Clinic Personnel


POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INSTITUTE FOR EMERGING ADULTS


CLINICAL DIRECTOR

DR. JEFFREY FROH

Dr. Jeffrey Froh is a 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. Dr. Froh is a New York State certified school psychologist, New York State licensed psychologist, Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute, past Associate Editor for The Journal of Positive Psychology, and founder and Clinical Director of the Positive Psychology Institute for Emerging Adults at Hofstra (www.Hofstra.edu/ppi). Working intimately with the University’s counseling center, at his institute, Dr. Froh trains his doctoral students in the cutting-edge therapeutic approach of positive clinical psychology by supervising their counseling sessions with emerging adults. He also owns and operates the corporation Positive Psychological Counseling Services, LLC, where he specializes in psychotherapy for emerging adults (for more information, please visit his website: www.drjeffreyfroh.com). In 2008, Dr. Froh created a Positive Psychology course for undergraduates. He has taught the course every Fall and Spring semester since then, and every semester the course closes out immediately (i.e., it reaches its maximum capacity within 24 hours) because it is the most popular course in the entire Psychology Department; he has also taught this course at the doctoral level, too.

Before joining the Hofstra faculty, Dr. Froh taught at various colleges and practiced as a school psychologist in several school districts on Long Island in New York. Dr. Froh is the co-editor of the book Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology: A Guide for Instructors (2013, American Psychological Association), which is translated into Japanese, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character (2014, Templeton Press), which is translated into Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. He 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. He has nearly 60 publications on positive psychology, strengths, happiness, and well-being, among other topics, in top-tier journals and scholarly volumes, and he has given over 120 presentations on positive psychology related topics, such as happiness, gratitude, and purpose. His research has appeared in mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. 


STUDENTS

CLINIC COORDINATOR

RACHEL GOTTLIEB

I am currently a third 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, I am the clinic coordinator for the Positive Psychology Institute for Emerging Adults at Hofstra University as well as a therapist in Hofstra University's Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have also presented a symposium and poster at the SRCD meeting, as well as posters at NYSPA and NYASP conferences. I am passionate about helping people and love working in the field of psychology.

SAMANTHA BAUSERT


 I am currently a fourth year doctoral candidate 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 received my Master of Science in School-Community Psychology in December of 2016. I have been a member of Dr. Jeffrey Froh’s Positive Psychological Counseling Institute throughout the program thus far, and was in the leadership position a part of the institute as a second year. As a member of the Positive Psychological Counseling Institute, Dr. Froh and I completed a chapter on gratitude in youth populations and recently published another chapter with additional contributors that focuses on gratitude in adolescent populations. In addition, I had the wonderful opportunity of contributing to an article on gratitude and prosocial and antisocial behavior in adolescents, which was just recently accepted into the Journal of Positive Psychology. I have also had the pleasure of presenting a poster at the American Psychological Association Convention that was held in Denver, Colorado in addition to being a coauthor on a symposium and poster presented at the SRCD meeting. My work in the institute thus far has helped shape me as a future psychologist. Currently, I am prioritizing my dissertation, which will be my present contribution to the institute. 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 and am completing my school internship to become a certified school psychologist. As of right now, I see myself as a future school psychologist, although I will more clearly determine what type of environment I want to predominantly work in as I progress through my graduate studies.

LEAH GUTERMAN

I am a second 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.

ASHLEIGH GARRETSON


Currently a second year student in Hofstra University's Psy.D program, I am a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am interested in young adolescent's understanding of gratitude, and the effects social media has on self-esteem. I aspire to work as a school psychologist and own a private practice in my chosen field. Through these outlets,my goal is to help children and young adults flourish in their lives. My personal passions include spending time with my family,writing, Broadway theatre, and cooking! I am eager to begin my graduate studies in Dr. Froh's Positive Psychology Institute for Emerging Adults.

ELISHEVA JAKOBOV


I am currently a second year student at Hofstra University’s Doctorate in School-Community Psychology Program. I graduated from Stern College for Women in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Before attending graduate school, I worked as the Clinic Coordinator for a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy outpatient Clinic where I was the first point of contact for prospective patients. During my undergraduate studies I had the opportunity to work as an intake counselor at The Door as well as being a direct support professional at OHEL Bais Ezra, a group home for adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. I enjoyed researching for the Promise Project at The New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, and spending a summer abroad, doing research at Bar-Ilan University. I am currently a therapist in the Hofstra University’s Diagnostic and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am passionate about helping others tap into their utmost potential and become the best versions of themselves.

THOMAS F. VACCHIO


Thomas F. Vacchio is a school psychology doctoral student and intern at Hofstra University.  He graduated with his B.A. in psychology at Long Island Univeristy.  He has extensive experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and homeless families.



SHEVA BAUMAN 




I am currently a first year student in Hofstra University’s doctoral program in School-Community Psychology. I graduated from Touro College in June of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In addition to working in Dr. Froh’s Positive Psychology Institute for Emerging Adults, I am interning at Long Beach public schools. In the past I have been involved in research in conjunction with the CREATE lab at NYU and have volunteered with both regular ed and learning-disabled children. I look forward to a career in which I can help others discover their strengths and maximize their inner potential.


  JOE CORRADO 




                                                                                                                                                                                                           
My name is Joseph Corrado and I am currently a Doctoral Student at Hofstra University's Psy.D. Program in School-Community Psychology. I graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History. I have a profound interest in the study of Positive Psychology, and have studied with Dr. Froh at the undergraduate level. I recently began working at the Positive Psychology Institute for Emerging Adults, and am immensely excited to impart the wonders of Positive Psychology upon the community! Some of my hobbies include teaching American History, playing bass guitar in a band, and automotive mechanics! I am greatly looking forward to helping emerging adults become a better version of themselves! 


ANTHONY CICCARELLO


I am currently an undergraduate Senior 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.







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