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Note: If you want to declare a major, you must first speak to a faculty adviser or peer adviser.

Anyone seeking advisement needs to FIRST ensure they have access to their CUNYFirst account. If you find you cannot access CUNYFirst, please call the ITS Help Desk at (718) 997-4444 to gain access. Once access to CUNYFirst is obtained, students may THEN come to the Psychology office for advisement.


Schedule TBD.

IMPORTANT: Psychology Department Graduation 2019 (RSVP HERE) | Ceremony on 05/29/19

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The Psychology Department graduation will be held at Colden Auditorium on Wednesday evening May 29th . Doors for Colden open at 6:15pm and the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7pm

Please be sure to fill out the RSVP form below before May 1st, 2019 (Deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 8th)

We are no longer accepting ticket requests

Ceremony Information for Psychology GRADUATES:

  •    Psychology graduates will meet inside Goldstein Theater (the other theater adjacent to Colden Auditorium). SEE MAP BELOW

Please plan to arrive at 6 PM to join the line-up.  The procession will begin promptly at 7pm.

  • Graduating students should be dressed in cap & gown.   Graduating students do not need a ticket.
  •  At our ceremony, graduating students will walk across the stage and have their name called.  Please remember to bring your NAME CARD with you to the ceremony. You will need to bring the card on stage and hand it to the presenter who will then announce your name.    Feel free to write your name out phonetically (as it sounds), so that it will be pronounced correctly.

Ceremony Information for your GUESTS:

Colden Auditorium is located at the corner of Kissena Blvd. and the service road of the Long Island Expressway (Horace Harding).

  • Please remind your guests to bring their TICKETS.   Colden Security will not allow anyone to enter Colden without a ticket (due to fire safety codes, even infants need a ticket).
  • Guests will enter Colden Auditorium through the Main Entrance (front doors near the box office).  The doors will be opened to guests at 6:15 PM.

Seating is unassigned (first come, first serve).   Please ask your guests to avoid seating areas reserved for Graduates, which are marked by signs.

We were able to confirm that Parking Lots 15S and 15N will be open. These are the two parking lots closest to Colden, on Reeves Avenue.  They are visible on the top right hand corner of the map provided below. Please advise your guests to leave plenty of time for parking, and arrive early, as the lots may fill up.

  • Please ask your guests to remain seated throughout the entire ceremony (approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours). Out of respect for your fellow graduates, please plan on remaining for the entire ceremony.
  • Very important:  Please remind your guests not to block any aisles or entrances.  Guests are welcome to take photographs, as long as they do not block any aisles.  Professional photographers will be on the stage, taking photographs available for purchase after the ceremony to those who are interested.  We want this to be a happy and safe event for everyone.  All strollers, carriages, etc. will have to be left in the main lobby area of Colden Auditorium until the end of the Ceremony.

No refreshments will be served at the Psychology ceremony.    Water fountains and restrooms are available in the main lobby.

FAQs for Psychology Department Graduation Ceremony

Where is the Psychology Department ceremony?
Colden Auditorium, which is located at the corner of Kissena Blvd. and the service road of the Long Island Expressway (Horace Harding).  Guests will enter Colden Auditorium through the Main Entrance (front doors near the box office).  Graduating students will be given instructions closer to the event date concerning line-up location.

What time should my guests arrive?
The doors will be opened to guests at 6:15PM.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 7pm.

What time should I arrive?
Graduates need to arrive earlier to check-in and join the line-up.  We will inform you of the time and location for the line-up in a separate email.

How long is the ceremony?
Approximately 90 minutes. Please ask your guests to remain seated throughout the entire ceremony. Out of respect for your fellow graduates, please plan on remaining for the entire ceremony.

What should I wear?
Graduating students should be dressed in cap & gown.  Information about how to buy one can be found here:

Do Guests need a ticket?
Yes!  Colden Security will not allow guests to enter Colden without a ticket (due to fire safety codes, even infants need a ticket).  Seating is unassigned (first come, first serve).   You must RSVP here and request tickets for your guests before May 1st: (

Do I need a ticket?
No, Graduating students do not need a ticket. However, you must RSVP for the ceremony (see above link).

