Information for Fordham Graduate Students/Faculty

Borrowing Assessment Materials

The center also serves as a resource for Fordham graduate students and faculty.

Please review the information below to learn more about the materials that are available and opportunities for involvement in center activities.

  • Test Library
    The center has a wide variety of test materials that are available for graduate students training at the center and students from the assessment classes who are required to learn and administer the tests.

    Reference Book Library
    The center has a reference book library. Books are available for students to read and review but cannot be borrowed.

    Special Topic Workshops
    The center provides several Special Topic Workshops during each semester that are designed to support their education in the program. For information, please visit Workshops/Events.

  • Positions and Application
    The center has many opportunities for Fordham graduate students who are interested to gain experience in providing educational and psychological services to children and adults.

    There are various part-time and full-time assistantships, supervisors, and psycho-educational evaluator positions.

    Students are also more than welcome to volunteer and help out with various Centers activities. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us to discuss how you can get involved!

    The following positions/opportunities are available:

    • Contact Dr. Kiraly (zkiraly@fordham.edu; 212-636-6485) about training opportunities.
    • Graduate Assistantship
    • Event Coordinator
    • Volunteer Program: Graduate students may volunteer to assist with conferences and events. After volunteering six hours, students will be awarded free access to one of the paid events. Please contact sceccevents@fordham.edu for more information.
  • The following positions are available for graduate students in the School Psychology and Counseling Psychology Programs:

    Integration Practicum
    The center provide intensive, per-semester practicum experiences for students enrolled in the Integration of Assessment Techniques course (PSGE7429). The practicum experience includes completion of two psycho-educational evaluations; report writing, attending group supervision, school observations, and conducting parent/client feedback.

    Students, who would like to apply for a practicum position at the center, should send a resume, a sample report, and a cover letter to zkiraly@fordham.edu. Candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

    Other Positions:
    Externship
    Internship
    Clinical Supervisor
    Psycho-educational Evaluator

  • Students are welcome to view test materials and other resources (e.g. books) at The Centers.

    The information below outlines some guidelines for borrowing materials from our Test Library:

    • Materials are issued by The Centers staff only during office hours (9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon-Fri). Please note: While we aim to help all students have access to test materials, students should not expect to take out materials after hours.
    • All tests are issued for a period of one week, and must be returned within this period unless prior arrangements have been made. Additionally, if there is only one copy of a test, it must remain at The Centers and cannot be taken out under any circumstances. There are rooms available at The Centers for you to view the material.
    • All overdue materials will be recalled via telephone or email. Individuals who do not return materials on time may be subject to late fees ($5.00 for every day late) and may lose rights to borrow materials in the future.
    • Under no circumstances should materials be loaned to another person. Each student is responsible and liable for the materials that are borrowed.
    • Student needs to check that all materials are complete before taking out the test kit. If there are any materials missing from a kit, students should notify the Graduate Assistants immediately.
    • When returning the tests, please carefully check the contents of each test kit. Take care to return the test complete and organized for immediate use by another student.
    • The student is liable for payment of any material or test component not returned, or damaged, while on loan to him/her.
    • Do not make notes or marks of any kind on the test materials as these will interfere with the integrity of the test and may mislead other test users.
    • Students in the assessment classes are provided at the beginning of the semester with a handout of the "Borrowing Procedures."
  • The Centers have ongoing research coordinated by Dr. Zsuzanna Kiraly, Director. These research projects have been presented in poster sessions at the American Psychological Association, The National Association for School Psychologists, and other professional meetings.

    If you would like more information about our ongoing research please email us at SCECenters@fordham.edu.

    What to expect from 3 to 5 years: Typical and atypical development and behavior.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. Ramos, BS, & E. A. Rentz, BS Presented: January 2004, Early Childhood Center of the New York Public Library, New York, NY.

    Clients’ Satisfaction at a University-Based Psychoeducational Assessment Center.
    E. A. Rentz, BS, V. C. Alfonso, PhD, Z. Kiraly, PhD, & L. B. Kestemberg, PhD Presented: August 2005, American Psychological Association (APA), Washington DC.

    Current University-Based Assessment Center Testing Trends.
    K. L. Orlovsky, BA, V. C. Alfonso, PhD, & L. B. Kestemberg, PhD Presented: August 2005, American Psychological Association (APA), Washington DC.

    Graduate Students’ Administration and Scoring Errors on the Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Cognitive Abilities (WJ III COG).
    E. Ramos, BS, V. C. Alfonso, PhD, & S. Schermerhorn, MS Presented: August 2005, American Psychological Association (APA), Washington D.C.

    Establishing a Database of University Psychology Training Centers: A National Sample.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, L. B. Kestemberg, PhD, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, E. A. Rentz, BS, E. Ramos, BS Presented: March 2006, Association for Psychological Science (APS), New York, NY.

    Identifying children with special needs: What to do and what not to do.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. A. Rentz, BS, & E. Ramos, BS Presented: November 2005, Early Childhood Center of the New York Public Library, New York, NY.

    Child Development: Ages and Stages.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. A. Rentz, BS, & E. Ramos, BS Presented: March 2006, Early Childhood Center of the New York Public Library, Bronx, NY.; May 2006, Public School 153, Bronx, NY.

    Language needs in the multicultural classroom.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. Ramos, BS, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, & E. A. Rentz, BS October 2008, Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology.

    Teachers, assessment of.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. A. Rentz, BS, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, & E. Ramos, BS October 2008, Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology.

    Test review: School Social Behavior Scales, Second Edition.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. A. Rentz, BS, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, & E. Ramos, BS 2007, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 25, 82-100.

    Bronx Project: A ten year prevention and early intervention project.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, E. Ramos, BS, & E. A. Rentz. BS Presented: August 2007, American Psychological Association (APA), San Francisco, CA.

    Preventive screening of inner city students: A referred sample.
    V. C. Alfonso, PhD, K. L. Orlovsky, BA, E. Ramos, BS, & E. A. Rentz. BS Presented: August 2007, American Psychological Association (APA), San Francisco, CA.

    The Bronx Project: Service Provision Trends for Inner City Youth.
    K. L. Orlovsky, BA, V. C. Alfonso, PhD, E. A. Rentz. BS, & E. Ramos, BS Presented: February 2008, National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), New Orleans, LA.

  • The Centers provides intensive, per-semester practicum experiences for students enrolled in the Integration of Assessment Techniques course (PSGE7429).

    In addition to course requirements, the practicum experience requires that the student commit 1.5- 2 workdays/week, conduct at least 2 psycho-educational evaluations and write the reports, attend supervision meetings and parent/client meetings as necessary.

    If you would like to apply for a practicum placement at the Centers, please send your resume, a sample report, and a cover letter to sceccenters@fordham.edu. Candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

  • Technology
    In addition to the technology resources in Quinn Library, School Psychology students have access to the technology center housed within the Graduate School of Education.

    The technology center is equipped with both PC and Mac computers so students may access the internet and work on individual and group assignments in a private setting.

    Additionally, most classrooms in the Graduate School of Education are technology-enhanced providing a multimedia learning experience. Wireless internet access is available throughout the school.

    Field Experience
    Fordham University’s Manhattan location allows for invaluable field experiences with diverse populations in settings throughout the New York metro area. In fact, Fordham students frequently spend time in clinical and research centers associated with many different local public and private institutions.

    The coordinator of field experience, Melissa Laracuenta (mlaracuenta@fordham.edu) assists students in securing placements in schools, clinics, hospitals, and research centers.

    Additionally, students in the past have had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, Honduras, and Israel for clinical and research experience.