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LIU Post to Host Greek Psychologist on U.S. Tour


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Angeliki GenaDespite the great financial hardships experienced in Greece recently, Dr. Angeliki Gena been selected by the Onassis Foundation (U.S.) for an international scholarship visit to four universities in the United States for mutual exchanges with professors, students, and service providers interested in research and practice in the field of autism in Greece. LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) has been selected as a host university for this tour.

Dr. Gena is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy-Education-Psychology, School of Philosophy at National and Kapodestrian University of Athens. She earned her doctorate in psychology at the Queens College of the City University of New York. She has published widely in both Greek and English about treatment and family issues in autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition to her prolific research and academic career, Dr. Gena directs an Institute in Athens that aims to provide services for children with autism and their families as well as training therapists in application of the Behavior Analytic model for children with autism.

Members of the University community and the general public are invited to learn from and talk with Dr. Gena at the following events

Monday, April 23
Top of the Commons at Hillwood Commons
Dr. Gena will speak about her research and practical experiences providing "Inclusive Education for Children with Autism"
Dr. Kathleen Feeley, associate professor of education and director of the LIU Post Center for Community Inclusion, will host the talk as part of her undergraduate education course on "Creating Responsible Inclusive Classrooms."

Dr. Gena will give her presentation from 11 a.m. to noon and be available for informal discussion from noon to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Gena discuss her groundbreaking work on "Establishing Behavioral Repertoires of Advanced Skills Pertaining to Theory of Mind and Affect in of Intensive Early Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism"
Dr. John Neill, associate professor of psychology, will host these talks during the following class times:
3:30 – 4:30: Psy 820 – Behavior Analysis, Life Sciences 139
5:30 – 6:30: Psy 657 – Applied Behavior Analysis, Life Sciences 137

Dr. Gena will be available for informal discussion in Life Sciences, Room 152 at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 26
Special Provost's Reception
Dr. Gena's visit to LIU Post will be celebrated with a reception in the Great Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Gena will speak about her creative integration of general systems theory with applied behavior analysis to enhance the education and life opportunities for children with autism and their families. She will describe a series of studies conducted in Greece that combine the two paradigms as an example of how the complementarity of the two approaches may be beneficial in addressing the complex needs of children on the autism spectrum.

The talk will be followed by a reception with wine and cheese. If you wish to attend the reception, kindly RSVP by Friday, April 20 to

For more information contact Dr. David Roll, professor emeritus, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at

Posted 04/10/2012

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