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.

27th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research 11-06-15

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On Nov 6, 2015 at St. Francis College, 200 participated in the SPSSI-cosponsored 27th Conference on Behavioral Research, ending with several awards for outstanding work by students and faculty.

Two former MPA Board Members Dr. Richard H. Wexler and Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir were remembered along with Dr. Robert W. Rieber.

The session “Three Gifted Psychologists in New York City: Their Contributions and Legacies” was chaired by our 2015 MPA President Dr. Harold Takooshian. President-Elect Dr. Suzanne Roff-Wexler spoke of Dr. Richard Wexler’s legacy of Psychology21C.


Public Forum on Stanley Milgram: the EXPERIMENTER 11-10-15

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Announcing a PUBLIC FORUM

in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association

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Opening on October 16 across the USA, the film EXPERIMENTER focuses new attention on the brilliant life and work of psychology Professor Stanley Milgram (1933-1984).

In this public forum in New York City, a panel of some of Dr. Milgram’s alumni and others gather to share their experiences, to better understand this unique man, his work, and this bold new film.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 7-8:45 pm
Fordham at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60 St., room 1022

Panelists (so far) on Stanley Milgram: Henry Solomon, Edward English, Florence L. Denmark, Kathryn Hahner, and
Harold Takooshian

Milgram’s work: I. Edward Price, David M. Mantell, Edward Erdos, Stuart Levine, and Eugen Tarnow

This film about Dr. Milgram: Anne-Katrin Titze

Notes: In NYC, the film can be viewed at Sunshine Cinema.

For other cities, check here.

This forum is hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, and APA Division of Social Issues.

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Once Every 13 Minutes: Expanding Boundaries for Psychotherapy, New Technologies and Family Treatment to Prevent Suicide 11-22-15

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 — 12 noon to 4pm
Fordham University
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

suicideimage2Every 31 seconds someone attempts suicide in the United States. Every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide. It impacts families and communities in deep and painful ways. It impacts us personally and professionally.

Suicide is an action that most of us prefer not to hear about. Why? It’s tragic, desperate and we may feel helpless. Is it because we don’t think it will happen to anyone we know? Why is it so stigmatized that it is rarely spoken of especially by the treating clinicians?

What do you know about suicide in Manhattan? Hanging is the most prevalent way at 28%, followed by jumping off our skyscrapers at 18% in comparison to 2% nationwide. Our subway systems account for 7%. Nonetheless, Manhattan’s suicide rate is about half the national average.

How much, as professionals, do we know about evaluating our suicidal clients? Working with families who have a suicidal member or who have suffered a loss due to suicide? Dealing with colleagues or our own suicidal ideation and how suicide impacts our personal and professional lives?


• When it is time to refer when you speak with someone with suicidal ideation
• How to work with families to anticipate, control, or eliminate suicidality
• What you need to know to protect yourself legally
• How new technologies (i.e., Iphone apps) be used as 21st century adjuncts for clients and clinicians


• How research on suicidality often continues to exclude the depressed or anxious with or without mental diagnoses and why new research is needed
• Why we as a profession stigmatize suicide to the point that we don’t even keep statistics on psychologists who commit suicide
• How new technologies help prevent suicide


Clinicians, Researchers, Social Psychologists, Social Workers, Academics

Manhattan Psychological Association (MPA) Members – FREE
Non-MPA Attendees – $25 event only — $35 if you apply to become a MPA member, your fee with cover 2016 dues.
Students – $5 with ID — $15 to become a MPA Student member, your fee with cover 2016 dues.

Social workers with LCSW or LMSW licenses seeking NYS CEU hours – $20 additional fee payable at door.

Program Chair
Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD – President-Elect of Manhattan Psychological Association and Executive Director of Psychology21C

Harvey L. White, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice and Senior Attending Physician, Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Division in New York City. Dr. White is a founding member of the American Family Therapy Academy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, author of “Your Family is Good for You” (Random House), and Co-Editor of “First Annual Review of Family Therapy.” He is also the author of “Freud: A One Man Play” last performed in London with Richard Dreyfuss to celebrate the anniversary of Freud’s birth. He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD degree from New York Medical College, and Psychiatry training at Albert Einstein in the Bronx.

