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Abstracts: A digest of monthly news and events from the MSPP community

Dr. Phil Aranow Dedication

On Friday, March 15, 2013, friends, family, colleagues and former students came together to remember, reminisce and honor the memory of Dr. Philip Aranow, a teacher, a friend, a mentor, and an individual who had tremendous impact on so many.

Phil Aranow Dedication
Phil Aranow Dedication
Phil Aranow Dedication
Phil Aranow Dedication

Family members of Dr. Aranow were honored guests and included his widow Dr. Deb Hulihan, their sons Henry and Matt, and Phil's two brothers. Deb's mother, sister, and husband also attended. Special guests included Dr. Ellen Siegel, a student of Phil's, and her husband, Donald–an MSPP trustee, who together made a generous gift to dedicate classroom 336 in honor of Dr. Aranow.

His family, former students, friends and colleagues spoke eloquently of the impact that Phil Aranow had on their lives. He was a perfect example of the relationships between students and faculty that MSPP fosters and supports. Dr. Nicholas Covino, MSPP president and CEO, also expressed his appreciation of Dr. Aranow and the Siegel's generosity:

"Today is not a Memorial, but an opportunity for celebration. In the Jewish tradition the word Tsedakah conveys several useful meanings; generosity, charity, righteousness, fairness or justice. The physician, philosopher Maimonides conveyed that philanthropy is more than charitable giving; it is a way of doing the right thing. He describes eight levels of giving for Tsedakah and the Siegel's generous gift meets most of them. The highest level of giving is one that is given anonymously and furthers the autonomy and independence of the recipient. As MSPP moves to own this new facility, gifts of this generous magnitude, not only supports the acquisition of a wonderful resource, they provide the foundation for its mission… As you view the commemoration outside of this room, you will not see the Siegel's name; in keeping with the best practices of Maimonides, they wish their gift to be anonymous. What they did want to recognize was the impact that an instructor had on his student; Phil Aranow changed Beth Siegel's life and she and Don wanted to recognize that. This gift and its sentiments, allows me to praise our faculty and staff for their excellence and generosity. Thank you Ellen and Don for making this possible."

This was the first dedication of a classroom and hopefully will serve as a model for future gifts and investments as MSPP begins its first ever Capital Campaign to support its new campus and programs. Once again, thank you Ellen and Don Siegel for your generosity!

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MSPP's Red Batons Travel to Baton Rouge

by Jeana-Marie Allan


his past February, MSPP's "Red Batons" team traveled down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to assess children from low-income African American families who would not otherwise receive testing services. The Red Batons originally began as a student initiative to help those individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina (August, 2005). This year, Dr. Lionel Joseph, PhD, PsyD, and the rest of the Red Batons team were fortunate to have one of the founding students, Dr. Talya Rabina, return as a co-instructor and fellow tester.

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While in Baton Rouge, the Batons worked under the supervision of a Louisiana psychologist and assessed five identified children who were experiencing cognitive, academic, and emotional difficulties. Using the data collected, the team will be writing reports to help the children, and their respective families and schools, better understand the relative contributions of trauma and learning disorders to the children's unique struggles.

During the week, the Red Batons also demonstrated their relationship-building skills, not only across cultures and regions, but also within two new school systems: Redemptorist Elementary School and Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy. The team created strong connections with all the children assessed, and both schools have expressed their desire to continue working with MSPP's Red Batons in the future.

The team's local Louisiana host, Sister Judith Brun, is a previous MSPP Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipient, and superb cooker of traditional Louisiana cuisine! According to Sister Judith, MSPP's Red Batons team is one of only two organizations that have returned to the area consistently since Hurricane Katrina. After Hurricane Katrina, the already-stressed school systems in Baton Rouge struggled to accommodate the displaced students from New Orleans. Given these unfortunate limitations, Sister Judith and the school administrators are eager to have more testing psychologists in the area, and MSPP has continued to support these ongoing recovery efforts in the state.

Additionally, students have also had the opportunity to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina through MSPP's C.A.R.E. program. For many years, students have had the opportunity to volunteer with the C.A.R.E. program and travel to New Orleans where they helped rebuild communities and homes. Students have also worked in a variety of other relief efforts such as planting trees, working at animal shelters, and providing homes and neighborhoods with energy efficient light bulbs.

Through the years, whether Red Batons or C.A.R.E. volunteers, in snowy Massachusetts or in the state of jambalaya and jazz music, MSPP students continue to demonstrate their commitment to the school's motto: "Meeting the Need...Making a Difference."

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MSPP Career Fair 2013 Gets High Marks

Career Services hosted its Second Annual Career Fair on February 28. The response from local employers to the invitation was close to 109 percent with many bringing both recruiters and hiring managers.

Career FairEmployers were primarily seeking candidates with degrees from our Master's in Counseling Programs and our Clinical PsyD. program. Students and alumni arrived at the fair and were enthusiastic about networking and learning more about job opportunities.

"I made some great contacts and became interested in positions I didn't know would be available, " said Sarah Wolford, a second-year master's student. Others stated that they found talking with various employers gave them valued insight to the culture of the organization.

