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Tara Agneshwar ‘24 is the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 36 Student Research Award which facilitates student research on the psychology of religion and spirituality. This award will be used to support her RPII project: Coping with COVID-19 Bereavement through Religion and Spirituality: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.

Congratulations to Dr. Jenny Taitz '09 who was recently published in the New York Times for an article titled  "How to Follow the News Without Spiraling into Despair."

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Kaitlin Levin '25 and Akiva Gornish '25 recently published a paper with Dr. Leanne Quigley titled "Mindfulness and Depersonalization: A Nuanced Relationship" in Mindfulness. Learn more here

Dr. Kailey Roberts and PsyD student, Julia Kirsch, will be presenting at the Association for Death Education and Counseling conference in April 2022. Dr. Roberts will lead an interdisciplinary panel discussion on “Cultivating a Culture of Bereavement-Conscious Healthcare” and will support Julia as she presents a poster on her RPI entitled “A Narrative Review of the Unique Challenges Associated with Suicide Loss: Highlighting Grief Rumination.”

Lauren Yang '22 was nominated and now serves as the 2022-2024 Co-Editor-in-Chief for The Asian American Psychologist, the official newsletter of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

Rose Howell won the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute's Silberger Scholar Paper Prize in December, which is "granted to the author of an outstanding paper reflecting an interdisciplinary consideration of psychoanalytic theories or concepts." The paper, titled “Internal difference, / Where the Meanings, are –” Dickinson’s Animate Poetics, will be published in the journal American Imago in Winter 2022, and will be presented over Zoom on May 17th. 

Dr. Richard Zweig, Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and Dr. Kailey Roberts, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Consultant Faculty Member, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center announced that they will be co-principal investigators on a one-year grant funded by the NYFE (New York Foundation for Eldercare) awarded to Yeshiva University. The project aims to build geriatric workforce capacity through training in integrated mental healthcare for older adults within the primary care medicine setting by developing and testing a series of online interdisciplinary training modules for medical residents and clinical psychology doctoral trainees. These training modules  will include a special focus on assessing and treating depression in the physically and cognitively frail elderly.  The project represents a collaboration of interdisciplinary faculty from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University (YU) and Jacobi Medical Center. 

Zhaoyi Chen and Akiva Gornish won silver medals for the Therapist Throwdown, the first-ever international competition of deliberate practice in mental health training. 

Sarah Horne ‘24 published her RPI co-authored with her advisor Leanne Quigley and research assistant Tzippora Topp, titled “Depression and the willingness to expend cognitive and physical effort for rewards: A Systematic Review,” in Clinical Psychology Review. Learn more here.


Dr. Zweig will be participating in a special panel on Aging with Dignity. Click here to see the flyer for this upcoming special event webinar on June 16th presented by Ferkauf. For more information on this event click here.

On February 5, Catherine Eubanks and Dr. Chris Muran (Adelphi University) presented a workshop on "Repairing ruptures in the therapeutic alliance" at an online development training institute co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association and The Practice Institute.

Catherine Eubanks served as a co-guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session on "Rupture Repair in Practice."  She co-authored the introduction to the issue, and she and Joey Sergi (Ferkauf class of 2020) were two of the co-authors of the commentary that concluded the issue.

Dr. Catherine Eubanks, Associate Professor, participates on expert panel discussing psychotherapy integration. Click here to see more news from Ferkauf.

Dr. Leanne Quigley was featured in the article in YU today titled “Studying the Dynamic Interaction Among Thought, Feeling and Behavior” where she describes her passion for studying how emotion and cognitions interact to make people susceptible to psychological problems and how they can be harnessed to overcome these problems.

Dr. Catherine Eubanks and Elaine Budreck Hunter '24 co-authored the paper "HiTOP and psychotherapy integration: Promising potential," which was published in the December 2020 issue of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Dr. Vera Békés was appointed to serve as Associate Editor of Trauma Psychology News, published by APA Trauma Psychology (Division 56), from 2021-2024.

Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn will be speaking about "Is machine learning up to the challenge of capturing the complexity of psychotherapy?" In the EU-SPR debate on Dec 11, 2020.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was awarded the “Outstanding Service to ABCT” award by the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) for her vision and leadership in creating the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT). The award will be officially presented to Dr. McGinn at the 54th ABCT Convention on November 20th, 2020. Read more here.

