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)

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 are asking the campus security if we will have access to any QC Parking Lots, and will keep everyone posted.

Regardless, we recommend to please remind guests to leave a lot of extra time in case they need to park off campus

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 (​

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