Lab Personnel

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING INSTITUTE


DIRECTOR

DR. JEFFREY FROH

Dr. Jeffrey Froh is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University where he has taught since 2006. He received his M.S. and Psy.D. degrees in School Psychology from St. John’s University and his bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College. He is a New York State certified school psychologist, New York State licensed psychologist, Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute, and past Associate Editor for The Journal of Positive PsychologyBefore joining the Hofstra faculty, he taught at various colleges and practiced as a school psychologist in several school districts on Long Island in New York. 

Dr. Froh is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the Positive Education Schools Association. In 2013, he received an honorable mention from Who's Who in Academia.  He is the co-editor of the book, Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors (2013, American Psychological Association), which is a guide to activities related to the concepts and experiments that make up the foundation of positive psychology. He is also the co-author of the book, Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (2014, Templeton Press), which provides parents, teachers, and any other adults with 32 empirically-supported strategies for helping children and teenagers become more grateful. Dr. Froh received a 3-year $1 million grant from The John Templeton Foundation to study the measurement, development, and enhancement of gratitude in children and adolescents.

Dr. From has over 50 publications on positive psychology in general and happiness, well-being, character strengths, and gratitude, among other topics. These publications appear in top-tier scientific journals such as Clinical Psychology Review, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality, and the Journal of School Psychology and high-level edited scholarly volumes. He has given over 100 presentations on positive psychology at local, national, and international conferences as well as to community churches and school districts. His research has appeared in mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Woman's Day, Family Circle, and Better Homes and Gardens.


STUDENTS


DANIELLE RUSCIO


I am currently a fourth year student in Hofstra University's Psy.D. program in School-Community Psychology. I received my Masters in Science from Hofstra University in December of 2014. I graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December, 2013. During this time, I have been a Research Assistant to Dr. Jeffrey Froh in his Gratitude Laboratory.  I have presented research at the American Psychological Association Convention in August, 2012 in Orlando, Florida on gratitude in adolescence. I have also presented research at Undergraduate Research Days at both St. John's University and Hofstra University. I love working with children, and would love to one day work as a school psychologist.


SAMANTHA BAUSERT


 
I am currently a second year student in Hofstra University's Psy.D. program in School-Community Psychology. I graduated from Hofstra University in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience, physics, and mathematics. I am currently in the leadership position a part of Dr. Jeffrey Froh's Positive Psychological Counseling Institute. Dr. Froh and I have recently completed a chapter on gratitude in youth populationsand are currently working on another chapter with additional contributors that will focus on gratitude in adolescent populations. In August (2016), I presented a poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Convention that was held in Denver, Colorado. In addition to working in Dr. Froh's Institute, I am a therapist in Hofstra University's Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the future, I could see myself as a school psychologist or an academic, so I will more clearly determine what type of environment I want to predominantly work in as I progress through my graduate studies.


RACHEL ROSE-ZORNICK


I am currently a second year in Hofstra's Psy.D. Program. I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Touro College, where I participated in an array of research and clinical internships. My research internships include research in the areas of efficacy of teachers in the classroom, obesity and satiation, and spacial orientation in Schizophrenic in-patients. Additionally, I participated in an integration camp for children with special needs, Columbia University's camp for children with Cerebral Palsy, and an after school program for children with Autism. In the future, I hope to work as a School Psychologist as well as open my own private practice.
 


ANTHONY CICCARELLO


I am currently an undergraduate Junior at Hofstra University majoring in psychology while completing a minor in neuroscience. I have aspirations of entering graduate school to either achieve a degree from a Psy.D. or Ph.D. program, and I am interested in working in an academic environment. I have recently become a member of Dr. Jeffrey Froh's Positive Youth Development Lab, and am very interested in future discoveries of gratitude and its implications towards adolescent development. My experience in working at the Long Island Ronald McDonald House has allowed me to further develop profound qualities of compassion and empathy. I am optimistic that I will be able to employ such virtues in future situations where I can have a positive effect on individuals whom may benefit from genuineness and benevolence. I am passionate about playing guitar, experiencing nature, and working with children. In addition, I have interests in the benefits of practicing mindfulness meditation and homeopathic methods of reducing distress.


RACHEL GOODMAN




I am currently a first year student in Hofstra's Psy.D. program. In May 2016, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. In addition to joining Dr. Froh's Positive Youth Development Lab, I am a student therapist in Hofstra's Child and Family Trauma Institute. I spent the past summer volunteering in a camp for terminally ill children. Last year, I was employed as a workshop facilitator in a private high school where I encouraged my students to make positive mindset and communication changes. My passion is working with children and adolescents, and in the future I intend to become either a school psychologist or a clinic counselor.

RACHEL GOTTLIEB


I am currently a first year student in Hofstra University's Psy.D. program in School-Community Psychology. I graduated in May of 2014 from Queens College with a Masters of Science in Education and Certificate in School Psychology. After graduating, I worked as a school psychologist for two years in elementary and middle schools in New York City. Currently, I conduct diagnostic evaluations at an agency whose goal is to help people with developmental disabilities. In addition to joining Dr. Froh's Institute, I am a therapist in Hofstra University's Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am passionate about helping people and love working in the field of psychology.


LEAH GUTERMAN

I am a first year student in Hofstra University's Psy.D. program in School-Community Psychology. I earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology in May of 2015. I am currently a therapist at Hofstra University's Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders and a researcher in Dr. Jeffrey Froh's Positive Psychology Lab. I have interned with the Institute for Applied Research and Community Collaboration, Art Beyond Sight, Ateres Elementary School, Chai Lifeline, and Hackensack University Medical Center. My passion lies in working with children and adolescents to help them become their best selves.
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