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KATE SZYMANSKI

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

I A P S, DERNER INSTITUTE

HY WEINBERG CENTER
ROOM 318

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Diplomas/Degrees

M.A., Ph.D., Northeastern University (1988)
M.A., Warsaw University (1979)

Recent Courses

Concentration Case Conference I
Concentration Case Conference II
Doctoral Thesis Supervision I
Doctoral Thesis Supervision II
Doctoral Thesis Supervision III
Doctoral Thesis IV: Dissertation Supervision
Ongoing Dissertation Supervision
Ongoing Doctoral Thesis Supervision
Psychological Research I
Psychological Research II
Psychological Research III
Psychological Research IV
Psychotherapy Case Conference III
Research Methods In Clinical Psychology
S/T: Interpersonal Psychotherapy: Theory And Practice
Trauma

Personal Statement

My research is dedicated to work on trauma and its clinical implications. I study risk and protective factors (intra and interpersonal) for PTSD, Complex Trauma and Traumatic Stress; adaptive and maladaptive ways of trauma coping and affect regulation; responsiveness to trauma-centered treatments; and trajectories for resiliency and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). I am interested in trauma (acute and chronic) in the context of attachment, mentalization, object relations, and language use in adults and children. Over the years I explored a wide range of traumatizations such as suicide, sexual/physical abuse and neglect, rape, sudden loss, combat and war, cancer and mental illness. As a clinician I am also interested in trauma assessment and trauma-centered treatment effectiveness. With regard to assessment I am collaborating with linguists from Canada and Netherlands to evaluate structural characteristics of trauma narratives as clinical tools for trauma diagnosis. My research on trauma-centered psychotherapy concentrates on the impact of type of traumatization on treatment outcomes. My current book titled "Expressions of the Unspeakable:Narratives of Trauma" (2014) reflects my multidimensional research interests in trauma by presenting a cross disciplinary approach to the understanding of traumatization.
Currently my work with doctoral students includes some of the following: suicidality and mentalization, sexual abuse and rape, parent-child dyad in 9/11 families, cancer and somatic regulation, therapeutic alliance in trauma-centerd psychotherapy, trauma integration and posttraumatic growth in trauma narratives. Some of my students are also involved in implementation of the psychodynamic group intervention for traumatized adolescents that I developed. In my workgroup we also pursue research on the impact of trauma on parenting and children psychological wellbeing.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Etiology, Assessment and Treatment of Trauma, Interpersonal Psychology, Psychopathology, Difficult Issues in Clinical Supervision, Advanced Research Methods

Research Interests

Traumatization (Chronic and Acute) in Children, Adolescents and Adults, Resiliency, Posttraumatic Growth, Trauma-Centered Psychotherapy, Stigma of Mental Illness, Mentalization and Suicide, Somatic Awareness, Emotional Intelligence,
Family Systems and Ambiguous Loss, Trauma Assessment (Implicit). Psychodynamic Treatment of Traumatized Adolescents and Children, Poverty and Mental Health, Depression and Creativity

Grants/Sponsored Research

2014-2015 Faculty Development Grant, $2,000
"The Impact of Affect Regulation and Somatic Awareness on adjustment and Posttraumatic Growth"

2013 - International Faculty Development Grant,
“Disability in Situation: French Notions of Disability and Difference.”

2000-2001 Faculty Development Grant, $4500
“Longitudinal Study of Single Mothers Welfare Recipients”.

1987- Biomedical Research Support Grant (with S. Harkins), Northeastern University, “Increased Motivation Means Better Performance: Social Loafing Revisited”.

Books

Stroinska, M., Cecchetto, V., Szymanski, K. (Eds) (2014). Expressions of the Unspeakable:Narratives of Trauma. Peter Lange International.


Book Chapters

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Szymanski, K., Rosenfeld, N. (2014). Trauma Narrative: Recovery and Posttraumatic Growth. In Cecchetto, V., Stroinska, M., Szymanski, K. (Eds.). Expression of Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma. New York, NY: Bergham Books.

De La Fontaine, N., Szymanski, K (2014). Transmission of Jewish/Israeli Collective Memory as Evident in the Narratives of Israeli Soldiers. In O’Loughlin, M. (Eds.). The Ethics of Remembering and the Consequences of Forgetting: Trauma, History and Memory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield..

Gordon, A., Szymanski, K. (2014). Breaking the Silence: Reevaluating What Makes an Experience Trauma. In V. Cecchetto, M. Stroinska, K. Szymanski (Eds.). Expression of the Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma. New York, NY: Bergham Books.

