Cynthia Whitaker, PsyD (Antioch 2006), MLADC, Chief of Services at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, has recently assumed the role of president of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. Congratulations, Cynthia!
Ashland Thompson and Alicia MacDougall were invited by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (American Board of Professional Psychology) to speak at the 2019 annual meeting of the Board of Directors.
Ashland and Alicia spoke of their experiences as students with diverse backgrounds who have professional and clinical interests in psychodynamic psychology and psychoanalysis. The Board was particularly interested in their testimony as ABPP is now encouraging Early Career Professionals to begin the application process while in graduate school. The Specialty Board in Psychoanalysis is dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive membership. Ashland and Alicia, through their contributions, have now furthered that welcome development. They spoke of the financial realities of graduate students in clinical psychology, as well as their dedication to issues of social justice and working with diverse populations that necessitate a broadening of clinical and professional activities for psychodynamic psychologists.
Alicia has also accepted an appointment for a three-year term as Student Representative Board Member, Psychoanalytic Specialty Council, Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. Ashland has also accepted an appointment for a three-year term as Early Career Professional Board Member, Psychoanalytic Specialty Council, Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. These are the first appointments of their kind in the history of the COSPP.
Additionally, Ashland has been accepted as a Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas.
Alicia MacDougall and Ashland Thompson were in a panel presentation at APA Division 39‘s Annual Spring Meeting in Philadelphia. The panel’s presentation, “Clinical Vignettes: Am I Recognizing All Voices of Intersectionality?” sought to examine intersectionality within and across case presentations from a group of diverse graduate students who are each working with patients experiencing disintegration in their sense of identity. A senior discussant facilitated a dialogue in order to identify resonant voices brought into these sessions.
The presenters included:
- Chair: Anna Maria Baldauf, PsyD
- Presenter: Ashland Thompson, MA
- Presenter: Laura Captari, MA, MS
- Presenter: Luis Ramirez, MSW, LCSW
- Presenter: Alicia MacDougall, BA
- Presenter: Jabeen Shamji, MA
- Senior Discussant: Carnella Gordon-Brown, MSW, LCS
At the Board of Directors of the American Academy and Board of Psychoanalysis (Specialty Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology) meeting at the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Division 39, APA), Ted Ellenhorn was appointed to a three-year term as Chair, Psychoanalysis Specialty Council, and Specialty Representative to the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology. He will be directing the establishment of the Standards for Training and Education in the Specialty of Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychology. He currently serves as Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the ABAPsa.
Marti Straus, PhD, has recently returned from a very productive sabbatical.
She has landed not one, but two book contracts during this time. The first is a workbook currently titled In It Together: The CO-Regulation Workbook for Traumatized Kids and their Caring Adults (she is writing this with the help of her research assistant, 4th year student, Brooklyn Alvarez). It is chock full of collaborative activities and strategies that can help adults stay calm and connected when their traumatized children and teens are struggling and falling apart. A publisher, PESI, better known for CE presentations and conferences but expanding rapidly into the workbook world, is publishing it.
The second contract is for a co-authorship of the third edition of The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen can Improve Relationships by Mike Nichols, with Guilford Press, a book that has sold over 150,000 copies to date. Her contribution to the revision will be the addition of a couple chapters and some sections that address the impact on listening of technology, politics, and power differences.
She has written the feature article coming out in the July issue of Psychotherapy Networker Magazine for an issue honoring the 25th anniversary of Mary Pfeiffer’s Reviving Ophelia. Her piece is entitled: Parents These Days: The Miracle of Full Adult Attention in a Distracted, Beeping World. In it, she discusses doing family therapy in the age of the smartphone and makes the case that parents are every bit as distracted as their teens.
She has also been working with a friend and colleague who is a professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation to develop an intervention/training manual for families torn apart by the post-Trump political divide. Their unwieldy working title is: Peace in the Family: A Guide to Bridging Political Divides at Home… High Anxiety, Political Rifts, Blood Ties, and New Opportunities to Understand the People You Love (So that Maybe Thanksgiving Can Be Better this Year).
She traveled a bit, giving talks and consulting, including conducting two workshops at Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, DC, leading parent/staff trainings on stress and regulation for three different schools around New England, keynoting at the VT NAMI conference in Burlington, and consulting with an agency in the Albany area about reducing the use of restraints in their residential program for traumatized adolescent girls.
Gargi Roysircar, Professor Emerita, and Ashland Thompson, 5th year PsyD candidate on predoctoral internship at APA-approved Central Regional Hospital, Butner, NC, have won the 2019 Psychotherapy with Women Award of the Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of APA for their paper, Trauma Coping of Mothers and Children Among the Poor in Haiti: Mixed Methods Study of a Community-Level Research. They will receive the award at the APA annual conference in Chicago in August.
AUNE Professors have just learned that their article, Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening, has won the 2018 Award for Most Valuable Paper on Professional Development from The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. The journal’s award program highlights strong contributions to the field that were published during the previous year. This year, the article on mentoring by Drs. Lorraine Mangione, Kathi Borden, and Kate Evarts of Antioch, along with colleagues Dr. Lavita Nadkarni and Kelsey Hyde from the University of Denver, was chosen for this honor. The article will be cited in an awards article later this year in that journal. Given all the great research that is produced in psychology, this was a real honor and tribute to Antioch’s work on mentoring and to the importance we place on mentoring in our program. Notably, conducting this research, from the beginning to the end, was a mentoring and very relational experience for the research team.
The citation for the mentoring article is:
Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13.
Many of us only dream about living and working abroad, but some psychologists actually do it! What a surprise it was to one of our faculty members to open up a journal and hear about one of our own graduates doing just that. Barbara Landon, PsyD (Antioch 2004) has recently been featured in the May issue of the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology. In the article about psychologists working abroad, Dr. Landon’s experiences living and working in Grenada are highlighted.
Photo via apa.org
Antioch University New England’s Clinical Psychology program recently awarded two alumni with its “Distinguished Psychologist Award.” The award honors graduates who earned their doctorate at least five years ago, and who are accomplished in the foundational competency of Relationship and at least two of the following areas of importance to an Antioch University New England Department of Clinical Psychology education: diversity, social justice, intervention, evidence-based practice, assessment, research, consultation, education, management/leadership, supervision, and advocacy.
Exceptional nominees should have contributed substantially to the profession and to those they serve as a psychologist, whether it be through practice, scholarship, or community and professional leadership.
This year’s awardees were Bruce Roberts and Donna Hastings.
Bruce Roberts exemplifies many of the accomplishments and attributes that we value at Antioch. He did his internship and postdoc at South Shore Mental Health Clinic in Quincy, MA, a large CMHC with a long history of service to the underserved going back many years, and was then hired there. Early in his career, he worked with people with substance abuse disorders, an area that is so often overlooked by psychologists and is an underserved area in general, yet it can often destroy people and their families.
Bruce quickly moved into a leadership role as Director of Substance Abuse for many years, supervising outpatient and IOP staff. His next leadership role involved training the next generation of psychologists through the APA-approved internship for which he was the DoT for 13 years. He has recently retired from full-time and now works part-time, training his successor in terms of the internship leadership role before stepping down. For the last few years, he sought to bring elements of Scott Miller’s Feedback Informed Treatment to the agency with some input from Jim Fauth. During these years, Bruce has kept a connection to Antioch and our mission. Bruce and his wife, Joy Harris, started this program for the young people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Lakota Youthstay.
Donna Hastings graduated from the very first PsyD class at Antioch University. Donna displays excellent leadership in her work for the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team. Her name is widely associated with Red Cross services in this region and beyond. She has traveled throughout the country doing disaster work and was recently promoted to Disaster Mental Health Chief, the highest possible title. Donna has introduced Antioch students and faculty to Red Cross disaster work and has trained them and other volunteers in sheltering, psychological first aid, and other disaster-related activities. Donna served on the initial advisory board for the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, and has served as the Chair for NH of the American Psychological Association Disaster Response Network. She has won an APA award for her disaster work.
Even though she is “retired” from her active career, she remains active in Red Cross work. Her nominator wrote, “her work goes beyond the individual person or practice and has had far-reaching impact on many communities and populations.”
Thomas Doherty, PsyD (Antioch 2002) has been quoted in a piece entitled “Mourning the Land” in the May 2019 edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor on Psychology. This is a very moving and sobering article on climate change and the toll it does take on people and will continue to take over the years. The subtitle to the article, Researchers are taking stock of the emotional toll of climate change in threatened communities worldwide, offers a glimpse into the heartache expressed. Tom Doherty has been invested in this area as a clinician, an advocate, and a teacher for many years, and he specializes in applying an environmental perspective to mental health and well-being.
Gargi Roysircar, AUNE Clinical Psychology retired faculty member, and Ashland Thompson, 5th-year doctoral candidate, and predoctoral intern at APA-approved Regional Central Hospital, Butner, North Carolina, have published an empirical research article in the Journal of Black Psychology:
Roysircar, G., Geisinger, K., & Thompson, A. (2019). Haitian children’s disaster trauma: Validation of pictorial assessment of resilience and vulnerability. Journal of Black Psychology. View an advance electronic copy here.
This study was the culmination of three years’ data collection, 2012, 2013, and 2014, from 131 Haitian children, made possible only because of the collaboration of a community healthcare clinic in Blanchard, a locality outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Here, Dr. Roysircar and Disaster Shakti students of the AUNE Multicultural Center for Research and Practice provided mental health service, including assessment, community psychoeducation, and evaluation of services. Dr. Roysircar extends her deep appreciation to Disaster Shakti and SERD members who collected assessment data and/or rated House-Tree-Person drawings that were adapted for administration, scoring, and interpretations for Haiti. Many are AUNE PsyD graduates and some are finishing shortly. They are: Kelsey Moran, Thomas Hulslander, Perrin Tellock, Molly Conley, Kevin O’Leary, Bola Afolayan, Jennifer Moniz, Alice Lim, Katherine Russell, Megan Marsh, Allyssa Lanza, Katie Randall, Beth Briggs, Sarah Hersey, Jane Studeny, Melanie Brayman, Ashland Thompson, Paige Ely, Karen Hovey, and Naydine Johney. Dr. Kurt Geisinger, Director of the Buros Institute of Testing and producer of the Mental Measurements Yearbooks, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, joined Dr. Roysircar for this measurement study.
According to Dr. Roysircar, “Only such a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team could have had this positive research outcome.”
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Dr. Gargi Roysicar may be retired. But her work is far from done.
A History of Care
As a respected professional in clinical psychology and a long-time member of the Antioch community, an aura of respect and affection lace the voices of those who speak about Gargi Roysicar. She is well-known and well-respected, both as an academic and a woman who cares deeply about her family and her community.
When it comes to her professional life and the field of clinical psychology, Gargi is all business. Firm and tough, her conversation is crisp and to the point when discussing her work but her voice shines with reserved fervor as she describes the things she has accomplished.
“My work started almost 35 years ago, with people who are underserved and who underutilize mental health services.” She begins, as a teaser for the summary of her long professional career and the many communities that have benefited from her research.
Since her retirement from Antioch University New England in July 2018, she has been immersed in her writing, carefully crafting work ranging from a book about her decades of research to the APA multicultural guidelines for psychologists that will support professionals in psychology for years to come.
