Featured Stories tagged with "psychology"

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To paraphrase a well-worn cliché, there’s more than one way to test a scientific hypothesis. Researchers can spend endless hours in what Columbia University Clinical Psychiatry Assistant Professor Dvora Sanders refers to as “wet lab” experiments. Or, in laymen’s terms, the scenario most of us picture when thinking about clinical trials: people in white coats implementing fancy equipment and conducting a trial-and-error process with myriad variables. Conversely, there’s Sanders’ preferred execution of data analysis, which she describes as a more “straightforward” way to arrive at hopefully similar conclusions.
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So often, we’re defined by the negativity in our lives and/or the trauma we’re exposed to. Even more commonly, those experiences and emotions are dealt with strictly in terms of stress disorders and difficulty functioning within a stable and happy life. There is, however, a growing sentiment toward the study of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), which essentially posits that after confronting tragedy, one can transform their struggles into positive individual progress. In other words, trauma can be absorbed, worked through, and then potentially used as a catalyst for healing. 
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One of the foremost questions college applicants ask themselves is, “Where is my education going to lead 10 years down the line?” The answer, of course, is largely up to the student and how much effort they put in during and after academia. But if 2002 Lander Arts and Sciences (LAS) grad and Psychology major Dr. Steven Zimmerman is looked to as an example, the ceiling is sky-high.
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When you know, you know. It’s a sentiment that can apply to life, work, family and career. For LAS psychology major alumnus Sari Herzog—who’s simultaneously preparing for a wedding and looking at grad schools to earn her Ph.D.—all possible interpretations no doubt apply. But her academic path in particular has been a lifelong affair.
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Living in contemporary society carries with it the burden of reconciling one’s inherited history and tradition with surging advances in how we communicate. It’s a modern, kinetic world with myriad of ancient beliefs and customs. That dichotomy can be a hard thing for a person of faith to balance in their daily life, and members of the Orthodox Jewish community are no exception. Gabriel Hoffnung, a graduate of Touro’s Lander School of Arts & Sciences’ psychology program (and current Yeshiva University Ferkauf student), believes that guidance from therapeutic counseling helps patients live a practical life, as well as one that’s spiritually fulfilling.
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Philosophically, root-generating plant stems known as rhizomes are metaphors for how thought and action can spring from unlikely sources and seamlessly intertwine. In that sense, Dr. Chaim Neuhoff’s work as a clinical psychologist and community leader could be described as fundamentally rhizomatic.
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While earning his Psychology degree at Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences (LAS), Shloime Fellig, Miami native and current Brooklyn resident, founded Outgrow.me, which provides a unique platform to sell creations originally endorsed by Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Rockethub. As a result, Outgrow.me is one of the only Web destinations to find, for example, Inna Jam’s spicy Fresno Chili or the revolutionary Ouya free-to-play game console. In essence, Outgrow.me both capitalizes on the growing crowdfunding approach to design and manufacture and offers exciting goods and services that even Amazon doesn’t stock.
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Inspiration often comes from unexpected sources. Fifty-five-year-old Brooklynite Rachel Cohan moved from Brazil to America when she was 14. Over the next four decades, she adjusted to our culture and language, got married, raised three daughters and excelled at a career in bookkeeping. The only thing she didn’t accomplish was earning a college degree.
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People helping people helping people: It may as well be Perella Perlstein’s mantra. After all, it’s implicitly guided her studies and career up to this point. The 2006 Lander College of Arts & Sciences (LAS) Psychology grad and current Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Touro—she also acquired a Masters in School Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in between—has been pursuing a greater knowledge of how anxious and personality disorders develop and get successfully treated. She’s also long yearned to work in academia, molding like-minded future peers’ sophistication about our scientific minds.
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Yehoshua Bochner wears many hats: He’s a Lander College of Arts and Sciences (LAS) alumnus. A Ph.D. candidate at Fielding Graduate University of Psychology. Adjunct professor at LAS. Husband. Father of five. Bobov Chasid (his shtreimel—a literal hat, that one!)