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Dr. Kathleen Morley, University Director of Assessment, was appointed University Director of Assessment in April 2008. She has extensive institutional research and assessment experience. In prior positions, Dr. Morley has led numerous faculty and staff initiatives within Academic Affairs. Her work has included ongoing participation in cabinet meetings with responsibilities related to retention, accreditation and campus-wide planning. As Associate Director of the Policy Center on the First Year of College (NC), a national center founded by John N. Gardner, she has worked with national experts in supporting colleges and universities across the country in the self-study of the first year of college. As University Director of Assessment, Kathleen is a member of the Academic Affairs team working closely with Lori Knapp, Deputy Vice President for Academic Affairs. She oversees the university-wide academic assessment process which is now supported by 18 Faculty Fellows/Co-Chairs, 4 professional staff, and assessment Dean representatives. Dr. Morley holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Lafayette College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers, Associate Provost at LIU Brooklyn, directs the Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP) and was Principal Investigator (P.I.) for Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Undergraduate STEM Grant, both prepare undergraduate minority and economically disadvantaged students to enter the STEM fields. As the Executive Vice President of APACS, Association of Administrators of CSTEP and STEP, she works closely with over 200 CSTEP/STEP directors and program staff to create a statewide professional development network for diverse students in high school, college/university to enter into STEM and licensed professions. She is the P.I. for the New York State’s Smart Scholars Early College High School; this program specifically engages groups of students who historically have not had access to college. She Co-Chairs the annual Teaching Narrative Conference at the Brooklyn Campus, an event that focuses on teaching narratives as a form of inquiry about student learning. Dr. Schrynemakers serves as a member of the Leadership Team for Integrative Assessment of the Imagine America Initiative. During her 23-year career with the University, she has secured over 9 million dollars in grants, taught social science research, and published frequently in peer-reviewed venues on theory and practice of constructing knowledge and assessment.

Vanessa Vacchiano, Assessment Specialist at LIU Brooklyn, supports institutional efforts to meet standards of accreditation and provides professional development activities related to assessment. She holds an M.S. in Social Research from Hunter College and is in the process of completing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Measurement and Statistics. Vanessa comes to the Brooklyn Campus with four years’ experience as an assessment coordinator in a higher education setting, where she was responsible for assisting faculty and staff with developing assessment plans, rubrics, and surveys. Prior to that she worked as an educational program evaluator and also as an analyst at the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Dr. Philip S. Wong. After receiving his Sc.B. (in Neural Science) from Brown University, his Ph.D. (in Clinical Psychology) from the University of Michigan, and his postdoctoral training from the Psychiatry Department at the University of Michigan, Dr. Wong taught for several years in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate Faculty of the New School. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) as Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Wong's research interests are centered on psychodynamic psychology, exploring the emotional and motivational dimensions of implicit cognition in a variety of normal and pathological conditions. Often, people cannot report accurately on how or why they behave the way they do. One understanding of this phenomenon is that implicit mental processes shape behavior, but work “behind the scenes” in the sense that one does not have introspective access to them. Experimental techniques in psychology – some recently developed – can provide ways of assessing these implicit, “behind the scenes” processes. Dr. Wong uses a blend of cognitive, social-cognitive, and psychophysiological laboratory techniques in this research. Dr. Wong has a variety of clinical interests, centered in anxiety and affective disorders. His clinical-theoretical orientation combines psychodynamic and cognitive approaches, with emphasis on contemporary ego, relational, and self psychologies. He also has longstanding interests in ethnic minority psychology, with a focus on East Asian American experiences.