Several Antioch University New England (AUNE) PsyD students, faculty, and alumni attended the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) annual conference on November 7, 2015, in Norwood, Massachusetts. This year’s theme focused on “Advocacy in the 21st Century: Working Together for the Greater Good.”
PsyD student Melissa Boudreau received an award for her presentation and poster titled “Africentric Resilience Training (ART) for African-American Soldiers” based on research conducted with Dr. Gargi Roysircar-Sodowsky, core faculty in AUNE’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Chad Lazarri attended in his role as AUNE student representative to MPA.
In addition, Dr. Lorraine Mangione, professor and director of practica in the AUNE Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, received a special recognition award in honor of her exceptional dedication to teaching and training in psychology. When introducing Dr. Mangione, AUNE alumna Wendy Vincent, a member of the MPA conference committee, stated, “I have first-hand knowledge of Lorraine’s commitment to students and training. Upon meeting her at AUNE’s open house 11.5 years ago, it was clear to me that she valued connecting with students, sharing common interests, and shepherding students into the field of psychology.”
Attendees returned with high praise for the conference’s two main speakers, both of whom discussed topics centered on ethics. Dr. Lisa Cosgrove, the associate professor of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, gave the keynote entitled “Psychiatry and Psychology Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption and Prescriptions for Reform.” She continues to do important research and writing about the overuse and unethical use of psychiatric medications.
Dr. Stephen Soldz, a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and public health researcher on the faculty of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, presented the plenary talk. His presentation was entitled “The Hoffman Report and Ethical Challenges Facing Our Profession” with Gene D’Angelo from Children’s Hospital as the discussant. Dr. Soldz spoke on the ethical challenges faced as we re-center psychology on its beneficence and “do no harm” ethics.
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