Drs. Tracy A. Prout, Katie Aafjes-van Doorn and Vera Békés working with Ferkauf students Kathryn Whistler, Thomas Kui and Isabelle Christman-Cohen along with collaborators, recently published “Identifying Predictors of Psychological Distress During COVID-19: A Machine Learning Approach” in Frontiers in Psychology. Read more about it here.

Dr. Arsenio will be presenting his research, “U.S. and Argentine Adolescents’ Perceptions of Wealth Distribution: Connections with Other Societal Judgments,” at a virtual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in November. This special SRCD meeting (“Addressing and reducing inequality through developmental science”) is the first by this international organization to focus explicitly on the harmful effects of growing social and economic inequalities. Learn more about the meeting here 

Dr. Lata K McGinn is a co-author along with Lauren Yang ’22, and Drs. Meier, Davino, Miller, Taliercio, and others and on a poster assessing the effectiveness of an intensive young adult DBT program to be presented at the ISIT-DBT conference in November, 2020.

Alison Manning ’21 will present a poster co-authored with her mentor Dr. Lata K McGinn titled “Mediators and Moderators of Social Anxiety and Co-morbid Depression: Loneliness, Belongingness, and Perceived Social Support,” at the 54th ABCT Conference in November 2020 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn is a co-author along with Drs. Wigod, Ufford, Miller and other
colleagues on a poster titled, “A Qualitative Analysis of Attrition in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy” to be presented at the 54th ABCT Annual Convention on November, 2020.

Lianna Trubowitz ’21 will present a poster co-authored with her mentor Dr. Lata K. McGinn titled, “The Impact of a Guided Mood Induction in Inducing and Modifying Symptoms of Sadness among Adolescents” at the 54th ABCT Conference in November 2020.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn provided a pro bono workshop on stress reduction to real estate professionals coping with stress since COVID in the community on October 26th, 2020.

Dr. Kailey Roberts chaired a symposium entitled Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Populations with Unique Psychosocial Needs related to Cancer and Service Related Trauma: Veterans and 9/11 First Responders, which was presented virtually as part of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society 17th Annual Conference.

Ferkauf alums Drs. Avner Aronov, Angel Mak, Ellen Park, and Ira Yenko, who worked collaboratively with research mentor Richard Zweig, Ph.D. were each first authors on poster presentations of their RP-II studies which examined inter-relationships of personality pathology, emotion regulation and salience, word use, social functioning, and suicidal behavior in depressed older adult inpatients. The posters were presented at the November 2020 virtual Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn offered pro bono evidence-based training on managing anxiety and avoidance in schools to the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) on October 23rd, 2020.

Dr. Leanne Quigley along with colleagues authored the paper, "Emotion regulation variability in current and remitted depression" which has been accepted for publication in Clinical Psychological Science. 

Dr. Kailey Roberts presented lectures on grief in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic at Princeton University Counseling Center, Brooklyn VA, and Bronx Lebanon Hospital. 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was quoted in a USA Today article on seasonal affective disorder on October 21st, 2020. Read the article here 

Ferkauf students George Lederer, David Freedman, and Alejandra Zamora, along with Dr. Richard Zweig authored a chapter (in press) entitled “Personality disorder in later life” which will appear in G. Asmundson, (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (2nd ed.) published by Elsevier (Oxford, UK).

Dr. Lata McGinn disseminated evidence-based trauma treatments to mental health professionals in the community in October 12th 2020 to meet the needs of consumers experiencing post-traumatic stress following traumatic stress from COVID-19. 

Dr. Kailey Roberts presented on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy to the Coatesville, PA VA Medical Center.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy in October 2020. 

On September 19th, 2020, Dr. Salton gave a workshop to the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society in Knoxville Tennessee entitled "How to Use Parallel Processes in Psychodynamic Supervision Without Falling Into a Trap."

