An alumna of New York University, Tamar Ackerman graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Jewish History in December 2008. As an incoming student, she earned an Academic Merit Scholarship to the College of Arts and Science. While pursuing her studies, Tamar Ackerman volunteered at New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, where she assisted an occupational therapist on an adult, inpatient unit. Following this rich experience, she decided to volunteer at the Lenox Hill Hospital psychiatric unit, while shadowing a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. During the summer of 2008, Tamar Ackerman was admitted into Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP), a selective program for college-aged students interested in building and developing leadership skills. During that summer, Ms. Ackerman interned at Federation Employment and Guidance Services (F.E.G.S.), where she was able to apply her interest in clinical psychology. While at F.E.G.S. Ms. Ackerman conducted group treatment sessions involving art and pet therapy, people skills, photography, and other healing methods. In her final semester of college, Tamar Ackerman obtained Latin Honors, as well as recognition as a Bronfman Artist Fellow, allowing her to exhibit pieces of her own art work. With a passion for drawing, painting, clay modeling, and collage, Ms. Ackerman held several public exhibitions over the next two years, one at the Center for Jewish History and two at the Bronfman Center Gallery. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Ms. Ackerman was trained to answer phone calls for Beth Israel Medical Center’s Support for Orthodox Victims of Rape and Incest (SOVRI) help line, where she volunteered for one year while pursuing her graduate degree. For nearly a year following this period, she served as an art therapy intern at Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Center. Her experience there paved the way for an intensive internship placement the following year at The Ittleson Center in Riverdale, New York. Tamar Ackerman expects to complete her Master's degree in January 2012.