News & Events Blog

Clifton Adamson awarded travel grant to present research

School Psychology Doctoral student, Clifton Adamson, has been awarded the Diversity Graduate Travel Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). Clifton will present his research on the influence of heteronormativity on gay perceptions of LGB sexual identity and sexual identification at the SPSP conference in Portland, Oregon. He was selected from 150 applicants. The award includes a $500 stipend. Reference below:

Adamson, C. W., Tennial, R. E., (2019) Gay Perception of LGB Sexual Identity and Heteronormative Influence. Poster presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference, Portland Oregon.

Congratulations and well done!

Dr. Paul Nail co-authors book chapter

Congrats to Dr. Nail on his upcoming book chapter!
Aronson, J., Cohen, G., & Nail, P. R. (in press.) Self-affirmation theory: An update and appraisal. In E. Harmon-Jones (Ed.).  Cognitive dissonance (2nd ed.): Reexamining a pivotal theory in psychology. Washington DC: American Psychological  Association.

School Psychology partners with North Little Rock school

The Department of Psychology and Counseling is excited to announce a new partnership between North Little Rock Middle School (6th grade building) and the UCA School Psychology program. This partnership is led by Drs. Simon and Martens (UCA), Mr. Michael Clark (NLR-MS 6th administrator) and Erika Connelly (School Psychology Specialist supervisor). The partnership was created to provide 2nd and 3rd year school psychology students with more systems-change experience in the schools and support a single school in its efforts toward data-driven systems change. It is expected that the partnership will last three years and will result in improved academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for hundreds of students who will be served by UCA School Psychology students.
As a kick-off to this partnership, Dr. Simon presented a workshop on August 8th on Response-to-Intervention (RtI) to administrators and faculty at North Little Rock Middle School (6th grade building). She was joined by school psychology students (Rachel Sanders, Chayla Rutledge, Clifton Adamson, Laura Goodheart, Allison Ford, Lakyn Beard, Victoria DeBoef, and Lindsey McCrory). These students worked with the Middle School faculty to identify current activities in the school that can feed into a RtI system and other activities that will need to be developed.

Dr. Dong Xie has a busy and productive Summer!

Congrats on all the accomplishments!

Xie, D. (2018, August). Training professional Chinese counselors: Challenges and strategies. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention in California, San Francisco.

Xie, D. (2018, May). Motivational interviewing. Workshop presented at Counseling Center, Suzhou University, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China.

Xie, D. (2018, June). Fundamental skills in counseling and counseling relationship. Workshop presented at Hubei Oriental Insight Mental Health Institution, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Xie, D. (2018, June). Development and advancement of counseling profession in the United States. Lecture presented at College of Childhood Development and Education, China Women’s University, Beijing, China.

Xie, D. (2018, June). Core competencies of professional Counselor. Workshop presented at Counselor Professional Skills Training Center of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China.

I also assisted Dr. Carol Falender in conducting a five-day workshop on training Chinese supervisors at Hibei Oriental Insight Mental Health Institution.

Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists International (ACHPPI)

I was elected to be the next President of ACHPPI ( and will serve my term from 2020 to 2022. Below are pictures showing activities I participated as the president-elect during the APA convention in San Francisco.

Dr. John Murphy makes presentations in Vietnam

Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, presented a keynote address entitled, “The One Thing to Becoming a Better School Psychologist” to open the 6th International Conference on School Psychology in Vietnam (Hanoi, Vietnam) on August 1st, 2018, and a mini-skills workshop entitled, “Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools: Practical Skills and Strategies” on August 2nd. Dr. Murphy also appeared on national and local television programs to discuss school psychology and child mental health treatment.

Murphy, J. J. (2018, August 1). The One Thing to Becoming a Better School PsychologistKeynote address presented at the 6th International Conference on School Psychology in Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Murphy, J. J. (2018, August 2). Brief Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools: Practical Skills and Strategies. Mini-skills workshop presented at the 6th International Conference on School Psychology in Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Dr. Varghese, Dr. Bihm, and their students present at APA!

Varghese, F. P., Bull, C., Whitmire, J. D., Stephenson, O., Flores, L. T., & Bihm, E. (2018, August 11). Mentoring Program for Court-Ordered Juveniles: Perspectives of Juveniles and Mentors. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention in California, San Francisco.

Whitmire, J. D., B.S., Varghese, F. P., Ph.D., & Nolan, J. N., M.S. (2018, August 11). Seriously Mentally Ill Populations and Exercise Mobile Applications. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention in California, San Francisco.


Dr. Heather Martens presents two workshops

Heather Martens presented two workshops to the Counselors of Conway Schools entitled Solutions to Burnout, and 13 School Law Questions and Answers

Dr. Bill Lammers conducts workshop on student-instructor rapport

Bill Lammers presented a workshop entitled Relationships by Design: Fostering Student-Instructor Rapport at the UCA CTE Mini-Conference: College Teaching by Design, August 15, 2018.

Cory Cobb, Dr. Dong Xie, & Lee Sanders to co-author publication

Congratulations to Cory Cobb, Dr. Dong Xie, and Lee Sanders for their upcoming publication!

Cobb, C. L., Meca, A., Branscombe, N., Schwartz, S. J., Xie, D., Zea, M., Fernandez, C., & Sanders, G. L., (In Press). Perceived Discrimination and Well-Being among Undocumented Hispanic Immigrants: The Moderating Role of Ethnic/Racial Identity Centrality. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Psi Chi Chapter receives international award for 11th year in a row!

The UCA chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, has been designated as a Psi Chi Model Chapter for 2017-18! The University of Central Arkansas Psi Chi Chapter was one of 41 chapters – out of more than 1200 chapters worldwide – to achieve the Model Chapter status this year and one of two chapters to achieve the status in the Southwestern region.
This is the 11th consecutive year that the UCA Psi Chi chapter has been designated a Model Chapter.