What happens at the Psychology Department Ceremony?
At our ceremony, graduating students will walk across the stage and have their name called.  When you come to pick up your tickets (dates TBA), you will receive a NAME CARD in the envelope along with your tickets.  You will need to bring the name card on stage and hand it to the presenter who will then announce your name.

How will the announcer know how to pronounce my name?   
When you submit your RSVP, you will have the option to write your name out phonetically (write it as it sounds) so that it will be pronounced correctly.

Will the event be photographed?
Yes, there will be a professional photographer on stage.  If you want to be contacted by the photographer to receive proofs after the ceremony for purchase, then please fill out your contact information when you submit your RSVP.  The Campus Photographer is:   Island Photography

Can my guests take photographs? 
Yes, guests are welcome to take photographs; but due to fire safety codes, please advise guests that they must keep aisles clear at all times, and remain seated.

Can my guests park on campus? 
We were able to confirm that Parking Lots 15S and 15N will be open. These are the two parking lots closest to Colden, on Reeves Avenue.  They are visible on the top right hand corner of the map provided below. Please advise your guests to leave plenty of time for parking, and arrive early, as the lots may fill up.

Will there be any food served? 
No refreshments will be served at the Psychology ceremony. Water fountains and restrooms are available in the main lobby.

I also want to attend the College-wide Commencement ceremony….
This is a separate event and will be held the day after the Psychology Dept ceremony.  College Commencement event is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th.  Students must RSVP separately to the Commencement Office, and can find all the information you need about the other event here:

If your question was not addressed here, please feel free to ask questions in the comments of the RSVP form, and a staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Confirmation of # of tickets (to be determined based on number of RSVPs), Ticket Pickup Schedule, and additional Ceremony Details will be sent to the email that you provide on your RSVP closer to the ceremony date!

 Congratulations on your achievements!  We are looking forward to celebrating with all of you!

Memorial service for Dr. Andrea Li | May 18 at 11AM DH, Patio Room

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From Elizabeth Hendrey, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:

From March 18th:  It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing Friday night of Andrea Li, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Andrea joined Queens College in 2004. She was Deputy Chair of the Department of Psychology, a beloved and valued faculty member, and an admired colleague. Andrea leaves behind three young children and her husband, Andrew Chepaitis.  A memorial service will take place at Queens College at a date to be determined. Professor Li made valuable and enduring contributions to the Department of Psychology and the Queens College community and she will be very much missed.

Recent Update about the Memorial Service:

The memorial service for Dr. Andrea Li of the Department of Psychology will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 11 am in the Dining Hall, Patio Room. A reception will follow.  All family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones are invited to attend. Children of all ages are welcome.
If you have any questions or require more information, please reach out to Alicia Alvero (​

Psychology Dept Registration – Spring 2020

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In order to register, you must:

1)   Check your Student Center on CUNYfirst for your exact registration date and time

2)   If you do not have an appointment date listed, visit QC HUB (formerly One Stop).

3)   Remove any holds on your account.


Please register via CUNYFirst, following the schedule below:

Academic Level


(Earned + In progress)


Registration Date

(check the time on CF)

Matriculated Graduate

& Veteran Students


Monday, November 4

Special Groups:

Macaulay Honors College, SEEK,

Honors and Scholarships, HMNS, Athletics, Special Services,

Student Ambassadors and Leaders


Please consult your Program advisor.


Seats are restricted; to grant priority to Psychology Majors



Tuesday, November 5

Juniors & 2nd Degree

60 –89.9

Wednesday, November 6



Thursday, November 7



Friday, November 8

New Freshman & Transfers


Monday, November 11

All Non-degree students

(Grad & Undergrad)


 Monday, November 25

Senior Citizen Auditors


Monday, January 20


VERY IMPORTANT:  For Required Courses listed below, priority registration is granted to Declared Majors. Students who have recently declared their major during the current semester are eligible as long as the major is listed on your CUNYfirst account prior to your registration date. Students meeting these requirements will register on CUNYfirst during their assigned date & time.


