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Reznikoff Scholarship Awarded to First Recipient

Reznikoff Scholarship Awarded to First Recipient

The Advisory Board thanks you for your generous support of the GSAS Annual Fund; which fosters student research and travel, and faculty and departmental initiatives.

Larry Altman, Ph.D., FCRH '72,GSAS '74 and '82 
F. Jay Breyer, Ph.D., GSAS '81, co-chair
Edward E. Conway, Jr., M.D., GSAS '80
Laura Coruzzi, Ph.D., FCRH '73, GSAS '75 and '79, LAW '85
James Falk, Ph.D., FCRH '74, GSAS '76 and '80
Dessa Glasser, Ph.D., GSAS '83 and '86
Joseph Pieroni, GSAS '72
Joseph Portera, FCRH '81, GSAS '99
Joseph Quinlan, GSAS '84, co-chair
Mary Byrne Rogan, Ph.D., TMC '72, GSAS '78 and '83
Kenneth Share, Ph.D., GSAS '02
Gerald Suita, Ph.D., GSAS '74
Immac "Casey" Thampoe, Ph.D., FCRH '80, GSAS '82 and '86 and LAW '94
Peter Ventimiglia, Ph.D., FCRH '65, GSAS '67 and '73

Barbara Mutkoski, Ph.D., GSAS '73
Joseph Coyne, GSAS '59
 Emily Sachs, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology who is assessing the impact of psychological distress on non-Western trauma survivors, has been named the first recipient of the Marvin Reznikoff Endowed Scholarship. 

A group of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences alumni, spearheaded by Mary D. Byrne Rogan, Ph.D., TMC ’72, GSAS ’78 and ’83, created the scholarship, which benefits graduate students working on the final stages of their dissertations, to honor Reznikoff’s legacy of mentoring graduate students.

The scholarship was announced at the third annual Communitas alumni reunion last March, where some 160 GSAS faculty and alumni also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Fordham’s Department of Psychology. Reznikoff was also presented with a Sapientia et Doctrina medal.

Reznikoff earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at New York University in 1953 and taught at Fordham from 1968 until 2007, during which time he mentored more than 80 doctoral candidates and received 14 research and training grants. He was chair of the psychology department for four years, from 1981 to 1985, and was appointed professor emeritus in 1994.

Now in his 80s, Reznikoff received a standing ovation from faculty, friends and former students at Communitas. He was lauded for his compassion and inspiration, in addition to having mentored what is thought to be a record number of dissertations within the department.

“People of my age have seen many moments,” said Reznikoff, who said he developed lasting professional and personal bonds with his students.

“Fordham has been the centerpiece of my life, and it will continue to be for evermore.”

Additional contributions are welcome. To make a gift, please contact Valerie K. Longwood, development director for GSAS, at (212) 636-7439 or

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