Faculty Profiles

Kirkland Vaughans

Clinical Director and Supervisor
Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Hy Weinberg Center 325

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General Information



PhD, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University (1985)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications


2014                Certified Clinical Trauma Professional: International Association of Trauma


Jan 1999          Relational Framework for Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral Principles in Brief 

                       Psychotherapy Beth Israel Medical Center, NY. (21 CE credits).

1995-98          Child and Adolescent Postdoctoral Psychotherapy Program. Derner Institute: Adelphi

                       University, NY

1996               Certificate of Specialization in Clinical Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Postdoctoral

                      Program Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. New York University, NY



1991               Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of New York

                      Certified School Psychologist, State of New York

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

2017- July             Director: Postgraduate Program in Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapy.                                Derner Institute of Advance Psychological Studies. Adelphi University. Garden                                    City, NY.

 2001- 2017           School Psychologist: Hempstead High school, Hempstead, NY. Provide                                           individual and group counseling, crises intervention, diagnostic assessments,                                    Chair Sub-committee on Special education (CSE). Director of the Team Center:                                  Provide supervision for clinical interns, crises intervention for students and                                        community outreach. District Chairperson for CSE 2005- 2007. 

2004-2005            Consulting Psychologist: Five Towns Community Center, Inc. Hempstead, New                              York. Conducting mental status assessments for persons who have contacted                                    HIV/AIDS with a history of substance abuse. 

2003--2006           Consulting Psychologist: Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc.                                        Brooklyn, NY. Provide psychological assessments for applicants for Access-A-Ride..

1992-2001            Regional Director: New Hope Guild Centers, Brooklyn, NY.  Responsible for the                                administrative, fiscal and policy and procedural management of three OMH                                        licensed, community-based mental health outpatient centers, an OASIS licensed,                              drug prevention and treatment center and an Alternative School for youth at risk.                              Other primary responsibilities include program development, community                                          outreach, grant and proposal writing; graduate training programs, clinical                                          supervision and treatment for children and adolescents.  

1991-present        Private Practice: Individual and Group psychotherapy with children, adolescents                             and adults.in NYC.

 1996-97              Psychologist: Good Samaritan Gates Child Development Center. Developmental                               assessments of infants and toddlers for admission to the Early Intervention                                       Program. 

1992-95               Chairman: Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the Committee on                                         Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Wyandanch UFSD, NY. Conduct Annual                                       Reviews, determine eligibility of referrals for special education services, and                                     conduct Manifestation Determinations. 

1981-Present        Organizational Training Consultant: Conduct laboratory model training with                                 educational, mental health and social service agencies. Topics include Team and                                 Leadership Development, Cultural Competence, Group Dynamics, Training the                                   Trainer and Conflict Resolution Skills. 

1991-93               Consultant: Graham – Windham, Brooklyn, NY. Conducted adolescent group                                   psychotherapy with foster children in group homes.

1989-91               School Psychologist: Middle School. Wyandanch, NY. Conducted psychological                               and educational diagnostic testing, individual and group counseling and parent-                                 teacher consultations. 

1989-91               Clinical Supervisor: New Hope Guild Centers, Brooklyn, NY. Provide                                               individual/group supervision for staff psychotherapists and doctoral psychology                                 externs. 

1984-89              Clinic Director: New Hope Guild – Flatlands Center, Brooklyn, NY. Coordinated                                  administrative and fiscal operation of an outpatient mental health center; program                            development, community outreach, direct services for children and adults in                                      individual/group psychotherapy, and clinical supervision.

1983-84              Associate Director: New Hope Guild, Brooklyn, NY. Assisted Clinic Director with                              administrative and management duties, community outreach programs. Conducted                            case conferences, clinical supervision and individual/group treatment for youth and                            adults.

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