Chirico, Donna

Curriculum Vitae

Professor & Acting Dean
Behavioral Sciences

Phone: 718-262-2687
Office Location: AC-4D06B
dchirico@york.cuny.edu
http://myprofile.cos.com/DCRYork

Office Hours  
Open hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  8:00-9:15 am 
Or By Appointment, please email DChirico@york.cuny.edu   

Education

Degree Institution Field Dates
EDD  Columbia University Teachers College  Religion and Education  2000 
MS  Fordham University at Lincoln Center  Counseling Psychology  1980 
BA  York College of The City University of New York  Psychology  1979 
Field research is Ladakh, northern India studying moral and spiritual development constitutes the foundation for Professor Chirico's present research exploring the nature of transcendent imagination as it relates to aspects of psychological development. One connection is the role of the imaginative process in educational attainment among Americans of Italian decent; A central goal of this work to is to come to understand the function of esoteric or transcendent imagination as it relates to personal development, attainment of valued goals, and the formation of personal identity. (Here is a recent piece on Italian American identity:http://www.i-italy.org/node/13090.) Professor Chirico is also an expert in the application of statistical analysis in sports who explores the use of statistical paradigms in sports betting and choices made by fantasy sports league participants. (Here is a recent interview on the topic: https://www.york.cuny.edu/student/yorktv/audio/chirico-krfc-radio/view.)

Areas of Expertise

Development of Transcendent Imagination
Educational Attainment Among Nontraditional College Students
Statistics in Sports

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Uwe P. Gielen, Stuart Dick, Sidney Rosenberg, Donna M. Chirico and Frank Chiafettelli. "Naturalistic observation of sex and race differences in visual interaction." International Journal of Group Tensions. 1-4 1979: 211-227.

Uwe P. Gielen and Donna Chirico-Rosenberg. "Traditional Buddhist Ladakh and the Ethos of Peace." International Journal of Group Tensions. 23 1993: 5-24.

Donna M. Chirico. "Building on Shifting Sand: The Impact of Computer Use on Neural and Cognitive Development." Waldorf Education Research Institute Bulletin. 2 1997: 13-19.

Donna M. Chirico. "Where Lies the Wisdom to Distinguish One from the Other: The Question of Moral Creativity at 2000." Psychohistory. 27 1999: 47-58.

Donna M. Chirico. "Exoteric and Esoteric Imagination in Psychological Development." Social Compass. 48 2001: 525-539.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Donna M. Chirico. "Painting Psychology: Using Narrative Responses to Art as a Way to Assess Transcendent Imagination." . Fall, 2007: .

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Donna M. Chirico. "The Dog Catches His Tail: A Critical Reflection on the Value of an Italian American Identity in Personal Development." The Status of Interpretation in Italian American Studies. Edited by J. Krase 2011: 185-200.

Donna M. Chirico. "Guido: A Generational Rebellion." Guido: Italian American Youth and Identity Politics. Edited by L. Airos and O. Cappelli 2011: 79-82.

Donna M. Chirico. "Being White, Feeling Black, Acting Out: Identity Development Among Italian American Youth." Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. Edited by D. Carielli 2012: .

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" The Big Apple: An Insider's View " May 9, 1980: Florence A. Smith School.

" Development of Socio-Moral Reasoning in Buddhist Ladakh " March 4, 1981: CUNY Graduate Center.

" Cross-Cultural Aspects of Aging: Socio-Moral and Religious Thinking in " March 20, 1982: Institute for Cross-Cultural and Cross-Ethnic Studies.

" Development of Socio-Moral and Religious Thinking in Buddhist Ladakh " October 16, 1982: Columbia University.

" Buddhist Ladakh: Psychological Portrait of a Nonviolent Culture " February 21, 1983: Society for Cross-Cultural Research.

" Jungian Perspectives in Buddhist Symbolism " January 20, 1985: Ethical Cultural Society of Queens.

" A Journey to Ladakh: Signs and Symbols in Tibetan Buddhism " April 11, 1988: York College Faculty Forum.

" Psychological Development in Later Adulthood " October 25 and November 9, 1989: CUNY School of Law.

" The Status of Women in Eastern Religions " March 26, 1991: York College Women's Center.

" Reauthorizing the Older Americans Act " March 3, 1991: CUNY School of Law.

" Growing Together or Growing Apart: The Impact of Interdynamic Processes on Group Formation and Leadership " July 17, 1992: Keynote Speaker, York College Student Government Summer Leadership Conference.

" Reconciling Ethnically Chauvinistic Views of Women in the Egalitarian Classroom " January 21, 1994: Third Annual Faculty/Staff Conference, Making Connections: York College in the Nineties.

" Breaking the Rules: Italian Americans in Higher Education " October 13, 1999: York College Faculty Forum.

" Esoteric and Exoteric Imagination in Americans of Italian Decent " August 11, 2000: Esoteric and Exoteric Imagination in Americans of Italian Decent.

" Holding Moonbeams in your Hand: Measuring Esoteric and Exoteric Imagination " October 20, 2001: Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

" The Narrative Strength of Descriptive Statistics " May 28, 2003: CUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Professional Development Workshop.

" Using Aesthetic Narrative to Assess Transcendent Imagination " October 25, 2003: Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

" Where is the Wisdom: The Question of Moral Creativity " August 15, 2004: Annual Meeting of the Association for Sociology of Religion.

" Statistics: Alive! " September 22, 2006: Presented at St. Paul Interparochial School.

" Creative Genius: Balanchine, Dali, Niebuhr " November 10, 2006: 18th Annual Conference on Behavioral Research, Symposium Session presented with Khionna Douglas and Kathia Lamour.

