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De-stigmatizing Cancer: New Roles in Psycho-Oncology for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, & other Specialists 11-6-16

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Manhattan Psychological Association

in Co-Sponsorship with Fordham University, Lincoln Center

announces its Fall Conference

Sunday, November 6, 2016  – 8:30am – 4:45pm

De-stigmatizing Cancer: 

New Roles in Psycho-Oncology for Psychologists,

Social Workers, Nurses, & Other Specialists

Most of us have known or cared for someone with cancer.  There are millions of survivors!  In this one-day Conference, you will learn to transfer your clinical skills and build new ones to help patients, as well as personal and professional caregivers.  The program will highlight psychological, social, and spiritual/existential approaches to alleviate distress experienced by cancer survivors and their families. Through the plenaries and breakout sessions, attendees will begin to develop a toolbox of new competencies to use in their work in a wide range of settings.  Registrations begins at 8:30 am.  Welcome, Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD

Jimmie Holland, MD

Dr. Jimmie Holland, recognized internationally as the founder of Psycho-Oncology will present at the morning (9:00-10:30 am) plenary “Psycho-Oncology and the Care of Patients with Cancer,” focusing on changes in attitudes and stigma toward cancer and psychological care.

Dr. William Breitbart will present Meaning and Existential Issues in End of Life Care: Meaning Centered-Psychotherapy, a treatment aimed at helping people sustain a sense of meaning and purpose (1:10-2:30 pm). Breitbart headshot 2015

Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions (10:40-11:40 am):

  • A – Bringing your skills to work with patients and families – CBT & Psychodynamic focus (Herb Gingold, PhD; Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD)
  • B – Empowering Personal and Professional Caregivers – Communication, Psycho-education, & Personal Advocacy (Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G)
  • C – What if My Patient has Cancer?: Unique Challenges for the Psychotherapist (Chair William Di Scipio, PhD with Panelists Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD;  David Glenwick, PhD; Karen J. Greene, PhD; and Ann Chapman Kane, PhD)

Lunch and Networking (12 noon – 1:00 pm)

Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2:40-3:40 pm):

  • D – Informed Consent for Cancer Treatment & Research: Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, DNRs  (Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD)
  • E – Complementary Treatments including Yoga and Reiki (William Di Scipio, PhD)
  • F – Living with Cancer: Confronting the Challenge (Carolyn Messner, DSW)

Concluding Caring for the Caregiver and Summary Panel (3:50-4:45 pm)

FEES (includes onsite lunch):

All Professionals $70 — Students $20 — MPA Members – Free 

NO REFUNDS after 10/27/16.  CEUs for Psychologists are pending. CEHs for Social Workers are $30.

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To register by mail, please send your name and contact information. Make your check payable to “Manhattan Psychological Association” and mail it to:

Manhattan Psychological Association

909 Third Avenue, #7844

New York, NY 10150

To contact the Conference Chair, Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD, email:

Manhattan Psychological Association is a regional affiliate of the New York State Psychological Association.  Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is recognized by The State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers – #0066.

Conference Location:  Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

DOWNLOAD OUR CONFERENCE FLYER HERE mpa-11-6-16-psycho-oncology-flyer-distribute

Cancer is treatable and there is hope for many.  

Let’s de-stigmatize cancer and support psychological care together! 

Cancer & Hope


MPA Psycho-Oncology Conference

Pace Psychology Convention 5-7-16

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Announcing a symposium

at the 24th Pace University Psychology Convention **


Engaging students in international work: Why and how?


May 7, Saturday, 1:10- 2:25 pm

“How can we best encourage students to engage in international and cross-cultural study, research, or organizations (like ICP or the United Nations)?”  This panel brings together 5 experts to offer their guidance on this question.

Chair: Harold Takooshian, Fordham University


Linda Lubranski, Director for Academic Engagement, St. Joseph’s College Engaging students in study abroad

Maryam Zoma, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn-Queens

        Fulbrights for undergraduate students

Teresa M. Ober, APA team @ the UN

        Engaging students in United Nations work

Uwe P. Gielen, St. Francis College

International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Child Psychology.