Michelle Kuchuk, MS has a BA in Psychology from NYU and a Master of Science in Neuroscience & Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia.  Michelle has over three years of experience as a crisis responder for the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the world, and has extensive research and practical experience focused in trauma, substance use, mental illness, and suicide. She is Head of Content Development at Crisis Text Line.

Shane Owens, PhD ABPP is a psychologist and recognized leader in suicide risk assessment and management. For over 15 years, he has honed his clinical skills working directly with people in crisis.  Dr. Owens also provides suicide crisis management training and consultation to healthcare professionals.  Dr. Owens earned board certification in cognitive-behavioral psychology. In January 2016, he will begin a term on the board of directors of the American Board of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology. In this role, he strives to increase the availability of effective mental health treatments in the United States.  Dr. Owens has also testified as an expert witness in cases involving suicide and homicide. His scholarly works appear in Aggressive Behavior and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


Please email Dr. Rochelle Balter at to reserve your place.  Checks or cash only will be collected at door on Nov. 22nd beginning at 12 noon.  No credit cards accepted.   Consider applying to join MPA at the conference because for $10 additional, you will be eligible to become a member through December 31, 2016.

Celebration of Dr. Jerome Bruner @ 100 – 9/26/15

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Announcing a celebration Jerome Bruner @ 100 !

Since Jerome Bruner was born in New York City on October 1, 1915, he has become one of the pre-eminent psychologist of the Twentieth Century. Come share a joyous hour and birthday cake, saluting Dr. Bruner on his centenary.

Jerome Bruner Celebration - MPA

Jerome Bruner Celebration – MPA

26 September 2015, Saturday at 2:30 pm
St. John’s University, 101 Astor Place (+ E. 8 St.), NYC

All are welcome. Beverages are served.
Note: This gathering is hosted by St John’s University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, Psi Chi, and APA Division of Social Issues (SPSSI-NY). It follows the 1-2 pm salute to Dr. Robert Rieber.
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NYC Psychology Events – Fall 2015

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In the spirit of ALL THINGS PSYCHOLOGICAL IN MANHATTAN, we are pleased to announce the following Fall 2015 events.

Getting involved” at the United Nations: Why and how?

In the 70 years since the United Nations was formed in 1945, it has encouraged “civil society” groups and individuals to “get involved” in its important work. But how? Here, three experienced panelists describe this process.

This is part of Professor Dinesh Sharma‘s new course on “U.N. and
Global Leadership.”

Harold Takooshian, President, Manhattan Psychological Association

Ariel Blum, IMCES & Fordham Graduate School of Education
Catherine Bonet, Independent Program Developer
Claudine Mukamabano,** Founder& CEO,

9 September 2015, Wednesday 7-8 pm,
Fordham University, 113 W. 60 St., room 904
All are welcome
* This panel is hosted by the Fordham Organizational Leadership Program, in cooperation with Fordham Psi Chi, MPA, SPSSI-NY. For any specific details, contact Professor Sharma at, or
** Ms Mukamabano is a Rwandan orphan, genocide survivor, and author of 2 books:
(1) The power of social media: Be yourself & change somebody’s life today, and
(2) Forgiveness: A Transformation Power of Pain to a Joyful Life Style

Announcing a public remembrance hour in New York City with family and friends of Robert W. Rieber, PhD (March 24, 1932 – April 9, 2015)

26 September 2015, Saturday 1-2 pm
St. John’s University-Manhattan campus,
101 Astor Place (+ East 8th St.), New York City

Bob was Professor Emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of New York City and Prospect Point, Maine. He passed peacefully on April 9 at age 83. He gained recognition asserting that “Sybil,” whose tale brought multiple-personality disorder to public attention, actually had a single troubled personality.

