PES Friday Newsflash

The PES Newsflash is a weekly news roundup from the Counseling and Counseling Psychology and School Psychology departments.

Dissertation Proposal Defense

Rachel Larrain successfully defended her dissertation proposal in December, entitled “High School Students’ Mathematics Self-Efficacy and Achievement: Considering Ethnicity and School Belonging.” Her mentor is Dr. Akane Zusho and her readers are Dr. Anthony Cancelli and Dr. Yi Ding. Congratulations!

Accomplishment by a Former Faculty Member and Dean

Vincent C. Alfonso, dean of the Gonzaga University School of Education, has been elected to a three-year term on the American Psychological Association, Board of Educational Affairs. The APA is the nation’s largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology, and is the world’s largest association of psychologists with some 130,000 member researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. The following is an excerpt from the Gorganza University News:

Dean Alfonso began his term Jan. 1 on the BEA, which represents the wide range of interest characteristic of psychology in all its aspects. Among other responsibilities, the BEA recommends to the APA Board of Directors and Council of Representatives educational policy for the organization and changes to its programs and operational priorities that allow APA to take a national leadership role in education. Dean Alfonso’s presence on this APA leadership group speaks to his stature in the profession,” said Gonzaga Academic Vice President Patricia O’Connell Killen. “It also brings important visibility to Gonzaga’s School of Education and to Gonzaga more widely.”

Alfonso, who became dean of the School of Education in 2013, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his master’s and doctorate in clinical/school psychology from Hofstra University. His scholarly work focuses on assessment and treatment of preschool children, psycho-educational assessment, life satisfaction and well-being, professional training, stressful life events, social support and health. He came to Gonzaga from Fordham University where he served for 19 years – initially as a faculty member before coming extensively involved in academic leadership and administration in the Graduate School of Education and the university.

Dean Alfonso is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals, more than 20 book chapters, and six scholarly books. He is a presenter at meetings of the APA and the National Association of School Psychologists. A licensed psychologist and school psychologist, Dean Alfonso is a frequent invited lecturer and consultant to schools as well as professional and training organizations.

Upcoming Conferences

Fordham University will be having a conference on trauma, titled “Treating Trauma in Children and Adolescents“. It will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2015. Registration is now live on the website.

This conference will address the important topic of working with individuals with psychological trauma. It is intended for mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents and who are interested in further developing a trauma-informed approach to treatment. Speaker topics include:

Treating Traumatic Stress Across the Service System
Dr. Glenn Saxe, MD
Director of the NYU Child Study Center

Treating Adolescent Attachment Trauma: The Challenge of Connection
Martha B. Straus, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School

Trauma and Resilience: A Parenting Perspective
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Weill Medical College; Faculty member, The William Alanson White Institute Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

Trauma Treatment in the Schools: A Pilot Program
Amelio D’Onofrio, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor and Founding Director, Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University



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