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K. Mark Sossin

Professor
Associate Chair

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology - NYC

Location
  • @New York City
    41 Park Row Rm 1309

Biography


Dr. Sossin is a clinical psychologist, researcher, and psychoanalyst with particular interests in infancy, psychotherapeutic methods, psychopathology, autism, family-systems, trauma-and-its-transmission, and movement/nonverbal behavior.

Education


Adult Psychoanalysis , New York Freudian Society , NYC, NY , 1995

Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis , New York Freudian Society , 1991

PhD , Yeshiva University , New York , 1983
Clinical Psychology

MA , Yeshiva University , New York , 1981
Psychology

BA , Emory Univeristy , 1974

LICENSURES & CERTIFICATES

  • International Psychoanalytical Association, - Psychoanalyst
  • New York State, - Licensed Psychologist (NYS)

Publications


Sandler-Saban, G. (2017). Age, circumstance, and outcome in child survivors of the Holocaust.. . In E. Fogelman, S. Kangisser Cohen, and D. Ofer (Eds). Understanding the Judith Kestenberg Child Survivor Testimony Collection: Historical, linguistic, and psychological approaches. Brooklyn, NY, USA: Bergham Books.

Sossin, K. (2017). Nonverbal Behavior in Child Psychotherapy. Vol 2017

Kestenberg amighi, J., Loman, S. & Sossin, K. M. The Meaning of Movement: Kestenberg Movement Profile. New York, NY, USA: Routledge.

Chazan, S., Kuchirko, Y., Beebe, B. & Sossin, K. M. (2016, February). A longitudinal study of traumatic play activity using the Children's Developmental Play Instrument (CDPI). Journal of Infant, Child, & Adolescent Psychotherapy. Vol 15 , pages 1-25.

Loman, S. & Sossin, K. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Applying the Kestenberg Movement Profile in dance/movement therapy: An introduction.. The art and science of dance/movement therapy, Second edition (pp. 256-284/364pp).. New York, NY, USA: Routledge. (Issue Second Ed) , pages 256-284.

Ross, G., Foran, L., Barbot, B., Sossin, K. M. & Perlman, J. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Using cluster analysis to provide new insights into development of very low birthweight premature infants.. Early Human Development. Vol 92 , pages 45-49. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03783782/92

Sossin, K. (2015). A movement-informed mentalization lens applied to psychodynamic psychotherapy of children and adolescents with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.. Vol 14 , pages 286-302.

Sossin, K. (2015). Early childhood risk factors for autism and psychosis. James McCarthy, Ph.D. (Eds.), Psychosis in childhood. , Routledge: . , pages 60-89.

Sossin, K. M. (2014, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Early childhood risk factors for autism and psychosis.. J. McCarthy (Eds.), Psychosis in Childhood and Adolescence. New York NY, United States: Routledge. , pages 60-90. http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9780415821056/

Sossin, K. (2014, August). Parent-infant/toddler/child consultations in the wake of sudden parent-loss: Psychoanalytically informed close observation and video-feedback.. Sphinx: A Site for Inquiry and Innovation in Psychoanalysis.

Sossin, K., Cohen, P. & Beebe, B. (2014, February). Death of a father on September 11, 2001: Video-informed consultations with widowed mothers.. P. Cohen, K. M. Sossin, & R. Ruth (Eds.) (Eds.), Healing after loss of a parent in childhood and adolescence Therapeutic interventions and theoretical considerations. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. , pages pp. 301-322.

Cohen, P. P., Sossin, K. & Ruth, R. (2014, February). Healing after loss of a parent in childhood and adolescence Therapeutic interventions and theoretical considerations.. Lanham, MD, USA: Rowman & Littlefield. , pages pp. 341.

Sossin, K., Bromberg, Y. & Haddad, D. (2014, February). Parent loss during childhood and adolescence: A prismatic look at the literature. P. Cohen, K. M. Sossin, & R. Ruth (Eds.) (Eds.), in Healing after loss of a parent in childhood and adolescence Therapeutic interventions and theoretical considerations. Lanham, MD, USA: Rowman & Littlefield. , pages pp. 1-28.

