1 SPRING 2014 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 Mental Health Counseling Program Director Update by Dr. David Medoff The Mental Health Counseling (MHC) Program remains strong with a record amount of applications this year. We also look forward to graduating a robust number of students from both our Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs. Students in both of these programs successfully engage in a wide variety of clinical field placements as part of their training and transition from their respective programs with a solid foundation of academic knowledge and clinical experience. New initiatives of the MHC program include a joint Bachelor's/Master's degree in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling designed to provide an accelerated path for undergraduate psychology majors to obtain a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Suffolk University. The goal of this new joint degree program is to encourage our skilled undergraduates to continue their professional training in our graduate program. Please see the University catalog or our website for additional details. Another new initiative of the MHC program involves our application to become a working partner with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship program. This program is designed to assist returned Peace Corps Volunteers in completing internships related to their program of study in underserved American communities. We look forward to our potential participation in this program which will Continued on Pg. 2 Dates to Remember July 4 Independence Day University Closed July 8 Summer Module 2 Begins August 28 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Orientation September 2 Fall 2014 Evening (4:30pm or later) Courses Begin September 3 Fall 2014 Day Courses Begin We Need You: Support the Alumni Participation Challenge & Help the Psychology Department! Generous donors will make a $50,000 gift to the Suffolk University school with the highest percentage increase in number of alumni donors between now and June 30, Whether you give $10 or $1000, it s your participation that matters, and you can direct your gift to the Psychology Department. Make your gift online at giving and note Psych Dept. in the other field. The Alumni Participation Challenge is an opportunity to support your department and engage in a little healthy rivalry at the same time. Let s beat the Business and Law Schools!
2 MHC Update Continued further our commitment to the Suffolk University core mission while providing invaluable service to under-resourced communities in our area. As we had hoped, the MHC Program has integrated well in the Psychology Department and has become a strong and vital part of it. We look forward to continuing our goal to provide excellent education, training, and experience to students as they prepare for careers as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) providing services in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, residential schools, public schools, correctional facilities, and private practices Department Award Recipients Named Doctoral Awards: Psychology Department Dissertation Research Award: Kate Smidt Announced earlier this semester, Kate will receive a $1,000 alumni-donated cash prize to support her dissertation research. Faculty-Nominated Teaching Award: Lourah Seaboyer Awarded to Lourah for her exceptional support of undergraduate teaching in the department for the past two years. Student-Nominated Teaching Award: Daniel Millstein & Daniel Glass Awarded for their outstanding performance as teaching apprentices during the past year. Doctoral Student Publication Awards: Bridgid Conn, Sara Danitz, Erin Hill, Michelle Jackson, Aviva Katz, Nicholas Taylor, Sarah Valentine, and Eva Woodward The faculty wish to recognize these eight students for demonstrating commitment to and excellence in research through their 1st authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. The citations for their papers are listed below. Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., & Coyne, L. (2013). A three-generation study of Chinese immigrant extended family child care-giving experiences in the preschool years. Research in Human Development, 10(4), DOI: / Danitz, S. B., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). The Mindful Way Through the Semester: An Investigation of the Effectiveness of an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy Program on Psychological Wellness in First-Year Students. Behavior modification, Hill, E. N., & Swenson, L. P. (2014). Perceptions of friendship among youth with distressed friends. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45, doi: /s y. Jackson, M. A., Ray, S., & Bybell, D. (2013). International students in the United States: Correlates of adjustment patterns and psychological well-being. Journal of International Students, 3(1), Katz, A. M., Czech, S. J., & Orsillo, S. M. (2013). Putting values into words: An examination of the text characteristics of values articulation. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Taylor, N, Fireman, G.D., Levin, R. (2013) Trait hostility, perceived stress, and sleep quality in a sample of normal sleepers. Sleep Disorders, 1, 1-9 Valentine, S. E., Bankoff, S. M., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Finding meaning after same-sex partner abuse: A content analysis of HIV-positive men s experiences. Violence & Victims, 28, Woodward, E. N., Pantalone, D. W., & Bradford, J. (2013). Differential reports of suicidal ideation and attempts of questioning adults compared to heterosexual, lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health. Published online first. doi: Preview / Master s Awards: Mental Health Counseling Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Breanne Schatzman This award is based on three domains including overall GPA, Clinical Competence, and Development of Professional Identity. Breanne has earned this award by virtue of her superb performance in all of these areas. Page 2
3 Page 3 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 School Counseling Program Student of the Year Award: Kerri Cordy This yearly award is given to a student in the School Counseling program who demonstrates academic excellence. Undergraduate Awards: High Academic Achievement Award: Kelly O Donnell This award is given in recognition to those who have distinguished themselves by outstanding academic performance both in psychology and in the curriculum as a whole. Elizabeth Williams Award: Reycine Thomas This award was established in October 1990 by Professor Elizabeth S. Williams and her husband Calvin Williams to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. The fund was created to recognize the many contributions made by Elizabeth S. Williams, who for 20 years served as professor of psychology at Suffolk University and as an adjunct at other Boston area schools. The award is given to an undergraduate Psychology major who has Honors in Psychology (High Academic Achievement) and has made a significant contribution through the Psychology department to the field or community. Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, Induction Ceremony On April 24th, the induction ceremony for 21 members of Psi Chi was held in the Munce Conference Room with Dr. Amy Marks presiding. Guest speakers Stephanie Lama and Samantha Tilton gave words of encouragement to the new initiates. Stephanie Lama, MA, (Suffolk Psychology, 2009) is a Substance Abuse Clinician at Bay Cove Human Services. Samantha Tilton is a current Suffolk University graduate student in the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program. Please join us in congratulating the new members: Jessica Andrade Lea Chamberlain Erin Desrochers Brittany Gauvreau Caitlin Haynes-Trotta Nichole Jones Stephania Kay Shannon Lazarovich Matthew Mancuso Mikayla Medeiros Eliza Mina May Mishal Leeanne Moses Kelly O Donnell Maria Perfetti Samantha Power Melanie Ritzmaegli Hannah Sheperd Michelle Sorrentino Maria Suffredini Alessandra Tarantola All of these students fulfilled the following membership requirements: Overall GPA > 3.0 Psychology GPA > 3.4 At least 5 psychology courses taken in residence at Suffolk University. To learn more about Psi Chi, contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Amy Marks, at