An Immigrant’s Journey to AUNE
As one might expect from someone so interested in the plight of immigrants, Gargi herself is a first-generation immigrant to the United States. Raised and educated in India, her father’s position in the Indian government meant that her family moved between some of the country’s major cities. She received much of her high school education in Bombay, her undergraduate degrees in Chennai, and completed her first Master’s degree in Calcutta.
As a young professional, she had the opportunity to teach in 3 different countries across three different continents: India, Nigeria, and the United States. Such an education in her diverse home country and her teaching experiences gave her a deep appreciation for different cultures.
“I was exposed to different attitudes and paradigms of creating education. My education was also heavily influenced by the British system of education.”
In the 1970s, her family made the move to the United States, settling in New England. Now 27, Gargi was faced with the new educational challenge of being an immigrant in a new country.
But it was here that she found her focus. In a nation of immigrants, she wanted to understand how they coped with the same transition she had just undertaken. What were their support networks? How did they adjust to a new culture? What issues did their children face that they did not?
These questions guided her research for decades to come.
“Because I came here as an immigrant, I became interested in immigrant psychology…especially immigrant adaptation to the ‘second culture’ — the new culture that they enter.”
In the1980’s, Gargi began her doctoral work at Texas Tech University, where she examined her newfound interest intently. To enter the program, she composed a preliminary research paper on how to provide adequate mental health services to immigrants from India. From there, she jumped right into working with a diverse group of students on their mental health challenges.
“It started from the get-go,” Gargi recalls. “My clinical work was in university counseling centers, where my supervisors gave me lots of exposure to working with international students.” Gargi developed workshops and psycho-educational programs to educate her fellow immigrants and international students on mental health services available to them. Her doctoral dissertation was in that same area; she conceptualized an immigrant student’s mental health issues and developed suggestions for how to persuade such a student to reach out for proper treatment.
After earning her doctorate, Gargi moved to an assistant professor position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she honed her research focus and skills. In 1994, upon attaining tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, she became the Program Director of their Counseling Psychology Program where she conducted a renewal of their APA accreditation. She remained at UN-L until the year 2000 when opportunity and the desire to work closer to her New England-based family brought her to Antioch as a full professor.
The Mental Health Side of Social Justice
Gargi arrived at AUNE as the new millennium began. Her primary concern was the establishment of a new organization to continue her work with immigrants and international communities. Part of the agreement made for her transfer to AUNE was the founding of the Antioch Multicultural Center for Research and Practice. James Craiglow was the president of Antioch Graduate School (New England) at the time and he was seeking a way to bring awareness of other cultures’ practices and traditions into Antioch’s social justice mission. The resulting Antioch Multicultural Center became the first community outreach and research center in the nation that engaged in international work domestically and globally.
For Gargi, the real delight of this was the opportunities it opened for her to continue her local community work but also to expand her research into an international field.
One of Gargi’s longest-running programs is her international Disaster Shakti team. Since 2005, Gargi has led teams of clinical psychology doctoral students into areas impacted by disasters to complete a kind of work often forgotten during relief efforts — mental health counseling. “Shakti” means empowerment in several Indian languages; a word that properly encompasses not only the work Gargi’s students are doing but the impact they plan it will leave behind.
Their first trip was in 2005 to Tamil Nadu in Southern India to serve communities impacted by a tsunami. Prior to engaging with the community, Gargi and her students prepared by considering the specific and unique needs of the people they were to be working with. For many of the students, this would be their first experience working with a southern Indian community or a community recently hit by such devastation. The team considered the people they were to work with: what were the values of their culture? The social classes? The languages? The religions? What kind of support networks did they already have? Additionally, a consideration of the resources available was important, since the area had lost access to some of their infrastructure and resources after the tsunami hit.
With this planning and training, the team made their trip to Tamil Nadu and worked closely with the survivors. They led workshops to assist their clients and the greater community with understanding their own resilience. Through careful monitoring and culturally-sensitive methods, the volunteers gave the survivors tools and confidence to take care of their own well-being while they restored their community.
This trip became the model for many future trips and future doctoral students.
Disaster Shakti has also taken student volunteers to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, to Mexican communities impacted by flooding in 2008, to women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Botswana (2007), and to the US communities hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The group has continued their work in Haiti, setting up a mental health clinic in communities around Port-au-Prince that students have returned to multiple times since the earthquake. The sheer devastation and long-term repercussions of the earthquake keep their intervention work necessary in the community. Students have led classes explaining the effects of stress on health and provided resources and outlets to help the community express their fears and concerns. More recently, the team has also joined Global Trauma Research Inc. to educate community leaders (teachers, ministers, etc.) in how to recognize trauma and perform suicide intervention to better help their constituents.
Now that Disaster Shakti has been working in the area for so long, they have become a vital part of the community. The research that Gargi and her team conduct and publish is provided to the people they counsel so that they can continue the work of recovery with a better understanding of what is happening with their neighbors and family.
Gargi sees the work of providing services for mothers and children as particularly important. “The kids and women are suffering all the time; they really have a great faith in God so that helps them cope. I think my heart belongs to Haiti.” When working with the children, Gargi uses a culturally-adapted measure she developed to analyze drawings that the children complete to understand their reactions to their trauma and the relief efforts. “They are so artistic and the kids love to draw. I just feel so much at home with them.”
While engaging with communities impacted by disaster has captured her research focus, Gargi still found time to work on mental health with local New England communities, particularly issues impacting immigrants.
Gargi is a part of a cultural association in Boston focused on community outreach among the local parents who are foreign-born immigrants and their US-born children. Since 2000, she has served as a mental health consultant to the community. In addition to joining in their events, she provides educational resources on how they may benefit from mental health services and collects data on the members. Some of her publications are born from data collected through this partnership.
“I collect data to understand my populations better, so that I can improve my method of service.” Gargi explains, “I’m really interested in US-born, 2nd generation Asian-Indian immigrants. I try to understand their occupational interests; they’re all high-achieving, and attend all the fine liberal arts universities and colleges in the Boston Area.”
Gargi wants to understand their career goals and the influence their parents have on their academics and their mental health. Despite their high academic achievement and ability to function from day to day, the children do not necessarily have good mental health. They have quite a few stressful reactions, including anxiety and depression.
“They have issues of anxiety about reciprocating all the great opportunities their parents have provided for them,” Gargi describes, a hint of concern in her voice, “and they tend to be a little compulsive and perfectionistic.” The goal is to figure out how to better encourage them to reach out for beneficial mental health services.
Gargi has recently finished a mixed-methods mental study (utilizing both surveys and open-ended questions) on these high-achieving 2nd generation immigrants. Since they were born and raised in the US, they have acculturated to the US society. But they clearly also endorse a strong cultural identity because they go to the cultural association for its cultural events. She has examined how their bi-cultural outlook informs their mental health and how the cultural stigmas they carry impact their recognition of the necessity for mental health services.
“Many societies have cultural stigmas about depression and anxiety and the most serious mental health issues. And they’ve also been structurally stigmatized by larger society. They are expected not to be so healthy and strong by the mainstream society.”
But throughout her years of work with students at the cultural association, Gargi has been continually surprised by how much respect they have for mental health services and how interested they are in utilizing them. The main barriers seem to be a lack of access to necessary services and the limited cultural awareness of the mental health professionals.
“People are not usually informed about the cultural perspective and preferences of a society when they are providing mental health services. The cultural perspective is not included in the treatment plan, so services are less helpful. [The people] really appreciate mental health services but they’re just not getting it tailored to their needs or having it respond to their upbringing and issues and conflicts. Psychologists are pretty clueless about them.”
This is where Gargi’s development of the APA multicultural guidelines and community approach have proven effective. Much like with her work in Haiti, keeping such a long-term project moving involves a lot of relationship building. At this point, Gargi and the cultural association have been collaborating for 15 years. By sharing her research results, Gargi keeps them involved in the findings and helps them reevaluate how they can provide better services to their people.
“[The cultural association] are very much my partners in data collection.” She acknowledges. “I don’t do it by myself. I have the whole community engaged in it.” Keeping the immediate community — the patients’ support network and cultural background — involved in the process allows for a complex flow of information between the people involved and a better control of unconscious biases that the mental health providers may bring. There is a clear understanding between the cultural organization’s leadership and the community surrounding the evolution of the research.
“Some are my student research team but some are just volunteers who want to help. The entire research is conducted by the local people and they approve of it.”
A Legacy of Change
Her multicultural work and long-term collaboration with communities has brought universal acclaim to Gargi’s body of work. In January of this year, the American Psychological Association presented her with their 2019 International Humanitarian Award in recognition of her legacy of work with underserved populations.
“I don’t just provide the services;” Gargi emphasizes, “I collect data to understand my populations better so that I can improve my method of service. That’s why the APA has given me this award, because I’m able to integrate practice with research.”
Gargi’s multicultural approach to clinical psychology was the topic of her recent keynote presentation at the APA National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) in Denver, Colorado. Using her work with the cultural association in Boston and her outreach with the people in Haiti she outlined her methods for how to cultivate a long-term relationship with communities. One thing that she emphasized was the nature of the relationship between her and these communities — it works both ways.
“In my presentation, I talked about…how I work with the stakeholders and the community people to offer services and then how I return to them and give them the results about my community outreach work. That kind of long-term relationship allows for the development of a network for support and research.”
Several of her anecdotes from her work in Haiti demonstrate the strong bond her Disaster Shakti team has built with the people there. Through their partnership, volunteers translate all of her forms, flyers, and research results into Haitian Créole so that patients can understand the reason the team is there and why it is important. The necessity of this simple service cannot be understated — many of the people they provide services to are illiterate.
“But they love that I am writing about them.” Gargi says, “[They love] that I am talking about their strengths and how they are managing life and that I want to pass this information on to other psychologists and students.”
Gargi’s continued presence has been a major driver of the success of this work. But she is confident that the relationship can continue without her. “I’m always present, but it’s a long-term relationship that I’ve had in Haiti. I’ve been working with the same or similar people for years.” The work that she has started will provide a model for future working relationships between communities and psychologists. In many ways, it already is.
After a long career in clinical psychology, Gargi’s name can be found far and wide across the literature of the field. She is the author of over 100 academic journal articles, 8 books, and an APA fellow. Gargi’s clinical instrument, the Multicultural Counseling Inventory, is the most frequently cited instrument among published multicultural competency scales and her article applying this instrument (Sodowsky et al., 1998) was ranked the 13th most cited article of the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Her prestige and experience in this field has also given her a unique opportunity to help shape it. In 2015, she was chosen as part of a task force of respected psychologists from all over the country to re-envision the APA’s multicultural guidelines for the 21st Century. These guidelines have not been revised since 2002.
“We worked very conscientiously for 2 years to produce this document.” Gargi recalls. She pauses briefly in contemplation before continuing: “I’m extremely proud of it.”
The document itself is over 200 pages long and was adopted by the APA in August of 2017. The executive summary of the Multicultural Guidelines was only just released in February of this year in the American Psychologist.
Back to the Garden
When she finishes discussing her lifetime of work and her legacy, the newly-retired professor finds a chance for humor. “I’ve taught for 44 years, I don’t want to step back into a classroom ever again.” She chuckles. “I love retirement.”
She prefers to keep her own needs front and center now that she is retired and un-beholden to any schedule. She adamantly refuses to meet with her doctoral students a second before 12:45 pm — which is understandable if she has been writing until 4 in the morning the same day. Her late-night writing sessions are balanced out with getting a late start to her day.
