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   New York SPSSI activities, spring 2012
   Harold Takooshian, SPSSI New York Chair



Once again over the spring season of 2012, many of New York SPSSI’s (SPSSI-NY) 400 members participated in nine free fellowship activities, arranged in concert with other groups, and kindly hosted by several local institutions. Many scenes from these activities appear at, or

February 2012

Psychology and Law: Behind the Scenes at the Bronx Supreme Court. Officer Tina Perez led five students and faculty on a two-hour law-psychology tour “behind the scenes” of the Bronx court – from central booking through sentencing.

Urban Forum at Fordham University. Forty-five people joined an urban forum on “Healthy cities in the 21st Century,” featuring Noema Chaplin (Servas), Harold Takooshian (Fordham), Peter R. Walker (SPSSI), Arline L. Bronzaft (GrowNY), Bryan C. Ardouny (Armenian Assembly), Rev. Moses Williams (New Brunswick NJ), and Ivana Petrovic (Belgrade).

New Directions in Forensic Psychology. The third annual forum on “New Directions in Forensic Psychology” welcomed 80 attendees, including experts Robert Emmons(Fordham), Thomas A. Caffrey (NYSPA Forensic Division), Gabrielle Stutman (NYSPA Forensic Division), Nancy Erickson (Consulting attorney), Rafael Art Javier (Saint John’s University), Nicholas Tolchin (Central New York Psychiatric Center), Chriscelyn Tussey (Bellevue), and Lauren E. Kois (AP-LS).

Student Workshop at Fordham University. “Publishing student research: Why & how?” presented an opportunity for twelve students to participate in this workshop with John C. Houtz, Joseph C. Giardino, and Harold Takooshian (Fordham).

March 2012

Psychology in Russia Forum at Fordham University. Russian faculty Irina Novikova, Alexey Novikov, and Elena Cherbotareva (People's Friendship University of Russia) led a forum on “Psychology in Russia: New trends,” with 40 attendees.

April 2012

40th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention. Over 400 students and faculty attended this year’s event ( SPSSI-NY offered panels on the history of psychology in New York City, and on promoting student excellence. These featured 10 research-based presentations by 17 experts:Samvel Jeshmaridian (TCI); Kerri Chladnicek, Hali G. Wood, & Jennifer M. Doran (New School University); Ivana Petrovic (University of Belgrade); Jason R. Young (Hunter); Sally T. Capanzano, Florence L. Denmark, &Mercedes A. McCormick (Pace); Joseph C. Giardino, Jason Reynolds,Harold Takooshian, Mark Mattson, Alex Lupo, & Mark E. Mattson (Fordham); Beverley Zabriskie (Jungian Psychoanalytic Association); and John D. Hogan (St. Johns).

International Conference at Saint Francis College. Over 100 people participated in the 2-day international conference on “Towards a Global Psychology,” led by a team headed by Uwe P. Gielen and Jennifer Lancaster.

Fifth Annual Psychology Day at the United Nations. On April 19, over 100 people joined the Fifth Annual Psychology Day at the UN.

May 2012

20th Pace University Psychology Conference. On May 5, over 100 joined the 20th Pace University Psychology Conference(

Fall 2012

Looking ahead to the Fall of 2012, SPSSI-NY plans more historical and other activities, in concert with other local groups.

The SPSSI-NY Planning Committee for spring of 2012:  Florence Denmark (Pace), Joseph Giardino(Fordham), Uwe Gielen (St Francis), Samvel Jeshmaridian (TCI), Mark Mattson (Fordham), Mercedes McCormick (Pace), Ivana Petrovic (Belgrade), Richard Velayo (Pace), Jason R. Young (Hunter).Please direct any questions or comments to me, the SPSSI-NY Chairperson.

-Harold Takooshian




PHOTO CAPTION: Over 400 people joined the 40th Hunter Psychology Convention, where the day ended with a thumbs-up as SPSSI presented its birthday cake to students.

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