Fall 2014University Updates

Fall 2014: Psychology, Social Sciences, Theatre, Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program

School of Psychological Sciences: Is that easy to remember?

With Jeremy J. Davis ’09 serving as lead author, Jacqueline Wall co-authored “Examining Verbal Memory on the Word Memory Test and California Verbal Learning Test—Second Edition” for publication in the journal Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. With Crystal Cederna-Meko ’09 serving as lead author, Steven Koch (adjunct faculty) and Wall co-authored “Youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder at Entry into Home-Based Treatment, Foster Care, and Residential Treatment” for publication in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Along with Aaron Kivisto and Joseph Hansel (former UIndy faculty), Wall served as a consultant to Allen County Community Corrections. Koch and Wall presented four commissioned activities for the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy. These four activities were part of a 16-year outcomes evaluation project for which Wall has served as an external evaluator, and comprise an annual report, an executive summary, a 15-year review, and an assessment of evaluation quality to member agencies.

Wall was an author on an invited film review for Inside Llewyn Davis titled “Inside an Artist.” She served as co-author on David Wall’s invited review of the film Dallas Buyers Club titled “Teapots and Drug Laws.” The reviews were published in PsycCRITIQUES.

J. Wall and Jacqueline Hess sponsored two student groups (Kendra Corning ’13, Lauren Myers ’13, Amanda Wakefield ’10, and Trevor Langston ’17) who presented at the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association Education Conference in April 2014. Both of these presentations offered tips for facing the challenges associated with providing care for loved ones experiencing late-life cognitive decline. Wall was an author on 14 research posters over the past 10 months, co-authoring these presentations with Bill Staples ’05 (Krannert School of Physical Therapy); alumni Davis and Cederna-Meko; adjunct faculty members Koch and D. Wall; 10 psychology doctoral students (Cynthia Ross ’93, Cara Pratt ’13, Brett Enneking ’14, Kasey Windnagel ’14, Devona Gruber ’14, Jeni Gregory ’14, Lauren Hansen ’14, Lauren Myers ’13, Carolyn Certilman ’14, and Amanda Wakefield ’10); and two physical therapy students (Emily Luck ’14 and Sarah Kuklish ’14). Eleven of these posters were presented at the American Psychological Association convention, one at the annual National Academy of Neuropsychology meeting, and one at the annual meeting of the Indiana Psychological Association.

Wall was invited to serve on an Institute of Medicine Committee examining the role of psychological assessment in evaluation of applicants for Social Security disability benefits. She served on the American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee and was a site visitor for the APA Commission on Accreditation. She was accepted to serve as a site visitor for the Higher Learning Commission and completed her term as past-president of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18 of the APA). She is on the editorial board of Psychological Services and is a research committee member for the Foster Family Treatment Association. She also has been a guest reviewer for the Clinical Neuropsychologist. Wall has been asked to serve as associate executive director for the American Psychological Association. In this role, she will direct the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Social Sciences: Social Work earns department status

This past spring Phylis Lan Lin gave five lectures in China about stress and coping, assertiveness training, American culture and society, becoming a 21st-century nursing professional, and “Beyond Thinkers 50: Thoughts on Strategy, Leadership, Innovation, and the Future of Work” to students and faculty at Sanda University and Providence University, to MBA students at Hehai University in Nanjing, and to administrators and staff at the Shanghai Children’s Hospital. Her Stress Management and Quality of Life was published in April 2014 by Young Lion Publishing Co. in Taiwan. She has written for Chinese readers on the same topic since 1978, and this is her fourth book on the topic. She also presented “Beyond 2014: Goals of Higher Education in America” at the National Conference on U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations at the University of Redlands in May. Lin was also honored at the Indy Asian American Times gala in August as part of their “Living Legends of Indiana’s Chinese-American Community.” The gala honorees were long-time Indiana citizens who have made significant contributions and achievements.

The Phylis Lan Lin Social Work Program has become a stand-alone department and has been renamed the Phylis Lan Lin Social Work Department in honor of the long-time faculty member. The department will be located in the new health pavilion, opening in 2015.

Kevin Whiteacre and Amanda Miller took two graduate and 10 undergraduate students to Belize in May to record oral histories inside the Belize Central Prison as part of a travel course, “The Big House Abroad.” The students recorded 36 oral histories with prison staff over a three-day period. The interviews are part of a larger ongoing research project documenting the lived experiences of inmates and staff in the prison, changes in prison management, and crime in Belize.

Theatre: Alumni active in local theatre

Penny Sornberger designed the costumes and Jim Ream designed the set for the highly acclaimed Phoenix Theatre production of I and You in Indianapolis in March. She was a co-leader of Project-Based Learning/Faculty Learning Community with the Faculty Learning Design Studio at UIndy. She copresented a workshop, “Project-Based Learning: An Exploration to Increasing Problem-Solving Skills Amongst 21st-Century Learners,” at the Teaching the Teacher Conference at IU Health.

Ryan O’Shea ’08 wrapped up her first foray in teaching theatre courses at the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Summer Conservatory for Youth. She completed her teacher certification in Fitzmaurice Voicework, a vocal technique for actors, this past summer in London.

James Leagre was cast in the lead role of Sam in a short feature film called The Blue. Filming took place in Indianapolis, Muncie, and Decatur, Ind., during April and May 2014. It will premiere in Indianapolis and be submitted to multiple festivals throughout the U.S.

Lou Harry directed his play The Pied Piper of Hoboken for Theatre on the Square as part of the 2014 Indy Fringe Festival in August. His play Lightning and Jellyfish will be performed at Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis in October. He also penned a piece for the fall 2014 issue of the Sondheim Review and was named to the executive committee of the American Theatre Critics Association.

Robert Neal played Prospero in The Tempest for Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre the first weekend of August, with Ross Percell ’14 as Ferdinand. Neal taught in the IRT youth conservatory (his 11th year) with Elise Campagna ’15 working as an intern and will be entering his 14th season at IRT this fall doing Two Gentlemen of Verona and A Christmas Carol.

In August Jeffrey Barnes ’00 had his play Creation produced as part of the Indy Fringe Festival. UIndy staff and alumni were part of the production including Jenni White ’97 and Christie Beckmann ’98. Carol Hatfield ’90 was a musician and Sara (Wagoner) Carolin ’05 was the stage manager. Penny Sornberger was the costume designer. Other UIndy alumni involved with the Indy Fringe Festival included Kyrsten Lyster ’16, Delia (Neylon) Robertson ’07, Chelsey (Wood) Stauffer ’11, and Taylor Martin ’75.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program: Asking the right questions

Deb Sachs ’78, fellowship program director, presented “Encouraging Student Engagement through Effective Questioning Strategies” at the Woodrow Wilson National Convening in Chicago in July.

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