Lauren J. Tenney, MA, MPA
21 Graham Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305
Ph.D. program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New
Fieldwork: “Can You Dig It?” A participatory action research project based on
The Opal (1851-1860) - a “patient-edited” Journal published at the Utica State Lunatic Asylum.
Dissertation: To be determined.
Hunter College, City University of
New York, 2008. Master of Arts, Psychology.
Metropolitan College of New York, January 2000 - May 2003, Master of
Public Administration, May, 2003.
Thesis: The Choice thru Voice Project. A participatory action project edited
by the Statewide Youth Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Mental Health. Based on the Prime Directive
Journal, Draft Copy written by Laura Cisco and Lauren Tenney (1999 - 2000).
Audrey Cohen College The College for
Human Services, 1994 - 1997,
Bachelor in the Professional Studies of Human Services.
Creating a statewide advocacy organization for people often described as “mentally ill” by our society.
Provost Fellow, 2004- Present. Psychology Department. Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York.
Creating a User-Friendly Version of the Capabilities Framework.
Nathan Kline Institute, Office of Mental Health. Awarded May, 2008 to the Mental Health Empowerment Project.
College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Department of Psychology. 2005- Present, Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Psychology (10 sections completed,
2 sections, Fall 2008); Psychopathology (2 sections completed); History of Psychology (1 section completed) .
New York State Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Children
and Families, 2000 - 2003. Statewide Project Director.
New York State Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Recipient
Affairs, 1999 – 2000,
Recipient Affairs Specialist.
New York State Office of Mental Health, Consultant
to Janet Chassmen, Training Bureau. (October - December, 1998) Child Visiting Policy; GLBT research; Trauma Initiative.
Mental Health Empowerment Project, Consultant. (2008). NASHMPD Morbidity/Mortality
Report Focus Groups and Analysis with Isaac Brown.
Howie T. Harp Advocacy Training Center, Consultant. (2008).
Training on the history of the consumer and survivor movements; 5 week Thursday night series on Family Education.
Sky Light Center, 1998-1999, Unit Coordinator, Generalist.
Stage 2! Youth Empowerment, 1995 - 1997 Co-Founder,
Youth Empowerment Association! (YEA!) 1993 – 1994, Director; Peer Counselor.
Association! (YEA!) 1992 – 1993, Director of Public Relations; Peer Counselor.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL
May 2006, Youth Pioneer and Leader, Families Together in New York State.
October 2002, Support
of Consumer Initiatives, Mental Health Empowerment Project, New York.
1999, Stigma Eraser Award, Families Together
in New York State.
REFEREED PUBLICATIONS PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
M. & Tenney, L. (Eds.). (2008). Video Vision: Changing the culture of social science research. UK: Cambridge Scholars
Tenney, L. & MacCubbin, P. (2008). When no one was watching: Human subject protections and videotaping,
Take 1. In Downing, M. & Tenney, L. (Eds.). (2008). Video Vision: Changing the culture of social science research. UK:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp. 14-79).
REFEREED/PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES
Tenney, L. (2008). Psychiatric Slave No More: Parallels to a Black Liberation Psychology, Journal of Radical Psychology.
http://www.radicalpsychology.org/vol7-1/tenney2008.html. pp. 40.
Tenney, L. (2007). Field Note: Not to be
tabled: STOP forced “mental health treatment.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Feminist Press,
35 (3&4), 49-52.
Tenney, L. (2006). Who fancies to have a Revolution here? The Opal Revisited (1851-1860).
Journal of Radical Psychology, http://www.radicalpsychology.org/vol5/Tenney.html, Radical Psychology Network, Winter Volume
5, 8,060 words.
Tenney, L. (2000). It has to be about Choice, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56 (11), Wiley
and Sons, 1433- 1445.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
BOOKS, ARTICLES, AND PROCEEDINGS
Libman, K. Tenney, L. & Saegert, S. (2005). Good design alone can’t change
society. Progressive Planning, Planners Network, V 164,. Summer, 12-14.
Tenney, L., Statewide Youth Advisory
Council. (2001). Nothing About Them Without Them: Youth Empowerment Programs. OMH Quarterly, New York State Office of Mental
Cisco, L. Tenney, L, edited by the Statewide Youth Advisory
Council,(1999, 2000, 2003). My Prime Directive Journal Draft Copy. (Choice thru Voice Project, My Voice & My Private Voice).
New York State Office of Mental Health.
