Dr. Danjel Bout ’13, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, was appointed assistant director of response at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. Dr. Bout has been strategic plans branch chief at the California National Guard since 2013, where he has also been military liaison to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services since 2012.
Dr. Diane Bryan ’05, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, has signed a publishing deal with Celebrity Press to co-author a new book, Get in the Game. Her co-authors will include experts from various industries, and royalties from the book will be given to Entrepreneurs International Foundation.
Dr. Rhonda Cunningham ’13, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, was quoted in an article on Bloomberg.com about research from her doctoral dissertation, which demonstrates the effectiveness of using Cogmed learning software to teach students with learning and attention-deficit issues.
Dr. Levon Margolin '11, an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, initiated a new behavioral medicine program, the Functional Restoration Program, at Healthpointe, a series of facilities that serve southern California. The program is focused on helping patients with chronic pain. Dr. Margolin is the CEO and chief psychologist of ibemed, a company that works to improve patient health and experience while decreasing healthcare costs by integrating behavioral medicine services into existing healthcare systems.
Terrence Schofield '10, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, published Distractions: Why We Do What We Do? (Velron Publishing Company, 2013). Schofield is a diversity trainer, life skills coach, and public speaker.
Dr. Anita Lewis-Schmoll ’06, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, recently opened Safe Cove Counseling in Lockport, Ill., to provide counseling to recovering addicts. The practice focuses on serving clients with no insurance.
Brenda G. Berry ’12, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, published the book of poetry My Feet Ain’t Pretty (Create Space, 2014).
Dr. Ann Marie Bescherer ’12, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, was featured on CBS Philly in March in “Police In Ocean County Being Trained On New Drug That Could Treat Heroin Overdoses.” Dr. Bescherer has worked as an addiction counselor for 20 years at the Seabrook House outpatient facility in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Dr. Donald “Rick” Froyd ’11, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, published “Toward a Humanistic Approach to Child Custody Mediation: A Delicate Balance” in the Journal of Child Custody (Vol. 11, 2014). Based in Visalia, Calif., Dr. Froyd is a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a national certified counselor.
Dr. David Solot ’13, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, recently had a post on the CNN blog Eatocracy that addressed why people are rude toward waiters and other service workers and how to resist the urge to behave in this way. Dr. Solot, the director of client services at Caliper, an international human resources consulting company, has previously written for Eatocracy on the topics of food aversion and maximizing brain power.
Jammie Abbott ’10, an M.S. in Psychology graduate, was the focus of a December article in the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., that highlighted her family’s efforts to collect and distribute holiday toys to area children whose families are unable to afford permanent housing. Abbott first undertook this initiative in 2007 and provided gifts to 185 children in 2013.
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson ’06, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, 2012 Scholar of Change, and contributing faculty member in the School of Psychology, received the 2013 Tennessee Nurses Association Award for Nursing Excellence in Education in October. The award recognizes a nurse whose outstanding performance promotes excellence in nursing practice, contributes to the professional development of other nurses, improves the quality of nursing care, and demonstrates leadership in professional and community service. In addition to teaching at Walden, Dr. Wilson has a private practice as an advanced holistic nurse and serves as managing editor of the International Journal of Childbirth Education.
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