Mind(Full) Video Series

Welcome to Mind(Full)—a series of interviews in which we have conversations with a number of our faculty members about their scholarship, research, and applications in the field of psychology, counseling, and applied psychology

Episode 1: Forensic and Correctional Counseling

Guest: Kaitlyn Peretti, PsyD

Dr. Kaitlyn Peretti joins Dr. Stanley Berman to provide a broad overview of the field of forensic psychology and a variety of associated career paths. Evidence-based practices for treating sexual offenders and preventing sexual violence are presented. Dr. Peretti also describes the effectiveness of treatment for individuals with a history of sexual violence and factors relevant for successful community reintegration.

Dr. Peretti is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Emphasis in Forensic and Correctional Counseling in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA program at William James College.

Episode 2: Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

Guest: Ronald Lee, PhD, LABA, BCBA-D

Dr. Ronald Lee brings his expertise in applied behavior analysis to describe the theoretical foundations and clinical applications of the principles of behavior. Dr. Lee outlines training and educational programs and potential career paths in the evolving field of applied behavior analysis. Dr. Stanley Berman also invites Dr. Lee to discuss his research in response variability in children with autism spectrum disorders and to consider future directions of the field.

Dr. Ronald Lee is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Department and the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis MA program at William James College.

Episode Three: Military and Veterans Psychology

Guest: Robert Dingman, EdD

Dr. Robert Dingman joins Dr. Stanley Berman to discuss the experiences, protective factors, and mental health needs of veterans and military families. Dr. Dingman describes the provision of effective services for these populations, while also emphasizing the benefits of less formal social support networks. The Train Vets to Treat Vets program and Military and Veterans Psychology college-wide concentration at William James College are outlined.

Episode 4: First Generation College Students

Guest: Susan Powell, PhD

Dr. Susan Powell joins Dr. Stanley Berman to examine the experiences of first generation college students and consider practices that may support every student’s ongoing academic success. Dr. Powell highlights the inequality in access to economic, social, and cultural capital between first generation and other college students, dispelling myths of a classless society and upward mobility that is uniformly available and positive. The variety of ways in which first generation college students can be perceived by their family members, in addition to their own sense of belonging, competence, and confidence, is also discussed.

Dr. Susan Powell is an Associate Professor in the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department.

Episode 5: Humanistic Psychology with Dr. Bob Childs

Guest: Bob Childs, PsyD

Dr. Stanley Berman invites Dr. Bob Childs to share his expertise in humanistic psychology and present key contributions from leading figures in the field. Dr. Childs describes the ongoing clinical applications of humanistic psychology, encouraging psychotherapists to be present and attuned to their own emotional experience. The tension that often exists between humanistic psychology and other empirically-based psychological theories is also discussed.

Dr. Bob Childs is both an alum and a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College.

Special Topic: William James: Psychologist and Philosopher 

Guest: Robert Dingman, EdD

Dr. Stanley Berman invites Dr. Robert Dingman to discuss the biography, scholarship, and key contributions of William James. Dr. Dingman describes the ongoing relevance and broad applications of James’ seminal work. James’ influential vision of a socially responsible and conceptually diverse psychology is presented.


Season One

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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