See how students of the School of Psychology are making a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

April 2014

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).

March 2014

Terrence Schofield, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, gave a speech at the Price Public Community Center in Rogersville, Tenn., to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Schofield is a diversity trainer, life skills coach, and lecturer.

October 2013

Belen Ortiz-Brito, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, presented a breakout session on behalf of Blueskies Wellness at the 13th annual Youth at Risk conference in Danvers, Mass., in June. She founded Blueskies Wellness, a bullying prevention and treatment agency in Methuen in 2006.

LuAnn Sawdey-Roberts, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the 11-member board that assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in overseeing the practice of more than 8,800 counselors in Michigan in August. Sawdey-Roberts is the associate director of community services for Highfields Inc. in Jackson and is both a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitative counselor.

September 2013

Dawn Harbin, a Ph.D. in Psychology student and the supervisor of senior adult services at Greenville Mental Health Center in South Carolina, was featured in the cover story “Intriguing Women of Anderson” in the Spring 2013 issue of Anderson Life. In the piece, she explains her passion for volunteerism. Harbin creates and donates blankets to Project Linus, which provides blankets to needy, sick, and homeless children.

John Mohl, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, published “Are Highly Hypnotizable People Naturally Aware of Their Hypnotic Talents? Implications for Human Potentialities” in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Vol. 61, Issue 3). He also presented “History of the Hypnosis—From Mesmerism to the Great Debates” at the American Psychological Association convention in Honolulu this summer.

August 2013

Wilmot Collins, a Ph.D. in Psychology student and Liberian refugee, spoke at the U.S. Department of State in commemoration of World Refugee Day in June. Collins is an administrative officer for facility management with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regional office at Fort Harrison in Montana, where he is also the minority veteran program coordinator. He’s also a logistics specialist with the U.S. Naval Reserves and an adjunct instructor in business management at Helena College.

Kathleen Herndon, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was awarded the 2013 Bipolar Lives Scholarship for her essay “Silver Linings and Brilliant Fish.”

Rafael E. Matos, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was recently elected president of the Military Operations Research Society. Matos is a senior manager at WBB Consulting Inc., a consulting and technical services firm in Washington, D.C.

Derek Neuts, an M.S. in Psychology student, U.S. Air Force veteran, and co-founder of the Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies, was featured in the American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today on June 21 in an article about how he is enhancing cultural competencies for counselors.

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).

July 2013

Pennie Murray ’06, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and 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.

June 2013

Derek Neuts, an M.S. in Psychology student, U.S. Air Force veteran, and co-founder of the Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies, gave a presentation in May to graduate students at Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore. He spoke about veteran transition assistance programs, barriers to employment, counseling considerations for veterans, and cultural competency. The Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies also recently had its first course accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors through a sponsorship with the Oregon Counseling Association.

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.

April 2013

Kathleen Cherry, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, published Blowing Bubbles (Aaspirations Publishing, 2012), a children's book designed to help children cope with illness and aging. She is an elementary school counselor in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Derek Neuts, an M.S. in Psychology student and U.S. Air Force veteran, co-founded the Institute for Veteran Cultural Studies in October, officially launching programs in January. The institute offers online classes, seminars, workshops, and organizational consulting services to nonprofits and other providers that serve veterans and their families. Neuts is a member of the Oregon Counseling Association, the Oregon Career Development Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

February 2013

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.

January 2013

Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) graduate and a Ph.D. in Public Health student, earned formal 501(c)(3) status for Kids Be Aware (KBA) in August. Founded in 2009, the nonprofit publishes books and conducts seminars that educate parents and children about infectious and chronic diseases. Bryant has partnered with colleagues to create a board of directors, which includes Susan Ruiz ’07, an M.S. in Psychology graduate and a Ph.D. in Psychology student, Renee Sullivan, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, and Teressa Godley-Chase, a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) student. Sullivan is an adjunct faculty member at several universities near her home in Macon, Ga.

Henry J. Gohlke, a Ph.D. in Psychology student, was named a vice president of Capital Southwest Corporation in Dallas in November. He will lead the firm’s investment activities in the specialty chemicals and products sector. Gohlke previously served as principal at Sebesta Blomberg and vice president of corporate development at RectorSeal.

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