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MSPP in The News

Each year, the press has taken an interest in some of the major events at MSPP and seek out members of the MSPP community to comment on important clinical and legislative issues. Here are a few examples:

Parenting.com
Divorce Can Impact Children's Weight
by Laruen Gaines

MSPP's Dr. Bruce Ecker was quoted in this Parenting.com article about the impact of divorce on the weight of children.

Parents often worry about their children's emotional well-being when going through a divorce, but new research suggests they should be concerned for their physical health, too. A study published in the online journal BMJ Open found that children of divorced parents were more likely to be overweight or obese.

> Click here for the full article

Fox 25 News
Independence Day can be a difficult time for veterans with PTSD
July 3, 2014

Even Bick, MSPP doctoral student, who is also part of the Train Vets to Treat Vets program, was featured on Fox 25 during this July 4th weekend, discussing the Train Vets to Treat Vets program and the need for mental health care for veterans.

> Watch it here

New England Psychologist
Organizational psychology cited as 'fast growing' job
by Pamela Beard | July 1, 2014

Tina D. Forrister, MA, was enrolled in a clinical psychology master's degree program when she decided on a different path.

"I realized two years in that it wasn't the right fit for me," says Forrister, who had an undergraduate degree in psychology and was working in the pharmaceutical industry while pursuing her master's. Forrister continued working in pharmaceuticals, in learning and development and change management. In 2011, she found a way to combine that work with psychology–enrolling in the Organizational Psychology master's degree program at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).

> Click here for the full article

Nashoba Publishing Community News
School counselor pitches counseling referral service
by M.E. Jones | June 30, 2014

Page Hilltop Elementary School Counselor Betsy Dolan came to selectmen Monday night with commitments in hand from the Ayer Shirley Regional School District and Ayer selectmen to provide partial funding for a child and young adult mental health counseling referral conduit.

She said the program -- Ayer Shirley MSPP Interface Counseling Referral Service -- would benefit both communities and the schools and made a pitch for the town to share the cost. Shirley's buy-in would be $6,000 over two years.

> Click here for the full article

The Boston Globe
Gubernatorial candidates sound off on mental health
by Travis Anderson | June 26, 2014

Four gubernatorial candidates vowed during a forum on Wednesday night to fight for better mental health services in Massachusetts if elected to the corner office in November.

But the candidates — Republican Charlie Baker and Democrats Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, and Steve Grossman — at times had to defend their records during pointed questioning at the event, which was held at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston and sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

> Click here for the full article

Boston Business Journal
Gubernatorial candidates debate issues in mental health-focused forum
by Jessica Bartlett | June 26, 2014

With NPR's Tom Ashbrook at the center, Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates sat down together for the first time on Wednesday night for a discussion on mental health.

Hosted by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, the forum was more discussion than debate. Ashbrook asked pointed questions to each candidate in one-on-one discussions in a sometimes lightening-fast format.

> Click here for the full article

Huffington Post
Lessons from Santa Barbara: Why We Need a Long-Term Approach to Ending Violence
by Nicholas Covino, PsyD | June 6, 2014

> Click here for the full article

Fox 25 News Boston
Local Organization Helps Veterans Return to Civilian Life
May 26, 2014

> Click here to see the video

WGBH News
Overcoming Cultural Stigmas About Mental Illness And Barriers To Treatment
May 5, 2014

For millions of Americans battling mental illness, the search for proper care can be long and frustrating. But for those in some ethnic communities, deep-rooted cultural stigmas and language barriers combine to make the obstacles to treatment even more formidable. In this week's FOCUS report, we look at the stigma surrounding mental illness in the Latino community and what's being done to improve access to care.

> Click here to see the video

New England Psychologist
A look at the profession: then and now
by Phyllis Hanlon | February 1, 2014

Psychology has been around since the time of ancient Greek, Egyptian, Chinese and Indian civilizations. In the ensuing years, the profession has evolved into a field with numerous notable figures, significant discoveries, various subspecialties and an array of treatment interventions. In the last 50 years, the discipline has continued to progress and grow thanks to curriculum changes, more opportunities for hands-on practice and publication and the prevalence of technology.

