Dr. Tashana Samuel, Assistant Professor of Psychology

January 6, 2020 | Academics, Faculty, Faculty Feature, First Year Experience, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Publication, Research, STEM

“My students are deserving of the wonderful opportunities that life has to offer, even if they have to demand a seat at the table.”

“Lean into the present and don’t waste time” are tenets of Dr. Tashana Samuel’s proactive philosophy, words by which she lives. A child psychologist specializing in cognitive development, Dr. Samuel holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, with research experience including a longitudinal study at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Center under Drs. Catherine Monk and Laraine McDonough. Since becoming Assistant Professor of Psychology at Guttman in 2015, Dr. Samuel is simultaneously teaching Statistics in the First-Year Experience and Introduction to Psychology in the Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences Program of Study; conducting research on “techniques to alleviate academic anxiety in community college students”; publishing the promising findings in an article co-authored with fellow Guttman faculty Dr. Jared Warner; and sharing their pedagogical impact in service of our students. Also involved in expanding psychology course offerings at the College, she is excited to teach Guttman’s upcoming first iteration of Child Psychology.

Chief Librarian Amy Beth Presents at the Open Education Global Conference in Italy

December 4, 2019 | Academics, Conference Presentation, Faculty, Research

Guttman Chief Librarian Amy Beth, along with CUNY colleagues Ann Fiddler, CUNY Office of Library Services; Jean Amaral and Gina Cherry, Borough of Manhattan Community College, gave a presentation at the Open Education Global Conference in Milan, Italy, titled, “Open Platforms for Open Educational Resources” on November 28.

Dr. Baines Publishes Chapter in Volume Centered on Youth Issues

November 15, 2019 | Academics, Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, Publication, Research

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines authored a chapter in the recently published Narrating Practice with Children and Adolescents, edited by Mery F. Diaz and Benjamin Shepard. The book shares engaging stories by social workers, sociologists, researchers, and helping professionals that aim to center the young client’s story, drawing on the professionals’ experiences with a variety of disadvantaged populations in New York City and around the world. 

Professor and Alumna Co-Author Article in Social Work Education Journal

November 1, 2019 | Academics, Alumni, Faculty, Human Services, Publication, Research

Assistant Professor of Human Services Dr. Anya Spector and Guttman alumna Krimili Infante co-authored an article in the latest issue of Social Work Education: The International Journal.

Professor Invited to Participate in Traditional Maya-Led Ab’ink

October 30, 2019 | Academics, Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences, Research

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kristina Baines participated in a special meeting of Maya leaders and academics in Southern Belize on October 25 and 26. The indigenous Maya community is engaging in next steps after a historic landmark decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice supporting indigenous governance of their lands. The gathering, Ab’ink of Maya Traditional Knowledge Holders and Academics, took place to discuss ways of moving forward following the legal victory.

Professor’s Op-Ed Discusses Effects of School Choice Policies

October 21, 2019 | Academics, In the Media, Research, Urban Studies

Associate Professor of Urban Studies Molly Makris co-authored an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Segregating Effects of School Choice Policies” discusses the pitfalls and promises of school choice policies, and proposes proactively integration measures as a way to reduce opportunity gaps.

Professor’s Column Discusses Issue of Surprise Medical Billing

October 15, 2019 | Academics, Humanities and Social Sciences, In the Media, Research

Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Gatta’s latest column on discusses the issue of surprise medical billing, and New Jersey’s recently passed law, Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, which aims to combat the medical practice.

Professor Publishes Research on Practicing Mindfulness to Combat Math Anxiety in the Classroom

October 4, 2019 | Academics, Faculty, Grants, Publication, Research

Assistant Professor of Psychology Tashana Samuel has published an article titled, “I Can Math!”: Reducing Math Anxiety and Increasing Math Self-Efficacy using a Mindfulness and Growth Mindset-Based Intervention in First-Year Students” in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Professor Samuel’s research investigated the effect of embedding a combined mindfulness and growth mindset intervention within a required first-year, two-semester developmental statistics course. Results from the study indicate that this new approach not only reduced math anxiety, but had also increased math self-efficacy in a sample of college students.

Dr. Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science

September 17, 2019 | Academics, Faculty, Faculty Feature, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Research, STEM

“Don’t bring a negative attitude [to what you’re doing] – you’ll be the one to lose out. Have a positive outlook!”

It certainly takes a specialist to see potential in biowaste: an expert like Guttman’s Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim, who has a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Georgetown University and over 20 years of experience in research and teaching. In fact, she and Dr. Lawrence Pratt from Medgar Evers College, CUNY, were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant toward the development of a new biofuel from a mixture of brown grease and waste plastics. Student participants in the CUNY Research Scholar Program work under Dr. Kim’s guidance to transform brown grease – not cooking oil, she emphasizes – into biofuel.

Global Guttman Program Coordinator Publishes Article on Inclusive Approach to Study-Abroad

July 23, 2019 | Faculty, Publication, Research

Dr. Grace Pai, Program Coordinator of Global Guttman, has authored an article highlighting the proactively inclusive, “promising” approach of preparing first-generation, community college students of color for their first study-abroad experiences. Titled “Promoting Well-Being and Safety Abroad: The Role of Continuous Reflection and Peer Education Before, During, and After Travel,” the piece appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of the quarterly Global Impact Exchange.