Purchase College Psychology Program
1995 - 1999 Graduates
(in alphabetical order within class)
Updates and new listings always welcome! Send updates to Prof. Tony Lemieux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2002 update:
I graduated from Purchase College in May of 1999. I currently hold the position of Recruitment Coordinator and Counselor for the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Monmouth University. I am also presently working on completing my Master’s degree in Social Work at Monmouth University.
The Psychology Program at Purchase College gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to work within the counseling field. Not only did I learn about the field of psychology, I learned so much about life in general. Many of the theories and concepts I am currently learning in graduate school, were already covered during my undergraduate study at Purchase. If you are considering the field of psychology, and are looking for a small student centered setting, I recommend Purchase College. The Psychology Faculty, are devoted student-centered individuals, who are committed to the success of their students. Consider Purchase College not only for the wealth of knowledge you will obtain, but also for the student-centered atmosphere you will experience.
I graduated from Purchase College in May of 1999 and since have held a position in the consumer support department of Mergent Financial Information Services, a company that publishes financial journals and provides investment research tools.
I take time time each day to reflect upon the wealth of knowledge and skills that my time spent at Purchase College has provided for me and offer my highest recommendation to all those students currently debating over which school to choose for their college education. I simply cannot say enough about flawless, consistent and always devoted Psychology faculty at Purchase College. Being taught by these individuals whom I respect greatly, was an experience that I will never forget and that I would do again ten times over. Many thanks and take care!
July 2004 update:
I got my RN license in March of this year after finishing a two year associate's degree in nursing (of course) from Bergen Community College in December and am currently working the 3-11 shift on a post op orthopaedic floor with some medical patients (usually abdominal issues, or diabetic complications). I enjoy it very much and found psychology to be very useful in school, especially during the nursing "thereapeutic communication" part. Needless to say, I aced the psychiatric nursing part. I may go back to psychiatric work- I spent the two years while I was in nursing school working at Bergen Regional Medical Center, formerly known as Bergen Pines, as a Mental Health Specialist, working with adult's in acute stages of illness. I've found that psychiatric nursing is much easier physically-there are no IV's to start, no suctioning (mmm my favorite) and no wound dressings, but by the end of the shift you're emotionally drained. Med/surg nursing is similar in the emotional tiring way, but the physical demands are much greater. Still, I enjoy it and think that my background in psychology goes a long way in helping me with my patients and their families, who seem to like the way I try to explain what I'm doing for them or their family member, the reasons behind it, and make them laugh while I try to provide the best care that I can. Oh, and I basically get to wear pajamas to work and that's pretty cool. Personal info wise- married 3 years on November 3, have two cats and a dog and severe aversion to all things cleaning.
January 2005 update:
I graduated from Purchase College in 1998 and took a year to work full-time before grad school. I worked primarily in Early Childhood, and spent a summer working for a foster-care agency that catered to children with disabilities. I attended Fordham University and received an MS Ed. in Counseling Psychology and, at present, I work at New School University in Student Disability Services. It is a great job and fun location--Greenwich Village. I have also spent the past year as a member of a research team for a qualitative study that examines the role of supports and barriers on the career development of women from low socio-economic backgrounds. We've submitted a proposal to present at APA this year, which I'm excited about so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I have also submitted doctoral applications for the Fall (only 2; not ready to leave the area). On a personal note, I am getting married in May after seven years with my boyfriend and we may be leaving our city lifestyle for a bigger place in "the burbs." Life is treating me well.
I have to say that my undergraduate research on intersexuality has never been ignored on an interview. I keep it on my resume because I know that I can still talk about it with enthusiasm. That project was great preparation for grad school. I have fond memories from my Purchase days and have kept in touch with the friends I made there. Good luck to all of you!
May 2005 update:
After graduating from Purchase I continued to follow my interests in psychology by surrounding myself in many different experiences that were supported by my inner guidance and ambitions. Currently, as a result of several years of tuning into this Inner Awareness I am working in Philadelphia as a Social Worker for teens/children. I am also in the process of studying/apprenticing under a doctor of Ayurveda because I am interested in becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner. I am teaching Yoga on a weekly basis and I continue to provide hands-on healing sessions incorporating Intutive massage, Reiki and Shiatsu(accupressure.) I also am part of a global organization known as the M.A. Center which is guided by Amma(the Hugging Saint of India.) My life continues to be blessed with many valuable gifts. "The process of healing begins with the first step of walking towards the Inner Light."
