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Alumni and Friends Newsletter | Autumn 2014 

Dear CSPP Alumni and Friends,

We are pleased to bring you the Autumn edition of the CSPP Alumni and Friends Newsletter.

Please read on for more information about: 

  • CSPP News: Diversity Award, Tremendous Presence at APA and Groundbreaking Vietnam Project
  • Honoring the Life of Rudy Hurwich, long-time CSPP Trustee
  • Join CSPP for a plethora of alumni events in CA and beyond
  • Featured alumni benefits: 6 months free listing in Psychology Today's Therapy Directory & EPPP Offer
  • Alumni Class Notes -  featuring news from your classmates
  • CSPP Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Share your accomplishments!


CSPP/Alliant received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine -- the university's third consecutive year as a recipient. We were selected for this award based on our exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus. Read more...

CSPP was once again very well-represented at the APA Convention in DC this year with more than 105 presentations and posters by alumni, students and faculty! We also had a successful Alumni and Friends Reception at APA which featured remarks by Alliant Provost Dr. Russ Newman and CSPP Interim Dean Dr. Dalia Ducker. Dr. Beth Rom-Rymer (Alliant Trustee) and Dr. Steven Tulkin (Professor Emeritus and the first Director of our Postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmaology program) were presented with awards at this event.  Read more and view photos from APA.

Here are some updates on the tremendous work being done in the "Listening to Dragonflies" Action Research in Vietnam project from CSPP faculty Dr. Suni Petersen.  

In Loving Memory of Rudy Hurwich, Long-Time CSPP Trustee

Rudy HurwichRudolph Hurwich, long-time Trustee and benefactor of CSPP/Alliant International University, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2014 at the age of 92. Rudy, as he was fondly known, served on the CSPP Board of Trustees from 1978-1992, and was Treasurer of Board from 1978-1991. His extraordinary service to the California School of Professional Psychology culminated in the honorary doctorate he received from CSPP.

Rudy and his wife, CSPP alumna Dr. Janet Hurwich, have been long-time supporters of the San Francisco campus library, which was named the Rudolph Hurwich Library in 1988. Rudy and Janet also founded the Hurwich Scholarship at Alliant in memory of their granddaughters Georgette Judith Alouf-Schulman and Basia Mimi Alouf-Schulman.

To read a beautiful article commemorating Mr. Hurwich’s extraordinary life, which also contains information about his memorial service on October 19 in Oakland, please click here. You are also cordially invited to sign the online guestbook on that page. 

Network with Fellow Alumni and Enhance Your Professional Skills:
Alumni Events and Professional

You are cordially invited to these events throughout California as well as Professional Conferences across the USA and many international events. 

Southern California events include:

  • Several CSPP.Connect events featuring fellow CSPP alumni (at Sempra and the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego)
  • A free networking event for licensed mental health professionals in Newport Beach co-hosted by CSPP-LA alumnus Dr. Scott Harris. Lunch is also included for free!
  • Poverty Simulation event at our Irvine campus 
  • "How to Develop an Online Marketing Presence for Mental Health Professionals" with 4 CEUs at our Irvine campus
  • Many wonderful (and free!) Organizational Psychology events at our Los Angeles and San Diego campuses in October and November with excellent speakers. OP alumni, don't miss out!
  • International Leadership Association Conference in San Diego
  • Click here for a complete listing of all the Southern CA events

Northern California / Central Valley events include:

  • The return of the Spirituality Forum Lecture Series at our San Francisco Campus including presentations by alumni Dr. Ed Bourg and Dr. Paul Ritvo
  • A Fireside Chat with OP luminary Dr. Edgar Schein at our SF campus
  • "Measuring Outcomes in Behavioral Health: What, When & How" at our SF campus with alumnus Dr. Andrew Bertagnolli ('96).
  • "Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology: An Overview"
  • Six Professional Development Lectures at our Fresno Campus
  • Click here for a complete listing of  the Northern CA / Central Valley events

Upcoming Professional Conferences and International events include:

  • SDPA, LACPA, AAMFT, ILA, CALPCC and ODN Conferences in October
  • Plus international experiences in China, El Salvador, Mexico City and Cambodia!
  • Click here for details on Professional Conferences and International Events    

Featured Alumni Benefits

Psychology Today

Promote your practice! CSPP alumni receive 6 months free on the Psychology Today Therapy Directory listing (a $180 value). Details here. You can also get a discounted subscription to Psychology Today magazine.



