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Curriculum Vitae

Education

1996 - 2002              The George Washington University, Washington, DC -- Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

  • Ph.D. conferred 8/02 – Dual Child and Adult Concentration, Community Psychology

  • Master’s of Philosophy in Psychology (M.Phil.) conferred 8/99

 

1988 - 1992               Trinity College, Hartford, CT                                                                   

        Bachelor of Arts with Honors, May 1992

                                    Major: Psychology       Minor: Spanish Studies

 

1990                           Universidad de Córdoba: Facultad de filosofía y letras 

                                    Córdoba, Spain                                                          

 

Academic Honors

1998 - 2002               National Cancer Institute Research Training Award (CRTA), National Institutes of Health

1997 - 1998               Pre-doctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), National Institutes of Health

1997                           Pediatric AIDS Foundation-Student Intern Award

1996 - 1997               University Fellow/Graduate Teaching Assistant, (Psychology) GWU

1992                           Phi Beta Kappa

1990                           Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)

1988 - 1992               Trinity College Faculty Honors 

1992                           Trinity College Faculty-Student Grant recipient

 

Licenses and Certifications

2011 – present         Psychology License: State of Connecticut: 3188 (active status)

2006 – 2008              Psychology License: State of New York:  016768 

2003 – 2005                 Psychology License: State of Pennsylvania: PS 015450

 

 

Clinical Experience

3/13 – present         Clinical Psychologist – Private Practice: Fairfield County, CT.   Provide psychotherapy and

                     consultation to adults, adolescents and children.  Interventions include crisis-oriented, brief,

                     and long-term treatment.  Specialties include CBT-oriented treatment for phobias, anxiety, and

                     depressive disorders associated with education and employment, life events (marriage, divorce,

                     infertility, loss, bereavement) and psychodynamically-informed psychotherapy for issues as

                     indicated.

 

3/07 –  8/08              Staff Psychologist – Zucker-Hillside Hospital, North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical

                     Center, Glen Oaks, NY.  Medical Board appointment to the Allied Health Professional Staff at

                     Long Island Jewish Medical Center / The Zucker Hillside Hospital in the Department of

                     Psychiatry; joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.  Fulltime staff

                     psychologist for adult inpatient population serving severely mentally ill individuals and

                     families ranging from late adolescents to elderly individuals.  Responsible for full scope of

                     psychological duties on two distinct inpatient psychiatric units, including development and

                     provision of daily supportive individual sessions and CBT-oriented group therapy services,

                     patient evaluation/assessment, and consultation. Developed hospital-wide inpatient behavioral

                     intervention projects (i.e. crisis intervention, aggression reduction, suicide prevention) and

                     training seminars for all levels of interdisciplinary staff.  Supervised psychology interns,

                     externs and medical students on assessment, evaluation and treatment of inpatient

                     populations.

 

10/04 – 8/05             Staff Psychologist – Rehabilitation Psychology, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital,

                                   Allentown, PA.  Served as fulltime staff psychologist in large department of psychology

                                   serving patients and families recovering from the effects of traumatic spinal cord injury,

                                   stroke, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and related conditions.  Provided services for all

                                   levels of care; inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient.  Conducted individual, group and family

                                   therapy, performed crisis intervention services, provided psycho-educational information,

                                   materials, lectures, and groups, collaborated with other health care practitioners in delivering

                                   highly specialized pain management services for a multidisciplinary Pain Management

                                   Program.  Supervised undergraduate and graduate level students performing internships and

                                   externships within the department.

 

2/03 – 10/04             Director of Staff Education and Training/Staff Psychologist–Wrap-Around/BHRS Program, Lafayette

                                   Hill, PA.   Completed comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations of children and adolescents

                                   referred for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services; made appropriate community referrals

                                   and recommendations to treatment team members.  Coordinated, developed and provided

                                   ongoing training schedule and varied training opportunities for staff of 300 BA, MA and

                                   doctoral level mental health professionals in accordance with national, state, local, and

                                   managed care regulations.  Served as liaison with local area providers, schools, and on-line

                                   resources.  Maintained database and records of attendees.  Coordinated and distributed

                                   quarterly training newsletter and monthly calendars of training opportunities.

 

11/02 – 2/03             Clinical Supervisor, Wordsworth Academy Residential Treatment Facility, New Britain,

                                   PA.  Functioned as leader of multidisciplinary treatment team providing residential

                                   treatment for children and adolescents.  Involved in program development, oversaw program

                                   implementation and supervised nine member clinical staff.  Provided individual, group and

                                   family therapy, case management services; engaged in all aspects of treatment planning and

                                   intervention, and conducted administrative meetings and group supervision sessions on a weekly

                                   basis.  Involved in training and on-going education of staff at various levels of intervention.