4 Clinical Psychology Internship Placements for Page 4 The faculty of the Psychology department at Suffolk University would like to congratulate our students who matched for clinical internship in Eleven of our thirteen students who participated matched in the first or second phase. That represents a 85% rate of acceptance for our program. The overall national average is 60% across all programs. Name KRISTEN BATEJAN HOPE FORBES CAMILA GODOY-DELGADO ERIN HILL AVIVA KATZ CECILE MORVAN-CAMPBELL RENEE POULIN BRIAN ROOD NICHOLAS TAYLOR TWYLA WOLFE EVA WOODWARD Internship Site UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER CLINICAL CHILD (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HUMAN ADJUSTMENT ADULT AND CHID (ANN ARBOR, MI) THE MAY INSTITUTE INC. BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPECIALTY (RANDOLPH, MA) ASTOR SERVICES FOR CHILD & FAMILIES DUTCHESS CTY RTC/DTC (MIDDLETOWN, NY) BOSTON CONSORTIUM IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CENTER FOR RE- TURNING VETERANS (BOSTON, MA) MISSISSIPPI STATE HOSPITAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP (WHITFIELD, MS) EDITH NOURSE ROGERS MEMORIAL VAMC NEURPSYCHOLOGY (BEDFORD, MA) NORTHWESTERN MEDICAL SCHOOL LGBTQ HEALTH (CHICAGO, IL) THE HELP GROUP (SHERMAN OAKS, CA) BOSTON MEDICAL CENTER, BOSTON UNIVERSITY (BOSTON, MA) ALPERT MEDICAL SCHOOL OF BROWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH PSY- CHOLOGY/BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE (PROVIDENCE, RI) Meet the New Ph.D. Students (14-15 Cohort) Christina Athineos is a Jersey girl, who earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in communication disorders from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). After spending the past four years in quiet Ewing, she's overjoyed by the idea of heading up to Boston! Her research interests include working with under-served populations from a multicultural perspective. Her hope is to continue conducting research and eventually teach after graduation. When she's not busy focusing on her studies, Christina enjoys traveling and spending her time outdoors. Gina Falcone grew up in New Jersey, but has spent the past two years living in Westchester, NY. She has her B.A. in Psychology and graduated in May 2014 with her M.S. in Counseling from Pace University. She currently works as an Academic Advisor at Pace University and as a Neuropsychological Testing Assistant which has fostered her research interests in neuropsychology and neuroimaging. In her spare time, she likes reading, running, and spending time outside. Gina is excited about attending Suffolk and meeting her cohort. Jenesse Kaitz is originally from New Hampshire but has been in Boston ever since attending Northeastern University for her undergraduate education. She recently completed her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Massachusetts- Boston during which she interned at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center. She enjoys yoga, arts & crafts, trying new food and restaurants, and walking her dog, Einstein. Sarah Levy graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in biology. She currently works as a psychometrist at the National Institutes of Health where her team uses neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment to evaluate patients with traumatic brain injury. Sarah enjoys camping, skiing, cooking, and is looking forward to exploring Boston and the Northeast. She is excited to be a part of David Gansler s lab and to join her cohort at Suffolk! Ryan Mace received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to graduate school, he assisted with the development of brief screening
5 Page 5 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 tools that assess cognitive and mood functioning of older adults. At Suffolk, Ryan looks forward to exploring new technology in Dr. Elisabeth Moes lab to provide cognitive and social stimulation in geriatric populations. As a Maryland native, he is excited to root for the Orioles and Ravens in Boston at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. Regina Musicaro, a native New Yorker, received a B.A. in psychology from SUNY New Paltz with concentrations in psychobiology and evolutionary studies. She then worked as a research assistant at the Harvard University Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Aging and Cognition. As the current Senior Clinical Research Coordinator at the Trauma Center at JRI, she coordinates clinical trials, the nationwide Developmental Trauma Disorder field trial and the nationwide initiative called Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization. She loves dancing, singing and traveling. Sana Sheikh completed her doctorate in psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After defending her Ph.D., she moved to United Kingdom and became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research interests are in morality, culture, and emotions, particularly those reflecting self-blame (e.g., shame and guilt). She looks forward to returning to Massachusetts to pursue her clinical development at Suffolk University and expand her scholarly interests to the study of emotions in psychopathology, including depressive, anxiety, and bipolar mood disorders. Abigail Stark is originally from Buffalo, New York. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology and English and is currently working at Massachusetts General Hospital at the OCD and Related Disorder Clinic. She is interested in continuing her research in child anxiety and peer relations. She enjoys running and writing fiction and is extremely excited to be attending Suffolk this fall! Alex Wheeler is originally from Cambridge, MA and graduated from Swarthmore College in Since then he has been a classroom teacher in New York, performed research in Educational Psychology, and worked at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. He is especially interested in developmental psychopathology and integrative clinical approaches. He's really excited to move back to Boston and begin his work at Suffolk! Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Update By Director of Clinical Training, Dr. David Gansler The end of Spring Semester sees the completion of another successful year for our doctoral program in clinical psychology. This is a good time to recognize and express gratitude for the hard work of all faculty, graduate students and administrative staff that have contributed and made another year possible. When I began work as a practicum supervisor for Suffolk doctoral students in 1997 the program was un-established and just about five years old, readying itself for its first APA accreditation site visit. Now about twenty years old, the program has become established and is entering its prime, and will prepare for its fourth accreditation site visit in a few years time. It is quite common to see our alumni in important clinical, supervisory, and research roles at major Boston institutions. Spring 2014 is a time both of continuity and change in our program. Dr. Fireman, as chair, and Dr. Marks as head of graduate curriculum, represent a sound source of program continuity. Dr. Gansler will be stepping down as DCT after three years and Dr. Lance Swenson will be assuming that role. Dr. Swenson will bring his formidable administrative and research skills, and his clinical background in child adolescent psychology to bear on the role. He is fortunate in having three new enthusiastic student representatives to work with- Ms. Ally Dick, Ms. Grace Gu, and Ms. Leela Holman. With the conclusion of the faculty search, we welcome Drs. Gabrielle Liverant and Sarah Schwartz as they bring fresh talent and energy to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently we are looking for a new Clinical Training Coordinator. Interviews for this position will be held this June. There are a number of indicators of the good health of our program, and only three will be touched on in this brief blurb. Doctoral candidate time to completion of the degree has dropped steadily over the last three years, from an average of 7.76 to 6.98 to 6.45, consistent with national averages. The number of students submitting grant applications, and in some cases receiving grants, and publishing their work in scholarly outlets has increased markedly. There may be two factors at work in fostering greater student success. One is the implementation of the scientific writing program by Dr. Swenson. The other- capping class size at around ten. The program continues to be highly selective, and has accepted nine students for Fall Those nine students were selected from among 270 applicants, and only 13 offers of admission were made to constitute a class of 9. We look forward to the scholarly, clinical and teaching contributions of the incoming class. I know all faculty and students join me in wishing Professor Swenson the best of luck as he guides the program into its third decade of existence and fourth site visit.
