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!

Dr. Art Gillaspy to serve on APA Council of Representatives

Dr. Art Gillaspy has been elected to serve on the APA Council of Representatives to represent Arkansas. Dr. Gillaspy’s 3-year term will begin January 1, 2021 and end December 31, 2023. Congratulations to Dr. Gillaspy!

Dr. Allen Thomas named “Champion of Pride”

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Thomas for being named a “Champion of Pride” by The Advocate!
Below is a brief description of this recognition.

“Each year, The Advocate‘s “Champions of Pride” issue profiles LGBTQ+ activists, artists, politicians, and more from each state who are changing the world for the better. Each Champion is a fine example of how LGBTQ+ people can make a difference in local communities and beyond. But this year, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Pride, we’ve taken the “Champions” to another level — virtual reality to be exact.”

See link below for more details.


Dr. Anna Park has article accepted for publication

Park, A. Thierry, K. Norris, K. Venzor, E. Nobles, S. (in press). Is optimism a unique predictor of reading and math performance in Latinx elementary school students? Journal of Character Education.

Dr. Femina Varghese and Maddie Arey publish articles

Arey, M.* & Varghese, F.P. (in press) Increasing Deception Detection through Training on Microexpressions. Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (Undergraduate Journal).

Varghese, F.P., Israel, T., Seymour, G., Herbst, R.B, Suarez, L., & Hargons, C. (2019). Injustice in the Justice System: Reforming inequities for true justice for all. The Counseling Psychologist, 47, 682-740 (For the 50th Anniversary of The Counseling Psychologist).

Outstanding Psychology Student Award Winners

Winners announced for this year’s Richard A. Scott Outstanding Psychology Student Award

Congratulations to the winner!

Elena Lainez Zacarias

I would love to gain experience in the field of mental health after I graduate, through a job at a clinic or hospital, and work there for a year. After that, I plan on getting a master’s in mental health counseling so I can become a therapist. My hope is that I can help raise more awareness about mental health in the Latin American community, and provide cognitive behavioral therapy to those who need it.

Elena received a certificate, a cash award of $750, and will have her name added to a plaque in the Department of Psychology and Counseling.


Congratulations the 1st Runner-up!

Rachel Bearden

After graduation, I will embark on volunteer work in the Republic of Palau in Micronesia for 6 months, then continue intern work collecting psychometric data at a tactical training facility. I plan on going to graduate school for clinical psychology and attending Officer Candidate School to work in the United States Army as a Psychological Operations Officer. 

Rachel received a certificate and a cash award of $250.


Congratulations to the 2nd Runner-up!

Christoni Key

My upcoming plans include graduating this December and applying to either the social work MSW program at UA Little Rock or the school psychology ED.S. program at UCA.

Christoni received a certificate and a cash award of $100.


Dr. Anderson elected as SWPA President-elect

Congratulations to Dr. Darshon Anderson for being elected President-elect for the Southwestern Psychological Association.