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Dr. Danjel Bout ’13, a PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 MS in Psychology and a PhD 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD 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 PhD 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a PhD in Psychology student, published the book of poetry My Feet Ain’t Pretty (Create Space, 2014).
Dr. Ann Marie Bescherer ’12, a PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 MS 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 PhD 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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Dr. Rafael Matos ’13, a PhD 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 MS in Psychology and a PhD 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 PhD 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 BS 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 BS 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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 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).
Levon Margolin ’11, an MS in Psychology and a PhD 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 PhD 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 MS in Psychology graduate and a 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.
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.
Cassandra Drown ’12, an MS 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 PhD 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 MS in Psychology and a PhD 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 PhD 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 MS 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 MS in Psychology and MS 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 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.
Jamie Lober ’09, an MS 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 PhD 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.
Detrina Crawley ’11, an MS in Psychology graduate and MS in Mental Health Counseling student, recently received the 2012 Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Professional Development Scholarship from the Virginia Juvenile Justice Association in recognition of her continued pursuit of education. Crawley is a transitional parole officer for the Thirteenth District Court Service Unit in Richmond.
Dr. Linford Pierson ’12, a Ph.D. in Psychology graduate, presented his dissertation Working Memory Training to Improve School Preparedness of Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder during an October event in George Town, Cayman Islands, to Rolston Anglin, minister of education, and Roy Bodden, president of the University College of the Cayman Islands. Dr. Pierson previously served as the speaker of the Cayman Islands’ Legislative Assembly, 2003–2005; the director of finance for Cayman Airways; and as the principal secretary for health, education, and social services for the Cayman Islands Civil Service.
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).
Dr. Molly Barrow ’98, a PhD in Psychology graduate, attended Give an Hour’s 2012 Inaugural Gala in May at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., to give an hour of free mental health therapy to U.S. troops and their families. Dr. Barrow currently works with the Department of Defense to provide a new, noninvasive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Gloria Fowles ’12, a BS in Psychology graduate best known as pop music legend Gloria Gaynor, plans to open a center to benefit teenage parents in mid-2013.
Dr. Darcel Harris ’10, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was featured in the video and article “A Woman’s Calling to Change Young Lives” in the Westminster Patch (Jan. 25, 2012), detailing her work for Wee Can Help, an after-school program for preschool through middle-school students she launched in 1992 to provide tutoring and emphasize problem-solving and communication skills.
Dr. Christine Feeley ’09, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was named the 2011 Adjunct Professor of the Year in Psychology at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. She also recently published “Athletic Involvement: An Increased Risk for Developing an Eating Disorder” in the Nassau Community College’s Journal of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Michelle J. Watson ’07, a PhD in Psychology graduate, co-authored “Self-Forgiveness in Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa” in the journal Eating Disorders (January 2012). The study investigated the extent to which low levels of self-forgiveness were associated with eating disorder symptomatology.
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.
Sandy Maynard ’06, an MS in Psychology graduate, was a guest on Attention Talk Radio for its episode, “ADHD: Go Ahead, Make a Mess!” Maynard discussed how visual learners with ADHD think and perform best.
Dr. Mekonnen H. Birru ’11, an MS in Psychology and PhD in Psychology graduate, wrote Deep in True Self: Where You Find Purpose and Joy in Life (CreateSpace, 2011), a self-help book loaded with insightful questions to teach readers to discover their authentic personalities. Dr. Birru is a clinical director at Health Corporation of America in Houston.
Dr. Jamie Kenney ’10, an MS in Psychology and PhD in Psychology graduate, received her license to practice as a psychologist in the state of Colorado in July. Dr. Kenney is a psychologist for Larimer Center for Mental Health, has a part-time practice providing social skills training to people with autism spectrum disorders and consultation to their caregivers, and is a faculty affiliate at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Dr. Terry R. Tinsley ’10, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was appointed by Gov. Robert McDonnell to the Virginia Board of Counseling in July. Dr. Tinsley is director of clinical services for Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow, Va. Youth for Tomorrow provides counseling, education, and housing for at-risk youth.
Michael W. Hubbell ’09, an MS in Psychology graduate, published his third book, The Fundamentals of Nuclear Power Generation (AuthorHouse, 2011). Hubbell recently joined the faculty of the College of Southern Maryland as a nuclear technical training instructor.
