American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

A Professional Partner of The

Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Elizabeth (Lizzie) McAdam (2012-13)
Elizabeth is a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), and holds master’s degrees in Drama Therapy (New York University) and Childhood General & Special Education (Bank Street College of Education). While at NYU, she was awarded the Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award for academic achievement and leadership in her field. During her year in Germany as a fellow, Elizabeth worked in collaboration with her mentor Ingrid Lutz at the Institut für Theatertherapie in Berlin. Her research focused on the ways in which drama therapy training programs in Germany, Israel and the United States approach trauma treatment and how those methods have evolved over time. Since returning to the United States, she has continued her work as a clinician at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, CT, specializing in trauma-informed care, working in both clinical and educational settings. Her current research and clinical work examines educational systems of power and oppression and working with students to connect their lived experience to their learning process. (7/22/15)

Naomi Rosen (2015-2016)
Naomi Rosen is a theater artist and is trained as a social worker and therapist. She received her Bachelors of Science in Theater from Northwestern University and her Masters in Social Work (A.M.) from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Her areas of focus include creative and expressive arts therapies, trauma-informed practice, multicultural and multi-systemic practice,and LGBTQ Affirmative Practice. She has held positions as a youth development worker, individual, couples, and group therapist, working with youth, adolescents, and adults. Naomi’s project focuses on the use of creative and body-centered therapies for trauma healing and community dialogue with immigrants and refugees in Germany affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)-6/20/15. (6/22/15)

Marcus Weller (2009-10)
Marcus Weller is a Doctoral student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University. He also serves as an executive board member of the Michigan Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists. Marcus also consults for Fortune 500 firms to assist with sucession planning and global talent management as well as strategic human resource planning. As a German Chancellor Fellow at the Jacobs Centre on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University in Bremen, Marcus will investigate the impact of transformational or charismatic leadership on innovation in Fortune Global 500 organisations. An age-differentiated approach to leadership strategies will also be investigated to account for age-related differences in the way that individuals are motivated to innovate within organisations. This study will allow the researchers to gain insight into those leadership styles and strategies which offer the most promise for inciting the development of new sustainable technologies and economic drivers. (10/23/09)