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Purchase College Psychology Program
1980 - 1984 Graduates
(in alphabetical order within class)
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Roman, William, M.D. ('80)
March 2002 update:
It's nice to finally have a computer at home that can access the Internet, it's amazing what you can find (A Purchase Psychology Page!).
I am living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I am married and have two teenagers, Rose (17), and Chris (16). My wife (Deborah) and I both work for a public mental health agency called Crossroads Behavioral Healthcare. I am the Director of Behavioral Health which translates into being responsible for all the outpatient services, psychiatry and nursing for 5 sites in 3 counties.
I received my doctorate (Psy.D.) in 1993 from a school in Hawaii called Forest Institute (now the American School of Professional Psychology). And until taking this position at Crossroads, I had been specializing in working with traumatized children. Now I have mostly administrative duties. I am hoping to be able to have a few clients starting this summer (they are a lot more enjoyable than fighting with the state division of mental health, county commissioners, etc.).
I hope you all are well and that the psychology department is still as active as usual. When I look back on my education from Purchase I am always grateful for the high standards that the school expected from us. My education from Purchase not only prepared me well for graduate school, but writing and defending a senior thesis made completing my dissertation far easier than I think it was for many of my colleagues. I thank the faculty for all you did to contribute to my learning and growth.
It is GREAT to have these Alumni Pages so we can keep up on each other's happenings, accomplishments, etc.
I have moved out of the Psychology field, though I find I use what I learned constantly in my interactions with people, and my understanding of children, etc. I have been in the secretarial/business field since graduation. After I graduated Purchase, Class of 1984, I got a job as a retail secretary for Pottery Barn, and worked in their Corporate offices in New York City. That was supposed to be temporary for income until I found my way, but secretarial work seemed to suit me. After Pottery Barn, I worked with several other retail firms, Dansk International Designs, Morse Shoe Inc. - Fayva Division, and Hoffritz for Cutlery. After Hoffritz, in 1989 I joined IBM and have been on their secretarial staff ever since. I have had many jobs within IBM, and am currently an Executive Secretary in their Corporate Marketing Division in Armonk, NY. I enjoy my work very much.
I am single, living in Ossining, NY. I am a member of the Taconic Opera Company, based in Yorktown Heights, NY, and enjoy performing in local concerts. I am also very active in my church choir, and have performed with them in Rome, Vienna, London and Scotland. That was very exciting! I also enjoy performing in community theatre and am always looking for a new project!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
October 2002 update:
NYS Licensed Psychologist
NYS Certified School Psychologist
M.A., '86, Counselor Education, NYU
M.A., ' '89, School Psychology, Yeshiva University
Psy.D. , '92, School Psychology, Yeshiva University
Certificate '99, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, NYU Postdoctoral Program
Certificate '99, Imago Relationship Therapy, Institute for I.R.T.
While at Purchase, I was a volunteer mental health worker at New York Hospital and I worked on campus as a peer counselor and hotline worker.
While getting my masters and doctorate, I volunteered at GMHC, as a group therapist for AIDS patients and their carepartners, and at Body Positive as a group therapist and supervisor for HIV positive support groups.
After receiving my doctorate, I worked as a school psychologist in a special education preschool in Long Island. I began building my private practice in the evenings. I was later hired as the Director of Support Services at Body Positive in NYC.
A year later, I worked half-time as a psychologist at SUNY College of Optometry, doing psychological and neuropsychological assessments with adults and children, and half-time private practice. I also began my post-doctoral studies at NYU. A year later, I went into full-time private practice. I continue to practice psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in NYC, and I am an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor at Yeshiva University. My specialty areas are: gay men, couples, HIV/AIDS.
I live in Manhattan with my partner, and we summer on Fire Island. We exhibit and breed show dogs (Bichon Frise), of which we currently have three. I enjoy: travel, theatre, gourmet food and wine.
Dr. Bruce Kerner
309 East 49th Street, #3D
New York, NY 10017-1601
After graduating from Purchase, I received my Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University and currently am in private practice. I do a lot of work with adolescents, family and couple therapy as well as group and individual work.
5 Forest Park Drive
Farmington, CT 06032
April 2003 update:
Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1988 - University of Connecticut, Storrs Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1990 - University of Connecticut, Storrs
I received an excellent education at Purchase, one that served as a sound foundation for graduate work and my professional career. Suzanne Kessler, Ronnie Halperin, and Esther Newton were top notch professors from whom I learned a great deal.
After my graduate work at the University of Connecticut I joined IBM in the Global Employee Research group. Our group is responsible for strategic employee research and intelligence, and professionalism in employee surveys worldwide in IBM.
I telecommute from my home and have a young daughter and young son.
Sara P. Weiner, Ph.D.
IBM Global Employee Research
I was glad to see in the letter that the psych department at Purchase is flourishing despite the intense budget cutting that has taken place at SUNY over that past several years. I look back fondly at the time I spent at Purchase, and have found that the developmental psych. foundation I acquired there has served me well as both a teacher and child psychologist.
Quick bio and recap of my professional life since Purchase . . .
I graduated in 1983 as a psych. major, and completed my doctorate (School Psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York) in 1993. Along the way I earned a Masters and Post Masters degrees in clinical school psychology from CCNY. I have worked as a school psychologist in New York City and Casper, Wyoming over the last several years (and have had part-time private practices in these locations). I'm currently employed as a child/adolescent psychologist with a large multi-specialty group practice (Dartmouth Hitchcock - Concord) in Concord, New Hampshire.
I specialize in the diagnosis/treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. I would be glad to speak with any students who may have an interest in these topics or any aspects of child clinical psychology and school psychology.
P.S.: I should also add that I married another Purchase psych. major, the former Sara Stover (now Sara Kaufman), in 1991. Sara is the director of program development for the New Hampshire Chapter of the March of Dimes, and sends her regards.
Telephone: (603) 226-6121
March 2002 update:
I am a graduate of the class of '83. Way back then when Purchase was young (and I guess when I was too!). I just turned 38. When I hit 40 I'll start to count backwards.
After Purchase I worked as a school teacher in the Bronx for a couple of years, and as a drawbridge operator in NYC at the same time. The teacher job only paid $15,000, not enough for rent. When the bridge job went sour, I had to give up both. Since 1991 I have worked here in Abilene, TX as a Family Life Skills Educator, which I enjoy immensely. My PSY training at Purchase has been invaluable to me over the years. I was a transfer to Purchase from Syracuse in late 1981. I tell people all of the time how lucky I was to have you all as professors (much better than it was at Syracuse). There are not many colleges in the country where every student is known by all of their professors on a first name basis.
I am beginning an MS program now at Abilene Christian University with about one half of my courses in PSY and another quarter in COMMUNICATION. I hope I survive. It is a VERY tough program.
I have lost touch on the progress of Purchase and the Psychology Dept. Every now and then I get a school newsletter, but it doesn't say much about the Dept.
Where I work, we are going to develop a web page pretty soon on all of the stuff we do for the families. If you are interested, I'll let you know when it comes on line.
Take care, and I hope to hear soon.
Robert (Bob) Sayer
Update, November 1, 1999: (email to Suzanne Kessler)
"I have only been back (East) once since I moved to Texas in 1991 to work for the Air Force. Looks like you have a strong staff in the PSY Dept. If students complain about the work, tell them that is the best way to prepare them to succeed after they graduate. It is amazing how important the background you give students really is in the real world.
I am due to graduate Dec 10th, with my Master's in Organizational and Human Resource Development from Abilene Christian University. Twenty-one of my 36 hours are in Psychology. I couldn't have done it without the foundation you gave me. I spent some long hours working the projects and papers, but I made it. I am finished with classes."
May 2004 update:
Dr. Xavier Amador (pronounced Javier) is currently an adjunct professor in clinical psychology at Columbia University in New York City and is on the board of directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Il (NAMI)l in Arlington Virginia.
For nearly fifteen years, Dr. Amador was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. More recently he was Director of Research at the NAMI and the Director of Psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.