Dr. Salton

Dr. Lata K. McGinn, Ph.D. served on a panel discussion titled “The World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT): An Idea Whose Time has Come” at the European Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) Clinical Round Table on September 4th, 2020. Fellow panelists included WCCBT members Dr. Keith Dobson from Canada, Dr. Rod Holland from the United Kingdom, and Dr. Mehmet Sungur from Turkey.

Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn & Dr. Vera Békés, Prout, T & Hoffman, L. discussed "The Tele-Therapist/Analyst: Searching for a Silver Lining During COVID-19" during the NYPSI Scientific Meeting Sept 15, 2020.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn trained Westchester school professionals on September 2nd 2020 during school reintegration to identify signs and symptoms of Post-COVID Trauma and educated them on trauma prevention strategies.

Dr. Jamie Schumpf was elected and has begun serving her term as President of NYC-CBT in August 2020. 

Dr. Jamie Schumpf

Dr. Lata K. McGinn gave a pro bono talk on September 14th, 2020 to local businesses on recognizing the impact on employees when psychological well-being is not being addressed.

Dr. Vera Békés received a $50,000 grant from the Marcus Foundation for a project on “Psychological Distress, Coping and Health-Related Behaviors during COVID-19,” 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn gave a pro bono webinar on August 31st, 2020 titled, “PFA and Staff Resilience During a Pandemic” to school professionals through the Connecticut Association of Schools.

Dr. Catherine Eubanks along with colleague Dr. Chris Muran (Adelphi University) presented a workshop entitled "Alliance rupture repair: An integrative approach to negotiating difficult interactions with patients" on August 6 at the annual APA (American Psychological Association) conference, which this year was held virtually.

Dr. Kailey Roberts co-authored the chapter Bereavement interventions in the setting of cancer care in Breitbart, W. & Butow, Phyllis (Eds). Psycho-Oncology, 4th Ed. 

Dr. Vera Békés received a grant from the Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Education and Documentation for a project on “The multigenerational impact of the Holocaust among Children and grandchildren of survivors in Hungary”.

Dr. Leanne Quigley along with colleagues Alainna Wen and Keith S Dobson authored the paper, "Cognitive control over emotional information in current and remitted depression" which was published in Behaviour Research and Therapy. 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn gave a pro bono webinar on July 9th 2020 titled “Helping Foster Resilience in Our Clients as They Cope with Adverse and Traumatic Events organized by the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). 

Dr. Vera Békés and Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn authored “Therapists’ attitudes towards online therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic” which appeared in a June edition of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. 

Dr. Kailey Roberts published with her collaborators, “Bereavement Risk Screening: A Pathway to Psychosocial Oncology Care” to appear in an upcoming issue of Psycho-Oncology. 


Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn was interviewed by Dr Tony Rousmanier in a webinar about using deliberate practice in graduate psychology training, together with Dr. Jordan Bate and Dr. Tracy Prout, faculty at the Child Program at Ferkauf. 


Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, together with Jordan Bate (faculty at the Child program) published a Scoping Review of Machine Learning in Psychotherapy Research in the journal Psychotherapy Research.

George Lederer, David Friedman, and Alejandra Zamora collaborated with their research mentor Richard Zweig, Ph.D. on a chapter entitled  “Personality disorder in later life”. The chapter is in press to be published in G. Asmundson, (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Dr. Kailey Roberts co-authored the chapter Intimacy and sexuality in parents following the loss of a child in Doka, K. & Tucci, A. (Eds.) Intimacy and sexuality during illness and loss. 

Dr. Lata K. McGinn conducted a 5-day CBT foundational training between July 8th-16 to disseminate evidence-based practice to community mental health professionals. 

In June 2020, Dr. Roberts received the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Cornelia Perry Memorial Award for Outstanding Written and Verbal Communication

Dr. Vera Békés and Dr. Aafjes-van Doorn along with colleagues Prout, T., A., & Hoffman, L. authored “Stretching the Analytic frame: Analytic Therapists’ Experiences with Remote Therapy During COVID-19” which was published in Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association in June.

Dr. Kailey Roberts published with her collaborators, Bereavement Care in the Wake of COVID-19: Offering condolences and referrals in Annals of Internal Medicine; Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy and Cancer: Finding Meaning in the Face of Suffering in Psychiatric Times.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn gave a pro bono talk on Using CBT strategies to buffer mental health symptoms during the pandemic for the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) and the Westchester Psychological Association (WCPA) on June 11th, 2020.

