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Thomas Demaria

Thomas P. Demaria

Director, Psychological Services CenterFaculty Advisor, Trauma Response TeamAdjunct Professor, LIU Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Description

Dr. Demaria received his Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1986 and has been a New York State licensed Psychologist since 1987.  Dr. Demaria has over twenty years of hospital behavioral healthcare leadership experience including the management of inpatient psychiatric and behavioral medicine consultation services and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs He is a Fellow of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association, Director of the Psychological Services Center of the Doctoral Psychology Program at Long Island University Post and founder of the Graduate Student Trauma Response Team which was awarded the 2012 Innovative Program Award from the National Counsel of Schools of Professional Psychology and has generated over 100 professional presentations. Dr. Demaria currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement and is involved in web-based training initiatives for the National Coalition to Support Grieving Students.  Dr. Demaria has earned numerous awards for leading hundreds of community disaster counseling responses during the past 29 years. In 2015/6 Dr. Demaria coauthored “Child & Disaster” and “Bereavement” practice guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  


Specialties

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Grief & Loss; Memorials & Commemoration; Behavioral Medicine; Cross-Cultural Psychology; Religion; Disaster Psychology

Publications


  • Coauthor, (2016). Supporting the Grieving Child and Family. Pediatrics. 138(3).
  • Coauthor, (2015). Grief Across Cultures: Awareness for Schools. NASN School Nurse, 350-352.  
  • Coauthor, (2015). Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises. Pediatrics, 136(4).
  • First author, (2014). Do it now: Short-term responses to traumatic events. Phi Delta Kappan,  (4): 13-17.
  • Coauthor,  (May-June 2009). Reported Physician Skills in the Management of Children's Mental Health Problems Following an Educational Intervention, Academic Pediatrics, 9, (3) 164-171.
  • First author, (2009). Innovative Counseling Approaches with Children and Youth. In A. Gari and K. Mylonas (Eds.) Q.E.D. From Herodotus' Ethnographic Journeys to Cross-Cultural Research. (pp. 404 – 411). Athens: Atrapos Editions
  • First author. (2006). Medical Screenings as a Trigger for PTSD in Public Safety Worker. Annals New York Academy of Sciences, 1071, 478-480.
  • First author, (2006). Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment of -9/11 Bereaved Children, Annals New York Academy of Sciences, 1071, 481-483.
  • Coauthor, (2005). A Community World Trade Center Trauma and Bereavement Counseling Program. In Y. Danelli (Ed.) On the Ground After September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained. (pp. 353-361). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.
  • First author, (2004). Treatment of the Incest Family, In E. Rosen and S. Weinstein (Eds.).Sexuality Counseling: Issues & Implications (pp. 339-381). American Press