March 2002 update:
Just thought I would let everyone know what is going on in my life. Well, since graduation, I have become a mom twice and am very happy about that. I have two boys, Alijah (22 months) and David-Josiah(5 months). They are beautiful and the bring me great joy. I hope everyone is doing well.
March 2002 update:
I just got back from Washington state, Spokane actually. During my senior year, I decided that I wanted a change from New York, so I signed up with an AmeriCorps project at the Arc of Spokane. It was a great way for me to get more experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Although I really enjoyed my time there, I decided to come back to NY state to be closer to my family, friends, and loved ones.
So I started working at getting a job full-time within the field of social service. I just took a job at the Child Development Center in Stamford. I am working as an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler room. The youngest child is 18 months, the oldest just turned 3 and transitioned up to pre-school. The WDR Child Development Center is actually a sub-contractor to the Swiss Bank next door. As far as I know, it is not open to the public. Anyway the organization that runs the center is Bright Horizons. They have a web site--www.brighthorizons.com. They work out of a lot of industry-type places, IBM for instance. So they actually cater more to the parents. The program that I am at is quite new--only 2 years old. Things are changing, hopefully for the better. A balance between administration, staff, and parents. We'll see I guess.
The staff at Bright Horizons were very impressed with my previous experience. My interviewer asked me about the Children's Center at Purchase with great admiration. The set-up here is very similar to that at Purchase.
WDR Child Development Center
677 Washington Boulevard, Redman's Hall
Stamford, CT 06901
January 2004 update:
I graduated from Purchase College in 1998 cum laude after having worked with Dr. Halperin examining psychosocial and behavioral characteristics of adolescent sex offenders. After spending six months abroad in London, I decided to come back to New York. I found myself employed by St. Vincent's Hospital working with the psychiatrically ill. During that time, I went on to pursue a MA degree in psychology at Hunter College. After finishing my master's thesis on sexuality factors among male prostitutes, I graduated summa cum laude.
Currently, I am working as a Mental Health Counselor conducting group therapy for people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and also for Geriatric patients with affective disorders. I have also just recently submitted applications for PhD. programs in psychology in hopes to do to further research on sexual deviance. Also in the works is the publication of my collection of short stories (for a couple of years I was majoring in literature at Purchase). In the Spring of 2004, I plan on going to Spain for three months (all under the guise of learning Spanish) with my fiancee, Julie Green (another Purchase alum). While there, we will be deciding which of the accepting PhD. programs I should attend. While looking forward to the prospects ahead, I can't help but look back at my Purchase experience and appreciate its influence on who I am and what I do today.
graduated from Marist College with a 4.0 in Counseling/Community Psychology (M.A.).
My one regret about my Purchase experience is that I never got to say "good-bye and thanks" the way I would have liked. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with my second child and a new mom of a 1-year-old, but i regret not having the opportunity to speak at graduation. I had so much to share with others! I had learned so much and had grown as a person! I took away knowledge with me that I will always treasure. I learned about psychology, organic chemistry, physics! I learned to swim! After all of my Catholic school inhibitions, I learned to draw nudes (much closer than I would have liked!). My joy and love for school will always be with me. To go back to school as an adult has so much more value. So many think they can't do it. That is what I wanted to share. I made a friend, a housewife one summer at Westchester Community College. We both were taking a math class. I took it for Physics at Purchase. She took it because she was trying to become a teacher. She smelled of alcohol at 8:00am. I told her about Purchase, she registered there, and graduated at the same time I did! She no longer drinks and she is a teacher now! There are so many adults like her and myself. So afraid to go back to school. But Purchase did so much for me and I will always be thankful! I would love to talk to others. Below is my contact info.
Anyway, after I graduated Purchase in 1997, I went to graduate school at New York Medical College and got my Master of Science degree in May 2001. I started working here at the college in the division of Infectious Diseases as a research assistant. After a year, I was lucky enough to take a big step up as research coordinator for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division.