Sanders, A., Szymanski, K. (2014). Having a Relative with Mental Illness: Beyond the Traditional Definition of Trauma. In V. Cecchetto, M. Stroinska, K. Szymanski (Eds.). Expression of the Unspeakable: Narratives of Trauma. New York, NY: Bergham Books.

Szymanski, K. (1991). The potency and fragility of self-evaluation. In Curtis, R.C. (Eds.). The self in relationship: Convergences in social, personality and clinical psychology. (pp. 51-72). New York Guilford.

Harkins, S., & Szymanski, K. (1987). Social loafing and social facilitation: New wine in old bottles. In C. Hendrick (Eds.). Review of Personality and Social Psychology. (pp. 167-186). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.


Refereed Articles

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Szymanski. K., Springer, C., (2014, Fall), Trauma, Aggression and Object Relations in Children and Adolescent Inpatient Sample. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Sanders, A., Szymanski, K., & Fiori, K. (2013), Heroes and Lost Children: The Family Roles of Individuals with Siblings Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder. International Journal of Psychology, (in print).

Sanders, A., & Szymanski, K. (2013), Having a sibling diagnosed with a mental disorder: implications for attachment with parental figures. Social Work in Mental Health, in press.

Sanders, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012), Siblings of people diagnosed with mental disorder and posttraumatic growth. Community Mental Health Journal.

Sanders, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012), Emotional intelligence in siblings of patients diagnosed with mental disorder. Social Work in Mental Health.

Conway, F., Oster, M., Szymanski, K. (2011), ADHD, complex trauma and mentalization. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychology, 10.

Szymanski, K., Sapanski, L., Conway, F. (2011), Trauma and ADHD: Association or diagnostic confusion? A clinical perspective. Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychology, 10.

Szymanski, K., Fleishman, J., Harkins, S. (2001), The contribution of the potential for evaluation to coaction effects. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 3, 269-283.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1993), The effect of experimenter evaluation on self-evaluation within the social loafing paradigm. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 29, 268-286.

Szymanski, K., Harkins, S (1992), Self-evaluation and creativity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 259-265.

Harkins, S., & Szymanski, K (1989), Social loafing and self-evaluation with an objective standard. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 24, 354-365.

Harkins, S., & Szymanski, K. (1988), Social loafing and group evaluation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56, 934-941.

Bartis, S., Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1988), Evaluation of performance: A two-edged knife. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 14, 242-251.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S (1987), Social loafing and self-evaluation with a social standard. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 53, 891-897.

Kofta, M., & Szymanski, K (1980), Freedom of choice of role and resistance to social pressure. Studia Psychologiczne, XIX, 25-35.


Invited Presentation/Lecture

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Szymanski, K. (2015, April). SCORS and TAT – psychometric properties and clinical utility. MercyFirst, Residential Treatment, Syosset, NY.

Szymanski, K. (2014, November). Clinical approach to stigma in the aftermath of war-related traumas. Interdisciplinary Forum on Trauma: Changing Nature on War and Peace, Adelphi University, NY.

Szymanski, K. (2012, November). Understanding trauma: myths and misconceptions. Center for Health Innovation, Adelphi University, NY.

Szymanski, K (2012, April). Coping with traumatic impact. Elizabethtown College: Department of Psychology.

Szymanski, K. (2011, November). Tips for Healthy Grieving. Adelphi University.

Szymanski, K. (2011, August). Witnessing Trauma and Recovery - Myths and Misconceptions. Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Szymanski, K. (2011, May). On the Edge of Trauma: The Journey to Posttraumatic Growth. Adelphi University.

Szymanski, K. (2010, June). Trauma of Parental Loss - A Guide to Interacting with Traumatized Adolescents. Tuesday's Children, Project Common Bond, Staff Training, New York, NY.

Szymanski, K. & Rosenfeld, N. (2010, May). Trauma Narrative: Recovery and Posttraumatic Growth - A Clinical Perspective. West Dean College, England.

Szymanski, K. (2009, November). Common Bond: Group Treatment of Traumatized Adolescents. MercyFirst, Residential Treatment, Syosset, NY.

Szymanski, K. (1998, March). Motivational processes in a group decision. University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Szymanski, K. (1992, April). Extrinsic constraints and their effects on creativity. Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.

Harkins, S., & Szymanski, K. (1987, October). Social loafing and evaluation. Conference of Applied Social Psychology, Adelphi University, NY.

Szymanski, K. (1986, April). Social loafing. Social Psychological Research Group at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.


Conference Presentations/Papers

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Szymanski, K., Springer, C., & Lemley-Craver, C. (2015). Does the Label Matter? - The Impact of Acknowledged and Unacknowledged Rape on Mental Wellbeing. In European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Szymanski, K., Springer, C., & Zecevic, L. (2015). The Impact of Somatic Awareness on Posttraumatic Stress and Posttraumatic Growth in Cancer Patients“. In European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Forrester, E., & Szymanski, K (2015). The Effect of Trauma Integration on the Use of Metaphors and Sentence Structure: A Narrative Analysis. In Society for Personality Assessment,. New York, NY.

