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Student Groups

The Doctoral Student Association (DSA) is the student organization for the program that meets on a monthly basis to discuss the needs, concerns and various areas of interest of the doctoral students. This organization seeks to enhance the students' professional development and training. Membership is open to all full–time doctoral students in the program.

Peer Advisement

All first year students are assigned upper–class students who serve as peer advisors.

Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project is a diversity training program that was adapted by LIU Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program to increase the doctoral students’ sensitivity, awareness and knowledge of important issues that concern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. In an effort to provide clinical doctoral students with training that will help foster LGBT–affirmative attitudes and engender LGBT–sensitive psychologists, the LIU. Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program provides a Safe Zone training that is mandatory for all entering students enrolled in the program. By bearing some of the responsibility of training individuals to competently and ethically work with LGBT individuals and related issues, the Safe Zone Project is an integral part of the program’s effort to respond to the American Psychological Association’s call to clinical training programs for the promotion of knowledge and training in human diversity. Although the Safe Zone Project does not provide comprehensive clinical training for treating those with LGBT–specific problems, or sexual and gender identity/orientation issues, the training does prepare a new generation of students to be more informed, sensitive, and ultimately better clinicians to the LGBT community. The Safe Zone Project offers the opportunity for a dialogue about diversity and endorses the program’s provision of an atmosphere that respects all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic background, age, ability, and gender.

The Safe Zone Project is comprised of three training sessions, two that occur during the fall semester, and the third during the spring. Attendance at both sessions is mandatory for all entering students. For more information about similar Safe Zone programs at other universities, see the Safe Zone Project website.

Students for Multicultural Advancement in Research and Training (SMART)

SMART is an organization maintained and run by the program's doctoral students. Its primary aim is to promote and advocate for continued education and training in issues pertaining to diversity and under-served populations within the doctoral program in clinical psychology at LIU Post. Our interests include, but are not limited poverty, ethnic/cultural diversity, race, sexual orientation, identity, and disability, to name a few. 

SMART committee members organize activities and outings to provide an atmosphere for learning and discussion.  Previous activities have included obtaining a grant enabling us to invite renowned psychologists to provide colloquium lectures to the department, movie nights, and international pot luck dinners. The Smart committee aims to meet monthly on campus. Officials are elected on a yearly basis and hold their appointments for one year.  For more information please contact the program secretary to receive appropriate contact information of current officials. 


  • To provide a supportive network of students who share a common interest in diversity. 
  • To promote an awareness of cultural and minority issues within the program. 
  • To disseminate academic information in our areas of interest.
  • To promote program activities within the department whereby students can engage in active learning and discussion regarding issues pertaining to diversity. 
  • To work with program faculty to increase a minority presence in both our student and faculty body.
  • To work with program faculty to address current curriculum as it pertains to issues regarding diversity.  
  • To develop and promote networking by inviting professionals from the community to discuss their experiences and knowledge in our areas of interest.

SMART Mission Statement

Students for Multicultural Awareness in Research and Training (SMART) is a student organization comprised of clinical psychology doctoral students at Long Island University, CW Post who are committed to promoting an awareness and respect of multiculturalism. Our goal is to provide future psychologists with an understanding of how social inequalities may contribute to the problems our clients face, and gain a fuller appreciation for the multiple and complex identities that shape their experiences. By means of fostering an open dialogue among students and faculty we strive to create culturally-informed clinicians and researchers.

Psychology Students for Social Responsibility
Psychology Students for Social Responsibility (PsySSR) is a student group formed under the national organization to promote social justice as clinical psychologists in training within the doctoral program of Long Island University, Post. PsySSR includes six related programs to advance social justice through the lens of psychology. Psychology Students for Social Responsibility (PsySSR) is a fledgling student group within the program, affiliated with the non-profit national organization, Psychologists for Social Responsibility(PsySR).  PsySR is comprised of six programs:  Human Rights & Psychology, Climate Change, Sustainability, & Psychology, Violence, War & Their Alternatives, Peacebuilding & Reconciliation, Social Health, Justice &Wellbeing, and Education for Social Responsibility.  The mission of both groups is to apply psychological knowledge and expertise to promote peace, social justice, human rights, and sustainability.  

Recent PsySSR endeavors include a V-Day/"One Billion Rising" event as part of the global initiative to end violence against girls and women.  It was a campus- and community-wide function with local non-profits and undergrad students participating.  PsySSR student members also voted to organize a panel of ex-patient speakers who discussed their damaging experiences within the mental healthcare system in order to educate student psychologists-in-training about what they can do to prevent and/or counteract such injustices.  Previously, PsySSR had two presenters:  Dr. Steven Reisner, President-elect of PsySR, who spoke about psychologists' role in promoting torture, and doctoral candidate, Sarah Kamens, who discussed DSM-V reform. Membership is open to all doctoral students.  PsySSR meets on a monthly basis.  Officials are elected annually, and hold their appointments for one year.  

For more info on PsySR, visit:

Human Rights and Psychology: PsySSR is committed to challenging human rights violations, from political torture to threats to freedom of speech. As members of the psychological community, PsySSR is dedicated to promoting human rights and upholding our pledge to do no harm despite international pressures.

Violence, War, and Their Alternatives: To reduce the devastating effects of violence and war, PsySSR maintains a focus on nonviolence to prevent conflict and to increase understanding and acceptance of cultural differences.

Peacebuilding and Reconciliation: Following group trauma such as communities shattered by genocide, war, and violence, it is essential that healing occurs for the individuals making up these communities through reconciliation, so that divisions may be reduced with heightened understanding and empathy and a sense of cohesion and community can once again exist.

Social Health, Justice, and Well-Being: To increase the well-being of our society, an analysis of the causes of poverty, prejudice, gender and educational inequality, and their effects on our families and communities, as well as formulating solutions to these barriers, is integral.

Climate Change, Sustainability, and Psychology: The effects of natural disasters from human caused climate change have an enormous effect on the well-being of our citizens, from eroding mental and physical health to concerns about the future of our environment. PsySSR is dedicated to working with our political system to prevent further harm and increase safeguards to reduce future disasters and increase our sustainability.

Education for Social Responsibility: PsySSR aspires to elucidate the connections between psychology and social issues, and how everyone can become more informed and use strategies for positive social change in our communities through the dissemination of educational materials and trainings.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean