Psychologist wins kudos from state senate

Dr. Mardie Sheiken is ‘Woman of Distinction’

May 17, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Sen. Marty Golden presents the Woman of Distinction Award to Dr. Mardie Sheiken in Albany. Photo courtesy of Golden’s office
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Dr. Mardie Sheiken is the coordinator of school psychologists at the William O’Connor Midwood Preschool. She also volunteered her time at the Cort Club in Gerritsen Beach after Superstorm Sandy, providing psychological services, and provided free services in her private practice for those impacted by the storm. 

So when state Sen. Marty Golden was looking for someone to honor with an award for the New York State Senate Woman of Distinction program, he found his choice quickly.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) presented Sheiken with a Woman of Distinction  award at a recent ceremony held in Albany.

The event, an annual affair, recognizes outstanding women living and working in New York state whose contributions have enriched the quality of life in their communities.

Golden was full of praise for Sheiken. “At an early age, Dr. Mardie Sheiken started working with adults with disabilities and realized that helping those in need was her life calling. She now cares for children with special needs and is instrumental in obtaining the vital services they need to lead full and happy lives,” he said. “I am proud to recognize Dr. Sheiken for all she has achieved for the benefit of others, and for her countless hours of community service. Her dedication, commitment and success are an inspiration for all New Yorkers.”

The William O’Connor Midwood Preschool is an educational center for special needs children. Sheiken is instrumental in the admissions process and in counseling parents while advocating for obtaining services their children need, Golden said.

Sheiken completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds two master’s degrees, one in education and another in school psychology. While maintaining a full-time job, she went on to obtain her doctorate in psychology at the age of 30.

She has worked in the preschool, volunteered as the Parent Association President at P.S. 222, Intermediate School 278 and Midwood High School. She served on the school leadership teams at each school.


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