Zecevic, L., & Szymanski, K. (2014). Interrelatedness of Risk Factors in a Sample of Individuals with a History of Suicidal Behavior. In Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco., CA.

Szymanski. K., Springer, C., Zecevic, L. (2014). Assessment of Object Relations in Clinical Sample of Traumatized Adolescents – a Normative Analysis. In Society for Personality Assessment. Arlington, VA.

Eidlitz, L., Szymanski, K., & Hien, D. (2014). Assessment of Treatment Efficacy for Patients with child and Adult Abuse Onset. In Society for Personality Assessment,. Arlington, VA.

Szymanski, K., Stroinska, M., Sawyer, S. (2013). The use of metaphors in analysing trauma narratives. In International Pragmatics Conference. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Jones, M., Craver-Lemley, C., Szymanski, K., & McCue, A. (2013). Enhanced object imagery in ADD/ADHD Disorder. In Association for Psychological Science. Washington D.C..

Szymanski, K., Springer, C., & Goldstein, C. (2013). TAT as an implicit assessment of trauma in children and adolescents. In Society for Personality Assessment. San Diego, CA.

Stobbs, J. & Szymanski, K. (2012). PTSD, Secondary Trauma and Burnout Among International Humanitarian Aid Workers – Prevalence and Differential Diagnosis. In International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Los Angeles, CA.

Sanders, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012). Emotional Intelligence in Siblings of Patients Diagnosed with Mental Disorder. In American Psychological Association. Orlando.

Szymanski, K., Gordon, A., & Clark, A. (2012). TAT Narratives as an Implicit Assessment of Trauma. In American Psychological Association. Orlando.

Stroinska, M. & Szymanski, K . (2012). The use of metaphor in trauma narratives. In International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor. Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom.

Clark, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012). Narrative impairment in children with chronic trauma. In New York State Psychological Association. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Stobbs, J. & Szymanski, K. (2012). Stress and trauma related disorders among international humanitarian aid workers – prevalence and different diagnosis. In New York State Psychological Association. Saratoga Springs, NY.

Sanders, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012). Siblings of the Mentally Ill: Impact on Attachment with Parents. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago.

Klein, M., Szymanski, K. (2012). Witnessing a romantic partner psychotic break: A clinical picture for adolescents. In Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of American Psychological Association. Santa Fe.

Gordon, A., & Szymanski, K. (2012). A Fresh Perspective on Trauma: Survivors Define Their Experience. In Society for Personality Assessment (pp. 25). Chicago.

Szymanski, K., Springer, C., & Goldstein, C. (2011). Attachment Trauma and Interpersonal Relationships of Child and Adolescent Inpatients. In The International Society for Traumatic Stress (pp. 20). Baltimore.

de la Fointaine, N., Szymanski, K. (2010). A Cross-cultural evaluation of the effect of war trauma on the wellbeing of soldiers. In The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Montreal.

Jeanette, E., & Szymanski, K. (2010). Creativity in the collaborative arts: interpretive artists' unique personality profile. In American Psychological Association. San Diego.

Clavedesther, J., & Szymanski, K. (2010). Development of the Somatic Awareness Scale (SOMAS). In American Psychological Association. San Diego.

Baxter, A., Szymanski, K., & Springer, C. (2010). Rorschach assessment of aggression in child and adolescent inpatients. In Society for Personality Assessment. San Jose.

Szymanski, K., Andriano, L., Springer, C., Cloitre, M., Kamboukos, D., & Cucharo, C. (2009). Parent-child dyad and child's pathology in 9/11 families. In The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Atlanta.

Szymanski, K., & McCarthy, J. (2009). Early parental loss and interpersonal functioning in child and adolescent inpatients. In The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Atlanta.

Sapanski, L., & Szymanski, K (2009). Factors that influence the perception of blame in an acquaintance rape. In American Psychological Association. Toronto.

Andriano, L., Szymanski, K., Springer, C., Cloitre, M., Kamboukos, D., & Cucharo, C (2009). Parenting and psychopathology in bereaved 9/11 families. In Division 39 of American Psychological Association. San Antonio.

Shapiro, J., Szymanski, K., & Springer, C. (2009). Rorschach assessment of affect regulation in children and adolescents who self-injure. In Society for Personality Assessment. Chicago.

Steinberg, A., & Szymanski, K. (2008). Resilience, attachment and depression in bereavement. In American Psychological Association. Boston.

