Leonard W. Tester, PhD, EdD

Title:Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Company: New York Institute of Technology
Location: New York, New York, United States

Leonard W. Tester, PhD, EdD, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at New York Institute of Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Backed by more than five decades of experience, Dr. Tester continues to thrive as a professor of behavioral sciences at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). His experience with the school began in 1971, when he joined the staff as an adjunct instructor of clinical counseling. After nine years, Dr. Tester was promoted to adjunct assistant professor, and he progressed steadily from there. His other positions include senior counselor, associate professor, and chairman. Outside of NYIT, he served as a lecturer of spirituality and psychology at the Church of the Good Shepherd and a consultant and graduate assistant at the Business School and Teachers College at Columbia University.

One of the highlights of Dr. Tester’s career was authoring “Trips without Drugs: A Psychologists Pathways to Ecstasy” in 2014. The book tells about six different groups that he worked with in depth. Dr. Tester also used his knowledge to be a reviewer for Sage Publications, to contribute articles to professional journals, and to present at workshops.

When Dr. Tester wasn’t working, he was helping out in his communities. He was a member of the board of directors for the South Dakota Arts Council, a member of the board of directors of the counseling center at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Great Neck, N.Y., and a member of the board of directors of the New York City College of Technology. Dr. Tester remains a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Dr. Tester prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Theology from Kansas City College in 1957, a Master of Arts from Abilene Christian College (now Albilene Christian University) in 1961, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from Harvard University in 1969. From Columbia University, he obtained a Master of Education, a Master of Philosophy, an EdD, and a PhD. He became a licensed psychologist in the state of New York in 1983.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Tester was named a William Wayne Jackson Honors Scholar by Harvard Divinity School and earned a fellowship from the Association on Aging at Columbia University. His achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

In Dr. Tester’s free time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains and watching movies, especially his favorite, Shutter Island.

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