Samvel Jeshmaridian, Psi Beta & TCI Technical Careers Institute

** This symposium is part of the 24th Pace University Psychology Conference, at 1 Pace Plaza on Saturday, 7 May 2016. A free “international lunch” is served at noon, immediately preceding the 1:10-2:25 pm symposium. This symposium is arranged in cooperation with SPSSI-New York and the Manhattan Psychological Association. For any details, contact, or check

Panel: 21st Century Issues in Psychology by new MPA Board Members – 3/13/16

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We rescheduled our first event of 2016 due to record-breaking weather!  Join us on Sunday, March 13th for an informal panel discussion on 21st century issues in Psychology.

Date: Sunday, March 13 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Location:  Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

Event:  An informal, interactive panel discussion about 21st century issues in Psychology presented by our new Board members and with audience participation. Enjoy refreshments while networking (Meet & Greet).  Share your interests and expertise with us.

Panelists (in alphabetical order)  are:

Rochelle Balter, JD, PhD

Lenny Davidman, PhD

Lisa Nichols, MBA. PhD

Helen Rozelman, PhD

Dinesh Sharma, PhD


We will be presenting a number events throughout the year.  This first one of the year is complimentary, so don’t miss it.

Wondering what we mean by 21st century issues?  Think Leadership, Technology, Big Data, Healthcare, Critical Research Opportunities…

RSVP: For planning purposes, please email your name to to indicate your intention to join us on March 13th.


In Memory of One of MPA’s Founders: Dr. Ruth Ochroch

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Dr. Ruth Ochroch (1919-2015) is fondly remembered by the Board of MPA. She was a strong woman and still is remembered as a role model by many. She was elected President of the New York State Psychological Association twice (in the 1980’s and 2006); she was also involved in the founding of the Division of Women’s Issues. In 1992, she realized the unique needs of Manhattan psychologists and spearheaded the establishment of the Manhattan Psychological Association. She and others nurtured MPA during its early years. We were most fortunate that she resided and worked in Manhattan. Given her visionary nature, she may have foreseen that we would one day thrive addressing “all things psychological in Manhattan.”

ruth ochrock, phfDr. Ochroch served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology, the Association for the Advancement of Psychology, and the New York Society for Clinical Psychologists. She was also a consultant to the State Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline. Her interest in and support of ethical principles and values was a constant through all of her years of service. She maintained a private practice in New York from the 1950s until she retired to California. Dr. Ochroch was awarded a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology as well as Psychoanalysis from ABPP. She was a Professor of Clinical Psychology at New York University (where she taught and served on dissertation committees for 35 years). Her students and those whom she mentored include many who have served the Profession proudly. While there is much more to say, what is most important is that her career contributions and her loving impact on her family, colleagues, students and patients will long be remembered. Thank you, Ruth. Rest in peace.

Psychology in New York City: Its fascinating history 6-30-15

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Announcing a Fordham public forum
on June 30, 2015

Psychology in New York City: Its fascinating history

“Since 1879, why has no city on earth had a greater impact than New York on the science and practice of psychology?” Here, a three-part forum addresses this question with:

(1) An illustrated tour of the remarkable sweep of NYC psychology–people, places, and events–with MPA President Harold Takooshian.

(2) Comments by a panel of distinguished discussants below.

(3) At 6:30-8 pm, a reception and joyous centenary salute to the City’s preeminent psychologist, Jerome S. Bruner.

Comments about psychology in NYC by a panel of experts:
Frank Farley, Florence L. Denmark, Uwe P. Gielen, Sharon Brennan, Leonard Davidman, Rafael A. Javier, Henry Solomon


30 June 2015, Tuesday at 5-8 pm

Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, room 816
All are welcome. Beverages served.
** Note: This forum is hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, SPSSI-NY, NYSPA-OCW, Fordham Psi Chi.

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Announcing an International Psychology lecture on

Meaningful Living:
Positive Psychology Beyond Affective Balance
featuring scientists from Russia

Dmitry Leontiev & Evgeny Osin
Is happiness just a positive emotion or a specific way of life? Does it work as the guiding principle of human conduct? What meaning can add to the understanding of human thriving? What are the differences in the ways people make sense of their lives? The recent findings and current problems of meaning as a dimension of positive functioning will be discussed.
Dmitry Leontiev and Evgeny Osin are on the faculty of the elite NRU Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where their prolific team does research in the International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation.