CREATIVE WORKS AND PERFORMANCES
Tenney, L. (2005). X.J. Storm’s Existential Trash. Indiana: Author House,
2005, pp. 175.
L. The Life and Times of Helen Teitel, (Mrs.) Helen Tenney.
Tenney, L. STOP State-Sponsored Torture: An historical
analysis of the effects of the treatment milieu on the indoor environments of psychiatric institutions in New York State.
Tenney, L. The Opal and its implications on public and private psychiatric policy and practice.
L. Applying Audrey Cohen's pedagogy in a CUNY classroom: Social Justice, Feminism, and Access to Education.
L. Unearthing an Erased History: “Patient” perspective from the 19th century and beyond.
L. Mad Annals: A chronological analysis of the Spaces and Places of the Lunatics’ Liberation Movement and its generations
Tenney, L. Evolve Already: a comparative meta-analysis across time concerning the systems of the Lunatics
Liberation Movement and its generations to follow. accepted for a poster session at the 2008 North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology
Society’s Annual Meeting.
Tenney, L. Privilege and Prejudice: Race, Class, and Gender in 19th Century Lunatic
PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION
What is one to do? Combating race-based discrimination in “mental health” services. September, 2007,
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
LECTURES AND PAPERS PRESENTED
Donnely, J., Orlando, S., Sanchez, D., Dech, E., & Tenney, L. (2008). Plenary Session: Youth Power! The Growing Force
of Young Leaders. Alternatives 2008, Buffalo, New York.
L. and Hazen, D. (October, 2008). Murder-By-Neglect: We the People Seizing Tragedy for Change. National Association for Rights
Protection and Advocacy, Austin, Texas.
Tenney, L. (August,
2008). (de)mythifying youth power. Youth Power! Youth Leadership Forum, New York State.
Tenney, L. (October, 2007). Applying Audrey Cohen’s pedagogy in a CUNY classroom: Social Justice, Feminism,
and Access to Education. Second Annual Feminist Pedagogy Conference: Graduate Center, CUNY. New York City.
Tenney, L. (September, 2007). Co-founder. Video Vision: A Conference for the Changing Culture of Social Science Research:
Graduate Center, CUNY. New York City.
& Baker, D. (July 14, 2007). The Opal Project . Choice in Mental Health Systems, Mind Freedom International Conference:
Dech, E., Orlando, S., Sanchez, D.,
& Tenney, L. (October, 2006). Empowering Young People and Increasing Youth Involvement. Taking Action for Independence:
Changing Systems, Changing Lives. New York Association on Independent Living: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (September 12, 2006). Saving Children Today from Psychiatric Abuse: Learning from History. Mind Freedom
Radio News Hour with David Oaks Progressive Radio Network Guest: Lauren Tenney.
Dech, E., Orlando, S., Sanchez, D., & Tenney, L. (May, 2006). Youth Track: Where have we been? Where are we going?
An overview of the youth movement; Youth Movement: Say What?!?; Make Your Voice Heard – It is Your Right! How to speak
up for yourself and others; Bringing it Back: How to start and run your own peer group. Families Together in New York State
Annual Conference: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (June
11, 2005). How the UDC Program Worked: Student Presentation (Campagna, G. Gieseking, J., Libman, K., Liu, D. &
Tenney, L.) Policy and Design for Housing: Lessons from the Urban Development Corporation 1968-1975: Graduate Center,
CUNY New York City.
Tenney, L. (2002). Opportunities
for Self-Determination. The Choice thru Voice Project. New York Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services 20th Annual
Conference: Kerhonkson, New York.
Tenney, L. (2000).
Making your way out of the system. Consumers Educating the Community: A conference emphasizing recovery and self-sufficiency:
Staten Island, New York.
Tenney, L. (2000). Keynote
Address: Stop and Think: The Lifelong Impact of Your Services on Children. New York State Office of Mental Health Statewide
Inpatient Education Forum: Orange County, New York.
L. (May 22, 2000). Plenary Address: Stop forced Treatment: A Vision for the future. New York State Case Management Coalition
4th Annual Conference: Albany, New York.
L. (May 18, 2000). The Youth Movement in New York State. Linking New Yorkers Through the Family Support Movement Conference
(Family Development Association of New York State): Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (October 27, 1999). Children’s Advocacy Advanced Advocacy Training (Mental Patients Liberation Alliance):
Utica, New York.
Tenney, L. (July, 1999). Plenary
Address: Stop Forced Treatment: Breaking down the stigma of the mental patient. Workshop: Children and Youth Initiatives.
