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

    The Clinical PsyD. Program was awarded the 2014 Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative grant from the APA's Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP - Section III of Division 12, Society for Clinical Psychology) on April 23, 2014. Meant to help bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, the grants are awarded to training programs to launch new projects or support ongoing initiatives that effectively integrate science and practice in their training program. The Clinical PsyD. program received the grant to further enhance our initiative to integrate clinical practice and research by using clinical data to improve ongoing practice. 

    On September 25, 2012, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s Clinical Program (PsyD) was awarded a grant for $470,782 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius through the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant (MBHETG) program, which was authorized as a part of the Affordable Care Act. HRSA received hundreds of applications for this grant and only eleven clinical programs across the country were awarded this grant, which will be used to support three-years of pre-doctoral internship training.

    The Clinical Program (PsyD) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (FGSP), Yeshiva University (YU), in collaboration with Bronx Psychiatric Center (BPC ) will use this grant to create an innovative SPMI training program (The Collaborative Training Program to Provide a Continuum of Competent Care to Underserved, Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Populations CPT-SPMI) that will include the creation of an affiliated internship program. The CTP-SPMI will provide comprehensive training to graduate students in the assessment and treatment of severe and persistent mental illness. Through this unique partnership, the two programs will increase competent care to underserved, severely and persistently mentally ill populations by (a) directly training students in the clinical program and (b) by creating an exportable curriculum that will be disseminated to other graduate clinical programs and internship programs, with the hope that they will use this training model to develop similar programs. Read the official university press release

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

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

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

    Clinical students in the second, third, and fourth year classes attended the 47th annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies in Nashville, TN November 21-24. Clinical students at the 47th annual ABCT convention 2

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Fraser, a current fourth-year, has been awarded the Margaret Floy Washburn Fund fellowship for the past three years from Vassar College, her undergraduate institution. 

    Alumni News

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

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

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

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

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

    Faculty News 

     ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Tenure-Track. The clinical program seeks to hire two tenure-track Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology to start in Fall, 2013. Candidates in all areas of clinical psychology will be considered, although strong preference will be given to applicants with a research focus on one or more of the following: quantitative and research methods, assessment, eating disorders, women’s issues, substance abuse, cross-cultural and cross-socioeconomic research, severe and persistent mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Read more about the positions, application procedures, and the clinical program.

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

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

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

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

     Dr. Carl Auerbach gave a talk at Brown University on February 5, 2014 titled "Trauma and governance in post-genocide Rwanda." He spoke about the ways Rwandans have addressed the unusual challenge of perpetrators and victims living together after a mass murder. Dr Auerbach also had a letter-to-the-editor published in the New York Times in response to Jeffrey Gettleman's article about Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame. Dr. Auerbach's letter defended the governing policy of President Kagame. Dr. William Arsenio was recently selected to be on the Board of Directors for the Jean Piaget Society for the 2014-2017 term. The society, established in 1970, has an international, interdisciplinary membership of scholars, teachers and researchers interested in exploring the nature of the developmental construction of human knowledge.  

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

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

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

    Dr. Gregory Hinrichsen, Adjust Faculty member of the Ferkauf Older Adult Program, joined the Editorial Boards of Clinical Gerontologist and The Gerontologist.  

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

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

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

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

    Dr. McGinn presented as a Keynote Speaker at the 7th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Lima, Peru in July, 2013. She provided a status update on Social Anxiety Disorder, speaking about the changes in the DSM-V regarding the diagnosis of the disorder, cultural influences and trends in the diagnosis, the latest etiological research, and an overview of different treatments. Read the announcement.

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

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



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