Board Members

Board President: Candace Irabli, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice with AIDS Care Group, a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive medical, mental health, and social service to patients living with HIV. She currently serves AIDS Care Group as the director of HIV psychology services, offering individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical supervision. She is also employed at Revive Wellness, a private practice in Conshohocken, PA, where she co-facilitates a long-term outpatient group for women in eating disorder recovery. She joined the board of PAGPS as a student in 2015, and took on the presidency of the organization in 2018.

Dan Kulper, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. He is an individual and group therapist working in private practice at Southampton Psychiatric Associates and as an outpatient clinician at the Joseph J. Peters Institute. Dan’s expertise lies in the treatment of pathological anger and aggression as well as severe character pathology. Dan believes group therapy is an invaluable modality that deserves more attention from clinicians, researchers, and training programs. He received his B.A.s in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Maryland and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University.

Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in private practice in Delaware County for 40+ years. In addition, for 20 years, Shari facilitated groups for people living with cancer and for their family members at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly The Wellness Community), and she continues to work with families living with chronic and life-threatening disease. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she currently runs two therapy groups, an intergenerational women’s group and a group for moms of young children, and is a Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she teaches Group. Shari has been a Board Member of AGPA, has served for six years as Co-Chair of the AGPA Special Interest Group Task Force and is past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Pennsylvania Chapter.

Jay Efran, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA has received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s award for “Distinguished contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology” and the Constructivist Psychology Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A fellow of both the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the American Psychological Association, he served as Director of Clinical Training at Temple University as well as Director of their Psychological Services Center. The winner of two teaching awards, he has been an individual and group therapist for more than fifty years and has co-authored two books and published more than 100 articles and chapters on topics such as emotion, social phobia, temperament, addiction, systems, constructivism, contextualism, and psychotherapy. Dr. Efran has twice been president of PAGPS.

Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA is a clinical social worker in practice for over 35 years.  Working primarily with children and youth, he is currently conducting two ongoing, co-ed psychotherapy groups for high school aged adolescents within his private practice in Bryn Mawr.  He also divides his time between the Benchmark School in Media, PA, a private school for children with language based learning disabilities, where he has been a supervisor since 1987, and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where he is an adjunct faculty member teaching five courses annually.  Tom is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is national co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group.  He has been on the Board of PAGPS since 2005.

Sandy Kosmin, LCSW  has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years.  She is a past president of PAGPS and is in private practice seeing individuals and couples and running groups. She has run groups for graduate students and taught group psychotherapy courses at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Drexel University and Philadelphia University. She has also facilitated groups in her past positions at The Belmont Center’s Eating Disorders Program, The Renfrew Center, and in consultation at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  She has presented on varied subjects, including; couples therapy; family conversations about cancer; and the experience of “typical” siblings of developmentally disabled people.

Michael E. Silverstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice.  Prior to that he spent 15 years working with students in college counseling centers at Rowan and Temple Universities, serving as Training Director and Trauma Response Coordinator, and regularly facilitated a variety of process, support and psycho-educational groups.  While primarily CBT oriented in his work with individuals, his orientation to group work tends to be systemic and psychodynamic.  He received his BA from Brown University, MA from New York University and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!).

Nathan Schlingmann, M.A. is working towards becoming an LPC while undergoing supervision and is the treasurer of PAGPS.  He works as a Career Counselor, in both individual and group to help clients move through the challenges of career transition. He currently leads a career transition support group and co leads a professional networking group at Careerlink Suburban Station. He was trained in mindfulness based transpersonal counseling at Naropa University where he received his MA and became a certified mindfulness instructor.

Student Board Members:

Michaela Swee, M.A.

Liora Schneider

Lucy Goodman