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Please check here for updated news about the accomplishments of our graduates.

2010s

Rachel Bachrach, PhD ’15, is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Steven Berg, PhD ’15, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arkansas Tech University.

Anneke Buffone, PhD ’15, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with the World Well-Being Project.

Sarah Gomillion, PhD ’15, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Erikson Neilans, PhD ’15, is a Neuromarketing Consultant/Presenter at Canisius College Center for Professional Development.

Amanda Adams, MA ’15, is a Behavior Specialist at Anderson Center for Autism.

Justin Kimber, MA ’15, is a Research Analyst at the Erie County Medical Center in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

Erika Pugh, MA ’15, is a Research Assistant at Yale School of Medicine.

Philip Whalen, MA ’15, is a Project Coordinator at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Melissa Griffin, PhD ’14, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Research in Youth Addictions and Concurrent Disorders at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto.

Ariana Young, PhD ’14, is an Assistant Professor at California Lutheran University.

Stevie Knight, MA ’14, is the Co-Coordinator of Project TRUST at Mt. Hope Family Center at the University of Rochester.

Matthew Wisniewski, PhD ’13, is a Postdoctoral Research Psychologist at the Air Force Research Laboratory with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Jenna Dellaccio, MA’13, is an Sponsored Programs Assistant II in Sponsored Projects  Services at the University at Buffalo.

Jennifer Merrill, PhD ’12, is as Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown University in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Dara Babinski, PhD ’13, is on the faculty at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Adam Booth, MA ’13, is a PhD student in the Counseling/School Psychology program within the Graduate School of Education at UB.

Kathryn Walker, PhD ’12, is a Clinical and Health Psychologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Elisa Trucco, PhD ’12, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan and recently won the 2015 Gordis Award at the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Joshua Clapp, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wyoming.

Stephanie Godleski, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Stefanie Acevedo, MA ’12, is a PhD student in Music Theory at Yale University.

Justin Couchman, PhD ’11, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Albright College.

Angela Detschner, MA ’12, is a PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program within the Graduate School of Education at UB.

Katie Hart, PhD ’12, is a Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University.

Andrew Jebb, MA ’13, is a PhD student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Purdue University.

Shannon Lupien, PhD ’13, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hilbert College.

James Mantell, PhD ’13, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

W. John Monopoli, MA ’13, is a Clinical Research Assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Margaret Sibley, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

Jordan Troisi, PhD ’12, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Ariana Young, PhD ’14, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Lutheran University.

Rebecca Ashare, PhD ’11, is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Victoria Kordovski, MA ’13, is a Research Assistant with UBMD Neurology.

2000s

Daniel F. Gros, PhD ’08, is a Section Chief at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, SC, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.

DeMond Grant, PhD ’08, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University.

Brian Wymbs, PhD ’08, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University.

Allison Garefino, PhD ’09, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University.

Erika Coles, PhD ’07, is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Center for Children and Families Clinical Director at Florida International University.

Joseph Baschnagel, PhD ’06, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at RIT.

Patricia Ann (White) Allen-Jackson, BA’ 00, has been a special education teacher in Wake County schools in North Carolina and is case manager and teacher of children with moderate level disabilities.

Lisa Marie Bessing, BA’ 02. After graduating from UB, Lisa had the privilege of working in the different phases of Clinical Research from Pharmaceutical companies to Contract Research Organizations. She started out in Data Management and worked her way up to Project Management. Her passion has been to work with adolescents. She received her MSW from Fordham University and currently became the Director of School Based Youth Services, working at a local high school contracted through an agency. “My experience at UB has afforded me the opportunities to explore interests that I didn’t realize that I had!

Urmi Jani, BA ’04, graduated with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. Jani is completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans. She is also adjunct faculty at Loyola University New Orleans where she instructs undergraduate psychology courses. Since leaving UB, she has earned two masters degrees and a doctorate degree in various fields related to psychology, has presented at more than 10 national conferences, and is on track to getting licensed.

Ruth Kleinman, BA ’05, is entering her fifth year as a member of the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is also happy to share that she is getting married next spring. Ruth resides in New York City.

Kristy Lynne Koldis, BA ’00, is a Guidance Counselor at Albany High School in Albany, NY.

Madeline E Placencia, BA ’06, is Human Resource Manager at Mogil Organization, LLC in New York City.

1990s

Kenneth Allendoerfer, MA 96, is senior researcher with the FAA examining the psychological and human factors aspects of air traffic control.  In this role he studies human-computer interaction, decision making, attention, and vigilance. He is currently designing and evaluating “NextGen” which is a multi-billion dollar effort to upgrade the U.S. ATC system. Kenneth lives in New Jersey.

Michael R. Van Slyck, PhD, ’92, is an Associate Professor, Program Director and Chair of the Department of Psychology at South University, Richmond.

1970s

Charles McClintock, PhD, ’75, is President of The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. He is Dean Emeritus at Fielding Graduate University and Professor Emeritus at Cornell University where he taught and held academic administration positions from 1975 to 2001. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University in 1981 and University of California, Santa Cruz in 1989. Dr. McClintock’s scholarship focuses on graduate education, online learning, program evaluation, and organizational development.

Dennis M. Dennis, BS ’72, shares “my undergraduate education at UB provided a solid foundation for a rewarding career in clinical and consulting psychology. As part of my psychology honors thesis I interviewed a 97 year-old Spanish American War veteran at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. During my service as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer at Bethesda Naval Hospital during the Vietnam War and Watergate I had the honor of caring for several now-historical people.” Following graduate study in psychology at Purdue, Dennis enjoyed a career in clinical and consulting psychology, including appointments at Purdue University, the University of Washington and Central Washington University. He served as President of the Washington State Psychological Association. Following a three-year “sabbatical” from his practice, he served as Vice President for Human Resources & Organization Development in the private sector. He has consulted with treatment teams at the VA healthcare system for 30 years. Dennis was appointed Assistant Secretary of Health for Washington and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

1960s

Stephen L. Goldberg, BA ’69Ph.D. ’74, received the National Training and Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Stephen has been a Research Psychologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute for 37 years.