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March 2015
Lackner Dr. Jeffrey Lackner (Clinical, 1992), has been appointed the Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. (read more)

February 2015
Rego Dr. Simon Rego (Clinical, 2001), was presented with this year's Peterson Prize. He gave the Peterson Prize Colloquium in Frebruary, "Overcoming Your Social (Media) Phobia".

Irons Johnson Take a look at this Tribute to Alumni Jamila Irons-Johnson. our colleague, classmate, and friend.

September 2014
Webb Nadia Webb (Clinical, 1998) has been awarded the 2014 GSAPP Distinguished Career Achievement Award. (read more)
Clarke-Kudless Dianne Clarke-Kudless (Organizational, 1998) has been awarded the 2014 Grace K Smith Award for Meritorious Service. (read more)

February 2014
Axelbank Dr. Jeffrey Axelbank, (Clinical, 1992) has been awarded the Peterson Prize in recognition for his efforts on behalf of professional psychology and the rights of mental health patients. A loyal alumnus who has consistently contributed to the GSAPP community, Dr. Axelbank was named “Psychologist of the Year” in 2011, by the New Jersey Psychological Asociation for “his advocacy on behalf of psychologists and their patients. (read more)

January 2014
Lerman Brad Lerman, (Organizational, 2003), director of the Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative (ISCI) at GSAPP received a three year award totaling $1,848,173 from the NJ Department of Education to provide consultation to targeted schools in NJ in the promotion of school climate practices that best support a more inclusive environment for students with disabilities.

December 2013
Furrer Susan Furrer, (Clinical, 1990), executive director of the Center for Applied Psychology at GSAPP, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $312,827. The project, which is titled Piscataway School-Based Clinic: The Haven Program, is being supported by the Piscataway Township Board of Education.

Diaz Martinez Angelica Diaz Martinez, (Clinical, 1998), has just taken the position as Senior Vice President for Operations for Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey. Dr. Diaz-Martinez will directly oversee the agency’s two special needs schools with more than 170 students with multiple disabilities, three adult day programs serving more than 190 adults with developmental disabilities and 12 community residences that provide around-the-clock care and support to individuals with disabilities living in the community. 

November 2013

Cantor Dorothy Cantor (School) and Jane Hochberg (Clinical) are both being awarded Lifetime Acheivement awards by the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA). Dr. Cantor and Dr. Hochberg were both in GSAPP's first graduating class and received their PsyD degrees in May of 1976. Hochberg

  James Marinchak (Clinical, 2013) has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Doctoral Dissertation Award given by the New Jersey Psychological Association. James will be presented with the award on Saturday, November 2, at the New Jersey Psychological Association’s 2013 Fall Conference at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey.

October 2013
Dorlan SAGE Eldercare will honor Dr. Rosalind Dorlen (Clnical, 1977), with the OWL (Outstanding Wisdom and Leadership) Award on Thursday, Oct. 24. SAGE Eldercare is a major community resource for older adults, their families and caregivers. “Dr. Dorlen is a leading example of the type of honoree who should receive SAGE’s OWL Award,” noted Julie Reich, acting executive director of SAGE Eldercare, “She is an activist and innovator of programs to improve the psychological health of adults, youth, older adults, families and communities and she has been an advocate for helping older adults and their caregivers meet the challenges of aging.”
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August 2013
Diaz Martinez Angelica Diaz Martinez, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1998), recently gave three interviews at the Telemundo TV station. The first regards things parents need to know before hiring a babysitter (It includes great resource links). The second is about the consequences of and alternatives to physical punishment. The third interview is on coping with anxiety They are in Spanish.

March 2013
Hochberg This year's recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award is Jane Hochberg, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1976). Since graduating from GSAPP, Dr. Hochberg served as the Director of Clinical Services at the Family and Child Guidance Center in Orange, which was devoted to community mental health on a low or no cost basis. She spent 20 years as a consultant to the Pingry School in Martinsville. In addition to her clinical experiences, Dr. Hochberg has served extensively in numerous professional organizations. In 1985, she was the Chairperson for the NJ Association for the Advancement of Psychology. In 1987, she was elected as President of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA). She chaired the Ethics Committee of NJPA from 1993 until 1997. In 1996, she was given the prestigious award of Psychologist of the Year by NJPA. (read more)

