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Psychology Department Plans Yearlong Celebration

Psychology Department Plans Yearlong celebration

Beginning in September, the Department of Psychology will celebrate the achievements of the department and its alumni with a series of events and conferences as part of its yearlong 75th anniversary commemoration. 

On Sept. 27, the department will host a conference on the history of psychology in New York at the Lincoln Center campus. The conference, “History of Psychology in New York: Exceptional Place, Exceptional People,” examines the city’s and state’s rich psychological history and the interrelationships. Anne Higgins D’Alessandro, Ph.D., graduate director of the applied development program, is the department’s liaison for the anniversary celebration.  She set up the conference with Mark E. Mattson, Ph.D., associate chair for undergraduate studies at Lincoln Center.

On December 2, in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Anne Anastasi, David Budescu, Ph.D., will deliver the inaugural lecture as the University’s first Anne Anastasi Professor of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology.
Communitas, GSAS’s annual reunion, will cap off the yearlong festivities in March.  Noted neuroscientist John Disterhoft, Ph.D., GSAS ’68 and ’71, will deliver the Gannon lecture on March 28.

Also as part of Communitas ’09, GSAS alumni will honor Marv Reznikoff, Ph.D., former chair of the psychology department and director of the Clinical Training Program, with a scholarship in his name. Mary D. Byrne Rogan, Ph.D., TMC ’72, GSAS ’78 and ’83, the alumni chair of the department’s anniversary events, said the scholarship, which will benefit graduate students working on their dissertations, is a fitting honor that recognizes the man whom she describes as a true “man for others.”

“He is remarkably committed and supportive,” she said of her former mentor.  “He followed up with [all of his students] professionally and personally. Through this scholarship, we are honoring his name and taking his legacy out into the world as a good, honest and well-trained practitioner and great psychoanalyst.  He taught us all the importance of empathy.”

Other events scheduled for the year will bring together alumni and current and former faculty in networking opportunities and social gatherings as a chance to reconnect to the department.

For more information on the Department of Psychology’s anniversary celebration, please contact Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro at (718) 817-3778, or Mary D. Byrne Rogan, at

We would love to hear your ideas about how to celebrate the Department of Psychology’s Anniversary with other alumni.  Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts online at Click the “Psychology Alumni Survey” link.

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