Chair & Moderator: Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati Welcomes: Judy Kuriansky, Chair, Psychology Coalition at the United Nations Uwe P. Gielen, Director, Institute for Intl & Cross-Cultural Psychology Discussants: Michael Ivanov,
Yuliya Komarova, Fordham Gabelli School of Business

30 June 2015, Tuesday 8 pm lecture, 9 pm discussion Fordham University
113 West 60 St., room 910
All are welcome
** Note: This session immediately follows the gala reception with Dr. Jerome Bruner at 6:30 pm. It is hosted by Fordham-LC Psi Chi and Fordham Institute, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, PCUN, IAAP, and APA Divisions of International Psychology and Social Issues (SPSSI-NY). For details:

Remembrance Hour – Richard H. Wexler, PhD 6/14/15

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Public Remembrance Hour
New York City
Family, Friends and Colleagues
Richard H. Wexler, PhD
(December 23, 1944 – December 6, 2014)

14 June 2015, Sunday 2-3 pm
Fordham University Atrium, 113 West 60th Street, NYC

IMG_1067Richard Wexler considered himself to be a healer, lover, and warrior. He fought for what he believed in. He deeply believed in the power of love and gave generously of his time to assist others. He heroically battled cancer until succumbing in December 2014 but not before touching many lives through his bravery and compassion.

Richard was the Founder and President of Personnel Systems, Inc. and Past President of the New York State Psychological Association. He was an entrepreneurial licensed psychologist, certified personnel consultant, executive coach, trainer, dynamic speaker, leader in Industrial, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, author, and educator who was committed to creating new opportunities for 21st century psychologists. He was active in many professional organizations. Honors included the Presidential Award in 2005 and Distinguished Service Award in 2006 from the NYS Psychological Association.

The Society of Colleagues of Dr. Richard H. Wexler, Inc. will officially launch at his Memorial. It will carry forward his vision of developing the current and next generation of professionals by addressing emerging and evolving 21st century issues.

April 26, 2015 Hunter Conference + “Psychology in NYC” panels

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Once again on April 26, this year’s 43rd Hunter College Psychology conference is free, and all are welcome.  Three MPA afternoon panels below, 12:30-3:50 pm.  Guests are welcome. 
Harold Takooshian, PhD
Fordham University, New York NY 10023, USA
Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association (International Division)

12:30-1:30 pm: Cross-cultural Psychology

Chair: Martha Ann Carey, Kells Consulting

The United Nations Association: Opportunities for students. Isis Quijada, Fordham

Adventures in Kyrgyzstan. Deborah Harris-O’Brien, Trinity Washington University

Feminism across cultures.  Priyanka Srinivasan

Discussant: Jason R. Young, Hunter

Three diverse presentations on cross-cultural psychology teaching, research, and service.

1:40-2:40 pm: Psychology in New York City: People

Chair:   Henry Solomon, Past-President, Manhattan Psychological Association

History of psychology in Manhattan.  Harold Takooshian, Fordham University

James McKeen Cattell: Architect of U.S. psychology.  Andreina C. Vegas, Fordham University

John B. Watson: From classroom to boardroom.  Sarah E. O’Brien, Fordham University

Discussant. Leonard Davidman, President, NYS Psychological Assn

In this one-hour session, 3 speakers describe diverse aspects of psychology in New York City, and how the Manhattan Psychological Association is “all things psychological” in New York City.


  2:50-3:50 pm: Psychology in New York City: Programs

Chair:  Rochelle M. Balter, John Jay College

Graduate psychology programs in Greater New York. Sally Capanzano, Fordham University

GABSI: The Greek American Behavioral Science Institute. Thomas Mallios, GABSI

The impact of Albert Ellis in NYC. Debbie Joffe Ellis, author and REBT therapist

In this one-hour session, 3 speakers describe diverse aspects of psychology programs in New York City, and how the Manhattan Psychological Association is “all things psychological” in New York City.