6 Alumni Highlight: Master s in Mental Health Counseling Page 6 Janíce Biggs 05 and 06, LMHC, LADC-1, NCC graduated from Suffolk University with a joint master s degree. She received her MS in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Public Administration 05, and her CAGS 06. She is the Program Director for Community Substance Abuse Centers in Jamaica Plain and has a private practice in Charlestown. She has worked in clinical management for the past five years and has successfully maintained her private practice for over three years. Since graduating, Janíce has found her niche to be in substance abuse counseling and adult mental health counseling. She has found a tremendous amount of joy in supervising her program, staff and clients as well as staying connected as a clinician for individual and couples counseling in her private practice. What was your favorite memory at Suffolk? There are so many fond memories I had during my Suffolk years. I remember several classes I took with Dr. Medoff and the laughs had with fellow classmates about course material or current events. Particular memories were on several discussions about what s next as graduation inched closer and closer. Do you have any advice for current graduate students? I have two pieces of advice that has helped me in my journey as a clinician and overall professional. First, don t forget to learn the lesson in all of life s experiences. Despite the situation, the good ones and even the most challenging, take the time to learn the lesson in each moment. The lessons of life will teach you more about yourself as an evolving thinker. However, to not learn the lesson, you may see this event happen continuously until you do. The second piece of advice is no matter what happens in life, be bold and dare to dream! I am amazed at what became of my life post Suffolk; dreams really can come true! Want to stay connected with our alumni network? Update your contact info: Psychology Dissertation Research Award The Psychology Department plans to acknowledge outstanding academic achievement of a doctoral student engaged in dissertation research through its Psychology Dissertation Research Award. This is a meaningful opportunity for alumni, parents, and friends to contribute to the success of a deserving Ph.D. student. A heartfelt thank you to all the alumni who generously donated to this award. You can be confident that your donation of $25 or more will directly benefit the Department s award winner, to be announced in March. If you have already made a contribution, THANK YOU! If you have not, but would like to, please see the link below to make your gift online. Click on Donate Now found in the bottom right corner, and then under Area of Giving please select OTHER and enter: Psychology Award. If you prefer to send a check by mail, please indicate Psychology Award on the MEMO line and remit to: Suffolk University Office of Advancement
7 Page 7 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 Alumni Highlight: Bachelor of Science in Psychology Tiffany Cochran 08 grew up in a small town in Vermont, where her family provided a developmental home for various kids/teenagers with disabilities and behavioral difficulties. Having this home experience sparked her interest in how the human brain works and in why people do the things that they do. She graduated from Suffolk in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology and soon after began working at the Ivy Street School, a small residential school for students ages with brain injury and neurological disorders. She started out as a residential counselor and held various positions in the school over the past 5 years, and is currently the Behavioral Coordinator, overseeing a team of behavior technicians and interns (from Suffolk). In 2013 she finished graduate school earning an M.S. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. What was your favorite memory at Suffolk? Many of my favorite memories are linked to my two study abroad experiences at Florence, Italy and the Suffolk Madrid campus. While at Suffolk Madrid I had to opportunity to take a Spanish class along with Elliot Gabriel (Suffolk Professor and former Dean), and over various conversations he offered insight and advice which helped me begin to recognize that my curiosity about how the brain works along with my background in psychology did not need to lead to a future in counseling (which at that point I knew I did not want to do) and that there were many opportunities ahead of me. Do you have any advice for current students? Get a job... OK so that sounds harsh, but the interpersonal skills you will need to work well with others in a stressful environment are not something that you learn in school, they are something that you learn while working and those skills are integral to long term success in human services. Another piece of advice - make your social media private before applying for jobs. Alumni Highlight: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Dr. Lindsay Barker '08 completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Rochester and spent 3 years working in research at Harvard Medical School prior to enrolling in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk. She completed coursework in the Neuropsychology concentration and practicums at Dean College, Shattuck Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Barker went on to complete a pre-doctoral internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Harvard-Partners Consortium (BWH/MGH). She has been a full-time faculty member in the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine (CBMM) at Brigham and Women s Hospital since Current areas of research involve the efficacy of cognitive interventions in improving cognition and overall quality of life in individuals with MS. She is the primary neuropsychologist at The Partners MS Center and recently became board- certified in Clinical Neuropsychology. She lives with her husband and 19 month- old daughter in Malden, MA. What was your favorite memory at Suffolk? My favorite memories are definitely of the courses and mentoring I received through the Neuropsychology concentration. Elisabeth Moes really sparked my interest in MS and was a great mentor. I have fond memories of individual supervision with Edith Kaplan and feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to pick her brain! David Gansler's classes were among some of my favorites and he always provided helpful training guidance and practical knowledge. It was nice to be part of such a close-knit group of faculty and students within the track during my 4 years at Suffolk. Do you have any advice for current doctoral students? My advice for current students is to use every opportunity to benefit from the wealth of knowledge from your mentors. This is extremely helpful in making decisions about your clinical training and ultimately your career. My practicum experiences while at Suffolk were excellent foundations for the training I went on to receive at the internship and doctoral level.
