Interviews with Alumni
Paul Bruening has a PhD in Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center and is currently Director of UX Research and Insights at Thomson Reuters.
Careers at the Intersection of Education & Technology (feat. Erin Rose Glass, Barbara Hubert, & Maria Janelli)
Our three panelists—Erin Rose Glass (PhD English), Barbara Hubert (PhD Urban Education), and Maria Janelli (PhD Educational Psychology)—are all alums of the Graduate Center. At the time of this recording, Erin was Senior Developer Educator at DigitalOcean, Barbara was Director of Professional Learning at BrainPOP, and Maria was Senior Manager of Online Teacher Education Programs at the American Museum of Natural History.
Ivan Anastassov received his PhD in Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University.
Sara Flowers received her Doctorate in Public Health from the Graduate Center and is now the Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood.
Lisa V. Gale received her PhD in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center and is now the Chief Program Officer at StoryCorps.
Marissa Barrera received her PhD from the GC’s Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program. She is the owner of New York Neurogenic Speech-Language Pathology P.C., as well as the Program Director of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Medical Speech Language Pathology.
Susan Croll received her PhD from the Neuropsychology program at the Graduate Center and is now the Director Emeritus of Regeneron’s Postdoctoral Program.
Elisa Lee received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate Center and is now a psychologist in private practice.
Careers in Science Communication & Outreach (feat. Rachel Weintraub-Brevda, Saranna Belgrave, & Maria Strangas)
This is a special edition of Alumni Aloud that was recorded at our alumni panel in February 2021. At the time of the panel, Rachel Weintraub-Brevda (PhD Psychology) was the Education and Outreach Program Manager at NYU Langone’s Center for Cognitive Neurology, Saranna Belgrave (PhD Psychology) was the STEM Research Manager at CUNY K16 Initiatives, and Maria Strangas (PhD Biology) was Manager of the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History.
Evan Dawson received her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Experimental Psychology and Law from the Graduate Center. She is now a Senior UX Researcher at Robinhood.
Melissa Wansin Wong received her PhD from the Theatre and Performance program at the Graduate Center. She is now the Director of Institutional Relations at the Museum of Chinese in America.
Brooke Bryant earned her PhD in Musicology at the Graduate Center and is now Director of Development at the Kaufman Music Center.
Charlotte Gartenberg received her PhD from the Graduate Center’s Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) program. She is now a freelance writer, editor, translator, and podcast producer based in New York City.
Eric Knudsen earned his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the Graduate Center and is now a Lead Researcher at LinkedIn.
Lauren Reches earned her PhD in French from the Graduate Center. She is currently the National Sales Director at Skurnik Wine & Spirits, an alcohol import and distribution company headquartered in NYC.
Kyle O’Donnell received her Master’s in Linguistics from the Graduate Center. She now works as an Intelligent Virtual Assistant (IVA) Analyst at Synchrony, a consumer financial services company.
Our panelists are Kriti Kalpana and Deepak Menon, who both earned their PhDs in Biochemistry at the GC, and Miruna Ghinia Tegla, who earned her PhD in Biology at Babeș-Bolyai University in Romania. At the time of the panel, Kriti was a postdoc at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute; Deepak was an oncology postdoc at the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Miruna was a biology postdoc at CUNY’s City College.
Kathleen Wallace earned her AuD in Audiology from the Graduate Center. She is now a clinical audiologist at the New York Otolaryngology Group and an adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate Center.
Two of our panelists, Samuel T. Frank (PhD Earth & Environmental Sciences) and Eli Lansey (PhD Physics), are alumni of the Graduate Center. Our third panelist, Laura Ricciardi (PhD Applied Developmental Psychology), is a graduate of Fordham University. At the time of this recording, Samuel was a climate curriculum researcher at the Billion Oyster Project, Eli was a researcher at Riverside Research, and Laura was a research associate at Metis Associates.
Uday Madaan earned his PhD in Biology from the Molecular, Cellular & Developmental subprogram at the Graduate Center. Uday is a Scientific Sales Representative in Cell Media at STEMCELL Technologies.