While she may be enjoying the freedom granted to her by retirement, Gargi still remains on a self-imposed tight schedule. She has deadlines for all of her projects that she has firmly set her sights upon and a dwindling swath of PsyD students wrapping up their projects. Her last commitments to AUNE are chairing a few doctoral dissertation committees; a commitment she is eager to see completed. “I don’t want to work with anyone past May of this year.” She insists, in that same tone that she uses when discussing the multicultural guidelines. “It’s a very tight schedule. [But] I’m going to love it; I’m going to be deeply involved in writing my studies [after May].”
The end of her teaching obligations has found her with a collection of unpublished data and old projects that Gargi has set her sights on making something of. She has recently submitted articles on her research team’s work with second-generation Asian-Indian immigrants at the Boston cultural association as well as a record of her observations on how Haitian mothers influence their children’s response to trauma. Her upcoming deadlines include an article on the resilience of Haitian children after a disaster and a review article on the advances in multicultural counseling training in the US. As if that weren’t enough, she is also under contract to write a book for the APA.
The night may be spent writing but as the days grow longer, Gargi is finding more time to spend on her other lifetime legacy.
“I am a gardener. I grow lots of flowers: both perennials and annuals.” Her voice lifts with pride as she describes her yard: her flowers are all different colors and varieties, some in the ground and some on trees, all of them carefully planted and tended by her hands. All of that dedication has given her a floral claim to fame. Her neighbors and complete strangers walk by her house and pause at her front rock wall, which she built one rock at a time, just to admire her flowers and the work she puts into them.
“I like the artistic part of life.” She admits. If her decades of mental health work and her dedication to her yard are any indication, she certainly has the foresight and patience to work towards a desired, beautiful outcome.
Last fall, she transplanted some fruit and flowering trees that were not getting enough sunshine where she had had them previously. Now, she is waiting for spring to see if the transplanted trees survived the move to their new home.
Gargi has never shied away from places torn apart by disaster or violence. She took her experiences as an immigrant in this country and used them to help shape multicultural psychology. Her academic record shines with dedication to her research and an iron will to go where help is needed. But her gentleness really comes out when she talks both of her students and of these flowering trees. Both are beings she is cultivating and she watches their growth with curiosity and anticipation. Will her trees survive their transplant? How will the students she has mentored conquer their own biases and cultural isolation? Both may flower beautifully. But only time will tell.
*Portions of this story were adapted from the Disaster Shakti feature article by Karen Hamilton and Malia Gaffney that appeared in the Spring/Summer 2018 Antioch Alumni Magazine.*
Marti Straus is recently back from the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium where she presented three workshops on co-regulation in trauma treatment with children, teens, and families.
The Department of Clinical Psychology was delighted to have Anton H. Hart, PhD present on Engaging Racial and Other Diversities in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Curiosity Over Competence at this year’s Field Supervisors Day, which was held on February 28.
Dr. Hart is a Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. He is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). A Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, he supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies 4-year and National Programs, and at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety, and also racism, diversity and otherness. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak,” in which he was also featured. He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is completing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.
Field Supervisors Day, offered to practicum field site supervisors and Clinical Psychology faculty and students, also included a mid-year traineeship review. The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), a co-sponsor with Antioch University New England, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants were able to receive three hours of CE credit for the completion of this workshop.
Loss and grief have been areas of research, writing, and practice for Lorraine Mangione. She will be offering a full-day workshop at Rhode Island Psychological Association entitled Navigating through Loss and Grief: Meaning Making along the Journey on March 1st in Warwick, Rhode Island. She will be doing a similar half-day workshop for the Maine Psychological Association in June in Portland, Maine. While most of what she is presenting involves the very rich current literature on grief and loss theory and practices and encouraging participants to find their own voice and path in this work, she will also use some of her research and practice as examples. Some of what she will present comes from the research she did with Dr. Donna DiCello with the help of then student Megan Lyons, now Dr. Megan Lyons, and a bit of that work can be seen in this recent newspaper article out of Pittsburgh.
Another part of the workshop will relate to the women’s group she has done with her colleague Roz Forti which is described in this article.
Gargi Roysircar, retired Clinical Psychology professor, and APA Task Force colleagues who wrote the 2017 APA Multicultural Guidelines, have published its executive summary in the February issue of the American Psychologist. After the first author, authors are listed by last name alphabetically.
Claus-Ehlers, C. S., Chiriboga, D. A., Hunter, S. L., Roysircar, G., & Tummala-Narra, P. (2019). APA Multicultural Guidelines executive summary: Ecological approach to context, identity, and intersectionality. American Psychologist, 74(2), 232-244. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000382.
Our 2015 graduate, Dr. Ted Green, now in Wisconsin at Gundersen Health System, commented on the situation of Jayme Closs who recently escaped after being held by a kidnapper for 88 days. We appreciate that psychology has something to offer in even the most unspeakable crimes and events, and we appreciate Ted’s words here.
AUNE Alumna Ruth Folchman, PsyD ’04, was recently quoted in an article about New Year’s resolutions in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
In the article, “When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, think small,” Folchman talks about how clarity of intention can help resolutions stick, and how resolutions can be made any time of year. She said, “The clearer you are about (a resolution), the more useful it can be in guiding your decision making.”
Ruth Folchman is a practicing clinical psychologist of Everyday Mindfulness in Northampton.
Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky has been named recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) 2019 International Humanitarian Award for her mental health and service work with underserved populations impacted by disasters. This award is being presented in recognition of Dr. Roysicar-Sodowsky’s “sustained and enduring humanitarian services to underserved populations.”
While at Antioch, Dr. Roysircar-Sodowsky had a long career of service and research. She was the founding Director of the Antioch Multicultural Center for Research and Practice; a research organization dedicated to promoting social justice and service for marginalized and minority communities. Her research has centered around underserved populations in India, the United States, South Africa, and Haiti, with a focus on providing disaster counseling teams with multicultural skills and sensitivity training to provide better care for the people impacted by natural disasters. She is well-published in the field of clinical psychology; she was the editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development for 7 years and has written over 100 journal articles and book chapters on her research.
Dr. Roysircar-Sodowsky worked with Antioch graduate students in the classroom and in communities to develop local outreach services for immigrants in New Hampshire communities. With her instruction, students were trained in mental health counseling and methods of community organization development. The focus was on providing multicultural services that would better meet the needs of local people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Roysircar retired from her position as a full-time faculty member and head of the Multicultural Center and now still works with our Department in an Adjunct capacity.
Dr. Roysircar-Sodowsky is giving the keynote address of the 2019 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) in Denver, CO this month. She will travel to the APA Convention in Chicago in August to receive the award. and will give an invited award address, entitled: Globalization’s Impact on the Psychologist’s Self-definition, Purpose, Role, and Function. She has been invited by the American Psychologist to write an article on her disaster trauma practice and research with Haitian children and their mothers.
Kathi Borden, Lorraine Mangione, and Elizabeth Fuss (Year III PsyD student) are doing Women at Work as Disruptors and Innovators which will look at women in the workplace through a lens that includes history, an older women’s research project, and views of millennial women about the work world and their relationship to it.
Kathi Borden will also present NCSPP: A History of Disruption with Drs. Luli Emmons and Joseph Bascuas. The presentation discusses key historical disruptions of the status quo by NCSPP, and incorporates data from past leaders regarding future opportunities for NCSPP to influence professional psychology education and training.
Roger L. Peterson, Christopher Defossez, Monica Duffield, Teresa Hoffman, Randal Williams (Year III PsyD students) (after Peterson, alphabetical order), all from Antioch University New England, and Gilbert Newman from the Wright Institute will present on “Donald R. Peterson as a Disrupter of Clinical Psychology Training.” Don invented and developed the Psy.D. in professional psychology and was a creative and influential leader in many areas.
Lorraine Mangione and Donna Luff have had an article about Bruce Springsteen’s women fans accepted in a multi-disciplinary journal, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory. The journal will have a special section in honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of Springsteen’s album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, an anniversary that was commemorated with a conference at Monmouth University in, of course, New Jersey, right near Asbury Park, last April. This research based article is entitled “Women Fans’ Journeys through Darkness” and is steeped in psychology and psychotherapy concepts. The research in the article comes from a large database of survey responses from women fans undertaken by Lorraine and Donna, with the extraordinary help of Kate Evarts as a Research Assistant, a few years ago.
Gargi Roysircar is giving a keynote on January 18th at the 2019 National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) in Denver, CO, on the topic Transformative Community Praxis, with an emphasis on how the theory and methods of international work domestically and globally can be applied in transforming communities and creating meaningful change that is informed by community voice. Dr. Roysircar retired from her position as a full-time faculty member and head of the Multicultural Center and now still works with our Department in an Adjunct capacity.
She is also presenting a 4-hour skills-building workshop on January 15 at the 2019 NMCS on the Applications of the APA 2017 Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality. Her co-presenters are Lisa Suzuki, PhD, Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, New York University, Ashland Thompson, MA, MS, 5th year Predoctoral Intern in the Psychology Department at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, NC, Vincent Allen, PhD, APA Minority Fellow, Postdoctoral Intern, VA Hospital, South Georgia, and Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD. ABPP, Former APA President and Psychologist in Private Practice, Austin, TX.
The Massachusetts Psychological Association had a very successful conference in November co-chaired by Lorraine Mangione, PhD and Wendy Vincent, PsyD (Antioch 2010). It had a decidedly Antiochian flavor to it with time for self-reflection and looking at possibly contentious and difficult topics, as well as being rooted in a sense of social justice and concern for humanity.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Samuel Sommers, a social psychologist from Tufts University, set the stage well with his talk and interactive demonstration on The Science of Stereotyping and Implicit Bias. Lorraine Mangione wrapped up the day with a discussion session entitled Where Do We Go From Here? Reflecting and Moving Ahead.
Clinical Psychology Chair and Professor Lorraine Mangione was recently featured as a guest blogger for The Ethical Professor on the Psychology Today website. The post entitled, The Past, Present, and Future of Psychology, shares a condensed version of her welcoming remarks to new students at the start of the year.
She mused about tidying her office for the new year, recent events, alumni, and the future of psychology. She also talked about the field of psychology, noting: “Psychology is a young field, and I’m proud to be a part of it through lots of its history and growth. I am inspired about the future of psychology.”
Faculty member Martha Straus has an article coming out in Psychotherapy Networker. In “Listening to the Next Generation – Are We Hearing What They Have to Say?”, Dr. Straus discusses what she’s learned working with this generation.
PsyD students Dana Vitrano (4th year) and Nimi Jayaraman (2nd year), along with AUNE Professor Kathi Borden presented their paper at the meeting of the New England Psychological Association in Worcester, MA on November 10th. The title of the paper was, Parents’ Experiences of a Child Coming Out as Transgender or Gender Nonconforming. Transgender children do best when their parents are accepting and supportive. Yet parents have to go through their own process of adaptation to the knowledge of their child’s gender identity. We believe that by helping parents through this process, those parents will be in a better position to support their children. Understanding parents’ experiences is key to this process.
This article from the APA Monitor on Psychology describes the landscape of primary care integration and how practitioners are trying to incorporate this into their practice. Though the article is from two years ago, it is still relevant, as described by faculty member Dr. Sandy Blount.
In its early days the field of integrated primary care learned the hard way, through multiple program failures, that mental health clinicians need targeted training in working in primary care in order to succeed there. The Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health at UMass Medical School was created so that people who had finished their graduate work could make the transition to succeeding as primary care behavioral health clinicians. At Antioch, our Major Area of Study in Clinical Health Psychology focuses on preparing students to be successful clinicians and leaders in primary care behavioral health. These students are already fully prepared when they graduate, and their success at getting interesting and important jobs as been excellent.
