Dr. Pamela Abraham

Title: 
Professor of Psychology, Executive Training Director – Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium, Director of Clinical Training
Office: 
30 Nazareth
Phone Extension: 
3464
Email Address: 
pabraham@immaculata.edu
Education: 

Psy.D., B.A.,  Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Licensed Psychologist, New Mexico;  Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NASP)

Biography: 

Dr. Pam Pressley Abraham earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Baylor University. Dr. Abraham is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Mexico and is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). She completed an internship at the Children's Medical Center (rotations: pediatric, psychiatric, outpatient) in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Devereux Foundation in the areas of child, adolescent, adult and family therapy.

Following postdoctoral training, Dr. Abraham was employed at the Ashbourne School while obtaining PA school certification and for two years at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Youth Psychotherapy Center as a clinical psychologist. Subsequently, she worked at the Devereux Foundation as the Clinical Director of the Mapleton Psychiatric Institute, Hedges Treatment Center, Hideaway, Gatehouse Cottage, and the Beneto Center. In addition, she consulted to local schools and held a private practice for children, adolescents, and families. In 1998, she joined Immaculata and teaches in the clinical program. Currently, she is the Director of Clinical Training at Immaculata and is the Executive Training Director of the Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium.

Dr. Abraham was an associate editor for the Society of Personality Assessment's Exchange from 2003 to 2008.

She has presented in the areas of ethics, professional issues, supervision and training, diversity, program and treatment outcome, violence assessment, suicide prevention, personality assessment, crisis intervention, child and adolescent treatment.

Courses Taught: 
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Advanced Assessment and Interventions with Children
  • Treatment of Children and Adolescents
  • Consultation and Supervision
  • Social Psychology
  • Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar
  • Advanced Assessment
  • Psychopathology
  • School Psychology Seminar
  • Psychotherapy Practicum and Seminar
  • Internship modules: diversity, ethics, supervision
Research Interests: 
  • Clinical Supervision & Training
  • Professional issues and Ethics
  • Multiculturalism & Diversity
  • Children, Adolescent and Family therapy
  • Psychology & Religion
  • Treatment outcome and program evaluation
  • Internship Training
Publications: 

Yalof, J., & Abraham, P. (2009). An integrative approach to assessment supervision, Bulletin of the Menninger Foundation, 73, 188-202.

Abraham, P. (2008). Teaching assessment case conceptualization: Misattribution bias and clinical judgment, Society for Personality Assessment (SPS) Exchange, 20(2), 6 & 13.

Yalof, J., & Abraham, P. (2007). Personality assessment in schools. In (S. Smith & L. Handler, Eds.). The clinical assessment of children and adolescents: A practitioner’s guide. Erlbaum: New York.

Abraham, P. (2007). Incorporating diversity into assessment courses, Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 19(1), 6-7.

Abraham, P. (2007). Incorporating dimensionality classification of personality functioning in assessment training, Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 19(2), 6 & 14.

Abraham, P. (2006). Incorporating spirituality as a dimension of personality assessment-Intersecting pathways, Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 18(2), 7 & 10.

Abraham, P. (2006). Personality constructs and social psychology-Conceptual scaffolding. Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 18(1), 4 & 13.

Abraham, P. (2005). What’s in a name? Bridges to new understanding: MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical Scale (RC) Scales and Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales. Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 17(2), 3-5.

Abraham, P. (2005).A picture’s worth a thousand words. Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Exchange, 17(1), 5-6.

Presentations: 

Abraham, P. (2013, November). Electronic communication: Ethical and clinical issues related to intern training. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting – Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2013, January). Ethics and the supervisory context. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P., & Gordon, D. (2012, November). APPIC policies & procedures, 2012-13 match and post match vacancy service, intern selection procedures & interview guidelines. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2012, November). Training in professional topics: Supervision topics. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Knapp, S., Abraham, P., & Yalof, J. (2012, May). Ethical issues in psychology program management. Presentation at the 12th Annual Doctoral Summit, Harrisburg, PA.

Abraham, P. (2012, January). Ethics and practice: Telehealth & technological interventions, CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2011, November). Training in professional psychology: Critical topics, CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P., & Gordon, D. (2011, November). APPIC policies & procedures, 2011-12 match and post match vacancy service, intern selection procedures & interview guidelines. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P., Knapp, S., & Yalof, J. (2011, April). Student issues in doctoral programs program. Presentation at the 11th Annual Doctoral Summit, Harrisburg, PA.

Abraham, P. (2011, March). Supervisory models and competency integration: Current trends, CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2010, October). Nuts and Bolts of Internship. Panelist presented at Pennsylvania Psychological  Association's Predoctoral Internship Fair, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.

Abraham, P. (2010, April). Evaluation of competencies in doctoral programs, Presentation at the Annual   Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Doctoral Summit, Harrisburg, PA.

Abraham, P., & Gordon, D. (2009, November). APPIC Requirements (Consortium and Match Policies), Utilizing the AAPI online Selection Portal, IU-PIC Intern Selection Procedures & the Interview Process. CE workshop presented for clinical supervisors of predoctoral interns. Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2009, August). Supervision and Ethics: Creating a Culture of Competence. CE program presented at the Quarterly Supervisor Meeting - Predoctoral Internship Consortium, Immaculata University , Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2009, November). Predoctoral Internship Interviewing Techniques. Workshop presented for PsyD School & Clinical Students, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2008, November). Predoctoral Interviewing Techniques. Workshop for PsyD School & Clinical Students, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Abraham, P. (2007, January). Institutional Review Board Best Practice Principles: Implementing Best Practice Strategies - presentation presented at the SECHE Faculty Development Workshop: Research, Teaching, Technology & integrity, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA.


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