Sakowicz, K., Szymanski, K., & McCarthy, J. (2008). Rorschach assessment of trauma in a clinical sample. In Society for Personality Assessment. New Orleans.

Kopp-Smith, A., & Szymanski, K. (2007). Trauma of parental loss, fear of intimacy and adult attachment. In American Psychological Associatonn. San Francisco.

Rosenfeld, N., & Szymanski, K (2007). Factors associated with resilience in the aftermath of difficult life events. In Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Division 36 of American Psychological Association. Loyola.

Szymanski,K. (2006). The power of mutual healing, a clinical perspective. In Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of American Psychological Association. Philadelphia.

Masteyeva, Y., & Szymanski, K (2004). The difference in self-concept between working and non-working single mothers of low SES. In New York State Psychological Association. Saratoga Springs.

Salgado, N., Szymanski, K. (2002). Unconscious processes and dream recall. In American Psychological Association. Boston.

DeSantos, T., & Szymanski, K. (2001). The impact of partner’s abuse on a rate of mental illness in a welfare population of single mothers. In Eastern Psychological Association. Washington D.C..

Szymanski, K., & Repetto, S. (2000). How does mood affect creativity? In American Psychological Association. NY.

Szymanski, K., Goodry, E., & Garczynski, J. (1998). Depression and creativity - a correlational perspective. In American Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.

Garczynski, J., & Szymanski, K. (1995). Creativity, feedback and choice: The effects of feedback and self-evaluation on creativity. In American Psychological Society. NY.

Szymanski, K. (1995). Motivational effect of partner's evaluation on performance. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Garczynski, J. (1995). Negative effects of experimenter and self-evaluation. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Garczynski, J., & Szymanski, K. (1994). Self and partner evaluation -an additive effect? In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K. (1993). Two sides of the coin: The effect of evaluation on creativity. In Management Conference,. Atlanta, GA.

Szymanski, K. (1993). The effect of self-evaluation on creativity within a choice paradigm. In Nags Head Conference on Groups Networks and Organizations. Nags Head Conference Center, Highland Beach, FL.

Szymanski, K., & Garczynski, J. (1993). Enhanced evaluation as moderator of increased effort. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Garczynski, J. (1992). Partner evaluation and social loafing. In American Psychological Association. Washington.

Szymanski, K. (1992). Differential influence of evaluation on quality and quantity of performance. In Nags Head Conference on Groups, Networks and Organizations. Nags Head Conference Center, Highland Beach, FL.

Szymanski, K., Austin, S., & Virgile, C. (1992). The effect of experimenter status on performance. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K. (1992). Attitudes and Persuasion. In Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

Szymanski, K., Virgile, C., & Germano, D. (1991). The effect of evaluation and identifiability on performance. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Virgile, C., & Szymanski, K. (1990). Self-set goals as a standard for self-evaluation. In American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.

Harkins, S., & Szymanski, K. (1990). The effect of doubling signal density on the self-evaluation effect in the social loafing paradigm. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1990). The effect of self-evaluation on creativity. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K. (1990). Evaluation and social loafing. Implications for private and public selves. In The Self in Relationship. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1989). The effect of experimenter evaluation on self-evaluation in the social loafing paradigm. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1988). Why two is not more than one: The potency of multiple sources in social loafing. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1987). Effects of self-evaluation on social loafing. In American Psychological Association. NY.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1987). The effect of group evaluation on social loafing. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K., & Harkins, S. (1986). Task difficulty and social loafing. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.

Szymanski, K. (1985). External evaluation as a means of reducing social loafing. In Conference on Persuasion and Attitude Change. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

Szymanski, K. & Harkins, S. (1985). Self -evaluation and performance. In Midwestern Psychological Association,. Chicago, Il.

Harkins, S. & Szymanski, K. (1984). More cells for social facilitation. In American Psychological Association. Toronto, Canada.

Harkins, S. & Szymanski, K. (1984). Partner evaluation as a means of eliminating social loafing. In Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, Il.


Honors and Accomplishments

2010 - Professor of the Year , Psychology Club, Adelphi University

Professional Activities

Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
American Psychological Association
Division 39 of APA (Psychoanalysis)
Division 56 of APA (Trauma Psychology)
Division 8 of APA (Personality and Social Psychology)

Reviewer: Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Ad hoc reviewer for conventions of the Eastern Psychological Association, and American Psychological Association

Community and Corporate Leadership

Lua Zoo Community Cooperative for Africa - fundraiser organizer
Tuesday's Children of 9/11 Families- member of Advisory Board
Project Common Bond, an international summer camp for children who lost a caregiver to an act of terrorism - psychologist
Child Activity Center (currently known as Alice Brown Learning Center)- board member
Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen - drive organizer