His many books included “Manufacturing Social Distress: Psychopathy in Everyday Life” and “The Psychopathology of Language and Cognition.” He edited the Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories, and The Collected Works of L.S. Vygotsky. A film noir connoisseur, he co-wrote “Film, Television, and the Psychology of the Social Dream.” A Penn State grad, with doctorate from University of London, he was on faculty of Columbia, visiting professor at Fordham University, and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Association, and New York Academy of Sciences. He was editor of the Journal of Social Distress and the Journal of Psycholinguistics. A lover of rare literary treasures, his distinguished collection is now cataloged.

The Rieber family address is: Louise Rieber, 10 East 85 St., NYC 10028
** Note: This memorial hour is hosted by the Manhattan Psychological Association. Beverages are served. This immediately precedes an MPA gathering at 2:30-4 pm. For any details, contact MPA President Harold Takooshian:


Conversation Hour & Workshop on Peace Education and Leadership with Maya Soeotoro-Ng, PhD
University of Hawaii-Manoa, and Sister of Barack Obama

How can a global leader best promote peace education among
students and the public?

Maya Soeotoro-Ng completed her education at Barnard, NYU, and her PhD in comparative international education at the U of Hawaii, where she now teaches. In this Skype session with Fordham Professor Dinesh Sharma, she will discuss her work on this timely issue, coinciding with 70th anniversary of the UN and the annual meeting of UNGA. Chair: Professor Dinesh Sharma, PhD, Fordham
Discussant: Professor Harold Takooshian
Monday, 28 September 2015, 6-7 pm
Fordham University-LC Room 904
All are welcome. Beverages are served

** This session is hosted by Professor Dinesh Sharma and the Organizational Leadership program of Fordham University, in cooperation with MPA, SPSSI-NY and Psi Chi Honor Society. For any details contact

Public Forum on  Psychobiography: Culture, History & Methods

What is psychobiography? What is its future in a globalized world? Robert A. LeVine, a psychological anthropologist at Harvard, was in Social Relations at founding of Culture & Personality studies with Whitings, Kluckhohn and Murray.
Sudhir Kakar, first Indian student of Erikson, is a leading psychoanalyst on the subcontinent. Paul Elovitz is founding Director of the Psychohistory Forum.

Joseph G. Ponterotto, a psychobiographer and professor of psychology, whose latest book is A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer (2012). Author, psychologist and consultant Dinesh Sharma’s seven books include Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia (2011) and The Global Obama (2014).

Welcomes: Harold Takooshian, SPSSI-NY
Chair: Dinesh Sharma, Fordham

Joseph G. Ponterotto, A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer
Robert LeVine, Psychobiography and Anthropology: Life History Across Cultures
Sudhir Kakar, Young Tagore: The Makings of a Genius
Dinesh Sharma, The Global Obama: Crossroads of Leadership in 21st Century


Paul Elovitz, Founder, Psychohistory Forum
Sheila Henderson, Fordham Graduate School of Education

26th October 2015, Monday at 6 pm
Fordham University, 113 West 60 St., South Lounge
All are welcome. Beverages are served.

** This forum is hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, and APA Divisions of International Psychology and Social Issues (SPSSI-NY).
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Call for Proposals Friday, November 6, 2015
St. Francis College
Brooklyn Heights, New York City
Conference Theme:

Promoting Peace for Children and Adults

The science of psychology incorporates a broad range of theoretical perspectives as researchers are often challenged to address a variety of societal issues and concerns. This conference will incorporate research from all areas of psychology to get a glimpse at the
similarities and differences by which members of the field are addressing today’s important questions. While all topics will be considered, special emphasis will be placed on those which reflect the conference theme: promoting peace for children and adults.

