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December 2014
Dr. Tim Cleary received a grant from the Spencer Foundation. He is experimentally examining the effectiveness of a self-regulated learning (SRL) academic support program for improving the motivation beliefs, regulatory behaviors, and mathematics success of at-risk, marginalized middle school students. Students who exhibit regulatory deficiencies and poor performance on classroom-based mathematics exams are being randomly assigned to treatment and control conditions. The treatment group is receiving approximately twenty sessions of SRL-infused academic supports while the comparison group will received a comparable number of sessions of an existing school-based academic support program that does not focus on SRL and motivation skills.

Dr. Susan Forman
has received a $20,000 grant from the American Psychological Association (APA). It will provide funds for GSAPP/Rutger’s new School Psychology Internship Consortium to pursue APA accreditation.


November 2014
Dr. Terry Wilson received "The Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology Award" in November from the American Psychological Association. This award is for his outstanding contributions to the nature and theory of behavior therapy.  Terry's work on the mechanisms underlying fear reduction paved the way for the dominance of exposure-based approaches to anxiety disorders; his work on the expectations underlying response to alcohol pointed to the role of cognition in the etiology and maintenance of addiction; and his work on the basic mechanisms underlying the nature and treatment of obesity and the eating disorders led to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders.  No one has done more to elucidate the mechanisms of change underlying behavioral and cognitive interventions.

Dr. Mike Petronko received the '2014 Outstanding Service to ABCT Award' in November. This award is presented to a person who has actively demonstrated exceptional dedication, persistence, excellence, and rigor regarding the association's operation and activities.


June 2014
Dean Stan Messer, gave a keynote presentation at the second international conference of the Polish Society for Psychotherapy Integration in Warsaw, Poland, June 6-8, 2014. He is also giving a workshop on brief psychodynamic therapy and is on three panels regarding different aspects of psychotherapy integration. The theme of the conference is Integration in Psychotherapy: Effectiveness and Limits.


May 2014
Dr. Tim Cleary is a co-PI for a grant recently funded by the MedU Research grant program. This is an extension of prior work that he has been carrying out with medical education colleagues at Uniformed Services University. The grant is titled: Combining Self-Regulated Learning Microanalysis with Virtual-Patient Simulation to Assess Clinical Reasoning and Cognitive Engagement.


March 2014
Dr. Terry Wilson is the recipient of the Craig Johnson Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice and Training, from the National Eating Disorders Association. This is a clinical award recognizing top eating disorders professionals who have distinguished themselves with their contributions to eating disorders knowledge, training and treatment, in contrast to recent awards Dr. Wilson has received emphasizing scientific excellence. It is based, in part, on the number of outstanding clinical students Dr. Wilson has mentored who have gone on to make very important applied contributions to clinical practice. He will receive the award at the national meeting of the Association in October, 2014, in San Antonio.


January 2014
Dr. 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
Dr. Susan Furrer, (Clinical, 1990), executive director of the Center for Applied Psychology 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.


November 2013
Dean Stan Messer, is the recipient of this year's Richard P. McCormick Award. The award was created to recognize a dean or faculty member who has performed outstanding service for the alumni association and was established to honor the late faculty member and Rutgers College dean, Richard P. McCormick, RC, '38, GSNB, '40. The award is university-wide, meaning selection came from all three campuses of Rutgers and among all Rutgers faculty and deans. Dean Messer was nominated for this award by alumni, Caroline Mossip, Psy.D. and Lucy Takagi, Psy.D.


October 2013
Dr. Terry Wilson is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.This award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems. Other winners of this significant award have been Alan Kazdin, David Barlow, Dr. Wilson's student Kelly Brownell, and Robert Rosenthal. Dr. Wilson will be formally presented with the award at the annual APA convention, in Washington D.C. August 7-10, 2014.

Dr. Anne Gregory has received a grant from the Spencer Foundation for a two year study in two Newark high schools “Transforming schools through restorative approaches to school discipline” for the amount of $50,000.

Dr. Maurice Elias was presented with the John P. McGovern Medal for his distinguished work in school health and demonstrated dedication to the field, during the 87th Annual American School Health Association conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.


Septembe
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Dr. Linda Reddy (PI) and Dr. Elisa Shernoff (Co-PI) have been awarded a grant by the Brady Education Foundation. It is for $272,365 for the years 2014—2017. It consists of a randomized clinical trial of an innovative teacher consultation/coaching model, using the Classroom Strategies Scale (CSS).


June 2013
Dr. Jami Young received "The Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence" which honors faculty members who have recently been promoted with tenure and whose work shows exceptional promise. Dr. Young was recognized for her research in the treatment and prevention of adolescent depression and her thoughtful development of an innovative school-based group preventative intervention. The fellowship includes a citation and a $1,500 research account.

