University UpdatesWinter 2012

Winter 2012: Occupational Therapy, Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences, Woodrow Wilson

School of Occupational Therapy: Occupational justice

In September Julie Bednarski ’96 presented “Improving Client Engagement in Occupation by Ensuring Occupational Justice” at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association Conference on the campus of IUPUI.

OT volunteers help seniors get CarFit
Faculty and grad students of the School of Occupational Therapy at UIndy (see photo) volunteered their time one fall day to show older drivers how to stay safer on the road. The group performed CarFit checks at the Fall Health Festival hosted by Senior Promise, a Franciscan St. Francis Health program for people 50 and older. CarFit is a national education program that helps older adults assess how well their personal vehicles fit them. The checklist looks at 12 key areas, including the positioning of the seat, steering wheel, and mirrors. UIndy Assistant Professor Jennifer Radloff is one of only three people in Indiana certified to coordinate CarFit events and is the only certified instructor. She introduced CarFit at the health festival last year, with the help of UIndy grad Tori Simons ’08, now an occupational therapist with St. Francis.

School of Psychological Sciences: Making psychology matter

David L Downing offered several presentations and symposia over recent months, including “Treating Marginalised & Psychotic Patients in Private Practice: An Urgent Matter of Social Justice,” “Maintaining a Space for Psychoanalytical Treatment of Psychosis in a Private Office: Why This Matters Now More Than Ever,” and “Inclusion of Psychoanalytical Thought in Doctoral Programs of Psychology: Results of a Survey of APA- and CPA-Accredited Programs” at the Division 39 Psychoanalysis meeting in New York City, where he was part of the panel “Making Sure We Matter: The Generative Functions of Psychoanalytical Education in Academia.” At the Annual Congress of the American Psychological Association, he moderated the discussion and film screening “Revolutions of the Night: The Enigma of Henry Darger” with filmmaker and director Mark Stokeson.

In his capacity as president of Section V of the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis, and as chair of the Division’s Education & Training Committee, Downing has appointed Kori Bennett ’11 and Michelle Stone ’11 as student representatives to Section V and Kristen Cole ’11 and Emily Johnson ’11 to the Education and Training Committee.

In August at the American Psychological Association convention in Washington, D.C., Michael Poulakis ’94 ’98 ’02 and several UIndy alumni were part of three poster presentations. “Support and Acculturative Stress in Chinese International Students” was presented with David Bertram ’10, Ekta Kumar ’10, and Betsy Shaw Elsasser ’09. “Attachment Styles and Relationship Satisfaction Among Adult Children of Alcoholics Based on the Perceived Severity of Impact of Parental Alcoholism” was presented with Lindsey Henninger ’07 ’10, Rebecca Fogley ’11, Kristen Cole, and Jeff Vergo ’10. “Impact of Attendance in Integrated Religious Institutions and Identification as Catholic on Interracial Relationship Beliefs and Behavior” was presented with Katy Kopp Miller ’09, Andrea Karwck (Stenftenagel) ’08, and Sofia Zavrou ’09.

Jacqueline Remondet Wall and David G. Wall coauthored three film reviews for the American Psychological Association journal PsycCRITIQUES. One was on the independent film Win Win, another on Terrence Malick’s award-winning film The Tree of Life, and the third was on the independent film It’s Kind of a Funny Story. She and Joseph Hansel are conducting an impact evaluation for Allen County Community Corrections. They have provided preliminary results from an independent examination of factors related to successful completion of the supervision components provided to offenders. Along with Kara Shaneyfelt ’10, Jon Thompson ’96 ’02, and Jeremy Davis ’06 ’09, Wall was an author on two research poster presentations made at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Both submissions examined test performance in investigations of the relationship between examinee effort and neuropsychological evaluations.

Wall sponsored two student research poster presentations at the American Psychological Association convention that were resubmitted for the fall conference of the Indiana Psychological Association. Doctoral students Michelle Stone ’11 and Jessica Neukam ’11 served as lead authors, along with coauthor Steven Koch. Stone’s presentation examined changes made by parents when their children have been placed in foster care and the relationships between these changes and subsequent family reunification. Neukam’s presentation examined adolescent satisfaction with care when placed in a residential care setting and how satisfaction relates to service outcomes. Along with Koch and another colleague, Wall coauthored a poster for presentation at the National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Social Sciences: Service learning and social work

Phylis Lan Lin edited the book Service-Learning in Higher Education: National and International Connections and served as coauthor on Service-Learning in Higher Education: Theory and Practice. She also organized and chaired the fourth International Symposium on Service-Learning, September 23–25, in Ningbo, China.

Tracy A. Marschall ’92 and several students presented “Service Learning in the Social Work Research Curriculum,” subtitled “A student-led, multi-city comparison on existing and necessary qualifications of practitioners providing supervised visitation/parenting time services” at the New York State Education Association Annual Conference. She and another group of students presented in Saratoga Springs, N.Y, at the New York NASW Conference. In Albany, N.Y., they presented “Creative Uses for Manipulatives, Therapeutic Games/Activities, and Demonstrations as Pedagogical Tools and Client Interventions.” A group from UIndy also presented “Creating Low-Cost, Appropriate, Therapeutic Games/Activities for Use During Non-Custodial Parent Visitation” at the international conference of the Supervised Visitation Network in Denver. Two presentations with students, “Children’s Emotional Literacy and ESL in Local-Global Contexts” and “The 3-Dimensional Eco-Map: Understanding Human Behavior through Systems and Ecological Theory in Class and Practice,” were presented at the New York State Social Work Education Association conference in October.

Woodrow Wilson: A ‘teenage wasteland’?

In November Deb Sachs ’78 presented “The Adolescent Brain: What’s Going On In There” at the 38th Annual National Conference and Exhibit of the Association for Middle Level Education. Sachs, along with Angelia Ridgway and Donna Stephenson, also presented “Engagement, Connections, and Motivation: Designing Effective Lessons for All Content Areas.”

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