                                   Supervised by Curt Ladley, Ph.D. and Maria Pena-Ariet, MD.

      

7/02 – 11/02             Psychology Resident/Fee-for-Service Clinician, Bethlehem, PA.  Worked as contract

                                   employee for psychology group practice; performed neuropsychological evaluations,

                                   competency evaluations, consultation-liaison evaluations, and provided individual therapy for

                                   adults and children under supervision of licensed psychologists Scott Blozinsky, Psy.D. and

                                   Thomas Sugalski, Ph.D.

 

7/01 – 6/02               Psychology Intern, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.  Completed APA-approved

                                   internship in clinical psychology.  Conducted diagnostic assessments, psychological

                                   evaluations, individual and group therapy for adult and adolescent outpatients, inpatients and

                                   partial hospital patients in various settings, including community mental health center,

                                   outpatient clinic, and inpatient psychiatric unit.  Therapeutic interventions included

                                   psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, object relations, insight-oriented, crisis

                                   intervention, and supportive modalities.  Co-facilitated weekly psychotherapy group for

                                   women with histories of abuse/trauma.  Attended and presented at weekly academic and

                                  didactic seminars and case conferences.  Supervisors: Michael J. Kowitt, Ph.D., Peter

                                  AuBuchon, Ph.D., Susan Adelman, Ph.D., James Pedigo, M.D., Richard Cornfield, M.D., and

                                  M. Jay Moses, Ph.D.

 

7/00 – 6/01              Program Director, Salisbury House Crisis Stabilization Residence, Allentown, PA.  Responsible for

                                  the overall operation, program management, staff supervision, and administrative and fiscal duties

                                  associated with directing a short-stay 9-bed psychiatric crisis residential program.  Evaluated the

                                  need for inpatient level of care, completed intake assessments, performed psychological diagnostic

                                  testing and evaluations, developed behavioral interventions and treatment plans, conducted

                                  individual therapy, and facilitated groups for adults with chronic and persistent mental illness

                                  under the supervision of licensed psychologists.  Supervisors: David J. Smock, Ph.D. and Paul

                                  Volosov, Ph.D.

 

8/99 – 5/00              Psychology Extern, The CENTER, Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Washington,

                                  DC.  Conducted diagnostic assessment interviews and tri-weekly individual

                                  psychotherapy with adult inpatients with a history of trauma, including sexual abuse and

                                  violence; co-facilitated educational and therapy groups for patients attending day treatment

                                  program.  Therapy modalities included didactic, object-relations, psychodynamic, insight

                                  oriented, and cognitive behavioral techniques.  Attended daily rounds and weekly

                                  treatment planning conferences and supervision.  Conducted research with data collected

                                  from inpatient population.  Supervisors: Catherine Anderson, Ph.D. and Christine

                                  Courtois, Ph.D.

 

5/98 – 5/00              Graduate Psychology Assistant, Wake, Kendall, Springer, Isenman, Schwiekert,

                                  and Associates, Washington, DC.  Conducted psycho-educational evaluations and

                                  personality assessments of children, adolescents and adults for educational placements,

                                  suspected learning disabilities, attention disorders, and/or behavioral difficulties.

                                  Supervisor: Anne P. Wake, Ph.D.

 

9/98 – 7/99              Psychology Extern, Jewish Social Service Agency, Child and Adolescent

                                  Services, Rockville, MD.  Conducted weekly individual psychotherapy with children

                                  and adolescents, co-facilitated two social skills training/therapy groups for adolescents,

                                  attended weekly training seminars, and conducted psycho-educational and personality

                                  assessments of children and adults.  Research responsibilities included maintaining data

                                  bases and conducting analyses for two investigations: social support group efficacy and

                                  depression outcomes.  Supervisor: Elizabeth Singer, Ph.D.

 

6/97 – 6/98              Psychology Extern, Child Guidance Clinic, Superior Court of the District of

                                  Columbia, Washington, DC.  Assessed intellectual, educational, emotional and

                                  personality functioning of juveniles in the criminal justice system.  Determined

                                  competency to stand trial, recommended appropriate placement, and assisted with

                                  treatment planning.  Informed parents and legal guardians of evaluation results in both

                                  English and Spanish.  Supervisor:  Michael E. Barnes, Ph.D.

