Book by local authors discusses spiritual practices

Dave Roberts, a social worker who works as adjunct professor of psychology and psychology child life at Utica College, has co-authored a book with Rev. Patty Furino titled “When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister.” 

Published on March 1, the book describes Roberts’ spiritual awakening guided by Rev. Patty, an interfaith minister from Long Island. Roberts’ experience ultimately helped him find peace after his daughter Jeannine’s death. 

A sampling of conversations from their friendship over the past 10 years is also included in the book. 

The authors provide a framework for how spiritual practices can be integrated with psychological interventions, empowering individuals from present and future generations to navigate various life challenges and create greater awareness about themselves and their relationship to the world around them.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. Questions about the book can be directed to the authors via email at or by phone at 315-269-4522.