Dr. Maurice Elias received "The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching" which is awarded to faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students at Rutgers University.  Dr. Elias was recognized for designing opportunities outside the classroom that enhanced student growth and demonstrated the critical relationship between research and practice. The award includes a citation and a $1,000 research account.


May 2013
Dr. Ryan Kettler, was awarded a Community-University Research Partnership Grant for New Brunswick. The committee received over twenty proposals resulting in a highly competitive review process. $14,716 was awarded for his proposal: “New Brunswick Preschool Behavior Screening System — Spanish scale. Dr. Kettler was complimented in a letter from the Interim Chancellor, Dick Edwards, on his commitment to improving the lives of New Brunswick residents and his dedicated work for Rutgers.

Dr. Brenna Bry was the keynote speakerat a seminar at St. Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland. in May. The seminar was presented by the Irish United States Alum Association, which is sponsored by the US Embassy. The topic was Successful School Transitions: Empirically-Supported Interventions: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors and Practical Solutions.


April 2013
Mike Petronko has been invited to give two presentations at a conference in Tromsa, Norway sponsored by the University of North Norway on June 10-11, 2013. The topics are Providing Evidence-Based CBT Services to People with Dual Diagnoses in Community Settings: Project Natural Setting Therapeutic Management(NSTM), and Iatrogenic Effects Caused By Community
Living When One is Dually Diagnosed: Stress Vulnerability and Coping.

Dr. Anne Gregory was on a congressional policy briefing panel where she presented findings from one of her recent studies. The event is entitled Closing the School Discipline Gap: Research to Policy and is under the aegis of The Center for Civil Rights Remedies.


March 2013
Dr. Terry Wilson is the recipient of the 2013 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) in recognition of the “transformative impact on clinical and scientific advances” of his work. AED is the biggest and most important international/interdisciplinary organization in the field. He shall receive the Award in Montreal in May.

Dr. Linda Reddy has just had a book released through APA Press, "Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention for Youth: An Evidence-Based Approach to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders" Edited by Linda A. Reddy, PhD; Adam S. Weissman, PhD;and James B. Hale, PhD
For more information: http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4316149.aspx


February 2013
Dr. Shireen Rizvi has received a grant for $72,000 from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for her project entitled “Feasibility and Efficacy of a DBT Skills ‘App’for Suicidal Individuals with BPD.” The two-year project will run from February 2013 through January 2015 and will study how individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and suicidal behaviors use an interactive mobile phone application designed to increase their use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills.

Dr. Timothy Cleary has received a one year grant for $90,000 as a co-investigator from the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General’s medical Research Program. The grant will run from February 2013 to February 2014. The purpose of this collaborative, multi-disciplinary grant is to develop an assessment methodology that integrates self-regulated micro- analytic assessment methodology with a virtual-patient simulation in a medical education context. The key goal of this approach is to evaluate regulatory processes as they occur naturally during medical education tasks, thereby making clinical assessments of student competencies more authentic and accessible.

Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin is this year's winner of the Janet Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship. Dr. Boyd-Franklin will receive her award at the Teachers College Multicultural Roundtable on February 15, 2013.


January 2013
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.

Dr. Karen Haboush, joins GSAPP's core faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor and School Psychology Internship Coordinator. Dr. Haboush’s new position is an outgrowth of her work in placing practicum students in school districts. Based on the American Psychological Association's call for students to complete high quality internships, Dr. Haboush and Dr. Susan Forman (Chair, School Psychology Program) have begun an exciting new endeavor. Partnering up with school districts, they have created the Rutgers School Psychology Internship Consortium that is exclusive for GSAPP students.

Dr. Karen Riggs-Skean has been selected as the recipient of a Part-time Lecturer Professional Development Fund award to pay for her attendance at the Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills Training Course at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. This is a competitive award that allows PTL’s to develop their knowledge and skills in connection with their instructional


December 2012
Dr. Shalonda Kelly has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the NCSPP Ethnic Racial Diversity Individual Award. Shalonda’s dedication and commitment to multicultural education and training have been recognized and acknowledged by many of her peers, along with the former chair of ERDC (Dr. Torrey Wilson), who have chosen her as this year’s award winner, as she continues to inspire all in the field.


