CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM NEWS AND EVENTS
The dean of Ferkauf, Lawrence Siegel, Ph.D. recently wrote an op-ed for the Daily News on funding for psychological services.
Alumna Jennifer Taitz, PsyD. has authored a new book titled “How to be Single and Happy:Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate.” The book earned a recommendation from the ABCT book committee and seems like the only book in the genre linked to principles in emotion regulation.
Jamie Schaffer ’21 was elected Chair-Elect of the New York State Psychological Association - Graduate Students Division.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. has been invited to serve on the Scientific committee for the 10th International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy, of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) in Rome, 18-21st June 2020.
Catherine Eubanks, Ph. D. has recently begun terms as an associate editor of two different journals: the journal Psychotherapy Research and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (JCCP).
Catherine Eubanks, Ph. D. conducted a webinar entitled "An Introduction to the Rupture and Resolution Ratings System (3RS)." The webinar was co-sponsored by the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and is available for viewing on both organizations' websites.
Jorge Alcantar ’19 won a $1000 scholar award from Division 39 (Couple & Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) and will be traveling to New Orleans for the meetings.
Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, Ph.D. has been awarded a grant by the American Psychoanalytic Association to explore the role of affect attunement in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. and colleagues led the discussion on a clinical roundtable titled, "Do All Roads Lead to Rome? Examining the Treatment of OCD from Different Theoretical Perspectives" at the ABCT convention in San Diego, California on November 18h, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. chaired a symposium at the ABCT convention in San Diego, California on November 18, 2017 titled, “Novel Targets and Change Mechanisms in Prevention.”
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. presented findings from her research study at a symposium at the ABCT convention in San Diego, California on November 18, 2017. Her paper was titled, “A pilot study using a novel augmented CBT intervention to prevent symptoms of pharmacologically induced depression.”
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. and colleagues presented a poster titled, “Improvement in Staff burnout following training and implementation in schools following dialectical behavior therapy,” at the ABCT convention in San Diego, California on November 18th, 2017.
Jun Min Koay ’20 presented at the ABCT convention 2017 in San Diego in November 2017. His presentations were titled, “Does Cultural Difference Moderate the Relationship between Family Expressed Emotion and Perceived Family Support in American and Korean Families?”
Faculty members of the Clinical PsyD. Program attended the Ferkauf 60th Anniversary Gala on October 22nd. William Salton, Ph.D. received the Outstanding Faculty Award for his work and contribution to the Parnes Clinic. Congratulations!
Fifth-year Advanced CBT students, Julie Rones '18, Shira Kelin '18., Sara Rothschild '18, Jenna Feldman '18, and Elaina Servidio '18 adapted Dr. David Barlow's transdiagnistic Unified Protocol for the patient population at the Parnes Clinic-Yeshiva University’s community mental health clinic under the supervision of the Dr. Jamie Schumpf, the Assistant Director of the CBT Training Program. They successfully ran two rounds of the group over the 2016-17 academic year, and the current fourth-year students in the Advanced CBT Therapy Practicum will maintain this initiative by running a third round of the group during the Fall 2017 semester. The fifth-year students were selected to present their group outcome data regarding adaptation of the protocol for a community population at the 51st Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in San Diego in November, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. participated in the panel discussion "Social Emotional Learning" on October 26th, 2017 at the Fieldston Ethical Culture School in Manhattan.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. conducted a school refusal workshop at the NY Association of School Psychologists annual conference in White Plains, NY on October 20th, 2017.
Elaine Lavin ’17 and Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. published a chapter titled “Status of Clinical Psychology in North America,” in the book “International Perspectives on Psychotherapy” published by Springer in September, 2017.
Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D. founded a Couples Therapy Training and Education Program at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychoanalysis. A first class of ten candidates begin in September 2017.
The Clinical Program is pleased to welcome Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. for joining us as assistant professor in August, 2017. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Oxford, and completed her clinical internships within the National Health Service, in the UK and a psychoanalytic internship at the Access Institute for Psychological Services, in San Francisco. Her research focuses on the evidence-base of psychodynamic psychotherapy; the effect of short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies (Experiential Dynamic Therapy) as well as (non) verbal psychodynamic processes.
