Category Archives: Symposiums & Talks

Psychological Treatments for Addictive Disorders: A One-Day Conference

New York State Psychological Association Division on Addictions and The North Bronx Healthcare Network Department of Psychology Presents:
Psychological Treatments for Addictive Disorders: A One-Day Conference

November 1, 2013

Jacobi Medical Center
Corporate Training Center
Building 4 Nurse’s Residence, 2 East
1400 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, NY 10461

Register Now!

You can also register for this event by calling central office at 800-732-3933.

8:30-9:00 am

9:00-9:15 am
Greetings and Introductions
Richard Juman, PsyD, Past-President of NYSPA

9:20 -10:10 am
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Moving Between Treatment Models
Alexandra Woods, PhD, President, Division on Addiction; Independent
Practice, New York City

10:10- 10:30 am – BREAK

10:30-11:45 am
Working with Complexity: Integrating Psychoanalytic Thinking in the Treatment of Substance Misuse
Debra Rothschild, PhD, Independent Practice; Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

11:45-12:45 pm –  LUNCH

12:45-1:30 pm
Reflections on Group Process with Substance Abusers
Ilana Breslau PhD, Senior Psychologist, NCB Outpatient Psychiatry Department;
Jane Caflisch, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services

1:35-3:05 pm
Speaking One’s Mind: Using Chairwork Dialogues to Treat Trauma and Addictions
Scott Kellogg, PhD, New York University and The Chairwork/Schema Therapy Treatment Project

3:05-3:30 pm – BREAK

3:30-5:00 pm
Embracing Ambivalence is the Path to Recovery: A Skills Building Session
Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, Founder and Director, Center for Optimal Living

Registration Fees:
Professionals: $40
Students/Trainees: $20
Free of charge for Psychology Staff at NCB and JMC

Neurons, Stress, and Responsibilities

I was going to post about the “From Neurons to Neighborhoods” lecture at Weill Cornell Medical College, but I noticed that the very first blog post was about just that! It sounds like a very interesting lecture about a fascinating topic. I am currently enrolled in Dr. Mangels’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior class in Cognitive Neuroscience and she provides us with many valuable resources both in class and through email. I first found out about the lecture from her and I was very glad that another REU student was also aware of it. I also recently received an email about an NSF REU program in Brooklyn College from Professor Mangels; her email read as follows:

“The Brooklyn College NSF REU Program in Neuroscience is seeking undergraduate applications for Spring 2014 (program dates are Jan. 27 – May 16, 2014).  The current application deadline is October 1, 2013 (but we plan on extending it for a couple of weeks).  Twelve students will be admitted  (8-9 from campuses other than Brooklyn) and each will receive a stipend of $3,100.  REU participants are given the opportunity to carry out an independent research project under the guidance of REU mentors, and to deepen their understanding of the neurosciences through structured didactics and ethics training.

Email Susan Chi if you are interested (
More information about the program can be found on the following website and blog:

While I know that this opportunity will not directly apply to any of us since we already are REU students in a year-long program, this may be an invaluable opportunity for those you may know (especially those with an interest in neuroscience)…and maybe a chance for us to apply for next year!
Personally, I am starting to find neuroscience to be quite daunting and intimidating. When I enrolled in Dr.Mangels’s course I truly did not know what I was getting myself into (I guess I overlooked the entire “science” part of “neuroscience” and expected to be learning fun, almost trivial facts about the brain…enough to brag about, but not enough to truly understand.) With an exam fast approaching and other responsibilities accumulating, I am finding myself in a rather tough spot.
As for  lab life, every week I feel more and more confident about the Sleep Deprivation IRB. Professor Engle-Friedman, Tiffani, Viktoriya, and I are almost finished with the Part II and cannot wait to finally submit it and begin running our study. This is one responsibility that I am very excited to take on!

The 11th Annual Neuropsychology Research Day @ Queens College

If anyone is interested in neuropsychology . There will be research being presented next Friday at Queens College.

The 11th Annual Neuropsychology Research Day

Friday, October 11, 2013

In the Rosenthal Library Auditorium, ground floor, room 230

Students interested in learning more about the wide range of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology research at Queens College are strongly encouraged to attend all or part of this conference.

Research talks are given by graduate students and faculty in the CUNY Neuropsychology doctoral program beginning at 9:30 and continuing throughout the day with a break from 12-1:00. The keynote address is at 1:00. Presentations are 15 minutes long and include all areas of on-campus Neuropsychology research (including studies of drugs of addiction, cognition, emotion, developmental disabilities, epilepsy, neurogenesis, cortical plasticity, feeding behavior, to name a few).

The highlight of the conference is the KEYNOTE ADDRESS, given by:

Dr. Marina Picciotto (Yale University)


Title: “From Molecules to Behavior: Role of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Nicotine Addiction, Food Intake and Depression”

Time:  1:00-2:15 PM

Lecture and Symposium Series (Neuroscience and Child Development)

Hi everyone,

I found out about this lecture and symposium series on Neuroscience and Child Development that I thought I would pass along. Just RSVP using the link before if you want to attend.


Inaugural Lecture – Friday, October 4th at 3:00PM
“From Neurons to Neighborhoods”

Uris Auditorium at Weill Cornell Medical College (1300 York Avenue)

Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. will discuss his work, which is focused on the science of early childhood development. Dr. Shonkoff is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also the Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. His work has been essential to our understanding the importance of the period of infancy in the context of lifespan development. Andrew Solomon, Winner of the National Book Award and Author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity will moderate the discussion.

Symposium – Saturday October 5 th from 8:30AM to 6:00 PM

Sackler Institute Symposium on Recent Advances in Infant Research
Italian Academy at Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (btwn 116 th and 118 th Streets)

Registration Required – No fee – Link to RSVP

This Symposium is designed to bring together the world’s experts studying infant development and highlight the recent progress in this area and is comprised of the following 5 sessions:

Session 1 – Perception and Neurobiological Reactivity – Chair: William Fifer, PhD

  • Developmental origins of neurobiological responses to stress – W. Thomas Boyce, MD
  • Environmental influences on the development of attention and memory in infancy – Dima Amso, PhD

Session 2 – Caregiver/Infant Interaction – Chair: Catherine Monk, PhD

  • Mother-toddler interactions that communicate the gist of past violence: toward understanding and change – Daniel Schechter, MD, CC
  • When normal caregiver-infant interaction fails: the tragic case of shaken baby syndrome – Ronald Barr, MDCM

Session 3 – Adoption/Foster Care – Chair: B.J. Casey, PhD

  • The role of relationships in recovery from severe deprivation – Charles Zeanah, Jr, MD
  • Human limbic-cortical development following early caregiving adversity – Nim Tottenham, PhD

Session 4 – Attachment – Chair: Myron Hofer, MD

  • Effects of parental care on gene expression and brain development – Michael Meaney, PhD
  • The space between: vitalization and the relation between two brains – Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD

Session 5 – Autism in Infancy – Chair: Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD

  • Growing into and sometimes out of autism in early years – Catherine Lord, PhD
  • A cognitive neuroscience approach to the early identification of autism – Charles Nelson, PhD

You will be given a one-hour lunch break (on your own) from 12:00 to 1:00 between Sessions 2 and 3.

Please contact Heidi Fitterling at 212-543-6904 or if you have any questions

(Contributed by Kimberley Goonie)