Takagi This year's recipient of the Grace K. Smith, PsyD Meritorious Service Award is Lucy Takagi, Psy.D. (Class of 2006). Dr. Takagi first joined the GSAPP AO as a student member in 1999. She was elected President of the AO in January 2009 and continued in this role until December 2010. Under Dr. Takagi's presidency, the AO hosted two award events. She engaged the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) in supporting the AO in its event planning after the dissolution of the Rutgers University Alumni Federation (RUAF) and the elimination of membership dues. Additionally, Dr. Takagi participated in two alumni gatherings (in PA and NYC) with Dean Messer and Development Officer, Mary Chrow, to represent the AO and strengthen the ties between GSAPP and its alumni. (read more)

February 2013
Cantor Dorothy Cantor (School, 1976) has just been voted in as Chair of the Rutgers Board of Trustees, one of Rutgers two major governing boards.

January 2013
Panzer Dr. David Panzer (School, 1984, Group Psychotherapy Course instructor) and the Group Psychotherapy Services program (GPS) at GSAPP have been selected as this year’s winner of the Harold S. Bernard Group Psychotherapy Training Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in Education and Training in the Field of Group Psychotherapy. Rationale: In an effort to promote the visibility of practice standards and to encourage lifelonglearning, an award was established by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists in 2011 to recognize individuals, programs or institutes that make an outstanding contribution to group psychotherapy education and/or training, or to standards of practice in a meaningful way. This highly regarded, prestigious award is presented at the Community Meeting at the AGPA Annual Meeting, (this year to take place in New Orleans on February 28). The GPS group consists of current as well as past GSAPP students, and numerous supervisors and contributors.

December 2012

Achara Ijeoma Achara-Abrahams (Clinical, 2001), as the winner of the 2012 Peterson Prize. Dr. Achara-Abrahams has devoted her distinguished career to working on behalf of those with the most severe mental illnesses and psychological challenges. Not only has she worked directly with countless numbers of these individuals, but she also has helped many programs and agencies
to improve their services. And she has become increasingly involved in the policy arena at state, national, and international

October 2012
Panzer David Panzer (School, 1984) has been named 'Psychologist of the Year' by the New Jersey Psychological Association. Dr. Panzer is a GSAPP Contributing Faculty Member and directs GSAPP's group therapy program.

July 2012
Haboush Karen Haboush, (School, 1989) presented a poster at the the 34th Annual International School Psychology Association Conference at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in July. The poster was titled, "Integration of Attachment Theory and Training of School Psychologists".

May 2012

Gantwerk Lew Gantwerk, (School, 1984) was awarded The Ernest E. McMahon Class of 1930 Award for his efforts to extend the university’s educational resources to the people of New Jersey through his work at the Center for Applied Psychology, GSAPP. Under his leadership, the center continues to improve the emotional well-being of thousands of individuals living in New Jersey. This award is given to an individual or a group that has made a significant and creative contribution to the extension of the educational resources of the university to the people of New Jersey.

April 2012
Lerman Brad Lerman (Organizational, 2003), has been named by Governor Chris Christie as a member of the States Anti-Bullying Task Force. Dr. Lerman is the Director of the Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative Bullying Prevention Institute, Center for Applied Psychology/GSAPP Project at the Center for Applied Psychology. The task force will review and provide guidance on the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.

Gantwerk Lew Gantwerk, (School, 1984) is the 2011 winner of the Peterson Prize. He was the first director of the Center for Applied Psychology, and has contributed to the development of numerous programs and initiatives supporting GSAPP’s service and training mission. At GSAPP, he has worked to expand the practicum program, develop more accessible service delivery formats for high need groups, design high quality continuing education, and provide a warm and supportive environment for clinical and school training.

Cantor Dorothy Cantor (School, 1976), who is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, President of the APA Foundation and a previous president of APA, has been a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees for the past two years. She has just been elevated to the position of Vice-chair of that Board.

Panzer David Panzer (School, 1984) was presented with a Member Recognition Award at the NJPA 2012 Spring Conference on April 21 for all the good work he has done for this organization.