October 2012
Dr. Linda Reddy and Dr. Ryan Kettler, received a 5-year grant from the US DOE for $ 39,703,502. The School System Improvement (SSI) project will implement a comprehensive human capital management system (HCMS) that includes rigorous (highly reliable and valid) educator evaluation systems (EES).  Through implementation of the proposed HCMS, the SSI project will increase the number of effective teachers and principals, and increase student growth in achievement.  EES will generate scores that inform four performance levels of effectiveness that identify and reward teacher and principal effectiveness through a differentiated performance-based compensation system (PBCS).  EES will inform empirically supported professional development for teachers and principals.  The HCMS and PBCS will help these high-poverty schools attract, develop, motivate and retain the most effective teachers and principals. Together, the components of the SSI project will build local education agency-wide capacity and effectiveness for long-term sustainability.

Dr. 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.


September 2012
Dr. Anne Gregory has received a $25,000 grant the NoVo Foundation entitled 'Observing restorative practices in high school classrooms: The development of a systematic observational tool for evaluation and training'. 'Restorative practices' refers to restoring a positive learning environment in the classroom through specific practices in the interpersonal sphere.


August 2012
Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. This award recognizes educators who have inspired former students to 'create an organization which has demonstrabley conferred a benefit on the community at large' or 'establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large'. The recommendation for this award was submitted by Jamila Irons-Johnson, (Clinical, 2004) . The presentation of the award will take place at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA on Saturday November 10th.

Dr. Terry Wilson is the 2012 recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award, which is presented by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy each year to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.


July 2012
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Dr. Karen Haboush, with Lauren Poleyeff (3rd yr, School), 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".



June 2012
Dr. Ryan Kettler, Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program of GSAPP, has been appointed as the first Editor of the Research Registry (www.ssspresearch.org) of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP). The primary goal of the Research Registry is to create a place to document and describe key features of each SSSP member’s program of research. The Registry has been developed and field tested over the past year to ensure that it is easy to use and provides users information to stimulate further communications and collaborative projects. In addition to the descriptions of research programs, the Research Registry will also facilitate collaboration via an announcement board and space for posting research tools (e.g., survey forms, unpublished research measures, interview scripts, and experimental stimuli). Ryan is responsible for managing information and leading continued development of the site.

Dr. Terry Wilson and Laurie Zandberg (5th yr, Clinical ) published the the article: 'Cognitive-behavioral guided self-help for eating disorders: effectiveness and scalability', Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 343-357.


May 2012
Dean Stanley Messer was on the opening plenary panel for the Society for Psychotherapy Integration meetings, May 17th-20th. The topic was 'Process research and the therapist: Can it help us to help our clients?' Dean Messer was also be a commentator on another panel, 'The relevance of Davanloo's ISTDP (intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy) to integrative practice and change process research', and a member of a discussion group on 'Corrective experiences in psychotherapy'.

Dr. Anne Gregory has received a $25,000 grant from the Atlantic Philanthropy’s Collaborative on Race and Gender Disparities in Discipline. The project is entitled: 'Restoring community and achieving equity in secondary school classrooms'.

Dr. Stanley Messer gave a Grand Rounds presentation at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on May 3. His topic was:  'Integrating Tragic, Romantic, Comic and Ironic Perspectives in Psychotherapy'.

Dr. Russell Kormann, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $521,392. The project titled 'Natural Setting Therapeutic Management (NSTM)' is being funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. It provides behavioral support to families with individuals with developmental disabilities or Autism who have severe behavior challenges.  Project staff travel to family homes and train parents in the behavioral techniques required to build clinical interventions.


April 2012
Dr. Terry Wilson has been awarded two NIMH grants:
Principal Investigator, '
Implementation of evidence-based treatments for on-campus eating disorders'
Co-Investigator, (PI, Tiffany Stewart, Ph.D. Pennington Institute), 'Healthy weight intervention in female athletes: a randomized controlled trial'

Dr. Anne Gregory has had a paper accepted at the American Journal of Education, 'Teacher safety and authoritative school climate in high schools'. Most research on school climate focuses on student well-being, with less attention to the safety of school faculty. The current study examined the relationship between an authoritative school climate (characterized by high levels of student support and disciplinary structure) and both teacher reports of victimization and school records of threats against staff.


March 2012
Dr. Terry Wilson was invited to give the keynote address at the Eating Disorders International Conference in London on March 15, 'Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatments for Eating Disorders'.

Dr. Louis Sass has been promoted to Professor II – Distinguished Professor. This is one of the highest honors the University can offer a faculty member and it is given to those professors who have made a distinguished contribution to their field.

Dr. Anne Gregory has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Her research interests include disproportionality in school discipline sanctions, teacher-student relationships, and teacher professional development.


February 2012
Dr. Cary Cherniss was one of the featured speakers at the 21st Kravis-de Roulet Leadership Conference, which was held at Claremont McKenna College on February 24-25, 2012.  His presentation was titled, 'Using a Theory of Performance Based on Emotional Intelligence to Conceptualize and Develop 'Soft' Leader Skills'.


