The Alumni Association Award
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 Alumni Association Award winners:
2012 - Jane Hochberg, Psy.D. (Clinical, 1976)
Sincegraduating 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.
2011 - Anthony D'Urso, PsyD (School, 1987)
Anthony D'Urso PsyD (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
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
Fred Rotgers (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
Suzanne Phillips (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.