Jun Min Koay ’20 presented at the APA convention 2017 in Washington DC in August 2017. His presentations were titled, “The Role of BIS/BAS and PTSD Symptoms in Children’s Externalizing and Internalizing Symptoms.”
Aliza Romirowsky, Psy.D. (Ferkauf, '17) along with Drs. Richard Zweig, Lauren Glick (Ferkauf, '14), and JoAnne Sirey presented a poster at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (July 2017, San Francisco CA) entitled "Maladaptive personality and social impairment in depressed older adults in primary care". The Ferkauf Older Adult Program also celebrated its fifteenth anniversary this past year.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. facilitated a 5-day CBT intensive workshop in White Plains, New York in July 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. conducted a master clinician seminar titled, “ Comprehensive CBT for social anxiety to maximize Gains and Relapse” at the International Congress of Cognitive Psychotherapy conference in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on June 30th, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. presented an invited keynote address titled, “Efforts to prevent anxiety and depression feasible?” in Cluj-Napoca Romania on June 29th, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. conducted a master clinician seminar titled, “Comprehensive CBT for OCD to maximize gains and prevent relapse” at International Congress of Cognitive and Psychotherapy conference in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on June 28th, 2017.
Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D. received tenure and was being promoted as Associate Professor in June, 2017. Congratulation, Dr. Eubanks!
Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D. chaired a panel “Polyamory, Trans-Inclusivity, and Consensual Non-Exclusivity: Plus Ces Changes” at the APA Division of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Goldklank also presented a paper on Trans-Inclusive Couples in Therapy there.
The Class of 2017 celebrates their graduation on May 16th. Congratulation! Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Alec Miller also gives an inspirational speech to our graduates during the Commencement.
Elizabeth Ellman ’17 was awarded the Mort Berger award for excellence and Elizabeth Ronan ’17 was awarded the 2017 Jeffrey Sage Outstanding Student award at the Commencement.
Students, alumni and faculty members come together at Dr. Martin Rock’s retirement party to celebrate his years of service to Ferkauf.
Joey Sergi ’20 and Jun Min Koay ’20 presented at the International Society for Bipolar Disorder's conference in Washington DC in May 2017. Their presentations were titled, "Does Family History of Mood Disorder Moderate the Relation Between Sleep and Symptoms of Depression or Mania?" and "The Moderating Effect of Emotion Regulation on the Relation between BIS/BAS and Mood Symptoms in a Transdiagnostic Sample."
William Arsenio, Ph.D. presented a talk, “Adolescents’ Conceptions of National Wealth Distribution” to the Society for Research in Child Development on April 2017 in Austin, Texas. This research was recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology. A related study involving nearly 700 Argentinian adolescents from different social class backgrounds was recently accepted for a special issue on Poverty and Inequality in Developmental Psychology.
William Salton, Ph.D. presented webinars for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) on “Working with Interpreters with Refugee Populations in Healthcare Settings and for Asylum Evaluations” and "Conducting Asylum Evaluations."
Jamie Schumpf, Psy.D. and William Salton, Ph.D. led a workshop “All about Incompetencies: Characteristics of Psychology Graduate Students on Probation for Problematic Clinical Practices and Faculty Strategies for a Healthy Return” through the Association of Doctoral Psychology Training Clinics (APTC).
William Salton, Ph.D. led a half day workshop “Becoming an Adolescent Therapist” through the New Alternatives for Children, New York.
Lina Perl ’18 has won the Gerald Stechler Research Award from Division 39 (Couple & Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) Section Viii for her research.
Catherine Glass '19 was awarded the role of ABCT Student Ambassador and NYC-CBT student liaison.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. presented a Master Clinician Seminar on how to maximize gains for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in San Diego, California on April 6th, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. gave a Grand Rounds Lecture on Social Anxiety Disorder: State of the Art at the Princeton House Behavioral Health. Princeton, New Jersey on April 24th, 2017.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. presented a webinar on the effective use of cognitive strategies to enhance effects of Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America on February 1, 2017.
