychoanalytic Research of the American Psychoanalytic Association for their research in the relationship between the psychotherapy process, attachment, and reflective functioning. The research team, affiliated with the Beth Israel Brief Psychotherapy Research Program, was led by Primary Investigator Jeremy Safran of the New School, Dr. Eubanks-Carter (co-Primary Investigator), and Chris Muran (Co-Investigator) of Adelphi University. The study is entitled "Assessing relational change in psychotherapy: New applications of measures for assessing attachment and reflective functioning." Ferkauf student Erin King will utilize some of the funds to support her PsyD. II research.

Briana Auman '16 was awarded a $2000 Small Grants Research Award by the Society for Psychotherapy Research to support her dissertation with Dr. Eubanks-Carter. Working with an ongoing project at Beth Israel, her dissertation will examine the relationship between working alliance, psychotherapy process, and outcome in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Brief Relational Therapy. 

Landon Zaki '14 published a study in the September issue of Behavior Therapy. Her study, entitled "Emotion differentiation as a protective factor against nonsuicidal self-injury in borderline personality disorder," investigated whether differentiation of negative emotion was associated with lower frequency of nonsuicidal self-injury acts and urges. The researchers found that rumination predicated higher rates of NSSI acts and urges in participants who exhibited difficulty in differentiating their negative emotions. 

Rachel Edelman '15 and Erin King '15   are campus representatives for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). As part of this role, they will be communicating with the student body about Action Alerts from the APA, so that students are aware of issues facing psychologists and have an opportunity to take action if they choose to. They will also be informing students of other important issues related to the APA.

Julia (Dryzcimski) Buckley '09 serves as the President-Elect/Vice President of the Central Coast Psychological Association (CCPA), her local chapter of the California Psychological Association. She will become as President of CCPA in 2014 and currently also serves as the Co-Chair of the Marketing and Public Relations committee of CCPA. 

Sarah Fraser '15 has been awarded the Margaret Floy Washburn Fund fellowship for the past three years from Vassar College, her undergraduate institution. 

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. was invited to be as a Keynote Speaker at the 7th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Lima, Peru in July, 2013. She provided a status update on Social Anxiety Disorder, speaking about the changes in the DSM-V regarding the diagnosis of the disorder, cultural influences and trends in the diagnosis, the latest etiological research, and an overview of different treatments. She also discussed the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 

Kristina McGuire 2Alumna Kristina J. McGuire, PsyD. was featured in the June 2013 issue of APA publication Monitor On Psychology. The article features how Dr. McGuire works at preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations through intensive care management at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health system. Dr. McGuire targets the highest-risk patients to pinpoint any psychological problems that could potentially interfere with medical treatment. 

Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. joined the faculty in the Fall of 2013. Dr. Van Meter received her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her clinical internship at University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. Dr. Van Meter is engaged in research on the classification and assessment of bipolar spectrum disorders, with a special focus on cyclothymic disorder. She has conducted validation studies of cyclothymic disorder in two youth clinical samples, and is the author of multiple papers and chapters reviewing the literature and empirical data on cyclothymic disorder across the lifespan. Dr. Van Meter is also interested in how the intersection of biological environmental risk factors influences the developmental trajectory of mood disorders. She has used meta-analytic techniques to study differences in the prevalence of bipolar spectrum disorders internationally. Additionally, she conducted a large study investigating the relation between a biomarker for environmental sensitivity, emotion regulation, and disordered mood. In the future, she plans to continue this line of research to develop a model of how emotionally sensitive temperaments can predispose some individuals to clinically significant episodes of disturbed mood. 



Richard Zweig, PhD was appointed to the Board of Directors, American Board of Professional Psychology – Geropsychology (ABPP, ABGERO).

Michelle Zarowitz '17   received a Travel Award granted by Section VIII (Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) of Division 39 (Division of Psychoanalysis) to attend the annual APA Division 39 Spring Meeting in 2013.

Lata K. McGinn, PhD served on the board of directors of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) from 2010-2013. The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is a multidisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of scientific approaches to the understanding and improvement of human functioning through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based approaches to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of human problems, and the enhancement of health and wellbeing.

New Harbinger Publications released alumna Jenny Taitz's first popular audience book, End Emotional Eating. The book introduces the latest scientifically supported theories and strategies to manage emotions to live purposefully in an accessibly and entertaining manner. Unlike many books on the topic of eating, Dr. Taitz's book focuses on attention, regulating emotions and distress, and participating rather than feeling preoccupied by feelings and food. Read more about the book and Dr. Taitz by viewing her website,

Lata K. McGinn, PhD earned the title of ACT certified Consultant and Trainer by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2013. 