Early Career alumni (grad years 2008-2013): Get help passing the EPPP! CSPP alumni receive a free 1-month membership to the Taylor Study Method's EPPP License Preparation Program (a $449 value). Details here.

Alumni Class Notes 


Dr. Danielle Biggs (Clinical PsyD '99) shares: "I have been running a successful private practice since 2006, specializing in Anxiety disorders and providing free treatment for problem gamblers. My joy has been working with current students from the Fresno campus, who are accumulating their therapy hours."

Dr. Toni Knott ('92 and long-time Fresno Faculty) will be leading a CSPP Immersion trip to China this Fall. Alumni are welcome - only 2 spaces left!

Dr. Kevin O' Connor (CSPP-Fresno faculty) became Board-Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Dr. Robert Watts (Organization Development PsyD '09) recently received the Vermont Academy Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.

View our Northern California/Central Valley CSPP events

See what your classmates from CSPP-Fresno are up to these days, and professionally connect with them on our CSPP-Fresno alumni LinkedIn group

Irvine/Orange Country

There are several wonderful events happening at our Irvine campus and OC area including a free networking event with alumnus Dr. Scott Harris (see below in LA section), "Marketing Strategies to Develop a Private Practice" October 11 and a Poverty Simulation event on November 1. Details here.

Join our new CSPP-Irvine LinkedIn group for graduates of our Irvine campus to reconnect with your CSPP classmates! 

View our Southern California CSPP events 

Los Angeles

Dr. Annette Ermshar (Clinical Psychopharmacology '07 & CSFS-LA faculty) was named one of the "Top Doctors" by Pasadena Magazine for the second consecutive year.

Join Dr. Scott Harris (Clinical PhD '82) for a free Fall Networking event in Newport Beach October 17. Details here.

Dr. Jeffrey Leichter (Clinical PhD '87) was appointed by then Governor Pawlenty to the Minnesota Board of Psychology in 2010 and re-appointed by Governor Dayton to serve through 2018. He is currently the Chair of the Board. 

Dr. Marissa Pei (Organizational Psychology PhD '90) received the Asian Heritage Award for entrepreneurship.

Dr. Jeff Tirengel (Clinical PsyD '90 & CSPP-LA Core Faculty) is receiving the "Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology" Award from the Los Angeles Psychological Association at the LACPA Convention October 18.  

In Memoriam:  Dr. Susan Naifeh (Clinical PsyD '95).

View our Southern California CSPP events

See what your classmates from CSPP-LA are up to these days, and professionally connect with them on our CSPP-LA alumni LinkedIn group 


Dr. Robert Younger (Clinical Psychopharmacology Postdoctoral MS '99 ) shares that he anticipates he'll be retiring from the Navy in 2016.

A new cohort in our Postdoctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology program will be starting in January. Click here for information.

Psychopharmacology grads are welcome to join our CSPP-Psychopharmacology LinkedIn Group


CFT-Sacramento alumni: Read about AAMFT-CA events in the Sacramento area

See what your classmates from CSPP-Sacramento are up to these days, and professionally connect with them on our CSPP-Sacramento alumni LinkedIn group

View our  Northern California CSPP events

San Diego (including USIU)

Dr. Steven Bucky (CSPP-SD faculty) will be featured on the A & E Television Network in January of 2015 on a program entitled "Adolescents who Murder Their Parents."

Dr. Sandra Ceren (USIU Clinical PhD '75) is the author of Essentials of Premarital Counseling

Dr. John Clapp (Clinical Psych PhD ’75) was awarded the Francis W. Peabody MD Caregiver Award by the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control.

Dr. Tamar Elkeles (I-O Psychology PhD '96) received the Trailblazer Award from Chief Learning Officer Magazine.

Dr. Bernardo Ferdman (CSPP-SD faculty) received the Provost's Pillar Award for Applied Scholarship and Research

Dr. Kalyani Gopal (Clinical PhD '97), President of the SAFE Coalition for Human Rights, shares: "I am hosting the First Global SAFE Conference on Sex Trafficking in Chicago, Illinois on October 29-31, 2014 and want to invite you to become involved in fighting human trafficking in the USA and around the world." Details here.

Dr. Dawn Griffin (CSPP-SD faculty) was awarded a $111,000 contract to develop behavioral health career pathways.

Dr. Saira Jhutty (I-O Psychology PhD '97)) and her company Conceptual Options were featured in a variety of media earlier this year including Good Morning America and Elle Magazine.

Tina Moncada (Director of Military Services) was instrumental in CSPP/Alliant being named a military-friendly school for the fifth straight year.

