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Alyson Goldstein Named Neubauer Scholar

Earlier this month the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology honored their scholarship recipients, which included the most recent Neubauer scholar, Alyson Goldstein.

The Neubauer scholarship is awarded annually to one exceptional and highly motivated incoming doctoral student of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University who wishes to enhance his or her academic experience through applied psychology by implementing a community-based project.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry at Bates College, Goldstein went on to teach science in high-need communities in Brooklyn, NY.  While teaching, she also received her masters of Adolescent Education in Chemistry.

Through her work as a teacher, she got involved in various opportunities of promoting restorative approaches to discipline and designing advisory curriculums to promote social and emotional learning for students.

She wanted to attend Widener so she could also pursue the school psychology certificate offered by the PsyD program. “The core competencies stressed by Widener for the school psychology certificate are aligned with those I want to put into practice, specifically focusing on interventions and positive behavior support programs for students and schools,” she said.

In her first year at Widener, Goldstein brings experience of successfully building positive rapport and working closely with children and families from various backgrounds. Her experience has provided her with success in carrying out more therapeutic, compared to punitive, consequences to inappropriate behavior as well as poor academic achievement. 

Goldstein is excited to implement some of these programs in the Chester community, as she plans to focus her project around behavior management. She wants to continue developing her skills in establishing collaborative environments within schools. 

“I am passionate about this work and know that I can help schools in Chester continue to make great improvements with student success,” Goldstein said. “It is important to bring teachers together to facilitate discussions on how to most effectively tackle behavior management in classrooms by building collaborative and validating communities.”

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website,