Vita

Academic History

 

Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Psychotherapy
New York, New York
Post Graduate Certificate
Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy

 

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Doctor of Education, Ed.D.
Department of School Psychology

 

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of Education, M.Ed.
Department of Counseling and Guidance

 

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, B.A.
Major: Psychology
Minor: Mathematics Education

 

 

Certifications and Licenses

 

Licensed Psychologist
Pennsylvania

 

Certificate in Rational Emotive Therapy
Institute for Advanced Study in Rational Emotive Therapy
New York, New York

 

Certified Supervisor of School Psychological Services
Pennsylvania

 

Certified School Psychologist
Pennsylvania

 

 

Professional Activities

 

Current

Private Practice

25 East State Street, Suite 205
Doylestown, PA 18901

215-345-8603

Dr. Karafin provides outpatient, psychological services from 1982 to present. Services specialize in cognitive behavtoral therapies and the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, cognitive disorders, marriage and family issues, psychological and psychoeducational testing, parent counseling, stress management, group therapy, couples counseling, and family counseling. Populations treated include children, adolescents and adults. The office is a member of provider panels for most insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tricare, Physicians Private Health Care Systems, Value Options, United Health Care, Magellan, Personal Choice, Keystone Health Plan East, Mental Health Consultants, and United Behavioral Health.

 

Doylestown Hospital

Doylestown, PA 18901

Dr. Karafin is a Specified Professional with the Doylestown Hospital since 1995.

 

Bensalem Township School District

Bensalem, PA 19020

Dr. Karafin provides school psychological services to the Bensalem Township School District since 1989. Currently conduct psychoeducational assessments for students, and consult with parents, staff, and multidisciplinary teams regarding positive mental health practices and educational supports.

 

Past

Licensed and School Certified Psychologist Consultant for various agencies and school districts in Montgomery and Bucks Counties, Pennsylvania, including:

    • Pennsbury School District
    • Upper Dublin School District
    • INVO Health Care, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
    • Woods Services and Schools, Langhorne, Pennsylvania
    • Archdiocese of Philadelphia

 

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Adjunct Instructor. Dr. Karafin taught graduate level course in Interaction Analysis in the Graduate School Department of School psychology Program.

 

Vanguard Schools
Paoli, Pennsylvania

Certified School Psychologist for approved private school specializing in neurologically impaired, seriously emotionally disturbed, and autistic children and adolescents.

 

Woods Services
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Served a full-time Clinical Doctoral Internship for a residential and day facility for developmentally disabled, phvsicallv handicapped, and emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children and adults.

 

Research for Better Schools, Inc.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Assistant for the federally funded research agency. Duties included editing and coauthoring documents for publication and preparing literature reviews and analyses. Dr. Karafin was Assistant Editor for the Classroom Interaction Newsletter.

 

 

Publications and Articles

 

    • Boyer, E.G., Simon, A., and Karafin, G.R. Measures of Maturation. Philadelphia: Research for Better Schools, Inc., 1973.
    • Karafin, G.R. Act 48 Credits Are Required. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, November 2002, 26.
    • Karafin, G.R. Contemporary Issues and Learning Disability, Part I. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, May 2004, 26-27.
    • Karafin, G.R. and Hiralall, A. Contemporary Issues and Learning Disability, Part II. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, August 2004, 26-27.
    • Karafin, G.R. Mangled Care: A Bit of Humor, But Maybe NOT. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, November 2004,5 and 1S.
    • Karafin, G.R. and Hiralall, A. Contemporary Issues and Learning Disability, Part II. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly ,November 2004, 22-23.
    • Karafin, G.R. So You Want To Start A Practice: Advice to School Psychologists. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, February 2005, 22-23.
    • Karafin, G.R. Making School Psychology a Household Word. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, August 2006, 22.
    • Karafin, G.R. Numbers, Numbers, Numbers: The New National Provider Identifier Number (NPI).The Pennsylvania Psychologist Update, January 2007, 8.
    • Karafin, G.R. Advocacy and School Psychology. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, September 2007, 22.
    • Karafin, G.R. The APA Model Licensure Act Revision: Past, Present, and Future. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, March 2008, 25-26.
    • Karafin, G.R. The APA Model licensure Act (MLA) Revision. Update. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, December 2008, 25, 27.
    • Karafin, G.R. Report-Writing in School Psychology. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, March 2009, 24-25.
    • Karafin, G.R. Graduation Competency Assessments: Keystone Exams. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, September 2009, 22-23.
    • Karafin, G.R. Education in India. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, November 2010, 22-23.
    • Karafin, G.R. School Psychology Perspective: Children with Cancer. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, December 2012, 23-24.
    • Karafin, G.R. Teen Sleep Issues and School Start Times, Part I. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, June 2013.
    • Karafin, G.R. Teen Sleep Issues and School Start Times, Part II. The Pennsylvania Psychologist Quarterly, September, 2013 (in press).

 

 

Workshops and Presentations

 

    • November 2005, Bensalem Township School District. Parent Workshop on "Homework," with Donna Nice, M.Ed.
    • March 2006, Bensalem Township School District. Parent Workshop on "Adolescent Issues," with Donna Nice, M.Ed. and Lynne Fiorello, M.Ed.
    • December 2006, Bensalem Township School District. Clinical Workshop on "Suicide: Statistics, Theories, Risk Assessment and Treatment."
    • February 2010. Presentation for Woman's group of Beth Or, on "Understanding Winter Blahs."
    • April 2008, Bensalem Township School District. Clinical Workshop on Identifying Specific Learning Disabilities Using the Response to Intervention Model.
    • September and November 2010, Bensalem Township School District. "ADHD," Workshops for Teachers.
    • September 2011, Bensalem Township School District. Workshop on "Suicide: Statistics, Theories, Risk Assessment and Treatment." Workshop presented for Counselors, Nurses, and Social Workers, with Diane Barrett, Ph.D.
    • May 2012, Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. Panel Presentation on "Bullying and Cyberbullying." Workshop presented for psychologists with Claudio Cerullo, Ph.D., and Kaila Dickstein, Psy.D.
    • June 2012, Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Public Workshops. Presentation on "Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Sleep Hygiene."
    • February 2013, Bensalem Township School District. Workshop on "Researched-Based Programs for Affective Education. Workshop presented for the school psychologists with Diane Barrett, Ph.D., and Sarah Shipley, PhD.
    • April 2013, Bensalem Township School District. Workshop on "Raising Children in the Digital Age." Workshop presented for the community with. Jennifer McKeever, Ph.D. and Sarah Shipley, Ph.D.

 

 

Memberships

 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) - Fellow

 

    • Elected Chair of the School Psychology Board, 2007 – 2011
    • Member of the General Assembly and Executive Committee
    • Member of the Board of Directors, 2007-2011
    • Member of the Insurance Committee and the Convention Committee
    • Board Liaison for PPA Graduate Student (PPAGS) Committee, 2007-2011, 2012-Present
    • Past Chair of the Outreach Committee for the School Psychology Board
    • Past Chair of the Members' Benefits Committee
    • Elected Secretary to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2012-2014

 

Philadelphia Society of Psychologists (PSCP) - Fellow

 

    • Secretary/Treasurer for the Human Services Committee Board
    • PSCP Liaison for Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
    • Past Co-Chair for the Speakers' Bureau Committee

 

Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP)

 

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

 

American Psychological Association (APA) - Fellow

 

    • Member of Division 16 - School Psychology Board

 

 

Awards

 

Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists
Milestone Member Award
January 2006

 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association
School Psychology Board Chair, 2007-2011
June 2011

 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Award for Distinguished Contributions to School Psychology
June 2012

 

 

Other

 

Dr. Karafin is cited in various Who's Who publications from 1979 to present.

 

Hideaway Hills Civic Association
Ambler, Pennsylvania
Past President

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Support Group for Separation/Divorce
Invited speaker/group leader annually for monthly support group

 

BCASC Autism Conference
Participated on the committee for proposal review for the 2010 Autism Conference, December 2009.