The Department of Psychology
I am a second year doctoral student in the I/O Psychology program. I have an Ed.M. degree in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. My academic and professional experiences have shaped my research interests, especially in the areas of organizational diagnosis and change. I am also interested in the domains of program development and evaluation, as well as survey design.
I have worked in academic institutions and various healthcare settings. In 1999, at the Institute of Human Services Research Inc., as an Assistant Program Coordinator, I became familiar with curriculum development and program evaluation. This non-profit institution was actively engaged in the dissemination of violence prevention and intervention programs. I organized a quarterly newsletter containing proposal writing and grant seeking tips.
As a graduate student, I worked in a healthcare facility to obtain counseling experience. This exposure to the healthcare industry gave me the impetus to pursue an I/O related position within the hospital. In 2000, I began my employment at Beth Israel Medical Center and was responsible for quality assurance within the healthcare system. In this supervisory role, I developed evaluation and monitoring tools to ensure compliance with state regulations.
Also at Beth Israel Medical Center, I gained valuable experience as a Research Analyst for a domestic violence intervention and prevention study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. My involvement enabled me to gain experience in every aspect of the research study. I submitted protocol materials to the IRB and conferred with science officers at the CDC. An exciting facet of my experience was instrument development and survey design. I conducted the literature review of relevant studies as a benchmark for curriculum development, program evaluation, and analytical activities. As part of the evaluation team, I received mentoring from a psychologist who encouraged me to exercise my research skills. This was the pivotal point where I decided to foster my interest in survey design.
During my first semester at Baruch, I enrolled in a survey design course and functioned as a consultant to the Newman Library. I worked with team members to address the needs of the Chief Information Officer. We developed a survey to assess graduate students' level of awareness, utilization, and satisfaction with library resources and services. We collected and analyzed the data and presented the results to the CIO and board members. Our consulting efforts produced a product that reflected the graduate student experience with the library. In February 2003, the Newman Library cited the outcome of this survey in an article on their website.
Ferrante, A. & Bodarky, N. (1999, August). School violence: Current practices and model programs for school violence prevention and intervention. Presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.