Listee Features — Psychology

Sharon Telleen


Holding considerable expertise in public health, research psychology and child development, Sharon L. Telleen, PhD, has excelled as an associate research professor emerita for the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2011, where she has also been a faculty affiliate in the department of psychology’s division of community and prevention research. Although she is retired, she remains active as a student mentor and gives presentations and lectures through Zoom. She also remains involved in research and has continued to publish articles in her field. First joining the University of Illinois as a research associate in the School of Public Health’s division of community health sciences, maternal and child health in 1983, Dr. Telleen became

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Accruing nearly 40 years of industry experience to her credit, Barbara Ewer Jones worked as a school psychologist in the Monroe County Community School Corp in Bloomington, Indiana, retiring in 2004. She was a Star trainer for in-house teacher training and has been noted for her achievements, qualities, credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. Ms. Jones began her educational career as a primary teacher in Marion, Indiana, and in Decatur Township Schools in Indianapolis, and a contact substitute teacher in San Bernardino City Unified School District in California. Her experience in California led her to a Master of Education in special education. Ms. Jones developed and directed the University Preschool for children ranging from 18 months to

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Shara Sand


The director of counseling services at the Manhattan School of Music since 2012, Shara Sand, PsyD, is renowned for her work in psychology. Having begun her professional journey with the intention of becoming a musician, she eventually accepted a job with a psychotherapy institute in order to support herself. In the course of her affiliation there, Dr. Sand developed a genuine interest in human behavior and in the process behind decisions that either enhance or inhibit life. Dr. Sand decided re-attend school in order to enhance her understanding of the field and her ability to contribute. Since then, she has served in a variety of positions, including as a member of the faculty at Yeshiva University, an adjunct clinical supervisor

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Rebecca Cohen


Rebecca S. Cohen, MD, is renowned as an educator and psychopharmacologist with more than 20 years of distinction in her specialty. She initially pursued an education at Tufts University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1991. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts in medical sciences from the Boston University Graduate School of Sciences in 1992. In 1997, Dr. Cohen earned an MD in psychiatry from the Boston University School of Medicine after discovering her passion for psychopharmacology during clinical rotations. Dr. Cohen believes that psychopharmacology is the best way to combine the art of connection with the potential of neuroscience, a constantly evolving field, to serve her patients. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Cohen completed a residency in

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Bonnie Berger


Bonnie G. Berger, EdD, is renowned as an exercise and sport psychologist and an educator, who initially earned a Bachelor of Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, in 1962. She subsequently obtained a Master of Arts and an Doctor of Education from Columbia University in 1965 and 1972, respectively. Beginning her athletic endeavors as a swimmer at the YWCA at the age of 8, Dr. Berger has participated in the college varsity sports of basketball and volleyball, and on the synchronized swimming team at Wittenberg University. Recognized as a professor emerita of Bowling Green State University in 2019, Dr. Berger previously served as a professor and the director of the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies between

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Gertrude Kerns


It was Dr. Gertrude Y. Kerns’ fascination for the human mind that led her to practice in the field of psychology for an astounding 50 years. During high school, it occurred to her that the next leg of her educational journey would not only allow her to study the mind, but also prepare her for a career dedicated to helping others. As a result, Dr. Kerns embarked on extensive academic training, earning a Bachelor of Arts from Olivet College in 1953 and a Master of Arts from Wayne State University in 1958. Her academia culminated with the receipt of a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1979. Dr. Kerns has showcased her talents through her private, self-titled business in

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Kseniia Asefa, LPC, is renowned as a therapist with more than 10 years of excellence in her field. Her interest in psychology began after her volunteer efforts with orphaned children. Initially obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, she relocated to the United States to pursue continuing education in psychology. Ms. Asefa subsequently earned a Master of Arts in counseling psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2015. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Asefa worked as a human resources assistant for Tour Time Limited in Ukraine. Completing a practical internship at Mary & Tom Leo Associates from 2014 to 2015, she found success as an independent contract therapist seeing patients throughout Illinois

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Leading a diversified career throughout the state of Michigan for more than 30 years, Carlene M. Karavite held various secretarial, bookkeeping and real estate positions in Royal Oak, Oak Park and Birmingham, Michigan. In 1994, she became a limited licensed psychologist at the Midwestern Education Resource Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She later worked in the same capacity at Evergreen Counseling Centers in Farmington Hills, Shelby and Sterling Heights, Michigan, and at Advanced Counseling Services, P.C., in Southfield, Michigan, before retiring from the field of psychology in 1997. Additionally, Ms. Karavite excelled for 30 years as a real estate property manager for Leota Dunham in Royal Oak between 1976 and 2006. Ms. Karavite became involved in her profession because of

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Marion Somers


Dr. Marion Somers is renowned as a geriatric care expert with more than 50 years of excellence in her field. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from the City College of New York and a Master of Science in recreational therapy from Lehman College. Dr. Somers subsequently obtained a PhD in human and organizational development from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Somers’ passion for education has been her driving force while constantly finding workarounds to compensate for her being born with dyslexia. Notably, Dr. Somers’ work includes assistive devices for improving medical outcomes and quality of life in the aging population, and advocacy work for the families and caregivers of seniors. Prior to

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Jean Alberti


Having accrued almost 40 years of experience in psychology, Jean M. Alberti, PhD, has become an authority in her field after founding her own clinic, Alberti Psychological Services, in 1981. At the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, she rose from a graduate research assistant from 1965 to 1968 to director of the University Research Office from 1968 to 1972 while completing a PhD in educational psychology. She planned to teach the teachers how to teach. Upon graduation, however, her career took a detour, first into medical education teaching physicians and allied health professionals how to teach more effectively. Dr. Alberti started as an assistant professor of medical education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in

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