Registration is restricted to students who meet the following requirements:

Additional Info:


Psych 1073 &  1071





Remaining seats in 1073/1071 will be opened to non-majors on

Monday, November 11th





Students must enroll in Psych 1073 Lecture AND Psych 1071 Lab.  These are listed as separate courses in CUNYFirst.  Be sure to enroll in both, and if you do not an error will result.


Psych 213W




Advanced Experimental Classes (Psych 311-321)



Remaining seats in 213W and

311-321 will be opened to all students two weeks prior to the start of classes.



Please keep in mind that students may only register for ONE section of ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL-

*Any additional sections of Advanced Experimental on a student’s schedule will be dropped.*



Repeating Courses:  Students who intend to repeat courses are strongly recommended to speak with an advisor before doing so, as there may be Financial Aid implications. 



Spring 2019 Honors and Awards

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The HAROLD SCHUCKMAN AWARD (plaque & $500 award): for a student who will be attending a graduate program in psychologyApplication and personal statement (same statement used for grad apps) required. Download Application

The DANIEL V. CAPUTO AWARD (plaque & $500 award): for a student who is committed to pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Application form required.

The JOHN V. CONTI AWARD (plaque & $1,000 award): for a graduating senior who will be attending a graduate program in psychology or a related profession. Acceptable areas of graduate study are General Psychology, Behavioral Analysis, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling and Social Work. Preferred specialty areas: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Mental/Emotional Illness.  Preference is given to a student with financial need, scholastic excellence, and a desire to pursue graduate study in psychology or a related profession. Application, personal statement, and letter of acceptance required

The DR. EFFIE MITSIS MEMORIAL AWARD (plaque & $1,000): for a graduating senior who will be attending a graduate program in Neuroscience. Family’s preference is someone who will be doing research with humans, but animal research is also acceptable. Application, personal statement, faculty recommendation letter, and letter of acceptance required.

Congratulations to the 2019 Psychology Award winners:

  • Harold Schuckman Award: Maria Saleem
  • Daniel V. Caputo Award: Elizabeth Lichtman
  • John V. Conti Award: Liam Doherty
  • Dr. Effie Mitsis Memorial Award: Benjamin Bravo
  • Arthur A. Witkin Award: Lauren Garrin
  • Gregory Razran Award: Erica Caparelli
  • William Schoenfeld Award: Abigail Ziegler
  • Mitchell L. Kietzman Award: Johanna Pajuelo
  • Thomas E. Frumkes Award: Radiyyah Hussein
  • Wilma A. Winnick Award: Alexander Dimassi
  • Edith and Max Weiner Award: Emnet Gammada

The following students are graduating with honors:

