AURORA, IL, January 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Jean M. Alberti, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Alberti celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Having accrued almost 40 years ' experience in psychology, Dr. Alberti has become an authority in her field after founding her own clinic, Alberti Psychological Services, in 1981. At the State University of New York at Buffalo, she rose from a graduate research assistant, 1965-1968, to Director of the University Research Office, 1968-1972, while completing her PhD in Educational Psychology. She planned to "teach the teachers how to teach." Upon graduation, however, her career took a detour, first into Medical Education, "teaching physicians and allied health professionals how to teach" more effectively. She started as Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, in 1972. She became Associate Professor of Medical Education at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1975, then Department Chair, before leaving in 1980. Dr. Alberti took another detour into Health Education, serving as Director of Evaluation for two NIH grants: at the Chicago Heart Association, 1981-1984, and then at the Northwestern University Medical School's Multipurpose Arthritis Center, 1984-1988. During her years in Medical Education, she was a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, reviewing grants of the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the Arthritis, Metabolism and Digestive Diseases Institute, 1976-1984. She co-authored eight (8) manuscripts and six (6) abstracts published in eight (8) professional journals, 1977-1986. She was a presenter of 23 topics at 16 professional association meetings, 1970-1988.
Prior to becoming an esteemed psychologist, Dr. Alberti started her career, like many women in her generation, as a teacher, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from D'Youville College in 1957. She earned a Masters' in Education from the University of Buffalo in 1962 and the PhD from SUNY/Buffalo in 1970.
Her philosophy has been to "turn a problem into an opportunity," so, in 1980, when she realized she missed the active, "teaching" role, she returned to school to get the counseling/clinical education needed to become a licensed cognitive therapist. Cognitive therapy combined her interest in psychology with her training, experience and orientation toward education. She received a Masters' in Counseling Psychology from George Williams College of Aurora University in 1984. The motto of Alberti Psychological Services is, "Change your thinking. Change your life." It also is the method by which she has counseled individuals, couples and groups for depression, anxiety, marital or parenting issues as well as other problems. She characterizes her work as "doing as much teaching and coaching as counseling". Her clients like her no-nonsense, direct, instructive approach. It enables them to achieve the goals they set at the outset of counseling more quickly than they would with other approaches to counseling. During this part of her career, she has been a presenter on 26 psychological topics to 38 community groups.
Outside of her professional responsibilities, Dr. Alberti remains informed of the changes and advancements in her fields of psychology and education through her Life Memberships in the American Psychological Association and in Pi Lambda Theta, the International Honor Society in Education. Her leadership skills were honed early in her career through her involvement in Pi Lambda Theta, rising from Chapter Delegate in 1963 to International Vice President, 1969-1973, to International First Vice President, 1973-1977, to International President, 1977-1981. A few years ago, the then-current Executive Director of PLT, having analyzed current and previous statistics, informed Dr. Alberti that membership in the Association had been at its all-time peak, about 17,000 members, during her Presidency.
By far, however, the proudest moment in Dr. Alberti's illustrious career was the opening of the eponymous Dr. Jean M. Alberti Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education in 2010 ( http://ed.buffalo.edu/alberti.html ). Its evolution began with the 1999 Columbine CO high school massacre. The two (2) student perpetrators had been victims of bullying. For some time, as a result of her on-going involvement in both education and psychology, Dr. Alberti had been disturbed by, and disagreed with, educators' dismissal of bullying as "normal child development." Her teaching experience, graduate education in child development and in the psychology of learning did not support that conclusion. In preparation for a 2001 presentation, "Three Steps to Ending School Violence," at Pi Lambda Theta's Biennial Conference, Dr Alberti drew her "bullying tree" diagram, illustrating the "roots" of bullying: in the individual's personality, in family experiences, in the community and in the culture. It also shows the "branches" of the tree: lifelong consequences and the sequelae of bullying for the victim and for the bully, as well as for the family of the bully (i.e., creating another generation of bullies, as well as child/spousal/elder abuse), for the workplace of the bully and for the culture. The latest research documents that school violence is the consequence when the bullying victim(s) acts out the learned/modeled behavior, venting pent-up grievance(s).
As a result of her experience counseling some adult clients who had been victims of bullying in childhood and/or adolescence, and others who had been victims of physical or emotional abuse, Dr Alberti realized that behavioral descriptors of physical bullying and cyberbullying were exactly the same as adult behaviors punished by law as physical abuse and/or emotional abuse of children or adults. This led her to coin the term "bullying abuse" to convey that "bullying" is "abuse" and to create the slogan, "Bullying is child abuse by children" to convey that children are learning to abuse when their bullying goes unpunished.
In support of this worthy endeavor, Dr Alberti created an endowment for the Alberti Center to provide ongoing support for the laudable work taking place there. She regards it as her personal and professional legacy to future generations to help solve the growing problems of bullying and school violence in American society. Dr. Alberti also plans to financially assist in the funding of scholarships for women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM]. It is through this that she aspires to realize her goals of promoting the achievements of women and to help them reach the same heights as their male colleagues.
Due to her many achievements, Dr Alberti has received awards and accolades commensurate with a career defined by excellence. In addition to being acknowledged as an Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1965, and as a Woman of Leadership by the then-mayor of Chicago in 1978, she gained further recognition as a Woman of Achievement through Women in Management in 1983 and a Distinguished Pi Lambda Thetan in 1991. She earned the Scepter & Key Award for outstanding leadership from Pi Lambda Theta in 2003, the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010 and the Dean's Service Award in 2013 from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education. Dr Alberti has been featured in several editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in the Midwest as well as being listed in the International Dictionary of Distinguished Leadership.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Alberti has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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