Dr. Katie Aafjes-van Doorn published two papers on the implicit alliance in psychotherapy together with her German collaborator Lena Müller-Frommeyer, titled: Language style matching in psychotherapy: An implicit aspect of alliance, published in Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Reciprocal language style matching in psychotherapy research, in Counseling & Psychotherapy Research.

Dr. Kailey Roberts published with her collaborators The neurobiological reward system in Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD): A systematic review in Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was quoted in article titled “Dealing with Stress in the COVID Climate: How to be Happy and Quarantined at the Same Time” featured in Thrive Global on June 2nd, 2020. 

On May 21st, 2020, Dr. Salton participated in a panel entitled "Mental Health Resources during COViD-19." It was sponsored by state assembly person Nathalia Fernandez and state senator Alessandra Biaggi.

Dr. Kailey Roberts published with her collaborators: Regret and unfinished business in parents bereaved by cancer in Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Vera Békés was recently interviewed by Yeshiva University. You can learn more about Dr. Békés and her work here.

Dr. Katie Aafjes van-Doorn and Dr. Vera Békés received a $5,000 grant from the China American Psychoanalytic Association to expand their ongoing online therapist and patient study on experiences with online therapy during the pandemic.

Dr. Vera Békés’ Covid-19 study with US and Canadian colleagues (Dr. Claire Starrs at Potsdam CUNY and J. Christopher Perry at McGill University), received a grant of $50,000 from the Marcus Foundation to expand the study from North America to Europe.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was quoted in USA today on the impact of COVID on employment prospects for recent graduates hit with layoffs and work furloughs on May 10th, 2020.

Fourth-year student Maggie Harris was awarded an AAPI Cynthia Belar Scholarship.

Joey Sergi and Angel Mak were selected as the recipients of the Jeffrey Sage Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was quoted in an article featured in the Mind and Body section of in May 2020 about building a resilient mindset during tough times.

The Dr. Kathy Byrne Award for Excellence in Geropsychology recipient is Ira Yenko.

Dr. Vera Békés and colleagues Grondin, F., and Bouchard, S. authored “Barriers and Facilitators to the Integration of Web-Based Interventions Into Routine Care” which was published in an April edition of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was quoted in article “How to Deal with Stress in the COVID Climate” featured in the May 2020 issue of

Lauren Sternberg has been selected to receive the Friends and Family of Dr. Irma R. Hilton Clinical Psychology Prize for the Psychological Study of Women’s Issues.

Dr. Vera Békés received a grant from the China American Psychoanalytic Association for a project on “Experience with online therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic in China and the USA”. 

Joey Sergi is the clinical program recipient of the Berger Research Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn presented a series of free webinars to school professionals and clinicians in the month of April 2020 on Psychological First Aid, an evidence-based approach to help children, adolescents, adults, and families in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic.  

Alumnus Dr. Shelby Harris, PsyD., was featured on a Brown University panel on how to support the physical, emotional, and mental health of your children while staying sane yourself through the pandemic.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn was interviewed about Strategies and Tips for Dealing with Stress and Anxiety during the Pandemic in March 2020.

Sarah Horne '24 co-authored a paper with Emily Bernstein, M.A. and Richard McNally, Ph.D. titled "The Effects of Affective Expectations on Experience in Individuals Varying in Anhedonia," published in Cognitive Therapy and Research.  She also presented a poster based on this research at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta, GA in November 2019.


In collaboration with Chris Muran, Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D., has contributed to an APA Psychotherapy Training VideoRupture and Repair in Psychotherapy, scheduled to be released in June. In this video, Muran and Eubanks discuss the common clinical challenge of alliance ruptures and demonstrate several rupture resolution strategies. 

Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D., has a new book that was recently published by the American Psychological Association. Therapist Performance Under Pressure: Negotiating Emotion, Difference, and Rupture, co-authored with Dr. Chris Muran, integrates psychotherapy research with research from the performance, cognitive, and emotion sciences.  Muran and Eubanks present strategies that therapists from diverse theoretical orientations can use to negotiate challenging moments in therapy, and to transform alliance ruptures into opportunities to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and improve outcome.

