Belen Ortiz-Brito, a PhD 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 PhD 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.
Dawn Harbin, a PhD 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 PhD 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.
Wilmot Collins, a PhD 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 PhD in Psychology student, was awarded the 2013 Bipolar Lives Scholarship for her essay “Silver Linings and Brilliant Fish.”
Rafael E. Matos, a PhD 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 MS 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD 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).
Pennie Murray ’06, an MS in Psychology graduate and PhD 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.
Derek Neuts, an MS 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD 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.
Kathleen Cherry, a PhD 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 MS 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.
Pennie Murray ’06, an MS in Psychology graduate, PhD 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.
Jeannette Bryant ’09, a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate and a PhD 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD in Psychology student, Renee Sullivan, a PhD in Psychology student, and Teressa Godley-Chase, a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) student. Sullivan is an adjunct faculty member at several universities near her home in Macon, Ga.
Henry J. Gohlke, a PhD 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.
David Solot, a PhD in Psychology student, shares top tips for maximizing mental performance through diet in “Prepping for Debate? Optimize Your Plate” on CNN’s Eatocracy (Oct. 3). Solot is the director of client services at Caliper, a global human resources consulting firm.
Joanne Souza ’09, an MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD in Psychology student, co-authored “Ultimate Causation in Evolved Human Political Psychology: Implications for Public Policy” in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology (Vol. 6, Issue 3).
Linda Davis, an MS in Psychology student and a 2009 Scholar of Change winner, was featured in the article “Course Correction: Retiring Was a Big Mistake” on LifeGoesStrong.com (Feb. 17, 2012). She shares why she chose to pursue her master’s and why she is so passionate about volunteering to build schools in Guatemala for the nonprofit Miracles in Action. Upon graduation, she plans to launch a business named “Recognizing Potential” to coach young business leaders.
Dr. Vera V. Holley, a PhD in Psychology student, wrote the book Come Back, Julia! (iUniverse, 2012) about her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s and about her experience as a caregiver. She hopes the book will help caregivers find the resources they need to promote the well-being of the elderly.
Jayna Butler, an Organizational Psychology and Development Certificate student, published Operation Womanhood: Aligning Your Spiritual & Professional Purpose in November. The book helps women find and follow their spiritual and occupational passions.
Joanne Souza ’09, an MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD in Psychology student, was interviewed on BlogTalkRadio about her dissertation, The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on Health Seeking Behavior for Depressive Symptoms (Nov. 22, 2011). Souza is a recipient of Walden’s 2010 Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change for her investigation of how drug company advertising influences consumers as they pursue treatment.
David Solot, a PhD in Psychology student, explains why you may or may not like certain foods in “The Psychology of Food Aversions” on CNN’s Eatocracy (Nov. 2, 2011).
Teionna White, a PhD in Psychology student, received the 2011 Dorian Award from the Still Hope Foundation in September. The award is given each year to one woman in Hampton Roads, Va., who demonstrates tenacity, courage, and self-sufficiency as a single mother. White, a mother of two, owns a cleaning business and a technology-based solutions firm and runs a private clinical practice.
Dawn Filmyer, a PhD in Psychology student, co-authored “Attributing Hyponatremia to Treatment With Antipsychotic Medications” in Drug Safety (Vol. 34, Issue 4) and “64-Year-Old Male With Undifferentiated Schizophrenia, Lengthy Institutionalization, Water Imbalance” in Psychiatric Annals (Vol. 41, Issue 6). Filmyer also co-presented “Motor Deficits and Hyponatremia: Psychiatric Implications” at the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s annual meeting in San Francisco in May 2011.
Liz Aimee Hernandez, a PhD in Psychology student, authored Patea Al Patán de Tu Vida ¡Que Nunca Mas Jueguen Contigo! (Trafford Publishing, 2011).
Justin Panneck, a PhD in Psychology student, published the book The Knight of Dark Wood: The Last Tree Whisperer (Xlibris, 2010), while working on his dissertation.
Joshua Thomas Acker, a PhD in Psychology student, co-presented with Dr. Larry Thompson of the University of South Florida at the 2010 International CIT Conference in a seminar entitled “Proving Success in CIT: Developing Evidence-Based Programs.”
Paula Bosh, an MS in Psychology student, received The National Children’s Advocacy Center’s 2010 Outstanding Service Award for victim advocacy.
Mary Alice Ayon, a PhD in Psychology student, is scheduled to deliver a podium presentation at the 31st International Human Caring Association Conference on June 2, 2010, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Her topic is role model nursing theory as it relates to the model of self-care through stress management and holistic practices in a large public healthcare system.
James Stewart, a PhD in Psychology student, was a finalist for the 2009 Rising Star Award at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where he is an instructor and coordinator in the criminal justice program.
Cherri Brown, a PhD in Psychology student, has been invited to the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Ninth Annual Conference poster presentation on Oct. 9, 2009, in Atlanta. Her topic is “Grandparents Parenting: Mediation Needs for Public Education.”
Todd Daniel, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Organizational Psychology, was awarded the 2009 Best Student Poster Presentation for his poster, “On Thin Ice: Listening to Methamphetamine Users in the Ozarks,” at the Walden University summer residency held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Anna Makaus-Maleson, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, attended the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in Toronto in August. She participated in the speed mentoring activity and spent time talking with James Bray, PhD, APA president; Norman Anderson, PhD, APA chief executive officer; and Patrick DeLeon, PhD, JD, APA past president and chief of staff to Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.
Jay Spitulnik, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Organizational Psychology, is presenting his dissertation research as a poster session at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, along with his committee chair, Dr. William Disch, in Miami Beach, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2009.
Meg E. Infiorati, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Organizational Psychology, was selected to receive a Family Liaison Office Professional Development Fellowship from the U.S. State Department, a grant that will allow her to further her studies with Walden University. She also published the article, “Emergency Management Planning Challenges in Nepal,” in the June–July 2009 issue of PA Times.
Jamie Kenney, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, was invited to present a poster on her dissertation proposal and anticipated results at the European Brief Therapy Association Conference in Helsinki, Finland, Sept. 4–6, 2009.
Rafael E. Matos, a PhD in Psychology student with a specialization in Organizational Psychology, was elected to the board of directors of the Military Operations Research Society during the society’s annual symposium held at the Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., June 16–18, 2009.