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Spring 2012

New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools Hosts Annual Coach Network Event

PBSIS Coach Event 2012

Each spring, New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJPBSIS) hosts an annual Coach Network Event for schools implementing School-wide Positive Behavior Support. This year’s event was held on May 23, 2012 and welcomed 110 school personnel from 53 schools. The day’s highlights included a gallery walk of 11 showcase schools demonstrating innovative and exemplary implementation and a discussion panel featuring a parent, students, a building principal, a school counselor, and a special education teacher.

Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) is a project of The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in collaboration with the NJ Department of Education, Office of Special Education. For more information about NJPBSIS, visit

Kathy Roberson Honored with Elizabeth Boggs Family Advocate Award by the
NJ Council on Developmental DisabilitiesKathy Roberson

Kathy Roberson was recently honored with the Elizabeth Boggs Family Member Advocate Award by the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities. The award honors a family member of an individual with a developmental disability who has shown outstanding advocacy efforts in the area of developmental disabilities. The award was presented at the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities Community Building Awards Luncheon on April 18, 2012.

Kathy is Policy and Information Coordinator at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has been an active member of numerous committees and task forces throughout New Jersey, including currently serving as president of the Family Support Coalition and chair of the State Special Education Advisory Committee, and is strongly committed to ensuring that families help shape the policies that most effect their lives.

Clinical Pastoral Education Program Students Graduate

CPE Graduation

Five students graduated from the 2011-2012 Clinical Pastoral Education Program, directed by Rev. Bill Gaventa, MDiv, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Community and Congregational Supports. The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is a training program initiated by The Boggs Center in collaboration with community agencies in New Jersey.

This year’s students included: Wesley R. Allen, Bidossessi Aguessy, Jeanie Manson, Annie M. Martin, and Assenka Oksiloff.



The Boggs Center Interdisciplinary and Project Focused Trainees Graduate

One student graduated from The Boggs Center's Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program. Shamika Boswell, a MSW student at Rutgers School of Social Work, completed her field education placement at The Boggs Center and was supervised by Kathy Roberson, MSW, Policy and Information Coordinator.

A student from UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions, Gwendolyn Roberts, graduated from the Independent Project Focused Traineeship Program. Sindhu Shamasunder, a student at Rutgers University completed a Planning and Policy Internship at The Boggs Center last fall. Both students were mentored by Caroline Coffield, PhD, Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator at The Boggs Center.

The Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program is coordinated by Caroline Coffield, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator.


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