Faculty member Amanda Hitchings (Antioch 2004) is excited to be a part of TEDxKeene this week!
She says, “As I reached my 10th year of teaching at Antioch and my 14th year in practice I contemplated, really, how can I improve as a teacher, a clinician, and a community member? A lover of TED, I was intrigued about Keene’s TEDx startup and thought I would be great at volunteering to get people coffee, hang some flyers, and just sponge the spirit of TED. Little did I know I would be involved in actual curation. And almost immediately, my way of being has twisted and turned whilst surrounded by a vivacious, creative, compassionate team. Mid-career reflecting had me recognize that my traditional role as a psychologist (practitioner, program developer) often doesn’t touch all of those that I would love to reach.”
“This year’s TEDxKeene theme of UPSIDE down met me with perfect timing. I needed to think about my self as a psychologist differently. I used my skills to help develop a screening system to locate presenters personally impacted (outside of being traditional “experts”) to share how they have addressed issues related to social justice, mental health, and use disorders. Moving up to show time, my skills further were used to help people feel safe, motivated, and encouraged to express themselves to a community eager to receive. How does this resonate with a psychologist? This is the point. We need to be upside down in the way we reach others and how to be part of a community that invites people to share their stories. I have much to learn! And I am so happy to invite our community to…”
TEDxKeene, an educational and informative event on October 4, 2018 at The Colonial Theater in Keene NH.
“This year’s theme, Upside Down, challenges participants’ perceptions of the world. It enables us to expand our context so we can see the other side of the spectrum, or what is beneath the surface; this will also help us open our minds to other worlds, and set us on an empowering journey.
Our presenters will share in an environment aimed at generating new ideas, conversations and turning ideas upside down. You will agree that these topics will inspire and empower YOU!
- Amanda Bastoni and Anthony David : Bastoni and David will talk about making ourselves vulnerable to embrace others.
- Bridgette Doucette-Howell and Alison Batey: with their students will train the audience how we can make our world more open to those with learning disabilities
- Rebecca Hartka and Jose Lezcano: Hartka and Lezcano will show, through music, how we can bridge cultural divides
- Bob Kalm: Kalm will talk about how internet trolling can be valuable in opening ourselves to new perspectives.
- Eric Masterson: Masterson will talk about how his world changed when he rode his bicycle to South America following a hawk migration.
- Beth Richardson: Richardson will share a poem about her experience when her child came out as transgender.
- Peter Starkey: Starkey will talk about how a deeper human connection in our community can help us all cope with our emotional stresses in life.
More information about TEDxKeene, including photos and videos from the April 2017 event, can also be found at www.TEDxKeene.com. Tickets to the October 4 event will be available for purchase at www.thecolonial.org or at The Colonial Theatre box office soon.”
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Cerissa Desrosiers, PsyD (Antioch, 2013) is the Clinical Director of Endurance Behavioral Health, a group-based behavioral health practice for adolescents in Seabrook, NH, which specializes in partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) programs. Cerissa is in the process of creating a new intensive day program for obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD) and anxiety disorders, which will include assessment, treatment planning, and daily Exposure Response Prevention.
Antioch University New England Clinical Psychology grad, Alison Roy, PsyD, works there as well!
One of our graduates, Dr. Alex Kirby (Antioch, 2006), has developed a residential treatment program for adolescents in Asheville, North Carolina. Read more about the program launch here. Every so often he sends us a message about Montford Hall.
The following video shows the depth and breadth of what they try to do at Montford.
Donna Hastings, PsyD (Antioch, 1986) has been an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer since 1992 when she responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in Florida. She recently spent 6 weeks in Puerto Rico as the Individual Disaster Care Lead, responsible for Mental Health, Spiritual Care, Health Services, and the Individual Condolence Care Teams. She was recently promoted to Mental Health Chief and anticipates doing more instructing. Dr. Hastings was one of the first class to receive a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.
Dr. Hastings writes, “I have been fortunate to have a great life and as a result feel it’s important for me to give back to my community.”
Karin Hodges, PsyD (Antioch 2009) has recently launched Parenting 101: A Comprehensive Model Informed by Psychological Science, an educational offering free to the community via YouTube. This video draws from psychological science in order to display examples of positive and beneficial parent-child interactions.
Watch the video here:
Antioch Alumni Gathering
Faculty, students, and alumni from Antioch’s three PsyD Programs (New England, Seattle, and Santa Barbara) celebrated their common purpose at a gathering on the fringes of the convention. It’s nice to meet some of the real people who comprise our broader Antioch PsyD community!
Kathi Borden launches her role as incoming editor of the APA journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Kathi attended a meeting of psychology journal editors that focused on sharing ideas and networking.
As APA’s Federal Education Advocacy Coordinator for New England (a role she has held for over a decade), Kathi also attended the 2018 Advocacy Breakfast at the convention. In addition to catching up on APA’s legislative priorities, several PsyD graduates presented on their experience of federal student loan repayment programs, discussing how these programs reduced their anxiety about student debt and helped make it possible for them to attend graduate school.
Alicia MacDougall (3rd year PsyD student) was appointed as Co-Chair of APA Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology) Graduate Student Committee. Term begins September 1, 2018
Symposium: Strategies for Holding Students Accountable for Course Readings
- Elizabeth Harwood (Chair), Karen Meteyer, Rachelle Smith, Mia Khera
Poster presentation: Protective Behavioral Strategy Use in University Setting
- Davis Dodge, Karen Meteyer
Symposium: Resolving Social Problems Through Personal Disclosure–Social Psychological and Clinical Approaches.
- Ted Ellenhorn, Chair and Discussant
- Chad Lazzari, Coming out of Shame: Disclosure and Coming Out for Gay Men
Paper Reading: Experiential Group Learning Through Dreams in Clinical Training: Safety, Intimacy, and Disclosure
- Ted Ellenhorn and Alicia MacDougall
Symposium: The Dynamics of the Supervisory Relationship–A Live Demonstration
- Alicia MacDougall, Discussant
Thomas Doherty, PsyD (2002), American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow and Past President of the Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology, was featured in a recent APA member update. Thomas has followed his passion for the intersect of psychology and the environment in his work for many years, publishing in this area and incorporating it into his teaching and clinical practice.
In the past, Doherty served as the only clinically trained psychologist on the APA Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change, which “explored human behavioral patterns that have created and exacerbated the problem, as well as its psychosocial impact.”
Clinical Psychology faculty member Lorraine Mangione and graduate Wendy Vincent (Antioch 2010) are co-chairing this year’s Massachusetts Psychological Association’s annual conference. The conference, We Need to Talk: A Changing Culture, A Changing World, Our Changing Selves, will be held on November 3. Wendy has also taught for us and keeps a close connection with our Department. She is very active in MPA and Lorraine is honored to serve with her in this capacity.
Ted Green, PsyD ’15 speaks about summertime depression, a type of Seasonal Affective Disorder. While a student, Ted interned at Albany Psychology Internship Consortium – Albany Medical Center. He now works at Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin, providing psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, and research and also teaches psychology at Western Technical College. He is currently gathering data for a study on the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis on a number of disorders and is getting certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.
The PsyD Department was well-represented at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) Conference this past June in New York. Two core faculty and four students joined Nancy McWilliams, PhD, ABPP, author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis and co-author of the Psychoanalytic Diagnostic Manual-2, for a roundtable discussion on Intergenerational/intersectional psychotherapy training: Progenitors and progeny conversing is integrating.
In photo, from left to right:
- Thedore Ellenhorn, Ph.D, ABPP
- Alicia MacDougall, BA
- Jordan Stewart, MS
- Roselyn DeVincentis, MS
- Monique Bowen, Ph.D
- Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D, ABPP
- Chad Lazzari, BA
Additionally, Drs. Bowen and Ellenhorn were discussants and student Chad Lazzari, BA participated in Making space/taking time for conversations about intersectionality in clinical supervision. Additional participants included Vernon Smith, PhD, moderator, Esther Lee, MA, Nathalie Haziza, and Meghan Mobbs (faculty and students from PhD programs in Clinical Psychology at City College of New York and Teachers College Columbia University).
For over 30 years, psychoanalytically interested students and faculty have met several times a semester during the Monday breaks. During these meetings we engaged in a variety of activities such as case discussions, presentations of dissertation research, discussion of special topics and theories not covered in course work, introductions to measures and publications such as the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, presentations by guests from outside the department, and discussions of current events. During the 2017-2018 academic year, our psychoanalytic “study group” has grown and diversified in both its aim and scope of activities. We have given ourselves a title and developed a website and library. The Psychoanalytic Studies Group (PSG) is no longer only a Student Interest Group as we have expanded our membership to include alums, faculty, and supervisors.
We are reaching out to you, in our roles as the PSG Faculty and Student Coordinators, to share information pertaining to resources available through the group, recent scholarly and professional activities of our members, and our future projects and aspirations. We are inviting anyone interested –including alums, supervisors, faculty, and students — to become affiliated with the PSG. There are many ways to connect and to be engaged, as the PSG is no longer limited to an on-campus meeting.
See the newsletter here.
Steve Fein, PhD, social psychologist and Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychology at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, spoke to faculty and students within our department about The Arc of Prejudice: Some Social Psychological Perspectives. With a very engaging style, Dr. Fein discussed prejudice which, in addition to being a very timely topic, is an area of great importance on so many levels. We hear so much about these issues these days so it was especially important to hear a social psychology research perspective on constructs such as implicit and explicit bias. After the presentation, Dr. Fein met with students in the department’s Social Psychology class.
Lorraine Mangione gave an invited presentation at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, also known as the Bedford VA, on “Working with the Dreams of the Bereaved.” We have the good fortune to have had a long-standing training relationship with the Bedford VA, and it was an honor for Lorraine to be able to share some of her work on grief and loss, and particularly the presence and use of dreams during grieving, with the dedicated social workers and psychologists there.
PsyD student Katie Gorman presented a poster titled “Criterion Validity of MoCA Scores in a Public Inpatient Psychiatry Sample” at the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Science Symposium at the Algonquin Club in Boston on May 22.
Martha Straus, PhD, professor in the department of Clinical Psychology, recently appeared on BCTV, the Brattleboro VT cable channel, to discuss how parents can avoid over-reacting or disengaging from their teenager’s very normal desire to test limits, question authority, argue about norms and values, and insist on learning life’s lessons the hard way. The interview, part of the Brattleboro Retreat’s “Keep Talking” series, precedes her continuing education workshop at the Brattleboro Retreat on June 8 on treating traumatized teens.
Antioch University New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is celebrating one of the most geographically and ethnically diverse entering classes in our history, joining us from 11 states. Our success in recruiting this year is a credit to the inspiring participation of our Program’s faculty, students, and staff – who can resist the invitation to spend more time among them? – as well as to the outstanding support of our Student Services and Admissions offices. We look forward to welcoming our new community members into our midst in the Fall.
AUNE’s Clinical Psychology Professor Gargi Roysircar and Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity/Disaster Shakti students have recent research publications and other studies in the journal review process. This scholarship is the outcome of several years of collaboration in reading, writing, data gathering, analyses, and revisions.
