University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Research.

Myrna FriedlanderMyrna FriedlanderEducational and Counseling Psychology

Myrna Friedlander, who earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, was nominated by the Doctoral Student Association of the Division of Counseling Psychology. Friedlander, who joined the UAlbany faculty in 1981, has been director of doctoral training since 1998. She has chaired approximately 30 dissertations and has acted as a mentor to countless students.

“Go see Micki. She has more ideas in a weekend than you or I do all month,” said one of Friedlander’s colleagues once to a doctoral student who was struggling with conceptualizing dissertation research.

In addition to her commitment to students, Friedlander is known for her superlative publication record. She was cited as the ninth most prolific contributor to the flagship journal of her field, the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Friedlander’s membership on the editorial boards of five highly respected journals is evidence of the national and international respect for her thinking and writing. In addition, the students noted she is “actively involved in mentoring counseling psychology’s next generation of researchers, as her record of collaborative publication and presentation with her students amply demonstrates.”

Her research interests include the processes of mutual influence between counselor and client, change processes in family counseling, and counselor supervision. She is recognized as a leading proponent of the integration of research and practice in the field of counseling process.

Excellence in Research

Marlene Belfort Jerram L. Brown Myrna Friedlander
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