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"The Meaning of the Message" Psychology 75th Anniversary Symposium Speaker Bios

Three Principles of Effective Political Communication: Openly Addressing the Conflicts at the Heart of Issues Like Racial Politics
 westenDREW WESTEN received his B.A. at Harvard University, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England), and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. For several years he was Chief Psychologist at Cambridge Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. His major areas of research are personality disorders, adolescent psychopathology, political psychology, psychotherapy effectiveness, and the interface of psychodynamics and neuroscience. An active clinician, researcher, and political consultant, Dr. Westen is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for two grants from NIMH.  His book, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, has had a wide influence on elections internationally.  He has advised a wide range of candidates and organizations, from presidential campaigns to the U.S. House and Senate Caucuses, and has written for a range of national publications.
Session I:
A Look Back on 75 Years: Key Research Highlights
Kenneth Clark's Impact on Brown vs. Board of Education
MONIQUE BOWEN, Session I moderator, is a 2012 graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. She is clinical instructor, Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and is currently completing her second year of postdoctoral training in forensic psychiatry at Kings County Hospital Center. In addition to clinical interviewing and forensic assessment, Bowen's professional interests include coping and resilience across childhood and adolescence; the psychotherapy training experiences of doctoral students in psychology and how beginning therapists negotiate complex clinical moments and begin to develop therapeutic identities; and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to social problems. She is a newly selected Early Career Scholar of the Division of Psychoanalysis (“Div. 39”) of the American Psychological Association (2014). She maintains a psychotherapy and consultation practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Bill Crain
WILLIAM CRAIN is professor of psychology at The City College of New York. His research interests include social relations, developmental theory, and children's sensitivity to nature. and He is the author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society and the editor of the journal, Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice. Professor Crain received his Ph.D., from the University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
 A. J. FranklinANDERSON J. FRANKLIN is the honorable David S. Nelson chair, counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. Professor Franklin focuses his research on the psychological well-being, resilience and health of African Americans and the impact of stereotypes and invisibility. Professor Franklin is the author of books including From Brotherhood to Manhood: How Black Men Rescue Their Relationships and Dreams from the Invisibility Syndrome. He has received numerous honorary awards including the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service. Dr. Franklin received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and his M.S. from Howard University.
 lzuckman2LEWIS ZUCHMAN, an adjunct psychology professor, is executive director of the Supportive Children's Advocacy Network (SCAN). He holds a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. Prior to joining SCAN, Zuchman was associate executive director at Edwin Gould Services for Children.  He serves on the board of several community organizations, including the Human Service Consortium of East Harlem and has played a prominent role in empowering New York’s City's Latino communities, including serving as a consultant to PROGRESS (Puerto Rican Organization for Research, Education and Self Sufficiency). Zuchman was one of the original 1961 Freedom Riders and has been recognized for his significant contributions to the civil rights movement.
Session II:
The Future of Social Messaging
ZACH GELLER is a student in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at The City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the Psychology Department at City College where he has taught about the psychology of social media. His current interests include the ways in which different communication technologies impact our relationships with ourselves and with one another. Prior to coming to the doctoral program at City College, Zach worked in human resources at Google. He holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Tufts University.
 Leora_TrubbLEORA TRUB is an assistant professor of psychology in the school/clinical-child psychology doctoral program at Pace University, where she teaches and supervises doctoral students in clinical work. She runs the digital media and psychology lab at Pace, where she works with a group of PsyD, MA and undergraduate students in exploring the role of technology in the development of the self and relationships. She is also in private practice in downtown Manhattan, where she sees adolescents, adults and couples. She is a graduate of the the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the City College of NY and CUNY Graduate Center.
Hal Spielman
HAROLD (HAL) M. SPIELMAN, a sociologist by training, is a recognized expert on advertising, marketing and communication research. He is chairman emeritus and founder of McCollum/Spielman Worldwide (MSW, Inc). After Spielman (CCNY '50) retired from MSW, he created a consulting service for marketing and advertising concerns. In 2008, his colleagues elected him to the Marketing Research Hall of Fame in 2008. He is also a long time board member and former president of the Optometric Center of New York (SUNY), the largest vision care and research center in the country, and was honored by SUNY with its prestigious “Benjamin Franklin” award for his service. He has served on the New York State governor’s commission on graduate school education (SUNY), and is the recent founder of, a practical and candid resource to navigating out of the single life and into more preferable scenarios.