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Teachers College, Columbia University
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MA Information > Ambassadors

Ambassadors

Graduate Ambassadors

These are 2nd-year advanced MA students who have been selected to represent the program and to participate in all aspects of community and administrative development. They are expert students who can answer your questions on a personal and experiential-level and will be able to direct you to the appropriate personnel if needed. Our Ambassadors are distinguished by their separate, but complementary roles: Program Development and Community Development. Program Ambassadors welcome you to discuss and explore ideas related to programmatic and curricular issues. Community Ambassadors welcome your ideas and initiatives for events that foster a sense of community in the program.

Program Ambassadors:

Michael Levy
Program Ambassador

Email: michael.levy@tc.edu

Megha Sardana
Program Ambassador

Email: megha.sardana@tc.edu

Community Ambassadors:

Maya Boukai
Community Ambassador

Email: mib2124@tc.edu

Lindsey Wallace
Community Ambassador

Email: lindsey.wallace@tc.edu

Background & Philosophy

Michael Levy is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program at Columbia's Teachers College. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated as a University Honors Scholar Magna Cum Laude from New York University where he designed his own major focusing on Psychology and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in Psychology in Education with a special interest in LGBT mental health and sexual risk behaviors. Michael has also conducted extensive research at the NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) exploring the intersection between HIV status, substance abuse, and mental health. In addition, Michael has research experience in the field of child and adolescent mental health, helping to execute several projects at the NYU Child Study Center. Besides pursuing his M.A. at Columbia, Michael has also taught pre-school for several years.

The Role of the MA Program Ambassador as I See It:
To me, the job of ambassador is about accurately representing the student body while acting as a liaison to the administration to foster a rich and rewarding community, curriculum, and program. Combining my current individual experiences as a student as well as the collective perspective of my peers, I am confident in answering questions new or current students might pose about the program or general questions about professional development.  In addition, I feel the program ambassador should be available to help students reach their full potential and take advantage of the incredibly diverse resources provided to the student body at Teachers College. By helping to disseminate relevant information pertaining to local mental health events as well as relevant information about any new academia within the program, my hope is that I will help the MA program bring you one step closer to actualizing your professional and academic goals.


Megha Sardana is a second year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She grew up in Sydney, Australia and obtained her undergraduate degree in Business (Marketing) & Science (Psychology, with Honors) from the University of New South Wales. Prior to moving to New York, Megha worked as an early intervention therapist for children with Autism and then as a behavioral consultant for families of children with disabilities. She is currently pursuing a dual concentration in Child & Family and Psychotherapy & Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Megha has assisted with research on the familial transmission of trauma at the Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, New York State Psychiatric Institute and curated an exhibition at the Museum of Motherhood. She is currently a member of the Maternal Psychology Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Role of the MA Program Ambassador as I See It:
This program is a gateway to a multitude of mental health professions. As a Program Ambassador, my role is to help students navigate that path. Whether by answering questions from prospective students or posting internship opportunities online for current students, I hope to encourage students to explore the vibrant and diverse platforms available to them both within Teachers College, Columbia University and outside the classroom doors in New York. I strive to work with the administration to make them aware of the voices of the student body and how the department can best meet their needs. As such, my aim as a Program Ambassador is to strengthen and enrich the program’s curriculum and community.

Maya Boukai is a second year Master's student in the Clinical Psychology program at Columbia's Teachers College. She grew up in Laguna Hills, California and double majored in Psychology and Business Marketing at Chapman University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Psychology in Education with a concentration underserved populations, and has an interest in geriatric mental health as well as animal therapy. Besides pursuing her M.A. at Columbia, Maya has started her own pet services business, and she and her dog Oliver are a certified canine therapy team that regularly visits the Isabella Geriatric Center. Additionally she volunteers with PAWS New York, helping seniors and the disabled care for their pets, so they can maintain the human animal bond, even when circumstances would normally force them to give up their companions.

 

The Role of the MA Program Ambassador as I See It:
To me, the job of community ambassador is about creating an environment that facilitates openness and connection between both students, faculty and alumni.  My hope is that I will help students in the MA program take advantage of all the opportunities that TC offers, and cultivate the many unique psychology related interests that students may have. My hope is that although the MA program is brief, that students will look at this period as a time to explore.


Lindsey Wallace is a second year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio.  Prior to starting graduate school, Lindsey worked with children with Autism using Direct Instruction and ABA therapy. She is currently pursuing the MA degree with a focus on Research Methods and Spirituality and Mind/Body Practices. Lindsey conducts research on mindfulness interventions and spirituality/religiosity in the emerging adult population at TC, and the effects of parental exposure to stress and trauma on their children’s mental health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is interested in mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety disorders and substance abuse. In addition, Lindsey is a certified yoga instructor and teaches at Columbia University.

 

The Role of the MA Program Ambassador as I See It:
I believe that the MA program houses the leaders of tomorrow in the field of mental health, and one of the greatest resources we have in our program is each other. My goal is to enrich student’s graduate experiences by connecting them to the program and to their classmates. Our role is to plan academic, professional, and social events that satisfy the diverse needs of our students and build a sense of community.  As an MA Community Ambassador, I hope to be a resource to my classmates and to encourage them to make full use of the opportunities available within our program, Teachers College, and the New York City area.

Other Bios Coming Soon!

Graduate Ambassadors Alumni

Melanie Blair (Ambassador 2012-2013)
Lilia Kuksina (Ambassador 2011-2012)
Yehuda A. Fogel (Ambassador 2011-2012)