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Terri Kaye Needle

Terri Kaye Needle

Terri Kaye Needle

Professor, Psychology

Academic II, Room 2235


Terri Kaye Needle was appointed Professor of Psychology at RCC in September 2013. She had been a professional counselor in the Student Development Center since 1987 and has been a Professor since 2003. As Coordinator of Services to Adult Returning Student (STARS) from 1996 to 2013, she facilitated a support group for adult students to meet their unique needs and interests.

Before coming to RCC, Professor Needle held counselor positions at St. Dominic’s School in Blauvelt, NY, the Association for Retarded Children (ARC) in Suffern, NY, and Volunteer Counseling Services in New City, NY, and taught elementary school in the Bronx.


  • BA Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY, 1970
  • MS Guidance and Counseling, Lehman College, CUNY, 1973


  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 2007
  • Co-recipient, Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) Grant, U.S. Department of Education, PACT program (Preparing Adults for Careers in Teaching), 2001

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Board Chair, STARS (Services to Returning Adult Students)
  • Co-Chair, Enrollment Task Force for Returning Adults
  • Co-Chair, Women’s History Month Committee
  • Past President, Campus Fun and Learn Center Board of Directors
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Publications (Selected)

  • “Psychoethics: A Discipline Applying Psychology to Ethics,” Review of Business, Vo. 18, No. 3, 1997, pp. 30-34.
  • “Sexual Harassment: Indecent Proposal?,” Multicultural Readings in Business and Industry. Lecker, Martin J. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2002 (157-164).
  • “Returning Adult Students,” Self Assessment and Career Exploration, Rosen, Needle, Williams et al. Needham Heights: Simon and Schuster, 1999. (43-44).

Presentations (Selected)

  • “Stress Reduction for Nursing Students,” Student Nursing Association, Suffern, NY, 2006
  • “It’s Time for Change,” Rockland STOP-F.E.A.R./Delta Project, Dominican College/BOCES, Blauvelt, NY, 2006
  • “Training Program for Life Skills Facilitators,” RCC Faculty Development Workshop Series, 2005
  • “Rankism in the Professoriate: An Abuse of Power in Academe,” League for Innovation 2004, San Francisco, CA, 2004


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