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PsyD Faculty Accomplishments, Publications, and Presentations

Faculty from the Antioch University New England’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology program are nationally recognized scholars who are making extraordinary contributions in engaged scholarship to advance social justice, disciplinary knowledge, and engaged citizenship. Their efforts result in significant journal publications, books, and presentations at national and conferences and symposiums.

“Our distinguished faculty value teaching, service, and applied research, which creates a dynamic environment for learning,” said Dr. Vince Pignatiello, Chair of the PsyD program. “They are active scholars and practitioners who are publishing and presenting and our PsyD students often publish and present material with faculty.”

A sampling of current publications and presentations that speak to the program’s scholarly productivity include a commentary on assessment of competencies, research on the prevalence of intimate partner violence, the psychologist activist, Italian American perspectives on the #MeToo movement, and grief and loss.

Dr. Kathi Borden has commentary published in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, the journal of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology. Coauthored with E. John McIlvried, Professor Emeritus at Indianapolis University, “Continuing the Call for Better Assessment of Competencies: Comment on Anatomy of Psychology Practitioner Competence,” argues that health service psychology has not come far enough in its ability to assess competencies and certify that all graduates of programs have met minimum levels of achievement in all areas. Competencies consist of knowledge, skills, and attitudes/values components. “While the field is still pretty good at assessing the knowledge, not much has changed in decades; we still are not very good at truly assessing skills or attitudes and values,” wrote Borden.

Dr. Borden also presented “Integrating Social Responsiveness Into the Research Competency” at the virtual summer meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). She presented the recommendations of a workgroup from the January, 2020 NCSPP meeting that values and attitudes are at the core of this endeavor. “First, we must value learning about the full range of human diversity and experience; research is fundamental to that learning,” argued Borden. “Once we value this, we can study topics and participants, and use methodologies, that teach us about both systems and people. Research should include topics such as social systems (not just individuals), systemic racism, bias, and social and public policy, as these issues impact mental health. Methods like participatory action research enhance inclusion by encouraging the voices of those we study to have influence throughout all stages of the research process.”

Dr. Monique S. Bowen was announced as Co-Chair of the Antioch University Anti-Racism Taskforce by Chancellor Bill Groves in July 2020. The Anti-Racism Taskforce will be an inward-facing ad hoc committee invested in sharing our self-learning with our university stakeholders and partners. The Taskforce will engage in the internal reckoning and reconciliation of the university’s policies, practices, and culture and our role in becoming an anti-racist institution within our society at large.

Dr. Bowen co-wrote a book chapter in Assessing Trauma in Forensic Contexts, which was published in early March 2020. The book examines the different ways that trauma is involved in the lives of those who interact with the justice system and how trauma is often exacerbated in legal settings. This textbook employs a multifocal lens on both victims and perpetrators, providing a perspective on trauma in general, and a framework that guides those who evaluate and treat individuals in forensic settings. Her chapter reviews research on the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and describes the psychological effects of IPV in different populations. The evolving judicial view about the admissibility of testimony about IPV is reviewed and the role of the expert (psychologist, psychiatrist) in assessing mental state at the time of the offense evaluations of defendants charged with assaulting or killing abusive partners is also discussed. Case examples are included to illustrate how expert testimony about IPV and mental state at the time of the offense has affected the outcome of different criminal cases.

Dr. Dean Hammer published an article in the June 2020 issue of Psychotherapy and Politics International. The essay, “The lived experience of a psychologist activist” reflects upon the role of activism for psychologists and highlights the need for individual and collective healing in response to the pervasive genocide of the twentieth century. The author explores his discovery during doctoral training of being a transgenerational Holocaust survivor and its impact on his lived experience of activism. Challenging lessons as a prisoner of conscience combined with years of practicing and teaching psychotherapy inform the proposal for ways psychologists can foster hope, healing, and advocacy for human survival.

Dr. Lorraine Mangione was invited by Daniela Gioseffi, a long time writer and activist on women’s issues, to contribute to #Me Too, Anch’io, a book on Italian American perspectives on the #MeToo movement on sexual assault, harassment, bias, and sexism. Dr. Mangione invited Dr. Donna DiCello, a 1996 alumna of the PsyD program with whom she researched and wrote Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, to join her in a brief contribution that brings in their relationships with their fathers as a protective factor. The book is filled with short, pithy pieces from Italian American women poets, essayists, memoir writers, academics, novelists, and artists and covers a wide range of women’s experiences in the world of sexism, including how immigration and religion might factor into it. The work will resonate through and beyond the Italian American community.

Dr. Mangione presented a Continuing Education (CE) webinar for the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention CE Program entitled “Navigating Through Loss and Grief: Meaning Making Along the Journey,” which included issues during the time of the pandemic. “These CE presentations, originally scheduled to be in person, are highly competitive so it was an honor to be able to do this,” said Mangione. “I hesitated when they asked presenters to change to a somewhat shorter and virtual format, but I am really glad I did the webinar because it seemed both extremely timely and well-received.”

The 2.5 CE hour program is available for a small fee, with an additional discount for APA members. For more information visit here.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University New England opened in 1982. It was first accredited in 1986, and has remained fully accredited. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979. E-mail: [email protected] Web: