Rosalind S. Dorlen, PsyD, ABPP
LIWP Clinical/Consulting Planning Committee
Rosalind S. Dorlen, PsyD, ABPP, has been a full-time independent practitioner of psychology in Summit, N.J., for over 30 years specializing in the psychological treatment of adolescents, adults and couples with a special interest in psychological issues associated with chronic illness. She is a member of the senior faculty at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey and a Field Supervisor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. She has presented widely, written over 50 publications, and been quoted in various media sources about stress, resilience, the mind/body connection, postpartum depression and chronic illness. Dr. Dorlen is a member of the Department of Psychiatry, Advisory Board, and Bio-Ethics Committee, Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey. As an advisory board member, she has provided innovative programs to the community about psychological health and wellness. Dorlen has been active in psychological governance both at the state and national levels. As a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) for 30 years, she served as president, secretary, and member of the Executive Board and of the Ethics Committee. She was honored by the NJPA as Psychologist of the Year. In recognition of her contributions to the scientist/practitioner model, Dorlen received the Rutgers School of Applied and Professional Psychology Distinguished Alumni Award for “outstanding service to improving the psychological health of communities through innovative programs that have been replicated in hospitals and communities throughout the country.” As chair, Public Education Campaign of the NJPA, she recently developed a project to educate parents and students about bullying, cyberbullying, cliques and gangs.
Her activities in governance of the American Psychological Association include two elected terms as member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Psychology (CAPP) and as New Jersey Psychological Association representative to APA Council. She was member-at-large, chair of the Fellows Committee and Membership Committee of Division 42, Independent Practice. Dorlen is a member of 12 Divisions of APA and a Fellow of four Divisions: Society of Clinical Psychology (12), State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (31), Psychologists in Independent Practice (42), and Media Psychology (46). She served a four-year term as member of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Providers in Psychology and was Secretary to the National Register Board. She was an invited member delegate to the APA 2009 Summit in Professional Psychology, whose mission was to promote the professional interests of practicing psychologists in all settings through a wide range of activities focusing on policy making; legal, advocacy, and regulatory affairs; consumer services; and the overall health care marketplace. In 2010, Dorlen received the Heiser Award for Advocacy.
As chair, Public Education Committee, NJPA, she spearheaded the concept of giving awards to businesses and corporations that provide psychologically healthy workplaces for their employees. Thus far, all 50 states, as well as the American Psychological Association, have instituted the Psychologically Healthy Awards Program to provide recognition to companies and corporations that value psychologically healthy workplaces.
Dorlen received the Edward Blaustein Award from Rutgers University Alumni Federation for a pro-bono community health project, “Speak-Up-When You’re Down” which focused on postpartum awareness and education. She was appointed by then acting governor Richard Codey to serve on a state-wide Task Force on Postpartum Depression. In her role as chair, Education and Awareness Committee of this initiative, she became a New Jersey spokesperson for postpartum depression and was instrumental in creating web-based and educational materials that describe postpartum depression and its symptoms and treatment. This initiative led to a NJ first-of-its-kind law in the nation that requires health care professionals to screen mothers for postpartum depression and provides referrals for psychological counseling. The Melanie Blocker Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (The Mothers Law) has now become Federal Law as part of the HealthCare Reform Initiative.