Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D.

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    I am dedicated to fostering in my students an active interest in the field of psychology and counseling. Molloy College's small size, community feeling, and goal of academic excellence allow me to reach out to students at a more personal level to get them excited and curious about the fields of psychology and counseling. I admire the high degree to which Molloy faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to service and helping others and making the world a better place for those that need our help and expertise. The desire to help others through direct service and the commitment to share knowledge are paramount in the fields of psychology and counseling.

  • Academic Interests

    Courses Taught at Molloy College

    • General Psychology
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology
    • Will be teaching Bio-Psychology
  • What I am working on

    My interests include mental health and counseling issues across the lifespan, clinical and assessment work with children and adults, cross-cultural psychology, neuropsychology and biological psychology; and the mentorship and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the psychology and counseling fields.

  • Educational Philosophy

    Life-long learning is key for students and faculty. We can continue to build on our knowledge base at every level of scholarship. It is important to be curious about your students, your clients and your patients and their cultures and learn from them. I let my students and patients know when I am grateful for what they have shared and taught me as it enhances my teaching skills and clinical work. I strive to instill in my students, by example, critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity.

  • Educational Background
    • Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY
    • Haverford College, Haverford, PA, BS in Psychology
    • Adelphi University, MA in Clinical/School Psychology
    • Adelphi University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
    • NYS Licensed Psychologist
  • Additional Information

    I am very excited to be heading the development of a new Master's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.

    Please stop by if you have any questions about this proposed Master's program which will be a great addition to the Department of Psychology and Counseling.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member - APA -American Psychological Association
    • Member - NYSPA- New York State Psychological Association
    • Member - ACA -American Counseling Association
    • Member - NARACES -North Atlantic Region Association For Counselor Education and Supervision
    • Member - AHMHP- Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals
    • Member -  New York Neuropsychology Group
  • Publications/Presentations

    Publications and Presentations

    Kestemberg, L.B., Tarnofsky Silverman, M.B., & Emmons, M.R. (2007). Neuropsychological assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse children. In G.B. Esquivel, E.C. Lopez, & S.G. Nahari (Eds.), The Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology (pp. 309-329). Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, Associates, Inc.

    Kestemberg, L.B., et al. (2005). Client Satisfaction at a University Based Psychoeducational Assessment Center: Data from a three year review. Poster presentation at APA National Convention, Washington, D.C. June 2005.

    Orlovsky, K. Kestemberg, L.B., Alfonso, V.C., (2005). Assessment Trends at University Training Centers. Poster presentation at APA National Convention, Washington, D.C. June 2005.

    Rentz, E. Alfonso, V. C., Kestemberg, L. B. (2005). A National Study of School Psychology Training Centers.  Poster presentation at APA National Convention, Washington, D.C. June 2005.

    Kestemberg, L.B., Tarnofsky Silverman, M.B., & Santandreu, N.G. (2003). Gender differences in brain development and neuropsychological functioning. In M. Kopala & M. Keitel (Eds.), The Handbook of Counseling Women (pp. 86-105). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

    Kestemberg, L. (2011, April) The effects of anxiety and depression on the adolescent brain.  Presentation given to high school students and their teachers as part of an Acceptance Day Panel of Professionals. Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Woodmere, NY.

    Kestemberg, L. (2009, May) Techniques and Tips on working and communicating with children and their parents. Presentation given to 200 staff members at Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day Camp, Woodmere, NY

    Kestemberg, L. (2000, January) Neuropsychological Foundations of Learning Disabilities. Presentation given to Psychologists in Training (PIT) of the New York City Board of Education, Fordham University. New York.

    Dissertation nominated for the Farber Prize (best dissertation) at Adelphi University, 1998-1999.

    Clavijo, A. & Kestemberg, L. (1996, April) Elderly Hispanic women and depression.  Paper presented at the First Mental Health Conference of One Hundred Hispanic Women: Trauma, Mental Illness and the Latina Woman.  New York University, New York.

    The Gerontological Society of America 1996 Minority Predoctoral Leadership Development Award.

    National competitive award granted to support research training in aging.