November 2011
Axelbank Jeffrey Axelbank (Clinical, 1992) was awarded the NJPA 2011 Psychologist of the Year Award for his extensive contributions to NJPA’s public relations campaign to stop harmful and unlawful insurance practices. (read more)

June 2011
Anti Bullying Mykee Fowlin (Clinical, 2001) is the keynote speaker for the NJ Anti -Bullying Conference. Also presenting Brad Lerman (Organizational, 2003), Judith Springer (School, 1989), Rita Johnson (School, 1998). The conference is being held on June 9th at the Rutgers Busch Campus Center. In addition to raising awareness and providing information about bullying, the Conference will focus on evidence-based strategies and solutions for preventing bullying and building safe, caring school communities. More information
March 2011
Cardona Laurie Cardona, PsyD (School, 1986) is the 2010 winner of the Peterson Prize. Since 2004, Laurie has been the Chief of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC), a unit of the Yale School of Medicine, where she has served for over 20 years.

September 2010
Angelica M. Diaz-Martinez (Clinical, 1998), has published an article titled 'The Integration of CBT, Multicultural and Feminist Psychotherapies with Latinas' Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

August 2010
Dorlan Roz Dorlan (Clnical, 1977) received the Karl Heiser Award for Advocacy at the 188th American Psychological Association (APA) National Conference in San Diego California.

Markham Bonnie Markham (Clinical, 1986) was elected Treasurer of the American Psychological Association (APA). Her three-year term begins in January 2011.

June 2010
Pillips Suzanne Phillips (School, 1975), was a guest on Good Day NY, 'What if you treated your partner the way you treat your pet?', June 2010. Suzanne also has a blog on PyschCentral called "Healing Together For Couples".

May 2010

Fuentes Louis Kruger, PsyD (School, 1986) is the winner of the Peterson Prize for outstanding contributions to Professional Psychology. Dr. Kruger is an Associate Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s PhD and specialist level school psychology programs. (read more)

Fuentes Bonnie Markham, PhD, PsyD (Clinical, 1984) is the winner of the Grace K. Smith Award for Meritorious Service to the Alumni Organization. Dr. Markham, Alumni Organization past president, is currently co-chair of the GSAPP Capital Campaign. (read more)

Hall Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD (Clinical, 1982) has received the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Career Achievement. Dr. Hall has developed an outstanding career path in the area of holistic integrative clinical health psychology. (read more)

April 2010
Dianne Clarke-Kudless, (1998, Organizational) has published an article written and co-authored by Riane Eisler titled, Putting Human Interests into the Business Equation: Creating a Caring Economics.

Pfohl William “Bill” Pfohl, PsyD, (School, 1979 and Peterson Prize winner 2000 ) is the recipient of the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). At left is a picture of Bill receiving the award from Patti Harrison, NASP President.

March 2010
Gianna Locascio (School, 2007) had a paper published earlier this year, and has one accepted for publication:
Slomine B, Locascio G. (2009). Cognitive rehabilitation for children with acquired brain injury. Developmental Disabilities Research Review,15(2):133-43.
Locascio, G., Mahone, E. M., Eason, S. E., & Cutting, L.E. (in press). Executive dysfunction among children with reading comprehension deficits. Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Gianna has recently accepted a position as a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.

February 2010

Fuentes Milton Fuentes (1998, Clinical) has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from Montclair State University. He is also the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit. Dr. Fuentes has been appointed to serve on the Alliance for Latino Behavioral Health Work Force, at the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health.  

Dianne Clarke-Kudless, (1998, Organizational) (former President of the Rutgers University Alumni Federation) has been appointed President of Greenville Sister Cities International, which has Sister City agreements with Bergamo, Italy; Kortrijk, Belgium; Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone, China; and a Friendship City relationship with Clermont, France. The relationship with Tianjin is very active and continues to bring waves of Chinese officials and business leaders to Greenville. Youth and cultural exchanges with Clermont are also involved. As Mayor for Tewksbury NJ, Dianne established as a sister city with Tewksbury, England. This work, encompassing five years of school and community activities and in excess of 400 volunteers, received several awards during the recent 50th anniversary Sister City International Conference. 

Mitchel Adler (2002, Clinical) will be presenting two workshops at the 2010 American Group Psychotherapy Association's (AGPA) Annual Conference in February: Interpersonal Neurobiology: Sustaining Our Minds and Relationships in Groups: MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) and SCT (Systems Centered Therapy) and Hunger and Longing: A Mind-Body Approach to Intimacy.
Dr. Adler is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and is involved in the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) where he currently serves on the Annual Conference Steering Committee . He has a private practice in Davis, CA and is the Director of Mindbody Intelligence Consulting (providing training and development in leadership, emotional intelligence and communication strategies for businesses, universities and non-profits). 