MPA Spring 2015 Events of Interest

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Russia- U.S. Psychology Skype
On Feb 13, Professor Regina Erchova’s psychology program in Kolomna, Russia,
connected by Skype for one hour with Fordham University in New York. Kolomna
students and faculty spoke on the important role of Russian psychologists in World War
The Manhattan Psychological Association was represented by Yulia Kamenskova
(Pace U), Henry Solomon (Marymount), and Harold Takooshian (Fordham). Rien Chy
was the U.S. webmaster.

Nadine Kaslow speaks in New York City
On February 13, over 20 colleagues and students at Fordham University
gathered to hear Professor Nadine Kaslow of Emory University offer a conversation
hour on “Where is U.S. psychology headed?” Despite her hectic schedule as the
recent President of the 82,000-member American Psychological Association in 2014,
Dr. Kaslow spoke of many trends in U.S. psychology during her Presidential year
2014: Increasing “integrated health care,” analysis of “big data,” need for more
psychology internships, restructuring of APA governance, creative careers for
psychologists, and APA responses to timely issues like terrorism and human rights.
Dr. Kaslow also spoke in personal terms about her “other life” as a dancer during her
doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and her on-going efforts to link
psychological science and practice with the creative arts–such as her consulting work
with the Atlanta Ballet.

Two discussants also participated in this conversation hour: Dean James
Hennessy of the Fordham Graduate School of Education, and Dr. Leonard Davidman,
President of the NYS Psychological Association.
Earlier that Friday, Dr. Kaslow met with students in a dance classroom at the
Ailey School, where her colleague Dr. Linda Hamilton, the Wellness Consultant for
the Ailey School, offers a weekly workshop on occupational stress for Ailey/Fordham
BFA dancers.

MPA-Fordham forum discussed leadership at the U.N.
How does the United Nations cope with global threats like ISIS and terrorism?
On March 12, 2015, over 20 students and faculty filled Fordham-LC room 400,
where Organizational Leadership Professor Lewis Schlossinger hosted a timely
symposium on “Global Leadership: How effective is the United Nations?” The
distinguished speakers included Ambassador Hamid Al-Bayati (on video), author
Dr. Dinesh Sharma (by skype from Chicago), publisher Dr. Parviz Morewedge,
and U.N. Youth Representative Isis Quijada. Fordham will offer two new courses
on the United Nations for undergraduates this May (with Professor Al-Bayati) and in
fall of 2015 (with Professor Sharma). For any details on the forum, contact

The next Organizational Leadership symposium is set for March 30,
Monday at 6-8 pm in LC room 513, when Professor Helen Rozelman chairs a
forum with four experts on “How effective is the U.N. in promoting human
rights?” For any details, contact

MPA-Fordham forum discussed human rights at the U.N.
How well does the United Nations cope with global threats to human rights?
On March 30, 2015, over 20 students and faculty filled Fordham-LC room 513,
where Organizational Leadership Professor Helen Rozelman hosted a timely forum
on “How effective is the U.N. in using mediation to promote human rights?” The
two distinguished speakers were His Excellency Hamid Al-Bayati, the recent
Ambassador of Iraq to the U.N., and author Dinesh Sharma (by skype from
SUNY-Binghamton). Dr. Al-Bayati also screened a new video of his celebration of
the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations on 20 March 2015.
Fordham will offer two new courses on the United Nations for undergraduates this
May (with Professor Al-Bayati) and in fall of 2015 (with Professor Sharma). For
any details on the forum, contact

MPA-Fordham forum discussed careers in applied psychology
“What can students do in college to best prepare for a future career in applied
psychology?” On April 8, 2015, over 25 students studying I-O psychology heard five
experts discuss this question at a Fordham-LC “Forum on Applied Psychology.” The
forum began with a 15-minute screening of “Psychology careers for the 21st Century”
produced by the American Psychological Association (APA). Abigail Woods
Ferreira of the Fordham-LC Career Center discussed “Career and graduate school
options with a BS degree,” including many free services her center offers careeroriented
students. Dr. Ira S. Richman, the founder and President of Greater
Performances, Inc., described his 40 years of work in “Organizational development.”
Dr. Suzanne Roff Wexler, the founder and President of Compass Point Consulting,
described her pioneering work with APA on the “Psychologically Healthy Workplace
Awards.” Dr. William M. Verdi, an alumnus and past-President of the Fordham-LC
Psi Chi Honor Society, discussed his work with Door3 Consulting on “Talent
management and assessment.” Dr. Ann M. Winton, a licensed psychologist, described
her pioneering work in “Forensic psychology.” Interestingly, all of these five
psychology experts began with other undergraduate majors before switching into
applied psychology.