 

9/96 – 5/97              Psychology Extern, O.A.C.E.S (Outpatient Alcohol Counseling and Education

                                  Services), Rockville, MD.  Administered, scored, and interpreted the Bender Gestalt

                                  Test, DAP (Draw a Person), MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory),

                                  Rorschach Inkblot Technique, TAT (Thematic Apperception Test), WAIS-R (Wechsler

                                  Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised), WRAT3 (Wide Range Achievement Test) and mini

                                  mental status exams.  Served adult dual diagnosis, vocational rehabilitation, and alcoholic

                                  population.  Supervisor: Michael B. Kaiser, Ph.D.

 

5/94 – 5/96              Clinical Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New    

                                  Haven, CT.   Administered, scored, coded and interpreted various structured clinical interviews        

                                  and psychological and educational/intelligence assessment meaures.  Wrote summary reports for 

                                  clinicians and presented evaluations to staff members.  Supervisor: Jacob K. Tebes, Ph.D.

 

8/93 – 2/94              Crisis Counselor, Hartford Interval House, Hartford, CT.  Counselor for a domestic

                                  violence shelter crisis hotline; advised clients on issues of domestic violence and provided

                                  referrals to area shelters.            

 

Teaching Experience

8/99 – 5/00     Interim Adjunct Faculty: Instructor, Department of Psychology, The George

                        Washington University, Washington, DC.  Taught Abnormal Psychology courses to

                        90+ undergraduate psychology majors.  Didactic experience included interactive lectures,

                        special seminar focus classes, weekly office hours, monthly review sessions, and

                        preparation, administration, and grading of examinations and written assignments.

  

8/96 – 5/97    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, The George Washington

                        University, Washington, DC.  Maintained active database of undergraduate subject pool

                        volunteers for psychological research.  Served as liaison between experimenters, faculty

                        and participating students.  Assisted in proctoring examinations.  Supervisor: Steven

                        Karp, Ph.D.

 

1/91 – 5/91    Teaching Assistant, Trinity College Psychology Department, Hartford, CT.

                        Assisted in teaching two courses: Social Psychology and Altered States of Consciousness. 

                        Organized and led class discussions, devised exams, graded assignments and exams, and

                        conducted review sessions.  Supervisors:  David Reuman, Ph.D. and Etzel Cardena, Ph.D.

 

Publications  

Wiener, L., Vasquez, M.J.P., and Battles, H.B. (2001).  Brief Report: Fathering a Child Living with

            HIV/AIDS: Psychosocial Adjustment and Parenting Stress.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (1999).  Comparison of the Apperceptive Personality Test and the Apperceptive

            Questionnaire: A Criterion Validation Study.  In: S.A. Karp (Ed.). Studies of Objective/Projective

            Personality Tests.  Brooklandville, MD: Objective/Projective Tests, Inc.

 

Wiener, L.S. and Vasquez, M.J.P. (1999).  Issues of Disclosure in HIV and AIDS.  In: S. Zeichner &

            J.S. Read  (Eds.).  Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care.  Philadelphia: Lippincott - Raven

            Publishers.

 

Wiener, L.S. and Vasquez, M.J.P.  (1999).  Psychosocial Issues of Bereavement in HIV and AIDS.  In:

            S. Zeichner & J.S. Read (Eds.).  Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care.  Philadelphia: Lippincott -

            Raven Publishers.

 

Tebes, J.K., Irish, J.T., Vasquez, M.J.P., and Perkins, D.V. (1998). Cognitive transformation as a marker

            of resilience.  Journal of the Addictions.

 

Weeks, M.R., Grier, M., Romero-Daza, N., Vasquez, M.J.P., and Singer, M., (1998).  Streets, drugs, and

            the economy of sex in the age of AIDS.  Journal of Women and Health, Vol.7(2), pp. 205-229.

 

Presentations

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2017).  Incorporating Mindfulness in Every Day.  Presented to various professional organizations

           through the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center At Yale-Smilow Cancer Center Wellness and Health Fair.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2016).  Mindfulness and Relaxation Strategies.  Presented to various professional organizations through

            the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center at Yale-Smilow Cancer Center Wellness Fair.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2015).  Sleep Solutions: Regaining Your Rest.  Presented to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Norma

            F. Pfreim Breast Care Center Community Lectures.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2015).  Mindfulness and Relaxation Strategies.  Presented to various professional organizations through

            the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center Evening of Wellness Lecture Series.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2014).  Sleep Solutions: Regaining Your Rest.  Presented to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Norma

            F. Pfreim Breast Care Center Community Lectures.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2013).  Sleep Solutions: Regaining Your Rest.  Presented to the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Norma

            F. Pfreim Breast Care Center Community Lectures.

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2007-08).  Trauma Reduction and Intervention Project (TRIP).  Presented to staff of Long

            Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital Inpatient Units.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2007-08).  Reducing and Managing Self-Injurious Behaviors.  Presented to staff of Long

            Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital Inpatient Units.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (2007-08).  Assessment and Management of Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors.  Presented on a

            rotating schedule to staff of Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital Inpatient

            Units Service Staff.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (February, 2003). Developmental Psychopathology and Implications for Intervention.

