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Paul J. Meller

Associate Professor of Psychology


Degrees

PHD, 1988, Syracuse Univ; MA, 1984, Teachers Coll, Columbia Univ; BA, 1982, SUNY Stony Brook Univ


Bio

Paul J. Meller is associate professor in the Psy.D. program in the School-Community psychology program at Hofstra University. He received his B.A. degree (1982) in psychology from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, his M.A. degree (1984) in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his Ph.D. degree (1988) in school psychology from Syracuse University. He has worked as a school psychologist or consulting psychologist in numerous school districts, head-start programs, and community mental health centers.

Dr. Meller's principal research activities involve divorce, conflict in relationships, high-conflict families, and forensic psychology.  He has authored numerous papers in the area of prevention and social competence, as well as on authentic assessment, social validity of interventions, and cross-cultural consultation. He has also authored or co-authored several programs for at-risk children and families including, the Enhance Social Competence Program, PEACE (Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness), PEACE for Kids, and Project FRED (Facilitating Relationships and Emotional Development).

As the Director of the Institute for Family Forensic Psychology (IFFP) at the Psychological Evaluation and Research Center, Dr. Meller is actively involved in the training and supervision of graduate students in working with high conflict families.  The goal of IFFP is to develop and provide therapeutic and assessment services to children and families who a) are going through divorce or other reorganizations, b) are experiencing high levels of conflict, or c) have a history of abuse or neglect.  Over 50 different Supreme Court Justices and Family Court Judges have appointed him as a psychologist.    

Dr. Meller has held leadership positions in numerous state and national professional organizations including Co-Director of Suffolk County PEACE program, New York State PEACE Advisory Committee, founding member of the New York Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, founding member of the Parenting Coordinators Association of New York, Executive Board of the New York Association of School Psychologists, National Association of School Psychologists, and the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association.


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PSY 012 PSYCHOLOGY & THE LAW Undergraduate
PSY 196 RES SEM: DEVELOPMENTAL PSY Undergraduate
PSY 220 CNSLT-SCHL&HLTH SERV Graduate
PSY 251 SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR Graduate
PSY 280 COMMUNITY PROG DEVL & EVAL Graduate
PSY 282 PREVENTIVE MENTAL HEALTH Graduate
PSY 331 SCH L PSY SRV INTRN II Graduate
PSY 349 COMMNTY INTRNSHP & SUPRVSN I Graduate
PSY 350 COMMNTY INTRNSHP & SUPRVSN II Graduate
PSY 602 DISSERTATION PROP PREP Graduate
PSY 604 DISSERTATION ADVISEMENT Graduate
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