Jan. 25, 2012 PTA Meeting: Health-Partnering with Your Adolescent

Our first PTA meeting in 2012 will feature a multidisciplinary panel of specialists in adolescent medicine, clinical psychology and health education.  Through individual presentations followed by a roundtable discussion, we will explore the risks and realities our sons and daughters face as they navigate early and middle adolescence, from those which are behavior-driven to body image and emotional struggles, with a focus on practical skills and strategies in parental communication, connection and support.  

Dr. Andrea Marks, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marks is a founder of AYAM, a clinical practice for adolescents. She has directed programs in adolescent medicine at North Shore University Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  She is the author of "Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent’s Complete Guide to Adolescent Health" (published by Simon & Schuster). Dr. Marks has been recognized for outstanding academic and clinical teaching by the Society for Adolescent Medicine and has served as the President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 2004-2005. 

Dr. Doris Pastore, M.D. received her medical degree at New York Medical College and completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical College. She has pursued studies with the Institute of Human Nutrition (obesity), All Kinds of Minds (learning disabilities) and the National Headache Foundation (migraines).  Dr Pastore served as the Director of School-based Health while at the Mount Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (1990-2007) and remains on faculty as a voluntary attending. Dr. Pastore has trained 20 fellows in adolescent medicine and served as an officer/board member of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine for six years.  She has been with AYAM since 2007.  

Alison Ferst, Clinical Psychology Consultant and Counselor, HCHS, and our first Clinical Psychology fellow, remains with the department, continuing to provide clinical support as well as substance abuse counseling, prevention and education services. Ms. Ferst is completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The City  College of New York, The CUNY Graduate Center. She is currently a pre-doctoral intern at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine on the adult inpatient unit. Prior to returning to school to train in Clinical Psychology, Alison worked for over 11 years with women, children and families living with HIV and AIDS at Gay Men's Health Crisis, and for 3 years as the Director of Institutional Relations at Children's Hope Foundation.

Emily Bowler, Health Teacher, HCHS, received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Amherst College in 2003 and a master’s degree in Health Education from Teachers College in 2008.  Ms. Bowler co-authored an article published in the Journal of Personal Relationships in 2007, and wrote the health education curriculum for an opening charter school.  At Hunter, Emily enjoys coaching and advising a number of clubs, including Peer Leadership and SHAPES, two student-led groups interested in promoting the health and well-being of Hunter students.  She regularly collaborates with health teacher Michelle Rushforth to renew the Health education curriculum.  

Michelle Rushforth, Health Teacher, HCHS, earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Family and Consumer Science for grades K-12 from Western Connecticut State University, and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Lehman College. Ms. Rushforth teaches Health education classes for 7th, 8th and 10th grade students at Hunter. In addition, she organizes the annual AIDS workshops, plans and implements the annual Health Fair, coaches the Varsity Bowling team, is a co-advisor for Peer Leadership, is an active member of the Metropolitan teen health center’s outreach program and participates in the Wellness Workshop Series. Ms. Rushforth also closely collaborates with Ms. Bowler in the constant renewal and revival of the Health education curriculum.