November 2011
Dr. Susan Forman is Co-Chair of the APA, Division 16 Working Group on Translating Science to Practice. The goal of the translation working group is to enhance the translation of research to practice and practice to research within the specialty of school psychology, to promote Division 16 as a resource for evidence-based practice for school psychologists, and to enhance research-based psychological practices in the context of schools


October 2011
DDDC Clinical faculty members, Dr. Bob Larue (PI), Dr. Lara Delmolino (Co-PI), Dr. Kate Fiske (Co-PI) and Dr. Kim Sloman (Co-PI) were awarded a $30,000 grant from the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) to study behavioral economics. They are among only 7 studies funded by OAR out of 69 initial
proposals.

Dr. Susan Forman is currently serving as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP). CDSPP is the organization that represents doctoral programs in school psychology in North America. With 97 member institutions, CDSPP’s mission is to foster the advancement of doctoral education in school psychology. This mission includes providing a mechanism for dissemination of information, exchange of views, collection of data, facilitation of communication, and formulation of policies, concerning doctoral training in school psychology; and providing consultative resources, maintaining active liaison, and promoting the representation of school psychology programs in functions of APA and other organizations which are relevant to doctoral education in school psychology.


July 2011
Dr. Nancy Fagley presented a poster with Alexandra Wiltshire (5th year, School) at the Second World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia
-Fagley, N. S., & Wiltshire, A. 'Appreciation: Significant factor in perceived social support, beyond gratitude and the Big 5 personality factors'.
May 2011
Dr. Eun-Young Mun is the primary investigator of an award totaling $481,940. The project titled 'Innovative Analyses of Alcohol Intervention Trials for College Students' is being supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Nancy Fagley presented two posters at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.
- Fagley, N. S. Appreciation uniquely predicts life satisfaction: incremental validity above the Big 5 personality factors and gratitude.
-Miller, P. M., & Fagley, N. S. Gender differences in numeracy.

Dr. Linda Reddy was selected by the National Center for Special Education (NCSER) to participate in the 2011 Summer Research Training institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The training is sponsored by the National Center for Special Education Research, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Education.


April 2011
Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin has been promoted to Professor II, the equivalent of Distinguished Professor. This designation requires that the faculty member be nationally known for the exceptional quality of his or her scholarship and contributions to the field. Nancy has taught "Family Therapy" and "Psychological Interventions with Ethnic Minority Clients and Families.

Dr. Eun-Young Mun has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. She has taught two GSAPP courses, "Human Development" and "Advanced Statistics and Research Design." Eun-Young's appointment is primarily at the Center of Alcohol Studies where she conducts alcohol related research.

Dr. Monica Indart presented the keynote address at the 9/11 Conference at the Institute of Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz. (read more)

Dr. Cary Cherniss delivered a keynote presentation at the 2011 NJCA (New Jersey Counseling Association) Conference held at The Donald Warner Student Life Center of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ on Sunday, April 2. Cary’s presentation, 'Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters' highlighted what we have learned during the last two decades about emotional intelligence, with emphasis placed on what emotional intelligence is, how it impacts health and success in life, how it can be measured, and how we can help people become more emotionally intelligent.

Dr. Karen Haboush presented a poster with doctoral candidates Tova Lane, (3rd yr, School) and Hala Alyan, (2nd yr, Clinical) entitled: 'Culturally Sensitive Assessment and Intervention with Sexually Abused Children: Perspectives on Arab-American and Orthodox Jewish Culture', at The Center for Child Advocacy at Montlcair State University on April 15th. For more information on this conference, please clink here


March 2011
Oades-Sese Dr. Geraldine Oades-Sese was invited to be an Advisor for a new Sesame Street Workshop initiative that will address the topic of Resiliency. This initiative will maximize the power of the Sesame Street Muppets and deliver multiple media across a range of platforms, to provide young children (ages 2-8 years) and families with resources to strengthen fundamental resiliency competencies. Her participation began with an advisory seminar in Washington DC in March. (Read the Rutgers Focus article)


November 2010
Indart Dr. Monica Indart presented a half-day institute, along with psychologists from international NGO's, entitled 'An Early Intervention Model for Traumatic Stress in Humanitarian Aid Workers in the Field: Challenges and Complexities' at the 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies held on November 2-6 in Montreal.  The topic of this institute is part of an ongoing applied research project with UNICEF, focusing on understanding the impact of culture on traumatic experiences encountered by humanitarian aid workers in the field.  The project hopes to integrate the results of survey data from the study with current research on early intervention for trauma to contribute toward the development of best practice standards in addressing trauma in humanitarian workers. (Read the Rutgers Focus article)

October 2010
Oades Sese Dr. Geraldine Oades-Sese is the recipient of the2010 Lucille Weistuch Award from the New Jersey Division of Early Childhood, a subdivision of the DEC, The Council for Exceptional Children.  This award recognizes an early childhood special education professional who has made outstanding contribution to young children and their families and has demonstrated exemplary performance beyond the classroom, such as training, research, scholarship, innovative practice, and advocacy.

