I am very saddened to tell you about the passing of Lynda Federoff,
a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. She died on Sunday
following a battle with cancer.
Dr. Federoff began work at IUP in August 1999, following her
training in clinical psychology.
While I did not have the privilege of knowing Dr. Federoff, her
department coworkers and friends tell me that she demonstrated an
extraordinary willingness to volunteer for any departmental need,
and she was consistently viewed by both her colleagues and her
students as an enthusiastic, energetic, and very talented professor.
Her colleagues also tell me that as an instructor, Dr. Federoff took
great delight in making her extensive knowledge available to both
undergraduate and doctoral students in a variety of courses and that
she taught more courses than any other faculty member in the history
of the Psychology Department. Dr. Federoff is also remembered as an
innovative clinical scientist and clinician who mentored many
undergraduate honors students and doctoral students in research and
who supervised our doctoral students in psychological assessment and
Dr. Federoff’s contributions to the department’s service activities
were also extensive. She took on with zest many daunting tasks, such
as managing the department’s process for research with human
participants and revitalizing the department’s chapter of the
international student honorary society in psychology, Psi Chi. Dr.
Federoff also made her skills available to the larger Indiana
community through her work with gifted high school students, her
provision of on-call services and mental health interventions for
the American Red Cross, and her work as a service provider for
Indiana Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Federoff is survived by a daughter, Taralyn, a senior
Anthropology and Political Science double major at IUP.
Family and friends will receive visitors on Wednesday, November
20, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the John A. Lefdahl
Funeral Home, 898 Old Route 119 North. A funeral Mass will be
celebrated Thursday, November 21, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More
University Parish, 1200 Oakland Avenue.