Fall 2018

Vera Békés, Ph.D. published her papers “Psychological masochism: A systematic review of the literature on conflicts, defenses, and motives” and “Trauma-Related Negative Cognitions Mediate the Relationship Between Avoidant Personality Beliefs and Impeded Response to Psychotherapy for PTSD.” She also authored the chapter “Understanding Resilience in Survivors of Social Trauma: Three Case Studies of Coping Action Patterns in Holocaust versus Other Narratives” in Hungarian.

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. was invited to give a talk at the meeting of Essex Union Psychological Association on the topic “Evidence-based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?”

Alumna Jennifer Taitz, PsyD. has authored an article “The Case Against Cutting Class: It’s A Waste of Money, And It’s Bad for Your Mental Health” on The Wall Street Journal.

The Clinical Program is pleased to welcome Vera Békés, Ph.D., Eugenia Gorlin, Ph.D., and  for joining us as assistant professors in August, 2018. Please see below for their brief introductions:

Vera Békés, Ph.D.studied clinical psychology and philosophy at Eötvös Lóránt University in Budapest, and she received her clinical psychologist training, as well as her PhD in the Psychoanalysis Doctoral Program at University of Pécs, Hungary. She completed postdoctoral research fellowships at McGill University and at Université du Québec á Montréal. Her research focuses on the empirical study of psychodynamic concepts in various psychopathologies and in the therapy process. She is especially interested in PTSD, and recovery and resilience after social trauma such as the Holocaust.

 

Eugenia Gorlin, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree at the University of Virginia, where she worked with Dr. Bethany Teachman on research examining the interplay between controlled and uncontrolled cognitive factors in anxiety disorders. She went on to complete her clinical psychology internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she worked with Drs. Mark Zimmerman and Kristy Dalrymple on research examining the psychosocial and psychiatric profiles of adults with ADHD. Prior to joining Ferkauf, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Otto at Boston University, where she does clinical research in the Translational Research Program and provides cognitive-behavioral therapy to anxious and depressed adults at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). Her core interest is in disentangling the motivational and cognitive mechanisms that jointly contribute to self-regulatory deficits in psychopathology, and developing new interventions to target these deficits. 

Leanne Quigley, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, under the mentorship of Dr. Keith Dobson, where she examined cognitive vulnerability factors for depression and anxiety. She went on to complete her clinical psychology internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, where she received advanced training in evidence-based assessment and individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders under the supervision of Dr. Judith Laposa and Dr. Lena Quilty. Prior to joining Ferkauf, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Quilty at CAMH where she is investigating the temporal dynamics of cognitive change, and cognitive change as a mediator of symptom improvement, in CBT compared to pharmacotherapy for depression. Her core interest is the interplay between cognition and emotion in the etiology and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. She has a particular interest in cognitive biases (e.g., attention and executive functioning biases) and the mechanisms by which these biases may contribute to vulnerability to depression and anxiety.

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. presented his paper at the International Association for Critical Realism on August 28, 2018. His paper was titled “Mutual Recognition, Trauma, and the Virtuous Relational Subject of Democracy.”

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D will be moderating a panel discussion with Dr. Judy Garber titledPrevention of Depression: Current Status and Future Directions” at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention in Washington, DC on November 18th, 2018. Fellow panelists include Dr. Judy Garber, Dr. Bruce Compas, Dr.  Jane Gilham, Dr. V. Robert Weersing, and Dr. Jami Young.

Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D will be serving on a panel discussion “Where is the C in DBT?” at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention in Washington, DC on November 17th, 2018.The panel will be moderated by Dr. Lauren Bonavitacola and Dr. Emma Zoloth. Fellow panelists include alumnus Dr. Alec L. Miller ‘93, and Dr. Lynn McFarr. 

Emily Hanau ’20 will be presenting a poster “Cognitive style and coping style as vulnerability factors for depression” based on her doctoral research project II mentored by Dr. Lata K. McGinn at The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 2018.

Stephanie Nelson ‘19 will be presenting a posterExamining the Impact of East Asian Culture on Social Anxiety Disorder and Taijin Kyofusho Symptoms” based on her doctoral research project II mentored by Dr. Lata K. McGinn at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in Washington, D.C. On November 17, 2018. 

Summer 2018

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. published her papers “Psychotherapy integration training around the globe: A personal and empirical perspective.”

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. became an Associate Editor for Journal of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, and a board member at the Psychoanalytic Research Consortium.

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. and Tracy Prout, Ph.D. were awarded the Psychoanalytic Research Fund by the American Psychoanalytic Association, which they will use to examine the psychodynamic processes in the treatment of Regulation Focused Psychodynamic Therapy for children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. presented his paper at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration on May 31, 2018. His paper was titled “A Qualitative Study Examining Patients’ Experience in Body Psychotherapy and Traditional Talk Therapy Modalities.”

Spring 2018

Ira Yen ’20 was elected to the board of directors (as the student representative) for the NYC chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. 

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn, Ph.D. published her papers “The complexity of loss during a forced termination: A case illustration” and “Mechanisms of change in treatments of Personality Disorders: Commentary on the special section.”

Jamie Schaffer '21 presented at the annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology conference in San Diego in June 2018. Her presentation was titled "Does general intellectual functioning (as assessed via word reading) predict performance on learning and memory in an inpatient psychiatric sample?"

Heidi Esterman '18 And Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. presented a paper titled “A Qualitative Study Examining Patients’ Experience in Body Psychotherapy and Traditional Talk Therapy Modalities” at The Society for The Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Carl Auerbach, Ph.D. presented his paper at The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) on May 21, 2018. His paper was titled, “Variables don’t do things,  people do: A critical realist approach to an idiographic, qualitative scientific psychology.”

attendants of Dr. Shelly Goldklank's retirement party

Clinical faculty, students, and alumni came together for Dr. Shelly Goldklank’s retirement party on April 29th to thank her for her time teaching and mentoring students at the Clinical PsyD Program at Ferkauf. We will treasure all of Shelly's amazing contributions over the past 37 years and want to thank everyone who helped make it possible. A special note of thanks to Stella Keitel and Jorge Alcantar for their tremendous work on the party!

 

 

 

 

 

The internship match rate for the Ferkauf Clinical Psychology Program was 95 percent this year! As usual, our students matched at top sites including Bellevue Hospital, Beth Israel, Boston University Center for Multicultural Training, Bronx VA, Brooklyn, VA, Central Texas Detention, Coatesville VA, Gard Medical Center, LIJ, Maimonides Hospital, Manhattan Psychiatric Center, New Jersey VA, North Central Bronx, Queen’s Children’s, and Rusk Institute. Thirty-three percent of Ferkauf applicants matched at their first choice, and 77 percent matched at their top three sites.

Aluminus Aaron Malark, PsyD. is an instructor in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and recently published an article on the sexuality, religion and atheism in psychodynamic treatment.

Jocelyn Fraum

Alumna Jocelyn Fraum, PsyD. ('16) serves on the Board of Directors of Moderation Management, a national support network for people seeking to reduce their alcohol use. She also serves on the Advisory Board of BIGVISION, a non-profit aiming to restore hope and purpose for young adults in recovery. Jocelyn is a Staff Psychologist at the Center for Motivation and Change in Manhattan and has a private practice.

In recognition of his work with Pace University's LGBTQA & Social Justice Center, Alumnus Luis Nobrega, Psy.D. ’16 received the Lavender Award for "Employee Advocate of the Year” during his Post-doctoral fellowship at Pace University's Counseling and Personal Development Center in Pleasantville, NY in 2017. He is currently in private practice in New York and integrates psychodynamic theory, systems theory, and a number of evidence-based treatments in his work with couples, emerging and young adults and LGBTQ individuals. He is a Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Scholar Committee of Section VIII (Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis) of APA Division 39.

Alumna Avgi Saketopoulou, PsyD. Has authored a chapter “Holding Futurity in Mind: Therapeutic Action in the Relational Treatment Mind: Therapeutic Action in the Relational Treatment of a Transgender Girl” in a new book titled “Developmental Perspectives on Child Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy”

Jennifer Hartzell

Jennifer Hartzell (née Wiener), PsyD, ABPP-CN graduated in 2012 and matched at West Virginia University for both her predoctoral internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology.  From fellowship, she joined New York University’s faculty practice and began the Neuropsychology Division at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.  In 2017, she was recruited to start the Neuropsychology Clinic at Levine Cancer Institute, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She currently specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of adult cancer patients and leads clinical research through the Department of Supportive Oncology.  Dr. Hartzell is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  She recently co-authored a chapter on Toxins in the Central Nervous System in the second edition of the Textbook of Clinical Neuropsychology (Eds. Morgan & Ricker).

Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D. is the 2018 recipient of the Early Career Award from APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy). Congratulations!

Daniel Sullivan’ 13, Patricia Zeff’ 13 and Richard Zweig, Ph.D. published a paper in Clinical Gerontologist entitled "Psychotherapy termination practices with older adults: Impact of patient and therapist characteristics". 

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.

Fall 2017

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!

Faculty members at the Ferkauf 60th Anniversary Gala

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.

Katie Aafjes-Van Doorn

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.

Summer 2017

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!

Spring 2017

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.

Graduates of the class of 2017
Dr. Alec Miller giving speech at graduation
graduation ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Graduates of the class of 2017
Graduates of the class of 2017

 

 

 

 

Students, alumni and faculty members come together at Dr. Martin Rock’s retirement party to celebrate his years of service to Ferkauf.

Dr. Rock receiving memory book
Guests at Dr. Rock's retirement party
Dr. Rock and guest with cake

 

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 sampleat 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. 

attendants of Spring Social
Spring Social attendants

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.