About The Sitt Down
We strive to bring awareness about technology, mindfulness and positive psychology.
The Sitt Down Team
Dr. David Sitt
A licensed clinical
psychologist teaching and practicing in New York City. He serves as the
Deputy Chair of the Dept. of Psychology at Baruch College (CUNY), where
he has taught for over 10 years. Dr. Sitt conducts grant-funded
research exploring the impact of technology on interpersonal
communication, social engagement, and emotional wellbeing. As a teacher,
Dr. Sitt transforms 400-student jumbo lectures into intimate classroom
experiences where the students in the last row participate as if they
were in the first. Dr. Sitt's passion for teaching has led to him being
ranked #8 in the country on RateMyProfessor.com, among other accolades.
In addition to lecturing, David spreads the tenets of Positive Psychology and mindfulness through various multimedia outlets. TheSittDown.com broadcast and blog integrates culture, research, expert interviews, and personable discussion to highlight edgy trends in positive psychology. Another of David's initiatives, Dance.Love.Now!, is a city wide campaign to spread good will and wellbeing through the streets of NYC via dance flash-mobs. DLN is managed by Psychology in Motion, Dr. Sitt's student organization at Baruch College that inspires others to call upon their strengths and passion to spread positivity to the community at large.
In his NYC-based clinical practice, Dr. Sitt specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. Dr. Sitt uses a strength based approach consistent with positive psychology and is certified in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). David's therapeutic style captures cutting edge techniques used in CBT, Psychodynamic, and Phenomenological orientations.
Dr. Sitt is the founder of The Mindful Consulting Group, which enables him to use his expertise to help others outside the academic sphere. The Mindful Consulting Group has worked with clients such as Stamford Hospital, Naked, McGraw Hill, Research Insight Group, and The Howard Stern Show.
Finally, Dr. Sitt is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and teaches at HariNYC and various locations in Manhattan.
Eunjung Lee-Furman is the Lab Manager of a Human Behavior and Environmental Sustainability Lab in the Department of Psychology of Baruch College, City University of New York. She is also an adjunct lecturer of Introduction to Psychology at Baruch College. Her interests focus specifically on attitudes and behaviors regarding waste reduction, composting and urban gardening. She was responsible for the initiation of a program introducing composting to incoming first year students at Baruch.
Olga Smirichinskaya is graduating Baruch College (CUNY) with her BA in Psychology in Fall 2013 with the hopes of furthering her education and getting a PhD in I/O Psychology. Olga has worked along side Dr. Sitt for a couple of years. As Vice President of Psychology in Motion, a club started by Dr. Sitt at Baruch, she also works on various projects on The Sitt Down.
Sara Dowd is graduating from Baruch College in May 2013 with a BA in psychology and English literature. She is a Teacher’s Assistant for Dr. Sitt’s Introduction to Psychology course and a senior lab member of a Human Behavior and Environmental Sustainability research lab. She is also writing her honors thesis on the relationship between self-construals and self-efficacy and will be working on other research projects relating to self-efficacy next year. An active student on campus, Sara has been the president of an honors society, served on the Undergraduate Student Government, and written for The Ticker during her time at Baruch.
Isaac Setton graduated from Baruch College in January of 2013 as a psychology major. He will continue to pursue a career in psychology by attending Yeshiva University's Masters in Mental Health Counseling program starting in the Fall of 2013. Starting from his freshman year he has been involved in many of Dr. Sitt's projects including being Treasurer of Baruch's Psychology in Motion club. Dr. Sitt's request to Isaac to join The Sitt Down team was one that he could not turn down. Isaac's drive and passion for psychology has made him a valuable asset to The Sitt Down.
Rachel Jespersen is graduating from Baruch College in May 2013 with a BA in psychology. In September she will begin a Master's in social work at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, with the hopes of becoming a school social worker. Her research interests include environmentally sustainable behavior and novel interventions for students with social and learning difficulties. She is currently conducting National Science Foundation funded research on the role of message framing in sustainable decision making, as well as writing an undergraduate honors thesis on classroom interventions for students with ADHD. Rachel also works as a research coordinator in the CBT for psychosis program at Weill-Cornell Medical College.
Sophie Chen is graduating from Baruch College in May 2013 with a BA in psychology. Last year, she conducted research in Dr. Scherbaum’s Industrial Organizational Lab as a part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates Program funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research focused on the construct validity and adverse impact of a nontraditional cognitive ability test. In the Fall, she will begin a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Science. She is interested in researching and promoting mental health among college students, with an emphasis on immigrants or those with English as their second language.
Zhoudi Tang graduated Baruch College in September 2012 and started to work on his Masters in Taxation at Baruch in January 2013. He primarily works on the Podcast aspect of The Sitt Down for the show as well as maintaining the website. His primary interest is in startups as he owned a baked good company himself and will take the opportunity to work on other projects that he sees potential in.