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The SPSSI-New York Regional Group Report

by Harold Takooshian

New York SPSSI activities, Spring 2008

In spring 2008, the SPSSI New York group concluded another active season of 7 activities for members and their guests. 

On February 6, 60 people heard SPSSI national President Dan Perlman speak on “The dark side of relationships” at John Jay College, followed by a reception for Dan at Fordham University. 

On Feb. 22, 40 people at Fordham University heard author Andy Troy discuss his new book, “Living young: Evidence-based ways to slow aging.” (

On February 29-March 1, 50 people participated in the conference on “The violence of everyday life,” organized by psychoanalyst C. Edward Robins at Columbia University.

On  March 27-28, the 10th anniversary celebration of the Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology at St. Francis College included a presentation by Carol Bellamy (former Director of UNICEF).

On April 4, at the 25th Fordham Symposium on Careers in Applied Psychology, 20 students heard six experts discuss a career in their specialty: Marion Viray (careers with a psychology BA), Jeffrey A. Goldberg (personnel selection), Edward Quinn (training & development), John R. Fulkerson (international consulting), Julia Dobler (schools), Thanos Patelis (psychometrics).

Also on April 4, 60 people attended the Symposium on “The roots of evil” at Fordham, where Rachel Dink from Istanbul accepted a posthumous award to her murdered husband, Istanbul journalist Hrant Dink (1952-2006).

On April 12, SPSSI-NY hosted 4 sessions including 24 professionals and students at the 36th Hunter College Psychology Conference:

  1. History of Psychology in New York City.
  2. Writing the history of our department: Why and how?
  3. Anne Anastasi @ 100: Gifted teacher and mentor.
  4. Urban psychology.

For Fall 2008 in New York City, early plans are currently being finalized for six diverse activities, including: November 14 (the 20th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, hosted by Fordham University), and December 5 (the 8th annual Holiday Healing Circle).

The SPSSI-NY Planning Committee for Spring 2008 included Julia Dobler (Fordham), Uwe Gielen (St. Francis), John Hogan (St. John's), Ani Kalayjian (Fordham), Susan Opotow (John Jay), Wade Pickren (Ryerson), Jason Young (Hunter). Direct any questions or suggestions to Harold at .

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