New York State Case Management Coalition 3rd Annual Conference: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (July, 1999). Changing the Way We View Ourselves Center for Self Direction: Schenectady, New York.
Tenney, L. (June, 1999). Changing the Children’s
Mental Health System Our Time Has Come Conference (New York State Office of Mental Health): Kerhonkson, New York.
Tenney, L. (May 19, 1999). Plenary Discussant: Why we must meet the same standards as the mainstream: The dangers
of dumbing-down educational standards for children with a psychiatric diagnosis. New York State Office of Mental Health Statewide
Forum for Inpatient Education: Albany, New York.
L. (May, 1999). Life for Sale: As Is – Preventing Youth Suicide. Samaritans Hope Conference: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (May, 1999). How to work in partnership to bring youth perspective into the children’s system. Healing
Hearts Conference: Jamestown, New York.
(April, 1999). The effects of labels. Sienna College: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (April, 1999). Youth Empowerment Initiatives. Mental Health Association of New York State 5th Annual Community
Mental Health Promotion Training Conference: Albany, New York.
Tenney, L. (April
3, 1999). Kick-Off for the Children’s Trauma Committee. Mastering the Key Connection Conference (New York State Office
of Mental Health Trauma Initiative): Syracuse, New York.
L. (May 24, 1995). Suicide: The Undying Truth. Halting the Violence: Eleventh Annual Manhattan Child and Adolescent Services
Committee Conference: New York City.
Baez, K. &
Tenney, L. (March. 1995). Suicide: Success is the best revenge Peace Fest ’95: Anti-Violence Conference: Bronx, New
Tenney, L. (November, 1994). Plenary Address:
Why young people must be at the table. Community Support Programs, Center for Mental Health Services: Rockville, Maryland.
Tenney, L. (December 9, 1993). Issues of Substance
Abuse and Mental Illness. Alternatives to Court: New York City Department of Probation: Bronx: New York.
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Co-organized an international vigil and demonstration
through WE THE PEOPLE that was held in more than 10 locations around the globe on June 28, 2008 for Esmin Green who was murdered-by-neglect
at the Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Room. www.theopalproject.org/vigil.html for media coverage and details.
Alternatives Conference 2008 Advisory Committee, National Empowerment Center. (funded
by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
A National History Exhibit of the Movement
(2008) for SAMHSA, Advisory Board. National Organization of Consumer and Survivor Organizations.
Mental Patients Liberation Alliance. (July 2007 - October 2007); (July 2005 - September 2006).
Chair, Board of Directors.
Mental Patients Liberation Alliance. (September 2003 - September 2006); (July 2007 -
October 2007) Member, Board of Directors.
New York State Office of Mental Health Recipient Advisory Committee.
(1993 - Present) Regular attendee of open quarterly meetings.
Friends United to Understand Recipient Empowerment Views (F.U.T.U.R.E. Views) on Staten
Island, Member 2000 - Present.
Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York: Co-Coordinated Video Vision: A conference
for the changing culture of social science research with Martin Downing. September 10, 2007.
College of Staten
Island: Piloted the i:clicker, a personal response system, in two Introduction to Psychology classrooms, Fall 2007.
Coordinated a student-driven participatory evaluation and analysis published on the web: http://www.theopalproject.org/id12.html.
Ph.D. Program in Environmental Psychology: Celebrations Committee: Member, 2004- Present.
Practical: Multicultural, Environmental, and Dimensionalized Approach. Development of strong professional relationships
with people in all of the different roles and systems. Excellent with teenagers and young adults. Desk Top Publishing.
Graphic Design. Ability to make research accessible to non-academics. Excellent with people who predominantly speak a language
other than English (even though I am monolingual) and with people who have disabilities (perhaps because I have one). Personal
experience in children and adult psychiatric systems.
as a(n): Advocate, Activist, Community Organizer, Facilitator, Trainer, Mediator, Motivational Speaker, Change Agent, Community
Liaison, Public Speaker, College Professor, and Fundraiser.
Research Skills: Institutional Review Board Applications. Organizational Needs Assessments. Mixed Methods Research
Design. Focus Groups. Interview. Participant and Naturalistic Observations. Behavior Mapping. Mental Mapping. Archival and
Historical Work. Biography. Environmental Inventory. Qualitative Analysis. Atmosphere Assessment, SPSS (limited but working
on it). Literature Review. Video Research. Academic Writing. Participatory Action Research.