Faculty Profiles

Robert Bornstein

Professor
I A P S, Derner Institute

Blodgett Hall Room 212f
516.877.4736
516.877.4754
BORNSTEIN@ADELPHI.EDU

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo (1986)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist:
New York
Pennsylvania

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

Within and outside the classroom my teaching is shaped by a single goal: I try to help students understand the process--not just the content--of psychological science and clinical practice. In undergraduate courses I help students conceptualize complex problems and develop the skills necessary to wrestle with questions that have no easy, ready answer. Whether the issue is psychiatric diagnosis, psychotropic medication, or the uses (and abuses) of intelligence and achievement tests, I have found that when we are open to ideas and information that challenge our strongly-held beliefs we are compelled to engage material more deeply than we otherwise would.

Graduate teaching requires a different emphasis, as students apply their knowledge and skills in clinical and community settings; integration of classroom learning with mentorship and collaboration is key. As learning becomes increasingly informed by clinical experience I believe it is vital that we maintain connections with neighboring disciplines within and outside psychology--developmental, personality, and cognitive psychology, of course, but also neuroscience, computer science, sociology, and psychiatry. Nesting clinical research within the broadest possible intellectual network helps ensure that we not only make sound clinical and ethical decisions, but that we--faculty and students alike--become lifelong contributors to psychological science, and effective teachers and role models for the next generation of psychologists.

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