> Click here to read the full article.

Boston Globe | Education & Careers
A Psychology Degree Can Take You Places
January 2014

Herlinda Tin chose a psychology career following a devastating indident in high school. "One of my friends was assaulted, and I was the first person she approached after that. I had no idea what to do. i felt helpless," recalled Tin, a native of Guatemala who grew up in San Francisco. "I went to counseling with her and saw how it helped her."

> Click here to read the full article (pdf)

USA Today
Preventing gun violence means broad effort, report says
by Sharon Jayson| December 12, 2013

Psychologists say stemming gun violence will take a broad effort, focusing on behavioral threat assessment for individuals and helping families with troubled kids in the community, among others.

> Click here to read the full article

New England Psychologist
Expert on gun violence describes new APA policy draft
by Catherine Robertson Souter | December 1, 2013

We may be focusing on the wrong areas when it comes to the public discourse on gun violence. But coming to a consensus on what are the key points can be difficult in a political climate where any discussion becomes heated and polarizing.

Kinscherff [associate vice president for Community Engagement at MSPP] spoke with New England Psychologist's Catherine Robertson Souter about some of the findings that the writing group discovered and some recommendations the task force is putting forth.

> Click here to read the full article

WBZ NewsRadio 1030
WBZ Water Cooler: Veterans Helping Veterans With PTSD
by Drew Moholland | November 11, 2013

This Veterans Day the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is trying to get the word out about a specialty program, where veterans are helping veterans.

> Click here to listen to the broadcast and read the related article

WBUR
Long After Recession's End, Deep Layoff Scars May Remain
by Carey Goldberg | June 14, 2013

"I went back to visit my old parking lot at The Boston Globe this week. For more than six years, I commuted to the Globe along the crawling traffic of the Southeast Expressway, travel mug in hand. But what I remember most about that parking lot is crying in it."

With guest Erik Gregory, Program Director and Chair of the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Program at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

> Listen/read here on WBUR's CommonHealth
> Listen here on SoundCloud
> Aired live on Radio Boston, Friday, June 14, 2013

Boston Business Journal
Stanley Berman | People on the Move
Added June 6, 2013

> Click here to read profile...

Hispanic Business
Jimenez Receives Honorary Doctorate
Staff Reports | June 5, 2013

MicroTech president and CEO Tony Jimenez received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) Sunday at the school's graduation ceremony.

> Click here to read more...

Cape Cod Times
Yarmouth native to get posthumous honor
by Christine Legere | June 1, 2013

YARMOUTH — Janice Furtado already had highlighted on Facebook the anticipated completion of her doctorate in clinical psychology, even though the date was more than a year away, when she died unexpectedly on April 13, 2012.

> Click here to read more...

boston.com
Meet 2013 Commencement Speakers at Mass. Colleges
June 2013

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) will address Massachusetts School fo Professional Psychology's graduating class at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on June 2.

> Click here to read more...
> Click here for photo...

www.army.mil
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rhonda Cornum Receives Humanitarian Award
by Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness | May 29, 2013

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Rhonda Cornum, M.D., Ph.D., received the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) on May 15 during an event in Boston. The school's most prestigious honor went to Cornum to recognize her devotion to improving the mental health of Veterans, and servicemen and women and their families. .

> Click here to read more...

Deseret News
Tragedy in the time of Twitter: How social media expedites news during disasters
by Emmilie Buchanan | May 28, 2013

Madeline Rogers has a few fears. One of them is raising kids in a time filled with tragedy — and Twitter.

> Click here to read the full article

Norton Patch
Kennedy Announces Veterans Advisory Board
May 24, 2013

From the office of Joe Kennedy III: On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Congressman Joe Kennedy III Thursday announced the formation of his Veteran's Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of veterans, service officers, health care professionals, educators and other advocates across the 4th District. The group has been tasked with outlining a set of local and national priorities for the Congressman related to veteran's services

MSPP's Dr. Robert Kinscherff and Dr. Sandy Dixon aanounced as participants on Advisory Board.