Roysircar, G., Studeny, Jane (4th. yr. PsyD), Rodgers, Sarajane (3rd. yr. PsyD), & Lee-Barber, J. S. (2018). Multicultural disparities in legal and mental health systems: Challenges and potential solutions. The Scholar-Practitioner: A Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology, 7(1), 34-59. Paper can be viewed online at www.thepractitionerscholar.com
Lanza, Allyssa (PsyD ’14), Roysircar, G., & Rodgers, Sarajane (3rd yr. PsyD). (in press). First responder mental healthcare. Evidence-based prevention, postvention, and treatment services. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice.
Roysircar, G., Geisinger, K., & Thompson, Ashland (4th. yr. PsyD). (under review). Assessment of Haitian children’s mental health post-earthquake: Analysis of measures. The Journal of Black Psychology.
Roysircar, G., Colvin, K. F., Afolayan, A. G. (Bola) (PsyD ’15), Thompson, Ashland (4th yr.PsyD), & Robertson, T. W. (2017). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Traumatology. 23(1), 68-81. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037//trm
Roysircar, G., Thompson, Ashland (4th. yr. PsyD)., & Boudreau, Melissa (PsyD ’14). (2017). “Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 40, 343-372.https://doi.org/10.1080/095150
Roysircar, G., & Krishnamurthy, R. (2018). Nationality and assessment. In S. Smith & R. Krishnamurthy (Eds.), Diversity sensitive personality assessment (pp. 151-178). NYC, New York: Taylor Francis/Routledge.
Ginter, E., Roysircar, G., & Gerstein, L. (2018). Theories and strategies of counseling and psychotherapy: Relevance across cultures and settings. Thousand Oaks: SAGE. ISBN 9781412967594.
Gargi Roysircar served on the APA Multicultural Guidelines Task Force on Re-envisioning the Multicultural Guidelines for the 21st Century, entitled: Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Identity, Context, and Intersectionality, approved in August 2017 by the APA Council Of Representatives and can be viewed at
Gargi Roysircar has been elected in 2018 as Fellow of APA Div. 52 (International Psychology), which follows her election as Fellow of APA Divs. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) in 2000, 45 (Society of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity) in 2002, and 56 (Trauma Psychology) in 2010.
Lorraine Mangione, PhD and her colleague Roz Forti, LICSW, PhD recently published Beyond midlife and before retirement: A short-term women’s group in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.
One of the things this journal now does since it is published by Taylor and Francis is give free access to a limited number of articles. If you are interested in the topic, please feel free to click on the link below the abstract, and depending on the number of people who have accessed the article, a copy may be available for you.
As women move into the second half of life and towards retirement, they may experience many changes and transitions, including in health, relationships, career choices, and spirituality. Some of those changes can be distressing, such as serious health problems for themselves or their families, increased isolation, multiple losses of important people, feelings of uselessness and lack of a meaningful role, and growing questions or struggles around spirituality. Time is often seen as moving faster and increasingly limited. This short-term group offers an opportunity for women to reflect upon issues of identity, values, choices, desires, and hopes regarding relationships, work and other activities, spirituality, and health to create new visions. We describe an integrated theoretical framework that includes existentialism, mindfulness, adult development, object relations, attachment, and relational cultural therapy. We discuss the group’s underlying assumptions in terms of its short-term and semi-structured nature and its format, and suggest exercises, with examples highlighting important learning and/or group interaction. Finally, we address the need for more intensive psychotherapy, outliers, ensuring participation, and our own responses.
Faculty member Alexander Blount, PhD, was quoted in the current issue of The National Psychologist. In Psychology Lags Behind Psychiatry in Health Integration Readiness, Dr. Blount commented on integrating behavioral health into primary care and psychologists’ training in this field. This is a major area of study and interest for our Department and for the field of psychology, and we are pleased to see discussion on these important innovations.
Clinical faculty member Roger Peterson, PhD, and student, Kate Lambos, have an article in press.
Peterson, R. L., & Lambos, K. A. (In press). A sociocultural-constructionist epistemology for the psychology of aging. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.
This paper describes a sociocultural-constructionist epistemology that stands alongside more traditional psychology epistemologies for the study of aging. This position is more-directly relevant to practice. It emphasizes “local” and levels of local knowledge, Bruner’s ideas on cultural psychology, and how culture is embedded in narrative. Kate Lambos, a particularly talented student, worked closely with Roger on this paper.
Students of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)/Disaster Shakti of the Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, held a trauma conference, entitled, Defining Trauma and Resilience on April 12th and 13th, 2018 at our campus in Keene, New Hampshire.
Presentations addressed trauma in its various forms, causes, and contexts: physical and sexual abuse, elder abuse, war, racism, GLBTQ+ marginalization, sexual harassment and assault, complex trauma, continuous trauma, social oppressions, refugee status, global sociopolitical events, and disasters. Authors were encouraged to address the intersectionality of these traumas (e.g., being an older adult, African American transgender veteran). Resilience resources for the prevention of and recovery from trauma were discussed.
The conference was free so that graduate students and early career professionals could attend and share their enthusiasm for their developing knowledge, practice skills, and self-reflexivity as practitioners and scholars.
Marti Straus is presenting on child and adolescent treatment at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, DC (March 22-25). Her topics are Coregulating Together (under Therapeutic Activities with Kids and Families) and How to Get Unhooked (under Treating Traumatized Teens).
She has also recently produced a 12 hour webinar for Jack Hirose and Associates in Vancouver on treatment of adolescent attachment trauma.
Dr. Kathi Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, attended the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Council of Editors (COE) meeting in Washington, DC on March 15th and 16th. At this meeting, editors of most APA journals meet to discuss and stay informed about issues relevant to publications in psychology. As the incoming editor of the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Dr. Borden found it very helpful to meet with the other editors and get to know this new set of colleagues. Among many issues discussed were standards for describing qualitative and quantitative methods and data sharing, a practice that makes raw data from psychology studies available online. Also discussed were the need to include the socioeconomic status of research participants in manuscripts, whether manuscripts should undergo double-blind or “unmasked” reviews, information on most and least cited articles in APA journals, and many other topics.
Dr. Leatrice Oram, Antioch University Director for Accreditation & Academic Compliance spoke about Introversion and Leadership in a recent AUNE Clinical Psychology Management class. It was interesting and very helpful to understand the ways in which introverts can and do lead, and how and why the world and organizations can benefit from their leadership. We envision all of our psychology doctoral students as potential leaders in their fields and future organizations.
Dr. Oram earned her doctorate in Antioch’s Leadership and Change program. Her dissertation, A Method to My Quietness: A Grounded Theory Study of Living and Leading with Introversion, is a rich and evocative qualitative study of leaders who are introverts.
Bola Afolayan, PsyD (Antioch 2015) was chosen to serve as a fellow on the Endowment for Health’s board. While a student at Antioch, Bola was very involved with SERD (Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity) and participated in a service trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, an experience that was life-changing. To read more about Bola’s story, click here.
Lorraine Mangione had the honor of presenting on her research on Italian American daughters and dads at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy in New York City, just blocks away from where her own Italian American dad grew up. A few of the women who were participants in the research and are featured in the book Lorraine co-wrote with Dr. Donna DiCello (Antioch 1996), Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, joined in the presentation. It was quite a night of conversation and discussion!
Mentoring relationships have always been at the heart of Antioch New England’s PsyD program, and more recently, have evolved into a research interest for some of our faculty. A study conducted by professors Lorraine Mangione and Kathi Borden, with recent graduate (now adjunct faculty member!) Kate Evarts and colleagues from the University of Denver, leads off a special mentoring section of the journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology this month. Titled, Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening, the article reports the results of a survey of 290 current and former students from a wide array of doctoral training models, exploring their experience of mentoring and what they value most about it. Perhaps not surprisingly, mentoring – and the relational competencies it entails – emerge as a “common factor” in the professional trajectory of students across the spectrum of program and student characteristics. Respondents value both pragmatic and emotional support functions of mentoring, with graduates indicating the persistence of these influences beyond graduation. Asked specifically to address the role of cultural similarity or difference in the mentor-mentee dyad, respondents were able to describe advantages accruing from all combinations, provided that cultural identity was an available topic for discussion.
Please direct requests for copies of the article to Lorraine Mangione, at email@example.com
Dr. Martha Straus presented on Love and Attachment in Psychotherapy and Supervision at this year’s Field Supervisors Day, which was held on February 9. In addition to teaching at Antioch, Dr. Straus maintains a private practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and consults internationally to schools, hospitals, community mental health centers, and social service agencies on child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently, Treating trauma in adolescents: Development, attachment, and the therapeutic relationship.
Field Supervisors Day, offered to practicum field site supervisors and Clinical Psychology faculty and students, also included a mid-year traineeship review. The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), a co-sponsor with Antioch University New England, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants were able to receive three hours of CE credit for the completion of this workshop.
AUNE’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) has been retained by the NH Department of Health and Human Services to prepare the next 10-year plan for addressing the behavioral health needs of NH’s citizens. Led by Clinical Psychology faculty Jim Fauth (Director) and George Tremblay (Co-Director), BHI will review relevant data, meet with stakeholders around the State, facilitate workgroups to devise recommendations, and prepare a report designed to guide DHHS strategy for the coming decade. To enhance the utility of the report for decision makers, BHI is recruiting a health economist to estimate financial implications of various plan elements, and propose potential payment models. Finally, the report will anticipate implementation challenges and strategies to address them.
For a little more about the project, see this story that ran recently in the Keene Sentinel.
The following PsyD students have had a conference symposium accepted to the Winter Roundtable Conference at the Teachers College Columbia University: Sarajane Rodgers, Kate Lambos, Fazeela Mohammed, Dana Vitrano and Lauren Wesberg (chair). The symposium is entitled A changing country: The need for feminist-informed techniques for refugees and immigrants.
PsyD student Rosie DeVincentis and Dr. Ted Ellenhorn have had a poster accepted for presentation at the 2018 Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Annual Spring Meeting in New Orleans this coming April. The poster is entitled A dynamic exploration into mentalization amongst youth on the spectrum.
Clinical Psychology faculty members Kathi Borden, PhD and Lorraine Mangione, PhD will be presenting at the annual National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) conference this month in CA. The theme of this year’s conference is Diversity Actualization: Manifesting Diversity in Programs, Policies, and Practices for Community Well-being.
Parents Come Out Too: An Exploration of the Experience of Having a Child Come Out As Sexually or Gender Diverse
Kathi A. Borden, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Dana N. Vitrano.,Psy.D. student, Antioch University New England
Nirmala Jayaraman, Psy.D. student, Antioch University New England
As public acceptance of diverse gender and sexual identities has increased, children and adolescents are coming out at earlier ages. While most parents are supportive of their children (Savin-Williams & Ream, 2003), reactions range considerably, with many feeling challenged to incorporate this new information. Yet youth who report family rejection following their disclosure are more likely to be depressed, attempt suicide, and engage in risky behaviors than youth who report acceptance (Ryan, Huebner, Diaz, & Sanchez, 2009). At times, the media and professionals speak disparagingly about unaccepting parents, empathizing primarily with the gender nonconforming youth. However, parents must also adjust to new information about their child’s identity, and must make decisions about sharing this information with others considering factors such as not “outing” the child; the child’s safety; and the family’s social network, culture, and milieu. This presentation includes an overview of our preliminary findings of interviews about the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of parents of gender nonconforming youth. This overview is followed by a roundtable discussion of the participants’ related personal and professional experiences.
