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The Alumni Organization Award for Distinguished Career Achievement

This award recognizes GSAPP alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.

List of Distinghished Career Achievement Award winners:

2016 - Monica Indart, Psy.D.

Monica Indart Monica Indart, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1994).  Dr. Indart is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  During her career, Dr. Indart has worked at University Behavioral Healthcare as part of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.  She was a Field Operations Supervisor for Project Phoenix, the New Jersey Division of Mental Health's response to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.  She became the Mental Health Emergency Response Coordinator for the Disaster and Terrorism Branch.  Dr. Indart has worked for the International Institute of New Jersey as a Consultant to their Survivors of Torture Program.  She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, where she has assisted their Development Programme (UNDP), Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Staff Counsellor's Office, and Emergency Preparedness Support Team.  Her work with the United Nations has benefited people in 166 countries, including Panama, Kenya, Austria, Lebanon, and Chile.  She was the Co-Director of the Psychosocial Care Unit at Medecins Sans Frontieres--USA (Doctors without Borders), where she provided psychosocial services for humanitarian aid workers.  She served as a consultant for them and for the Centers for Disease Control during the Ebola crisis.  Currently, Dr. Indart serves as a consultant and trainer for the New Jersey Mental Health Association and SAMHSA's Disaster Technical Assistance Center.  Additionally, she is a consultant and trainer for Healthright International in the Ukraine, where she designs, develops, and delivers training for psychological treatment of torture survivors.  As part of her work with Healthright International, she provides pro bono training and consultation for new volunteers. She provides consultation services to Relief International, where she assists in the development and supervision of support services for Syrian refugees in southern Turkey.  She also develops psychosocial interventions for widows of the 1994 genocide through the Children's Support Center in Rwanda.  Lastly, Dr. Indart maintains a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey with a particular focus on trauma and grief.  She remains a Visiting Assistant Professor at GSAPP as well.  

When she is not providing direct services, Dr. Indart is continuing her own education by currently receiving specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Advanced Trauma Training.  She also expects to complete the Harvard Program in Global Mental Health and Refugee Trauma in May 2016.  She has presented nationally and internationally and has published in journals and books.

2015 - Diane Smallwood, Psy.D.

Diane Smallwood, Psy.D. (School, 1985). The GSAPP Distinguished Achievement Award is named in honor of the founders of the GSAPP Alumni Organization (AO) It may be given only to alumni of GSAPP, who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities. The primary criteria are: (1) recognition for lifelong distinguished achievement and/or (2) a one-time distinguished achievement. This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award is Diane Smallwood, Psy.D., NCSP. (Class of 1985). During her career, Dr. Smallwood worked as a School Psychologist through the South Brunswick Board of Education, the Lower Camden County Regional High School District No 1, and the Dunellen Public Schools. She has been a Consultant/Item Writing Specialist at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton. In this role, she assisted with the development of new Praxis examinations in the areas of school psychology and special education and collaborated on all aspects of test development for the school psychology examination, including participating on a national panel of experts who contributed to the development of a job analysis survey for school psychologists. Dr. Smallwood also served as a Program Evaluation Coordinator through the New Jersey Secondary Special Education Initiative in the Lower Camden County Regional High School District No 1. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Rider University, GSAPP, and Lehigh University. Since July 2004, Dr. Smallwood has been an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Smallwood has assumed numerous state and national leadership positions, including Regional Delegate, Secretary, and President of the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists and President and Strategic Planning and Organizational Development Coordinator for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She has received several awards and honors, including the Service to School Psychology Award, the NASP Appreciation Award, and the NASP Presidential Award twice! Dr. Smallwood has presented nationally, published papers in peer-reviewed journals, and written several books and book chapters.

2014 - Nadia Webb Psy.D.

Webb Nadia Webb Psy.D. (Clinical, 1998) (read more)

2013 - Jane Hochberg, Psy.D.

