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New York SPSSI Activities, Fall 2010
Harold Takooshian
SPSSI-NY Chairperson

Formed in 1984, the SPSSI-New York regional group in spring 2010 had one of its most active seasons in 26 years, thanks to its new website (, and the kind cooperation of several local hosts—the United Nations, Hunter College, Fordham and Pace Universities, local Psi Chi chapters, and the Eastern Psychological Association. In all, these 7 events for our 400 local SPSSI members featured over 100 presenters, addressing audiences totaling over 1,000 students and faculty.  One of these forums was partially televised by CNN Money Matters (on “Reducing students’ financial $tress”), and another on “the legacy of Stanley Milgram” was later published by APA in The General Psychologist (Spring 2010, pages 15-25).

In preparation for the 75th anniversary of SPSSI in 2011, SPSSI-NY received a grant-in-aid to convene a team of local historians to document SPSI @ 75, “the rich history of psychology and social issues in New York.”  Local faculty and students are invited to join this effort. This three-part project will (a) create a new DVD on “how to write a departmental history,” (b) invite the 93 local psychology departments to compile their own history, and (c) collect more information on SPSSI and local psychology, to share with others through conferences and publications.

For fall of 2010, SPSSI-NY offers another half-dozen free events with local institutions.  The largest of these is the 22nd Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, hosted by Touro College’s Lander College for Women at 225 West 60 Street in Manhattan. At, the call for papers by student and faculty researchers is due Oct 12, for possible presentation on November 7, including 5 awards for the top student research.

Direct any questions or comments to SPSSI-NY Chairperson Harold Takooshian,

 PHOTO CAPTIONS (Top 2 Photos) On February 17 at Fordham, CNN Money Matters partially televised the public forum on behavioral research approaches to “Reducing students’ financial $tress.” 

(Photo on Bottom) At Hunter College on April 24, students and faculty celebrate at the end of a day-long conference of research presentations. 


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