About Us


Matt Dykas. SUNY Oswego 10/06/2016

Dr. Matthew J. Dykas (Director) is 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.


Rebecca Sawler (Co-Director, SOAR Project) is a junior at SUNY Oswego studying Psychology. She is from the Watertown, New York area and aspires to earn a Ph.D. in psychology. Rebecca manages the SOAR project and supervises all student prevention specialists.