Doctoral Student Spotlights

Charles (Chuck) Schaeffer

Counseling Psychology

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The faculty were so diverse in thier work and research and the mission of understanding psychology from culture in context spoke directly to my understanding of how people live and flourish. It also doesnt hurt to be living and working in the heart of the one of the cultural epicenters of the world.
My academic passion is:
Understanding how culture infuses everything we do from work, to relationships, and even food.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Be writing books and helping people live happier, healthier lives.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Being immersed in the independent music and film scene
A hobby I have is:
Biking wherever the city will take me.
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Think! I defy you to find a better iced coffee.
Focus of my research of scholarship:
How identity is informed by the work we do whether paid for in an office setting or in the myriad of ways people conduct unpaid caring work.
I'm interested in this topic because:
My parents, family, and mentors deserve credit and recognition for all the care work they put into me.
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Working in a men's shelter in East Harlem
Research or scholar I most admire:
Einstein who understood scientific understandings were never enough
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Tie: Dr. Mattis and Dr. Richardson
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
Manifestations of Altruism in Low Income Neighborhoods
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
Counseling as a Mitzvah: Understanding Orthodox Jews in Counseling
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Dr. Aber's Seminar on Theories of Change

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Northern New Jersey and Yonkers, NY
Career Goals:
Psychotherapist, Researcher, and Educator
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
-Zlatchin Award for service to underserved communities -Pi Lamda Theta Leadership Award -Founder's Award at NYU Undergrad -Psi Chi Member -Latin Honors Magna Cum Laude NYU
Other professional or service activities:
-Formerly worked as a High School Guidance Counselor for the NYC-DOE -Big Brother's Program -Mitzvah Corps of New York and New Jersey