Next month I am off to St. Louis to become a certified research coordinator. Anyway, I will always miss Purchase.
Clinical Research Associate
New York Medical College
FAX (914) 594-4022
Alyson Gunn is a teacher's aide at the Jewish Guild for the Blind in NYC. She works with auditory- and vision-impaired, mentally retarded students aged 14-21.
I have recently graduated from Queens College, CUNY, with a degree in School Psychology. I am a NYS certified school psychologist, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I have just accepted a job offer from Yonkers Public Schools District. I am working as a school psychologist in an elementary school with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 5. I plan on continuing my educational goals in the near future.
I graduated from the psych program in May 1996. Since then I obtained my MSW at Fordham and was a youth and family social worker at a non profit agency until August of 2001. In September 2001 I was hired as a school social worker at a local elementary school. Over the next few years I pursued my school administrative certification and am now an elementary school assistant principal. I maintain a small private practice working with families and adolescents. I married a Purchase alum in April of 1999 (Tim Mueller, '94 - BFA) and we currently live in East Moriches, NY.
June 2002 update:
I graduated from the psych program in May 1996. Since then I obtained my MSW (CSW) at Fordham and was a youth and family social worker at a non profit agency until August of 2001. In September 2001 I was hired as a school social worker at a local elementary school. I continue to do agency work part time within the field of substance abuse treatment. In addition, I'm working on the beginnings of a longitudinal study on the efficacy of a particular parenting program I've been working with for the past few years. I'll be beginning another masters program (PD for school district administration) in September, possibly at St. Johns. I married a Purchase alum in April of 1999 (Tim Mueller, '94 - BFA) and we currently live in East Moriches, NY.
July 2000 update:
I am now living in Philadelphia working for an ISP (internet service provider) called DCANet. My title is "Internetworking Engineer". Dawn Vautier (whom I met at Purchase) and I recently got married, (wedding.radioactivecat.com) and we are living together in the Society Hill area of Philadelphia.
We have two feline children, Tessa and Sebastian (www.radioactivecat.com/kitty.html). If you'd like to know anything else, drop me a line.
Ok - here is my bio for the web page:
Since graduating in 1996 I have trained as a crisis counselor for LYRIC (Lavender Youth Recreation And Information Center), a peer based agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning and transgender youth 23 and under. I'm currently a sex educator for Good Vibrations, a worker-owned cooperative in san francisco specializing in quality sex toys, books and videos. I also volunteer at a national switchboard that provides free anonymous sex information and referrals. So, I'm the person that can answer all those elusive questions you've always been afraid to ask! I live in the Castro, ride my bike up the Frisco hills, play basketball and daydream about tattoos...
Gennady is married to Deborah Rosenbaum, Ph.D. '95, who is also a Purchase psychology alum.
Julie Edmunds is working for Xerox Corporation in Purchasing. The irony is not lost on her. She married Chris Bright on May 1st, 1999 and they plan to live happily ever after.
In her spare time, she is a Doula (a childbirth assistant) for Rochester-area women and their families, and she dreams of someday becoming a Midwife. She enjoys performing with the Golden Link Folksinging Society, and is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international, non-profit educational organization dedicated to the recreation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Her favorite pastimes in the SCA include singing, dancing, cooking/brewing, heraldry, sewing/embroidery, and cheering for her husband as he dons his armor and fights sword and shield. Life is good.
After graduating from Purchase in May 1995 (woo hoo!), I moved to Boston and began attending graduate school at Northeastern University. I'm working on my M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, and I have about a year and a half to go. It's a very exciting field, and although at first I thought it wasn't going to have much to do with my Psych degree, I have found a lot of ties between the two in the areas of neurology, memory, and language disorders.
One of the things I am most grateful to Purchase for is the close relationships I had with the professors in the department. I used to be intimidated by authority figures, and the small size of the Psych department helped me get to know the professors well enough to continue being in touch with some of them. The thing for which I am most grateful, however, is the senior project. My writing skills are repeatedly singled out as being top of the class, and research is also no longer a frightening thing. So kids! Enjoy your senior project, and do the Natural Sciences Symposium if they ask you to.