November 2009
Stephen Dantzig (1991, School), Honolulu resident, photographer and author, has published his fourth book on photographic lighting techniques. "Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond" takes a more introductory look at lighting than his other efforts and includes many step-by-step descriptions and set-ups. New diagrams show each set from the photographer’s point of view and each discussion is illustrated with beautiful images. For free photography lessons and articles, and to purchase signed copies of all of Dantzig’s books visit:
Stephen Dantzig, who has had cerebral palsy since birth, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College and Doctor of Psychology degree from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He has written one book on psychology as well.

October 2009
FuentesMartinez Igda Martinez (2003, Clinical) and Milton Fuentes (1998, Clinical) with Dr. Hector Y. Adames presented an overview of “Therapy with Latino Clients and Families” at the GSAPP Cultural Conference in October. The presenters addressed such topics as the multidimensionality of one’s identity, models of acculturation, and how to assess in a culturally responsive fashion. Read more on the event

Julian Slowinski's (1975, Clinical) career is highlighted in the October 2009 issue of Comtemporary Sexuality.

Michael C. Zarabi’s ( 2005, School) dissertation “Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The Impact on Student Functioning” has been recently published and is being sold on various websites. For those interested, below is one such link. 1 1

August 2009
Glassgold Several GSAPP alumni participated in the APA convention in Toronto, Ontario. Judith Glassgold (1990 Clinical), Chair of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation, presented a report that in part examined the efficacy of so-called "reparative therapy," or sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). Dorothy W. Cantor (1976 School) American Psychological Foundation (APF) President presented psychology’s highest awards at the APA/APF Awards Ceremony. Lou Kruger’s (1982 School) film documentary, Children Left Behind, was shown on Saturday. (See below) Simon Rego (2002 Clinical) participated a plenary session titled “To Be or Not to Be: PhD/PsyD Stereotypes Revisited”.
More on the APA Conference

Fruger Lou Kruger’s (1982 School) film documentary, Children Left Behind, has been selected to be shown at the APA Convention in Toronto. The showing is scheduled for the Metro Convention Centre, North Building, Constitution Hall 107, on Saturday, August 8th from 12:45 to 1:35 PM. The APA Ad Hoc Committee on Films reviewed 130 films for possible inclusion at the convention and selected 30. He was competing against some big producers. Last year, for example, the convention showed films produced by HBO, ABC, Miramax, Touchstone Pictures, PBS, National Film Board of Canada, Castle Rock Entertainment and the BBC. School psychologists and Northeastern University students made major contributions to the film’s development. The documentary was recently shown at the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, where it received a standing ovation, and the Massachusetts State House for the state legislators and their aides. For more information about the film and a video trailer, please visit:

July 2009
Bonnie Markham Bonnie Markham (1986 Clinical) has received the 'Block R Award' from the Rutgers University Alumni Association which recognizes service to the alumni body through volunteer involvement in charter organizations, work with university partners in support of Rutgers' community initiatives and through other specific volunteer roles. Currently co-chair of the GSAPP capital campaign, Bonnie has also been president of GSAPP AO; an alumni board member; and a leader or member of several planning committees. Bonnie is constantly working to connect GSAPP alumni, students, faculty, and administrators in meaningful ways, including mentoring, certification, and career programs.

June 2009
Rotgers Fred Rotgers (1983 Clinical) has been elected President of APA's Division 50 (Addictions) for 2009-2010. Fred has been extremely active in the field of addictions treatment and research since his graduation from GSAPP.  He is the Director of the Clinical PhD program at Walden University.  He is co-director and co-creator of the Trauma and Addiction Psychology for Emergency Responders Project, which provides assessment and free treatment for first responders and others. 

Amber Cargill (2009 Clinical) completed the Sport Psychology concentration at GSAPP and has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in Sport Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. This post doctoral fellowship is a distinctive and very competitive honor. It is one of only two current post docs in Sport Psychology in the United States (the other being at the University of Southern California). The fellows committee was impressed with Amber’s education, training, and supervised professional experiences.