Hochberg Jane Hochberg, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1976). Since graduating from GSAPP, Jane Hochberg, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1976) 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. She has made numerous presentations at NJPA's annual conventions. Dr. Hochberg's professional affiliations also include service to the Independent Adjudication Panel for the American Psychological Association (APA) from 1998 until 2004. From 2003 until 2006, she served on the Ethics Committee for APA. She participated in several panels for the APA Ethics Committee at the APA Conventions in 2005 and 2006. Furthermore, Dr. Hochberg has a history of service to the Essex County Mental Health Association (MHA) where she served as Board Member, President, and Past President. Her work at the Essex County MHA has focused on raising money to treat those with mental illness and working in the community to erase the stigma of mental illness. Lastly, Dr. Hochberg continues to maintain a private practice in Florham Park and has received certification as a parenting coordinator. Her practice focuses on older adolescents, couples, and adults of all ages. As a practitioner, Dr. Hochberg has addressed countless professional and lay groups on issues including child and adult development, adolescence, family dynamics, women intransition, and ethics. She continues to supervise mental health professions, who are either working toward licensure or who wish to increase their clinical skills.

2012 - Ronald Siegel, Psy.D.

Webb Ronald Siegel, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1983)

2011 - Anthony D'Urso, Psy.D.

Anthony D'Urso Psy.D. (School, 1987) has been teaching graduate psychology for over twenty years in the area of child, adolescent and adult psychopathology, forensic psychology and clinical practice. He supervises clinical evaluations for children and adolescents at the MSU Assessment Center in the College of Education. He is a nationally known expert in child maltreatment and has developed many systems in the State of New Jersey for child victims. He has co-directed Finding Words - New Jersey, a forensic interviewing academy since 2002 and has trained over one thousand child interviewers from law enforcement and child protective services. He co-designed and implemented the New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and has served as its Chair for the last eight years. His current research interests include best practices in forensic psychology and has been cited in both the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division as an expert witness. He is currently study the process of disclosure in young victims of child sexual abuse to identify factors which impact the credibility and reliability of childhood recollections. He is also interested in therapy outcomes in the use of expressive therapy in complex posttraumatic stress. He is investigating the factors associated with the diagnosis of non-accidental trauma and the prediction of later fatality.

2010 - Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD

Hall Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD (Clinical, 1982) has developed an outstanding career path in the area of holistic/ integrative clinical health psychology. He has taught at Penn State, Rutgers, Princeton and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine where he is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Hall's teaching is nationally recognized. Clinically, he conducts consultations and treatment with children and adults in the areas of sport medicine, hypnosis, biofeedback and sleep medicine. He has published papers on the impact of hypnosis on immune responses, and in the area of racial health disparity. Internationally, Dr. Hall has conducted workshops in pediatric hypnosis in Brussels and New Zealand. He has presented his published work on rapid wound healing in Egypt, Hawaii and at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA. He has been featured on the National Geographic cable channel and serves on local, national and international boards in the mind/ body area.

2009 - Fred Rotgers Psy.D.

Fred Rotgers Fred Rotgers Psy.D. (1983 Clinical) , is the winner of the 2009 GSAPP Alumni Association Award. 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.

2008 - Suzanne Philips Psy.D.

Phillips Suzanne Phillips Psy.D. (1976 School) is a member of the first raduating class of GSAPP. Suzanne began her career as a school psychologist.  In 1977 she established a private practice in Long Island. Since 1977, Suzanne has presented on diverse psychological topics to both professional and lay audiences.  Since 2001, her career interest has focused on the treatment aftermath of trauma, with especial emphasis on survivors and families of 9/11. Following 9/11 Suzanne provided direct service to survivors, widows and emergency response personnel.  In affiliation with the American Group Psychological Association (AGPA) she supervised and trained other clinicians working with trauma.  She has been an invited panelist for Online Trauma Symposia presented by AGPA, offering information to mental health workers from around the world.  After 9/11, she conducted and supervised bereavement groups for firefighters and corporate widows. Together with Dianne Kane, DSW, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center for the Fire Department of NY, Suzanne developed and conducted the Couples Connection Program for active firefighters and their wives.  This was later redeveloped to address needs of retired firefighters and their families.  Suzanne presented papers on these programs at the AGPA meetings in 2004 and 2005.  Stemming from this work, Suzanne has been working with police wives groups, addressing topics such as “Dealing with Children’s Fears”, and “The Handling of Trauma”.  In 2004, Suzanne was one of the conference Team Leaders for the Protocol Conference for Trauma Work, sponsored under a grant from the AGPA.  Currently, Suzanne’s interest  and outreach in trauma work continues.  Most recently, she presented before a congressional panel in 2008 on mental health treatment for veterans and their families.