> Click here to read the full article

Archetype Me
Everyday Heroes
by Tom Gallagher | April 22, 2013

Amid the ugliness of the recent tragedy in Boston, one inspiring truth stood out: ordinary people spontaneously reach out to others in need. MSPP's Dr. Erik Gregory comments on "Everyday Heroes" in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

> Click here to read more...

Boston Globe Magazine
Teaching veterans to be mental health workers
by Chelsea Conaboy | January 20, 2013

A program at Newton’s Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology looks to train military men and women to become therapists who can help other vets.

> Click here to read the full article
> Click here for PDF of article

Marketplace NPR
A job market for vets helping vets
by Dan Gorenstein | December 10, 2012

If you're looking for a growth industry, take a look at mental health services for vets and military members. With thousands of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and depression, there's plenty of demand.

> Click here to listen or read more...

Popular Communication Newsletter
Pamela Rutledge New Faculty Director of the Media Psychology Master's Degree Program
Fall 2012

Master’s in Media Psychology and new program director, Dr. Pamela Rutledge, featured in www.popularcommunication.org newsletter.

> Click here to read more... (pdf)

El Mundo
September 27, 2012

El Mundo published a photo and a caption from the Lucero Run in September.

> Click here to read more... (pdf)

The Wellesley Townsman
Wellesley's Robin Deutsch named to governor's working group
September 23, 2012

Wellesley — The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology has announced that Dr. Robin Deutsch of Wellesley, director of MSPP’s Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law, has been appointed to the Governor’s Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws.

> Click here to read more...

Newton Tab
Psychology School Moves to Newton
by Chloe Gotsis | September 5, 2012

NEWTON – The state's only free-standing psychology school has opened its doors at tis new home on Wells Avenue in Newton.

> Click here to read more... (online article)
> Click here to read more... (PDF press clipping)

CNN
Military bonds draw veterans to mental health jobs
by Maria LaMagna | August 9, 2012

(CNN) — Things probably should have turned out differently for Samantha Schilling. The stories she tells have dark beginnings and could have had, under different circumstances, dark endings — as so many stories for those in the military do....

...Born a year ago with funding from the Department of Veteran Services in Massachusetts, a program through the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology called Train Vets to Treat Vets® has recently picked up steam. It has several goals: mentoring new veterans, providing services to at-risk and homeless veterans, and educating the public about ways they can help.

> Click here to read more...

NECN
Colorado shooting suspect returns to court

NECN/Associated Press | July 30, 2012

The former student suspected in the Colorado theater massacre that killed 12 people faces formal charges Monday that are expected to include a dozen first-degree murder counts.

James Holmes is not expected to enter a plea and legal analysts believe the case will be dominated by arguments over his sanity.

Michael Coyne, Civil and Criminal Defense Attorney and Professor at the Massachusetts School of Law, along with Dr. Robert Kinscherff, Director of the Forensic Psychology Program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the case.

> Click here to watch the attached video to catch the entire discussion.

NECN

The Lowell Sun
Lowell child psychiatrist helps the sick, those around them
by Evan Lips | June 8, 2012

BELMONT -- It's cool and calm within the confines of Dr. Arnold Kerzner's office, a garden-level room tucked inside a nondescript house in Belmont on Trapelo Road.

Last month, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology awarded Kerzner its Mental Health Humanitarian Award to honor his lifelong dedication to helping the mental health of children, a career he started more than 40 years ago.

> Click here to read more...

The Gazette/Source Media
Why do kids kill? Experts say many are disturbed or have been abused
by Trish Mehaffey | May 20, 2012

It’s rare for a teenager to be accused of killing a parent or guardian, but it happens, and when it does, experts say it often stems from disturbing circumstances.

> Click here to read more...

West Roxbury Transcript
Seeing Haiti up close at West Roxbury school
by Julie M. Cohen | May 4, 2012

A dark painting of a post-apocalyptic world and an image of a brightly colored market scene might seem to have little in common. However, the contrasting pieces were created by Haitian artists two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the island nation and are now on display at a West Roxbury school.

> Click here to read full article...
> Click here to see photo gallery...