May 2009
Cantor Dorothy Cantor will be inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni.  She is the first GSAPP alumna to be so honored.  This is the highest award that Rutgers University can bestow upon an alumnus/alumna. Dr. Cantor was a member of the first graduating class of GSAPP in 1976.  When Dorothy became President of the APA in 1996, not only was she the first PsyD to attain that honor, she was also the first woman clinician to serve as President of the APA.   Dorothy was the first person with a PsyD to be President of the New Jersey Psychological Association in 1986. 

Lackner Jeffrey Lackner (1992 Clinical), is this years winner of The Peterson Prize, which is named after our first dean and is given to an alumna/alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to Professional Psychology. Jeffrey Lackner is an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, SUNY, after serving as a clinical and then research assistant professor for several years. Jeffrey has developed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), evidence-based treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and has written a book about it (Controlling IBS the Drug Free Way: A Ten Step Program for Symptom Relief). He was recently awarded a major treatment grant from NIH ($8,800,000) for the next seven years, which will evaluate the efficacy of a self-administered version of his program (see June 2008 Highlights). He has published 30 articles in some of the most highly regarded journals in psychology and medicine.

Rotgers Fred Rotgers (1983 Clinical) , is the winner of the 2009 GSAPP Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Career Achievement.  Fred has been extremely active in the field of addictions treatment and research since his graduation from GSAPP.  He has recently been appointed Director of the Clinical PhD program at Walden University.  Previously, he served on the faculty of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 to 2008 where he was Associate Professor.  Fred has worked extensively in the area of harm reduction approaches to working with substance abusers.  He is co-director and co-creator of the Trauma and Addiction Psychology for Emergency Responders Project, which provides assessment and free treatment for first responders and others.  Fred has published extensively on the topic of addictions treatment and research, and he has presented at national and international conferences.  He has consulted with state agencies, as well as with Canadian and Philippine government organizations in the area of addictions treatment and prevention.

Panzer David Panzer (1984 School) is the winner of the Grace K. Smith Award for Meritorious Service to the Alumni Organization. In 1991 David was a member of the committee that was instrumental in forming the GSAPP Alumni Organization.  David served as the first President from 1992 - 1994. He was also involved in developing its first bylaws and the mission statement.  During the time that David was President, the Alumni Organization's first event was held and the first edition of the GSAPP Alumni newsletter was published. David heads up a successful group practice in Highland Park, NJ and is currently co-chair of the GSAPP capital campaign committee. David teaches the very highly regarded and popular course on group therapy at GSAPP.  He recently helped to sponsor the attendance of GSAPP students at the meetings in Chicago of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. David and his wife, Marsha, host a dinner each year for a number of NJPA members which raises funds for the NJ Psychological Foundation which results in a stipend given by the NJPF to a GSAPP student working in the Clinic.

March 2009
Kate Muller (2001 Clinical) has been selected to receive the American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) 2009 Division 29 Early-Career Award. Kate will be presented with this award at this year’s APA Convention in Toronto, Canada.

October 2008
Beijing Conference Dr. Nancy McWilliams was an invited speaker at the Fifth World Psychotherapy Congress, held in Beijing October 12-15. Also attending were several GSAPP alumni; Ping Yao (2005 Clinical) and Lauren Siegler Mulheim(1996 Clinical) (pictured with Nancy) and Kay Haran (1992 Clinical) and her husband Otto Kernberg.

September 2008
Martha Temple (2005 Clinical), has been appointed Associate Director for Clinical Services for Rutgers University Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition to clinical work with graduates and undergraduates on the New Brunswick campuses, she'll be working with the staff of the counseling centers, psychiatry, and alcohol and drug adiction programs to roll out new and expanded services and processes to benefit Rutgers Students.

July 2008
Ken Robin (2006 School), Assistant research professor and senior research scientist at the Center for Human Services Research of the State Univeristy at Albany,  was awarded a six million dollar grant for the Albany Public Schools.  The money will be used to hire social workers, behavior specialists, case mangers and “family partners”.  Full service mental health clinics will be established in two schools and Ken will oversee and evaluate the programs that they implement.

June 2008
Lackner Jeffrey Lackner (1992 Clinical), assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and director of its Behavioral Medicine Clinic, has received an eight million dollar grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Lackner has designed a primarily self-administered treatment program for patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). He has also published "Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief".
Home-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Relieves IBS Symptoms. News Center, University of Buffalo, June 2008.