Lectures and Presentations


  • Coauthor, (2016). Building Online Communities: Examining Connectedness for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Users. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016). Emergent Themes in Video Game Play Experiences. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016). Meaning Making of the Sudden Death of a Classmate Through Memorialization. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor,  (2016) From soldiers to students: Veteran transitions in an academic context. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016) Training student service members in stress management and mindfulness. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016). Oral and Written Narratives of 9/11 First Responders. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016) Providing vicarious trauma-focused psychoeducation to crisis hotline counselors serving LGBTQ youth. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016) A trauma-focused intervention for unaccompanied immigrant minors.  Poster accepted at the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Coauthor, (2016). Supporting Grieving Students: Staff Education, Care Coordination and Policy Development. Featured Session at the 2016 Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans.
  • Author, (2015). Providing Psychosocial & Grief Support to Children in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises. Long Island School Practitioner Network.
  • Coauthor, (2015, August). Meaning making: the role of religion and social support in trauma outcome. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Facebook Memorials and Their Impact on the Family Grieving Process: A Qualitative Study. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Examining reactions to disasters caused by human error in a cultural context. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015).  Graduate Student Therapists' Comfort in Providing Services to Traumatized Military Personnel. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Training Graduate Student Therapists in Military Culture to Enhance Multicultural Competence. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Cultural Framing of Disasters Over Time: South Korean Public Response to the Sewol Ferry Jaenan. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Modifying Trauma Art Narrative Therapy to Help Children from War-Torn Ukraine Identify Coping Skills. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Expanding the Definition of Traumatic Stress among Adolescents. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Graduate student therapists' comfort in providing services to military spouses and children. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Training graduate student therapists in military family culture to enhance multicultural competency. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Memorialization and coping mechanisms following the tragic death of a classmate. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Competence, confidence, and specific needs of faculty dealing with grieving students in Orthodox Jewish schools. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Single versus multiple traumatic losses in a family: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Exploring the Efficacy of Peer-Initiated Dating Violence Prevention Programs. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Traumatic Grief Reactions in Familial Caregivers of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Patients. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Facebook Memorial in Response to Vehicular Homicide: A Qualitative Analysis. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Coping skills regarding traumatic stress in high school students. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015) Reducing Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Vicarious Traumatization: A Psychoeducational Intervention for Trauma-Focused Paraprofessionals. Poster presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, New Orleans, LA.
  • Coauthor, (2015). Training Schools to Provide Bereavement Support. National Alliance Grieving Children, Portland, Or.
  • First author, (2015). Providing Support to the Grieving Student, Keynote Speaker at the Missouri Coordinated School Health Conference, Lake Ozark, MO.
  • First author, (2015).  The Coalition to Support Grieving Students: Previewing a New Resource. Documented Session, National Association of School Psychologists Convention, Orlando, Fla.
  • First author, (2015).  The Coalition to Support Grieving Students: Previewing a New Resource, Symposium. National Association of School Social Workers, Nashville, Tn.
  • First author, (2015). Perspectives on Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Panel presentation, Community Strong-First Annual Conference Dedicated to Supporting Military Members, Veterans and Families, Brookville, NY.
  • First author, (2014). Inclusion of Bereavement in School Crisis Preparedness As Well As Response and Recovery Interventions. Symposium presented at the 2014 American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC.
  • First author, (2014). Resiliency and First Responders. Symposium participant at a symposium on First Responders sponsored by the Nassau County Department of Human Services & Nassau County Office of Emergency Management Nassau County Department of Mental Health.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Helping teachers support grieving students. Workshop presented at National Alliance Grieving Children Convention, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Understanding gender differences in posttraumatic growth within a refugee population. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthor, (2014).  Analysis of a religious community’s response on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.  Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Religion, meaning-making, and posttraumatic growth: A study of international refugee aid workers. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Personal experience with sexual assault in advocacy and support groups on college campuses. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2014) Can one’s religious community encourage a particular drug of choice? Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Gambling and Other Drugs: A Study of Adolescent Gambling and Substance Use. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Superstorm Sandy’s affect on teacher self care in communities directly affected versus not. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Understanding the artistic defense mechanisms created by children involved in community violence. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Coauthor,  (2014). Psychological trauma symptoms and beliefs in refugee counselors in Egypt since the 2011 revolution. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2014). Compassion for traumatized refugees in the face of personal trauma in refugee counselors in Egypt. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • First author, (2013). An Ecological Perspective on     Teacher Self-Care and Resiliency Following Disasters. Panel presented at the 2013 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Convention, Philadlephia, Pa.