Dr. Amador was he Co-Chair of the last text revision of the DSM IV, Schizophrenia and related disorders section (DSM IV-TR, American Psychiatric Association Press, 2000). However, he is probably best known for his work on the problem of poor insight into illness in individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
He has published well over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers focusing generally on diagnosis and treatment, and many other publications that include seven books; among them: “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! Helping Persons with Serious Mental Illness Accept Treatment,” and “When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to help without losing yourself.” Several of his books and his work on the problem of poor insight have been translated into multiple languages and are frequently cited by scientists, authors and policy-makers world-wide.
Dr. Amador has appeared regularly on numerous television programs as an expert on mental illness: e.g., NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, NBC Dateline NBC, Fox News Channel, Court TV, A&E Network, Discovery Channel, BBC, and PBS among others. He has also been called upon to do hundreds of syndicated and local radio interviews.
He has consulted to the National Institute of Mental Health, Veteran's Administration, the U.S. Justice Department and other U.S. and foreign government agencies involved in mental health research and education.
Dr. Amador has also served as a mental health expert in the Theodore Kaczynski case (a.k.a. the “Unabomber”), the Russell Weston case (a.k.a. the ”Capitol Shooter”), Wanda Barzee case (a.k.a. “Elizabeth Smart kidnapping”) and the Zacarias Moussaoui case (a.k.a. the “Twentieth Hijacker”) as well as many other less highly publicized death penalty cases involving persons with serious mental illness.
Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D.
Address: 1150 Smith Road
Peconic, NY 11958
August 2004 update:
Hi fellow alum! I graduated in 1982 from the Psych Department and pursued a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University which I completed in 1983.
I worked as a management consultant for a couple of law firms, but am now Senior Vice President of Investments for UBS (formerly UBS PaineWebber) in the San Francisco area. I am happy helping people get comfortable with their money and advising them on investment decisions.
On a personal note, I am married with two beautiful children and reside in the Bay Area in California. I swim regularly and love collecting beautiful jewelry.
I generously support the Alumni Foundation year after year and am very willing to help Purchase Psychology Graduates if I can be of help.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dina Artzt Psychology 1982
I graduated from Purchase in 1982, and was hired soon after to start the College's Annual Fund program. Over time I became responsible for administering the President's Leadership Program as well, a corporate/college sponsored program that brought in nationally and internationally known speakers.
In my final years at Purchase I began to devote more and more time to study, committee work, and ministry in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) which I had joined in 1986. I left my position at Purchase in 1992, desiring to devote myself full time to ministry in the Religious Society as well as work with low income children and families.
From 1992-1993 I was part of a Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Bridgeport Hospital and served as Pastoral Care Coordinator at Connecticut Hospice's Norwalk office.
In July of 1993 I was hired as Director of the Danbury Head Start, a federally-funded program offering comprehensive services to low income children and families. It was a wonderful and strenuous three and one-half years, during which time I was able to increase the number of staff and add four classrooms, two of them full day. The program currently serves 300 three and four year olds and their families.
In July of 1996 I was recorded as a minister in the Religious Society of Friends, and made the choice to leave my position at Head Start, work that I loved, in order to take up more fully other work that I loved.
At present I serve as clerk of our local meeting and clerk of New York Yearly Meeting Ministry and Counsel. I give retreats, provide workshops, and do a fair amount of traveling in the ministry. I am also fortunate to be able to continue involvement with Head Start, consulting and conducting program reviews in the New England region.
So, that's the Reader's Digest version. It's been an extremely rich and active last few years, and I often feel I have the best of both worlds. I work from home and also travel in my work. We're down to one horse and two cats; have done a bit of travel for pleasure in recent years, and in general, marvel occasionally at the pace of things - yet it's great!
Here's a little catch-up on me:
I've lived in Cincinnati since 1988, when I received my MBA from UNC/Chapel Hill and came here to work for Procter & Gamble in Marketing. I am now Senior VP of Sales Planning & Operations, Information Resources, Inc. (Market Research and Consulting firm serving Consumer Packaged Goods companies like Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, etc.)
