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Student and Faculty Research
Psychology Department Chair
Raymond A. DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.
Clinical anger problems, therapeutic alliance in adolescents; rational-emotive behavioral therapies.
Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents; preschool assessment and intervention.
Other Core Faculty
Dawn P. Flanagan, Ph.D.
Cognitive Assessment; CHC Cross-Battery Approach (XBA); Diagnosis and treatment of SLD
Robyn Kurasaki, PsyD.
Ethical issues in school psychology; cognitive-behavioral therapy, factors influencing academic success.
Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Behavioral assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD); cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents.
Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Multicultural evaluation and nondiscriminatory assessment; CHC Cross-Battery Approach (XBA).
Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Psy.D.
Nondiscriminatory assessment; assessment and remediation of learning disabilities.
Zheng Zhou, Ph.D.
Cross-cultural comparisons on mathematical reasoning, basic relational concept acquisition and Chinese-American children’s school adjustment.
Faculty and Students from the School Psychology Program Attend the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention
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St. John’s Faculty and Students Present at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention
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Faculty and Students from the Graduate Psychology Programs attend the American Psychological Association Annual Convention
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Psychology Department Faculty and Students Present Research at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention
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Long Island Psychology Conference
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On Sunday April 22, 2012, St. John’s University hosted the Long Island Psychology Conference (LIPC) at the Oakdale Graduate Center. Co-sponsored by 12 different colleges and Universities throughout the New York area, this year’s LIPC was among the largest held in the history of the conference with over 120 students and faculty from the various colleges in attendance. St. John’s University was well-represented. Showcasing their talent, hard work and groundbreaking research, two faculty members, one graduate student and six undergraduate students from St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Psychology department were selected to present at this year’s conference.
Working as an undergraduate in Dr. Ernest Hodges research lab, John Azzopardi (’12) noted:
"Most classes leave you with the knowledge of how to take a test; Dr. Hodges taught us to think and to apply our thoughts into real experiences."
The impact of engaging in and presenting research is one that has invaluable benefits for the students. “The opportunity for students to be involved in research and then present their findings at a local, professional psychology conference is one that can have an important impact on their professional development. Not only do they gain valuable research experience, which will make them more competitive for graduate programs, but they have the opportunity to interact with and learn from others in the field.” remarked Dr. Ernest Hodges, Professor of Psychology.
Equally noteworthy, two of the invited speakers were part of the St. John’s Psychology Family as well. Dr. Jeffrey Froh, currently an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University and a graduate of the St. John’s Doctoral program (PsyD) in School Psychology delivered the Keynote address: Helping Youth Thrive: Making the Case That Gratitude Matters. Since earning his doctorate at St. John’s, Dr. Froh has become a very well-respected expert on the field of positive psychology and actively engages in and publishes research with his students.
Dr. John D. Hogan, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s, presented an invited address titled: International Psychology: Past, Present, and Future. Dr. Hogan, the immediate past president of the Division of International Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA), provided attendees with an overview of psychology's changing international perspectives. "I was very pleased to be asked to speak about international psychology," Dr. Hogan remarked. "There are so many exciting things happening around the world in our field. Our students need to be part of that world."
“This conference and the fact that St. John’s was so heavily represented, really is a reflection of the high quality psychology majors that we have at St. John’s, the engagement of the faculty with the students, and the scientific emphasis of our department,” said Mark D. Terjesen, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director of Programs in School Psychology.
For more information about the psychology department, please contact Dr. Raymond DiGiuseppe, Department Chairperson, at Digiuser@stjohns.edu or 718-990-1955.
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