  • Coauthor, (2013). Shame, Helplessness, and Hopelessness Following Sexual Trauma: Barriers to Resilience and Support/Treatment Seeking. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coauthor, (2013). Teaching Healing after Trauma: Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coauthor,  (2013) Use of Memorials to Promote Community Resilience: Comparison of Memorials Dedicated to the Victims        of Aurora and Sandy Hook. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coauthor,  (2013). Assessing Resiliency in Haitian Children Living in the United States Following the 2010 Earthquake. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coauthor, (2013). Relationship Between Endorsement of Rape Myths and Resilience in Individuals Who Have Experienced or Been Exposed to Trauma: A Between and WIthin Group          Study. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Coauthor, (2013, August). Turning tragedy into triumph: Efficacy of educational training for community caregivers. Poster presented at the 2013 American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI
  • Coauthor, (2013). The need for male-targeted sexual assault campus outreach. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Coauthor, (2013). Double Exposure: Two Types of Ambiguous Loss in Families of the Deployed. Poster presented at 2013 American Psychological Association, Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI
  • Coauthor, (2013). Victimizing the victim: Public reactions to child molestation in the jewish orthodox vs. secular community. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Coauthor, (2013). An analysis of ambiguous loss and the family life cycle. Poster presented at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Coauthor, (2012) Community Professionals about Trauma to Increase Sensitivity. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Invisible Barriers: Examining Therapeutic Boundaries with Traumatized Populations in the Age of Social Media. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • First author, (2012). Healing After Trauma Skills: Cultural adaptations of an intervention program for children after disaster/trauma. Presentation at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Expanding Resiliency Following Traumatic Loss: The Role of Religious Coping. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Early experiences, current social support, and the decision to practice psychotherapy. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Supported trauma response exposure and dissociation in graduate student trauma team members. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Expectations and readiness for trauma and disaster field work. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Holiday shopping sales: Experiences of “temporary insanity”. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Impact of economic crisis on social support among professional psychology students in training. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Carrying trauma home: Examining transitions among international mental health workers. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). Ambiguous loss in a middle school’s preparation for the death of a student. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Coauthor, (2012). R.A.V.E.: Doctoral students’ traumatic experiences and the effect on providing trauma therapy. Poster to be presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • First author, Innovative Trauma supervision Strategies with Graduate Students.. Panel presented at the 8th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Garden City, NY.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Sensitivity to Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning.  Poster presented at the 74th annual convention of the New York State Psychological Association, New York, NY.
  • First author, (2011). Growing up Following 9/11. Workshop presented at the United States Department of Health & Human Services Conference,  “Supporting Strengths and Restoring Resiliency: Lessons Learned from 9/11 in New York City on Post-Trauma Recovery and Resiliency of Diverse Communities”, New York.
  • First author, (2011). A Supervision model for student community disaster response. Panel presented at the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, Garden City, NY.
  • Coauthor, (2011). The Things They Carry: The Bonds of the 9/11 First Responders. Presentation at ISTSS 27th Annual Meeting, Baltimore.
  • Coauthor,  (2011). Traumatic Exposure and Social Bonds Among Refugees Living in Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. Poster presented at ISTSS 27th Annual Meeting, Baltimore.
  • Coauthor, (2011). A Decennium in Memoriam: Identifying Commemorative Themes and Social Bonds throughout the Lifespan of Bereaved 9/11 Families. Poster presented at ISTSS 27th Annual Meeting, Baltimore.
  • Coauthor, (2011).  The use of The Sanctuary Model in a graduate-level mental health training program. Workshop at the Sanctuary Institute Network Day.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Implementing The Sanctuary Model in an International Organization via SKYPE Internet Communication. Workshop at the Sanctuary Institute Network Day.
  • First author, (2011). Sexual Assault Outreach & Counseling Program: "RAVE" (Rape & Violence Education). Fifth Annual Mental Health Counseling Symposium: Clinical Concerns & Best Practices in Mental Health Counseling at C.W. Post.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Impact of Personal Eating Disorder History on the Professional Development of Psychology Graduate Students. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Reactions of Haitian School Children in the United States to the Earthquake in Haiti. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • First author, (2011). Impact of exposure to violence in psychology training practicum placements. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC
  • Coauthor, (2011). Clinical Exposure with Traumatized Populations and the Assessment of Trauma During Clinical Practice. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Clinical Exposure with Traumatized Populations and the Assessment of Trauma During Clinical Practice. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Coauthor, (2011). Psychological Trauma Training for Egyptian African Refugee Organization via SKYPE Internet Communication. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • First author, (2010, November).  Collaboration With Public Health Leadership to Disseminate Information About Trauma and Trauma Informed Care in Front Line Service Organizations.  Panel at the ISTSS 26th Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2010, November). Collaboration with Faith-Based and community Organizations in the Outreach to Traumatized New York Residents Following the Earthquake in Haiti. Poster presented at ISTSS 26th Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada
  • Coauthor,  (2010 November). Collaboration of a Community Organization & Mental Health Providers in Outreach & Trauma Counseling with 9/11 First Responders & their Families. Poster presented at ISTSS 26th Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2010, November). Translation of Trauma Therapy using “Crime Scene Investigation” Application as a way to Engage Children. Poster presented at ISTSS 26th Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
  • Coauthor, (2010, November).  Education of Graduate Students about the Expression of Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Poster presented at ISTSS 26th Annual Meeting, Quebec, Canada.
  • First author, (2009, November). Development of child bereavement guidelines: diagnostic and treatment matching guidelines.  Panel chair at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Atlanta.
  • First author, (2009, November). Impact of Clinical & Diagnostic Advances on Models for Graduate Training in Disaster Mental Health.  Panel chair at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Atlanta.
  • First author, (2009, November). Student knowledge and concern about dissociation & dissociative identity disorders.  Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Atlanta.
  • First author, (2009, June).  Screening Adults for Trauma in Medical and Community Settings. Workshop presented at the 2nd Annual Training Institute on Trauma-Affected Women, Children, and families of  the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region II
  • First author, (2009, April).  Trauma & Loss.  6th Annual Long Island Psychology Conference.
  • Coauthor, (2009, April). The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Panel presentation at the Andrus Center for Learning & Innovation’s Critical Intersections Symposium.
  • Author, (2008, November).   Psychological First Aid: Emergency Response for Traumatized Clients in Community-Based Organizations. Workshop presented at the Supporting Strengths & Restoring Resiliency Training Institute on Mental Health and Trauma for  the US Department of Health and Human Services, Region II
  • Coauthor, (2008, August).  9/11 responders and High rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Chicago.
  • First author, (2008, August). Guidelines for the development of permanent memorials in the aftermath of trauma and terror. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Chicago.
  • First author, (2008, August). Public and private memorials-implications for psychological practice and public policy. Symposium Chair at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Boston
  • First author, (2007, October). Community Disasters & Pediatric Response. Workshop at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, San Francisco.
  • First author, (2007, May). Adults & Children who lost family members on 9/11. Presentation at the University of Lisbon at Conference about Human and natural disasters. Paper presented at University of Lisbon.
  • Coauthor, (2007, May). 9/11 First Responders and their families. Presentation at the University of Lisbon at Conference about Human and natural disasters. Paper presented at University of Lisbon.
  • First author, (2007, May). Mississippi Victims of Hurricane Katrina. Presentation at the University of Lisbon at Conference about Human and natural disasters. Paper presented at University of Lisbon.
  • Author, (2007, June). Children in Large and Small Scale Disasters: Lessons Learned from 9/11, Katrina and other emergencies.” Keynote speaker, South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness & Mississippi Department of Health’s Mississippi Children’s Conference, Vicksburg
  • Coauthor, (2007, May). Impact of working on disasters on counselors. Presentation at the University of Lisbon at Conference about Human and natural disasters. Paper presented at University of Lisbon
  • Coauthor, (2006, November). Resilience in practice: caring for terrorism exposed children & families. Panel presentation at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • Coauthor, (2006, November). Integrating Lifespan Perspectives in Trauma Counseling Weekends for 9/11 responders & families. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • Coauthor, (2006. November). Evaluation of resiliency based activities with traumatized children. . Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • Coauthor, (2006. November). Creative arts program fosters resiliency in children with devastatingly ill siblings. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • Coauthor, (2006, November). Lifespan approach to identifying, developing & reinforcing resiliency in 9/11 traumatically bereaved. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • First author, (2006, November). Holocaust survivors: treatment of the child victim or adult survivor. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles.
  • Coauthor, (2006, November). A lifespan perspective of trauma & grief in siblings. Paper presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Convention, Los Angeles
  • Coauthor, (2006, August).  Developmental use of patient survey index indicator for partial hospital programs.  Paper presented at the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare Convention; Chicago
  • First author, (2006, July). Innovative disaster counseling approaches with children and youth.  Symposium convened at the 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology; Spetses, Greece
  • First author, (2006, July). Culturally sensitive counseling services to minority group members.   Symposium convened at the 18th International Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology; Spetses, Greece
  • First author, (2006, July).  Long term effects of terrorism on children.  Symposium paper presented at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology; Athens, Greece.
  • First author, (2006, July).  Long term effects of terrorism on children.  Workshop offered at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology; Athens, Greece
  • Coauthor, (2006, July).  The grief experience of adult siblings.  Paper presented at the 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology; Athens, Greece
  • Author, (2006, February), Lessons learned from the World Trade Center Response,  Invited address, University Hospital, Zurich
  • Author, (2006, February), Aftermath of Trauma: Group Work Support, Keynote Speaker – Association of Group Social Work, Molloy College, New York

