Summer/Fall 2020University Updates

Summer/Fall 2020: College of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Two faculty members in the art therapy program have been elected to the Indiana Art Therapy Association board. Founding member and program director Dr. Rachel Feldwisch was elected president, and Michelle Itczak, assistant professor of counseling, was elected treasurer.

Feldwisch appeared on local news and radio stations to discuss creative ways to manage stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Feldwisch hosted a roundtable presentation, “Encouraging the ‘C’ in MPCAC: How do faculty encourage master’s students to embrace identities as professional counselors?” at the Council for Master’s in Counseling Training Programs Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. 

Samantha Froh ’19 (pre-art therapy) received the top scholarship available from Alpha Chi National Honors Society. Froh was a Strain Honors College student and Esch scholar at UIndy. 

“Internalized Weight Stigma, Psychological Well-being, and Sleep Quality in Women,” co-authored by Dr. Erin Fekete, interim associate dean for the School of Psychological Sciences, was accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personal and Social Psychology in New Orleans. 

Dr. Melissa Loria, assistant professor, presented “The Effects of Racial Stereotypes on False Recall” at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans. 

Dr. Katie Boucher, assistant professor, co-presented “Effects of a Social Belonging Intervention for STEM-interested Students with Disabilities” at the 2020 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans. 

Boucher also co-authored several articles for the College Transition Collaborative website to support students, faculty, and staff through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Lynn Shaw, assistant professor and director of field MSW, co-presented “Ready, Set, Dive into the Impact of Critical Self-Reflection in Social Work Practice” at the IU School of Social Work Alumni Association Conference. 

Shaw also appeared on radio station WIBC to discuss laughter therapy for stress resiliency. 

Dr. Jordan Waldron, assistant professor, presented “Active learning strategies for research methods” at the 27th Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology.  

“Evaluation of PTSD symptoms and subjective distress tolerance: Impact on quality of life,” a poster by Emily Ahles ’23 (PsyD) and Dr. Lisa Elwood, associate professor and director of clinical training-internship, was accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 

Dr. Kendra Thomas, assistant professor, appeared on Indianapolis news station WTHR-13 to discuss how to talk to children about COVID-19.

Dr. Michael Poulakis, assistant professor of psychology, and Delmira Monteiro ’20 (doctorate of clinical psychology, PsyD diversity fellow) published an article in the Midwest Social Sciences Journal.

Dr. Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of clinical psychology, collaborated with Dr. Peter Phalen ’18 (PsyD in clinical psychology) to publish “Baltimore Ceasefire 365: Estimated Impact of a Recurring Community-Led Ceasefire on Gun Violence,” in the American Journal of Public Health

Aaron Kivisto, along with Dr. Rhianna Beasley ’20 (PsyD) and Dr. Jordan Waldron, assistant professor, published an article, “Childhood maltreatment and psychosis: A comparative validity study of maltreatment indices,” in the journal Child Maltreatment.  

Dr. Debbie Warman, professor, published “Decision-making about intrusive thoughts: Relationships to attitudes towards them” in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

Dr. Taniko King-Jordan, assistant professor and Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work program director, co-authored “Women and Power: Exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, and culture” in Pathways in the political arena: The perspectives of global women leaders

Jeff Bryant, associate professor, co-presented “Hope and Help for Addiction: A Biblical Paradigm for Treatment” at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work Conference, Washington, DC.

Dr. Emma Eckart, assistant professor, presented a webinar for the Indiana Counseling Association titled “Work-Family Conflict of Female Counselors.”