" Caring for the Caregiver " February 15, 2007: Workshop presented at the Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

" Classroom and Curricular Assessment " April 27, 2007: York College Faculty Development Workshop.

" Painting Psychology: Using Narrative Responses to Art as a Way to Assess Transcendent Imagination " October 19, 2007: School of Visual Arts 21st Annual Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, Art Education, Religion and the Spiritual.

" Transcendent Imagination and the Struggle for Educational Attainment Among Italian-American Women " October 25, 2007: John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, Recent Scholarship on Contemporary Italian-American Youth.

" Transcendent Imagination as an Agent of Change Among Italian Women” Italian American Youth Culture. Recent Reappraisals " March 11, 2008: Stony Brook University Center for Italian American Studies.

" The Dog Catches his Tail: A Critical Reflection on the Value of an Italian American Identity in Personal Development " October 6, 2008: Forum for Italian American Criticism.

" The Uses of Statistics in Sports " July, 2009: Beyond the Balls.

" Department Management and Business Practices, Personnel Supervision, Scheduling, Faculty Assignments " Fall, 2009: York College Department Chairs Workshop.

" Preparing your Application and Portfolio " January 15, 2010: New Faculty Orientation Workshop.

" Cultural and Generational Differences: Struggles in Education " April 7, 2010: York College Women’s Leadership Colloquium.

" What to Know Before Getting a Doctoral Degree " April 13, 2010: Teachers College Columbia University.

" Money and Fame are not Enough: Barriers to Education " April 19, 2010: XIII Colloquium of the Modern Languages Department, BMCC.

" Italian Americans as an Affirmative Action Group in Higher Education " September 21, 2010: Presented on Nota Bene, the webcast division of CUNYTV’s Italics.

" Being White, Feeling Black, Acting Out: Identity Development Among Italian American Youth " October 9, 2010: Italian American Mental Health and Wellness Conference.

" Tsunami: Catastrophic & Horrific Disasters in Japan; The Psychological Impact of Disasters " March 31, 2011: York College, Earth and Physical Sciences Club.

" Ethnic and Gender Barriers to Educational Attainment " April 1, 2011: Keynote Speaker, St. Francis College, Psi Chi Initiation Ceremony.

" The Importance of Self-Identification in a Multi-Ethnic Social Environment " October 14, 2011: Italian American Mental Health: Research and Praxis Symposium.

" Mentoring Students in Cross Cultural Research " April 14, 2012: Toward a Global Psychology conference, St. Francis College.

" How Ethnicity Trumps Race in the Struggle for Self-Identity " April 23, 2012: John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, "Reconfiguring White Ethnicity".

" On a Different Shore - Defining Italian " October 24 and 25, 2012: Invited Panelist, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance.

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies Faculty Fellow: Spring 2009.

John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies Faculty Research Consultant: 2011-present.

John Templeton Foundation, Model Course in Religion and Science Program, finalist: .

Who's Who in America: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Who’s Who Among American Teachers: permanent listing.

Who’s Who Among Italian Americans, National Italian American Foundation: current.

Who’s Who in Theology and Science, John Templeton Foundation: current.

York College Student Government Award for Excellence in Teaching: .

York College Student Government Service Award: .

York College Student Government Annual Appreciation Award: .

York College Women’s Center Citation, Recognition for Support of Women’s Issues: .

Grants-In-Aid

Interest on Lawyer's Accounts, The Preventive Law for the Elderly Program. 1991: $3000.

New York Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant, Breezes from Andalusia: Dance, Spain and the Jews” - Performed by the Avodah Dance Ensemble. 1993: $1000.

New York Council for the Humanities Mini-Grant, Writing Awareness Week. 1994: $1000.

CUNY Faculty Development Grant, Voices in the Wilderness: The Role of Spiritual Development as part of the University's Mission. 1995: $1000.

York College Auxiliary Board, Slavery in the Modern World. 2002: $450.

York College Auxiliary Board, The Healing Power of Music. 2006: $500.

York College Auxiliary Board, Italian/American Heritage and Culture Week. 2011: $600.

John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, Faculty Research Consultant, Grant-in-Aid. 2011-2012: $9000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

American Association of University Women, Member: current.

American Italian Historical Association, Member: current.

American Statistical Association, Member: current.

American Psychological Association: Division 52, International Psychology, Member: current.

American Statistical Association, Statistics in Sports Division, Member: current.

Association for the Sociology of Religion: current.

Book Reviewer, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries: 2005-.

Book Reviewer, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion: .

Book Reviewer, World Psychology: .

Editorial Board Member and Peer Reviewer, Italian American Review: current.

Columnist, il Bollettino, Newsletter of the John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies: current.

Consultant, Learning in the Real World Project sponsored by the Center for Ecoliteracy, University of California at Berkeley: .

Consultant, Statistical textbook development in Psychology for Wadsworth and Prentice-Hall Publishers: .

Counselor, pro bono, Beth Israel Methadone Treatment Center: .

Italian American Scholars and Professionals in Universities and Colleges: .

Judge and/or Chief Judge, Annual York College Science and Math Exposition: current.

Judge and/or Chief Judge, York College Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: current.

Judge and/or Chief Judge, Rohm and Haas Invitational Science Fair: .

Judge, Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award, presented by Division 52 of the American Psychological Association (International Psychology): .

Mathematical Association of America, Member: current.

Mentor, Teachers College Columbia University Alumni Network: current.

Mentor, Fordham University Alumni and Student Mentoring Program: .

Mentor, York College Summer Bridge to Science Program: 2010, 2011.

National Italian American Foundation: current.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society: current.

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Member: current.

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Chirico, Donna
 

Chirico, Donna
Professor & Acting Dean
Behavioral Sciences