Every issue of Hofstra Horizons presents an opportunity to gain greater insight into the scholarship and research accomplishments of our faculty. This issue is no exception. However, this spring 2010 issue of Horizons also spotlights the exceptional professional services provided by the directors and staff of the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center.
Assistant Provost and Executive Director Joseph Scardapane, who is also the director of the Psychological Evaluation, Research and Counseling (PERC) Clinic leads off this issue by briefly describing each of the four clinics as well as the child care institute. His article on the PERC Clinic describes the innovative services of the PERC Clinic, which also provides clinical experience to students in Hofstra’s doctoral programs in school/community psychology and clinical psychology.
In 2002 Dr. Andrea García, associate professor of literacy studies and director of the Reading/Writing Learning (RWL) Clinic, and Michèle Marx, administrative coordinator, began an exciting scholarship initiative. To date, this donor-funded program, titled Community Literacy Connection, has helped more than 200 third- and fourthgrade students from local school districts receive valuable literacy support services. This is but one of the exceptional educational programs offered through the RWL Clinic.
Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute (CCI) is headed by Director Donna Tudda. Accepting children since 1991, the CCI provides a kindergarten readiness program and works closely with the Saltzman Center clinics. The next article by Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic Director Madeline Seifer highlights the cutting-edge approaches and specialties of the five licensed marriage and family therapists on staff.
Finally, Wendy Silverman, assistant professor of speech-language-hearing sciences, takes us through the needs, assessment methods and treatments of aphasia. As director of the Speech-Language- Hearing Clinic, Ms. Silverman utilizes a nontraditional approach focusing on social participation.
More than presenting the work of these Hofstra faculty and administrators, this special issue symbolizes the fine work and extensive scholarly productivity of the staff and students at the Saltzman Center. Their expertise helps to ensure high-level services to the community and an outstanding educational experience for our students.
Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs