Abstracts: A digest of monthly news and events from the MSPP community
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!
MSPP students and West Roxbury Academy students have teamed up to create a float for the annual Roslindale Day Parade, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 6th, 2013, stepping off at 1:00 pm. The theme of this year's Parade will be "Boston Strong." The float will celebrate the partnership between MSPP and the West Roxbury Education Complex. Don't miss this exciting, joyful event. For more information, visit www.roslindaleparade.com.
News about Faculty, Staff and Students
Dr. Edward De Vos will be presenting a session at Evaluation 2013: Evaluation Practice in the Early 21st Century, to be held in Washington, D.C., October 16-19. Dr. De Vos' session is entitled "Social-Environmental Determinants and Medical Pathways: A Framework for Developing and Evaluating Health and Mental Health Interventions". This is the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association and will draw approximately 2,800 evaluators from across the U.S. and around the world to experience 875 sessions spanning the breadth and depth of the field.
By invitation, Dr. De Vos is serving as a member of a three-person Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on behalf of the Children's Bureau within HHS' Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Dr. De Vos is consulting to the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) in their second-level psychometric testing of the Caregivers Assessment of Protective Factors, an instrument initially developed for use by the QIC-EC grantees. The final results are scheduled for Spring 2014.
Kimberly Larson, JD, PhD, Core Faculty member in MSPP's MA in Forensic and Counseling Psychology Program, was recently accepted a re-appointment to the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She is delighted to join a group of highly esteemed colleagues to help lead attorneys practicing in this area in Massachusetts. The group's focus will be on abuse and neglect, delinquency, youthful offenders, and status offender cases. As part of this group, she will also participate in educating lawyers throughout the state about new and upcoming legislative and practice issues that impact children and families, as well as publishing articles and helping develop new juvenile justice related legislation. Learn more about the Section Council and its functions here: www.massbar.org/member-groups/sections/juvenile--child-welfare.
As a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative, Larson has continued to provide technical assistance to states, including Michigan, for which she held a webinar to educate attorneys, clinicians, judges, and other practitioners about Michigan's new Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial Legislation. She is also working on her MacArthur Foundation-funded legacy project that continues her former work on juveniles' competence to stand trial and also offers targeted assistance to states through regional conferences.
Larson has also begun work on her National Institute of Justice-funded project that will investigate the understanding that both juveniles and adults have of youth's right to counsel. Along with MSPP student Summer Langley, Larson is also surveying all 50 states regarding their juvenile competence to stand trial remediation practices. She is hoping to involve other MSPP students in her ongoing research and welcomes students who are interested in gaining research experience to be in contact.
emima St. Louis, PhD, who came on board this summer as a new member of the clinical faculty, is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of Mental Health Training and Research at the SPARK Center at Boston Medical Center. As a Clinical Psychologist at the SPARK Center, St. Louis provides counseling services to predominantly ethnic minority children, adolescents, and families. As the Director of Clinical Training and Research at the SPARK Center, Dr. St. Louis oversees the training and supervision of mental health interns; and conducts research on HIV/AIDS and trauma. She is the current president of the Boston-based Haitian Mental Health Network and the co-founder of HEART (Haiti Earthquake Aid and Relief Team). St. Louis has presented at national and international conferences on the topics of trauma, disaster mental health, HIV/AIDS, and mental health disparities among ethnic minority children and families. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's MUSE Award, the Chancellor's Distinguished Dissertation Award, and two Community Appreciation Awards.
Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD is named new director of the Latino Mental Health Program
Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, MSPP's Associate Director of Field Education, is the new director of the Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP). Bennasar has been involved with the LMHP since its inception. Additionally, she has been a faculty member in the program and a member of the LMHP steering committee for the past two years. She is a leader in the field on multicultural psychology and a dynamic spokesperson for the program both within MSPP and the wider community. "She has the passion, skills, and network to help take the program to the next level for us," said Dr. Stacey Lambert, PsyD and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, in an email announcement the transition recently, adding that Bennasar will continue her role in Field Education as well.
