Psychology and You - NYSPA Podcasts by created and produced by Dr. Howard Gurr and Dr. Richard Lustberg.
Mind-body Health and Young Children
Today’s podcast, Mind-body Health and Young Children, is a conversation between Dr. Howard Gurr and Dr. Ilana Palgi, regarding mind body health and young children. Dr. Palgi discusses her use of yoga with young children and the program she developed for use in pre-schools and primary grade programs. Dr. Ilana Palgi is a Licensed Psychologist and New York State Certified School Psychologist working at The Kramer learning Center in New York and she also has a private practice with children, adults, and families in Manhattan. Dr. Palgi is a registered yoga teacher. Dr. Palgi’s past research was on the development of self-regulation in early childhood and she studied the impact of yoga in children with special needs through a Participatory Action Research study. In addition, she has several years of experience creating and implementing preschool yoga programs for children with special needs and those on a typical course of development. Dr. Palgi can be contacted by telephone 917-502-3749, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can learn more about her program at her website: www.growingchildyoga.com.
A Mind Body Approach to Coping with Pain
In today’s podcast, A Mind Body Approach to Coping with Pain, Dr. Howard Gurr talks with Dr. Jennifer Wolkin, who is an expert in the mind body connection and the management of pain and stress. Dr. Jennifer Wolkin earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Health Psychology focus from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University. She went on to complete an internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a post-doctoral residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wolkin has extensive training in the neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic feedback/remediation of traumatic brain injury patients and patients with various neurological and/or neurodevelopmental difficulties. Dr. Wolkin provides neuropsychological and psychological (pre/post-surgical) assessment services, non-surgical/pharmacological pain management adjunctive therapies, and general psychotherapy. Dr. Wolkin is currently an adjunct professor at New York University undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences and has a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at New York University Langome Medical Center. She is also an Attending Clinical Psychologist at the New York University Langome Medical Center at the Center for the Study and Treatment of pain. Dr. Wolkin is also in private practice at Long Island Neuropsychological Services, Long Island, New York.
This podcast is a conversation between Dr. Howard Gurr, the co-host of “Psychology and You”, and Dr. Peter Kanaris on sex therapy. Dr. Kanaris holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He is a N.Y.S. licensed psychologist and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists certifies him as a Diplomate of Sex Therapy. He is a graduate Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute in NYC where he served as a senior clinician, training supervisor and faculty member Dr. Kanaris currently serves as the Public Education Campaign Coordinator for the New York State Psychological Association. He has been the featured guest on many live interviews and call-in television and radio programs where he has discussed a variety of topics including relationships and sexuality. He has been interviewed in numerous major newspaper and national magazine columns and feature articles in the areas of family, parenting, sexuality and mind body health. Dr. Kanaris is also the co-host of an educational video series “Psychology and You”. He has written for the Health Page for FHM (For Him Magazine) where he responded to questions on sexuality and intimacy. He has presented at the American and New York State Psychological Associations on Psychology and the Media: Educating the Public. He has published a paper in Professional Psychology: Research & Practice on this same topic. As Clinical Director of Hewlett Consultation Center from 1981 through 1999, Dr. Kanaris’ responsibilities included psychotherapy, sex/marital counseling, coordination of clinical services, professional training and community education. Since 1998, Dr. Kanaris has directed the Sexual Diagnostic Program at his office in Smithtown, New York.
Health Psychology and Cardiovascular Disease
Most people are aware of psychologists who do therapy through personal experience or the media but there are different subspecialties with the field of psychology. One of those subspecialties is health psychology. Health psychologists look at behavior, emotional factors, and social issues as contributors to medical health and illnesses. These clinical specialists use psychological knowledge to help patients prevent medical illness and assist patients in their treatment when they may have a medical illness. Today, Dr. Howard Gurr, the host for Psychology and You will be talking to Dr. Lubna Somjee about health psychology and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Lubna Somjee is a clinical and health psychologist. Her practice is in the Hudson Valley, New York. Dr. Somjee obtained her doctoral degree at the University of South Dakota in clinical psychology. She then went on to complete two additional years of specialized post-doctoral fellowship training. Her first postdoctoral fellowship was at the Yale School of Medicine in clinical psychology and her second postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology, at the Veterans Administration in West Haven Connecticut. Her practice includes providing psychotherapy services to adults, adolescents and couples. She also specializes in health psychology services for individuals with chronic medical illnesses, including heart disease. Such services include helping patients manage their medical health utilizing psychosocial strategies, in addition to their medical treatments. She has consulted to physicians and worked in developing programs to provide psychosocial training and supervision to medical residents and fellows in hospital settings. Dr. Somjee writes a monthly column in the Poughkeepsie Journal’s health section, titled ‘Mindful Living.’ She provides interviews for national and local media and speaks on topics related to clinical and health psychology. She offers executive coaching and business consultation services focusing on increasing organizational capacity, and wellness. You can find more about Dr. Somjee by going to her website http://www.lubnasomjee-phd.com/.
Why Choose a Psychologist
In this show, Dr. Lustberg speaks with Dr. Barbara Fontana a psychologist, who practices in Shoreham, New York. They discuss the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. Dr. Fontana has been seeing couples and individuals for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. from St. John's University in 1975. Dr. Fontana is also the past president of the Suffolk County Psychological Association. She is currently serving as the secretary for the New York State Psychological Association. Dr. Fontana is the current co-chair of the New York State Psychological Association's Crisis in Private Practice Task Force, which was formed in 2007.