8 PSYCH 350 Psychology Internship for Undergraduates This course is intended to provide you with clinical or research experiences as way to guide you in your professional development in the field of psychology. In addition to the time you spend at the internship site we will meet as a class to discuss your experiences at your practicum sites and to discuss assigned readings related to working in the field of psychology. Class topics will include, but are not limited to, an overview of ethics, using supervision effectively, working with diverse groups, maintaining treatment records, coping with stress, as well as developing a CV and interviewing skills for future jobs. This semester, Psychology major Carolyn Duval 15 had a unique internship opportunity. Not only was she at a great site, the Ivy Street School, but her supervisor was a Suffolk Psychology alumna Tiffany Cochran, MS, MCBA. Below is their account on the internship experience: Page 8 How has your experience been hiring Suffolk Psychology interns? Tiffany: The interns I have hired from the Suffolk Psychology department have all been hard working and eager to learn; many of the interns have been hired as full or part time staff following their internships. I have been very grateful for the opportunity to provide an internship that gives Suffolk undergrads direct contact with teenagers with brain injury and neurological disorders. Many of the students at Ivy Street also carry multiple diagnoses including PTSD, attachment disorder, Mood Disorder NOS, etc.; the Suffolk interns are entering the field of psychology with a more thorough understanding of these diagnoses than I had upon completion of my own internship. How do you think this internship impacted your career goals? Carolyn: My internship has impacted my career goals tremendously. Going into this internship I had zero work experience in the field of psychology. Not only did I learn a great amount being at Ivy Street School but I was surrounded by so many people that held different positions at the school, which helped me see all the possible career paths I could take in the future. What are the benefits of having interns from Suffolk? And a Psych alum as a supervisor? Tiffany: Knowing that the education that I received while at Suffolk was well rounded and comprehensive and that the interns from Suffolk are receiving a similar education is a benefit. Carolyn: Having a Suffolk Psych alum as a supervisor was awesome. It helped build an even stronger connection between us and felt like I had that extra support. The benefits of having a supervisor from Suffolk goes hand in hand with what it was like having her as my supervisor. I truly felt supported and rooted for throughout the internship. It was also cool to hear about her experiences at Suffolk and going on to grad school from there. She is super helpful when it comes to any questions about grad school and majors, which is a big thing on my mind right now.. Do you have any suggestions for students looking for internships? Tiffany: If you are looking for an internship remember to treat the hiring process like any other job hiring process. You should send your resume and cover letter when applying for the internship and if asked to come in for an interview you should dress professionally. I also suggest taking a look at job posting websites and looking for low level jobs (residential facilities, schools, psych floors, mentoring groups), you may be able to find a paid job that can provide the level of supervision you need for your internship. Carolyn: I would suggest to take time to look around because there are so many internships out there. Also, even if you think a certain internship might not be for you just try it out! You never know if you will run into something there that interests you or you may actually like it. Lastly, don't get discouraged if you aren't hearing back from places. After taking Learning and Reinforcement with Dr. Coyne, I became interested in Behavior Analysis and luckily through a friend I heard Tiffany hires interns for just that! It wasn't until about a few weeks before winter break that I heard about this and contacted Tiffany for a Spring internship. So definitely stick it out and you will find the right internship for you! Even though adding an internship into the mix with classes, work, and everything else in life sounds like a lot (and it can be at times), it has been one of the most helpful things to happen to me in my college career thus far. For more information about the PSYCH 350 Psychology Internship, please check out our website: Students, Alumni, and Employers can access internship information with the Suffolk University Career Development Center: To learn more about the Ivy Street School:
9 Page 9 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 Student Group Announcements To Write Love on Her Arms To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. UChapters are a network of student organizations on college and university campuses that exist to embody the mission and vision of To Write Love on Her Arms. Through organized meetings and events, each chapter serves as a voice of hope, inspiration, and support for students and their surrounding communities. For more information, please contact TWLOHA President Sunny Shannonhouse 15 Annual Advancement of Minorities in Psychology (AMP) The Diversity Committee and the Graduate Student Diversity Association (GSDA) organized their First Annual Advancement of Minorities in Psychology (AMP) Event on April 1, This event was a great success and was extremely well attended by both students and faculty. Several valuable speakers, including Suffolk University faculty, advisors, graduate, and undergraduate students, provided information about financial aid and other topics of interest including career opportunities in psychology, social work, education, mental health, and other related fields. In addition, there was a live band and a spread of food. The room was buzzing with positive energy and it was a great way to kick off the annual AMP event. We look forward to expanding this event further and having more faculty and students involved. See you next year. Let s AMP it UP! For more information, please the GSDA account: Department Announcements Caitlin Chiupka was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship: $20,000 per year for 3 years. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Bridgid Conn accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles/USC UCEDD. Dr. Sue Orsillo was featured in the column Ask America s Ultimate Experts for an edition on worry in the April edition of Women s World Magazine and the treatment she developed, in collaboration with Liz Roemer at UMB, Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder is now included in SAMHSA s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Kerrie Pieloch and Carlos Rivera were accepted to attend the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) on Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups hosted by the APA in East Lansing, Michigan from June 2nd to June 6th. Department Publications and Presentations Publications Amso, D., Haas, S., Tenenbaum, E., Markant, J., & Sheinkopf, S. J. (2013). Bottom-up attention orienting in young children with autism. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 44, Andrasik, M. P., Valentine, S. E., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Sometimes you just have a lot of bitter to make it sweet: Substance use and partner abuse in the lives of HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 25(3), Arauz, J.L. (2013). The state of higher education: Linking the past and present (Review of the book College: What it was, is, and should be, by Andrew Delbanco). Pedagogy and the Human Sciences, 3, Bankoff, S. M., Valentine, S. E., Jackson, M. A., Schacht, R. L., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Compensatory weight control behaviors of women
10 in emerging adulthood: Associations between childhood abuse experiences and adult relationship avoidance. The Journal of American College Health, 61(8), Danitz, S. B., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). The Mindful Way Through the Semester: An Investigation of the Effectiveness of an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy Program on Psychological Wellness in First-Year Students. Behavior modification. doi: / Gefter, J. R., Bankoff, S. M., Valentine, S. E., Rood, B. A., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Feminist beliefs associated with young women s recovery from maleperpetrated abuse. Women & Therapy, 36(3-4), Genova, H. M., Rajagopalan, V., DeLuca, J., Das, A., Binder, A., Arjunan, A.,... & Wylie, G. (2013). Examination of Cognitive Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Diffusion Tensor Imaging. PloS one, 8(11), e Glick, D. M., Millstein, D. J., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). A Preliminary Investigation of the Role of Psychological Inflexibility in Academic Procrastination. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. doi: /j.jcbs Guarini, T. E., Marks, A. K., Patton, F., & Garcia Coll, C. (2013). Number of sexual partners, pregnancy, and the immigrant paradox: Explaining the first generation advantage for Latina adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: /jora Jerram, M., Lee A., Negreira A., Gansler D. (2013). The neural correlates of the dominance dimension of emotion. Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging, 2014 Feb 28;221(2): doi: j.pscychresns Epub. Johnston, N., Drysdale, M., & Chiupka, C. (2013). An experiential pedagogical model for developing better global citizens. In J. Benham-Rennick & M. Desjardins (Eds.), The world is my classroom: International learning and Canadian higher education (pp ). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Katz, A. & Orsillo, S.M. (2014). Putting values into words: An examination of the text characteristics of values articulation. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3, Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2013). Self-help groups for addictions. In B. McCrady & E. Epstein (Eds.), Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook (2nd ed.) (pp ). New York: Oxford University Press. IBSN: Kelly, J. F., Humphreys, K., & Yeterian, J. D. (2013). Mutualhelp groups. In M. Herie & W. J. W. Skinner (Eds.). Fundamentals of addiction: A practical guide for counsellors (pp ). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. ISBN: Kool, W., Getz., S., & Botvinick, M. M. (2013). Neural representations of reward probability: Evidence from the Illusion of Control. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, Lee, J.K. & Orsillo, S.M. (2014). Investigating cognitive flexibility as a potential mechanism of mindfulness in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 45, Marks, A. K., & Abo-Zena, M. (2013). What we might have missed: Lessons from diverse methodologies in the study of immigrant families. Research in Human Development, 10(4), DOI: / Marks, A. K., Ejesi, K., & Garcia Coll, C. (2014). The U.S. immigrant paradox in childhood and adolescence. Child Development Perspectives, 8 (2), DOI: / cdep McCullough, M., & Marks, A. K. (2014). The immigrant paradox and adolescent obesity: Examining health behaviors as potential mediators. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 35(2), DOI: /DBP Mitchell, K.S., Dick, A.M., DiMartino, D.M., Smith, B.N., Niles, B., Koenen, K.C., & Street, A. (2014). A pilot study of a randomized controlled trial of yoga for PTSD symptoms in women. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Advance online publication. doi: /jts Moscovitch, D. A., Chiupka, C. A., & Gavric, D. L. (2013). Within the mind's eye: Negative mental imagery activates different emotion regulation strategies in high versus low socially anxious individuals. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44(4), doi.org/ / j.jbtep Roemer, L., & Orsillo (2014). Acceptance-based behavior therapy for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In D.H. Barlow (Ed.). Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 5th Edition (pp ). New York: Guilford Press Roemer, L., Graham, J. R., Morgan, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders. In P.M.G Emmelkamp & T. Ehring (Eds), International Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice (Volume 2). (pp ). Wiley-Blackwell. Page 10 Smithyman, T.F., Fireman, G.D., Asher, Y (2014). Longterm psychosocial consequences of peer victimization: From elementary to high school. School Psychology Quarterly, 29(1), Theodore-Oklota, C. & Orsillo, S.M. (2014) A pilot of an acceptance-based risk reduction program for relational aggression. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. doi.org/ / j.jcbs Valentine, S. E., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Correlates of perceptual and behavioral definitions of abuse in HIV-positive sexual minority men. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(5), Valentine, S. E., Bankoff, S. M., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013). Finding meaning after same-sex partner abuse: A content analysis of HIV-positive men s experiences. Violence & Victims, 28, Wolff, J., Esposito-Smythers, C., Becker, S., Seaboyer, L., Rizzo, C., Lichtenstein, D., & Spirito, A. (2014). Social-Cognitive Moderators of the Relationship between Peer Victimization and Suicidal Ideation among Psychiatrically Hospitalized Adolescents. Journal Of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 23(3), doi: / Woodward, E. N., Pantalone, D. W., & Bradford, J. (2013). Differences in rates of suicidal ideation and attempts in a sexual minority sample. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 17, Yeterian, J. D., Green, M. C., Bergman, B. G., & Kelly, J. F. (2013). Does mandated treatment benefit youth? 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11 Page 11 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 tive investigation of adolescent justice-system involvement, treatment motivation, and substance use outcomes. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 31(4), PMID: Presentations Ablondi, K., Serowik, K. L., Black, A. C., Rosen, M.I. (2013) Benefits Management for People with Psychiatric Disabilities. Poster presented at Institute on Psychiatric Services, American Psychiatric Association. Yale University and VA Healthcare System, West Haven, CT Alvarez, V., & Basseches, M. (2014, April). Self-compassion: Relevance to Therapist s Development and Vitality. Accepted for presentation at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Conference, Montreal, Canada. Alvarez, V., Suvak, M. K., Kadesch, H., Sloan, D. M., & Litz, B. T. (2013, November). The relationship between valence and arousal: Axis II pathology and emotion regulation. Annual Convention of The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. André, M.C., Crosby, J., Gironda, C., Albano-Guigino, C. & Elias, J. E. (2013, July). Social Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Poster presented at the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Atlanta, GA. André, M.C., Garcia, J., Currie, A.M., & Coyne, L.W. (2014, June). Depressive Symptoms and Emotion Regulation in Latina Mothers and their Children. Poster presentation accepted for the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Minneapolis, MN. André, M.C., Garcia, J., Currie, A.M., & Coyne, L.W. (2014, June). The Role of Emotion Regulation and Expression on Mental Health Outcomes for Racial-Ethnic Minority Mothers. Symposium talk accepted for the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Minneapolis, MN. André, M.C., Mathes, B.M., Crosby, J., & Elias, J.E. (2014, June). The Role of Cognitive Fusion and Emotion Suppression in Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder. Symposium talk accepted for the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Arauz, J., Danitz, S.B., Coyne, L., & Orsillo, S. (2014, June). An examination of psychological distress, mindfulness, and values among minority and majority first-year college students. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Arauz, J., Garcia, J., Lindsey, S., Hamdoun, Y., & Harkins, D. (2013, October). Empowerment through Involvement: Exploring the role of nonprofit governance. Poster presented at the Diversity Challenge: Intersections of Race and Culture and Health and Mental Health, Boston College. Arjunan, A. & Moes, E. (2014, February) Physical Activity as a Predictor of Fluid Intelligence in Older Participants. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsycholgy Society, Seattle, WA. Arjunan, A. & Ray, J. (2013, October) Working with populations facing racial and religious discrimination: A clinical trainee's perspective. Workshop presented at the Boston College Diversity Challenge, Chestnut Hill, MA. Arntz, D. L. (2013). Intersectionality as an Alternative Paradigm in Addressing Health Disparities? Individual presentation for the Boston College Institute for the Study of Race and Culture 13th Annual Diversity Challenge on Intersections of Race, Culture, Health and Mental Health. Arntz, D. L., Garcia, J., Lloyd, E., & Paulk, S. (Symposium presentation accepted, 2014). Experiential learning: Cultivating awareness of diversity and social justice. Symposium presentation for the Columbia University Teacher s College 2014 Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education. Arntz, D., Lloyd, E., Garcia, J., Paulk, S. (2014) Experiential Learning: Cultivating awareness of diversity and social justice. Symposium at Columbia University Teachers College Winter Round Table, New York, NY. Batejan, K. L., Jarvi, S. M., & Swenson, L. S., (2013, November). College Students Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Their Friends Health- Risk Behaviors. Special Interest Group Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Birtwell, K.B., Lyman, B., Parent, V., & DuBard, M. (2013, October). CBT and ASD: Utilizing schoolbased consultation to promote skills generalization. In Cavalari, R. (Chair), Promoting Socio- Emotional Development: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into Special Education Settings. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), An Affiliated Chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), Amherst, MA. Brennan B. P., Lee, C., Elias, J. A., Crosby, J. M., Mathes, B. M., André. M. C., Pope, H. G., Jenike, M. J., Fitzmaurice, G. M., Hudson, J. I. (2014, January). Intensive Residential Treatment for Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Characterizing Treatment Course and Predictors of Response. Poster presentation at McLean Hospital Research Day, Belmont, MA. Calloway, A., Hayes-Skelton, S., Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. M. (2014, March). The trajectory of the co-occurrence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in treatments for generalized anxiety disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL. Carpenter, S. L., Foglia, M., Taylor, N. D., & Fireman, G. D. (2013, May). The impact of emotion regulation on stress related sleep disruption. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C. Cattie, J.E., Mathes, B.M., André, M.C., Monaghan, S.C., Crosby, J., & Elias, J. (2014, January). Augmenting Adaptive Emotion Regulation Strategies: Reappraisal improvements predict treatment response in severe OCD. Poster presented at the 5th Annual McLean Research Day, Belmont, MA. Chiupka, C. A., Carpenter, L. S., Birch, A. L., & Suvak, M. K. (2014, May). Understanding specificity of emotional experience: Self -consciousness predicts emotion granularity. Poster accepted to be presented at the 26th Annual Convention of The Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. Chiupka, C. A., Carpenter, L.
