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Purchase College Psychology Program
1985 - 1989 Graduates
(in alphabetical order within class)
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Tyrka, Audrey, M.D., Ph.D. ('88)
Hello Colleagues and Friends: It has been awhile since I have communicated with some of you, I hope all is well! Currently, I am in the Neuroscience Department at Neurocrine Biosciences in San Diego CA. I work for Mary Ann Pellymounter doing Behavioral Pharmacology. Our research involves testing drugs designed to cure insomnia.
10555 Science Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92121
(619) 658-7779 fax (619) 658-7602
What a surprise hearing from you! After finishing Purchase I worked as a research assistant at The New York Psychiatric Institute for two years and then at The New York Hospital/Cornell. While I was there working with John Clarkin I completed my MSW at Fordham. I worked as a primary therapist on an adult acute inpatient unit for a year and now I'm doing more administrative work in network development and managed care. I continue to treat clinic patients and have just opened my private practice.
Purchase prepared me so well for my first positions as a research assistant. I was the only one working in that position without a Masters. Working in research really solidified my foundation and thinking scientifically. This has made me a strong clinician and I found that I have no problem questioning psychiatrists or supervisors in their thinking. Purchase was one of the most challenging experiences of my life and it took place when I has many personal stressors going on. What I learned there about myself through the challenge of the senior project and from outstanding teachers like Felice (Gordis) and Lynn (Winters) were essential and changed me forever.
My daughter is 14 now and wants to be a cinematographer. Maybe you'll see her on campus in a few years. Take care and tell Lynn hello. Great hearing from you.
220 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains 674-1844.
Since graduating in 1989, I moved to Manhattan and have been living there ever since. I went back to school, and received my Masters in Public Health from Hunter College. I am currently working for a Managed Care Organization in New Jersey called Private Healthcare Systems. I contract with physicians in the North Jersey area to become part of our network, which is then utilized by a number of insurance companies and direct clients. Although I have deviated a bit from Psychology, I still remain interested in the field.
My memory is coming back to me. I believe I am looking for Janine Frank (also graduated in 1989). I am not in touch with any other Psych students, but I look forward to the Bulletin Board to find out what other folks have done with their lives since graduation.
Thanks again, Caryn
April 2003 update:
After leaving the safe womb of the Purchase experience I was ejected into the cold hard world of the "Work force" I landed feet first working for The Victims Services Agency fielding calls on the Crime Victims Hotline, doing short term counseling, with domestic violence survivors, rape survivors, runaways and any and all assorted other victims.
From there I bounced within Victim Services to Runaway Outreach Coordinator for the Runaway Hotline. There I scheduled school contacts and outreach to New York City Public & alternative schools across the city.
In a fit of insanity and severe burnout after a year of counseling 10-year-old rape victims I left Victims services for more stable and sane work as a New York City Police Officer. (Insert laughter here)
The next few years were spent riding the subways in defense of life, limb, property and the public welfare. The counseling bug called again and I found myself at the service of the Police Departments Employees assistance unit. Here I did confidential counseling with Police and members of the MTA. Politics being Politics eventually the unit was disbanded. Flash Forward to 911 as part of a volunteer organization within the Police Dept. called POPPA, Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, I was part of a group of cops that provided Critical Incident Stress Management to Cops and first responders who either responded to the tower collapse or were stationed for extended periods of time to the many details associated with the attack. Details such as the morgue and the land fill where members of the department were assigned to identifying victims as well as combing through tons of rubble in search of those lost. Critical stress Debriefing was instrumental in hundreds of incidents at being preemptive to defusing Post Traumatic stress disorder.
I still keep my hand in writing, singing, and actually got to sing on the David Letterman show back in 1995 due to one of those special individuals that inhabit the city. This individual thought it would be funny to carry an incendiary device on a subway train. It went off. Luckily an off duty officer was abroad and help put burning people out. This act of heroism along with the fact that he was on his way to A Transit Police choir rehearsals made it a publicity frenzy which landed us on Letterman show singing winter wonderland that self same night. I made two hundred and twenty-six dollars for 15 seconds of singing. Police work looked very bleak after that.
My heart still belongs to Sci-fi and the paranormal which can be seen any day at Grand Central station on a rush hour.
Hellos from old friends are always welcomed as are greetings from new ones.
May 2003 update:
Audrey is at Brown University, where she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Brown Medical School.
