Suza Scalora is a student in the Spirituality Mind Body (SMBI) Intensive Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include: spirituality as an opening to emotional mind-body self-awareness; the physiological and emotional affects of negative selftalk and rumination; spirituality as a foundation to healing, meaning and purpose. She is the Coordinator of the SMBI Wellness Center at Teachers College. She facilitates spirituality-based emotional and mind-body awareness workshops in the Wellness Center.
Coordinator of Events and Conferences, Spirituality Mind Body Institute
Lauren Foley is a second-year Master’s student in the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a BA in Political Science from Villanova University. Her interests are in holistic wellness through the integration of mind, body, and spirit, including such practices as yoga and meditation as well as nutrition. She is currently working with the Spirituality Mind Body Intensive Master's Degree Program and the Independent Academic Film Lab.
Coordinator of Research, SMBI Wellness Center
Managing Editor, APA Journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice (SCP)
Larissa Portnoff is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her undergraduate research at the University of Denver looked at the MAOA gene in female juvenile offenders within a sociocultural context. She later worked at UCLA studying fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, and eating disorders in youth and adults. While working with Dr. Miklowitz she examined the psychoneuroimmunology and neural correlates of psychosocial treatments in pediatric bipolar disorder. She plans to continue using these novel techniques to study mental well-being and the role of spirituality in youth. When are developmentally sensitive periods? How does spirituality influence health related outcomes in youth? What are the best dissemination practices for psycho-spiritual interventions? Currently, she is the managing editor for the American Psychological Association journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice(SCP) and is the Coordinator of Research for the SMBI Wellness Center.
Web Coordinator, Spirituality Mind Body Institute
Jennifer Drapkin, M.S., is a second-year doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, earning her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. After a 12-year career as a journalist and yoga instructor, Jennifer returned to school to study the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Jennifer received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University, her M.S. in journalism from Columbia School of Journalism, and her yoga instructor certification from Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in New York City. Jennifer hopes that by building better inner worlds, we can build better outer worlds, too.
Program Assistant, Spirituality Mind Body Institute
Aygul Khabibulina is a program Asiistant for Spirituality Mind Body Institute. She is passionate about yoga (bhakti and asana), vegetarianism and minimal impact lifestyle. She just completed 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Bhakti Center, NYC, where she has been an active member of the community since 2014. Her undergraduate studies were in the field of foreign languages and music. Aygul has a daily 1.5 hour long practice of maha-mantra meditation.