Mental Health Counseling students awarded scholarships

Congratulations to Mental Health Counseling students, Christina Griffin and Jared Whitmire, who were awarded the Dr. Ann Thomas Graduate Student Scholarship by the Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA)! This scholarship award is given annually to a graduate student who demonstrates excellent academic performance and significant involvement in ArMHCA.

Dr. Lora Adair and students present research at Evolutionary Psychology conference

Dr. Lora Adair and 2 undergraduate students, Brett Anderson and Taylor Hinton, presented research papers recently at the annual Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society conference.

Presenting this work at NEEPS is a tremendous achievement for undergraduates, as most oral presentations/talks are given by graduate students and faculty.

Well done!

Adair, L. E., *Andersen, B., & *Hinton, T. (2018). He looks “easy” and she’s not into it: Sexual exploitation cues and attraction. Talk presented at the 2018 conference of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. New Paltz, NY.

*Andersen, B. & Adair, L. E. (2018). Disgust and discrimination: Behavioral immune system activation and ethnocentrism. Talk presented at the 2018 conference of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. New Paltz, NY.

Jon Nolan, Sarah Lindeman, & Dr. Femina Varghese have article accepted for publication

Congratulations to Counseling Psychology doctoral students Jon Nolan and Sarah Lindeman, and their research advisor, Dr. Varghese, on the acceptance of an article in Psychological Services!
Nolan, J., Lindeman, S. & Varghese, F.  Mobile app interventions for military and veteran families: Before, during, and after deployment. Psychological Services.

Dr. Shawn Charlton re-elected as Psi Chi Officer

Congratulations to Dr. Shawn Charlton for being re-elected Southwestern Vice-President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!


Amanda Robinson receives APA Minority Fellowship

Congratulations to Mental Health Counseling student, Amanda Robinson!

Ms. Robinson has been awarded a Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) Fellowship from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program. Total award is $10,000.

Dr. Kevin Rowell conducts workshop on mental health intervention following disasters

Dr. Kevin Rowell presented a 3-hour workshop, “Disaster 101: Basics of Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Ethical Considerations” to more than 50 psychology staff for the Topeka Kansas and Leavenworth Kansas Veterans Administration Health Care System. The workshop was held Friday March 23 in Lawrence Kansas.

Sydney Skaggs elected SWPA Graduate Student Representative

Congratulations to Sydney Skaggs, Counseling Psychology doctoral student, for her election as Graduate Student Representative to the Executive Council of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA). Ms. Skaggs replaces out-going Graduate Representative Kelli Wierzbicki, also a UCA graduate student.

SWPA is the southwest regional affiliate of the American Psychological Association and works to promote and strengthen psychology’s scientific, professional and educational facets. At its annual meeting, SWPA offers paper, poster, continuing education sessions, workshops, symposia, and invited talks.  SWPA prides itself on serving the psychological community by providing access to scientific advances and professional development within a collegial atmosphere. Students are welcomed and treated as active and valued participants in the discipline.

Dr. Shawn Charlton publishes journal article

Sabey, C.V., Charlton, C., & Charlton, S. R. (2018).  The “Magic” positive-to-negative ratio: Benefits, applications, cautions, and recommendations.  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. advance online publication.

Dr. John Murphy conducts workshop in Tokyo, Japan

Dr. John Murphy, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, presented a two-day workshop for Japanese psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and university trainers March 3rd and 4th, 2018 entitled, “Brief Solution-Focused Therapy with Children and Adolescents: Helping People Change with Dignity” at the Annual Conference of the Brief Therapy Network in Japan (BTNJ) in Tokyo.

Former doctoral student explains teenage depression in TV interview

UCA School Psychology Alum, Dr. De’Von Patterson, was recently interviewed on WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, concerning the depression screening for adolescents.