August 2002 update:
My life since Purchase has taken some interesting twists and turns and I have learned a lot. During my years studying with Suzanne Kessler and Ronnie Halperin in the Psychology Department, I made and sold jewelry out of my apartment. Although I loved the creative work, I hated the business of selling. And, anyway, I felt drawn to a career in which I could help people and have some impact on society. However, when I graduated from Purchase, the ever-supportive career development staff arranged for me to interview at a sterling silver manufacturing company in Westchester “just for the experience of going on an interview.” Suffice it to say, I worked as a jewelry designer for 3 years, while choosing a field of study and applying to graduate schools.
I wound up attending Clark University, where our then-Division Head, Sybil Barten, had received her Ph.D. I completed my M.A. in 1994. During my intensive training in psychology at Clark, I held various research and clinical positions and launched my own small jewelry business, In Flux... It seemed an apt descriptor of my life, not to mention my inner state throughout most of graduate school.
In 1997, I moved to Queens to attend my year-long internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. There, I was lucky enough to receive training in such diverse areas as eating disorders, couples therapy and geriatric psychology. At the moment I am planning to specialize in therapy with young adults and couples. I have settled in New York and am now completing my dissertation. My project examines how participants talk about “responsibility” for problems in their intimate relationships. I have designed a discursive-developmental method with a coding scheme that assesses how a person’s talk improves during a 30-minute interview, based on different intervention techniques.
For the current academic year (1999-2000), I am conducting clinical interviews for a research project run by the Philadelphia Geriatric Center (affiliated with Temple University). We are interviewing Holocaust survivors who are living in the New York area, as well as family members and caregivers, to learn how to improve community services and nursing home care. I continually struggle to balance my academic and social interests with my creative pursuits, -- I am grateful for my time at Purchase, where I learned to value both.
Michelle H. Mamberg, M.A.
Ph: 718 428-4235
In Flux...: http://home.earthlink.net/~mickthequick
March 2003 update:
I've been teaching as an Adjunct of Psychology at Borough of Manhattan Community College for a Year and a half now and am loving it. My subjects are General and Developmental Psychology . I will reinitiate doctoral study soon in New York and am considering scholarships and fellowships at number of universities. The Purchase "uniqueness" holds up after years of pressure to conform. In fact, it holds up well as a foundational philosophy especially when mixed with typically dauntless individuals, once known as Purchase students.
My Web site is at http://www.bway.net/~chuckles/. My current CV is posted there.
March 2002 update:
I was recently tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz. I was also selected as the 1999 Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year.
After Purchase, I went to Colorado State University and completed a Master of Education in student affairs and higher education. I worked at the University of Houston 1989-91 as an area coordinator in university housing. Then in 1991, I moved to the University of Florida where I worked till 1995 in university housing as the staff and student development specialist. Now I am in my third year as a Ph.D. student in student affairs administration.
I have been involved with outdoor adventure and leadership projects continually. In the area of organizational development, I consult in the area of leadership and assessment, and teambuilding. I still play tennis avidly, do creative writing, and am involved in community service.
University of Georgia
Organizational Development Specialist
Department of University Housing
Phone: 706-542-7068; Fax: 706-542-8595
June 2002 update:
I graduated from SUNY-Purchase in 1985. Following a year doing clinical research at New York Hospital, I entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. At Wisconsin, I worked with Richard Davidson using electroencephalography to investigate patterns of brain activity in emotion and emotion-related psychopathology. I entered graduate school convinced that I wanted an academic career. Getting married and having two wonderful children, Reuben and Simon, made me realize that there were things that I valued more highly than publications and grant funding.
I am currently working at the University of Wisconsin splitting my time between the Psychology department, where I teach Intro Psych each semester, and the School of Nursing, where I am a consulting statistician working with faculty and students on their research design and data analysis. I love teaching, and in the spring of 2002, I became a Fellow in the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy.
It was at SUNY-Purchase that I became fascinated with the whole field of psychology and in particular with relations between the brain and behavior. The experiences that I had as an undergraduate motivated me to pursue a career in psychology. What stands out most in my memory is the faculty and their involvement with the students in the department. Having spent most of my time since Purchase at the University of Wisconsin as a graduate student and more recently as a lecturer, I know what the experience of undergraduates is like at a large school and how little contact they have with members of the faculty. I feel fortunate to have gotten my early experiences at SUNY-Purchase where my curiosity was encouraged, my enthusiasm was nurtured, and my intellect stimulated. http://psych.wisc.edu/henriques/jeff.htm
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