Getting Published from Start to Finish
Kathi A. Borden, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Clark Campbell, Ph.D., ABPP, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology
This invited presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the manuscript submission, review, and publication process, as well as the roles of personnel involved in publication of APA journals and books. This will be followed by three sets of suggestions. First, we will provide helpful hints for authors and potential authors who want to turn their ideas into publications. Second, we will provide suggestions for organizations in general, and NCSPP in particular, to disseminate ideas through publication and other means. Finally, we will provide information on how attendees can get involved in the review and editorial process. All three authors of this presentation have prior editorial experience to share.
Learning About Diversity, the Disenfranchised, Social Justice, and Resilience: Can Bruce Springsteen’s Work Enhance Psychology Training?
Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., Antioch University New England
Lorraine is a long-time fan of and writer about Bruce Springsteen’s work and its intersect with psychology, and sees the possibilities inherent in using his music to help students and faculty become more aware of some of their own feelings and thoughts around marginalized groups and themselves. In turn the participants in this workshop can bring Springsteen’s music and other artists’ creative works back to their students and training programs. This type of personal and interpersonal awareness and understanding is foundational to our clinical practice, education and training, advocacy efforts, and research.
Alice Lim (5th year PsyD student) has been awarded a scholarship by the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health to attend the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Connect 2018 in Houston, TX. This is the second year in a row that Alice has received this scholarship, which is a testament to her commitment to training and groups, and to AGPA’s commitment to Alice as a student and an early career professional.
An Antioch graduate looks to help other psychologists navigate the winding road to licensure. See what Dr. Emily Fine has created for Massachusetts Psychological Association as a roadmap.
While this document is placed in the Members Only part of the website, MPA has graciously made that link available for the next month for our students and website. MPA is committed to training and education of psychology students, and to supporting Early Career Psychologists, and offers a variety of resources for students and professionals.
Antioch graduate Joan Lester, PsyD (2000) is recognized for her achievements in and dedication to her original profession of nursing. Please read Joan’s beautiful story of the work she has done for so many years.
Rosie DeVincentis (Year V PsyD student) has been selected to receive APA’s Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) 2018 Graduate Student Scholar Award, an opportunity for professional and personal growth. She will be invited to attend the APA President’s Reception at the Spring Meeting in New Orleans in April.
Tessa Palmer (Year IV PsyD student) is this year’s recipient of the Keene-area’s American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarship. Tessa was highly commended for her work and efforts in the field of psychology. She is invited to attend a luncheon in February, hosted by the Keene branch of AAUW.
PsyD faculty, Ted Ellenhorn, PhD, ABPP, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, Specialty Board of American Board Professional Psychology. The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) certifies psychologists who deliver high-quality services in specialty areas of psychology.
Students of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)/Disaster Shakti of the Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England, are holding a trauma conference, entitled, Defining Trauma and Resilience. This conference will be on April 12th and 13th, 2018 on our campus in Keene, New Hampshire. Presentations will address trauma in its various forms, causes, and contexts: physical and sexual abuse, elder abuse, war, racism, GLBTQ+ marginalization, sexual harassment and assault, complex trauma, continuous trauma, social oppressions, refugee status, global sociopolitical events, and disasters. Authors are encouraged to address the intersectionality of these traumas (e.g., being an older adult, African American transgender veteran). Resilience resources for the prevention of and recovery from trauma will be discussed. The conference is free so that graduate students and early career professionals may attend and share their enthusiasm for their developing knowledge, practice skills, and self-reflexivity as practitioners and scholars.
Link to Conference Website: http://auneconference.com/
Link to Online Proposal Submission: http://auneconference.com/register/<
Alicia MacDougall, second year PsyD student, was selected to receive the Colby Smith Scholarship for 2017-18. The scholarship was created by Colby Smith and supported by numerous students and colleagues to honor his many years as a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology department. The scholarship committee recognized her commitment and character–qualities Colby values and demonstrates every day. As stated by the committee, “We chose Alicia due to her extraordinary commitment to both research and practice in psychology, work ethic, and personal and professional integrity. Her positive and constructive outlook, along with a love of exploration and play, capture elements essential to Colby’s ways of being.” Her leadership involvement with Division 39 was also noted.
The Colby Smith Scholarship provides an award to one continuing Clinical Psychology student who demonstrates commitment and character. The scholarship acknowledges the student’s aspirations and dreams and any extraordinary circumstances that brought the student to AUNE.
PsyD student, Katie Gorman, presented a poster at the annual Massachusetts Psychologist Association‘s annual conference (ON EDGE: Managing Stress in Our Clients, Communities, and Ourselves), held on November 4. The title of her poster was “Cognitive Screening in Public Inpatient Psychiatry: MoCA Criterion Validity.” Anthony Giuliano, PhD from the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital was the co-author. This is work that Katie did while on practicum at this state-of-the-art inpatient facility.
The Saratoga Palio was established to honor the inspiring life of Melanie Merola O’Donnell. Melanie was a promising young graduate student in her second year in the AUNE Department of Clinical Psychology who died in a car accident in the Albany area and left her class and the Department with a huge void. One of her best friends started this race the same year of Melanie’s death, and the race and the Foundation, which helps to support students in the mental health world, have been going strong ever since. The Department honors our ties to Melanie by being a sponsor of this event.
This year, third year student Sarajane Rodgers, participated in the race. Her thoughts here:
“On September 17, I was able to participate in my second Saratoga Palio, this time as one of the scholarship recipients. The night before the race, I had the opportunity to eat dinner with the board members, Melanie’s family, and two of the other scholarship winners. Everyone was so nice and I enjoyed getting to see the family of one of our most talked about students again. I had been training to run the half marathon again but because of a broken elbow, that wasn’t possible this year. Instead, I walked the 5k with my mom, who was so kind enough to drive me all the way out to Saratoga when I was only able to use the one arm. As the Saratoga Palio is a very family and community-centered event, it was really sweet to get to share that with one of my own family members.”
Sarajane was also awarded a Donald D. Davis Scholarship for Social Responsibility for the 2017-18 academic year. This endowed fund was established with a gift from the estate of Donald D. Davis, a long time friend of Antioch University New England and former member of the AUNE Board of Visitors. Don was a philanthropist who spent his life giving back to the communities he cared about. The endowment funds a scholarship awarded each year to a student or students with financial need who are involved in service to the community.
AUNE Professor Martha Straus’ most recent book, Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship, was published in January 2017 (Guilford). This book presents an innovative and empathic approach to working with traumatized teens. It offers strategies for getting through to high-risk adolescents and for building a strong attachment relationship that can help get development back on track. Straus draws on extensive clinical experience as well as cutting-edge research on attachment, developmental trauma, and interpersonal neurobiology. Vivid case material shows how to engage challenging or reluctant clients, implement interventions that foster regulation and an integrated sense of identity, and tap into both the teen’s and the therapist’s moment-to-moment emotional experience.
Given her expertise in the areas of adolescence and trauma, Dr. Straus recently testified before the Vermont State Legislature about the long-term consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This fall she will be offering workshops in Portland, Maine and Toronto, Canada in which she will be teaching Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT). This is the model of treatment she discusses in her most recent book
Her current research project is a workbook (being developed with 2nd-year student, Brooklyn Alvarez) filled with activities designed to foster co-regulation between traumatized youth and their caregivers. They have two publishers interested in this endeavor and will send out the proposal in a couple months!
We are delighted that Dr. Straus will be our speaker at the Department’s annual Field Supervisors Day in February and will speak on Love and Attachment in Psychotherapy and Supervision.
The annual New England Psychological Association Conference (NEPA) took place on Saturday, October 21st, and Professors Lorraine Mangione and Kathi Borden, and fifth-year students Jessica Baroni, Leah Levy, and Anna Potter presented on “Mentoring in Students’ Own Words: How it Happens and Why it is Important.” This work was based on a national survey conducted by Drs. Mangione and Borden, Dr. Kate Evarts, (Psy. D. 2017), and two colleagues from the University of Denver, which will appear in an article in an upcoming issue of Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
For NEPA, they presented and discussed some of the research, and the program was greatly enhanced and brought to life by Jessica, Leah, and Anna speaking eloquently and deeply about their own experiences with mentoring across the research, teaching, and supervision spectrum during graduate school. Mentoring remains a critical component of doctoral education in clinical psychology, and opportunities for such relationships are an integral part of doctoral training at Antioch.
We are excited to announce that Kathi A. Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, has been selected as the next Editor of the journal, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her six-year term begins with her serving as Incoming Editor beginning on January 1st.
The bimonthly journal is a publication of the American Psychological Association and focuses on empirical and theoretical work with valuable implications for practitioners. Kathi hopes you will send your manuscripts to PPRP for consideration, and that psychologists interested in reviewing for the journal will express their interest by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI) works shoulder to shoulder with community partners to improve behavioral health practice and outcomes. BHI recently received several contracts to evaluate and improve the following New Hampshire-based projects:
- A four-year project funded by the US Department of Education to improve the social-emotional learning of disabled preschoolers
- A four-year project to improve the system of care and school-based behavioral health in three regions (Upper Valley, Lakes Region, and North Country) and seven school districts in NH, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- A four-year project to improve the system of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families in the Monadnock Region of NH (SAMHSA).
- A three-year project to implement a controlled substance management (opioids) program at Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene and the surrounding community, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
- A two-year project to improve the behavioral health integration workforce in NH, led by Dr. Sandy Blount, and funded by the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.
BHI current employs six staff (including two PsyD alums!) and 12 students on its projects. This year, BHI also has the honor of hosting a Fulbright Scholar – Dr. Tim Carey – from Australia. Tim will be working with the BHI team to develop a model for improving behavioral health practice and evaluation in remote areas of Australia.
Learn more about Antioch’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and its major area of study in Behavioral Health integration and Population Health
Professor Lorraine Mangione has co-authored a chapter, Who is Springsteen to his women fans?, in Bruce Springsteen and Popular Music – Rhetoric, Social Consciousness, and Contemporary Culture, edited by William I. Wolff and published by Routledge, 2017. This is a chapter on which Lorraine collaborated with Dr. Donna Luff, a sociologist from Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Kate Evarts, Assistant Director of Antioch’s Psychological Services Center (Psy.D., 2017, from Antioch), helped tremendously with data collection as a Research Assistant. The article highlights issues around gender, and focuses on the depth of the attachment of Springsteen fans to him and his work. It also looks at the importance of his work in their evolving lives, identity, connections, meaning-making, and sense of self. And of course fans also just have a great time at his concerts!
Lorraine was also interviewed for her work on creativity more generally, which includes clinical as well as research applications and areas, as part of a larger article on creativity in the summer issue of New England Psychologist.
On September 26th, Dr. Kathi Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, visited the offices of New Hampshire Senators Maggie Hassan and Jean Shaheen and Congresswoman Annie Kuster to advocate for the inclusion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness plan in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Loan forgiveness plans allow program graduates in psychology and other fields to have their student loans forgiven after ten years. To qualify, graduates must work for ten years in an approved nonprofit setting and must make on-time, income-based loan payments for all ten years. Dr. Borden engages in advocacy work as the New England Federal Advocacy Network Coordinator for the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association.
Faculty, students, and alumni from AUNE were active at and around the APA convention in Washington DC this month!
