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June 5, 2008

SUNY Faculty Diversity Program Makes Award To Farmingdale State

Psychology Professor Dr. Mary Howell-Carter Joins the College

Dr. Marya Howell-Carter will join Farmingdale State College as part of the new Faculty Diversity Program administered by SUNY Office of Diversity and Educational Equity. Farmingdale State College was one of only five colleges in the SUNY system to secure funding from the program . The Faculty Diversity Program authorizes the Office of Diversity and Educational Equity to loan faculty lines, at the assistant professor level, to state-operated campuses for a period of three years and provide campuses with 60 per cent of the faculty members' salary for that time period.Dr. Carter will receive an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Farmingdale State College. Carter's research interests are in the area of positive psychology as it relates to the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. Specifically, she is interested the sub areas of optimism and resilience as protective factors in mental health.

Carter's other areas of research relate to teaching about diversity, cross-race mentoring/supervisory relationships and bi-racial identity development. Her clinical/counseling experiences have been with diverse populations. "The Farmingdale State College community will be greatly enriched through the appointment of Dr. Marya Howell-Carter to the Department of Psychology," said W. Hubert Keen , president of Farmingdale State College. "Diversification of our faculty to match the high diversity of our students is a high priority for Farmingdale. This initiative from SUNY is most welcome, especially as we launch our new bachelor's program in Applied Psychology ."

Additionally, her identity as a bi-racial woman, combined with her professional training and her interest in matters of race and identity have influenced Carter to specialize in teaching courses about diverse populations. She presents courses related to the particular challenges of assessment and treatment of diverse populations. These abilities complement the needs of Farmingdale State College's diverse student population.

Carter received her PhD in 1998 from Northwestern University in Counseling Psychology where she was honored with the Illinois Consortium for Equal Opportunity Fellowship. She is currently the President of the Westchester Psychological Association, Academic Division and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of New York .