Institute for Parenting


Advisory and Faculty Committees

Get to know our committee members.

Advisory Committee

Ann Amengual
Garden City Nursery School

Audrey Blumberg
Senior Associate Provost
Academic Affairs
Adelphi University

Trista Borra 
Deputy Court Improvement Officer
Nassau County Family Court

Peter Chernack, D.S.W.
Associate Dean for Program 
Development and Administration 
School of Social Work 
Adelphi University

Diane Cohen

Gary Cox-Steiner, Ph.D.
Center for Mental Health Promotions

Laura DeRose, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Adelphi University

Doreen Downs Miller, M.A., M.B.A. 
Parenting Matters

Martha Edwards, Ph.D.
Center for the Developing Child & Family

Ackerman Institute for the Family

Gilbert Foley, Ed.D.
Ferkauf School of Psychology
Yeshiva University

Maria Lauria
Director of Children’s Services
Nassau County Department of Social Services

Rochelle Macer, M.S.W., LCSW-R, ACSW
Assistant Director of Social Work
Kings County Hospital Center

Sonia Murdock
Executive Director
Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.

Warren Rosenfeld, M.D.
Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics
Winthrop University Hospital

Everett Waters, Ph.D.
Professor Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University

Faculty Committee

Faculty Chair

Laura DeRose, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

Faculty Committee Members


Cindy Arroyo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Roni Berger, Ph.D.
School of Social Work

MaryAnne Hyland, Ph.D.

Susan Lederer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

Laura Quiros, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work



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