Touro College South Undergraduates Win Award at Psychology Conference

Date: May 03, 2007
Left: TCS faculty and students at the Barry University Psychology Student Research Forum. At center is Dr. Edward Steinberg.
Right: Award-winning psychology students Dena Ballew, left, and Devorah Ferster, with Esther Neuman, vice-president of the TCS Psychology Club, right.
Left: TCS faculty and students at the Barry University Psychology Student Research Forum. At center is Dr. Edward Steinberg. Right: Award-winning psychology students Dena Ballew, left, and Devorah Ferster, with Esther Neuman, vice-president of the TCS Psychology Club, right.
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Miami Beach, Fla. - Touro College South psychology seniors Dena (White) Ballew and Devorah (Susson) Ferster won an award of distinction for their presentation made at the 13th Annual Department of Psychology Student Research Forum at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.

Their research on “Parental Interactions and Eating Attitudes in Middle School Children” was based on a survey of 114 of girls in a local Jewish day school. The research was supervised by Dr. Avidan Milevsky, chair of the Psychology Department at Touro College South, and was funded by a grant from the Dr. Edward and Judy Steinberg Center for Spirituality and Well-Being at Touro College South.

Touro College South students Deborah Shifra Niman, Atara Raab, Ruchie Gross and Alexandra Minkowitz also presented their research on “Dating Attitudes of Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women: A Qualitative Examination.” Dr. Milevsky, an alumnus of Barry, presented the keynote address, “Sibling Relationships in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: Predictors and Consequences.”

“This is indicative of the environment we have created at Touro College South since we opened in September 2006,” noted Rabbi Alan G. Ciner, vice president of Touro College serving as CEO of the newly established campus in Miami Beach. “We are proud of these young women whose achievements reflect the academic excellence at our school.”

Added Dr. Hillel Abramson, dean for academic affairs and student services: “Dr. Milevsky is a talented teacher and researcher who embodies our philosophy, which is academic rigor informed by traditional Jewish values.”

“I was extremely impressed by the caliber of work presented by our students,” said Dr. Milevsky. “The award that they received at this conference is a testament to their academic achievement.”

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