Student ambassadors helped manage the affair. According to Tricia Krzywicki, director of Career Services, "The room was vibrant throughout the evening. Feedback was incredibly positive and affirming." Faculty and staff also attended and welcomed employers and encouraged the students to make connections.

The event was marked a success by the company recruiters as well. A few comments included: "We met some great candidates," and "These students were very knowledgeable and well prepared."

We look forward to hosting this event annually and expanding our list of employers.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child and Family Forensic Psychology

Child and Family Psychological Evaluation Service of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce four (4) one-year postdoctoral training opportunities in child forensic psychology. The four (4) Fellowships are full-time and carry a stipend of $38,000. The one-year Fellowships can begin in July, August, or September of 2013. The Child and Family Psychological Evaluation Service ("CAFPES") is a consultation/evaluation unit within the MSPP Center of Excellence for Children, Families, and the Law. It provides forensic evaluation and consultation services to courts, attorneys, and public and private agencies on issues in which children and families are involved in the legal system (divorce, custody, abuse, access, etc.). The Fellowship offers supervised experience and training in work for the Probate & Family Courts of Massachusetts, including opportunities to testify in court with guidance from an experienced supervisor/evaluator and a retired judge. In addition, Fellows participate in various seminars and other learning activities offered by MSPP.

These Fellowships are one-year, full-time positions. Fellows are required to work a minimum of 40 hours per week and will be provided with supervision by experienced, licensed psychologists. By the end of the Fellowship year, Fellows will have completed 2,000 training hours. Fellows will also be involved in the direct service provision such as groups for parents or children in high-conflict divorces and other interventions services. Fellows will attend two MSPP classes each semester that are dedicated to the relevant case law, legal statutes, and professional "best practices" in this area of expertise.

Applicants must have a PhD/PsyD in psychology with APA-accredited predoctoral internship. Child training is required. WE WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS ON A ROLLING BASIS UNTIL POSITIONS ARE FILLED. Send curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, and three (3) current letters of recommendation by May 10, 2013 to Robin Deutsch, PhD, Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families, and the Law, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP), One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA, 02459. For further information, contact Robin Deutsch at

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Hopes and Dreams: A Photo Exhibit by Dr. Leo Chan

Hopes and Dreams

Growing up in a one-bedroom apartment in Hong Kong as the youngest of 8 children, Leo Chan knew what it was to go without. He, his family, and his neighbors had communal toilets and showers and at times not enough to eat. Leo worked diligently to get education (he has a PhD in Media Communications and teaches at the University of Houston) and, with the benefits he has found and achieved in life, has made it a precedent for him to give back. He has shown his photography around the world and all feature the hopes and dreams of children in impoverished parts of the world. "By bringing to light the challenges children face around the world in order to get basic food, water, and education alongside messages of hopes and the children's dreams, I want to be part of the change…even it is about securing papers, pencils or crayons…it is about the humanity we share."

Leo and ErikLeo, an adjunct faculty member of the Media Psychology program and long–time colleague of Dr. Erik Gregory, director of the Organizationall Leadership Department, presented his art exhibit on March 14 as an inaugural art exhibit event at MSPP. His photographs will be in the foyers through March 28. Those interested in making a contribution to school children in Cambodia (100 percent of all donations go to the schools) can do so at

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Spring Events You Shouldn't Miss

Click here for a full listing of our community events

"The Colors of Resilience"

An Art Exhibition featuring Haitian artists of Jacmel and
New England In support of the Jacmel Artists' Network

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 5:30-8:00 pm
at MSPP, One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459

Come meet the artists and enjoy some food and music! This exhibit will be open to the public until May 24th For hours and more information, please contact Gretchen Nash 617- 564-9418,

Join us also for an exciting Continuing Education event: Weathering the Storm like Bamboo: Rethinking the Concept of "Resilience" in the Haitian Community Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013 (6-12 CE Credits) For more information, or to register, click here.

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MSPP Gala, Mental Health Matters and Commencement
Focus on the needs of veterans

MSPP Gala Honoring Veterans
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6:00 pm
Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, Boston, MA

In 2012, MSPP students provided 2,345 hours of clinical service to veterans in VA hospitals and other veteran-related settings. MSPP is a national model providing mental health support to our veterans, their families and active duty personnel. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

MSPP Thirty-Third Commencement, 2013

Sunday June 2nd, 2013, 11:00 am
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA

Commencement Address Will be delivered this year by Congresswoman Ladda Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Click here for more details.

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Mental Health Matters

On June 1 will include experts in the field and
policy makers commited to the care of returning veterans.

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News about Faculty, Staff and Students


Marsh VannicelliMarsha Vannicelli, PhD, teaching faculty in the Clinical PsyD Program, presented a workshop titled 'Endings: The Bitter and The Sweet' at the annual meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association in New Orleans on March 2. She will be presenting a workshop at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy in June, "Streamlining Private Practice: Increasing the Gain, Decreasing the Pain." She has also been invited to write a chapter for the new edition of the book called Dilemmas in Group Psychotherapy edited by J. Shay and L. Motherwell.

