Episode 1:  Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare

Guest: Natalie A. Cort, PhD

  • Director, Black Mental Health Graduate Academy
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department
  • Core Faculty, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health
  • Core Faculty, Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience

About Episode 1: Dr. Natalie Cort joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the importance of confronting racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare. Dr. Cort emphasizes the impact of implicit racial biases on diagnosis and treatment, and urges mental health professionals to demonstrate curiosity and humility in recognizing and exploring their unconscious biases.

Episode 2:  Structural Dynamics in Leadership Psychology

Guest: Kathryn Stanley, PhD

  • Chair, Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department
  • Director, Leadership Psychology PsyD Program
  • Faculty, Leadership Psychology PsyD

About Episode 2: Dr. Kathryn Stanley joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the application of structural dynamics, a model of interpersonal interaction, in leadership psychology. Dr. Stanley highlights the expectation for today’s leaders to be self-aware, emotionally regulated, and in command of themselves in a whole new way. Dr. Stanley describes the use of Dr. David Kantor’s structural dynamics model in organizational consultation. This model seeks to increase the effectiveness of communication and broaden the interpersonal repertoire among team members.

Episode 3:  Human Trafficking: An Introduction

Guest: Paola Michelle Contreras, PsyD

  • Assistant Professor, Counseling Department

About Episode 3: Dr. Paola Michelle Contreras joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the complex issue of human trafficking, both in terms of sex trafficking and trafficking for manual labor. Anti-trafficking efforts involving peer support advocates with lived experiences of human trafficking are identified as a growing area of intervention. Dr. Contreras emphasizes collaboration among providers and researchers to minimize stigma and increase awareness surrounding the breath and depth of the problem. The William James College Human Trafficking Community Research Hub is described as an online platform increasing access to relevant information and research on human trafficking. 

Episode 4:  Practical Approaches in Expressive Art Therapy

Guest: Yousef AlAajrma, PhD, REAT

  • Academic Director, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services
  • Associate Professor
  • Area of Emphasis Director, Expressive Arts Therapy

About Episode 4: Dr. Stanley Berman invites Dr. Yousef Alajarma to discuss the field of expressive arts therapy, including the history of the field and potential career paths. Dr. Alajarma also shares his experience using expressive arts therapy when language barriers exist and in the treatment of trauma in Palestine.

Episode 5:  Adult Development and Implications for Leadership

Guest: William Hodgetts, EdD

About Episode 5: Dr. William Hodgetts joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the intersection between leadership and adult developmental psychology in the “VUCA” (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world that we live in. Dr. Hodgetts emphasizes the need for today’s leaders to grow and evolve towards greater complexity over the course of their lifespan, allowing for increased self-awareness, an examination of assumptions, and the ability to take multiple perspectives.

Episode 6:  Personality Disorders in Older Adults

Guest: Erlene Rosowsky, PsyD, FGSA

  • Director, Geropsychology Concentration
  • Director, Center for Mental Health and Aging Associate Professor

About Episode 6: Dr. Stanley Berman invites Dr. Erlene Rosowsky to share her knowledge surrounding personality disorders in older adults. Dr. Rosowsky describes the ways in which characteristics associated with an individual’s personality disorder may change in response to different contexts and stages of life. Individuals experiences of themselves and their interpersonal world in later life are discussed.

Episode 7:  Substance Abuse in Schools

Guest: Daniel B. Jacobs, PsyD, EdM, MBA

  • Assistant Professor, School Psychology Department
  • Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership Psychology Department

About Episode 7: Dr. Daniel Jacobs joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss youth substance use. Dr. Jacobs proposes taking a multi-tiered approach to addressing substance abuse in schools, which expands on existing programs and resources and begins at the elementary level. He emphasizes the importance of increasing protective factors through primary and secondary prevention, rather than taking a reactive approach to intervening in youth substance abuse.

Episode 8:  The Cultivation of Strengths through Appreciative Inquiry

Guest: David Haddad, EdD

  • Director, Behavioral Health Initiative
  • Coordinator for the Counseling Department of the Military and Veterans Program (MVP)

About Episode 8: Dr. David Haddad joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the cultivation of strengths in individuals and communities through appreciative inquiry. He describes his ongoing work with Dr. Claire Fialkov developing partnerships with organizations and communities internationally to provide large-scale sustainable interventions. Dr. Haddad reflects on their project in rural Kenya as they enter their fourth year

Episode 9:  Talent Management and Organizational Psychology

Guest: Carlene Caldwell, MA

  • Director of Talent Management Concentration, MA in Organizational Psychology

About Episode 9: Dr. Stanley Berman invites Carlene Caldwell to discuss the field of talent management. Carlene shares her experiences working in the assessment, hiring, retention, and development of talented employees. The growing opportunities for psychologists, as well as the increasing application of psychological concepts in organizations, is also discussed.

Episode 10:  Mental Health Services in Correctional Facilities

Guest: Nilda M. Laboy, PsyD

  • Associate Professor
  • Chair, Counseling Department

About Episode 10: Dr. Nilda Laboy joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the provision of mental health services in correctional facilities. Dr. Laboy emphasizes the critical importance of delivering effective treatment to incarcerated populations. She describes the challenges associated with providing psychotherapy and psychiatric care to inmates. The experiences of families who have a family member incarcerated are also discussed.

Episode 11:  Global Mental Health and Trauma

Guest: Richard F. Mollica, PsyD, MD, MAR

  • Faculty, Counseling and Global Mental Health program

About Episode 11: Dr. Richard Mollica joins Dr. Stanley Berman to share his expertise in global mental health and trauma. Dr. Mollica describes early misconceptions concerning refugee mental health and initial empirical investigations into the impact of mass violence. An integrated holistic approach to global mental health is presented. Dr. Mollica emphasizes the role of teamwork and partnership with local communities to foster sustainable growth and facilitate health promotion.

Episode 12:  School Climate and Social Emotional Learning

Nadja N. Reilly, PhD

  • Adjunct Faculty, School Psychology Department
  • Co-Director, Certificate in School Climate and Social Emotional Learning
  • Co-Director, Certificate Program in Behavioral Health and Pediatrics Integration
  • Associate Director, Freedman Center for Child and Family Development

Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC

  • Adjunct Faculty, School Psychology Department
  • Co-Director, Certificate in School Climate and Social Emotional Learning Executive
  • Director, Freedman Center for Child and Family Development

About Episode 12: Dr. Stanley Berman invites Dr. Nadja Reilly and Dr. Margaret Hannah to discuss social-emotional learning and school climate. Drs. Hannah and Reilly describe the integration of social-emotional approaches with existing school programs and academic instruction. Research suggesting social-emotional learning practices enhance students’ wellbeing and overall school performance is presented. Drs. Hannah and Reilly outline the implementation and evaluation of a systemic approach to enhance school climate.

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