An Antioch brunch at Busboys and Poets Restaurant gathered AUNE faculty members Lorraine Mangione (party planner extraordinaire), Kathi Borden, and Gargi Roysircar, our faculty colleague from AU Seattle, Jude Bergkamp, and an excellent sampling of AUNE students, alumni, and family members.
Gargi Roysircar received the 2017 Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award, from APA’s Division 35, Psychology of Women
Nominated by her current and former AUNE students Melissa Boudreau, Bola Afolayan, Josefina Irogoyen, Katherine Russell, Courtney Condiracci, Jane Studeny, Ashland Thompson, and Lauren Weisberg.
Faculty and students from the AUNE Clinical Psychology department presented at the conference.
Mentoring across the Developmental Spectrum in the Context of Changing Demographics (symposium)
Lorraine Mangione, Symposium Chair
Student Survey on Mentoring: Matters of Diversity
Lorraine Mangione, Kathi Borden, Lavita Nadkarni, Kate Evarts, Kelsey Hyde
Facilitating Faculty Scholarly Activity
Kathi Borden & Mary Beth Kenkel
Bruce Springsteen and Women Fans: Meaning-making, Identity, and Guidance
Lorraine Mangione, Donna Luff, Kate Evarts
Qualitative analyses of trauma counseling in Haiti. (part of a symposium on Addressing the diverse mental health needs of individuals with co-occurring PTSD and SUDS)
Symposium: Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness: Integrating Research into Practice and Policy
Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D. (AUNE alum)
Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice
Carmela DeCandia, Psy.D. (AUNE alum)
First responder mental health: Prevention, postvention, and treatment interventions.
Gargi Roysircar and Alyssa Lanza
Sports-related concussions: Long-term neuropsychological deficits.
Disparities in health and human resources: Psychology’s promotion of equity and access.
Gargi Roysircar, Jane Studeny, Sarajane Rodgers, Lee-Barber, & Michael Alves
Heart as neural circuit: Convergence of Indian Samkhya and western psychology systems of cognition.
Stereotype threat, belonging and campus climate among African American students attending a predominately White institution.
Wright, L., Ashland Thompson, Johnson, T.
Gargi Roysircar has published two articles with Clinical Psychology students.
Ashland Thompson is a 4th yr. PsyD student; Melissa Boudreau, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist with the VA Hospital in Brockton, MA, and Abimbola (Bola) Afolayan, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Durham, NH.
All three have served as research assistants with the Antioch Multicultural Center for Research and Practice. The data sets were collected by Dr. Roysircar in Haiti for the first article and New Orleans for the second article. Ashland, Melissa, and Bola assisted with data analyses, reviews of the literature, and writing the manuscripts, which required multiple revisions spanning two-three years for each publication.
Roysircar, G., Colvin, K. F., Afolayan, A. G., Thompson, A., & Robertson, T. W. (2017). Haitian children’s resilience and vulnerability assessed with House-Tree-Person (HTP) drawings. Traumatology. 23 (1), 68-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000090 (R)
Roysircar, G., Thompson, A., & Boudreau, M. (2017).”Born Black and male”: Counseling leaders’ self-discovery of strengths. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Electronic advance copy: https://doi.org/10.1080/09515070.2016.1172204
In May 2017, Disaster Shakti members of the Antioch Multicultural Center, Dr. Gargi Roysircar, Ashland Thompson (fourth yr. PsyD), and Sarajane Rodgers (third yr. PsyD) traveled to a primary care clinic in Blanchard, Haiti, run by Partners in Development, to provide mental health counseling, psychoeducation, and research. This was Disaster Shakti’s sixth visit to this clinic in Haiti. With the assistance of Creole translators, they offered individual and couples counseling with many of the patients referred to them by the medical clinic.
When needed, suicide risk evaluations were completed. Several group counseling sessions were held, including a women’s group, a men’s group, a young girls’ group, an adolescent girls’ group, and a boys’ group. The team provided psychoeducation on diabetes, hypertension, sickle cell disease, and stress, and held workshops on stress management and relaxation. In addition, they did research assessment with individuals diagnosed with sickle cell disease to study possible connections between psychological, neuropsychological, and medical symptoms in a sickle cell patient population. Dr. Susan Hawes accompanied the Disaster Shakti team and joined in with the activities. Ashland and Sarajane obtained 1 credit hour for 120 hours completed for a Special Proficiency Practicum in international disaster mental and behavioral healthcare.
Client Evaluation of our Mental Health Services
In order to evaluate effectiveness as counselors with Haitian patients, they constructed a satisfaction survey with their translators’ linguistic and cultural knowledge. Sixty-four satisfaction surveys were completed. Three questions were rated on a scale from 0 to 2 (0=not satisfied, 1=somewhat satisfied, and 2=yes satisfied). The average satisfaction scores were as follows: “My counselor understands me” mean= 1.92, “My counselor is helpful” mean= 1.94, and “I am satisfied by my counselor,” mean =1.94. We are pleased with our patients’ evaluation of our counseling services (individual, group, psychoeducation, and workshops).
On April 28, Ted Ellenhorn was certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) as a specialty board diplomate in psychoanalysis. He is now a fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis. The ABPP certifies psychologists who deliver high-quality services in specialty areas of psychology. Board certification signifies that specialists designated by the ABPP have successfully completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination. Learn more about the ABPP here
AUNE Clinical Psychology professors Kathi Borden and Lorraine Mangione recently had two of their articles accepted for publication. The first, entitled “You can’t see it but you know it’s there: A recent history and social construction of the psyche” was published as part of an extensive treatment of the topic of psyche that was edited by Giancarla Sola. It will be published in I Problemi Della Pedagogia (Problems of Pedagogy). In it, Drs. Borden and Mangione discuss how historical events, modern movements in psychology, and ideas about the psyche are all interconnected, and have yielded a very broad and inclusive concept of the psyche.
Drs. Mangione and Borden also coauthored the second article, entitled “Mentoring in clinical psychology: Broadening and deepening. This article was coauthored with Dr. Lavita Nadkarni of the University of Denver, Antioch PsyD graduate Kate Evarts ’17, and University of Denver student Kelsey Hyde. It reports on results of a large study of the experiences of current clinical psychology doctoral students and recent graduates being mentored. Findings indicate the importance of the relationship competency in mentoring, the ability of students to find mentors for a wide range of roles including but extending beyond research, and the importance of a sense of mutual respect and caring about a student’s personal and professional growth in the mentoring relationship. The article will appear in the American Psychological Association journal, Training and Education in Professional Psychology®.
Mangione, L., Borden, K.A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (Accepted for publication, May, 2017). Mentoring in clinical psychology: Broadening and deepening. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
Borden, K.A. & Mangione, L. (Accepted for Publication, March, 2017). You can’t see it but you know it’s there: A recent history and social construction of the psyche. Invited contribution to G. Sola (Ed.) The concept of psyche: Between clinical pedagogy and clinical psychology. I problemi della pedagogia (Problems of Pedagogy).
Dr. Carmela DeCandia, PsyD ’99, will be participating in a Congressional Briefing on June 6, 2017. The briefing will be held in the Washington, DC, and has bipartisan support. Sponsored by the APA, the briefing is based on the special issue of child and family homelessness in the journal, Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, produced by APA Division 37. DeCandia is on the panel to represent her article on assessment.
Dr. Carmela DeCandia is a 1999 graduate of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, and recipient of the AUNE Horace Mann 2016 Spirit of Service Awards. She has her own practice in the Boston area that focuses on assessment, and has been an advocate for those who are homeless for many years.
DeCandia, C. J., Bassuk, E.L., Richard, M. (2017). Assessment of Families Experiencing Homelessness: Analysis of Current Practice. Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice, SpringerBriefs Series Child and Family Well-Being and Homelessness, pp 49-63. Available at: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-50886-3_4
Although research indicates that families experiencing homelessness struggle with both structural needs (e.g., housing and income) and psychosocial issues, the assessment process varies considerably among programs serving these families. In this study, we systematically evaluated the initial intake and assessment process of a convenience sample of 55 emergency shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing programs serving homeless families. Results provide support for culturally competent, family-oriented, and trauma-informed assessment of homeless families. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
Review: “DeCandia, Bassuk, and Richard provide a vital look at the relevance and nature of assessment practices when homeless families enter shelter. This survey provides a loud wake-up call for responsive assessments of children and parents. Without such baseline measures, services can’t be matched to needs, and any objective determination of the effects of housing and services on well-being is impossible.” Britner & Farrell (2017)
Gargi Roysircar is the recipient of the 2017 Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award of the American Psychological Association’s Division 35, Psychology of Women. This award recognizes the feminist mentoring of the Strickland-Daniel Award winner and honors Bonnie R. Strickland and Jessica Henderson Daniel for their distinguished mentoring.
Gargi was nominated by Melissa Boudreau (PsyD ’14), Josefina Irigoyen (PsyD ’14), Allyssa Lanza (PsyD ’15), Bola Afolayan (PsyD ’15), Katherine Russell (PsyD ’17), and Courtney Condiracci (5th yr. PsyD). A letter of support was co-authored by Jane Studeny (4th yr. PsyD), Ashland Thompson (4th yr. PsyD), and Lauren Weisberg (5th yr. PsyD). External letters of support were provided by Dr. Jill Lee-Barber (Director, Psychological Services and Health Center and Chief Psychologist, Georgia State University), Dr. Melissa L. Frey (Associate Professor and Program Director, Counseling Psychology, The University of Oklahoma), Dr. Lise Osvold (psychologist in private practice, Raleigh, NC), and Dr. Lawrence Gerstein (Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Conflict and Peace Studies Center, Ball State University). Gargi has mentored and done research with all the above women, men, and individuals of color in the past 30 years as a faculty member at Antioch University New England (2000-2017) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1987-2000).
About the Strickland-Daniel Mentoring Award
Bonnie Ruth Strickland has served psychology in many roles and leadership positions, including as President of the American Psychological Association and as a member of the Advisory Council to the National Institute of Mental Health. Through her scholarship and her advocacy, Dr. Strickland provided insight into issues of privilege and barriers to access in relation to race, regionalism, gender, age, and sexual orientation. As a mentor at the national level, she organized formal workshops to assist diverse women in accessing positions of leadership within the organizations and hierarchies of psychology. Throughout her career, Dr. Strickland has demonstrated a generosity of spirit in supporting women in psychology in their pursuit of their goals.
Named as the first recipient of the Bonnie Strickland Distinguished Mentoring Award, Jessica Henderson Daniel was subsequently co-honored in the naming of the award. Dr. Daniel has served psychology in many roles and leadership positions, including as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association and as a founding faculty and Executive Committee member of the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She has focused her career primarily on instruction, training, supervision, and mentoring, particularly for women and people of color. Dr. Daniel has developed both formal and informal mentoring networks for graduate students, interns, post-doctoral fellows, and professional psychologists, and she has been an inspirational mentor who teaches others to mentor in turn.
