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GSAPP San Francisco Alumni/Friends Gathering June 2010

Caren Ludmer (Clinical, 1985) kindly hosted a San Francisco GSAPP alumni dinner at her home in June with Dean Stanley Messer, Dr. Dan Fishman and their spouses, Donna Messer and Claire Fishman.  Alumni in attendance included Haydee Montenegro (Clinical, 1986) and Margaret Bezmalinovic (Clinical, 2004).  Group
Attendees at the San Francisco dinner at Caren Ludmer’s home include from left to right:  Donna and Stanley Messer, Rich Freedman, Caren Ludmer (Clinical, 1985), Margaret Bezmalinovic (Clinical, 2004 ), Haydee Montenegro (Clinical, 1986), Claire and Dan Fishman
Caren Ludmer, Haydee Montenegro, Margaret Bezmalinovic
Dr. Montengro is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. She has  extensive clinical experience, with a specialization in forensic psychology, trauma and culturally-based resilience to traumatic events. Beyond her many years of public and private sector clinical practice, Haydee worked with 911 survivors and responders for more than two years. She is a member of APA and its Division 56, Trauma Psychology. Dr. Montenegro is a Trainer for the APA HOPE Program.  Prior to moving to California, she taught at Cornell University ILR, Montclair University and Kean University. 
Dr. Bezmalinovic followed her GSAPP education and training with a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Counseling and Psychological Services.  Margaret has an independent private practice where she specializes in adults and couples. 
After leaving GSAPP, Dr. Caren Ludmer moved to San Francisco where she began her career at Florence Crittenton, a residential program for pregnant/parenting adolescents.  While working there for four years, Caren completed her California license and started a small private practice where she specialized in children and adolescents, family therapy and assessment.  Caren followed her stay at Florence Crittenton with a one year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute of University of California, San Francisco.  group
Stanley Messer, Caren Ludmer ('85 Clinical), Rich Freedman, Dan Fishman
Following her fellowship, she was the director of an adolescent day treatment program for seven years.  Upon leaving this position, Caren moved into full time private practice, where she continues to work with children, adolescents and families, but also sees adults and couples and conducts psychological assessments.  Caren still sees many clients through the foster care system and also works with seriously mentally ill clients.  She speaks fluent Spanish so about 25% of her clients are monolingual Spanish speaking.  Caren also supervises local graduate students from Alliant University and the Wright Institute.  She has been on the board of the San Francisco Psychological Association for the last four years; and in 2011, Caren will be the president.  GSAPP is grateful to Caren for hosting a wonderful evening, and we congratulate her on her forthcoming achievement as President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.