I remarried in December, 1996 (wife's name is Tara) and am very happy with my life -- family, work, location, etc. My children are Rebecca, age 10, and Jacob David, born April 21, 1999.
I do not have an e-mail account, but I'd be willing to receive occasional messages from other alums, etc.
tel. (513) 357-8031 (office)
Since graduation, I obtained my Ph. D. in child/school psychology from N.Y.U. and am currently in full-time private practice, where I see children and adults in psychotherapy and conduct psychoeducational evaluations. I am also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons where I supervise and teach in the clinical child psychology internship and conduct research in the area of trauma and child sexual abuse.
I am so grateful that my education at Purchase gave me such a solid foundation in empirical research. I also had the freedom to explore clinical work as well in internships at New York Hospital and Bellevue.
In 1994, I married Randy Ross, a child psychiatrist, and we have a three year old son named William Jacob who brings us enormous pleasure and joy!
Claire E. Cosentino, Ph.D. Office: 15 West 12th Street, #1F New York, New York 10011 (212) 627-0078
Hey, it's been a long time. After Purchase, I had a daughter, got divorced, finally came to grips with Maria Terressa's death 10 years later and moved on to Pace where I got my masters in education. I now teach 6th grade math and computers at the White Plains Middle School at Eastview. I also keep busy in the Ukrainian community teaching various folk-art forms.
March 2002 update:
It is nice to get a look at what a few old psych alums are up to.
What I am currently doing certainly reflects the foundations laid in my Developmental Psych class (1977?!). I still recall my project for the class final; a mental map that was drawn by Matt, my 7 year old nephew, who is now a 28 year old lawyer!
After graduating from Purchase, I worked for a year as a Psychiatric Technician at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Yonkers, while I applied to graduate school. The following year, I entered the Experimental Cognition Program at City College, and was trained as a clinical neuropsychologist. Like you, several of my professors were Clark University graduates. In 1985, I moved to Philadelphia for a 2-year fellowship to do my dissertation research. I never left Philadelphia.
For the past 4 years, I have been the Director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Service in the Department of Pediatric Psychology of the Children's Seashore House (Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine). We have a large clinical program and a very active pre- and postdoctoral training program. I am involved in multi-disciplinary research projects exploring the effects of epilepsy on cognitive development and the genetics of learning disabilities. I am happy to say that I still find this work endlessly fascinating.
In 1991, I married Deena Webb, whom I met on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. Deena teaches 1st grade, and is a reading specialist. Our daughter, Lucy, is 4, and keeps us very busy.
In effect, none of this would have happened without the incredible undergraduate training I received at Purchase. The ability to conduct publishable independent research as an undergrad is very rare. It fosters a belief that good research is very do-able, and not just for professors and post-docs.
I am still in touch with a few 'old-timers' from Richie's (Davidson) lab. Most of us have completed our doctorates and are clinicians and/or researchers. I visited Cliff (Sarin) in San Francisco last month (I presented a genetics/LD paper at the APA meetings). He is defending his dissertation (in Neurosciences, at Einstein) next month! He and Barbara and their two kids are doing well. Barbara is a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony. Susan Leslie (Purchase, 1979) is married and has two kids, and is also a developmental neuropsychologist, in Weston CT. Mara Kalnins-Silins (Purchase, 1978) lives in Toronto with her husband and 3 boys. She is also a developmental neuropsychologist. What do we all talk about on those rare occasions when we meet? Our days at Purchase!
Well, I'm sure my rambling was more than you bargained for! That’s what happens when you stimulate those old Purchase memories. Thanks for this opportunity to reminisce. I'd be happy to hear from any other Psych folks.
September 30, 1999. Update:
Great to hear from you! Actually, I am still at Children's Seashore House, but we recently merged with the giant Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), so now I work at both places. Not as hard as it may sound, as they are physically attached to one another. As a result, our telephone and computer systems merged.
Managed care is killing us (just like everyone else), but I am involved in some interesting research. Most importantly, my daughter Lucy just started kindergarten, so we are working hard to "let go" as she happily cruises off into the Real World. She loves it.
