Thursday, September 27, 2018


On Monday, October 8th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Shea Theatre on the Ammerman Campus in Selden, there will be a free presentation of the award winning Irish film, Condemned to Remember.  The screening is cosponsored by the Honors College, the Ammerman Office of Student Activities, the Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding, and the Ammerman Social Science Department.  The film is produced by RTE (Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster) and directed by Gerry Gregg (often described as “Ireland’s Ken Burns.”)  The film is a documentary concerning Europe’s handling of the refugee crisis and stars Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental (also known for the documentary Close to Evil) and how he is condemned to remember his own childhood at the hands of the Nazis.  It is a powerful film and both Gregg and Reichental will be present at the screening to answer questions from the audience.


All students, faculty, staff, and the general community are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


In Brain and Behavior we have talked about different ways to study the brain. We have also talked about how with advances in technology some of these methods are being adapted for treatment purposes. One of the methods we discussed is brain Stimulation, where electrodes are used to induce electrical activity in the brain. The following fascinating (and hopeful video) examines the case where Neurostimulation has been successful in helping one persistent and hard working young lady gain the ability to walk again after being paralyzed....


The Honors email update is now complete.  If you have not received any emails this week from Kathy McCoy in the Honors Program, please stop by the Honors office in Southampton 202 to rectify the issue.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018


In Psy 101 the paper is focusing on the thorny issue of student loan debt and whether or not it is worth it. One argument suggests the answer to this question ultimately depends on the amount of money one will earn after graduating. The following report by CBS news reports on one study exploring this very important question......


We are currently covering Research Methods in Psy 101. This will be a major focus of our first Quiz as well as the Midterm. Professor Nick Ullrich will be running a review session on Research Methods next Wednesday, Sept 26, from 11-12pm in H-228.

I strongly encourage you to attend as it will be very helpful for our first Quiz, which will be the following Monday, October 1st.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!!




DATE: Monday, October 1st

TIME: 11am-12:15pm

LOCATION: Babylon Student Center, Montauk Point Room, Ammerman Campus



Corie Maneri (Criminal Justice major) Intern with the Suffolk County Police Department

Liam Murphy (Alumnus-Business/Sport Management) Public Relations/Marketing Intern at Drotman Communications and Team Attendant at Long Island Nets

Melanie Esteves (Liberal Arts student interested in Clinical Lab Science) Research Intern with the Suffolk County Department of Health Arthropod Borne Disease Lab

Dr. Michal Romas (Employer) Coordinator of Training and Professional Development at Developmental Disabilities Institute



Participants will discover the benefits of doing an internship. Interns will share what they accomplished and how it shaped their future. An employer will discuss the mentoring relationship that is formed, what they look for in an ideal candidate and offer advice to future interns. Professors Feinberg, Munsch, Giaccone and Higginson

will share some of the available cooperative education courses offered at Suffolk allowing students to gain academic credit for completing an internship.


Thursday, September 20, 2018


We are currently covering Research Methods in Psy 101. This will be a major focus of our first Quiz as well as the Midterm. Professor Nick Ullrich will be running a review session on Research Methods next Wednesday, Sept 26, from 11-12pm in H-228.

I strongly encourage you to attend as it will be very helpful for our first Quiz, which will be the following Monday, October 1st.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


In Psy 101 and Psy 215 we have been discussing the concepts of threat to self and others. Such situations are often the most difficult encountered by Mental health Professionals. The following article is written by a young psychiatrist who discusses his struggle with handling situations where such difficult decisions must be made.....

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mental Health in College Students

In many of our classes, we have been discussing issues related to mental health and their prevalence. The following article talks about a recent study that suggests, as we discussed, they are much more common then people tend to think....

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


As technology progresses, scientists continue to make progress on understanding the human brain and mind. One of the newest approaches is to grow "mini-brains" in the laboratory, a process that is fraught with technical and ethical issues. The following article is a great introduction to this emerging approach:

Monday, September 10, 2018

SCCC Mental Health Awareness Day-Extra Credit

This is a series of workshops and activities scheduled for October 3, 2018 which provides students with a wide range of information concerning mental health, wellness and skills to support academic/personal success.  The event runs from 9:30 am through 1:30 pm primarily in the Babylon Student Center with workshops/activities available at 9:30 am, 11 am, and 12:30 pm. 

For those classes that already have extra credit opportunities, you can substitute this one for one of the 2 already offered. For honors classes, you can earn up to 5 points extra credit on the Midterm for completing this assignment.
The extra credit assignment is to either attend one of the lectures or obtain information on a topic from the represented agencies and complete a 2-3 page paper on the topic, including specifying what you learned on Mental health Awareness Day. You must obtain 2 other sources and the paper must be completed in APA style.
Due Date: October 25th, 2018

Workshops on a variety of issues will be offered, such as:

                      Introduction to Kundalini Science

                      Unum Heart Meditation Station

                      Suicide awareness and prevention

                      The benefits of journaling for emotional and mental wellness

                      Stress management through creative arts therapy

                      The elements of wellness – the role it plays in mental health and academic achievement

                      The Biology of Addiction

                      Rape Aggression Defense – self-defense for women

                      Veterans and mental wellness


Mental health & Wellness agencies which will have information and resources available include, such as:


                      Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD)

                      THRIVE, Recovery Community and Outreach Center

                      Response Hotline (Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention)

                      Mather Hospital Eating Disorders Program

                      Community Growth Center

                      The Suffolk County Crime Victims Center

                      Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk – domestic violence and sexual assault  (VIBS)

                      SCCC Mental Health Services

                      Joseph Dwyer Veterans’ Peer Support Project & SCCC Veterans Services


Monday, September 3, 2018


      I am hoping we have a stimulating and enjoyable semester as you experience the world of Psychology. My goal is to offer students who are willing to work hard an opportunity to be immersed in the world of Psychology, explore topics of interest in more detail, and earn a good grade in the course.  I also am hoping you will pick up the necessary skills for writing a good academic research paper. On that note, I would like to share a few areas to focus on to both enhance your course experience and give yourself a chance to obtain the best grade possible:

Homework: Success at college depends as much on what you do outside the classroom as what you do inside of it. 
It will be important to consistently complete your standing homework assignments. If you do, they will provide you valuable context and reinforcement of class lectures. 

Your standing homework assignments are:

1. Keep up with the reading: It is a general assumption you will be doing a reading to accompany the class lectures. This will help enhance your understanding of the material and give you a deeper knowledge of the subject matter. The assigned reading for the topics we are covering in class can be found on the syllabus. 

2. Watch the assignment videos: The videos associated with the lectures were designed to provide you more details about different topics as well as reinforce material covered in class. Watching them is an excellent way to enhance your understanding and assist with the process of committing the material to memory for test preparation.

       3. Make sure you are aware of the due dates and requirements for all writing assignments and follow them!!!

4. Stay in touch: Many issues can be resolved earlier in the semester and can make the rest of the semester go much smoother. Make sure you are familiar enough with course expectations to ask the questions early in the semester. Feel free to ask during class time so everyone can get the benefit of the information. Office hours are listed on the syllabus and other times are available by appointment. 
       5.Check the Psychology blog on a regular basis for updates on the class, additional reading assignments, and extra credit opportunities, if/when they are offered.  

6. Class Participation: 
Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas, and questions during class. I find class discussion an integral part of a stimulating learning experience and hope you will be an active participant in the class. 

       YOUR FIRST HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT is to familiarize yourself with the website which will be an invaluable resource throughout the semester!