Honors/Awards

  • Founding Member Committee: Coalition to Support Grieving Students (2013 – 2016)
  • Expert Testimony, Sandy Hook Commission (2013-2014)
  • U.S. Senate Briefing on Briefing on school tragedies, violence, and the mental health sponsored by NASP (2013)
  • Distinguished Mentor Award:  International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2013)
  • Long Island University Post Gold Heart Award: Excellence in Experiential Learning (2013)
  • American Academy Pediatrics Visiting Professorship Proposal Reviewer: Pediatric Bereavement (2012)
  • American Psychological Association Fellow – Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) (2011)
  • Green & Gold Staff Recognition Award:  C.W. Post Employee of the Year (2011)  
  • Museum Planning Conversation Series, National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center (2007- 2011)
  • United States Department of Health & Human Services / Office of Public Health & Science, Strategy Group Meeting on Mental Health & Trauma Affecting Women & Children (2009- 2011)
  • Leadership Development Task Force, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2009)
  • Expert Reviewer, SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center, “Disaster Behavioral Health Intervention Series: Resources for Public Safety Workers” (2007)
  • Faculty - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, “Reaching Child Initiative” (2007)
  • Long Island Business “Health Care Hero” Award (2006)
  • Invited Guest of the Department of Defense & Pentagon to Visit Wounded Soldiers: Walter Reed and National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda (2006)
  • New York State Senate Liberty Award Recipient for Community Service Following Hurricane Katrina (2006) 
  • ISTSS (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) - Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence (2005)
  • Federal Emergency Management Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Acknowledgement Certificate to Home Ground for “exemplary dedication and leadership in providing effective community-based mental health and substance abuse services” (2005)
  • Invited Guest to the New York French Embassy for a Meeting with “Le Secretaire D’Etat Aux Droits Des Victims”, about the Victims of the World Trade Center, (2004)
  • Molloy College, Center for Christian/Jewish Studies; Humanitarian Award, (2004)
  • Certificates of Appreciation:  Project Liberty, Nassau County Executive, New York State Office of Mental Health, (2003)
  • New York State Senate Liberty Award for WTC Community Service (2002)
  • American Red Cross Service Award (2002) 

  • National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement: Advisory Board (2007-present)
  • Association of Directors of Psychological Training Clinics
  • American Psychological Association:  APA Divisions of Clinical (12) & Trauma Psychology (56)
  • American Red Cross:  Nassau County & Greater New York Chapters
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies