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BA, Bard College
MA, New School for Social Research
PhD, The Union Graduate School
Biography / Academic Interests
Judith Kuppersmith, developed an approach to psychology that arose from her experience at Radcliff College's Murray Institute for the Study of Lives. Professor Kuppersmith is a clinical/community psychologist who is also trained as a psychoanalyst. She teaches Freudian concepts demonstrating Freud's ingenious attempts to create a theory of the brain at a time when so little was known about the brain. Professor Kuppersmith has taken students to London to meet with R D Lang and his therapeutic community known as the Philadelphia Society. Professor Kuppersmith is currently the Director of Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) degree program. This is a full-time, 2 and 1/2 year long (60 credits, 700 internship hours), day program leading to a New York State license.
Dr. Kuppersmith’s current interest is in de-pathologizing grief and loss in public/community and personal counseling settings. This collaborative effort is being supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Kuppersmith’s intention is to eventually establish a certificate program in Grief and Loss Counseling that will be administered by a consortium of CUNY colleges. The certificate program will provide mental health professionals a path to enhancing their understanding and application of the newest research and clinical practices in the field of grief and loss.
Scholarship / Publications
Professor Kuppersmith has written and published in the areas of ethnic identity, women’s psychotherapy, the underground psychoanalytic movement in Russia, and undergraduates as multifamily counselors. She has produced three documentary films all of which were supported by grants from prominent organizations. Following 9/11 Professor Kuppersmith organized a college- wide volunteer group (CSI - the Comfort Squad Initiative). Students were given emergency training to assist at public schools on Staten Island where families of fire and police officers were in need of comfort. Contributions were made by Toys R Us and “One Thousand Mormon Women from Utah", who volunteered to make Comfort Kits for 250 children in the Staten Island public schools. Many students, having gone through that volunteer experience, are today working as professionals with children and families.