Who's behind Get Psych'D?

The MA Excellence Fees Program newsletter is the result of an ongoing effort to design a platform for students enrolled in various psychology graduate-level programs across John Jay to connect online by sharing their thoughts on courses and topics of academic interest or research so as to help fine-tune their writing skills by publishing submissions.

The blog is updated on a bi-monthly basis with contributions from graduate students and staff from the department as well as with regular columns.

Jessica Pomerantz is a third year student in the Forensic Mental Health Master's Program. Currently, Jessica is a college assistant for Dr. Wulach and the FMHC program, as well as Dr. Raghavan and the newly developed Victim Services track. She moved to New York City in 2015 to pursue her master's degree at John Jay from Florida. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in forensic studies. Jessica's research interests include sexual abuse within domestic violence and sex trafficking victims. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her education towards a Ph.D., as well as gain experience through clinical work. In her free time, Jessica enjoys being outside, kickboxing, and playing with any puppy she sees. She is  very excited to be working with Get Psych'd and join the team!



Kelisha Layne, Assistant Director of MA Program Administration for the Department of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY, created MA Excellence Fees Blog Newsletter, GET PSYCH'D in December 2016. With the intent to utilize the blog and other available resources to increase student services and academic support, she demonstrates how innovation can enhance the student's educational experience. Passionate about the overall advancement of all Psychology MA programs at John Jay and its students, Kelisha has been persistent in the shared effort to elevate existing programs, initiatives and administrative processes to make progress and meet program goals. She hopes that her hard work is a valued contribution to the students served, faculty and fellow staff members. She is currently pursuing her MPA. 

Past Staff Writers

Lily Alpers

Prakruti Koratagere

Lydia Woods

Courtney Brasee is a second year student in the Forensic Psychology Master's Program. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she attended The University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergrad before moving to New York City to attend John Jay. Her research interests include memory, specifically eyewitness memory and misinformation. She is also interested in clinical work involving trauma, specifically children that experience trauma. She loves anything related to psychology, and especially enjoys analyzing psychological concepts in movies and TV. She is excited to keep all of the students up to date through Get Psych'd!