Medaille Professor Set to Embark on Groundbreaking Overseas Study
Nationally recognized behavioral couples therapy (BCT) expert Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, an assistant professor in Medaille’s master’s in marriage and family therapy program, is part of an international team that has received funding for a groundbreaking multi-year proposal to be conducted in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Entitled “Behavioral Couples Therapy as an Adjunct to Opiod Substitution Therapy for Drug Dependent Patients: A Feasibility Study,” the three-year project also involves investigators from Edinburgh University and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Klostermann will travel to Scotland in November.
“I was approached to serve as a co-investigator on a grant application examining the use of BCT with married or cohabitating substance-abusing clients with children,” Klostermann says. “This study is unique in that it is examining the use of BCT with ‘dual-using’ couples — i.e., both partners use — with children who are also on opioid substitution therapy.”
Dr. Klostermann says the study is part of a larger effort to disseminate BCT across Scotland. He will work with senior Scottish mental health leadership to provide additional therapy training during his fall visit.
“The opportunity to disseminate BCT internationally is very exciting,” he says. “While BCT has been extensively and rigorously studied, the larger obstacle has been dissemination and training others in the approach.”
Medaille Partners With Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to Offer New Opportunities to Communication StudentsMedaille has signed three agreements with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University — a 4+1 program, a 3+1 program and a 30% scholarship agreement — that will take effect immediately and will create new opportunities for communication students.
Medaille College Receives Say Yes Grant From Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Expanding Support and Opportunities for Buffalo StudentsAs part of the newly established Buffalo College Success Network, Medaille is able to offer increased access, support and opportunities to students from the city of Buffalo, thanks to Say Yes Buffalo and a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This June, Associate Professor of English Dr. Alice Villaseñor participated in the “Activism and Empathy” Children’s Literature Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, speaking about her experiences teaching children’s literature courses in partnership with the Buffalo City Mission’s Literacy and Enrichment After-School Program (LEAP) Program.
Living out community as one of Medaille's core values, College administration, faculty and staff members gave back to the WNY community by volunteering at local organizations as part of 2019 Day of Service events held in Buffalo and Rochester.
Department of Education Chair Participates in the Council for Exceptional Children Leadership InstituteDepartment of Education Chair Dr. Colleen Wilkinson participated in the 2019 Council for Exceptional Children Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. earlier this month, and facilitated discussions about professional development opportunities for New York State educators.
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