The award recognizes the feminist mentoring of the award winner whose mentoring includes several of the following components:
- Introduces mentees to professional contacts and networks
- Takes a personal interest in mentees
- Provides coaching, supervision, and consulting to women psychologists in practice
- Develops an inclusive network of professionals and mentees that includes women who are diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, (dis)ability, nationality, religion, and other cultural/demographic characteristics
- Interacts with mentees in formal, informal, and social settings
- Promotes democratic and non-hierarchical styles of interacting
- Offers formal mentoring events and programs
- Models or discusses issues of managing multiple professional and personal roles
- Provides encouragement and advice to women seeking leadership positions within their agencies and institutions
- Encourages women to participate actively in Division 35 and APA committees and governance
This upcoming August, several current and alumni members of the Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) will be representing Antioch at the 125th Annual APA Convention in Washington, DC, via multiple poster sessions, a paper session, and symposia. These presentations will span multiple APA divisions. Here is a list of the presentation acceptances:
Rodgers, S. (2017, August). Sports-related concussions: Long-term neuropsychological deficits. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G. (2017, August). Qualitative analyses of trauma counseling in Haiti. In symposium, S. Hage (Chair), Addressing the diverse mental health needs of individuals with co-occurring PTSD and SUDS. Collaborative programming symposium at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G., Studeny, J., Rodgers, S., Lee-Barber, J., & Alves, M. (2017, August). Disparities in health and human resources: Psychology’s promotion of equity and access. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Roysircar, G., & Lanza, A. (2017, August). First responder mental health: Prevention, postvention, and treatment interventions. Paper to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Seebach, E.E., Weisberg, L., Comiskey, A., & Carter, J. (2017, August). Body positivity and body acceptance. In symposium, Body Image Across the Gender Continuum, to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Williams, R. (2017, August). Heart as neural circuit: Convergence of Indian Samkhya and western psychology systems of cognition. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.
Wright, L., Thompson, A. Johnson, T. (2017, August). Stereotype threat, belonging and campus climate among African American students attending a predominately White institution. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association.
Dr. Marti Straus authored a chapter in a new title, What to Do When Children Clam Up in Psychotherapy: Interventions to Facilitate Communication, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, and David A. Crenshaw, PhD. Chapter 8, by Marti, is titled “Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma: Ten Ways to Co-Regulate and Stay Connected.”
She will also be speaking at the UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, giving the 20th Annual Deborah Janssens Memorial Lecture on Thursday, May 18th in Worcester, MA. The title of her talk is “Working with Traumatized Adolescents: How to Get Unhooked.”
Laetitia Geoffroy-Dallery, 4th Year PsyD Student, presented as part of a panel at the MASOC/MATSA joint conference on Friday, April 7, alongside Laurie Guidry, PsyD (Antioch 2000), Ronald Ricci, PhD, who leads the research on EMDR with sex offenders, and David Thornton, PhD., the Research Director at Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center. The panel presentation is on the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with people who sexually offend.
Click here for the conference brochure. The presentation is described on p12.
Brian Zuzelo, PsyD ’06 is featured on the front page of this month’s publication of New England Psychologist in an article titled, “Mobile Psychologists: House Calls Making a Comeback.” Dr. Zuzelo is a psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at the Bedford VA in Massachusetts. Read more at nepsy.com about the VA delivering home-based care to its patients.
Mr. Thomas Furster, a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, recently wrote to PsyD faculty Lorraine Mangione and George Tremblay about Alice Lim, a fourth year student, and her participation in AGPA’s annual conference. Alice was the recipient of a full scholarship to AGPA, which in itself is a very competitive endeavor, and immersed herself in all that AGPA had to offer, to such an extent that she was asked to be in a video discussing group therapy with youth. This conference is the major conference for group psychotherapy in the United States.
Please see some of Mr. Furster’s comments below:
“Alice received an endowed scholarship to the AGPA Annual Meeting last week in New York City; she was the sole recipient, out of close to fifty applicants, to receive the Howard and Barbara Goldstein Scholarship. This scholarship has been established in the name of Howard and Barbara Goldstein, who have had a long-standing dedication to the growth and development of children; it is awarded to an individual demonstrating deep interest in work with children and/or adolescents.”
“I had the privilege of getting to know Alice a bit over the conference. She attended a day long course entitled, “Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy: The Methods, The Madness, and the Fun!,” in which I was one of four senior clinicians from around the country who comprised the faculty. She also attended several other events where I was present, so I got a chance to see her “in action.” I was struck by her openness and curiosity, her willingness to share and to participate, and her strong desire to grow both personally and professionally. She also has a great smile and a strong sense of humor. At all times Alice was quite impressive in her maturity and poise, and a credit to your program.”
Ashland Thompson (AUNE PsyD Year III) will be presenting on a panel at the Division of Psychoanalysis’ (39) 37th Annual Spring Meeting, The Times, They Are A-Changin’, in NYC April 26-30. Ashland’s presentation, Police Violence and the Collapse of Black Americans Holding Environments, is part of a panel on Loss, Liability, and Liberation: Riding the Unchartered Waves of Race and Gender and Resilience. Ashland was also the recipient of the Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee Scholar Award.
AUNE PsyD student Casey Cragin and Dr. Marti Straus have published an article, with other authors, titled Early psychosis and trauma-related disorders: Clinical practice guidelines and future directions, which appears in the Frontiers in Psychiatry publication of March 6, 2017. Read it here
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will be presenting on Navigating Through Loss and Grief: Meaning Making Along the Journey at the Brattleboro Retreat on Friday, April 21. This workshop examines some current theories and research on grief and mourning, including attachment, psychoanalytic, and existential/social constructionist frameworks, and utilizes some of the author’s research on daughters grieving their dads as well as clinical experience, to encourage helping professionals to develop their own clinical approach to working with clients’ grief and loss.
Learn more and register here
Dr. Kathi A. Borden, Professor of Clinical Psychology, chaired a Symposium entitled, “Challenges to Teaching Advocacy in a Complex Political Climate” at the midwinter meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, held in Long Beach California. The symposium focused on how to help students feel a sense of empowerment through advocacy, open conversations, conflict resolution methods, the science of persuasion, and inclusion of diverse voices in the context of emotional reactions to the recent national elections. Papers presented at the symposium included “Walking the Tightrope: Teaching Advocacy in a Politically Diverse Nonprofit Setting” by Dr. Borden and Alexandra Ginsberg of the APA Education Government Relations Office; “Hard wired towards conservatism vs. liberalism: Is persuasion possible?” by Gilbert Newman of the Wright Institute; and “Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices” by Hideko Sera of the University of Redlands.
The Department of Clinical Psychology is pleased to announce that the speaker at this year’s Field Supervisors Day CE presentation on February 3 will be Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, PhD, Associate Professor in the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department of Boston College. She will present Thinking through the Dynamics of Culture in Contemporary Clinical Practice. Her research and scholarship concerns immigration, race, gender, mental health, and cultural competence in psychotherapy practice.
Field Supervisors Day, offered to practicum field site supervisors and Clinical Psychology faculty and students, also includes a mid-year traineeship review. The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), a co-sponsor with Antioch University New England, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be able to receive three hours of CE credit for the completion of this workshop. Full attendance is required to receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded.
Dr. Kathi Borden will chair a symposium entitled “Challenges to teaching advocacy in a complex political climate” at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Midwinter Meeting, (Re)claiming our Identity: Rediscovering our Social Relevance as NCSPP and Psychologists, to be held in Long Beach, California. After an overview of the advocacy process, the presenters will cover challenges that arise for academic faculty and students when teaching and conducting advocacy activities; the science of persuasion; and ways to help diverse students develop interest and skill in the advocacy process. Because legislative advocacy is a large portion of the advocacy activities of psychologists, these challenges are particularly salient in a divisive, charged, and emotional political climate. Papers within the symposium include:
- Walking the Tightrope: Teaching Advocacy in a Politically Diverse Nonprofit Setting, Kathi A. Borden, PhD, Antioch University, New England and Alexandra M. Ginsburg, APA Education Government Relations Office
- Hard wired towards conservatism vs. liberalism: Is persuasion possible? Gilberrt Newman, PhD, The Wright Institute
- Advocacy by Diverse Graduate Students: Mentorship to Gain Voices, Hideko Sera, PsyD, University of Redlands
Dr. Lorraine Mangione will co-present with David Cimbora, PhD, of the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, on Discovering One’s Own Leadership Potential and Encouraging It in Colleagues, Faculty and Students.
Dr. Roger Peterson has been invited to be on the keynote panel, and he will speak on: NCSPP and the Practitioner-Scholar Model: Strengths, Omissions, and Shortcomings.
Dr. Marti Straus will be at Ackerman Institute for the Family in NYC to present a training on Feb 3, 2017 on Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.
PsyD faculty member Dr. Sandy Blount was awarded a 3-year grant from the federal Health Research and Services Administration last Spring, to establish clinical training collaborations with primary care practices across northern New England. In 2016-17, the first year of the program, five PsyD students were placed in fellowships offering $25,000 stipends. The program is enjoying fabulous success in its first year, and AUNE is on track to place 11 students in these stipended positions for 2017-18.
Early in 2016, the State of NH was awarded a 5-year federal grant to better meet the behavioral health needs of the population served by Medicaid. The State was divided into seven regional “Integrated Delivery Networks” (IDNs), each of which were then invited to re-design their Medicaid supported services to better address local needs. Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation was retained by our regional IDN to help craft a proposal, in collaboration with many other regional stakeholders, that will drive system transformation for the next several years. That proposal was submitted to the NH Dept of Health and Human Services in October. We are excited to be part of this initiative, and eager to see what creative solutions it may bring to the southwest region of the State in the years to come.
Dr. Alexander Blount is a member of the National Integration Academy Council, the governing body for the Integration Academy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). On December 6th and 7th of 2016, Dr. Blount attended the meeting of the council as they begin a new project for AHRQ. The project is to provide technical assistance and evaluation for health systems who are grantees in developing medically assisted treatment for opioid abuse. The Integration Academy was chosen for this role because medically assisted treatment needs to be provided within a biopsychosocial approach to addictions.
PsyD students Dana Vitrano and Kate Lambos, clinicians at Antioch Psychological Services Center, recently presented on Stress Management to a “Dimensions of Learning” class at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) campus in Brattleboro, VT. The Dimensions course focuses on academic and other skills needed for college success.
Dana and Kate presented material on the biological components of stress, provided resources and strategies for managing multiple demands, and led the group in practicing mindfulness and self-care skills. The students found the workshop very helpful, and CCV has asked for our students to return during the spring semester to do additional presentations.
Marti Straus, PhD did an interview for an online journal called Psych Central. To read it, go to Treating Trauma in Adolescents: A Q&A with Dr. Martha Straus. The interview includes links to two of Marti’s books and is shared on Psych Central’s twitter page, which has 130K followers.
The threatening rainstorms did not put a damper on The Melanie Foundation Memorial Race, called the Saratoga Palio, nor on the spirit and tenacity of the runners from the Antioch group who participated. Clinical Psychology Department Chair George Tremblay was inspired by Melanie’s loss to run his first half marathon (indeed, first race of any kind) in his mid-50s. In addition, second-year students Sarajane Rodgers and Chad Lazzari, and Jim Schumacher, husband of Lorraine Mangione, made us all proud as they each crossed the finish line. George’s wife, Elizabeth MacPherson, joined in as the team photographer who captured the runners’ best moments.
Melanie Merola O’Donnell was a promising young graduate student in her second year who died in a car accident in the Albany area and left her class and the Department with a huge void. It was a privilege to be able to meet Melanie’s parents, husband, and many other relatives and friends, and to honor Melanie and her legacy.
One of her best friends started this race the same year of Melanie’s death, and the race and the Foundation, which helps to support students in the mental health world, have been going strong ever since.
Please see the picture of Melanie’s mother, Vicky Merola, standing next to Lorraine, and her aunt sitting in front of Lorraine.
For more information about Melanie and the Foundation, please visit the following website: themelaniefoundation.com/history