Dr. Geraldine V. Oades-Sese was selected as an Early Carer Scholar for the 2011 School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC) in San Francisco, which comes with an honorarium. SPRCC brings together professionals to design collaborataive researh projects that address complex and important problems relevant to education and the practice of psychology in the schools.


September 2010
Dr. Terry Wilson has been made a member of the Psychological Treatment Development Group of PREMIUM - a PRogram for Effective Mental Health Interventions in Under-resourced health systems. Funded by Wellcome Trust in London and based in India with support from the Public Health Foundation of India, the goal is to develop and implement culturally appropriate, feasible, acceptable, affordable and effective psychological treatments for mental disorders in under-resourced settings. PREMIUM ha s long-term vision of ultimate scalability of the treatments by emphasizing its delivery by community or lay health workers (CLHW).

August 2010
Dr. Geraldine Oades-Sese coauthored a recently released book titled, "Culturally Sensitive Narrative Interventions for Immigrant Children and Adolescents", that discusses the use of a  resilience model and strength-based approach for responding to stressors of migration and the acculturation process through the use of narrative, storytelling, drawings, and puppetry techniques.

Dr. Geraldine Oades-Sese has had a research paper on resilience accepted by Developmental Psychology. The paper is titled "A Longitudinal Study of the Social and Academic Competence of Economically Disadvantaged Bilingual Preschool Children".


July 2010
Dr. Anne Gregory presented at a Capitol Hill Briefing on July 29th. This briefing was on Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies in Schools. Dr. Gregory was on a panel of experts who examined the problems raised by Zero Tolerance policies and offered alternative recommendations to improve classroom and school climate.

Dr. Jami Young has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health. The title of the grant is "Depression Prevention Initiative: A Study of IPT-AST in School Settings". This is a 5 year grant to conduct a randomized controlled trial comparing two preventive interventions for adolescent depression: Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST) and usual group counseling (GC).  IPT-AST is a group indicated preventive intervention that teaches adolescents interpersonal problem-solving and communication skills to improve their relationships.  In two small-scale randomized controlled trials, IPT-AST has been markedly efficacious immediately post-intervention and the effects are sustained at six month follow-up (Young, Mufson, & Davies, 2006a; Young, Mufson, & Gallop, 2009). In this large-scale efficacy study, IPT-AST will be compared to a more rigorous control condition, group counseling as delivered by school counselors in local school districts. This study will yield data on the efficacy of IPT-AST relative to GC for the prevention of depressive symptoms and depressive disorders. It will also provide information about the mechanisms of action of IPT-AST and determine for whom IPT-AST is most effective.

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Dr. Stanley Messer presented the opening plenary session at an invited conference in Israel. The conference took place at the Hebrew University in July 2010. The topic of the conference was "Multiple Lenses on the Therapeutic Relationship". Dr. Messer's presentation was titled "Psychodynamic Perspectives on the Therapeutic Alliance."

 

Dr. Karen Haboush presented a poster at the International School Psychology Association Colloquium at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The name of the poster was "Supervision of School Psychologists in Urban Settings". (Read More)


June 2010
Dr. Linda Reddy has been granted tenure by the University. Dr. Reddy's research interests include the assessment and treatment of children with ADHD-related disorders, empirically-based treatments, and test validation and development.  She has published over 40 papers and book chapters and co-edited three books on assessment and interventions for children with special needs. She is currently authoring Group Play Interventions for Children: Strategies for Teaching Prosocial Skills with The American Psychological Association Press.

Dr. Brian Chu has been granted tenure by the University. Dr. Chu's areas of interest include the assessment and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in youth, with a special emphasis on the dissemination of evidence-based practice; effectiveness research; and the evaluation of mechanisms of change and within-session client and therapist process variables that predict therapy outcome. He has a developing interest in understanding multicultural issues that impact help-seeking behavior and access to mental health services.


May 2010
Dr. Anne Gregory received funding from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences for "Increasing Adolescent Engagement, Motivation, and Achievement: Efficacy of a Web-Based, Teacher Professional Development Model". The project is jointly led by Dr. Anne Gregory and colleagues at the University of Virginia. The project is a four year, randomized control trial of a new professional development program called /My Teaching Partner/ (/MTP/). /MTP/ is a teacher-focused approach, anchored in a validated observational system (the Classroom Assessment Scoring System-Secondary (CLASS-S). It combines knowledge of adolescent social development and motivation with web- and video-conferencing to provide ongoing training and feedback to teachers on the nature and effectiveness of their interactions with students. The research will test the hypothesis that changing teachers’ classroom interactions with students will result in increased engagement and motivation, which in turn will lead to increased achievement and decreased school problem behaviors.