Well, I guess I just wrote a pretty good commercial! I didn't realize I was still so enthusiastic about Purchase. Take care.
Anne -PG- Houser
After Purchase I received an M.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College, completed a Master's Thesis entitled "Psychological Differences between Migraineurs with and without Aura," and now I'm working at the Veteran's Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, primarily as a Project Coordinator for the Chief of the Health Psychology section. We're currently doing projects looking at (1) mental stress and cardiovascular activity, and (2) quality of life in patients with AICDs (automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators). I'm also running the Smoking Cessation program here.
I'm in the process of applying to clinical Ph.D. programs."
September 12, 2000 update:
"Amy Malkin took her comps this summer, is writing her dissertation proposal, and just got engaged."
February 26, 2002 update:
"I successfully "matched" at an internship site!!!! In fact, I ended up getting my first choice, the Veteran's Hospital in Brooklyn (where I am currently an extern). "
May 2003 update:
I got married on May 26, 2002 and started my clinical internship in September '02 at the Brooklyn VA hospital. I successfully defended my dissertation a few weeks ago and I am SOOOOOOOOO... happy to be done with that!!!! In May I will finally be graduating from my doctoral program (at University of Maryland). I have about 4 more months left here at the Brooklyn VA so I will soon be looking for a clinical position here in NY after that.
"Sorry it's taken me so much time to get back to you. As you can imagine, they've been keeping me quite busy.
I'm just starting my second semester at Rutgers. The first semester was rather stressful, I think I'm more settled in now. I'm taking three classes and I'm about to get a new study underway.
I'm researching a decision making phenomenon called the "attraction effect," most likely this is what my Master's research will be on. I'm doing some pilot testing this semester and then over the summer I plan to design and program some computer run experiments. Specifically, I'm interested in using process tracing methods to gain some insight into why people make certain decision making biases, like the attraction effect.
Other than taking classes and doing research I manage to sleep and eat once in a while. It was nice to hear from you, I'm glad things are going well at Purchase. I should have our lab's website up sometime soon, but until then my email is still email@example.com
Tell everyone I said hi."
June 2004 update:
So--- here's my scoop. Yes, I indeed finished at Rutgers (about a year and a half ago) and immediately started a lecture position at Princeton (teaching an undergraduate judgment and decision making). I loved it-- JDM is a really fun class to teach and the undergrads are AMAZING. I've briefly ventured into industry doing pharma market research, but have quickly realized that I'd much rather be in academia. So, I'm headed back to Princeton in the fall to do a post-doc-- a joint fellow position between the Woodrow Wilson School and Psychology department-- and I will hit the business school job market next summer. I really lucked out with the post doc-- they were nice enough to consider me well after the deadline passed. Princeton has a great group studying Judgment and Decision Making and I'll get to explore more social psych avenues than I did at Rutgers where my focus was heavily on cognition/cognitive science. I'll also do some more teaching and supervise senior thesis stud ents.
I'm living in Brooklyn and loving it. I'm not giving up my apartment, but I'll have to have a place in Princeton too. No kids-- but I recently became an aunt, which is about all I can handle for right now.
May 2005 update (written by her husband, Gennady Beyzarov '96, who is also a Purchase psychology alum):
Deborah will be finishing her Internship this year and is close to completing her dissertation for a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton Univesity. She just accepted a position in Syracuse, NY which she will start after her Internship ends in late August.
April 2004 update (written by her husband, Gennady Beyzarov '96):
Debbie is doing well and is working on her dissertation. She is doing a study on the coping strategies of cancer patients and their spouses. Rather than try to explain the details, I will let her tell you about it, but it is a fantastic piece of work and I of course am extremely proud of her and impressed with her work. Debbie applied to a few different internships in Long Island and Syracuse. Because we live in Vestal, she listed a site in Syracuse as her first choice and was accepted. She will be starting the internship this September.
September 2004 update:
Debbie recently began her internship with SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. At the same time, she is working on completing her dissertation, which studies the coping strategies of cancer patients and their spouses. She is using writing intervention tools to measure how this intervention can be used to help people cope with their illness.
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