Last Name First Name   Last Name First Name   Last Name First Name
Hondolero Lauren   Browne Jahi   Valitova Alfiya
Nudman Ilana   Zapata Emily   Wilson Cheyenne
Osorio-Alvarado Ana   Castro Stacy   Belio Michelle
Pollak Samantha   Hahn Karen   Daowdat Ashmita
Arvanitidis Zoi   Rodriguez Nicolas   Kaur Rupinder
Cardenas Julivette   Tahir Zaid   Kim Gi
Masab Rona   Chung Andrew   Sanchez Silmady
Behnam Yael   Fara Kafia   Ram Alicia
Fejzullaj Emine   Rollino Jenna Ada   Smith Charlena
Jalilfar Natalie   Gonzalez Jessica   Collado Yasmin
Frias Angelica   Nandram Sangeeta   Zink Mark
Harrypersaud Cynthia   Suleymanova Maria   Ariza Elizabeth
Aumuller Jessica   Davis Cher-pierre   Levian Rachel
Butt Kiren   Ben-Harari Maskit   Kapadia Arjun
Eracleous Evangelia   Deng Annie   Blander Miriam
Lam Mandy   Linn May   Bunces Carol
Pianko Lauren   Rachman Leah   Dimassi Alexander
Walz Aviva   Castrillon Emily   Del Rosario Jeanell
Gao Jane   Tung Sharon   He Alix
Wong Kristy   Rodriguez Garcia Ana   Park Jongbume
Ku Boram   Siljkovic Merima   Rabbani Fatima
Lopez Ana   Chan Tze Kiu Regina Kimmel Gideon
Jacobs Daniella   Roth Antonia   Gajwani Silky
Scarlata Julia   Santos Melissa   Herzfeld Bailey
Digiovanni Lauren   Kim Angela   Ashraf Aliza
Weiss Aliza   Habib Nadia   Puhi Amanda
Teitelbaum Adira   Coronel Harbi   Kim Jeeyeun
Sabino Kayla   Fried Ronee   Leone Onofrio
Sarnataro Ian   Ramirez Sharon   Rubin Taylor
Lagalante Thomas   Ayyad Zainab   Jaffery Paiker
Liotta Emily   Lykos Ketty   Pajuelo Johanna
Graber Margalit   Uy Bea   Toledo Ellie
Lang Elizabeth   Senra Michelle   Farnam Deena
Levin Sarah   Williams Karisma   Srzedzinska Sylwia
Stambolski Heni   Schwartz Sarah   Segan Hayley
Akbar Zaneb   Osaghae Osasumwen   Kelly Ayanna
Amrami Rafael   Aversano Samantha   Kinkel Amanda
Caparelli Erica   Abouhasswa Salma   Pimentel Lesley
Cazeau Emerald   Bedar Hasina   Ramirez Monica
Faizzadeh Avigail   Najman Michael   Migdal Amanda
Rabanipour Jonathan   Da Motta Beatriz   Rodriguez Carmen
Rizzuto Alexa   Liu Jessie   Mena Crystal
Rozon Daniela   Weiss Zachary   Hyman Pamela
Zelefsky Mindy   Afzal Shavez   Raffman Tiffany
Ziegler Abigail   Giardina Angela      
Amma Yurie   Lumerman Jordana      
Arbab Balsam   Faraci Gabrielle      
Ash Sarah   Hagler Rebecca      
Busgeeth Sachin   Curd Dominique      
Candelario Elissa   Chin Quee Margaret      
Doherty Liam   Goldstein Mariana      
Eisenberg Tammy   Etienne Norvilia      
Farkish Reyzel   Shapiro Ariella      
Feder Lisa   Perdomo Yelitza      
Garrin Lauren   Beltre Laura      
Holloran Nicole   Lall Anisha      
Hussein Radiyyah   Rosenberg Hadas      
Ibragimov Yakov   Sadigh Aviva      
Ilyasov Michael   Meeks Jah’Leisha      
Israel Emanuel   Galimi Briana      
Khiskiadze David   Da Motta Beatriz      
Klestzick Elisheva   Lall Anisha      
Konopko Izabela   Hue Stephen      
Lichtman Elizabeth            
Mirzakandov Dvora            
Nachman Eliana            
Niknamfard Arman            
Pilosov Nisim            
Rahyab Mariam            
Riera Yadira            
Rivera Gabriela            
Roussos Paraskevi            
Saleem Maria            
Saleman David            
Selevan Lauren            
Shepetofsky Ariella            
Wagner Miriam            
Walz Junko            
Younger Aliza            
Holloran Nicole            
Hussein Radiyyah            
Konopko Izabela            
Mevorach Daniel            
Riera Yadira            
Roussos Paraskevi            
Saleem Maria            

16th Annual Neuropsychology Research Day

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16th  Annual Neuropsychology Research Day at Queens College, CUNY


“Mechanisms of Threat Control”

Elizabeth A. Phelps, Ph.D.
Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, NYU

TIME: Keynote Address: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Conference: 10:00AM-5:00PM
15-minute Neuropsychology/Neuroscience talks
Break for lunch 12PM-1PM

