Patricia Cathers, LMSW
Director of Program and Volunteer Services
for Child Abuse Prevention Services in Roslyn, New
She is a consultant for Hofstra University. She received her MSW
from Stony Book University and is a W. Burghart Turner Fellow. She
is the primary author and researcher of CAPS’ child abuse and child
safety workshops and curricula, and trains K-12 school personnel on
youth violence prevention, bully prevention and intervention, and
other child safety topics. As an expert in the field, she has
been interviewed by local and network radio and television
stations, the NY Times, and Newsday.
Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D. Professor
Chair of the Dept. of Psychology- St.
John's University- National and International Expert in Anger
After earning a B.S. degree from Villanova University, Dr.
DiGiuseppe received his Ph.D. from Hofstra University in 1975. He
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute
in 1977. Dr. DiGiuseppe joined St. John's in 1987, where he
developed a doctoral program in school psychology and received the
University's Faculty Achievement Medal. He is presently professor
and chair of the psychology department.
Since 1980, Dr. DiGiuseppe also
served as Director of Professional Education of the Albert Ellis
Institute. He has trained hundreds of therapists in REBT and CBT
throughout the world. He received the Jack Krasner Early Career
Contribution award from APA's Division of Psychotherapy (29) and
has elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association's
divisions of Psychotherapy, Clinical, School, and Family
Dr. DiGiuseppe helped develop the Diplomate in Behavioral
Psychology (1986-87) and served on the Diplomate board. He was
associate program chair (1995), and program chair (1996) for
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT). He
has served on the editorial board of AABT's Cognitive and
Behavioral Practice since its founding. He served as ABCT
convention coordinator (1997 - 2000) and associate convener for the
2001 World Congress for Behavior Therapy. Dr. DiGiuseppe
developed and promoted popular convention formats such as the
Master Clinician Series and the World Rounds demonstrations. Dr.
DiGiuseppe was elected ABCT representative-at-large in 2001. He is
presently President Elect of this organization.
Dr. DiGiuseppe has contributed to the scientific and clinical
literature with six books, more than 120 chapters and articles, and
hundreds of conference presentations. He is co-authored two
psychological tests, The Anger Disorders Scale (for Adults, and the
Anger Regulation and Expression Scale (for children and
adolescents). His present scholarship focuses on clinical aspects
of anger and Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapies, on
which he lectures widely. He lives with this wife and four
children, ages thirteen through twenty-eight, and cooks great
Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.
Professor, Child Development Division-
Educational Psychology Champaign, IL.
She is Department Associate Chairperson-Educational Psychology.
She is a national and international expert on bullying and has
published extensively on the subject. She is a graduate of
Indiana University in Counseling Psychology and has received
numerous awards and recognition for her research and publication.
She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling
Psychology. Her research has focused on “Analyzing Partially
Observable Computer-Adolescent Networks,” “Multi-site
Evaluation of Second Step: Student Success Through Prevention
(Second Step – SSTP) in Preventing Bullying and Sexual
Violence,” “Middle School Bullying and Sexual
Violence: Etiological Models and Moderators,”
“Bullying and Peer Victimization in Middle School Students:
Assessment of Attitudes, Behaviors, and Social Systems,” and
on “Bullying as a Peer Group Process During Early
Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD, MPH,
Earned two Masters degrees at the University of Hawaii and her
Ph.D. with renowned psychologists Raymond Corsini and Stanley
Krippner at Saybrook University. As a teacher, Rivka has taught at
12 universities in North and South America, Europe and
Israel. She was a consultant to the media in Israel,
Argentina and in New York for the Latin American Community. As a
researcher, Rivka authored several books, chapters, articles and
audiovisual material in English and Spanish. In the
profession, Rivka is a Fellow of APA, active in several APA
Divisions (General Psychology, Group Psychology, Social Issues,
Consulting, Industrial Organization, International Psychology), Psi
Chi, NYS Psychological Assoc., DOWI (Division of Women’s Issues),
and Eastern Psychological Association.
Dr. Bertisch Meir received the APA International Division’s
Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service in advancing psychology
worldwide (2006), and Presidential Citation for Extraordinary
She is a powerful, inspirational psychotherapist and mentor in
human development, with an outstanding reputation on three
continents. She is a cutting edge trainer and personal coach, as
well as a committed and dedicated psychotherapist and coach in
Spanish, English and Hebrew.
She has served as Corporate Consultant to such major corporations
as McDonald's, Queens Medical Center and Cynergy Data. Rivka has a
great deal of varied experience in counseling as well as
administration, including the position of Program Planner and
Director of Maternal and Child Health Division at the Department of
Public Health, Jerusalem, Israel; and Visiting Instructor at Hebrew
University's School of Social Work. Visiting Scholar at the Rhine
Parapsychology Research Center in Durham, North Carolina. Conducted
Business Training Workshops for many Chambers of Commerce including
the New York State Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and
many private and governmental organizations.
She is the former President and founder of the R. Bertisch
Foundation, and the co-founder of IRM Success, LLC. She has served
as Corporate Consultant to such major corporations as Hickam Air
Force Base, McDonald's, Queens Medical Center and Cynergy Data,
Rona Novick, Ph.D.
Director of the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller
Doctoral Program at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education
and Administration at Yeshiva University and Associate Clinical
Professor of Child Psychology at Albert Einstein College of
Dr. Novick serves as Co-Educational Director of the Hidden
Sparks program, providing consultation to day schools and Yeshivas.
She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a prevention, treatment, and
outreach program offering mental health training and consultation
to schools and community programs, and served as its director for
eight years, authoring the BRAVE bully prevention program for
Recognized for her expertise in behavior management and child
behavior therapy, Dr. Novick has published scholarly articles on
school applications of behavior management, children and trauma and
bully prevention in schools. She has delivered numerous
presentations at national and international conferences, focusing
on her research interests in parenting and parent-school
partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning
and the behavior and development of young children.
She is the author of a book for parents: Helping Your Child
Make Friends. Editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With
Instruction Manuals. Author of Addressing Bullying and Harassment
in Jewish Schools, a monograph in the Azrieli Papers series.
Specialization includes: Social emotional learning; Bully
prevention and social responsibility; moral education; positive
behavior support; family-school relationships; special education;
anxiety in children and adolescents; early childhood; trauma and
resilience; spirituality and families.
Harold Takooshian completed his PhD in social-personality
psychology in 1979 at City University of New York, where he studied
with some noted “missionaries” in the application of behavioral
research to address social issues—including his mentor Stanley
Milgram. As a teacher, he has taught at 6 universities in North and
South America since 1973, and 3 in Asia during his 1987-88
Fulbright to the Soviet Union. He was elected a fellow of the
APA Society for Teaching of Psychology, known for his mentoring of
student researchers. As a researcher, he published research across
several areas-- psychometrics (attitude research), social
(bystander behavior), I-O (work behavior), and teaching (student
excellence). As an administrator, he is on the faculty of Fordham
University since 1975, where he is now Professor of Psychology and
Urban Studies, and the Director of its Organizational Leadership
program. He has served in many leadership positions--including
President of the APA Divisions of International and General
Psychology, the National Honor Society in Psychology (Psi
Chi). In Scripture, he is touched by the simple yet powerful
four words of Ephesians 4:27 (“Give satan no room”), and he has
identified workplace bullying as a hidden yet pervasive problem
that “gives satan room,” and is in great need of behavioral
research and interventions.