Dr. Shireen Rizvi received a grant from the Rutgers University Research Council. The grant will fund "Component Analysis of Dialectical Behavior Skills Training".

Dr. Anne Gregory received a grant from Rutgers University Research Council.to fund her project " Identifying 'Restorative Practices' in Classrooms".

Dr. Linda Reddy's article "Effectiveness of school-based prevention and intervention programs for children and adolescents with emotional disturbance: A meta-analysis", Journal of School Psychology, 47 (2), has been selected as the 2009, Journal of School Psychology, Article of the Year.


April 2010
Dr. Anne Gregory presented at a Capitol Hill Briefing on April 8th 2010. This briefing on New Strategies for Keeping Schools Safe: Evidence-based Approaches to Prevent Youth Violence reported on research presented in a special issue of the Educational Researcher devoted entirely to research on school safety (see January 2010). The new research to be discussed examines violence, bullying, and disruptive behavior, and reports on the harmful consequences of school environments that are unsafe or disruptive—especially for minority students—and the kind of policies and education approaches needed to maintain safety and order in our schools. View Dr. Gregory's Powerpoint Presentation.

Dr. Eun-Young Mun received an NIH R01 grant titled, “Innovative Analyses of Alcohol Intervention Trials for College Students” from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in collaboration with Drs. Helene White and Jimmy de la Torre at Rutgers and David Atkins and Mary Larimer at the University of Washington. This research aims to identify mechanisms of change following a brief alcohol intervention. This project is expected to make unique contributions to the field of alcohol intervention research for college students, clinical treatment research, and to the field of quantitative methodology.


March 2010
Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin gave an invited address entitled, "Black Families in Therapy: Working with Afro-Caribbean Families" at the University of Birmingham in England, UK on March 5, 2010. A number of major cities in England have growing multicultural populations including London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Leeds.


February 2010
Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin made an Invited Plenary Presentation at the Teachers College Winter Roundtable, Columbia University, February, 2010 entitled "A Conversation with Multicultural Pioneers: Lessons from the  Past, the Present and for the Future". Dr. Franklin also received the Kujichagulia (Self Determination) Award for Distinguished Alumni from the Black Student Network at Teachers College, Columbia University.


Dr. Linda Reddy was appointed to the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force for Violence Against Teachers. The Task Force is focused on developing a national research, practice, and policy agenda for the nation. Dr. Reddy was elected to the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Divisional and APA Relations (CODAPAR). As a CODAPAR member, Dr. Reddy represents nine APA child practice divisions to the APA board of trustees.


January 2010
Dr. Anne Gregory recently joined the school psychology faculty. Dr. Gregory's article, “The Achievement Gap and the Discipline Gap: Two Sides of the Same Coin?” will be published in the upcoming special issue of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) flagship journal,"Educational Researcher". The special issue coordinated 20 internationally recognized scholars in school violence prevention and focuses on school violence and school safety. The editors of the issue (Drs. Mayer and Cornell) will be presenting the special issue in a Capitol Hill Briefing on /New Strategies for Keeping Schools Safe: Evidence-based Approaches to Prevent Youth Violence/, on Thursday, February 11, 2010.


November 2009
Dr. Stanley Messer gave the Keynote address at the Bleuler Psychotherapy Center's Sixtieth Anniversary Conference, entitled "Some of the Controversies Associated with Evidence Based Mental Health Treatments". The conference was on November 13th at the New York Hall of Science. Dr. Messer presented "The Controversy Over Evidence Based Mental Health Treatment".


October 2009
Dr. Donald Morgan, past president of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society, organized the fall conference, “Self-regulation: Ancient wisdom and modern science” which was held at the Himalayan Institute for Yoga Science and Philosophy in Honesdale, PA. in October.


August 2009
Dr. Susan Forman has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP). CDSPP is an organization of North American doctoral programs in school psychology.


