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Executive Office

The Executive Officer

The Executive Officer, Dr. Richard Bodnar, chairs the Psychology Executive Committee and other Committees as specified in the Psychology Governance Plan; oversees academic and administrative operations of the consortial doctoral program in Psychology; allocates program resources; works with the Graduate Center administration on behalf of the doctoral program; works closely with CUNY campus administrators, especially Department Chairs, Deans, and Provosts to ensure smooth operation of the consortium.

Deputy Executive Officers

Deputy Executive Officer for Research

DEO Professor Sarah Berger,, provides essential support to three primary program research initiatives: the Doctoral Student Research Grant Program (DSRG); the Dissertation Fellowship Program (DFP); and Psychology Research Day. For the first two grant programs, the DEO assists with announcements to students, encourage participation, and provide guidance to student applicants. Specifically, with respect to the DSRG, the DEO solicits reviewers, establishes appropriate review panels, works with panel chairs to revise and develop review criteria, oversees the review process and compliance with GC policies, and prepares a report to the EO with recommendations for funding. For the DFP, the DEO solicits reviewers and encourages student participation. For Psychology Student Research Day, the DEO works with the student committee and the EO office to oversee the planning for the day.

Deputy Executive Officer for Pedagogy and Professional Development

Patricia BrooksProfessors Patricia Brooks oversees Psychology’s Pedagogy program. This program includes the annual Teaching of Psychology Conference in the fall semester, additional professional development in pedagogy, and hosting the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Graduate Student Teaching Association.  Professor Brooks maintains the program’s connection with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the American Psychological Association’s Education Directorate, including seeking funding opportunities; forges relationships with the campus Centers for Teaching and Learning to ensure access to services for our students; develops possible speakers and trainers; identifies psychology alumni with pedagogy expertise; and continues to build a community of CUNY psychology scholars of teaching and learning.

Deputy Executive Officer for the Graduate Center Campus

DEO Professor Michelle Fine,, serves as the local "Chair," working with the faculty and students who are based at the Graduate Center to ensure they have the support and resources they need to do their work.


Administrative Staff

The administrative staff works with the Executive Officer, faculty and student leaders to support the mission of the doctoral program in Psychology. The staff who work directly with the Executive Office are two Assistant Program Officers, two college assistants, and multiple work study students. In addition, the program is served by a number of part-time administrative support staff on the campuses as well as countless administrative staff in the GC administration and in the campus administrative offices that support our program in many ways.

Assistant Program Officers (APOs)

APO for Administration and Program Management

The APO for Administration and Program Management, Swe Swe Htay,, under the direction of the Executive Officer, oversees the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of the doctoral program.  Her many responsibilities include developing procedures, systems, and databases to support the program, managing the EO staff, helping to manage resources and space (including budgets, facilities, room reservations, and supplies), supporting the course scheduling process, and serving as the key liaison with the Provost’s Office, the Business Office, and the Financial Aid Office for financial aid, budget and human resources matters.  She manages the student and faculty files, and supports governance meetings and many Program events.

APO for Academic Support and Student Progress

The APO for Academic Support and Student Progress, Ms. Jude Kubran,, under the direction of the Executive Officer and the Deputy Executive Officer for Student Progress, assists over 550 students and 250 faculty in understanding the milestone requirements of the Ph.D. process; ensures that the EO office has the requisite documents and clear guidance in place to ensure milestone achievement; and, works closely with the DEO for Student Progress (and EO) on resolving Satisfactory Progress Reports.  She also assists students and faculty in understanding other academic requirements and necessary paperwork, works to foster collaboration among students, faculty, the EO Office, and where necessary, GC administrative offices, serving as a trouble-shooter and problem-solver.  She distributes information needed by students regarding registration and advancement, and ensures that the information students and faculty need is on the Psychology web site.  She provides staff support to the two major academic events for the doctoral program, Pedagogy Day and Psychology Student Research Day, including working with faculty, student chairs and committees of these events to plan for needed facilities, catering or other provisions, and for helping to staff the events.

College Assistants

The College Assistants report directly to the APO for Administration and Program Management, who, in consultation with the EO, coordinates work assignments and ensures that the EO, DEOs, faculty and student leaders, and the APO for Academic Support and Student Progress, have the most effective staff support possible given resources provided. You may contact our College Assistants at

LeVera Sutton Diana Leger  

Campus Assistants

Campus Assistants Name E-mail
Baruch College Assistant Alan Pearlman
Brooklyn College Assistant Eleni Loannidou
City College Assistant Melissa Mayers-Morris
Hunter College Assistant Maria Helena Reis
John Jay College Assistant Shakiera Duren
Queens College Assistant Danielle Lucania

Psychology Ombudsperson

Psychology Ombudsperson

The Psychology Ombudsperson, Professor Martin Ruck,, is appointed by the Executive Officer, who selects  a faculty member who is not a current member of any program standing committee to serve as Ombudsperson for Psychology. The Ombudsperson is available to all Psychology students to discuss matters of concern in complete confidentiality. This position is in addition to the Graduate Center’s Ombudsperson, who is also available for student or faculty consultation.