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November 13th, 2009

Orange AHRC Appoints Director of Psychology

Allen L. Hershman, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Newburgh-  Allen L. Hershman, Ph.D., Psy.D., has been named Director of Psychology for Orange AHRC, a leading service provider for people with developmental disabilities in Orange County.  Dr. Hershman will coordinate psychological services for the 2,000 children and adults participating in the non-profit agency’s residential, education, and day programs every year.


Dr. Hershman has a long history of service in the field of developmental disabilities as an educator, clinician and program administrator.  He maintains a clinical practice in Orange County at the Center for Stress Reduction in Goshen, and serves as Officer In Command of the 244th Medical Clinic located in Cortlandt Manor. The 244th Medical Clinic provides pre and post deployment medical support to units departing and returning from the Middle East. He also consults with the State of Florida on mental health reintegration for soldiers and families.


He coordinated Orange County’s Project Liberty, the program that provided mental health support to thousands of New Yorkers suffering from the impact of 9-11-01.  Orange County Commissioner of Mental Health Chris Ashman funded the program with grants from the NYS Office of Mental Health and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Dr. (now Colonel) Hershman led the first Army Mental Health/Medical Units into the World Trade Center site on the morning of 9-11 and continued to serve onsite until February 2002.


A retired special educator, Dr. Hershman’s career included serving as a teacher, school psychologist, building and district administrator, and borough supervisor for special education in the metropolitan and suburban New York regions.


He is a licensed psychologist in New York State and New Jersey, holds 10 NYS Education Department certifications, holds doctoral degrees in both education and psychology from Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center.  He is also a graduate of the School of Aviation Medicine, Aero-Medical Psychology Program of the United States Army.


A Monroe resident, Dr. Hershman is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Army Aviation Association.

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