VENUE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Auditorium, Room 230 (ground floor)

Free and open to the public



Animal models of associative threat learning provide a basis for understanding human fears and anxiety. Building on research from animal models, we explore a range of means maladaptive defensive responses can be diminished in humans. Extinction and emotion regulation, techniques adapted in cognitive behavioral therapy, can be used to control learned defensive responses via inhibitory signals from the ventromedial prefrontal cortex to the amygdala. One drawback of these techniques is that these responses are only inhibited and can return, with one factor being stress. Dr. Phelps will review research examining the lasting control of maladaptive defensive responses by targeting memory reconsolidation and present evidence suggesting that the behavioral interference of reconsolidation in humans diminishes involvement of the prefrontal cortex inhibitory circuitry, although there are limitations to its efficacy. She will also describe two novel behavioral techniques that might result in a more lasting fear reduction, the first by providing control over stressor and the second by substituting a novel, neutral cue for the aversive unconditioned stimulus.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD, received her doctorate from Princeton University in 1989, was a faculty member at Yale University and moved to New York University in 1999 where she is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science. Dr. Phelps is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among her many awards is the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation as well as a Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Phelps was the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, and served as the editor of the journal Emotion.

Dr. Phelps is a global leader in research in the interactions between the cognitive neuroscience of emotion, learning and memory. Her primary focus has been to understand how human learning and memory are changed by emotion and to investigate the neural systems mediating their interactions. This has led to work on emotion/memory and perception, attention, social behavior, decision making, and economics.

Neuropsychology Research Day

Queens College of The City University of New York hosts an annual Neuropsychology Research conference, which provides a forum for students and faculty to present their latest and most exciting research, and fosters collaborations across laboratories.

Talks will start at 10:00AM and run throughout the day with a lunch break from 12:00-1:00.  The KEYNOTE ADDRESS will be 1:00-2:00.  Each talk is about 15 minutes, presented by graduate students and faculty in field of Neuropsychology and Neuroscience.  Come for all or part of the event.

All are welcome. Undergraduates and Master’s students interested in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience research at Queens College are particularly encouraged to attend.  The conference is free and open to the public; no registration necessary.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Pytte:

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library location

Queens College campus: 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing NY, 11367


Past Research Day Programs:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2018 2019

ABA Presents Panel of Professionals

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Panel of Professionals

on What can YOU do as a Behavior Analyst


Joshua Jessel, PhD, BCBA-D | Assistant Professor at Queens College

Mike Marroquin Ph.D, BCBA, LBA | Consultant for families and school districts in Nassau County NY

Lauren Kryzak, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA | Vice President of Clinical Operations – ABA Agency

Jennifer Morrison-Diallo, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA | Assistant Director of Hospitals-NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County

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STATISTICS (PSYCH 107.3 and 107.1) TUTORING – Fall 2019

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PSY 1073/1071 – Finals Week Tutoring Schedule

Time Friday, 12/13 Monday, 12/16 Tuesday, 12/17 Wednesday, 12/18 Thursday, 12/19
9:30 Marisa Amanda S Arielle    
10:00 9:30-11:30 AM 9:30-10:30 AM 9:30-10:30 AM Eliana  
10:30       10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  
11:00     Andrew    
11:30     11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tracey  
12:00 Robin   10:30 AM – 12:30 PM  
12:30 12:00 – 2:00 PM      
1:00   Bella Elana Bella
1:30 Alana 1:15-2:15 PM 12:30-2:30 1:15-2:15 PM
2:00 1:00 – 3:00 PM Jameela   Arielle
2:30 Marisa   1:15-3:15 PM   2:00-3:00 PM
3:00 2:30-4:30 PM        
4:00   Amanda S     Amanda B
4:30   4:00 – 5:00 PM     4:00 – 6:00 PM


PSY 1073/1071 tutoring takes place in SB E322


Questions or concerns – please contact Dr. Mangiapanello at