On September 25, 2012, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology's Clinical PsyD. Program (PI: Lata K. McGinn, PhD, and Co-PI Jamie Schumpf, PsyD) was awarded a grant for $470,782 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius through the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant (MBHETG) program, which was authorized as a part of the Affordable Care Act. HRSA received hundreds of applications for this grant and only eleven clinical programs across the country were awarded this grant, which will be used to support three-years of pre-doctoral internship training.The Clinical Program (PsyD) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (FGSP), Yeshiva University (YU), in collaboration with Bronx Psychiatric Center (BPC ) will use this grant to create an innovative SPMI training program (The Collaborative Training Program to Provide a Continuum of Competent Care to Underserved, Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Populations CPT-SPMI) that will include the creation of an affiliated internship program. The CTP-SPMI will provide comprehensive training to graduate students in the assessment and treatment of severe and persistent mental illness. Through this unique partnership, the two programs will increase competent care to underserved, severely and persistently mentally ill populations by (a) directly training students in the clinical program and (b) by creating an exportable curriculum that will be disseminated to other graduate clinical programs and internship programs, with the hope that they will use this training model to develop similar programs.

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University have found that personality traits like being outgoing, optimistic, easygoing, and enjoying laughter as well as staying engaged in activities may also be part of the longevity genes mix. The study is titled "Positive attitude towards life and emotional expression as personality phenotypes for centenarians," and was aimed at detecting genetically-based personality characteristics by developing a brief measure (the Personality Outlook Profile Scale, or POPS) of personality in centenarians. The POPS was developed by lead author Kaori Kato, Psy.D., now at Weill Cornell Medical College, who validated it through comparisons with two previously established measures of personality traits. Other authors of the study were Nir Barzilai, M.D., the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research, director of Einstein'sInstitute for Aging Research and co-corresponding author of the study, Richard Zweig, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein and director of the Older Adult Program at Ferkauf's Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program, and Gil Atzmon, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of genetics at Einstein.

A book edited by William Arsenio, Ph.D. and his co-author, Elizabeth Lemerise Emotions, Aggression, and Morality in Children: From Development to Psychopathology, is being offered as a continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. The book and seven CE credit classes draw "largely from social information processing and moral domain theories, [and] the chapters demonstrate how early affective experiences and relationships provide a foundation for children's subsequent social cognitive understanding of victimization, harm, and moral intentionality." The book includes chapters by leading American and European scholars on theoretical foundations, empirical reviews, and interventions involving aggressive problems in children and adolescents. 

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D., with co-authors Drs. Leahy and Holland, published a new edition of their book "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders." The book details indispensable tools for treating the most common clinical problems encountered in outpatient mental health practice. Chapters provide basic information on depression and the six major anxiety disorders; step-by-step instructions for evidence-based assessment and intervention; illustrative case examples; and practical guidance for writing reports and dealing with third-party payers. In a convenient large-size format, the book features 125 reproducible client handouts, homework sheets, and therapist forms for assessment and record keeping. The included CD-ROM enables clinicians to rapidly generate individualized treatment plans, print extra copies of the forms, and find information on frequently prescribed medications. New to this edition includes the latest research on each disorder and its treatment; innovative techniques that draw on cognitive, behavior, and mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches; two chapters offering expanded descriptions of basic behavioral and cognitive techniques.

Lata K. McGinn, PhD was appointed on the Advisory Board of the peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy in 2012. In that year, Dr. McGinn was also appointed on the editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Cognitive Therapy in and as Associate Editor of the Peer-reviewed Journal, Cognitive Therapy and Research.


Lata K. McGinn, PhD served as president of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy from 2011-2014, and as president-elect from 2008-2011. The International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) is an international professional, scientific, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to alleviate human suffering by facilitating the world-wide development, utilization, and growth of cognitive psychotherapy as a scientific discipline and professional activity.

Richard Zweig, PhD was elected Fellow, Behavioral and Social Sciences Section, Gerontological Society of America in 2011.

Catherine F. Eubanks, PhD was appointed to the editorial board of the journal Psychotherapy Research since 2010 and continues to serve in this role.

Lata K. McGinn, PhD served as program chair for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies convention in 2009.

Lata K. McGinn, PhD earned the title of Beck Scholar by the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research in 2008.