Fall 2015University Updates

Fall 2015: OT, Psychology, Sociology & Criminal Justice, Student Affairs, Theatre, Woodrow Wilson, Writing Lab

School of Occupational Therapy: Piloting pilates

In April Dr. Lucinda Dale, along with Jessica Bohlander ’14, Nicole Bonk ’14, Jessica Flanigan ’14, and Gabrielle Shipman ’14 presented “Outcomes of Total Knee and Total Hip Arthroplasty as Measured by the Short Musculoskeletal Function Assessment” at the National American Occupational Therapy Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. Dale and Shipman presented the same research session at the 2014
Fall Indiana Occupational Therapy Association meeting last November. At the same November meeting, Dale and Connie Mikuski ’13 presented “Outcomes of a Pilates-Based Intervention for Individuals with Lateral Epicondylosis: A Pilot Study.” The research study was completed with co-investigators Jennifer Juergens ’13, Keeley Karns ’13, Jackie Miller ’13, Nichole Nuttall ’13, and Ryan Schlatter ’13.

Dr. Victoria Wilburn ’12 ’14 was nominated as president-elect for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association and will become president in 2016. Wilburn also received her Doctor of Health Sciences degree from UIndy in December 2014. Her juried project, “Emerging Areas of Practice: Perceptions among Academic Fieldwork Coordinators,” expanded her depth of knowledge in her role as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for UIndy’s part-time Master of Occupational Therapy program. In June Wilburn spoke on behalf of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation at the 2015 Kappa Delta Phi Sorority National Convention in Bloomington, Ind. She also presented “Occupational Journeys: Wisdom from the Classroom.”

School of Psychological Sciences: Psychoanalytical spotlight

In December 2014, Dr. David L Downing presented “The Silencing of Psychoanalytical Voices” at the Languages of Psychoanalysis Congress in Munich, Germany. Downing also presented “Psychoanalytical Training Opportunities at the Internship and Postdoctoral Level: 1995–2015” along with co-authors and students Sarah Mulder and Natalie Sergent ’15 at the spring meeting of the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis. Downing also received a book contract for Outpatient Treatment of Psychosis: Psychodynamic Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice. Downing was awarded an earlier book contract in 2013, titled, Psychoanalytic Education: Teaching, Training, and Administration. Downing is completing a second year as the president of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He helped in the writing of the renewal for the ABPP [Board Certification] in Psychoanalysis in Psychology, which is now being reviewed by the Commission on Recognition for Specialities and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology of the APA. Downing was re-elected to the APA’s governing body, the Council of Representatives, in May.

Drs. Kori Bennett ’11 ’13, Stephanie Creekpaum ’07 ’09, Michael Jones ’08 ’11, and Michelle Stone ’11 ’14 were elected to the Board of Directors of the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis, Section V this past year. Each of them had begun their work as student members of the Division.  Creekpaum was also a presenter of Section V’s Invited Panel at the 2015 Annual Spring Meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis.

Emily Boshkoff ’15 had her paper “‘All the Long-Gone Darlings’: Using Confessional Poetry as a Lens to View the Western Cultural Symbolical Formations of the Female Body” published in the journal Psychoanalytic Psychology. The paper won the prestigious Stephen A. Mitchell Award
of the APA’s division of Psychoanalysis in 2013.

In April Dr. Emily Dubosh ’15 presented “Policing in the Terror Decade: Understanding Islamophobia and Law Enforcement” at the annual Islamophobia Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. The paper was co-authored by Poulakis and Abdelghani.

In March Dr. Mixalis Poulakis ’94 ’98 ’02 and several students presented at the Muslim Mental Health Conference hosted by the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry. Poulakis, Renita Sengupta ’14, Nidaa Kazi ’14, Nour Abdelghani ’15, and Amira Zein from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology presented “I Offer You Myself in Marriage, in Accordance with the Traditions of Islam: A Literature Review of Muslim American Attitudes Toward Marital and Pre-Marital Counseling.” In addition to reviewing the literature on American Muslim attitudes toward premarital and marital counseling, the presentation provided practical suggestions for clinicians working with American Muslim couples and recommendations on how to increase the utilization of marital and pre-marital counseling by the American Muslim community.

Sociology & Criminal Justice: Stopping metal theft

Dr. Kevin Whiteacre (chair) and co-authors Donald Terheide and Bruce Biggs published the research article “Metal Theft and Repeat Victimization” in the August issue of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Whiteacre stepped down as director of the Community Research Center and is now the department chair. After thirteen years as chair Dr. Jim Pennell is now co-director of the Community Research Center with Dr. Tim Maher, former director of the Master in Applied Sociology program. Dr. Amanda Miller has taken over as director of the graduate program.

Student Affairs: Summoning strength

UIndy instituted a Leadership Certificate Program this past spring. The eight-week program had 32 graduates. Participants navigated the Student Leadership Challenge, which helped them to understand their strengths regarding leadership and discover areas how they could make impact on campus, in the community, and in their own lives.

Theatre: Treading the boards

Chelsea Anderson ’10 graduated with a master’s in Fine Arts in Acting/Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015 after completing her thesis project, All the Best, Jack, an original play written and directed by Anderson and produced by her organization, Nova Theatre. While earning her MFA, Chelsea worked with top theatres in the region, including an internship with Forward Theater’s Jen Gray, acting roles with Children’s Theatre of Madison and Theatre LILA, and production roles (directing and text/dialect coaching, respectively) for InterMission Theatre and the Madison Opera.

In June Angela V. Farrand attended a board meeting for the Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in Schools organization in New York City. She also conducted six sessions of story drama activities for youth after school at the Indiana School for the Deaf this past spring. In June she presented a drama workshop for youth at the American Society of Deaf Children conference in Indianapolis at the Indiana School for the Deaf.

Lighting designer Laura Glover finished her 24th season with Dance Kaleidoscope.

James Leagre will be a speaker coach for the 2015 “Keep It Simple” TEDx Talks to be held at UIndy in October. He performed a reading of a new play at IRT for the “Write Now” Festival and auditioned for a feature film to be shot in Indianapolis in 2016.

In April Robert Neal shot and appeared in an episode of the NBC drama “Chicago Fire,” season 3, episode 21, called “We Called Her Jellybean,” playing the part of Louis, a nosy bystander who has a clue to arson. At Indiana Repertory Theatre, he appeared in The Hound of the Baskervilles in February and March. In late April he directed Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty for Franklin College. In July, he played Sir Toby Belch in Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night. This fall he will be playing Lenny in Of Mice and Men for Cardinal Stage in Bloomington, Ind. This summer marked his twelfth year of teaching in the IRT Summer Youth Conservatory.

Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program: Asking the right questions

Deb Sachs ’78 presented “Encouraging Student Thinking and Engagement through Effective Questioning” at the National Science Teachers Association conference in March.

Writing Lab: Righting the writer

In April at the East Central Writing Centers Association conference at the University of Notre Dame, the Writing Lab staff gave two presentations. Dawn Marie Hershberger ’92 ’98 presented “The Ethics of Improv: How a ‘Yes-And’ Mindset Improves the Writer Rather Than the Individual Piece of Writing.” Richard Marshall, along with Brad Neal (Chemistry) and Writing Lab peer tutors, Caryn Kiel ’18, Teresa Rose ’17, and Han Shih ’18 conducted the panel “The Ethics of Required Visits: Chemistry Students in the Writing Lab?” Peer tutor Chelsea Wieland ’18 also assisted in the preparation of the panel.

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