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Dayshia Tanks Awarded APA Fellowship

Congratulations to Dayshia Tanks, a student in the Mental Health Counseling program, for being awarded a $6,000 Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship by the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program. This is a nationally competitive program. Way to go, Dayshia!
More information about the STAY Fellowship is below and can be found at

"Funded by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) fellowship to support the training of master’s level practitioners in mental health services. This fellowship is designed for students in terminal master’s programs in psychology whose training prepares them to provide mental health services to transition age youth (ages 16 through 25) and their families."

Dr. Paul Nail and Dr. Joan Simon Publish Book on Bullying

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Nail and Dr. Joan Simon for the release of their edited book on bullying! Full citation is below.

Nail, P. R., & Simon, J. B. (Eds.). (2016). Bullying: A social influence perspective. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Cory Cobb and Dr. Dong Xie Publish Paper

Cory Cobb, a second year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program, and Dr. Dong Xie's paper, "Coping Styles and Depression among Undocumented Hispanic Immigrants,was accepted for publication in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. This is Cory's second first-author, peer-reviewed publication this year.

Drs. Charlton, Sobel, & Sobel Publish Textbook

Dr. Shawn Charlton, Dr. Kenith Sobel, and Dr. Susan Sobel (Director of the UCA Counseling Center) have published a new textbook for General Psychology. Psychology: The Science of Who We Are (Fountainhead Press) is in bookstores this week and will be used for several sections of General Psychology this fall.

The textbook was prompted by the need for a lower cost alternative for students. The Science of Who We Are sells for $80 vs. $200 for most other general psychology texts. Also, proceeds from the text go back to accounts in the UCA Foundation to support undergraduate and graduate students at UCA, including study aboard, undergraduate research, and graduate counseling students.
Congratulations to Drs. Charlton, Sobel, and Sobel!

Dr. Femina Varghese Discusses Support for Graduate Programs with Senator John Boozman

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Dr. Femina Varghese Delivers Division 18 Presidential Address at APA

Dr. Femina Varghese is seen giving her Division 18 presidential address at APA in Toronto. She is also seen discussing her strategic plan with Division 18 members during the division social hour held at the Fairmont hotel.





















Cory Cobb with Prize at APA

Cory is holding his Psi Chi award while standing before his prize-winning research at the 2015 APA convention held in Toronto in August.


Cory Cobb Wins Psi Chi Award at APA

Congratulations to Cory Cobb, doctoral student in our department for being awarded one of four Psi Chi awards in the APA Society Convention Research Award program. The title of his presentation is “Acculturation/Enculturation, Discrimination, and Depression among Undocumented Hispanic Immigrants.”

Congrats to Devon Patterson

Congratulations to Devon Patterson for a successful defense of his doctoral dissertation.

UCA Psychological Society Officers Elected for 2015-16

Research Chair: Ivana Ilac
Secretary/Treasurer: Erika Ware
Public Relations Chair: Becca Stallman
Recruitment Chair: Nathan Jones
Vice-President: Kelli Wierzbicki
President: Barbara Ozimica