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1000 Hempstead Avenue
Siena Hall, S-100
Rockville Centre, New York 11571-5002 516.323.3840

2014 LIPC Psychology Conference

2014 LIPC  Hosted By Molloy College: May 3, 2014

The Long Island Psychology Conference provides a forum for local undergraduate and graduate students to share their research with fellow students and faculty from local colleges and universities. Undergraduate and graduate psychology students are invited to submit abstracts (500 word max.) for a poster presentation. All submissions involve original empirical research in which an undergraduate or graduate student is the principal author.

The 2014 conference will be held in the Hays Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The keynote speaker and schedule for the event will be posted in January.

Schedule of Events

9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast.
9:30 a.m. -11 a.m. Conference opening and speaker introduction. Cheryl Camenzuli, Molloy College. Speaker: Keynote presentation by Laura Kestemberg and Jill Lucente. Autism Spectrum Disorder: How music therapy can support the entire family. An investigation of how music therapy and parent support groups may impact members of ASD families.
11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Student poster session 1.
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Speaker: Invited research presentation by Mindy Engle-Friedman. Sleep loss and sleep deprivation: What does it do to students?  The work from an undergraduate research laboratory.
1:20 p.m. -1:50 p.m. Student poster session 2.
1:50 p.m. - 2 p.m. Closing remarks.

Submissions taken by email

The Long Island Psychology conference welcomes submissions of abstracts describing empirical research for presentation as a poster.  The work must include at least one student author. Research should be original, empirical projects, with students' posters reporting on data collected.  Abstracts should provide: a brief description of the project, including: the purpose of the project, clearly-stated hypotheses, description of sample, method, summary of results and conclusion(s).

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, and are due by April 15. 

Please email the following information to

  • Title of the poster
  • Abstract
  • Author(s) name, affiliation and student status (undergraduate student, graduate student, high school student, faculty, other)

2014 LIPC Invited Research Presentation

Autism Spectrum Disorder: How music therapy can support the entire family. An investigation of how music therapy and parent support groups may impact members of ASD families.

Learn about the clinical work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy.  The presenters will describe the TIME-A research study - an international study seeking to discover whether music therapy is an effective early intervention for children with ASD.  In addition, implications for parent support groups will be discussed.

Presenters: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Jill Lucente, MS, LCAT, MT-BC.

Dr. Laura B. Kestemberg is a bilingual Spanish-English NYS Licensed Psychologist who received her PhD. in Clinical Psychology and her Masters in Clinical/School Pychology from Adelphi University. She has completed post-graduate work in neuropsychology. Dr. Kestemberg has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community clinics, hospitals, universities, head injury rehabilitation units, and schools providing counseling and assessment services for 20 years.  She was a Clinical Associate Professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education, School Psychology Department, and the Director of the School Consultation and Early Childhood Center, an assessment and counseling center that served as a training site for Fordham's Masters and Doctoral students.  She began teaching at Molloy's Psychology and Counseling Department in September 2012 and was hired to develop and direct the proposed Masters in Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She joined the Rebecca Center and the Center for Autism and Child Development in August of 2013 and is currently involved in clinical work and in collecting research on parents with children who have autism.

Jill Lucente is a professionally credentialed, board certified music therapist. She received her Masters of Science degree in Music Therapy from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY where she is also an adjunct professor for undergraduate music therapy students. Jill received her advanced certification in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy at Molloy College in 2011. She serves as the Program Coordinator and Research Coordinator for The Rebecca Center for Music Therapy at Molloy College.  Jill has a broad range of clinical and supervisory experience and has presented her work at various professional conferences. Currently her clinical focus is working with young children with developmental disabilities and generalized learning disabilities.

2014 LIPC Invited Research  Presentation

Sleep loss and sleep deprivation: What does it do to students? The work from an undergraduate research laboratory.

Professor Engle-Friedman will speak about the role of sleep in high quality next-day functioning as well as the impact of sleep loss and sleep deprivation on performance and physiology.  Professor Engle-Friedman has had over 80 undergraduates work in her lab over the course of the 27 years she has been at Baruch College. Many of those undergraduate researchers have gone on to graduate education in psychology, medicine, law and social work.  Prof. Engle-Friedman will discuss how research experience as an undergraduate can have benefits for one's future and how undergraduates can make the most of their work in research labs. Presenters: Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Associate Professor, Baruch College, Department of Psychology.

Presenter: Mindy Engle-Friedman, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Dr. Mindy Engle-Friedman received her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at Brown University.  She is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York where she is the head of two labs.  In the Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue Lab, with her students she examines the effects of sleep loss on next day energy use and motivation.  In the Environmental Psychology Lab Prof. Engle-Friedman evaluates factors responsible for involvement in environmental issues and how engagement in environmental protection occurs.  Her lab includes 12 undergraduates, three students who have completed their undergraduate degrees and three graduate students.  Dr. Engle-Friedman teaches the Psychology of Sleep, Environmental Psychology and Ethics.  Dr. Engle-Friedman is a member of the Baruch College, Mental Health Counseling Faculty, the Ombudsperson for Baruch College, and the Chair of the Baruch College Task Force on Sustainability. 

This conference was funded in part by a grant from Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.