Robert KinscherffRobert Kinscherff, PhD, Esq., teaching faculty, vice president of community relations, has begun as a subject matter expert member on its Working Group on Prevention and Prediction of Gun Violence of the American Psychological Association to produce a "science brief" document on gun violence in the wake of the mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT. He also published a co-authored paper with Dr. Thomas Grisso on international law and the participation of American psychologists in proceedings where youth may be subject to life without possibility of parole. Kinscherff and Dr. Kimberly Larson, JD, PhD (teaching faculty, Forensic & Counseling MA program) of MSPP are currently working with Dr. Frank DiCataldo of Roger Williams University on an invited paper on professional practice and ethical issues in conducting psychological assessments when youth may be subject to life without possibility of parole. In February, Kinscherff presented for national grant recipients in Washington, D.C. on juvenile justice screening and assessment for the Council of State Governments and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and on APA Guidelines on Child Protection Evaluations and evidence law for Children's Charter.

During January, Dr. Kimberly Larson, JD, PhD was thrilled to begin work on her new National Institute of Justice grant, which will examine youths' understanding of waiver of counsel, as well as her MacArthur Legacy project that will continue her legislative and technical assistance work with states creating juvenile competence to stand trial legislation. During February, Larson was invited to co-chair the Juvenile Justice Academic Interest and Research Group at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, along with her colleague Dr. Gina Vincent. The focus of the group is to bring together academics and interested parties from other state and local agencies for potential collaboration and education on juvenile justice topics. In March, Larson had a very busy month. She attended the American Psychology Law Society's annual conference in Portland, Oregon, where she participated in mentoring events for students and ECPs to assist them with their career goals in the field of Law and Psychology. Larson was also an invited speaker at the Forensic Mental Health Association of California's annual conference in Monterey, California on March 14, 2013. Later in the month, she provided technical assistance and training in Michigan to assist in preparing them for the implementation of their newly passed juvenile competence to stand trial legislation. She will also be visiting Georgetown University as part of the kick off to her new grant-funded NIJ project examining waiver of counsel in juvenile court.

Gayle MacklemA professor at Wheelock College asked MSPP (Dr. Bob Lichtenstein) for a staff person to talk about anxiety disorders in children. Gayle Macklem, MA, LEP, School Psychology department, volunteered. This was a class of 27 juniors and seniors and there were students in various majors and programs, including Child Life, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy, Elementary Education, Special Education, Counseling Psychology, Human Development and Psychology. "It was a good group and they asked excellent questions. It was nice to be able to talk about MSPP with them as well, " she said.

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Peter Korn, one of the MA Counseling Psychology students who will be graduating in June, has had an article he co-authored accepted for publication! The title of the article is "Older Adults' Perceptions of Recovery from Mental Illness: Impact of Psychiatric Hospitalization Prior to 1990"--it will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Claudia M. Gallagher, PsyD candidate, and Jane Adelizzi, PhD, assistant dean of students at MSPP, presented a session on the "Impact of Complex Trauma on Learning & Functioning in Higher Education" at Mass. Bay Community College's 2012 conference on trauma in postsecondary settings. This presentation was well received and explored how the issues of trauma unfold and are ultimately responded to within diverse college environments in the 21st century. Claudia's contribution reflected the topic of her doctoral project as well as her ongoing work in trauma-sensitive schools.

jacqueline DejeanJacqueline Dejean, PsyD candidate in the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Doctoral Program, will be presenting at the XXXIII International Congress of Law and Mental Health to be held in July in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The International Academy of Law and Mental Health accepted her abstract entitled Diversity and Higher Education: Exploring Therapeutic Jurisprudence as an Organizational Development Strategy.

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MSPP In the News

MSPP Interface℠ is featured in an article about the town of Harvard's counseling service in Nashoba Publishing. See it here.

MSPP is mentioned in this aricle about access to children's mental health services in the Boston Globe. Read it here.

MSPP Interface℠ was also mentioned in the Lowell Sun in an article about Groton's suicide prevention prevention program. Read it here.

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On a More Personal Note

Lifespan Development: Learning through art and music

Erik Gregory, PhD, Director of Organizational and Leadership Psychology, decided to put his money where his mouth is and start to learn an instrument he always loved since his time in Erik GregoryHawaii: the Ukulele. "I push my students to reconnect with their passions as leaders and to find within that passion, the energy and sanctuary they need. I always admired my friends who, while I was living in Hawaii, could pick up the Ukulele and strum a few tunes on the beach." Gregory's spouse, Rictor Noren, writes a blog, "Music Maker" for Psychology Today on the importance of Music Education for the adult learner.

The word Ukulele comes from the Hawaiian meaning "dancing or jumping flea." When the Portuguese sailors introduced these small instruments to the Islands, the Native people characterized the fast movement of the fingers on the strings as jumping fleas. Since then, the ukulele has been inexorably tied to Hawaii and Hawaiian culture. "It brings a bit of Hawaii home to Boston."

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Updated 9/30/13

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