Koch, S. & Sossin, K. (2013, August). Kestenberg Movement Analysis. Body-Language-Communication: An international handbook on multimodality in human interaction. Berlin & Boston, Germany & U.S.: De Gruyter Mouton. http:// Book URL: www.degruyter.com/view/product/186076?format=G

Sossin, K. & Cohen, P. (2012, February). Children's Play in the Wake of Loss and Trauma. Beebe, B., Cohen, P., Sossin, K. M., & Markese, S. (Eds.), Mothers, infants, and young children of September 11th, 2001. .

Beebe, B., Cohen, P., Sossin, K. M. & Markese, S. M. (2012, February). Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001.. Beebe, B., Cohen, P., Sossin, K. M., & Markese, S. (Eds.), corresponds issue of Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 10 (2-3), 2011.. New York, NY, United States: Routlede. , pages pp. 264. http://www.psypress.com/mothers-infants-and-young-children-of-september-11-2001-9780415507790

Sossin, K. (2012, February). Support Group II: An Evolving Approach: Reflections on Group Process in the Early Years. .

PRESENTATIONS


Sossin, K. (2016, June 25). staff and trainees at Youth Consultation Service (YCS), Infant and Preschool Mental Health Programs.. The Infant-Parent Interchange: Sequential Movement Patterns and Embodied Intentionality:From Research to Practice. YCS / Infant Mental Health Section, East Orange, NJ

Sharkey, J. M., , K. M. & Mowder, B. (2016, June 2). Biannual International Congress of World Association for Infant Mental Health . Emotional availability, parent-role, maternal personality, and infant temperament: Factors influencing the mother-infant dyad. WAIMH, Prague, Czech Republic

Sharkey, J. M., , . M. & Mowder, B. (2016, June 2). World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress. Emotional availability, parent-role, maternal personality, and infant temperament: Factors influencing the mother-infant dyad. WAIMH, Prague, Czech Republic

Bromberg, Y., Herbst-Paparne, R., Sossin, K., Beebe, B. & Ward, A. (2016, June 2). World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress. Sequential Analysis of Shape-Flow Patterns Among 12-Month Olds Correspondent to Maternal Dependency and Self-Criticism:A Microanalytic KMP Application. WAIMH, Prague, Czech Republic

Beebe, B., Hoven, C., Sossin, K., Cohen, P. & et al., . (2016, May 26). International Conference on Infant Studies ICIS. Risk & Resilience in 9/11 Pregnant Widows and Their Infants at 4 Months: Urgent Repair.. International Association for Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA

Sossin, K. (2015, November 19). staff and trainees at Youth Consultation Service (YCS), Infant and Preschool Mental Health Programs.. A KMP Portrait of the Mother-Child Dyad: Correspondence among Movement Patterns and Empirically-Derived Psychological Factors. Youth Consultation Services, IMH Section, New Jersey, East Orange, NJ

Sossin, K. & Bryl, K. (2015, October 19). Annual Meetings of the American Dance Therapy Association. A KMP Portrait of a Mother-Child Dyad: Correspondence Among Movement and Empirically Derived Psychological Factors. ADTA, San Diego

Sharkey, S. M. (2014, June 17). 14th WAIMH World Congress. Emotional availability, parenting behavior perceptions, child temperament and parent personality characteristics in mothers and their 8 to 16 month olds. World Association for Infant Mental Heatlh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Sossin, K., Bryl, K., Jessica, S. & Stephen, S. (2014, June 16). 14th WAIMH World Congress. Movement analysis of parent-infant interaction: Windows into meaning-making. World Association for Infant Mental Heatlh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Sossin, K. (2014, May 4). “Conversations Pertaining to Therapeutic Implications of Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence: Marking the Publication of Healing after Parent Loss in Childhood and Adolescence” . Psychoanalytic theory and empirical findings regarding child bereavement. Pace University Department of Psychology, NYC, NY

Sossin, K. (2014, April 26). Annual Meeting of Div 39 (APA). Parent-Infant/Toddler Consultations in the Wake of Sudden Parent-Loss Psychoanalytically Informed Close Observation and Video-Feedback.. Parent-Infant/Toddler Consultations in the Wake of Sudden Parent-Loss Psychoanalytically Informed Close Observation and Video-Feedback., New York, NY

Sossin, K. & Charone-Sossin, J. (2013, August 3). APA 2013. Enhancing Work With Parents of Children in Therapy. American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI

Sossin, K., Loman, S. & , . (2012, November 10). Expressive Therapies Summit. Primary Prevention in Groups Utilizing the KMP. NYC

Sossin, K. (2012, September). Association for Early Childhood and Infant Psychology. Parent-Infant Interaction: Affect Sharing, Affect Transmission, Nonverbal Behavior and the Incorporation of Video-Feedback into Parent-Infant Psychotherapy.. NYC

Reale, A., Sossin, K., Beebe, B., Ward, A. & Endres, L. (2012, April). World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress. Maternal facial growing and shrinking patterns relate to maternal self criticism and dependency in a mother-infant microanalysis. Capetown, South Africa

RESEARCH INTEREST


Ongoing research on infant-parent interaction, transmission of stress, autism, nonverbal/movement behavior, early childhood affective development

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Sossin, K. (2016, April). Narrative, Movement & Social Cognition{ Implications for Therapy and Education for those with ASD.
Scholarly Research Award / Pace University , Pace University , $2,634.00 . Funded,The aim of this study is to gain understanding of how social cognition and stress mediate communication patterns evidenced in college students: both those with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Both narrative style and content and nonverbal behavior (especially body-movement patterns), have been noted to be distinct in young adults with ASD. Tapping a sample of college-students with ASD (demonstrating High Functioning Autism—ASD) will allow for direct comparison with a matched sample of similarly aged college students considered neurotypical. The literature indicates that access to abstraction and affect are both restricted in individuals with ASD, and that this would be true in accessing episodic memory as well as in generating imagination. Literature also indicates the key role stress (especially manifested as social anxiety) plays in accentuating ASD symptomatology. Story-telling involves awareness of emotions, as well as other nonverbal aspects of a situation. One portal into narrative is the WRAD (Bucci & Maskit, 2009), providing measurement of the construct 'Referential Activity.' [“Referential activity is a bidirectional linking process by which nonverbal experience, including imagery and emotional experience, is connected to words, in a speaker's expression and in listeners connecting back to their own inner experience.”] Verbal expression of experiences or imaginative stories involves mentalization, selection of salient features and perspective taking, which are abilities typically found to be impaired in individuals with ASD. This study will examine the relationships among key variables, including social perception, self-expression and narrative formation in telling personal memories and making up stories about pictures. Incorporated lines of research will examine the interrelationship among social cognition, narrative content, referential activity in narrative, nonverbal prosodics (speech rhythms), nonverbal body movement (Kestenberg Movement Profile—KMP), diagnosis (ASD or not), stress (physiologically measured) and anxiety (paper-and-pencil measured). Outcomes of this study will shed light on emotional processing and consequently have implications for therapeutic interventions employed with this population

Sossin, K. & , . (2016, August). Practicum in Advanced Movement Studies.
Joint effort of Drexel University and Pace University $0.00 . Funded,Dr. Sossin oversees training of Creative Arts PhD Candidate from Drexel University in Movement Docing methodologies> The Mind, Movement, Interaction and Development Research Group (MMID-RG), established by K. Mark Sossin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Pace University in New York, is a research laboratory that primarily focuses on the study nonverbal behavior, emotional development, parent-infant/toddler and child interaction, and developmental processes related to intersubjectivity, social-cognition, and mentalization.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • holocaustchildren.org/ [Internet]
  • http://www.kestenbergmovementprofile.org/ [Internet]
  • Slate.com [Internet], December 12 2011
    My Little Haggler Episode 9 of Slate's Negotiation Academy on negotiating with children. By Jill Barshay and Seth Stevenson http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/negotiation/2011/12/slate_s_negotiation_academy_episode_9_negotiating_with_kids.html
  • USA Today [Newspaper], August 7 2011
    • After 9/11, USA was more resilient than experts expected. By Sharon Jayson
  • Parents Magazine [Magazine], August 2010
    “How to Decode Your Kid's Body Language.” By Robin Westen. Also reprinted in Parents.com

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Dance/Movement Therapy Association (Associate)
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Early Childhood & Infant Psychologists [Former President]
  • Child Development Research [Board of Directors]
  • ContemporaryFreudian Society [Training Analyst/Faculty]
  • International Psychoanalytical Association
  • World Association for Infant Mental Health
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