Get to Know: The 2020-2021 Kalter Fellows

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Each year, MARI opens our doors to the next generation of practitioners through our various training programs. One of the most visible training opportunities is the Neil S. Kalter Fellowship — aka, the fellows who run the Parenting Through Separation and Divorce workshops offered for free each month. The Kalter Fellowships are offered each year to one or more predoctoral psychology interns at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF).

This training year, we welcome Kira Boneff and Allura Malcolm. Read on to find out more about them and the special set of skills they bring to MARI.

Meet this Year’s Fellows:

Kira Boneff

Kira Boneff, MS, is a Predoctoral Psychology Intern at the University Center for the Child and Family. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2018 at Eastern Michigan University, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology as well. Kira is passionate about working with children and families to promote positive coping, facilitate mental health, and support families through stressful events and life transitions such as divorce. Her research focuses on exploring how parents’ relationships with their children influence their child’s mental health and psychological development.


Allura Malcolm

Allura Malcolm is a Predoctoral Psychology Intern at the University Center for the Child and Family. Allura is a Ph.D. candidate in the School Psychology program at Michigan State University. Allura’s research revolves around how to best provide evidence-based training and consultation to parents of children with developmental and behavioral disorders. Her areas of clinical interest include working with parents, conducting psychodiagnostic evaluations, and providing individual therapeutic services to children.


About the Kalter Fellowships

Interns conduct monthly no-cost workshops, which offer information to parents who are navigating separation or divorce on how to best support their children. The Fellowship honors UCCF’s founder and first director, Dr. Kalter, who was a prolific psychologist and wrote the book “Growing Up With Divorce.”

About the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)

The University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) is committed to helping children and families enjoy a happier life, more satisfying relationships, and increased success. UCCF is part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan. MARI provides high-quality, individualized mental health, neuropsychological testing, and language and literacy services to the community through its service centers, including UCCF, University Center for Language and Learning (UCLL), and University Psychological Clinic.