CAROLINE DISTELL passed her dissertation proposal meeting on February 6th. The title of her dissertation is A training manual for a workshop for foster parents: Understanding the connection between attachment and parenting stress.

MEGHAN W. DUFF passed her draft review meeting on February 3rd and her final orals on February 10th. The title of her dissertation is Self-reported multicultural competence and provider interest in multicultural training and supervision.

TRISHA DUFFY passed her dissertation proposal meeting on February 8th. The title of her dissertation is Examining psychotic symptoms in PTSD and PTSD symptoms in severe mental illness.

PATRICK PRESTON passed his dissertation proposal meeting on February 9th. The title of his dissertation is Working with adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities: Community-based staff training.

On Saturday, February 18th, SERD will be presenting at the Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Under the banner Disaster Relief: International and National Social Justice Efforts, GARGI ROYSIRCAR, PhD will present Tsunami Recovery Work in Tamil Nadu, India; CHERYL WILCZAK will present Consultant Feedback on Studying 9/11 New York City Police Trauma; ANDERS GORANSON and HANNAH LORD will present Responding to the Katrina Disaster: Racism, Classism, and Immeasurable Loss; and, WENDY VINCENT will present Care and Self-Care in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

The Winter Roundtable is the longest running continuing professional education program in the United States devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology and education. This year, the Winter Roundtable continues its tradition of bringing together scholars, practitioners, researchers, social change agents and students interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation in psychology and education. The theme of the 2006 conference, “Empowerment and Social Justice in Cultural Psychology and Education,” underscores the Roundtable’s commitment to recognizing the multiple and complex effects of culture and social location in psychological and educational matters.

MARTHA STRAUS, PhD and four Antioch students will be presenting at the Vermont Foster/Adoptive Family Association’s 19th Annual Conference, “Life Changes” in Burlington, VT on March 24-26. Dr. Straus and MARGARET OBER, MS will present All the Rage: Fostering Resilience and Hope in Angry Adolescent Girls; and Dr. Straus and JENNIFER FORRIDER, BRIAN DENIETOLIS, AND RICHARD DURANT will present Playing a Bad Hand Well: The Insider’s Guide to Attachment, Identity, and Survival in Foster Care.