CFO
We Will Survive
by Scott Leibs | April 15, 2012

In tough times some companies prove more resilient than others. Can that trait be learned?...Erik Gregory, an expert in positive psychology, recently launched a new Organizational and Leadership Psychology program at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, intended, in part, to instruct leaders on how to foster resiliency within their organizations.

> Click here to read more...

Boston.com
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology plans new home in Newton
Posted by Matt Rocheleau | April 11, 2012

The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology plans to move to a new home in Newton this summer.

The relocation will allow the school to consolidate operations run currently at three different sites – two in West Roxbury and one on Nevada Street in Newton – into one building at 1 Wells Ave. in Newton. The facility is scheduled to undergo a multi-million renovation before the move that the school expects to make in August.

> Click here to read more...

Boston Business Journal
Mass. psychology school growing, finds new HQ
by Julie M. Donnelly | April 6-12, 2012

The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), one of just a handful of independent accredited nonprofit professional schools for training mental health workers nationwide, is busting at the seams.

> Click here to read more...

BBJ

Boston Herald
Making the most of media to get your message heard
by Jennifer Heldt Powell | March 4, 2012

How many emails, print ads or commercials have you seen or heard already today? How many more are headed your way? We’re faced with a near-constant barrage that seems to be growing more intense as websites increasingly turn to ads for their primary source of revenue.

> Click here to read more...

90.9 WBUR/NPR Radio
Talk of the Nation: Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures
by Neil Conan | February 15, 2012

Stacey Lambert, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusion; Director, Latino Mental Health Program; Associate Director, Clinical Psychology Department, recently interviewed by WBUR/NPR on the topic “Providing Therapy Across Different Cultures.”

> Listen here...

90.9 WBUR Radio
WBURMass. Legislature Considers Raising Minimum State Imprisonment Age
by Deborah Becker | February 8, 2012

Robert Kinscherff, Director of Forensic Studies, recently interviewed by WBUR/NPR on the topic: Mass. Legislature Considers Raising Minimum State Imprisonment Age.

> Listen here and read the article...

The Salem News
My View: Egypt one year later
An interview with MSPP Alum, Yasmine Saleh | January 25, 2012

Is there really anything to celebrate in Egypt today?

On this, the first anniversary of the uprising in Tahrir Square, I find myself being congratulated on the revolution by well-meaning individuals. I am often asked about the positive changes taking place in my homeland.

I see disappointment on people's faces when I tell them there is nothing to celebrate yet. Except for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and his government, you see, very little has changed.

> Click here to read more...

The Lowell Sun
Groton man helps others find the right help
By Hiroko Sato | December 25, 2011

Steve Boczenowski knows referrals to doctors' offices often start in conversations among parents at school-bus stops or on soccer fields.

From orthopedist to dentist, parents ask around to get the names of physicians that may fit their children's needs.

But the search for the right help is a lot more private and lonely process than that for those looking for mental-health professionals, said Boczenowski, who lost his 21-year-old son, Jeffrey, to a drug-overdose suicide in December 2009.

That is why, Boczenowski said, Teenage Anxiety & Depression Solutions (TADS), a local group that he and his wife, Deb, started, decided to bring Project INTERFACE℠ Community Resource & Referral helpline to the area.

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_19617717

Wicked Local—West Roxbury
MSPP honors its peers at annual gala
May 8, 2008

Three-hundred friends and alumni of Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology gathered for the 2008 annual MSPP Gala last Friday, raising about $90,000 for the Dr. Leon O. Brenner Psychological Assessment and Consultation Center at MSPP

http://www.wickedlocal.com/west-roxbury/archive/x1905570071/MSPP-honors-its-peers-at-annual-gala

The Daily News Tribune
Tips on parenting adolescents
by Jeff Gilbride | February 1, 2008

Margaret Hannah of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, located in Boston, led those gathered on an informational journey through the growing minds of adolescents.

http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/x1728474392

NEWz—New England Ethnic News (UMASS Center on Media & Society)
El Planeta Presents Annual Poderómetro (Powermeter) Top 100 Most Influential People in Latino Community
December 9, 2007

