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Strike Out Against Domestic Violence

Just wanted to give a quick reminder about the Psychological Society and CAPS this coming weekend (Saturday, Sep 26, from 1-3pm)!
1. Raising awareness and fundraising for Dorcas House!
2. Competition between the professors and students!
There are several reasons to support this great cause by participating in the Strike Out Against Domestic Violence bowling event: Dorcas House provides a safe environment for women and children to heal and break the cycles of domestic violence.
Registration begins at 12:30pm and is $35 per person which includes a t-shirt, a good time, and supporting a great cause - the Dorcas House.
We will be tallying the professor and student scores based on printed score sheets. I hope to see you at the Millennium Bowling Center in Maumelle with your competitive and charitable spirit!

Dr. Paul Nail to be guest on Science Cafe'

Join us next week, September 22, 2015, for Bullies or Bust? Social Behavior Today from 7-9 p.m. at the Afterthought Bistro & Bar located at 2721 Kavanaugh (corner of Beechwood in Hillcrest), Little Rock, AR. Panelists will discuss the physical, emotional, and cyber impacts of negative social behavior and bullying.

This month Science café welcomes:

Paul Nail, Ph.D., ProfessorDept. of Psychology & CounselingUCA, Conway, Arkansas

Sean Smith, 7th Degree Black Belt, Sr. Master Instructor, Arkansas ATA Martial Arts, Little Rock, AR

Laura Garrett, Special Agent, CISP, FBI, Little Rock, AR

Go science!

Psi Chi joins Food Drive

This year, the UCA Chapter of Psi Chi is partnering with the UCA Food Bank to help support UCA community members in need.

All non-perishable food donations will be accepted. During September, the food bank is focusing on collecting: (1) canned tuna and (2) muffin mixes.

Donations can be dropped off at the main psychology offices on the second floor of Mashburn Hall.

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.