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or posters for possible presentation. Presentation proposals (300 word abstracts) are due by 5pm Friday, October 9th, 2015 to Please indicate if you are submitting for a paper or poster presentation. Review of presentations will begin following the deadline and decisions will be sent via email. Submissions should be in MSWord or RTF format, and must include the following: Author name(s) and affiliation(s), address, email and phone number of key presenter, name of faculty
mentor (if any). We anticipate mostly symposia and welcome full workshops or symposia centered on a theme. If you are submitting a single paper, we will group you in symposia appropriately.
While conference admission is free, reduced-rate applications are available so each student can join one professional organization on November 6th. Conference directions are available at
For additional details contact Conference Chairs, Dr. Marisa T. Cohen, Dr. Sunghun Kim, or Dr. Karen Wilson at

Awards for the best full paper (not abstract) by a student:
1. Scarpetta Award, for best undergraduate research
2. Toth Award, for best graduate student research
3. Guzewicz Award, for best cross-cultural/international research
4. Parker Award, for best neuropsychology research
5. Witmer Award, for best forensic research
6. Lander Award, for best research on Judaism
7. Wexler Award, for best research on positive psychology in organizations
8. Meir Award, for best research on psychology of well-being
**To be considered for an award, you should submit your full paper, in addition to the abstract by the October 9th deadline.

Keynote Speaker:
We are so excited to have Dr. Michael Wessells, who will be presenting his work, Getting beyond the humanitarian silos: An integrated approach for supporting the resilience of war-affected children.
Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former Co-Chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. He has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children, and he is author of Child soldiers: From violence to protection (Harvard University Press, 2006). Currently, he is lead researcher on interagency, multi-country research on community driven interventions for strengthening linkages of community-based child protection mechanisms with government led aspects of national child protection systems.

He regularly advises UN agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools. Throughout Africa and Asia he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.

35th annual Fordham Symposium on Graduate School in Psychology

Thursday, 5 November 2015, 6 -7:15 pm
Fordham at Lincoln Center, room 1004
How can students best prepare for competitive graduate schools and careers while still in college? Hear experts briefly present answers to different aspects of this important question. A series of 5-minute messages is followed by individual consultation with the speakers.

P r o g r a m
Moderator: Fatima A. Varner, Fordham University
Welcome: Viany Orozco, Fordham-LC Psi Chi
Margo A. Jackson, Fordham Graduate School of Education
The application process Mark E. Mattson PhD, SUNY Stony Brook
Undergraduate courses & practica David S. Glenwick PhD, Rochester
Undergraduate research Karen L. Siedlecki PhD, Virginia
Co-curricular activities Harold Takooshian
PhD, City U of New York, Clinical psychology training Jacqueline Helcer
MA, MS, Fordham Alternatives to clinical training Fatima A. Varner
PhD, Northwestern Training & licensing of psychotherapy Frederick J. Wertz PhD, Duquesne
All are welcome. Refreshments are served.

This 35th Fordham Symposium on Graduate School in Psychology
is hosted by the Fordham LC psychology faculty, Psychology
Association and Psi Chi, in cooperation with the APA Division of
Social Issues,
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Fordham public forum  on Psychology in New York City: Its remarkable history

“Since 1879, why has no city on earth had a greater impact than New
York on the science and practice of psychology?” This question is
addressed in this 90-minute forum, in three parts: (1) A brief
illustrated tour of the remarkable sweep of NYC psychology–people,
places, and events–with MPA President Harold Takooshian. (2)
Focused remarks by a panel of distinguished experts below. (3) Open

Chair & Moderator: Mark E. Mattson, Fordham University
Overview Harold Takooshian, President, Manhattan Psy Assoc.
Psychoanalysis Sharon Brennan, President, NYS OCW Psychology
NYSPA Leonard Davidman, President, NYS Psy Assoc.               Gender Florence L. Denmark, Pace University
International Uwe P. Gielen, Saint Francis College
Social Henry Solomon, Marymount Manhattan

12 Nov 2015, Thurs at 4-5:30 pm
Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, room 1004
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. For any details:

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.