Dr. Lata K. McGinn gave a workshop titled, “Supporting Youth with Depression, Anxiety and Related Mental Health Issues” to professionals at the Janette K. Watson and the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship at the Watson Foundation in New York, New York on March 4th, 2020.

Winter 2019

William Salton, Ph.D., and Carl Auerbach Ph.D., published an article titled Training Psychology Graduate Students to Prepare Psychological Affidavits for Political Asylum Seekers, which describes the duo's work with the asylum class at Ferkauf. 


Congratulations to Dr. Eubanks, Ph.D., who was recently interviewed by The New York Times Magazine for an article about how to end treatment with one's therapist. In this interview, Dr. Eubanks encouraged patients to share any concerns or dissatisfaction with their therapists, as exploring difficult moments in therapy can provide valuable opportunities to improve the therapeutic relationship and enhance treatment effectiveness.  Therapists commonly face the challenge of patients ghosting them or dropping out, and hopefully, Dr. Eubanks's words could help some patients feel more comfortable engaging more directly with their therapists.

Lauren Yang '22 presented a poster at the 53rd Annual Convention for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta, GA in November 2019. Her poster was titled, "Relationship Between Behavioral Approach System and Facial Emotion Recognition in People with Bipolar Disorder." She co-authored with Ellen Anderson and Dr. Anna Van Meter.

Erika and Mia

Erika Bach '21 and Mia Lee '21 co-authored with Kate Walsh, Ph.D. and Sarah Lowe, Ph.D. a poster presentation titled The Role of Shame, Guilt, and Hazardous Alcohol Use in the Association between Child Adversity and Adult Sexual Assault: A New Look Using the Threat-Deprivation Model of Early Adversity, presenting the poster at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in November, 2019.






Jonathan Warren '23 co-authored with Dr. Leanne Quigley, Ph.D., the paper, “What’s in a name? Evaluating the public stigma of gambling disorder” published in the Journal of Gambling Studies

Stephanie La Gamma '23 presented at the annual American Society of Criminology conference in San Fransisco in November 2019. Her presentation was titled "The Impact of Media on Perceptions of Sexual Offending." She also co-authored an article titled "Connecting Mental Health Court Participants with Services: Process, Challenges, and Recommendations" in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 

Dr. Walsh

Kate Walsh, Ph.D., was recently interviewed by YU news. In this interview, Dr. Walsh told her origin story. 




Summer 2019

William Salton, Ph.D., participated as a panelist in a panel discussion titled Confronting Feminine Murder: Case Studies of Culturally Sanctioned Violence against Women in Three Regions, at the International Psychoanalytic Association's biannual conference in London. Dr. Salton presented a case of an African woman's struggle to get political asylum in order to avoid female genital mutilation in her own country. 


Dr. Shelby F. Harris ’06 has just published The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a good night’s sleep without relying on medication (W.W. Norton Press, release date 7/2/19). Based on her expertise in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the book is a roadmap for women who experience anything from occasional bad nights to chronic insomnia. It outlines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in simple, relatable terms to help women retrain their bodies and minds for a good night’s sleep. 


Spring 2019

Leanne Quigley, Ph.D., co-authored the papers, "Concurrent and prospective relations between attentional biases for emotional images and relapse to depression" and "Cognitive moderation of CBT: Disorder-specific or transdiagnostic predictors of treatment response", both published in Cognitive Therapy and Research. 



Yocheved (Ayden) Ferstenberg ’22 was appointed as a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Fellow at Montefiore's Fisher Landau Center, and will be presenting on the following topic at the core lecture "Nonverbal communication: Exploring the relationship between learning disabilities and social maladjustment."

Lata McGinn, Ph.D.’s NIH grant funded randomized controlled trial "Feasibility and Impact of a Guided Symptom Exposure Augmented Cognitive Behavior Therapy Protocol to Prevent Symptoms of Pharmacologically Induced Depression: A Pilot Study" was published in the Journal of Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Lata McGinn, Ph.D. conducted a two-day workshop with Dr. Doug Woods titled, ‘OCD and Related Disorders: OCD and Tourette Syndrome Across the Lifespan.

