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Dr. Brian Bolter, along with students Ashley Hall and Sarah Morgan Parsons present research

University of Central Arkansas students Ashley Hall and Sarah Morgan Parsons presented virtually their research team’s study entitled “The Effects of Wellness Interventions on Students’ Stress and Optimism” at Sorbonne Université’s Tenth International Health, Wellness, and Society Conference on September 3, 2020. The Health, Wellness & Society Research Network is brought together by a common concern in the fields of human health and wellness, and in particular their social interconnections and implications.

Dr. Femina Varghese receives Outstanding Paper Award

Congrats to Dr. Varghese for receiving the Outstanding Paper Award for The Counseling Psychologist – The official journal of APA’s Division 17: The Society of Counseling Psychology. Here is a blurb below about it:

Dr. Femina Varghese and her coauthors received the “2020 The Counseling Psychologist (TCP) Outstanding Paper Award” for their article, “Injustice in the Justice System: Reforming Inequities for True ‘Justice for All.’”

According to Dr. Lydia Buki, past editor of TCP, the award Is given for the one outstanding article published in the past year in the TCP that makes contributions “that substantially and significantly advance a particular topic or area within counseling psychology.” Dr Buki noted that “All of the papers published in The Counseling Psychologist in 2019 whose first author had already earned a doctorate were reviewed.” Dr. Buki stated, “This indicates superior scholarship as judged by the Awards Committee.” The award was given on August 8 at the annual meeting (online) of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Femina Varghese receives additional award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Congratulations to Dr. Varghese for being awarded $6,500 in funding from the RWJF – Interdisciplinary Research Leaders to purchase PPE for parolees, probationers, and staff for the Arkansas Community Corrections.

Dr. Femina Varghese elected to rank of Fellow by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Dr. Varghese’s fellow status was announced on August 11, 2020, by the chair of the APA Fellows Committee, upon the recommendation of the APA Board of Directors and her election by the APA Council of Representatives. The APA stated that this significant recognition attests to Dr. Varghese’s “outstanding contribution in the field of psychology,” by which “the public is better served.”

Undergraduate Pathway & Mentoring Program

  • Undergraduate Pathway & Mentoring Program (UPMP) for UCA Students Seeking Admission to the Specialist in School Psychology Program
    • Freshmen and sophomore psychology and education majors are eligible for admission to the School Psychology Undergraduate Pathway and Mentoring Program (UPMP). Admission to the UPMP means that students are on track to be admitted to the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program. UPMP students who maintain the necessary requirements, pass a background check, interview successfully, complete their baccalaureate degree, and complete prerequisites will be admitted to the Ed.S. program. Click here to obtain a more detailed description of the UPMP program.

Chelsey Bull (doctoral student) selected as APA representative

Congrats to Chelsey Bull who was selected as APA Division 18 Criminal Justice Section Student Representative.

Dr. Femina Varghese selected as finalist for UCA Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award

Congratulations to Dr. Varghese on being selected as a Finalist for the 2019-2020 UCA Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award!

Dr. Christina Jeffrey co-authors book chapter

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Jeffrey for her upcoming book chapter!

Ridley, C. R., Jeffrey, C. E. (2021). Thematic Mapping: A Transtheoretical, Transdiagnostic       Method of Case Conceptualization. In Tracey Eells (Ed.), Handbook of Psychotherapy Case  Formulation – Third Edition (pp. 40). New York City, New York: Guilford Press.

Sydney Skaggs (doctoral student) wins APA Public Service Award

Congratulations to Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, Sydney Skaggs, the 2020 APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Student Award winner!

UCA Psi Chi wins Model Chapter Award for 13th consecutive year!

Congratulations to our amazing Psi Chi Chapter – students and faculty advisors! This is the 13th consecutive year of recognition as a Model Chapter!