Graduate School : Psychology
Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families

Alfred University Lea Powell Institute The Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families is an organizing entity for the research, training, and service missions of the Division of Counseling and School Psychology. The Powell Institute was founded in 1994 with a grant provided by Mrs. Lea Rood Powell. Mrs. Powell and her husband, Arthur L. Powell, Chairman of the Alfred University Board of Trustees (1989-1995), have been dedicated and generous supporters of multiple Alfred University campus projects. A permanent location for the Institute was established in 2002, by building an addition to the Child and Family Services Center (CFSC). This expanded facility houses office space for the Institute Director, the endowed Powell Chair in Psychology and Schooling, the Director of the CFSC, and research and program operation facilities for Institute grant projects. It also includes the Welter Library, a resource library of therapeutic and reference materials for school psychology faculty, students, and area professionals. The Institute also provides a setting for division seminars, classes, and graduate student research and study.

The mission of the Lea R. Powell Institute is to support and expand the Alfred University Division of Counseling and School Psychology's programs and activities that effect positive change in the lives of children and families. As a means to this end, the Institute provides support for the Child and Family Services Center, seeks and administers grants that provide external funding for the research and training activities of the division, and provides opportunities for the continuing professional development of students, faculty members, and area school and mental health professionals. These activities are conducted through the Institute components described below.

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The Child and Family Services Center (CFSC)
The Child and Family Services Center is a community mental health clinic on the Alfred University campus. The CFSC is located in an historic building that was formerly the Pi Alpha Pi sorority house. It is attached to the newer wing of the Powell Institute. As a training clinic for our advanced graduate students, the CFSC provides assessment and intervention services to individuals, families, and schools in the communities surrounding Alfred.

Services for clients
We offer counseling to adults, children, and adolescents. This includes individual, family, and group therapy. For young children, we offer play therapy. We meet with parents to help them learn ways to help their children be more successful. When appropriate, we consult at children's schools. We also complete psycho-educational assessments with children, adolescents, and college students. Learn more about our services.

Learn more about the Child and Family Services Center.

Training for students
All second year students in the School Psychology programs and the Mental Health Track of the Counseling program complete a two-semester training experience at the Child and Family Services Center. These advanced graduate students work at the CFSC for one afternoon and evening per week. Students may provide counseling, family therapy, play therapy, group counseling, consultation, and assessment services to individuals and families living in the underserved rural communities surrounding Alfred.

The CFSC is a place where our graduate students apply a wide range of clinical skills with individuals and families who are experiencing problems. It offers supportive supervision to our students in a small-group setting. Students engage in collaborative problem-solving with their peers and faculty supervisor. This serves as a unique integrative learning experience that has proven to be invaluable to our students and the surrounding community.

The CFSC contains 10 consultation rooms with state-of the-art digital recording/observation capabilities. All treatment rooms are equipped with microphones and video cameras that are wired to a control room with monitors on which faculty supervisors and students can observe counseling sessions in real time. Live supervision utilizes wireless netbook communication or a telephone intercom system between the faculty supervisor and student.

The CFSC is located a 6 Sayles Street, Alfred, NY. For more information about the CFSC, contact Dr. Jana Atlas, Director, at 607.871.2229 or Email.


Powell Development Program
The Powell Development Program coordinates research and external funding initiatives to support the research of faculty and training of students in the Division of Counseling and School Psychology. Through the development program, the Institute actively seeks grants to support student training, faculty and student research, and school and agency programs that benefit children and families in our community. Federal, state, and private grant funded programs and activities are administered and managed through the Development Program.

The Institute also provides research grants to individuals conducting research related to the problems of children and families through the Development program. Grants are awarded to Alfred University doctoral students engaged in applied research and practicing school and mental health professionals interested in conducting field research. Information pertaining to grant application procedures can be obtained through the director of the Institute.

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Institute Partnerships
Advanced training for rural school and mental health professionals is provided through Institute partnerships with other universities and community based agencies. The Institute is a training partner with the Family Service Society, which sponsors continuing professional development workshops for area school and mental health professionals. This partnership allows the Institute to provide free admittance to the workshops for students and Division of Counseling and School Psychology field placement supervisors. The Institute also provides the setting for specialized training workshops offered by community agencies and other universities.

For more information about the Powell Institute, contact Dr. Ellen Faherty, Director, at 607.871.2793 or Email.


General Information

Application requirements

Faculty profiles

Financial information

Graduate success

Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families

About MA/CAS

Master of Arts/Certificate of Advanced Study (MA/CAS) Overview

Course sequence

Field experience

Mission and goals

Master's/CAS Handbook 2015

About Psy.D.

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (Psy.D.) Overview


Course sequence

Field experience

Research experience

Student admission, outcomes, and other data

Mission and goals

Doctoral Handbook 2015


Admissions Coordinator
Jana Atlas, Ph.D.
Professor of School Psychology
Ph: 607.871.2212

Internship Coordinator
Stacy Bender, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of School Psychology
Ph: 607.871.2212

Program Director
Cris Lauback, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of School Psychology
Ph: 607.871.2212

Graduate Admissions
Alfred University
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Ph: 607.871.2115
Ph: 800.541.9229
Fx: 607.871.2198