Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic

In Abnormal Psychology, we have been speaking about the issue of addiction. Of particular note has been what is being called "The Opioid Epidemic". The following article discusses more recent challenges regarding this ever growing problem...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Prescription medication and popular music

Throughout the semester we have discussed the use of prescription medication in the mental health field. The following article discusses the proliferation of it into mainstream music and a different perspective on the use of it....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


As we have talked about in a number of our classes, stress can have many effects on our psychological and physical functioning. As we begin to wind down the semester, many students begin to feel the impact of end of the semester stress. The following article gives some suggestions on how to successfully cope with the challenges of our final weeks.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Importance of Dealing with Mental Health Issues

Recently, Prince Harry has talked publicly about the impact of his mother's death on his mental health. There is always hope that such discussions will reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and encourage those struggling with them to pursue help. The following article discusses these issues in more detail:

Thursday, April 13, 2017


As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature have enacted a program for free SUNY/CUNY tuition for some New Yorkers which will be phased in over the next three years.  This program will be administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (or HESC), the same agency that administers most state aid programs, including TAP. 


Details remain very sketchy, but the HESC website does have a good, but basic,  Q and A section on it.  I’m sending you the link directly to that section.    There is also a place for interested parties to enter an email address and “subscribe” to receive further information as it becomes available (though most of the SUNY staff trying to do so yesterday were unsuccessful). 


This award will provide up to $5500 per year and will be the “last dollar in” – at this point applicants and their families should be encouraged to file the FAFSA and TAP applications as they normally would.   The actual tuition discount will be higher than the $5500 at SUNY/CUNY schools where the tuition exceeds that amount but we won’t have to worry about that piece. 


We’ve gotten dozens of phone calls in the past two days, and we are referring people to (though the website seems to be overloaded, we can only get on about half the times we try). 


More information will be shared as details become available.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017


A lot more focus has been put on the mental health challenges associated with pursuit of higher degrees in the healthcare field (i.e. M.D., Ph.D). The following article discusses some of the challenges associated with pursuing a Ph.D, the highest level degree associated with Psychology.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


In Psy 201, we just finished covering how environmental factors can shape the physical structures of the brain through Neuroplasticity.

As research progresses, a slow shift from looking at age-related disorders such as Alzheimer's disease as a purely biological issue to one that is influenced by environment is occurring. As the following article suggests, this opens up the possibility of using environmental modifications as a means of prevention or possibly slowing down the progression central nervous system disorders.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


The Ammerman Campus Career Services Office is sponsoring the following credit-bearing internship opportunities for the summer/fall 2017 semester.  This program offers supervised, on-the-job training directly related to a student’s major and/or career interest.  Enrollment in one of the following internship courses is required:


3 credits
Business, Marketing, Accounting majors
·         Online course
·         120 internship hours
·         Also offered summer 2017
3 credits
Criminal Justice majors
·         Traditional classroom (meets once a week)
·         90 internship hours
3 credits
Information Technology majors
·         Traditional classroom
(meets once a week)
·         120 internship hours
3 credits
All majors
·         Traditional classroom (meets once a week)
·         90 internship hours


In addition to class assignments, students must complete between 90 and 120 hours of work at an off campus location. Students must meet certain criteria to be given permission to register.  Criteria differ based on the course.


If you know of any students who may be interested in one of these opportunities, please ask them to send an email including their name, student ID#, home campus, course and career area of interest, to Their academic record will be reviewed for eligibility and they will receive a return email with further instructions for registration if they qualify. Do not hesitate to call us at (631) 451-4049 if we can be of further assistance. We look forward to hearing from you!


In Psy 215 we are beginning our discussion of Personality Disorders. A number of the Cluster B Personality Disorders relate to individuals whom strive to exert power. The following article recently published by the APA talks about our perception of power impacts everything about us and is perfectly timed with the many political issues abound regarding imbalances.......