March 2002 update:
From the description of the current Psych. Program, it sounds more interesting than ever!
What have I been up to? I'm only pretty sure of the years of my graduation. I believe I got my BA in Psych. from SUNY Purchase in 1981, and my BFA in Music from City College of New York in 1991.
I am living in Manhattan, still pursuing musical goals. I teach two classes at the City College of New York, in our music and technology program, called The Sonic Arts Center, a sub-set of the Music Department. It's a comprehensive program in recording, digital audio, MIDI, synthesis, music production, audio for film/video, etc. (My title is Associate Director -- I'm trying to bring my pay scale in line with the title.) It's a very unusual program, in that students get a lot of hands-on lab-time. I am currently co-producing (recording/engineering) an African band -- "Afroblue" -- at the facilities at CCNY.
My own current musical project is called "Wired Planet." It is a synthesizer/sampler-oriented music, featuring various vocalists singing in various languages, spoken word/poetry, some unusual percussion, etc. My main collaborator and I have been working on it for almost 2 years and hope to do an independent pressing/release before summer of '98. (Shameless pitch - if anyone wants to buy the CD, they can e-mail me and I will put them on a list, contacting them when we have completed the record.) No family or children (yet). Future goals are 1) to get more heavily involved in music production, and at higher levels, possibly partnering in an independant production company and recording facility; 2) to continue Wired Planet, and see that it gets the exposure that it deserves; 3) to continue developing the Sonic Arts Center Program at CCNY, and to make the bureaucracy aware of the special-ness of our program, so that I can be hired as a full-time faculty.
In the intervening years since Purchase I have: been an Assistant Teacher at a Day-Care Center, studied music at Hunter College, worked at the Human Resources Administration as a caseworker in the department of HomeMaking and Home Attendent Services, written and played in various folk/rock situations, accompanied Modern Dance Classes at a variety of studios with improvisational piano, began first-ever study of classical music at age 27, did temp legal proofreading for 7 or 8 years, got a BFA in music performence at CCNY, and worked in the Computer department at Sam Ash music stores for 3 years. It was there that I really got exposed to the technolgy that I use so much now, and also met a lot of interesting people. I have been at the Sonic Arts Center for 3 years.
I am still in touch with Carrie Schaffer, who is teaching, has a private practice, and, I believe runs the campus mental health clinic, at U.VA, and of course is still doing research. I don't know if you knew Matthew Burd, but he still remains a close friend - he very recently moved into a newly built co-housing community that he was very involved in bringing to reality, up in Saugerties, New York, and he has a great marriage and two wonderful boys.
February 21, 2001 update:
I was on campus for a piano sale being run at the music department, so I walked over to Natural Sciences. It was a real trip to walk through the halls and go back half a life (!) to those intense college years.
I'm teaching in a program called the Sonic Arts Center at City College of New York - it's a "Music and Technology" program. I teach courses on digital audio, sound design, and other related topics, and basically co-run the center with the Director of the program. As you can imagine, there's lots of details that constantly need attention, especially in such a changeable area where new software and equipment keeps coming along. The biggest challenge is staying current with the extremely spotty support we get from the college (in spite of the fact that we are recognized as a "flagship program" in the CUNY system, bureaucracy and politics mean that doesn't translate into actual support).
I recently moved to New Paltz with my wife, and we had our first child, a baby boy named Liam Isaac Perl, just three weeks ago. He's a beautiful baby, with an even baby temperment and precocious smiles. He's a joy, though my wife is going nuts with the breastfeeding. Nobody prepared her or us for just how hard that can be in the beginning. Reading the La Leche League books, you'd think it's just a cozy bonding experience with maybe a little soreness - Lisa and her friends think there's a conspiracy of silence about the difficulties so that more people don't despair and go for the bottle. . . (the formula, not the Scotch).
Jonathan Perl - Associate Director
The Sonic Arts Center @ The City College of New York.
Phone: (212) 650-6837
"Make Sound Your World"
A world-class audio training facility at the City University of New York.
I'm currently doing a medical internship at Yale-New Haven and next year I start a psychiatry residency at Yale.
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