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.
Dr. Rafael Matos ’13, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, was recently named the president of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), which serves the security and analytics community. Dr. Matos, who served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, is a senior analyst with the Washington, D.C., consulting and technical services firm WBB Inc. In September, he was interviewed by WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., about coping with survivor’s guilt following traumatic incidents. Dr. Matos was present at the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 attack in 2001 and at the recent Washington Navy Yard shooting.
Dr. William R. Ragan ’11, an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, recently became a mental health specialist at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Fla., in August.
Dr. Gloria D. Fondren ’08, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, published Praise and Poverty (AuthorHouse, 2013). The book details her childhood experiences and how she overcame personal challenges.
Jim Ruel ’12, a B.S. in Psychology graduate, was named vice president of outside plant, maintenance, and construction in July at Cox Communications in Virginia. He began his career at the cable provider in 1994 as a sales manager, eventually assuming increased responsibility for leading its technical operations statewide. In his new role, Ruel leads a team of more than 215 employees.
Beverly Tilson ’13, a B.S. in Psychology graduate, recently accepted a position as assistant director at Baker Places’ Joe Healy Medical Detox Project in San Francisco.
Dr. Adrianna Flavin ’12, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, gave a poster presentation at the American Psychological Association convention in Honolulu this summer. She is a post-doctoral fellow at Aloha House, Inc., an addiction and mental health treatment facility.
Dr. Richard Fort ’10, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, became the president and COO in July of CereScan Corp., a diagnostic brain imaging company that specializes in the use of functional brain imaging to assist doctors in the detection of a wide array of brain-based disorders. Dr. Fort has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and management, most recently serving as founder and CEO of Education Sales Management, a higher education enrollment and student life cycle solutions company.
Dr. Christine Feeley ’09, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, presented “Active Learning Strategies in the Psychology Classroom” at the 27th annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology at Farmingdale State College in April. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y.
Joanne Souza ’09, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, co-authored “Introduction: Social Complexity and the Bow in the Prehistoric North American Record” and “Theory Testing in Prehistoric North America: Fruits of One of the World's Great Archeological Natural Laboratories” in Evolutionary Anthropology (Vol. 22, Issue 3).
Levon Margolin ’11, an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, wrote the article “Inclusion vs. Exclusion” in the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers’ journal, The Clinical Practitioner (Vol. 8, No. 3). 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.
Dr. Joshua Acker ’10, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, was named the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware) in May. NAMI Delaware provides advocacy, education, support, and housing for individuals with mental illnesses, their families, and friends. Dr. Acker previously served as the director of human resources at Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office in Largo, Fla.
Pennie Murray ’06, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was a guest on the Sandi Mallory Show on WEAA 88.9 FM at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., on April 25. She also authored a guest column in the summer 2013 issue of Equanimity magazine. Murray is an author and motivational life coach.
Susan L. Ruiz ’07, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was featured in the Hagerstown, Md., Herald-Mail on May 11 in “Stressing the Importance of Family and Education.” The article explains how the single mother of four persevered to complete her master’s degree and pursue her doctorate while inspiring her children to set similar goals.
Cassandra Drown ’12, an M.S. in Psychology graduate, published the article “Vital Signs: The Importance of a Disaster Response Plan for Mental Health Care” in The Daily Progress, based in Charlottesville, Va., on Dec. 23 based on her capstone project. She is a case manager at Region Ten Community Services Board, a nonprofit that provides mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse services.
Dr. Tina Bloom ’11, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, had her dissertation, Human Ability to Recognize Dogs’ (Canis familiaris) Facial Expressions: From Cross Cultural to Cross Species Research on the Universality of Emotions, profiled in a series of articles in March, including in The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.
Dr. Levon Margolin ’11, an M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, recently joined the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers’ (NAPPP) board of directors’ executive committee. NAPPP is dedicated to improving patient health by promoting quality psychological practice within a caring, effective, and integrated healthcare system. 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. He received a Presidential Scholarship in 2009.
Dr. Sidney Fisher ’12, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, will co-present “Consequences of Climate-to-Voice Perceptions: Implications for Employee Job Attitudes” in May at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C.
Sherry Jones Mayo ’12, an M.S. in Psychology graduate, published More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic (Modern History Press, 2012), a follow-up to the book she published in 2009.
Keith Plouffe ’12, an M.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling graduate, published Annie’s Odyssey (Lauric Press, 2012), a novel that traces the protagonist’s journey to spiritual awakening and recovery.
Pennie Murray ’06, an M.S. in Psychology graduate, Ph.D. in Psychology student, and motivational life coach, authored Giving Myself Permission: Putting Fear and Doubt in Their Place (GMP Publishing, 2013) to offer readers practical ways to reconnect with their potential and purpose.
Jamie Lober ’09, an M.S. in Psychology graduate, was profiled in Tufts Daily on Nov. 18 for her campaign for mayor of Bloomington, Ind., and her book Pink Power: We Girls Can Do Anything! (Lulu.com, 2008), a rule book for women.
Dr. Jeffrey Fannin ’97, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, co-authored “Neuroscience Reveals the
Whole-Brain State and Its Applications for International Business and Sustainable Success” in the International Journal of Management and Business (Vol. 3, Issue 1). Dr. Fannin is the founder of the Center for Cognitive Enhancement in Glendale, Ariz., which helps individuals to effectively align their thoughts, feelings, and actions to increase their performance in school and at work.
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