Campus Advisory Access the latest updates, FAQs, and resources for the Adelphi community on the global coronavirus pandemic. » COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Updates on Operations: Department or campus operations may be modified during this time. Please call or email the department for more information or visit



May 7, 2015

From Dean Barber’s Desk

A century after the birth of Gordon F. Derner, Ph.D., the founding dean and namesake of our Institute, we have much to celebrate. First, there’s Dr. Derner to whom we pay tribute in this issue of the newsletter. We will honor him again on Friday, November 13, 2015, with a day of programs and talks, including a keynote by Peter Fonagy, Ph.D. I hope that you will join us.

You will also see here how students, faculty members and alumni are carrying out Dr. Derner’s legacy through research, clinical work and outreach.

Beginning this fall, the Derner Institute, in conjunction with Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences, will offer a new neuroscience major to undergraduates. Our field is becoming increasingly science-based, and this program will prepare students for new professional opportunities.

A planned new international master’s program will bring the Derner education model to students overseas.

As our alumni have noted, Gordon Derner revolutionized clinical psychology education and forever changed our profession. It is incumbent upon us to find new ways to continue his commitment to relevant teaching, empathic practice and constant improvement.


Jacques P. Barber, Ph.D.
Dean, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies

More Adelphi News

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

For further information, please contact:

Todd Wilson
Strategic Communications Director 
p – 516.237.8634
e –