Hofstra Horizons – Spring 2020

President’s Column

In times of need and in times of crisis, the Hofstra community always pulls together. A few short months ago, no one could have imagined that we would find ourselves in a worldwide pandemic. The global implications of COVID-19 have affected every aspect of our lives, and those implications are still evolving. At Hofstra, our students remain our top priority. Moving quickly to online platforms and remote classes, our faculty and administration continue to provide our students with exceptional learning experiences, resources, and services.

It is with great pride that I introduce this issue of Hofstra Horizons, which highlights not only the teaching excellence of our psychology faculty but also their excellence in research and scholarship.

Research and scholarship complement and enrich teaching and enable the exploration of new concepts and designs. In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to collaborate and fulfill Hofstra’s mission and goals. We look forward to the time when we can be together to celebrate the milestones and achievements of our students and faculty.

I applaud the research of our faculty, and I thank you for supporting them, especially in these uncertain times.

Sincerely,Stuart Rabinowitz, JDPresident, Hofstra University

Provost’s Column

In these extremely challenging times, Hofstra’s faculty, administration, and students have united in unique and inspiring ways to move forward our shared educational mission. I am proud of our efforts and accomplishments in creating an effective and engaging distance learning environment.

Pivotal to this effort is the work of our faculty. I am therefore especially pleased to introduce the newest issue of Hofstra Horizons, which underscores the noteworthy research and scholarship of our psychology faculty.

Dr. Cong Liu’s article details the results of studies done on workplace ostracism, a form of workplace mistreatment that threatens employees’ mental health and well-being. Studies indicate that using occupational health psychology may reduce stress and improve employees’ work life quality. The next article details the results of studies conducted by Dr. Kevin Nolan and colleagues on family responsibilities discrimination. This series of studies used heat-mapping software to identify whether employers use information from LinkedIn profiles to evaluate job candidates.

Dr. Mark Serper’s article describes work completed as part of the Janus Project, particularly the overlapping roles of an individual’s past, present, and future selves in their self-identity, choices, and behaviors. Dr. Keith Shafritz discusses how his research program combines brain imaging and behavioral testing to diagnose mental disorders more accurately and improve overall success of treatments. Finally, the article written by Dr. Jin Shin examines the effectiveness of home-based intervention services for young children with developmental delays in Vietnam. Dr. Shin’s intervention program showed great promise in improving the functioning of children with developmental delays in low- and middle-income countries. We wrap up this issue of Hofstra Horizons with a list of our psychology faculty and their varied research interests and expertise.

I congratulate all the authors on their fine research work and thank them for their commitment to our students. We are proud to spotlight their work in this issue of Hofstra Horizons.

Sincerely,Herman A. Berliner, PhDProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic AffairsHofstra University


Faculty are the catalyst for the extraordinary research and learning that unfolds at Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (HCLAS). As dean of HCLAS, I am consistently impressed with the extraordinary commitment of our faculty to our students’ learning. This is true in all our departments and, as you’ll see in this issue, it’s particularly true of our faculty in the Department of Psychology.

It is my honor to share with you a sample of the research conducted by just some of our outstanding faculty in the Department of Psychology, highlighted in this issue of Hofstra Horizons. When you read the articles by our psychology faculty, who specialize in different subfields as reflected in their essays in this issue, you will get a taste of the outstanding research of our Hofstra faculty scholars and more deeply understand the relevance of their work to the challenging circumstances in which we find ourselves in the spring of 2020.

Our HCLAS faculty focus on connecting to the wellspring of their disciplines to explore both enduring questions and the burning issues of the day, identifying relationships between the two through the rigorous application of well-proven research methods in their respective disciplines. They present their research at top conferences in their fields and publish their findings in the most prestigious journals, as well as in edited volumes and scholarly books. Our faculty’s research excellence is also recognized annually by the awards and fellowships they receive, including, most recently, NEH and Fulbright fellowships, as well as grants, including major grants from the National Science Foundation, but these recognitions are not where the story ends. In fact, HCLAS faculty scholarship enters their Hofstra classrooms and informs the discussions they have with their students, so that Hofstra students benefit from the latest work, the cutting-edge research, that is shaping their field of study.

Benjamin Rifkin, PhDDean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In This Issue:

Workplace Ostracism: People’s Psychological Attributions and Coping StrategiesFamily Responsibilities Discrimination: Does Using LinkedIn to Screen Job Candidates Bias Hiring Decisions?The Janus Project: Future Self and PsychopathologyA Look Toward the Future of Treating Psychiatric DisordersThe Effects of a Home-Based Intervention Conducted by College Students for Young Children With Developmental Delays in Vietnam

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