July 2009
Don and Carol Dr. Donald Morgan and two colleagues presented a symposium, “Inside the Psychological Training Clinic,” at the 32nd Congreso Interamericano Psicologia in Guatemala City in July.  The Congreso brought together over a thousand psychologists from Latin and North America and was attended by the president, president-elect, and executive officer of the American Psychological Association.  Pictured: Carol Goodheart, President-Elect of APA and Don Morgan at the Gala of the Congreso Interamericano Psicologia


June 2009
Dr. Eun Young Mun has been awarded a R01 grant with Dr. Helene White, Center of Alcohol Studies for a research project titled, “Persistence and Desistance in Heavy Drinking and Violence,” from National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), 6/1/2009 – 5/31/2011, direct costs $723,722. This study involves analysis of existing longitudinal data to identify trajectories of heavy drinking and violence from childhood into emerging adulthood, their associations with each other, and precursors and correlates of desistance.


May 2009
Dr. Dan Fishman was an invited speaker and consultant at the Psychological Institute of the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark, from May 25-28. His topics focused on the method, conduct, and write-up of pragmatic case studies in psychotherapy and other areas of applied psychology. His activities included lecturing in and leading a 2-day PhD course sponsored by the inter-institutional Danish Research School of Psychology; giving the annual “Theory-Practice Address” at the University; and teaching a masters-level, clinical psychology class at the University.

Dr. Brian Chu
has been awarded a Klingenstein Third Generation Fellowship, which carries a stipend of $60,000 over two years. The title of the project is: “The Function of Avoidance in Depressed Behavior and a Pilot of Transdiagnostic Behavioral Activation Therapy.”

Dr. Anne Gregory, who will join the faculty in January, 2010, recently served as a lead author on the APA Task Force on Resiliency and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents. The task force reviewed research on resiliency and offered policy recommendations in a report, which can be found at: http://www.apa.org/pi/cyf/resilience.html. Anne is pleased to share that, on May 7th, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings of Florida introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives based on the report. The resolution calls for new research and culturally-relevant interventions, which promote the health and well-being among African American youth.


April 2009
Dr. Judith Glassgold has been awarded the American Psychological Association’s 2009-2010 Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellowship. Dr, Glassgold will spend one year working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. Activities may involve conducting legislative or oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide mid-career psychologists with an invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government. The America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) administers programs sponsored by over two dozen professional societies.

The GSAPP Committee on Diversity (COD) was selected as one of the Human Dignity Award recipients by The Rutgers Committee to Advance our Purposes (CACP).The COD was given the award because of its extraordinary achievements in developing many annual institutionalized diversity programs. This years co-chairs are Dr. Shalonda Kelly and Dr. Nancy Boyd-Franklin. The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes was established in 1987 by the late President Edward J. Bloustein to honor the work of members of the Rutgers community whose work promotes diversity and social justice. RU-TV has posted a 3-minute excerpt of the Human Dignity Awards on the web, and it includes interviews with Dr. Kelly and Dr. Boyd-Franklin.
You can access it at: http://rutv.rutgers.edu/ir_archive_pkg.shtml Scroll down to Rutgers Annual Human Dignity Awards.

Dr. Eun Young Mun was invited to the Faculty Traveling Seminar this year. The Faculty Traveling Seminar is a bus journey throughout New Jersey intended to explore New Jersey's culture, economy, geography, government, and history, and to foster collaboration among faculty members and with New Jersey residents. Due to budgetary concerns, however, it was canceled. Instead, Dr. Mun attended a reception at the President’s home on June 2 and met the faculty members and administrators who signed up to attend participate in this year’s tour.

Weitz Dr. Bob Weitz who was the Executive Vice-President and Acting
Dean of the Organizing Council for a College of Professional
Psychology in New Jersey, has just turned 97! If it were not for
Bob and other forward-looking psychologists like him, there
would be no GSAPP. In a letter from Bob that I received recently,
he said other than a balance/walking problem, he is in good
health and able to play table tennis (he was playing outdoor tennis
until recently) and to "hold on to a gal and dance"! He lives
in Boynton Beach, Florida.


March 2009
Dr. Jami Young has received the Gerald Klerman Young Investigator Award at the biannual meeting of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  The award is given to professionals early in their career who are committed to advancing research on interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Young was given the award for her work developing and studying Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Adolescent Skills Training, a group preventive intervention for adolescent depression.


January 2009
Dr. Karen Haboush has recieved a Part-Time Lecturer Professional Activities Fund Award from Rutgers University. The award is to offset travel expenses involved in developing practica for GSAPP.

Dr. Judith Glassgold has received a Part-Time Lecturer Professional Activities Fund Award from Rutgers University. The award is to help offset the costs associated with presenting her paper "Transcending conflicts: Intergrating religion and sexual orientation" at the National Multicultural Summit and Conference in Psychology.