On May 3, Fordham-LC will host a conference for students and professionals on
“The role of love in a psychologically healthy workplace,” arranged with the Division
of OCW (Organization, Consulting, and Work Psychology) of the NYS Psychological
Association. For details on the April 8 or May 3 forums, contact
For details on the experts who spoke on April 8:
Abigail Ferreira:
Suzanne Roff Wexler:
William M. Verdi:
APA Psychological Healthy Workplace:
MPA-Fordham forum discussed “healthy cities”

“What can society do to make its cities more healthy?”

On April 16, 2015, 25
urban psychology students heard four diverse experts discuss this question at a
Fordham-LC urban studies forum on “Healthy Cities in the 21st Century.” The forum
moderator Harold Takooshian screened a four-minute World Habitat Day message by
Dr. Joan Clos, the Director of United Nations Habitat office, on the value of urban
planning to make cities a benefit rather than a problem for global society. Arline
Bronzaft, an international consultant on noise research, addressed the psychological
impacts of urban noise. Attorney Charles Shamoon of the NYC Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) described how his NYC Noise Code, and how this has
become a model for other regions as far as Australia. Marketing expert Michael Noel
of London-based Futerra Sustainability Communications, described his work with
private sector corporations to promote sustainability in urban planning. Environmental
psychologist Peter Walker, once an urban planner in Seattle, detailed how climate
change is now putting thousands of coastal cities like New York at risk of future
flooding. This forum was arranged in concert with the Manhattan Psychological
Association, and MPA past-President Henry Solomon presented each speaker with a
Certificate of recognition for sharing their expertise with Fordham students.
For any details on the April 16 forum, contact
For details on the experts who spoke on April 16:
Michael Noel:
Arline Bronzaft:
Henry Solomon:
Charles Shamoon:
Peter Walker:
UN Habitat:

MPA psychology panels offered at Hunter Convention
On April 26, over 500 students and faculty from as far as Washington DC
convened at the 43rd Hunter College Psychology Convention in New York City. The
day’s dozens of activities included three one-hour panels organized by the Manhattan
Psychological Association (MPA), in cooperation with SPSSI-New York.
Martha Ann Carey of Philadelphia chaired a panel on “Cross-cultural
psychology,” with Jason R. Young as discussant. Deborah Harris O’Brien spoke on
her “Adventures in Kyrgyzstan.” Priyanka Srinivasan presented her survey findings
on “Feminism across cultures.” Isis Quijada prepared a message on “The United
Nations: Opportunities for students.”

Henry Solomon chaired a panel on “Psychology in New York City: People,”
with NYSPA President Leonard Davidman as discussant. Harold Takooshian spoke
on the “History of psychology in Manhattan.” Andreina C. Vegas spoke on “James
McKeen Cattell: Architect of U.S. psychology.” Sarah E. O’Brien spoke on “John B.
Watson: From classroom to board room.”

Rochelle M. Balter chaired a panel on on “Psychology in New York City:
Programs.” Sally Capanzano offered a checklist on admissions to 35 graduate
psychology programs in Greater New York. Thomas Mellios spoke on the 39-year
history of GABSI, the Greek American Behavioral Science Association, formed in
1976. Debbie Joffe Ellis discussed the brilliant career of her late husband, “Albert
Ellis’ impact in NYC.”

Participants were invited to future NYC activities: October 30 Psychology Day
at the United Nations, May 3 on the “psychologically healthy workplace” at Fordham,
May 21 international reception at Fordham, June 14 memorial for Richard Wexler at
Fordham. For details, or
Over 200 joined the day’s-end reception at Hunter, where MPA and SPSSI
shared a sheet cake with the conference.