Psychology: Spirituality

Dr. Rona Novick

Rona Novick, Ph.D., is Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.  She received tenure after serving on the faculty at Azrieli for seven years.  She directed the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral Program in Jewish Education and Administration for the past 6 years.  Dr. Novick also holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values.  Dr. Novick is the Co-Educational Director of the Hidden Sparks program, providing consultation to day schools and Yeshivas, and holds a voluntary appointment in Child Psychology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Novick received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director for eight years, authoring the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools.  She is recognized for her expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on school applications of behavior management, special education, children and trauma and bully prevention and social emotional learning in schools.  She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning, special education and the behavior and development of young children.  She is the author of a book for parents:  Helping Your Child Make Friends, and editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals. Sample Titles Kindling Spirituality -Keeping the Home Fires Burning Bullying, from Playground to Boardroom Jewish and Psychological Approaches to Loss, Trauma, and Consolation Bystander  Obligations – from a Jewish and Psychological Perspective Safe and Healthy School Environments Creating Caring Classrooms Thinking about Thinking – The Power of Metacognition Hakarat Hatov – The Positive Psychology of Gratitude and Jewish Parallels Developing Socially Responsible Children Building Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children Living in a Dangerous World – Coping and Managing Stress Including...

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Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall is currently on the faculty of the Yeshiva College Psychology Department and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He has published widely and lectured nationally on topics related to religion and psychology, as well as mental health and the Orthodox Jewish community. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of the Jerusalem Post, and on CBS television news (– and was even joked about by Jay Leno in his opening monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show.) Rabbi Dr. Schnall received ordination from Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He did his clinical residency in psychology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ, and holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University. Sample Titles Orthodox Jewish Marriage: Why we’re satisfied, why we’re stressed Prayer and Longevity: Will going to shul help you live longer? The more things change the more they stay the same: An intergenerational view of mental health in the Orthodox Jewish community Avadim Hayeenu: Building Pyramids, Building Legos, and Building Self-Esteem Groupthink: How did the Sanhedrin avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued JFK, NASA, and the captain of the Titanic? Multicultural Counseling and the Orthodox Jew Beyond Jerry Seinfeld and Jackie Mason: Is Humor Jewish, and Why Should I Care? Stress and Distress in the Modern World: Jewish Spirituality Responds Bringing Awe into our Lives: Positive Psychology and the Aesthetic in Judaism Harnessing the Power of Gratitude: A Contemporary View of a Timeless Mitzvah Hope and Optimism: In Judaism and in Our Daily Lives Making Marriage Work: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Prayer and Longevity: Will Attending Shul Help You Live...

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