Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D.

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    Molloy College's small class sizes, community feeling, and academic excellence allow me to mentor students at a personal level and help them grow their passion and curiosity in the mental health field. I am dedicated to fostering in my students an active interest in all aspects of the field of mental health counseling. Molloy faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to service and community in addition to study and spirituality and the college's mission statement is in perfect alignment with providing high level counseling services to those in need. The desire to help others through direct service and the commitment to share knowledge are paramount in the fields of psychology and counseling. I am so excited that in 2019 we launched our Mental Health and Wellness Center where we are able to provide our graduate students with hands on clinical training and offer the community low cost mental health services. Our graduate students are making an impact in the surrounding community very early in their careers as counselors in training.

  • Academic Interests

    Courses Taught at Molloy College

    Graduate Level:

    • Psychopathology
    • Orientation and Ethics to the Counseling Profession
    • Internship I
    • Internship II 

    Undergraduate Level:

    • General Psychology
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • What I am working on

    My interests include mental health and counseling issues across the lifespan, the psychotherapeutic relationship, the effects of stress on those in the helping professions, mindfulness techniques, clinical and assessment work with children and adults, cross-cultural psychology, neuropsychology; and the clinical supervision and mentorship of graduate students in the mental health fields.

  • Educational Philosophy

    Life-long learning is key for students and faculty. We can continue to build on our knowledge base at every stage of our lives. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is offered at night and we have a diverse student body with graduate students ranging across the lifespan. It is important to be curious about your students, your clients and your patients and their cultures and learn from them. I strive to instill in my students critical thinking skills and curiosity about the counseling theories and skills they are learning.

  • 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 Master's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College since 2012. We have created an incredible program from the ground up.

    Please stop by if you have any questions about our CMHC Master of Science program which has just moved off campus to 30 Hempstead Avenue and houses the new Mental Health and Wellness Center.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member - ACA -American Counseling Association
    • Member - NARACES/ACES-North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    • NYMHCA/AMHCA - New York Mental Health Counselors Association
    • Member - APA -American Psychological Association
    • AAUP - Association for American University Professors
  • Publications/Presentations

    Publications and Presentations

    Publications:

    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2018). Parental Perceptions of Social Affect in Children with ASD. Unpublished Manuscript.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2018). Effects of a Parent Support Group on Parents raising children with ASD. Unpublished Manuscript
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (supervising editor) (May 2018). Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science Program Department Newsletters; Volumes I,2,3,4. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. 
    • Woods, D., & Kestemberg, L.B. (July 2017). Clinical Mental Health Counseling at National Conference. Article appearing in Molloy Magazine: p. 26. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Mental Health Awareness Special feature in USA TODAY Newspaper; (May 2017). Wrote promotional article to help boost CMHC program enrollment and visibility at Molloy. Interviewed for USA TODAY newspaper on the CMHC program and mental health.
    • Woods, D., & Kestemberg, L.B. (July 2017). Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference on the Treatment of Addictions. Article appearing in Molloy Magazine: p. 34-35. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & Washington, C. (November 2014 Newsletter). Reflections following roundtable discussion related to differences between CACREP and Non-CACREP Programs. NARACES Newsletter.
    • Kestemberg, L.B.  (2013, Winter). Improving Mental Health Though Civic Engagement and a Team Approach. The Torch, 6, 8-9.
    • Quoted in Counseling Today cover article "Group Effort" http://ct.counseling.org/2015/05/group-effort/ (May 25, 2015) on Group Counseling work done with parents of children with Autism at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L. Contributed to article: "Mindful of Mental Health" in Molloy Magazine, (July 2015) pp. 32-33.
    • Washington, C. and Kestemberg, L.B. Two Perspectives from a Roundtable at the NARACES Conference. Article published in North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision- NARACES Newsletter, (Fall 2014).
    • 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.B., et al. (2005). Client Satisfaction at a University Based Psych Educational 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., & 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. (2007). The effects of a ten-week parent training program on the satisfaction and effectiveness of parents of children with behavioral and learning difficulties.  

    Presentations:

