University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2019

Spring 2019: College of Applied Behavioral Sciences

Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work

Four social work students received the Mildred Myers Reynolds Endowed Scholarship: Brittany Singh ’19 (MSW), Yessely Parra ’19 (MSW), Sarah Niemier ’20 (BSW) and Felicia Seals ’20 (BSW). Dr. Reynolds developed the scholarship to promote interest among social work students to work with the late-adult population.

Four social work students received the Toni Peabody Scholarship. Funded by Toni Peabody and Richard King, this award was created to provide financial assistance for social work students enrolled in a practicum course. The recipients are: Bailey Bonebright ’19 (BSW), Haley Hawver ’20 (BSW), Meaghan Owens ’19 (BSW) and Felicia Seals ’20 (BSW).

Pre-art Therapy

Rachel Feldwisch, assistant professor and director of counseling programs, presented at the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) National Conference on service learning in undergraduate art therapy education and social justice advocacy training in graduate art therapy education. Feldwisch also served as chair of the first Undergraduate Poster Competition and co-facilitator of the Annual Council of Art Therapy Educators Meeting.


Dr. Aaron Kivisto and Dr. Katherine Kivisto, assistant professors of psychology, published “Risk Management with Clients Who Stalk, Threaten, and Harass Mental Health Professionals” in the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

Jenifer Gregory ‘14 (M.A., clinical psychology) ‘17 (PsyD) published “Father-child play, child emotional dysregulation, and adolescent internalizing symptoms: A longitudinal multiple mediation analysis,” in Development & Psychopathology.
Dr. Katherine Kivisto and Dr. Neil Perdue, associate professor of psychology, vice president and chief operating officer, were among the co-authors.

Psychology doctoral student Del Monteiro, ’17 (M.A.) and Dr. Michael Poulakis, PsyD (’94, ’98, ’02), assistant professor, presented Monteiro’s doctoral research findings in August at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. The title of the presentation was “Qualitative Findings on the Effects of Cisnormative Beauty Standards on Transgender Women’s Beauty.”

Dr. Poulakis’ CQR Lab presented research in August at the American Psychological Association Convention.

Doctoral student Dr. Nour Abdelghani ’18 (PsyD) and Dr. Poulakis presented Abdelghani’s doctoral research findings, “Understanding Enmeshment in Arab American Mother-Child Relationships.” Abdelghani’s research received the 2016 Diversity Research Grant for Pre-Doctoral Candidates from Division 29 of the American Psychological Association: Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Dr. Abdelghani will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Child and Family Health in Miami.

Angeliki Menediatou ’03 (M.A.), Nikos Nakopoulos, Sebastian Del Corral Winder ’18 (M.A.) and
Dr. Poulakis presented groundbreaking research related to mental health in Greece: “Participant Satisfaction With Self-Help Groups in Greece.”

Sebastian Del Corral Winder, ’18 (M.A.), TJ Lesher ’16 (M.A.) and Dr. Poulakis presented community proposal findings related to Latina women: “Life After Domestic Violence: Support Groups for Latina Immigrant Survivors.”

Second-year doctoral student Rebecca McCormic ’22 recently published an article as first author in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The article, “‘Me too’ decision: An analog study of therapist self-disclosure of psychological problems,” is based on her thesis.

Students working with Dr. Kendra Thomas, assistant professor of psychology, presented data gathered for their capstone projects to iThemba, a non-profit organization in Hilton, South Africa. Every semester, students conduct literature reviews on subjects including HIV/AIDS, pregnancy prevention and gender inequality to analyze data on the impact of iThemba’s intervention work. The non-profit works with 800 middle school students in 10 schools annually.

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