Hispanic News Press and its El Planeta newspaper, based in Brookline, Mass., announced its third annual “Poderómetro – Powermeter 2007” 100 most influential people in the state's Hispanic community.

www.gonewz.com/news/382/15/

The Boston Globe—Letter to the Editor
Report exposes harmful racial bias in healthcare delivery
August 16, 2007

THE REPORT of the Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities has the potential to bring healthcare to a new level ("Track data on health and race, state told," Page B3, Aug. 9). The collaboration of academic, clinical, and legislative experts courageously identifies our tolerance for racism as the root cause of myriad health inequities.
www.boston.com/news/globe

The Boston Globe—HEALTH SENSE
How to cope with shock of cancer diagnosis
By Judy Foreman  | January 22, 2007

Late last fall, Dartmouth Medical School researchers reported in the journal Cancer that all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in their study experienced at least some level of distress, and nearly half met the criteria for a significant psychiatric disorder such as major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.
www.boston.com/news/globe

The Boston Globe—Ready for takeoff
Phobics conquer their fear step by step
By John Koch, Globe Correspondent  | July 9, 2006

Only months ago, the entire globe was my no-fly zone. As in: no airplanes -- no how, nowhere , never.

The sky had been out of bounds for decades, 34 years to be precise, and like many people with phobias, I was stubbornly attached to mine. I adjusted to my condition and rationalized it. When obliged to talk about it, which I preferred not to, I hailed my provincialism as a charming eccentricity and recounted my scenic excursions to Florida, Texas, and California . . . by train
www.boston.com/travel

The Boston Globe—Help needed
In this country, Latino psychologists are few and far between. A new program in West Roxbury aims to change that.
By Vanessa E. Jones, Globe Staff  | July 5, 2006

The lack of Latino psychologists in this country is affecting Hortensia Amaro.
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In addition to being a distinguished professor of health sciences at Northeastern's Bouve College of Health Sciences, Amaro founded the Mom's Project , an outpatient drug addiction program for pregnant women in Mattapan, about 16 years ago. Then 11 years ago she created Entre Familia , a residential drug treatment program in Mattapan for Latinas and their children.
www.boston.com/news/globe/living

Digital50
The Power of Coaching for Middle Managers Is Focus of Annual Boston Executive Coaching Conference on October 12

BOSTON, Sept. 11 PRNewswire — In a unique half-day conference, mid- level Boston-area executives and their prominent executive coaches will talk about the impact of coaching on leadership and organizations at the Annual Boston Executive Coaching Conference. Sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology on October 12, 2007 at the Dedham Hilton from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Recent research by ClearRock has shown that a growing number of middle managers are in the difficult position of being accountable for their organization's results but unable to perform effectively under that pressure. They are being by-passed for promotions as their employees are selected for the more senior positions. As a result, in a good economy, the good middle managers are prone to leave for better opportunities. "Coaching for the middle managers can address the issues of performance, career advancement, and retention of the middle managers with high potential," says conference director Dr. Lewis Stern.
www.digital50.com

December 04, 2005
The Connection Between Spirituality and Psychology: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology's Spirituality Program, Conference Seek to Build a Community

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Mental health experts estimate that about 80 percent of patients bring up their spiritual life during therapy but only about 15 percent of therapists are trained to work with that aspect of a patient's life to enhance healing. At the same time, more and more studies show that attention to this dimension can have an important impact. To help psychologists and other mental health professionals explore the role of spirituality in their personal and professional lives and that of their patients, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) has established a Spirituality Program and is holding its first major conference on Dec. 3. Read more from this post.
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The Boston Globe—SPIRITUAL LIFE
Drawing on faith to fight depression
By Rich Barlow  | March 25, 2006

The pioneering psychoanalyst Carl Jung noticed something about mental illness. ''Among all my patients in the second half of life -- that is to say, over 35 -- there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook in life."

Jung's observation, quoted by psychoanalyst Kathryn Madden at an MIT conference last week, goes to an idea that has spurred three academic events in Greater Boston in recent months: the spiritual aspects of mental health and mental illness.
www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/

Updated 7/22/14

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