Dr. Kaitlyn Peretti, PsyD appointed to Associate Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department at MSPP
Dear MSPP Community,
I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Kaitlyn (McDonald) Peretti has accepted the appointment as Associate Chair of the Counseling Psychology Department at MSPP. Her appointment is effective this month, August 2013. Kate has increasing assumed administrative duties in the Counseling Department in the past two years including coordination of Admissions for the department. In her new role, she will assume responsibilities in enrollment and accreditation functions as well as administrative oversight of one or more programs within the department. Kate has been a significant contributor to the success of the department and we are very pleased that her new position will further the mission of the department. For MSPP community members who do not know Kate well, I am including her biography below.
Stanley Berman, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Kaitlyn Peretti, PsyD, is a core faculty member in the MA in Forensic & Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. McDonald earned her degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno, CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital and Ann Klein Forensic Center in New Jersey and completed a postdoctoral fellowship through Forensic Health Services and University of Massachusetts- Boston. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and currently works as a Supervising Psychologist at the Massachusetts Treatment Center, a Department of Correction facility. Her primary area of specialization is sex offender treatment and evaluation. Her clinical experience includes working in outpatient, inpatient, and correctional settings and her forensic experience includes working in the adult court system conducting competence to stand trial, aid to sentencing, civil commitment, and substance abuse evaluations. Other clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and personality disorders.
Marsha Vannicelli, PhD presents at annual Northeastern Society of Group Therapy conference Marsha Vannicelli, PhD, core faculty member in MSPP's Clinical PsyD program, presented a workshop in June at the annual conference of the Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy entitled, Streamlining Private Practice: Increasing the Gain and Decreasing the Pain , as well as a workshop at the American Group Psychotherapy Association in March entitled, Endings: the Bitter and the Sweet . She also has a book chapter about to come out, Managing Substance Issues in Groups Not Specifically for Substance Abusers. In: Motherwell L and Shay J, editors. Complex dilemmas in group psychotherapy. New York: Brunner-Routledge , an article in the NSGP Fall Newsletter, Double Bind: Managing the Boundaries in Substance Abuse Treatment Groups. Soon to appear in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy , will also be an article, Supervising the Beginning Group Leader in Inpatient and Partial Hospital Settings
tudents and faculty in the Clinical Department Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience joined each other at the home of Dr. Robin Deutsch for a wonderful fall get-together on September 21.2013 (photo below).
Counseling Department Hosts MAMFT Board
he Counseling Psychology Department recently hosted a meeting of Marriage and Family Therapy program directors followed by the Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) Board of Trustees meeting here at our MSPP campus. Jackie Gagliardi, Program Director for the Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy program at MSPP, is a member of the Elections Committee of the MAMFT Board. Following the meetings, the MAMFT Board of Trustees met will all current students in MSPP's Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy Masters program to discuss career opportunities. Click here to read about the exciting career outlook for Marriage and Family Therapists.
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MSPP In the News
Dr. Stanley Berman, PhD, MSPP's VP for Academic Affairs, is featured in New England Psychologist. Read the article here.
Pamela Rutledge, PhD, MBA, of MSPP's Media Psychology program, comments on CNN in the story on "Why people share murder, rape on Facebook." See it here.
Dr. Nadja Reilly, MSPP faculty and Associate Director of the Freedman Center, was prominently featured in a recent article in the New England Psychologist on the use of APPs in psychology. Read it here.
Dr. Gemima St. Louis, core faculty in the Clinical PsyD program, and director of MSPP's PATHWAYS program, is featured with the PATHWAYS program, a partnership with the West Roxbury high schools, in a boston.com article. Read it here.
Dr. Robert Kinscherff, MSPP Associate VP for Community Engagement and the head of the APA's new committee on gun violence, was featured in an article in this month's New England Psychologist. Read it here.
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