12 S., Birch, A. L., Dick, A. M., & Suvak, M. K. (2014, May). Understanding specificity of emotional experience: Self-consciousness predicts emotion granularity. Poster accepted to be presented at the 26th Annual Convention of The Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA. Clapp, M., Alvarez, V., Thomas, A., (2014, April) Transforming the developmental analysis of psychotherapy process (DAPP) framework from a research method into a training and reflective practice tool for clinicians. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Montreal, Canada. Collier, M. K. & Friedman, P. (2013, October). From Conversion Disorder to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: A case highlighting the importance of clinical flexibility and differential diagnosis. Poster presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Conn, B. M. (2013, December). A three-generation study of Chinese immigrant extended family child caregiving experiences in the preschool years. In What We Might Have Missed: Lessons from Diverse Methodologies in the Study of Immigrant Families. Invited webinar talk for the Society for the Research in Human Development. Consolo, F. W., Woodward, E. N., & Pantalone, D. W. (2014, June). Spirituality and religiosity and psychosocial functioning in sexual minority adults. Poster presentation at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Issues, Portland, OR. Coyne L.W, Gu G, Pan J. (2014, June). Lessons from the Field: Parents and Grandparenting Mindfully Together in a Chinese Immigrant Population. Symposium presented at Annual meeting of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science DeAmicis, A., Forbes, H., & Fireman, G. (2013, November). Perceived Social Support Serves as a Protective Factor Against Peer Aggression and Victimization and Negative Psychological Adjustment in First- Year College Students. ABCT, Nashville, TN. Duncanson, H., Hollis, A., O Connor, M. (2014). Which Mental Screening test, the Mini Mental Status Examination or the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Test, is most predictive of Driving Safety in Individuals with Memory Impairment Compared to those without? 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. New York, New York. Duncanson, H., Newlon, M., Narcekar, N., & O Connor, M. (2014). Cognitive Phenotypes in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Associations between Face Memory, Theory of Mind, and Perceptual Organization Skills. 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. New York, New York. Freed, R., Seaboyer, L.M., Davis, S., Sprito, A., Wolff, J.C., (2013, November). Relationship between Perception of Family Functioning and Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents and Parents Participating in Concurrent Depression Treatment. Poster presentation accepted at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Gamarra, J., Stigen, C., Lazarus, S., Goldstein, L., Dick, A, & Wiltsey Stirman, S. (2013, November). Does competence count? Examining the relationship between therapist competence and client skill and engagement in Prolonged Exposure. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA. Gansler, D.A., Peechatka, A.L., Varvaris, M., & Schretlen, D.J. (2014, February) Modular and Networked Aspects of Intelligence and the Role of Gender. A paper presentation at the University of Florida Pre- International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Whistler, British Columbia. Garcia, J., & Arauz, J. (2013, October). Problems with identifying and treating Latino mental health distress. 30 -minute presentation presented at the Diversity Challenge: Intersections of Race and Culture and Health and Mental Health, Boston College. Garcia, J., Arauz, J., Harkins, D. (2013) Identifying and Treating Latino Mental Health Distress. Individual presentation at the Diversity Challenge: Intersection of Race and Culture and Health and Mental Health Conference, Boston, MA. Glass, D., Balachandran, N., Nabdzyk, T., & Jacobson, A. (2014, April). PsychTable:A New Tool for the Behavioral Sciences. Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Conference. Presentation at State University of New Paltz, New Paltz, NY. Gu, G., Basseches, M., Thomas, A., & Alvarez, V. (2014). Into the Trenches: Transforming the Developmental Analysis of Psychotherapy Process (DAPP) Research Approach into an Optimally Useful Tool for Therapists Reflective Practice. Panel presented at Annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Gu, G., Clapp, M., Basseches, M., Thomas, A., & Alvarez, V. (2014, April). Learning the developmental analysis of psychotherapy process (DAPP) using a practitioner-oriented coding manual. Panel presented at Annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. Page 12 Jackson, M.A., Bennett, T., & Raiker, J. S. (2013, November). Executive functioning and PTSD in a cohort of Veterans: Implications for treatment. Poster presentation at the Annual Convention of Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Neurocognitive Therapies/ Translational Research Special Interest Group (SIG), Nashville, TN. Jarvi, S. M., Swenson, L. S., Muehlenkamp, J. J., & Batejan, K. L. (2013, November). Use and motivations for social network sites among self-injurers and non-injurers. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Jarvi, S. M., Swenson, L. S., Muehlenkamp, J. J., & Batejan, K. L. (2013, November). Expectancies and the relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and alcohol use. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Katz, A.M., Caron, J. & Orsillo, S.M. (2013, November) Values and social anxiety: an acceptance-based approach. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 2013 Khan, A., Negreira, A., Jerram, M., & Gansler, D. (2014, April)Precuneus Activation in Low Emotional Dominance Related to Extroversion. Presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS). Lindsey, S.V., & Mancusso, M.C. (2013). A Retrospective Look at Risk Factors Surrounding Repeat Pregnancy. Individual Presentation at Boston College Diversity Challenge, Boston, MA. Lloyd, E., Arntz, D. L., Clapp,
13 Page 13 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 M., & Harkins, D. (2014). Assessment of mentoring needs of minority undergraduate psychology students in an urban university. Poster presentation for the Columbia University Teacher s College 2014 Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education. Martin, E., Dick, A.M., Scioli, E. & Mitchell, K.S. (2014, April). Changes in Psychological Determinants of Physical Activity during a Yoga Intervention for PTSD. Poster to be presented at the 35th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Martinez, J.H., Graham, J., Hayes-Skelton, S., Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2014, March). Effectiveness of acceptance-based behavioral and applied relaxation treatments among white and racial minority patients: Secondary data analysis from a randomized-controlled trial. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL. Mathes, B.M, Cattie, J.E, André, M.C., Crosby, J.M., Elias, J.E. (2014, January). Changes in Obsessive Beliefs and Thought Control Strategies Predict OCD Treatment Outcome: The Role of Worry. Poster presented at McLean Research Day, Belmont, MA. McCullough, M. B., Marks, A. K., & Seaboyer, L. (2014, March). The immigrant paradox and obesity: The role of sedentary behaviors and soft drink consumption. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. McCullough, M. B., Marks, A. K., & Seaboyer, L. M. (2014, March). The operant model of acculturation: Examining adolescent obesity among second and third generation immigrants. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Mind-Brain Research Day, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. O Donnell, K.A., Rivera Villegas, C.E., & Coyne, L.W. (2014, March). Roles of Experiential Avoidance, Anxiety, and Depression on Mothers Perceptions on Parenting and Their Preschoolers. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA (March 14 & 15, 2014). Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2014, March). The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Acceptance-based Behavior Therapy for GAD and Comorbid Disorders. A master clinician presentation at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Oser, M., Alvarez, V., & Gruner, G. (2014, February). Preliminary evaluation of an ACT group for patients with psychiatric and chronic medical conditions. In M.L. Oser (Chair), Designing and Delivering ACT Interventions for Individuals with Medical Conditions: Transdiagnostic Principles and Key Processes of Change. Paper submitted for presentation at the ACBS Annual World Conference XIII, Minneapolis, MN. Oser, M., Alvarez, V., Gruner, G. (2014, March). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for a Transdiagnostic Group of Psychiatric Patients with Medical Conditions. Poster presented at the Harvard Psychiatry Research Day & Mysell Lecture, Boston, MA. Peechatka, A.L., Jensen, J.E., Gansler, D.A., Kaufman, M.J., Evins, A.E. & Janes, A.C. (2014, February) Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Glutamate Levels as an Indication of Disorder Severity in Chronic Schizophrenia. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington. Peechatka, A.L., Jensen, J.E., Gansler, D.A., Kaufman, M.J., Evins, A.E. & Janes, A.C. (2014, February) Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Glutamate Levels as an Indication of Disorder Severity in Chronic Schizophrenia. Poster presented at the Harvard Psychiatry Mysell Research Day, Boston, MA, March, Poulin, R. M., Susmaras, T., Gansler, D. & Jerram, M. (2013, October). The relation of impulsivity and the ACC: Convergence of the BIS- 11 & CWIT. (poster presentation) National Academy of Neuropsychology. Reidler, E., Woodward, E. N., Perkins, S., Reed, L. I., McCoy, K., & Björgvinsson, T. (2013, November). Differences in depressive symptoms between individuals diagnosed with and without borderline personality disorder in a partial hospital setting. Poster presentation at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Rivera Villegas, C.E., André, M.C., Shea, S.E., & Coyne, L.W. (2014). Mindful Parenting: Conscious Action, Acceptance, and Living out of the Comfort Zone. Poster to be presented at the XII Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference, Minneapolis, MN (June 17-22, 2014) Ruhde, D., Ran, D., Schrock, M., Danitz, S., Habib, R., & Kertz, S. J. (2014). A Review of Empirically Supported Components in iphone Apps for Anxiety. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL. Schick, M.R., Seaboyer, L.M., Swenson, L.P., & Jackson, K.M. (2014, June). Effects of Gender Differences in Problematic Video Game Use on Youth Adjustment Problems. Poster presentation accepted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Seaboyer, L. M., David, S., Freed, R., Wolff, J. C., Sprito, A. (2013, November). Fostering Hope Among Adolescents and Parents with Depression: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Poster presentation submitted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Seaboyer, L.M., & Swenson, L.P., (2014, November). Prospective Relationships of Nonsuicidal Self- Injury and Health Behaviors among College Students. Poster presentation submitted for consideration at the annual meeting of the Association and Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. Sena, A.E., Carta, V., Olia, K., Garcia, J., Coyne, L. (2014). The impact of cognitive fusion and experiental avoidance on academic success in a sample of diverse, urban middle school girls. Poster presentation at the Eastern Psychological Association 2014 conference, Boston, MA. Shipherd, J. C., Pachankis, J., Newcomb, M. E., Valentine, S. E., & Tulloch, T. G. (2013, November). In T. A. Hart (Chair), CBT for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals: How to Increase Your Competency. Panel discussion conducted at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Smidt, K. E., Carpenter, L. S., Chiupka, C. A., & Suvak, M. K. (2013, November). Investigating correlates of emotional granularity. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Convention of The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville,
14 TN. Thomas, A., Basseches, M., Alvarez, V., & Clapp, M. (2014, April). The growing impetus for bringing the developmental analysis of psychotherapy process (DAPP) into the trenches. In M. Basseches (Moderator), To the trenches: Transforming the developmental analysis of psychotherapy process (DAPP) research approach into an optimally useful tool for therapists' reflective practice. Thomas, A., Clapp, M., & Basseches, M. (2014, April). Reflective practice and experiential avoidance as issues in therapists' continuing development. In M. Basseches (Moderator), The interaction among therapists' practices, lives and development. Panel conducted at the meeting of The Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Montreal. Valentine, S. E., Suvak, M. K., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013, November). Preliminary evidence for the relation between sexual victimization and risky decision making among young adult women. In C. O Cleirigh (Chair), Sexual Trauma and Sexual Risk: Approaches to Understanding and Treating Sexual Risk Behavior among Sexual Violence Survivors. Symposium conducted at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Valmas, M.M., Ruiz, S.M.M., Oscar-Berman, M., Gansler, David A. (2014). Social Cognition Deficits and Associations with Drinking History in Alcoholic Men and Women. Second Annual Social Brain Sciences Symposium, February 8, 2014, Student Data Blitz, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Wilkins, R., André, M.C., Garcia, J., Currie, A.M., & Coyne, L.W. (2014, March) Emotion regulation, Emotion expression, and Mental Health Outcomes in Low-Income Mothers. