Sydney Skaggs elected SWPA Graduate Student Representative

Congratulations to Sydney Skaggs, Counseling Psychology doctoral student, for her election as Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Council of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA). Ms. Skaggs replaces out-going Graduate Representative Kelli Wierzbicki, also a UCA graduate student.

SWPA is the southwest regional affiliate of the American Psychological Association and works to promote and strengthen psychology’s scientific, professional and educational facets. At its annual meeting, SWPA offers paper, poster, continuing education sessions, workshops, symposia, and invited talks.  SWPA prides itself on serving the psychological community by providing access to scientific advances and professional development within a collegial atmosphere. Students are welcomed and treated as active and valued participants in the discipline.

Dr. Shawn Charlton publishes journal article

Sabey, C.V., Charlton, C., & Charlton, S. R. (2018).  The “Magic” positive-to-negative ratio: Benefits, applications, cautions, and recommendations.  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. advance online publication. doi.org/10.1177/1063426618763106

Dr. John Murphy conducts workshop in Tokyo, Japan

Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, presented a two-day workshop for Japanese psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and university trainers March 3rd and 4th, 2018 entitled, “Brief Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Helping People Change with Dignity” at the Annual Conference of the Brief Therapy Network in Japan (BTNJ) in Tokyo.

Former doctoral student explains teenage depression in TV interview

UCA School Psychology Alum, Dr. De’Von Patterson, was recently interviewed on WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, concerning the depression screening for adolescents.

Faculty and doctoral students publish chapters in book

Department of Psychology and Counseling doctoral students, Amy Hufstedler and Sarah LIndeman, faculty, Heather Martens and Art Gillaspy, and alum Dr. Cindy Mikeal, have published chapters in the new book, Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings by Alex Maragakis (formerly of UCA) and Will O’Donohue. 

Chapters include (UCA faculty and students in bold):

Lindeman, S. & Maragakis, A. (2018). Obesity. In A. Maragakis & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings (pp. 269-278). New York: Springer.

Martens, H., Gillaspy, J. A., & Gillaspy, S. R. (2018). School Refusal Behavior. In A. Maragakis & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings (pp. 359-368). New York: Springer.

Mikeal, C. & Gillaspy, J. A. (2018). Depression. In A. Maragakis & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings (pp. 155-168). New York: Springer.

Sherman, A. C., Hufstedler, A., & Simonton-Atchley, S. (2018). Advanced cancer. In A. Maragakis & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings (pp. 17-28). New York: Springer.

Congrats to all!

Kane York (undergraduate major) awarded Psi Chi grant for research

Psychology undergraduate Kane York was awarded a research grant for $1500 from Psi Chi International, the Honor Society of Psychology, for his project, Stroop and Reverse Stroop Effects in Localization Tasks.

Congrats to Kane and his Adviser, Dr. Ken Sobel

Dr. John Murphy conducts workshops at National Association of School Psychologists conference

Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, presented two half-day training workshops on February 15th, 2018 entitled, “Core and Advanced Skills of Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools” at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Marc Sestir co-authors conference presentation

Congrats to Dr. Marc Sestir and colleagues for the acceptance of this paper for presentation. Citation below:

Peszka, J., Sestir, M.A., Kennedy, L.A., & Mastin, D.F. (accepted). A population comparison of active and passive bedtime social technology use. Talk presented at the 2018 SLEEP conference. Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Alberto Soto and Sloane Nolan to present research in Amsterdam

Dr. Alberto Soto and Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student, Sloane Nolan, have co-authored two papers to be presented at the Society for Psychotherapy Research conference in Amsterdam in June. Full citations below:
Soto., A., Smith, T. B., & Nolan, S. (June, 2018). Alliance, Attachment Style, Empathy, and Expectations: A meta-analysis of client outcomes. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Amsterdam, NL.
 
Soto., A., Smith, T. B., & Nolan, S. (June, 2018). Cultural Adaptations and Multicultural CompetenciesPaper presented at the annual conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Amsterdam, NL.
Congrats!

Dr. Femina Varghese, graduate students, and undergraduate students will present research at APA

Congratulations to Dr. Varghese and her students for recent acceptance of papers for presentation at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association this August in San Francisco.
Graduate students: Chelsey Bull, Jared Whitmire, and Jon Nolan.
Undergraduates: Osiris Stephenson and Lizeth Flores

Varghese, F.P., Bull, C., Whitmire, J., Stephenson, O., Flores, L. & Bihm, E.M, (2018, August). Mentoring Program for Court-Ordered Juveniles: Perspectives of Juveniles and Mentors. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Whitmire, J., Varghese, F.P., & Nolan, J. (2018, August). Seriously Mentally Ill Populations and Exercise Mobile Applications. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.