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November 6, 2009

21st Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research

St. Francis Faculty, Students & Alumni All Present Research

St. Francis College Alumni, Current Students and Faculty all played a part in the 21st Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research held at the College on November 6. They contributed to the more than 40 scientific presentations delivered by undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty from many area colleges and universities, representing various Psychological fields. The conference is endorsed by several national and regional organizations and provides students with a chance to meet and mingle with some prominent persons in the field.

“We are pleased to host this conference for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI),” said St. Francis College Professor and Conference Chair Jennifer Lancaster. “It gives us an opportunity to showcase our facilities and programs as well as provide our students with first-hand accounts of current research being conducted in psychology and related disciplines.”

Among the St. Francis graduates who took part in a panel on “Careers in Psychology” chaired by St. Francis College Psychology Professor Kristy Biolsi were; Sandyrose Rolon '08 (New York City Teaching Fellows); Avalene Persad '08 (Mental Health Counseling, LIU); Joseph Williams '03 (Mental Health Counseling, Fort Hamilton HS), Hakim Williams '02 (Education Research Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center), and Monica Michalski '01 (Assistant Dean Freshman Studies & Academic Enhancement, St. Francis College).

St. Francis student Jonathan Palumbo presented his research on, “Growing up Chinese in New York City.” He was rewarded for his work by winning the 2009 Guzewicz Award for outstanding cross-cultural research. His mentor is St. Francis Professor Uwe Gielen.

Among the other panels and presentations at the conference were a symposia entitled "Middle Age: A Time of Career Expansion and Change" chaired by St. Francis Adjunct Professor Julie Pellman and panels on “International Psychology” and “Trauma and Recovery.” Professors came from a wide variety of College and Universities including, Yale University, Teachers College Columbia University, St. John’s University, Rutgers and Fordham University.

As part of the conference, groundbreaking psychologist, Florence L. Denmark, a pioneer in the area of Women’s Studies, was presented with the Mitchell Award by the New York State Psychological Association.

The Conference was hosted by St. Francis College, the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
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