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston MA. Wiltsey Stirman, S., Gutner, C., Dick, A., DeVito, A., Meisel, S., Gamarra, J., & Davidson, E. (2013, November) Trauma-focused EBPs in a clinic for Trauma-Exposed Women Veterans: Who Receives Them, Who Doesn't and Why? In S. Wiltsey Stirman & J. Ruzek, Trauma-focused Evidence-Based Treatments in Routine Care: Provider Decisions, Client Characteristics, and Adaptations. Symposium presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA. Wolff, J.C., Seaboyer, L.M., Garcia, G., & Spirito, A. (2014, November). Integrated Parent Training and Individual Therapy for Conduct Problems and Depression: Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Poster presentation submitted for consideration at the annual meeting of the Association and Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. Wolff, J.C., Seaboyer, L.M., Garcia, G., & Spirito, A. (2014, November). Parenting, Externalizing and Internalizing Problems among Children with Comorbid Conduct Problems and Depression. Poster presentation submitted for consideration at the annual meeting of the Association and Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. Woodward, E. N., Quinones, T. J., & Pantalone, D. W. (2013, November). In their own voices: Sexual minority clients reflections on minority stress in psychotherapy. In M. E. Newcomb (Chair), Advancing the Science of Sexual Minority Stress from Multiple Disciplines: Measurement Issues, Mental Health Associations, and Implications for CBT Treatment. Symposium conducted at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN. Yeterian, J., Bursik, K., & Kelly, J. F. (2014, February). The role of religiosity in adolescents substance use disorder treatment outcomes. Poster presented at the annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (APA Divisions 28/50) conference, Atlanta, GA. Dissertation Defenses Kirstin Brown Birtwell successfully defended her dissertation on April 1st, 2014 entitled: The Role of Child Functioning and Experiential Avoidance in Perceived Well-Being in Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bridgid Conn successfully defended her dissertation on April 2nd, 2014 entitled: A Cross-Sectional and Mixed Methods Investigation of Non-Medical use of Prescription Drugs Among Adolescents. MaryBeth McCullough successfully defended her dissertation on April 3rd, 2014 entitled: Health Behaviors and Weight Gain Among Immigrant Youth: A Novel Approach to Understanding Immigrant Adolescent Health. Esther Reidler successfully defended her dissertation on March 19th, 2014 entitled: Factors Affecting the Development of Adolescent Inpatient Therapeutic Alliance. Sarah Valentine successfully defended her dissertation on December 9th, 2013 entitled: Does Sexual Victimization Impair Decision- Making? An Investigation of Cognitive, Physiological, and Perceptual Factors Among Women. Twyla Wolfe successfully defended her dissertation on May 21st, 2014 Page 14 entitled: Psychosocial Correlates of Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth Among Women and Men: An Exploratory Study.
15 Page 15 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2 The Psychology Department Faculty & Staff would like to congratulate our 2014 graduates!
16 Suffolk University Psychology Department 41 Temple Street Boston, MA Phone: (617) Fax: (617) Department PhD Program The Department Newsletter can be found on the web: college/ departments/14449.php Want to stay in touch with the department or have your personal/professional announcements published in the next newsletter? Update your contact information: alumni/1332.php Department Chair s Notes by Dr. Gary Fireman To all the students who graduated Spring, 2014 a heartfelt Congratulations! This is the culmination of much time and effort and you all should be proud. We are impressed with the many notable accomplishments of our students at every level and excited for your next professional steps in the workforce or in furthering your education. We truly thank the undergraduate and graduate students and all those that supported them for making the Suffolk University Psychology Department such an exciting place to learn and grow. This year the commencement was special for the Psychology Department as one of our undergraduate majors, Reycine Thomas, gave the student address. She did a spectacular job in front of thousands of students and parents, providing a shining example of our wonderful students. During the past year our undergraduate and graduate students have won several awards, presented posters at national conferences, published papers in journals, published book chapters, been awarded grants, engaged in community service, completed internship experiences at all levels, and supported the community. Our students commitment to service is truly impressive and it is evident the students are making a difference in peoples lives. Once again, I get to report on many changes in the department. As we learn in psychology, change is constantly bringing challenges and renewal. This year we say so long to Drs. Tim Poynton and Tracey Rogers. Both have taken faculty positions nearby at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We wish them well and hope to see them around as they will remain in the area. Dr. Lisa Coyne is also changing her affiliation. She will remain at Suffolk University for 20% time and has taken a clinical position at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical Center. Dr. Coyne, in her new role directing a child and adolescent inpatient unit, will continue to support student research and training through externships and internships for both graduate and undergraduate students. This will be a great opportunity for our students to work with youth struggling with emotional difficulties. For all three faculty we are sad to see them go but happy that they have such great opportunities and thankful for all the wonderful work they have done at Suffolk University. Continuing on the theme of change, please join me in giving a hearty welcome to two new faculty, Dr. Gabrielle Liverant and Dr. Sarah Schwartz. Dr. Liverant received her bachelor s degree from Wesleyan University and her doctorate from Boston University in She has been the General Mental Health Clinic Director at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She will start Fall of 2014 at Suffolk University. Dr. Schwartz got her bachelor s degree from Brown University and her doctorate from University of Massachusetts, Boston in She is currently a MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow through the academic year. Thus, Dr. Schwartz will start her appointment at Suffolk University in the Fall of We are thrilled to welcome both Drs. Liverant and Schwartz to the Suffolk community. Another exciting change in our department is the creation of the accelerated path for undergraduate psychology majors to obtain a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling at Suffolk University. For more information about this program, individuals can contact David Shumaker who will be taking over as the Director of the Mental Health Counseling Program, replacing David Medoff. Dr. Medoff has had a successful 12 years in this role, building the program and supporting the smooth transition into the Psychology Department. His service to the program has been outstanding and I greatly appreciate all that he has done for the Mental Health Counseling program. While David Medoff will be focusing on research and teaching Forensic Psychology - a brand new course for our undergraduate students this Fall David Shumaker will no doubt continue to expand the MHC program and I am looking forward to working with him in this leadership position. Have a fun and safe summer! This Newsletter was brought to you by: Lauren Vermette, Editor-In-Chief
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