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Purchase College Psychology Program
1975 - 1979 Graduates
(in alphabetical order within class)
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Kosten, Therese (Kinney), Ph.D. ('78)
McEnery, Maureen W., Ph.D. ('77)
Ahern, Geoffrey L., MD, Ph.D. ('76)
Harris, Kate (Wigderson) ('75)
Life has been very full since Purchase. I went to graduate school and got my MA and PhD from the University of Toronto (1987). I then did postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, then at Cornell Medical School in NY. My field is experimental neuropsychology and I do research on laterality, attention, short term memory and lots of other fun stuff. At Cornell I worked with Michael Gazzaniga studying the split-brain patients. Then our lab moved to Dartmouth in 1988, so I went up there and was a research assistant professor in the medical school for 4 yrs. I did lots of research (little teaching) on reading, eyemovement control and attention.
Then in 1992 I took a tenure-track job at the University of Michigan in the psych dept. Last year I got tenure, so I'm now an associate professor (Hurray!!). In addition to my work on attention and my behavioral laterality studies, I am doing PET work studying aging and working memory.
I am married to a professor of political science and we have a wonderful son, Aaron, who is now 5 years old.
Yes, I often reflect on my experience as a psychology major at Purchase, particularly in contrast with the LARGE university I now work in (we have 67 full-time psych faculty and another 60 or so with partial appointments). I am especially grateful for my research training at Purchase. The opportunity to conduct a senior thesis was absolutely invaluable to my achievments as a scientist. It also established in me a basic belief in the capability of unergraduates to work as researchers.
Since my arrival at Michigan, I have been very involved in the research training of undergraduates. I have supervised quite a few honors theses, sent many students to graduate school, co-authored papers with them and relied on undergraduates to a great extent to assist me with my research. I am somewhat atypical among my colleagues because we have such a large graduate program and typically graduate students perform the functions for which I have turned to undergraduates. I know that my experience at Purchase cultivated a basic belief in their potential and capabilities.
I also value my Purchase experience because it was a small college and there was a sense of community. The University of Michigan has the second best psychology department in the country, yet for the undergraduate it poses a special challenge to find a mentor and feel a real sense of connection with the academic and research activities taking place here.
October 12, 1999 update: I now have a lab web page that you can link to. The page is still under construction but it is functioning nonetheless. The URL is http://www.umich.edu/~psycdept/parllab/
Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz
Department of Psychology
University of Michigan
525 East University
Ann Arbor MI 48109
After I graduated in 1979, I went to graduate school for Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I then started working in the computer industry. I lived and worked in Minneapolis, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, New York City and now in Silicon Valley. I loved Purchase and still think of it as one the greatest learning experiences of my life.
I am currently living in Danville, California near Oakland. I am the VP of Technology at ProBusiness, a payroll, benefits outsourcer.
504 Conejo Court
Danville, CA 94506.
I graduated in 1978 in the Psychobiology track and worked with Georg Wolf. (My maiden name is Kinney). I've been at Yale, for the most part, ever since I left Purchase. I received my Ph.D. in psychology in 1986, taught for a year and then moved across town to the medical school (Psychiatry Dept.).
I'm an Assistant Professor and run the Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory in the Division of Substance Abuse. My salary is all soft money and my research funds are from my ROI and some center and program project grant monies. I have a grad student now and a potential post-doc next year.
My research evaluates neuropharmacological mechanisms of the behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs (cocaine, opiates, alcohol) and we utilize various procedures, including iv self-administration, drug discrimination, schedule-controlled responding, place conditioning, locomotor activity, and assessments of somatic signs. Specifically, we investigate the relationship of stress and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to the behavioral effects of drugs, the mechanisms underlying subtle, long- term behavioral deficits caused by cocaine exposure that may related to drug "craving", and how alcohol interacts with the chronic and acute behavioral effects of morphine which may mimic those of the noncompetitive glumamate antagonist, dizocilpine (MK-801). I also collaborate with some molecular biologists who usually need someone like me to assess potential functional singificance of their findings.
I enjoyed teaching, but I don't have the opportunity or the time (I have two children, aged 7 1/2 and 3).
Maureen W. McEnery, Ph.D., SUNY Purchase class of 1977 (BA in Psychology) has been promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. McEnery worked with Dr. Paul Schacknow while at SUNY Purchase, and then went to The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1979 for Graduate Studies in Biochemistry. Dr. McEnery received her Ph.D in 1984 having studied with Dr. Peter L. Petersen, at JHU.
Following a Staff Position at the NIH and Post-doctoral studies at JHU in the lab of Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, Dept of Neuroscience, Dr. McEnery joined the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Physiology and Biophysics in 1992.
Dr. McEnery's research is focused on the role of altered expression of ion channels in inherited models of epilepsy. In addition to identifying unique developmental changes in subunit expression that occur during the development of the afflicted animal, Dr. McEnery has identified novel therapeutic targets for the control of seizure and cancer.
Dr. McEnery has published numerous scientific articles and her lab has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, America Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and other agencies, totaling more than $3 million.
Dr. McEnery is now Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences, Neurosciences, Physiology and Biophysics, and Physics at CWRU.
Maureen W. McEnery, Ph.D.
Division of General Medical Sciences, Depts of Neurosciences, Physiology and Biophysics, and Physics
Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine
Laboratory for Biochemical and Molecular Imaging
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4970
June 2002 update:
Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology
Director, Behavioral Neuroscience and Alzheimer's Clinic
Department of Neurology
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
1501 North Campbell Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724-5023
Phone: (520) 626-6524
Fax: (520) 626-7130
Kitty Wigderson moved to Atlanta in 1978 and lives there today under the name Kate W. Harris. She runs her own business, providing editorial services and desktop publishing. On the way to her current life, she has been a copywriter, a radio sales assistant, a medical editor, and she spent a number of years working actively in political campaigns.
She has one story to share about her years at Purchase: "I came to Purchase the first year the campus was open (1971-72). Near the end of the second year (1973), we faced the first graduation ceremony for the University. There was a meeting attended by all the seniors (about 50 at that time), to make some decisions about graduation. We had to decide whether or not to wear caps and gowns (or even if we should leave that to each individual), and we also had to make a decision about colors. At that time, remember, there were no arts students, only science and humanities. Some suggestions were made as to colors, the most outrageous being puce and heliotrope. Many of us didn't even know what the colors looked like, but we had recently lived through the psychedelic 60s, and chose puce and heliotrope. It was only years later, when reading an alumni publication, that I realized we had chosen the SCHOOL COLORS, not just the colors for our graduation. And there you have it, living history."
The only other alumna I communicate with is Linda Weaver (Psychology, 1974 or thereabouts).
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