Lata McGinn, Ph.D. was quoted in an article ‘Keep Calm and Recycle on’, recently featured in the April 2019 issue of Oprah Magazine.

Lata McGinn, Ph.D. was invited to conduct a two-day workshop on CBT for Depression for mental health professionals in Westchester schools.

Danielle Dreher’ 20 co-authored an article that was published in Psychoanalytic Psychology titled "Trainees’ Experiences in Alliance-Focused Training."

The Parnes Clinic has received the first-ever Clinic Innovations Award in the area of Social Justice from the Association of Doctoral Psychology Training Clinics (APTC). Congratulations!

Hemrie Zalman’ 22 co-authored with Katie Aafjes-van Doorn, DClinPsy and Catherine Eubanks, Ph.D. on a paper titled “Alliance Challenges in the Treatment of a Narcissistic Patient: The Case of Alex” which has now been accepted for publication in Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process, and Outcome.



Tamar Bachrach ’20 won the 2019 Stechler Research Award through Division 39 for her research titled “Pillow Talk: Understanding Sexual Exploration and Satisfaction After Marriage in Orthodox Judaism.” She will present her research in Philadelphia at Div 39 in April 2019.



Jamie Schaffer '21 presented at the 47th annual International Neuropsychological Society conference in New York City in February 2019. Her presentation was titled "Does general intellectual functioning (as assessed via word reading) predict performance on verbal and non-verbal memory in an inpatient psychiatric sample?"

Alumna Jennifer Taitz, PsyD. has authored an article “Six Steps to Turn Regret Into Self-Improvement” on The New York Times.

Aliza Romirowsky, Psy.D. (Ferkauf,'17), Richard Zweig, Ph.D., Lauren Glick Baker, Psy.D. (Ferkauf, '14), and Jo Anne Sirey had a paper accepted by Clinical Gerontologist for 2019 that is now available online, entitled: The Relationship Between Maladaptive Personality and Social Role Impairment in Depressed Older Adults in Primary Care.

Leanne Quigley, Ph.D. just got funded as PI for a multi–center project grant by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR; $409,276 CAN over 3 years) to study Cognitive Control and Vulnerability to Major Depressive Disorder. CIHR is the equivalent of the NIH in Canada. Her collaborators are Dr. Lena Quilty (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) who is a Co-PI, and hers co-investigators on the grant are Dr. Keith Dobson (University of Calgary) and Dr. Raymond Lam (University of British Columbia). 

Nicole Weishoff ’22 has been awarded a Section VIII Scholar travel award to attend the Division 39 Spring Conference.

Leanne Quigley, Ph.D. published her papers, "Cognitive change in cognitive behavioural therapy versus pharmacotherapy for depression: A longitudinal mediation analysis," in Psychological Medicine and "The reliability of attentional biases for emotional images measured using a free-viewing eye-tracking paradigm" in Behavioral Research Methods.

Fall 2018

Emily Hanau ’20 presented at the ABCT convention 2018. Her presentations were titled, “Hopelessness in Thinking and Action as Risk Factors for Depression.”

Stephanie Nelson ’19 presented at the ABCT convention 2018. Her presentations were titled, “Examining The Impact of East Asian Culture on Social Anxiety Disorder and Taijin Kyofusho Symptoms.”

Joey Sergi ’20 has been awarded a Predoctoral Diversity Research Grant by APA Division 29 to explore the impact of sexual orientation microaggressions on the therapeutic relationship. 

William Arsenio, Ph.D. published his papers “nternational judgments regarding actual and ideal resource distributions” in the Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Shira Kafker, Psy.D. (Ferkauf, '18) and Richard Zweig, Ph.D. co-authored a poster entitled "Social Support Buffers the Relationship Between Personality Pathology and Depression in Older Adults" which will be presented in November 2018 at the Gerontological Society of America's 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA. 

The Ferkauf Older Adult Program, directed by Professor Richard A. Zweig Ph.D. will be profiled in the December 2018 issue of the APA Monitor on Psychology in their article on model programs which deliver integrated mental health services to older adults within primary care settings. 

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.”

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.

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 (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!

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.



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!



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