About Dr. Ariella Soffer I have trained and worked in college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals and outpatient mental health clinics, and have spent my career integrating the most effective theories and interventions into my approach. The intersection of research and practice is always woven into my work. I am also passionate about training and provide individual and group clinical supervision. Graduate students and early-career therapists are welcome to contact me to discuss supervision needs.
Credentials NYS License in Psychology 018225
Current Professional Positions Faculty at Fordham University, Clinical Psychology Program Training Clinic Director, Fordham University CPDP Education Fordham University, M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Child & Family Specialization Dissertation Title: “Self-Efficacy and Achievement Goal Theories: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a New York Road Runners Youth Running Program”
Brandeis University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Relevant Trainings and Affiliations
Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training; Postpartum Support International and 2020 Mom
Seleni Institute Young Parent Roundtable
Women's Health Consortium Member
Center for Collegiate Mental Health, Advisory Board Member, 2013-16
I-CUBED Diversity Advisory Board, 2010-2017
Select Awards & Grants
SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant, co-PI (collaborator Regina Miranda, Ph.D.), 9/2013, Total Award $300,000 over 3 years.
PSC- Professional Development Grant, Awarded 2013 and 2016, Total Award $3000
Soffer, A. (2017). The Psychology of Injury and Recovery. Invited Presentation at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Part of Treating the Multisport Athlete. September, 2017.
Renna, M.E., Quintero, J.M., Soffer, A., Pino, M., Ader, L., Fresco, D.M., Mennin, D.S. (2017, in press). An open trial of Emotion Regulation Therapy for generalized anxiety and depression in a diverse sample of young adults. Behavior Therapy.
Soffer, A. & Yannaco, F. (2017). Effectively Addressing Community Referral Needs in a Large Urban College Counseling Center. In Preparation.
Macrynikola, N., Miranda, R., & Soffer, A. (2017). Social Connectedness, Negative Life Events, and Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behavior among Young Adults. Comprehensive Psychiatry.
Soffer, A., Hopkins, N., Cooper, M., & Stauffer, A. (2017). Making Data Work for You: Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) Directors Toolkit, NASPA Mental Health Conference in Austin, TX Jan, 2017
Miranda, R., Soffer, A., Polonco-Roman, L.,Wheeler, A., Moore, A. (2015). Mental health treatment barriers among racial/ethnic minority versus White young adults 6 months after intake at a college-counseling center. Journal of American College Health
Polanco-Roman, L., Tsypes, A., Soffer, A. & Miranda, R. (2014) Diversity Considerations in the Treatment and Assessment of Suicidal Behavior. Symposium, APA Washington DC Aug 2014
Tsypes, A., Polonco-Roman, L., Soffer, A. & Miranda, R. (2013). Risk Factors for and Buffers Against Self-Injurious thoughts and behaviors in LGB versus Heterosexual young Adults, Presentation at the International Association for Suicide Research, Montreal, CA, June, 2013.
Soffer, A., Miranda, R., Ader, L., Wheeler, A. (2011) Suicide Risk Factors: How we Ask Makes a Difference, Roundtable Presentation, NASPA Mental Health Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 2012.
Soffer, A., Ader, L., Caflisch, J., Kozlowski, A. (2011, January) Assessment of Symptoms and Risk: Strategies for Data Analysis and Outreach at Hunter College, Presented at the NASPA Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL, January, 2011.
Soffer, A., Schiaffino, K.M., Udewitz, R., Blakeley, C. (2008, August) Self Efficacy and Achievement Goal Theories: Psychological Health Benefits of a Running Program for School-Aged Youths. Presented at APA, August 2008, Boston, MA.
Skoczenski, A.M., Soffer, A., Otero, M.A., Leabman, R.A. (2002, May) Spatial interactions in vernier acuity during infancy and childhood. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Florida.
About Dr. Jacqueline Howe I have conducted both psychotherapy and psychological assessments in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, community mental health clinics, as well as in medical and forensic settings. Although I am trained in a variety of empirically supported treatments including CBT and DBT, I take a flexible and highly individualized approach to each of my patients. I enjoy working with people of all ages, from those who are experiencing mild adjustment issues to individuals suffering from severe mental health problems. Education Fordham University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Dissertation Title: “Agreement among clinicians in evaluations of vocational disability”
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Pre-Doctoral Internship
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.A. in Forensic Psychology Master’s Thesis: “The relationship between psychopathy, emotional intelligence and professional success in a corporate sample”
University of Southern California, B.A. in Psychology Relevant Trainings and Affiliations
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training
Association for Psychological Science Member
American Psychological Association Member (Divisions: Independent Practice, Psychology-Law)
Select Awards & Grants
American Psychology-Law Society Student Grants-in-Aid Award (2016)
American Academy of Forensic Psychology Dissertation Grant in Applied Law/Psychology (2016)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Master’s Thesis Research Grant (2011)
Howe, J., Wijetunga, C., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2017). Treatment of the psychopathic personality. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of aggression and violence. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.
Howe, J., Rosenfeld, B., Foellmi, M., Stern, S., & Rotter, M. (2016). Application of the HCR-20 Version 3 in civil psychiatric patients. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(3), 398-412.
Howe, J., Rosenfeld, B., Foellmi, M., Stern, S., & Rotter, M. (2015, May). Decision making about violence risk. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, New York, NY.
Foellmi, M., Rosenfeld, B., Howe, J., Stern, S., & Rotter, M. (2014, May). A screening tool for violence risk: What are the most useful variables? Paper presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, San Francisco, CA.