Dr. Russ Newman (Alliant's Provost) received the Insight into Diversity Magazine Visionary Award

Dr. Stephanie Pennington (Clinical Psychology PhD '13) and Dr. Neil Ribner (CSPP-SD faculty) have been published in the Journal of Child Custody. The article, “Custody Evaluations: Ethics in Training Evaluators,” dives into the ethical principles for training new and experienced evaluators.

Dr. Jill Stoddard (CSPP-SD faculty) shares "Christine Padesky, world renowned author of Mind Over Mood, is doing a 6 hour CE workshop in Carlsbad on Fri 11/14.  For more information, click here.

Dr. Linna Wang, Systemwide Program Director for our Couple and Family Therapy programs, won a grant of nearly $750,000 over three years to expand access to couple and family therapy services. Add other piece she submitted here  

In Memoriam:  Dr. John Dallas Thompson (Clinical PhD '97).

Professionally connect with some of your CSPP/USIU classmates on our new San Diego campus alumni group on Linkedin.

View our Southern California CSPP events including several in San Diego!

San Francisco/Alameda/Berkeley

Dr. Andrew Bertagnolli (Clinical PhD '96) is scheduled to present on the topic of "Measuring Outcomes in Behavioral Health: What, When & How " on November 10 from 12-2pm. Free for alumni, but RSVP required.  Details here.

Dr. Ed Bourg (Clinical PhD '73 & Professor Emeritus). is scheduled to be our first presenter for the Fall Spirituality Forum Lecture Series this Fall on Monday, October 13. Details here.

Dr. Kathryn Goldman-Schulyer (CSPP-SF faculty) and Dr. Ed Bourg encourage our alumni to consider attending the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference, November 13-14 in San Francisco. 

Dr, Rut Gubkin (Clinical PhD '91) Chair of CPA's Division 7/Diversity and Social Justice, invites her fellow alumni to join her for a special presentation on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology on October 19. Details here.

Dr. Vanessa Kelly (Clinical PsyD '97) shares: "I retired last year after working at UCSF Department of Psychiatry for 15 years, and sailed to Mexico on our sailboat. Will possible work again, but retirement life is pretty sweet!"

Dr. Keely Kolmes (Clinical PsyD '03) was elected as a Member at Large for APA Division 42, Psychologists in Private Practice, was accepted into APA's Leadership Institute for Women and was elected to the APA Council to represent CPA.

Dr. Rhoda Olkin (CSPP-SF Faculty) shares: "We have a robust incoming class of 50 students. Our four Tracks are proving enticing to applicants (Child/Family, Social Justice, Forensic Family, and Integrated Health Psychology). We are entering our second year of the new Assessment Clinic on the SF campus, and referrals are coming in quickly. The Institute on Disability & Health Psychology is concluding several research projects with students are all year levels. We continue to be grateful to all our alumni who offer low cost therapy for students to fulfill this requirement, and for supervision to our first year students." 

Dr. Janie Pinterits(Clinical Counseling Program Director) invites you to the CALPCC Conference October 18 at USF. Dr. Pinterits was also recently named Assistant Provost for International and Multicultural Initiatives (I-MERIT) for CSPP at Alliant International University.  

Dr. Reiko True (Clinical PhD, '76) retired this summer after many years of service as Director of our CSPP Japan Program

Dr. Stephanie Wood, Systemwide Director of our Psychological Service Centers, was awarded nearly $900,000 f to expand access to mental health services in California via California Prop. 63, the Mental Health Services Act,

Join our new SF Bay Area LinkedIn group for graduates of our SF, Alameda and Berkeley campuses to reconnect with your CSPP classmates!  

View our  Northern California CSPP events

Enhance your Skills and Get CEUs at a Discount 

Click here for our full Continuing Education calendar, and remember, CSPP Alumni receive a 10% discount, and CSPP Alumni who are also CPA members receive a 20% discount (check out the CSPP alumni benefits page for CE discount codes). 

Alumni Benefits 

Be sure to review your complimenary CSPP alumni benefits. Our newest benefit is that recent graduates (2008-2013) get one month free with the Taylor Study Method's EPPP License Preparation Program

CSPP Social Media 

Like CSPP on Facebook (nearly 2,000 likes!), connect into our LinkedIn CSPP alumni network (1,700 alumni connections and growing!), and follow @CSPPwire on Twitter!  Check out our CSPP Blog Network, which includes the Alumni Blog, CSPP Blog, Organizational Psychology Blog, Job Opportunities Blog and more!

Share Your News and Accomplishments!

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