David Berg ’65

David Berg ’65

David Berg is Emeritus Professor of the Psychology Department at Community College Of Philadelphia where he was the recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in college teaching. He also served as past chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University in Experimental Psychology and completed postdoctoral training in Family Systems Theory from Drexel University and Hahnemann Medical College. David maintained a private practice in Clinical Psychology for 30 years that served the population of South Philadelphia.

After his retirement from the college (47 years) and his private practice (30 years), he returned to Temple’s Ambler campus where he then studied and received a certificate in floral design; he has been a volunteer at the PHS Flower Show in Philly for several decades.

David has served on several boards of nonprofit community organizations, and is currently on the Board of The Little Shul in South Philadelphia with the goal to help bring worship services to the community at little or no cost. He has also been a yearly volunteer for the MS Society’s fundraiser for the City to Shore bicycle ride. Additionally, David has pioneered workshops focusing upon “wellness in the workplace” and has presented these to government, business, and educational institutions; also he has trained other psychologists to enable them to perform similar workshops. He has also served as a consultant to Wiley Publishers. Since the advent of computers, he has acted on a consulting basis to academic teaching faculty to bring them up to the cutting edge in using technology in the classroom.

Further, he currently serves on the American Psychological Association Division for the Society of the Teaching of Psychology. He has been a frequent presenter and participant at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conferences where he has presented invited workshops for college level faculty in utilizing technology and writing in the classroom to engage students, and mentor these issues for professional academics. He has been a long standing member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association as well as the South Philadelphia High School Alumni.

On a side note: David graduated from SPHS in 1965. While at Southern he served on many organizations as well as the tennis team though he never got to play but kept the bench warm. While in 10th grade in Dr. Arnold Giusini’s biology class, he won an award for growing the best mold and was featured in the Southern newspaper and South Philadelphia Review as “Mr. Mold”; he remains still proud of that title. In earnest, with the sponsorship of Dr. Giusini, David was a winner at the Delaware Valley Science Fair.

The award sent David and Dr. Giusini to Chicago for the 1963 National Youth Conference on the Atom. At his June 1965 graduation ceremony, David was the recipient of the South Philadelphia Alumni Association Scholarship for which he has been forever grateful.

We really wanted Elvis, but he will be appearing at the Deptford Mall so we are honoring David instead.