Howe, J., Falkenbach, D., & Massey, C. (2014). The relationship among psychopathy, emotional intelligence, and professional success in finance. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 13(4), 337-347.
Rosenfeld, B., Howe, J., Pierson, A., & Foellmi, M. (2014). Mental health treatment of criminal offenders. In B. Cutler & P. Zapf (Eds.), APA handbook of forensic psychology. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Massey, C., Howe, J., & Falkenbach, D. (2013, March). Predictors of academic success: Aggression, empathy, and psychopathic personality traits. In D. Falkenbach & T. Barese (Chairs), Understanding the construct of ‘successful psychopathy’ in diverse, noncriminal community samples. Invited symposium presented at the annual meeting for the Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Falkenbach, D., Howe, J., & Falki, M. (2013). Using self-esteem to disaggregate psychopathy, narcissism, and aggression. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 54(7), 815-820.
Howe, J., Massey, C., & Falkenbach, D. (2012, August). Adaptive functioning: Psychopathy and emotional intelligence in corporate and college samples. Poster presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
About Dr. Charity Wijetunga I have provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services in community, hospital, college counseling, and forensic settings. My approach to psychotherapy is flexible and integrative, incorporating both relational psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques. Above all, I prioritize the establishment of an authentic, empathic therapeutic relationship and believe in its potential to help people better understand themselves, their experiences, and their relationships. I also use more structured approaches when necessary to help people cope with distressing thoughts and emotions and shift repetitive cycles that keep them feeling stuck. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing a broad range of challenges, from anxiety and adjustment issues to trauma and serious mental illness.
Education Fordham University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Dissertation Title: “Evaluating Intellectual Disability Screening in a Correctional Setting"
Mt. Sinai Services at Elmhurst Hospital Center, Pre-Doctoral Internship
Fordham University, JD
Boston University, BA in Psychology, Magna cum laude Relevant Affiliations
American Psychological Association Member (Divisions: Psychology-Law)
Select Awards & Grants
Fordham University Summer Research Fellowship (2018) American Psychology and Law Society Grant-in-Aid (2018) Fordham University Professional Development Grant (2015, 2016)
Wijetunga, C., Picard, E., & Rosenfeld, B. (2019). Forensic measures for assessing offenders. In R.D. Morgan (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of criminal psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Wijetunga, C., Picard, E., & Rosenfeld, B. (2019). Management of sex offenders in community settings. In W.T. O’Donohue & D. Bromberg (Eds.), Sexually violent predators: A clinical science handbook. New York, NY: Springer.
Rosenfeld, B., Galietta, M., Foellmi, M., Coupland, S., Turner-Corn, Z., Stern, S., Wijetunga, C., Gerbrandij, J., & Ivanoff, A. (2019). Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for stalking offenders: A randomized controlled study. Law and Human Behavior, 43, 319-328. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000336
Wijetunga, C., Nijdam-Jones, A., Rosenfeld, B., Martinez, R., & Cruise, K. (2018). Using the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-Revised (J-SOAP-II) to assess psychopathy. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 45, 483-502. doi: 10.1177/0093854817745912
Rosenfeld, B., Foellmi, M., Khadivi, A., Wijetunga, C., Howe, J., Nijdam-Jones, A., Grover, S., & Rotter, M. (2017). Determining when to conduct a violence risk assessment: Development and initial validation of the Fordham Risk Screening Tool (FRST). Law and Human Behavior, 41, 325-332. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000247
Howe, J., Wijetunga, C., Nijdam-Jones, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2017). Treatment of psychopathic personality disorder. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of violence and aggression: Assessment, prevention, and treatment of individuals (Vol. 2, pp. 1-12). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Wijetunga, C., Rosenfeld, B., & Galietta, M. (2017, March). The impact of gender on the structure and predictive accuracy of the B-SAFER. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Seattle, WA.
Wijetunga, C., Foellmi, M., Nijdam-Jones, A., Grover, S., Rosenfeld, B., & Khadivi, A. (2016, June). Structural analysis of gender differences on the Historical-Clinical-Risk-20, Version 3 (HCR-20V3). Paper presented at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Annual Conference, New York, NY.
Wijetunga, C., Nijdam-Jones, A., Rosenfeld, B., Martinez, R., & Cruise, K. (2016, March). Using the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-Revised to Assess Psychopathy. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, GA.
Wijetunga, C., Foellmi, M., Khadivi, A., & Rosenfeld, B. (2016, March). The role of protective factors in violence risk triage. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, Atlanta, GA.
Wijetunga, C., Rosenfeld, B., Cruise, K., & Martinez. R. (2016). The influence of age and sexual drive on the predictive validity of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-Revised. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0306624X16650681
Wijetunga, C., Foellmi, M., Nijdam-Jones, A., Grover, S., Rosenfeld, B., & Khadivi, A. (2015, June). Concordance between the Violence Risk Appraisal Guide and the Historical-Clinical-Risk Management-20. Poster presented at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Annual Conference, Manchester, England.
Wijetunga, C., Rosenfeld, B., & Martinez, R. (2015, March). Examining the relationship between psychopathy and recidivism using the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-Revised. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, San Diego, CA.
Wijetunga, C., Rosenfeld, B., & Martinez, R. (2014, March). Predictive validity of the J-SOAP across discharge settings and offender characteristics. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychology-Law Society, New Orleans, LA.