In January 2017, Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. was appointed as the President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. The Academy of Cognitive Therapy is an international non-profit organization that certifies clinicians and trainers skilled in cognitive therapy, offers continuing education, training, and research in cognitive therapy, and proposes a valuable resource in cognitive therapy for professionals and the public at large.
Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. was appointed as the Chair of the International Associates Committee of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November, 2017. In this role, Dr. McGinn has developed a proposal to form a World Confederation to promote mental health across the globe by fostering the dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatments.
Alumni Alec Miller, PsyD received the Distinguished Alumni Award and he also delivered a public lecture on the topic of “Self-Harm: The Coping Strategy for Youth in the 21st Century” during the awarding ceremony.
The internship match rate for the Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program was 100 percent this year! By comparison, the national average was 95 percent. As usual, our students matched at top sites including Columbia University, LIJ (Adult and Child tracks), Rutgers (Adult and Child tracks), North Central Bronx, Rusk Rehabilitation, New Jersey VA, Kings County Hospital, Manhattan Psychiatric, Westchester Jewish, Andrus, DC VA, St. Louis Consortium, Northport VA, Pilgrim, Central New York Psychiatric Center, Nassau University Medical Center, and Palo Alto VA. Seventy-five percent of Ferkauf applicants matched at their top five sites, and 90 percent matched at one of their five top choices.
Kelly Yu, Psy.D. '16 presented a poster entitled "Cognitive variables in the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Rorschach: The effects of age, education, and depression in a mixed age sample" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Francisco, CA.
Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. was awarded a Visionary Grant from the American Psychological Foundation. This grant is intended to promote innovation and promote well-being through research on the connection between behavior and physical health. Dr. Van Meter’s project, "Harnessing the Circadian Rhythm: Identification and Intervention Prior to the Onset of Mood Disorder,” is a two-part study designed to (1) identify young people at risk for mood disorders based on physical and psychological factors, and (2) prevent the onset of mood episodes using a novel, low burden intervention.
Anna Van Meter, Ph.D. is spending her sabbatical this semester as a visiting scientist in the Genetic Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Van Meter is working with Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D. on several studies related to the genetic influences on mood disorder phenomenology, and to the risk factors for bipolar spectrum disorders, including sleep and activity disturbances.
Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. and William Salton, Ph.D. are presenting two webinars for Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) on their work with asylum seekers. Dr. Auerbach’s presentation was on “Guidelines for Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers” and Dr. Salton will be presenting on “Conducting Asylum Interviews.”
Alumna Laura Silberstein, PsyD. has co-authored a new book titled “Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide.” Laura is also an adjunct supervisor for the clinical program in the CBT practicum.
The Clinical Program had its Spring Social on February 4th, 2017. All clinical program faculty attended this social and spent quality time with the students. Thanks to the faculty and students who attended, the social was a success! Stay tuned for the next social!
Marian Miller’18 has won a travel and scholar award from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Section Viii for her research on attachment theory and pursuer-distancer relationships. The award includes $500, a mentor from the section with whom to meet once a month, and opportunities to present her research at the spring meeting this year in New York.
Lina Perl’18 has won the annual research award from Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) Section Viii for her research on women breadwinners in couples and marital satisfaction. The award includes $1000, showcasing in the division and section newsletters, and opportunities to present her research this year in New York and or next year in New Orleans.
Kaori Kato, PsyD. '11, Richard Zweig, Ph.D. and their colleagues at the Einstein College of Medicine published a paper in Aging and Mental Health (2016) entitled "Positive attitude toward life, emotional expression, self-rated health, and depressive symptoms among centenarians and near-centenarians."
Noam Joel Psy.D. '15, Su Cho, Psy.D. '15, and Richard Zweig, Ph.D. presented a poster at the 20th Annual Nefesh International Conference, Hauppage, NY, entitled "Religiosity as a moderator of the loneliness-depression relationship in community-dwelling older adults".
Amanda Fox '16, Alina Grinman, Psy.D. '13, Alla Palma, Psy.D. '12, Diana Bronshteyn, Psy.D., '13, and Richard Zweig, Ph.D. presented a poster at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, entitled "Acculturation, depression, functioning, and social isolation among Russian older adult immigrants".
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 McGinn, Dr. 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, your efforts were much appreciated.
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.
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.