Gorman Foundation Awards Grant to Psychological Services Center

Gorman Foundation LogoUAlbany’s Psychological Services Center has received a three-year $62,569 grant from the Gorman Foundation to strengthen its capacity to deliver expert level, affordable psychological services to a vulnerable population of adults and children in the Capital Region. The funding will support the addition of one doctoral-level graduate assistant to work both the academic year and the summer session providing psychological care under the close supervision of the Center’s faculty.

The Center projects that the addition of one graduate student will create a 10% increase in capacity for care cases, which currently number between 80 and 100 clients. Because the center uses a sliding scale payment system, many of its clients receive services they may not otherwise be able to afford. The center offers individual and group therapy, an array of psychological tests, and a Child and Family Therapy Clinic addressing more than a dozen different diagnoses and two dozen behavior problems.

The Gorman Foundation was established in 2003 to improve the quality of life in the areas in and around Madison County, NY, by supporting projects related to social welfare, the environment, and community education and enhancement. The foundation serves as the living legacy of prominent New York Attorney Owen T. Gorman, his first wife, Catherine "Kay" Cummings Gorman, and his second, Alice M. Gorman, who supported numerous charitable organizations throughout their lives.

This is the Gorman Foundation’s first ever gift to the University. "The Gorman Foundation is pleased to help children and families gain greater access to mental health services", said Dr. Jim Sullivan Sr., Foundation Trustee and 1992 Ph.D graduate of UAlbany's Educational Psychology Department. "Having worked with children and families throughout my career, I recognize that counseling is an important aspect of mental health services."

“We are so grateful to Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., ’92, and the Gorman Foundation for their generosity,” said George Litchford, Ph.D., director of UAlbany’s Psychological Services Center. “Their gift will allow us to provide additional services to the community and opportunities for our students, fulfilling both aspects of our mission.”