            Presentation to new staff during orientation program at Wordsworth Academy: Elkins Park, PA.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (January, 2003).  Overview of DSM-IV-TR Diagnoses in Children and Adolescents:

            Effective Interventions.  Presentation to Mental Health and Clinical Staff at Wordsworth Academy:

            New Britain, PA.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (December, 2001).  Self Injurious Behavior – Discussion of its Causes and Consequences.

            Presentation at University of Pennsylvania/Pennsylvania Hospital Hall Mercer Case Conference

            Series: Philadelphia, PA.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. & Volosov, P. (May, 2001).  Computerized Treatment Planning for Crisis Residential

            Settings.  Presentation/Panel Discussion at State of Pennsylvania Crisis Residential Conference:

            Johnstown, PA.

 

Wiener, L.S. and Vasquez, M.J.P. (July, 1999).  The Role of Fathers: Psychosocial Correlates Associated

            with Fathering an HIV-infected Child.  Poster presented at the NIMH Conference: The Role of

            Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV and AIDS: Philadelphia, PA.

 

Wiener, L.S. and Vasquez, M.J.P. (May, 1999).  Psychosocial Correlates of Fathering a Child Infected

            with  HIV.  Panel discussion presented at the National Social Work Annual Conference on AIDS

            and the Family: Chicago, IL.

 

Allison, S.M., Vasquez, M.J.P., & Wiener, L.S. (April, 1999).  Child Illness Variables and Paternal

            Psychological Distress and Coping in a Sample of Male Caretakers of Children Infected with HIV-

            1.  Poster presented at the Florida Child Health Conference: Gainesville, FL.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P., Wiener, L.S., and Allison, S.M. (1999, March).  Psychosocial Correlates Associated

            with Fathering an HIV-infected Child.  Poster presented at the George Washington University

            Psychology Student Research Conference: Washington, DC.

 

Silber, D.E., Karp, S.A., Holmstrom, R.W., Vasquez, M.J., & Mesquita, M.L. (1999, March).

            Preliminary Report on the Apperceptive Questionnaire: A Failed Enterprise?  Poster presented at

            the Society of Personality Assessment: New Orleans, LA.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P., Wiener, L.S., and Allison, S.M. (1999, March).  Parenting Stress in a Sample of Fathers

            Caring for HIV-infected Children.  Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine

            20th Annual Conference Proceedings: San Diego, CA.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P., Allison, S.M., and Wiener, L.S. (1998, October).  Parenting Stress, Coping Behaviors,

            and Service Needs of Fathers Caring for HIV-infected Children.  Poster presented at the National

            Institutes of Health Research Festival: Bethesda, MD.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P., Allison, S.M., and Wiener, L.S. (1998, October).  An Exploratory Study of the

            Psychosocial Correlates Associated with Fathering an HIV-infected Child.  Poster presented at

            The Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology: Lawrence, KS.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P. (1998, September).  Preliminary Findings from An Exploratory Investigation of Male

            Caretakers of Children Infected with HIV-1.  Presentation to the Pediatric Branch of the HIV and

            AIDS Malignancy Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health: Bethesda, MD.

 

Vasquez, M.J.P, Battles, H., and Wiener, L.S. (1998, March).  Transitions: The Progression from Childhood to Adolescence

            in HIV+ Youth.  Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

 

Anselmi, D., Puglisi, M.J., and Sachs, J.  (1993, March).  Mothers’ and Children’s Language Use in Bilingual Homes. Paper

            presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, New Orleans, LA.

 

Puglisi, M.J. (1992).  Language Use in Bilingual Homes.  Poster presented at the Trinity College Honors

            Science Fair, Hartford, CT.

 

 

Professional Affiliations

2006 – 2008      Member, New York State Psychological Association

2006 – 2008      Member, Nassau County Psychological Association

2002 – 2006      Member, Pennsylvania Psychological Association

2002 – 2006      Member, Lehigh Valley Psychological Association

1996 – present   Member, American Psychological Association

1997 – 2005      Member, Section on Clinical Child Psychology/APA Division 12

1999 – 2005      Member, Section on Child Maltreatment/APA Division 37

1999 – 2005      Member, Society of Pediatric Psychology/APA Division 54

1990 – 1992      Student Affiliate, Connecticut Psychological Association

1989 – 1992      President, Trinity College Psychology Club

1991 – 1992      Adult Literacy Volunteer, Trinity College Community Outreach Program

 

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