Dr. Celeste H. Bryson ’10, a PhD in Psychology graduate, is now in private practice with two other psychologists and recently became a mental health director for MHM Services, where she oversees two other psychologists and master’s-level mental health clinicians at the largest correctional institution in Delaware.
Dr. Michael A. Verro ’09, a PhD in Psychology graduate and program director of Criminal Justice at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., presented his dissertation research at the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State conference in 2010 and was invited to present at the Northeast Association of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Rhode Island.
Dr. Stacey A. Anderson ’07, a PhD in Psychology graduate, authored the article “Effect of Music on Reading Comprehension of Junior High Students,” in School Psychology Quarterly (September 2010).
Dr. Shantay Bolton ’10 and Dr. Darcel Harris ’10, PhD in Psychology graduates, will co-present “Restructuring the Graduate Student’s Experience Through Diversity: A Multifaceted Approach” at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education conference in Atlanta, March 30–April 2, 2011.
Dr. Terry Overton ’10, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was named the dean of University College at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.
Dr. Billy Kidd ’09, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was cited in the March 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (“For Keeps,” p. 128) for his insights on marriage, including mention of his book, Low Stress Romance (BookSurge Publishing, 2009).
Diane Zanetti ’06, an MS in Psychology graduate, was named executive director of Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, an organization committed to ending domestic violence.
Joanne Souza ’08, who earned an MS in Psychology, co-authored Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe: Human Evolution, Behavior, History, and Your Future (BookSurge Publishing, 2009).
Dr. Billy Kidd ’09, who earned a PhD in Psychology, was interviewed by Dr. Beth Erickson on WebTalkRadio.net about his book, Low Stress Romance (BookSurge Publishing, 2009).
Dr. Lisa Lamb ’10, who earned a PhD in Psychology, was presented with a proclamation from the mayor of North Las Vegas, Nev., declaring August 14, 2010, as a day in her honor acknowledging her lifelong learning, her efforts as an administrator in the Clark County School District, and her goal to open a comprehensive counseling facility.
Dr. Jonna Cooley ’09, who earned a PhD in Psychology, co-presented “Contact Theory and Attitudes Toward Gay Men and Lesbians” at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Joanne DeVeaugh-Geiss ’10, who earned a PhD in Psychology, co-authored “Feasibility and Diagnostic Validity of the M-3 Checklist: A Brief, Self-Rated Screen for Depressive, Bipolar, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in Primary Care” in the Annals of Family Medicine (2010: Vol. 8, Issue 2). In June 2010, DeVeaugh-Geiss—who serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Department of Psychology—presented a poster at NCDEU, a meeting co-sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology in Boca Raton, Fla.
Dr. Molly Barrow ’98, who earned a PhD in Psychology, has authored Malia and Teacup Awesome African Adventure and Malia and Teacup Out on a Limb. These self-esteem books for young readers have been nominated for the 2010 Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award.
Dr. Leslie Capehart ’00, who earned a PhD in Psychology, is the vice president of Missions Frontier, a nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership and economic development in Guatemala. Capehart has served the indigenous Mayan population in Chichicastenango, Guatemala, since 2003.
Dr. Erica King ’09, who earned a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology, currently works as the director of Little Hands Therapy, LLC, based in Avondale, Ariz. Her future plans include expanding her free Internet-based stress management program to include working and stay-at-home moms and businesses in the West Valley that are interested in easily improving their overall health and well-being.
Dr. Wilfredo Nieves ’04, who earned a PhD in Psychology, was hired by Webster University in St. Petersburg, Fla., to be their statewide counseling coordinator. He is a qualified Florida state supervisor for clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling. He also serves as a psychologist for the federal government’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
Trista Dunsmoor ’08, who earned an MS in Psychology, is now the outreach services coordinator for Kilian Community College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dr. Frank Wood ’07, who earned a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology (Licensure), is slated to become a licensed psychologist in Ohio. In addition, Wood is working on two notable collaborations. The first involves crafting a modification of the traditional functional behavioral assessment that will emphasize rewarding adaptive behaviors in concert with efforts to extinct maladaptive behaviors. The second collaboration is with Ted Wiard and Golden Willow Retreat, an organization that serves people dealing with grief and loss. They offer grief support groups, retreats, and training and education on grief.
Dr. Austin Lane ’03, who earned a PhD in Psychology, has been appointed to serve as the next president of Lone Star College–Montgomery. Lane has been vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas, since November 2005.