Dr. Shalonda Kelly served as a panelist on "Fresh Outlook", a weekly, one-hour talk-show which analyzes some of the key issues affecting the welfare of Americans. Topics are tackled by a distinguished panel of experts who come from diverse backgrounds and professional experience. The topic of this show was: Race Relations In America. Read more


November 2008
Dr. Susan Forman is a member of the National Task Force on Evidence-Based Interventions in School Psychology, and Chair of the Committee on Evidence-Based Practice in School Psychology. She has worked to identify how evidence-based interventions can be successfully implemented in schools. Putting school research into action, The APA Monitor, November 2008

Wilson at ABCT Dr. Terry Wilson received the "Outstanding Mentor Award" from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. This was organized by Dr. Wilson's prominent former students without his knowledge. They outlined his extensive mentoring activities in both the research and clinical domains. They pointed out that he is also remarkable at identifying his students' strengths and then encouraging them to pursue their own unique career paths. He fosters students' independence, creativity, and productivity, while always being available for guidance. As Terry has himself expressed it, his goal in mentoring is, ultimately, to create "colleagues." He has clearly achieved this goal. The award was presented in November, 2008 at the annual ABCT convention. (pictured Terry Wilson and some of his students at ABCT)


October 2008
messer Brazil Dean Stanley Messer gave an invited Keynote Address and served as a research consultant at the meetings of the Latin American Branch of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research on October 21, 2008. The meetings were held in Campinas, Brazil, which is near Såo Paulo.  The topic of the address was the Pragmatic Case Study Method, which he illustrated with dissertations conducted by GSAPP students Tania Miller, Amelia Kaplan Romanowsky and David Lane.

Beijing Conference Dr. Nancy McWilliams is the President of the American Psychological Association's Division 39(Psychoanalysis), an organization of over 4000 members with interests in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This past June she gave workshops on personality structure and disorders in Italy (Milan, Rome, and Bassano del Grappa) and in July she went to South Africa to speak in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Nancy was an invited speaker and workshop leader at the Fifth World Psychotherapy Congress, held in Beijing October 12-15. Pictured with GSAPP Alums Ping Yao (2005 Clinical) and Lauren Siegler Mulheim(1996 Clinical). This coming spring Nancy will be teaching in Norway (Oslo and Trondheim) and in Poland (Warsaw).


September 2008
Dr. Judith Glassgold recently published the following:
Glassgold, J. M. (2008). Bridging the Divide: Integrating Lesbian Identity and Orthodox Judaism. Women & Therapy, 31(1), 59-72.
Glassgold, J. M. & Knapp, S (2008). Ethical issues in screening clergy or candidates for religious professions for denominations that exclude homosexual clergy. Professional Psychology, 39(3), 346-352.


May 2008
Dr. Terry Wilson received the "Leadership in Research" award from the Academy of Eating Disorders on Saturday, May 17th in Seattle. The Academy for Eating Disorders is a U.S.-based international and interdisciplinary (mainly psychiatry and clinical psychology) association. It is the major world association for the study and treatment of eating disorders. The award has been given only to the most outstanding leaders in the field.

Dr. Linda Reddy has been awarded a $1.44 million grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Dept of Education, section on Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning, entitled, "Development and Validation of a Teaching Program Monitoring Scale for Elementary School Teachers". The grant will be a collaboration with SUNY Buffalo, with Dr. Reddy as Principal Investigator.

Dr. Susan Forman has been elected to membership in the Society for the Study of School Psychology. The membership of this organization is limited, and election to membership is an honor. Potential new members are considered through a multi-level vetting process. Criteria for membership include scientific contributions to the field and potential to contribute to the organization.


April 2008
Dr. Brenna Bry was appointed to the Psychology Alumni Board of Leaders for the Department of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri-Columbia, where she attended her first meeting in April, 2008. Dr. Bry is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Dr. Jamie Walkup recently published the following:
Walkup, J., Blank, M., Gonzalez, J., et al. (2008). Mental Health and Substance Abuse Factors Impacting on HIV Prevention and Treatment. Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (suppl), 47, 15-19.
Walkup J. Wei, W., Sambamoorthi U., & Crystal S. (2008). Antidepressant Treatment and Adherence to Combination Antiretroviral Therapy among Patients with AIDS and Diagnosed Depression. Psychiatric Quarterly, 79 (1), 43-53.
Walkup, J. & Crystal S. (2008) "Health Services and Policy Issues in AIDS Psychiatry". In M.A. Cohen & J.M. Gorman (Eds.), Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry, (pp. 585-594). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Dr. Judith Glassgold was elected to the Presidency of the New Jersey Psychological Association for the 2008 calendar year. This is a 3-year responsibility with positions of President-Elect and Past-President preceding and following the Presidential term. NJPA is a non-profit professional association with over 2000 members. The mission of the New Jersey Psychological Association is the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health and human welfare in an atmosphere that supports the diversity of its members and society at large.