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Alumni News and Publications


GSAPP alumni are devoted professionals known for their vital contributions to the field of psychology and to society-at-large.  See below for a snapshot of recent alumni accomplishments.

Alumni Publications

The Game of Real Life was created by Dr. Jesse Finkelstein, an illustrator and GSAPP alumnus (Clinical PsyD, 2023) who worked at RU's Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Clinic. The one-of-a-kind card game uses DBT techniques to teach emotional problem-solving and interpersonal skills. It includes a 96-page pocket guide with instructions for gameplay and further information on all of DBT’s life-changing skills, from self-validation and self-soothing to identifying emotions and coping ahead for stressful situations.

Dr. Amanda Elliot, (School PsyD, 2021) served as PI on a study published in the journal, Psychology in Schools (Volume 61, Issue 1). This study examined teacher competence and contextual factors associated with teacher-reported stress in low-income urban elementary schools. Co-PIs on this research are Dr. Linda Reddy, Professor, Department of School Psychology; Associate Dean of Research, GSAPP and Adam Lekwa, Assistant Professor, Department of School Psychology, GSAPP.

This Workbook (Volume Two) offers the reader a 30-day structured journal to identify, express, and process psychological issues that may be causing back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, TMJ, and other physical disorders. By Dr. Justin Barker (Clinical PsyD, 2019) and colleague

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been proven to help adolescents and teens get through some of the toughest times in their lives by teaching them how to manage anxiety—from chronic stress and worry to panic attacks, phobias, and overwhelm. By Dr. Atara Hiller (Clinical PsyD, 2013)

When clinical psychologist, Dr. Sarah Mandel (Clinical PsyD, 2015) was pregnant with her second child, she began preparing for her maternity leave, juggling the demands of her soon-to-be-new baby with the needs of her patients - only to be diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Mandel chronicles her extraordinary journey and the insights into life, death, trauma, and healing that she gleaned in this inspiring debut memoir.

Everyone has their own bravery to grow! Bravery Grows dmonstrates how to support your child to build their brave muscles, encouraging their brave voice to come out. (Dr. Melissa Giglio, Clinical PsyD, 2010)