|Dr. Matthew J. Dykas (Director) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at SUNY Oswego. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Maryland and completed a National Institutes of Mental Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship in family violence and child maltreatment. He has published research on attachment/caregiving processes in prestigious journals (e.g., Child Development) and edited books (e.g., Human Bonding: The Science of Affectional Ties). To learn more about Dr. Dykas’ work, see his Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles.
|Jessica Westberry (Assistant Director, COS Project) is the chief liaison between Prevention Support Partners and agencies conducting (or seeking to conduct) COS groups throughout Oswego County and CNY. Jessica, a life-long resident of the Oswego area, earned her Associate’s Degree from Cayuga Community College and was a head preschool teacher for 7 years at the Oswego Children’s Center. More recently, Jessica was a Youth and Families Come First (YFCF) Program Skill-Builder at Hillside Family of Agencies and is now the Outreach and Prevention Advocate at the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County. Jessica is a graduate of Leadership Oswego County, a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and regularly attends family services trainings and conferences each year.|
|Lauren Berberich (Co-Director, SOAR Project) is a junior at SUNY Oswego studying Human Development with a Communication minor. She is from Lake Grove, New York and aspires to earn a Master’s Degree in School Psychology and become an elementary-school psychologist. Lauren manages the SOAR project and supervises all student prevention specialists.|