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Outstanding Graduate Teaching Instructor, Deven Dyer and Dr. Art Gillaspy

Congratulations to the 2022 Student Recognition Ceremony award winners! Olyvia Gonzalez, Pearl McGowan-Hanna, Dylan Garrison, department chair Dr. Art Gillaspy, Greta Hacker, Chelsey Bull, Merritt Tate.

Billy and Terry Smith Outstanding Graduate Student in Mental Health Counseling, Faith Reynolds and Dr. Kevin Rowell

Dr. Ron Bramlett and Billy and Terry Smith Outstanding Graduate Student in School Psychology, Lorianne Graves

Dr. Bill Lammers and Richard Allen Scott Outstanding Psychology Student Finalist Ryan Liew

Dr. Bill Lammers and Richard Allen Scott Outstanding Psychology Student Finalist Sage Wilson

Dr. Bill Lammers and Richard Allen Scott Outstanding Psychology Student Cassandra Alise Holloway

Richard Allen Scott Outstanding Psychology Students Ryan Liew, Cassandra Alise Holloway, and Sage Wilson

Deven Dyer interviews Dr. Kevin Rowell

Congratulations to Deven and Dr. Rowell!

Dr. Kevin Rowell, a faculty member of the UCA counseling psychology and MHC programs, was interviewed by UCA counseling-psychology doctoral student Deven Dyer on the topic of “Disaster Mental Health” for the recent issue of the journal Psychological Services.

Dyer, D. (2021). Disaster mental health with Dr. Kevin Rowell. Psychological Services, 18(2), 260–264.

Rachel Sanders and Chayla Rutledge accepted into UAMS Pediatric Fellowship Program

Congratulations to School Psychology doctoral students, Rachel Sanders and Chayla Rutledge, who have been accepted into the Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program at UAMS!

The Fellowships will begin in fall 2021 and focus on diagnostic interviews, consultation, and brief interventions within outpatient medical subspecialty clinics; psychoeducational, developmental, neuropsychological, and behavioral assessment; outpatient psychotherapy; and inpatient hospital consultation-liaison. Training is limited to child and adolescent populations. Specialized populations include individuals with developmental disabilities and pediatric chronic illnesses.

Dr. Mollie Price-Blackshear co-authors publication on mindfulness and intergroup bias

Oyler, D. L., Price-Blackshear, M. A., Pratscher, S. D., & Bettencourt, B.A. (2021) Mindfulness and intergroup bias: A systematic review. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations
Our systematic review of the mindfulness-intergroup literature suggests that, across the heterogeneity of paradigms, mindfulness (present-moment awareness and attention, with accepting attitudes) tends to attenuate intergroup bias.

Dr. Darshon Reed makes presentation at Eastern Psychological Association

Dr. Reed gave an invited presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference on March 5th, 2021 with other president-elects of regional Psychological Associations. The title of the session and panel discussion was “Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in & through the Teaching of Psychology”. Dr. Reed’s presentation was titled “Are we teaching courses that prepare and develop psychology undergraduates to be diversity trained, equity-minded, and inclusive?” Dr. Reed discussed the focused diversity initiatives for enhancing diversity in the undergraduate curriculum and ways to assess diversity, equity, and inclusion programmatically.

Anderson-Reed, D., Grahe, J., Green, B., Harton, H., Hirt, E., Mason, R., & Pritchard, M. (2021, March 4-6). Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in & through the Teaching of Psychology. [Invited Speaker Teaching Program]. 2021 Eastern Psychological Association Conference. Virtual Conference.

Dr. Ken Sobel publishes article with faculty and student colleagues

Congrats to Dr. Sobel, Dr. Puri, and their students on this recent publication.

Lee, K. R., *Dague, T. D., Sobel, K. V., *Paternoster, N. J., & Puri, A. M. (2021). Set size and ensemble perception of numerical value. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
Description from Dr. Sobel:
“In this article, we describe how participants quickly extract numerical means from visual displays containing several digits.”
*Taylor Dague graduated from UCA in 2018 with a double major in psychology and biology and a minor in cognitive neuroscience, and since then has been working on a Master’s degree in biology in Dr. Puri’s lab. Nicholas Paternoster is an undergraduate student also in Dr. Puri’s lab.

Jordan Pyle (doctoral student) makes presentation in Oklahoma

Jordan Pyle, a Counseling Psychology doctoral student, presented a virtual presentation, “Self-Love and Self-Care Strategies” for the Oklahoma Women in Technology Board. The presentation focused primarily on self-care strategies during a pandemic.

Dr. Femina Varghese becomes Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology

Dr. Femina Varghese, a member of the UCA Department of Psychology and Counseling since 2008, was recently awarded Fellowship Status by the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP; Division 17 of the American Psychological Association). This honor is given to those who have made a major contribution to the field of counseling psychology. As Dr. Mary O’Leary Wiley, president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, stated in her congratulatory letter to Dr. Varghese, “Your work has made a difference in our field and in the world.” This recognition is particularly meaningful because, last year, Dr. Varghese received fellowship status from Division 18 of the American Psychological Association, the Division of Psychologists in Public Service. Among her accomplishments in the field of counseling psychology are two “Outstanding Paper Awards” for two lead articles she published in the society’s official journal, the Counseling Psychologist: “Injustice in the Justice System: Reforming Inequities for True ‘Justice for All,’” which was part of the journal’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration, and “Vocational Interventions with Offenders: Interdisciplinary Research, Theory, and Integration,” which was the lead paper of a major contribution. In recognition of this honor, SCP Fellows are invited to deliver a special address at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Congratulations to Dr. Varghese on this honor! You’re a rockstar!

Dr. Cory Cobb accepts faculty position at Auburn University

Congrats to Dr. Cory Cobb (2019 Counseling Psychology Program) on his faculty position in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Auburn University! Cory is currently completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas.

Way to go, Cory!

Doctoral students Chelsey Bull and Sydney Skaggs establish pre-doctoral internships

Congratulations to Counseling Psychology doctoral students, Chelsey Bull and Sydney Skaggs, for their Pre-doctoral Internship Matches! Once again this year, 100% of our students matched.

Chelsey Bull – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) – Adult Focus Track
Sydney Skaggs – Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System – Neuropsychology
The internship match process is extremely competitive and we are so proud of Chelsey and Sydney!

Dr. John Murphy present online webinar to practitioners in southeastern Asia

Murphy, J. J. (January, 2021). Implementing solution-focused counseling in schools. Online webinar presented to school-based mental health practitioners from southeastern Asia.