    • Kestemberg, L.B, and Bryant, D. (2019, April 15). Managing difficult clinical situations with clients. Joint Colloquium Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Speech and Communications Disorders Departments.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., McAndrew (2018, September 30). Striking the Balance: Integrating Technology into Mindfulness Practice. Education session presented at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., Gentil, A. & Woods, D. (2018, September 30). Walking the Walk: Enhancing Clinical Practice Through Global Service Learning. Education session presented at the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Burlington, VT.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., McAndrew, L. (2018, April). Take a Breath, Take A Break: An Innovative Meditative Toolkit for Beginner Counselors to Use with Clients of All Ages. Workshop presented at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Convention, Albany, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., McAndrew, L. (2018, April). Fabulous & Fifty: Adult CMHC Graduate Students Balancing It All & Having It All. Workshop presented at the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Convention, Albany, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L. (2018, April). Opening Panel Discussion: Why Meditation? Panel Presenter at Molloy College's Spring Awakening 2018 Conference: The Art and Science of Meditation. Rockville Centre, New York.
    • Kestemberg, L. (2018, March). Child Abuse Across Disciplines & Cultures. Panel Presenter at Molloy College's Inter-Professional Education Event/Speech Colloquium. Rockville Centre, New York.
    • With assistance from Dr. Laura Wood, initiated all-day Chalk and Wire Training Session for our Department full-time and part-time faculty (June 2017). Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Professionalism Day, with assistance from Dr. Wood and Dr. Nadrich, instituted and ran a three-hour program for our entire student body to discuss professional issues as they enter their clinical sites. (June 2017), Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (2017, November). Take a breath, Take a break: A useful Meditation Toolkit for Educators and Students. Two Education Workshops presented at the 20th Annual Fall for Education Conference; Mental Health and Trauma in PK-12. University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Institute for Professional Studies in Education, La Crosse, Wisconsin.
    • Wood, L.L., Nadrich, T., Bustamante, D., Beauregard, M., Kestemberg, L.L. (2017, March). Keynote Address: Honoring multi-cultural narratives with our students and our communities. Western Suffolk Spring Conference for Long Island Counselors. Melville, New York.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (2017, March). Using Mindful Techniques in the Helping Professions. 60-minute Education Session. Western Suffolk Counselors Association Annual Conference. Huntington, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., McAndrew, L, & White, D. (2017, March). 60-minute Education Session. Take a breath, take a break: a useful meditation toolkit for beginning counselors. American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (Presenter), Wood, L.L., Woods, D. (2017, March). Keeping your cool in school: Piloting a school-based mental health program. American Counseling Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.
    • Mate, G. Kestemberg, L.B., (2017, March). Innovative Treatment Approaches to Addictions. Moderator for a Panel with: Dormesy, K., Flomenhaft, D., Hodermarska, M., Wood, L.L. (2017, March). Panel Discussion. Molloy College Clinical Mental Health Counseling Conference. Rockville Center, NY 
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (2017, March). Anti-bullying Workshop for Parents. Workshop Presenter Group Discussion Leader at Oceanside Library Lecture Series, Oceanside, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L. B., McAndrew, L, & White, D. (2016, June). Take a Breath, Take A Break: Desk Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation. 90- minute workshop presented at Professional Day for Administrators and Staff. Molloy College
    • Kestemberg, L.B., Wood, L.L. (2016, October). Embracing a Wellness Perspective as a New Health Professional. Speech Language Pathology Colloquium, Molloy College, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (2016, October). Mindfulness and Leadership Presentation for Molloy's Empowerment Skills for Leaders Class. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Wood, L.L. & Kestemberg, L.B. (2016, September). Affirming counselor identity through an interdisciplinary collaboration: The journey of a new program. North Atlantic Regional Association for Counselor Educators conference. Syracuse, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & Abourafeh, D. (2016, April)."Disability Competencies as part of Diversity Training for Counselors and Counselor Educators." An Advanced Paper and Presentation and Experiential Workshop at NYMHCA - New York Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference and Convention. Albany, NY.     Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (March 2016). Social and Informational Support Group Counseling for Parents with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 90-minute Paper presentation and Educational Session. Selected for presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Counseling Association, ACA, Montreal, Canada.
    • Kestemberg, L. B. & De Gennaro, L.  (February 2016). The Effects of Group Therapy Intervention on Mothers of Children with Autism. What do we know from two years of research? Paper presentation. Faculty Scholarship and Academic Advancement Committee Research Conference, Spring Faculty Research Day. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2015, October). Music Therapy Conference. Autism and Social Emotional Reciprocity. Paper presented at Molloy College, Rockville Centre NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B., Washington, C. (2015, October). Disability Competencies as part of Diversity Training for Counselors and Counselor Educators, Selected for roundtable presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision- ACES Conference-ACES Leadership for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Practice in Philadelphia, PA.
    • Washington, C., Kestemberg, L.B. (2015, October). Emancipatory Communitarianism: A Discussion Surrounding Its Integration into Counselor Education, Selected for roundtable presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision- ACES Conference -ACES Leadership for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Practice in Philadelphia, PA.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2015, June). De-Stress with Mindfulness. Two Workshops presented at Professional Day for Administrators and Staff, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2015, August). Parental perceptions of social reciprocity and parenting stress in parents of children with ASD; Year Two. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, APA, Toronto, Canada.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (May 2015). Highlights from Year Two Data on Parenting Stress and Social Reciprocity between Parent and Child.in Families with ASD. Music Conference Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L., and Carpente, J. (2015, April). Parental perceptions of social reciprocity and parenting stress in parents of children with ASD: Follow-up Study. Research Poster Presentation. 48th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New Orleans, LA.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (March 2015). Social and Informational Support Group Counseling for Parents with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 60-minute Paper presentation and Education Session.at the Annual Convention of the American Counseling Association, ACA, Orlando, FL.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. (2014, November). Parental perceptions of social reciprocity and parenting stress in parents of children with Autism. Paper Presentation at Fall Research Day and Faculty Scholarship Recognition Reception, Molloy College, Rockville Centre NY.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & De Gennaro, L. (2014, August). Parental perceptions of social reciprocity and parenting stress in parents of children with ASD; a pilot study. Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, APA, Washington, D.C.
    • Kestemberg, L.B. & Lucente, Jill (2014, May). Keynote Speaker: Improvisational Music Therapy within a Developmental Framework with ASD: Clinical Practice & Research. Long Island Psychology Conference, LIPC, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.