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Making a Professional First Impression via Email: Tips for Prospective Graduate Students

August 28, 2014

As a member of the Admissions Committee for MiSPP’s Master’s in Clinical Psychology program, a large part of my job is assessing professionalism and readiness for entry into a graduate-level program. For me, this assessment begins much earlier than the face-to-face interview. It begins as soon as I receive an initial communication from a prospective… Read More



Effective Therapy

August 20, 2014

How effective is therapy? What makes therapy more effective? And, what evidence bears on answering these questions? Key findings from a series of recent meta-analyses, statistical procedures that combine the results of many studies and are viewed as the strongest basis for drawing scientific conclusions, have yielded the following, often surprising findings: Much of the… Read More



Congrats 2014 MA Grads!

August 19, 2014

Congratulations 2014 MA graduates! Meagan C. Ahlijian Ciera C. Bies Matthew Anthony Bitonti Erin Rebecca Brandt Nicholas David Capaul Brenann E. Couturier Evisa Maksim Cuko Brittany Marie DeFrain Sarah Elizabeth DuVall Elizabeth Rosemary Frederick Judith Ann Gilbert Laura Michelle Gilboe Janis Glotkowski Benita Paulette Jackson Meghan Jo Jansen Kevin Patrick Johnson Lisa Eve Kaffenberger Lynda… Read More



Congrats 2014 PsyD Grads!

Congratulations to all of our 2014 PsyD graduates! Read about their dissertation research below. Dissertations will be available to students, faculty, and staff in the ProQuest database this fall. Lena Agree The Experience of Being in a Long Term, Monogamous, Heterosexual Relationship That Regularly Incorporates BDSM This study examined the question, What is the experience… Read More



Online therapy: Where we are and where we need to go

August 18, 2014

The following post is the abstract from a poster presentation at the 122nd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association presented by MiSPP Core Faculty member Dustin K. Shepler, PhD and MiSPP doctoral students: Melanie Ho, Priscilla Zoma, and Jessica Dluzynski.                 Title: Online therapy: Where we are… Read More



Psychology Career Motivation: Were You a Parentified Child?

August 6, 2014

  parentify \ parentification \ vb: A distortion of the parent/children relationship, where the child is made responsible for caretaking of parents or primary caregivers. Can be: 1) instrumental – child completes concrete functions to support of family (i.e., grocery shopping, paying bills); or 2) expressive – child attempts to fill family’s socio-emotional needs (i.e.,… Read More



A Year of Yoga—A Year of Trauma Recovery

July 17, 2014

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Yoga Therapy Today which is published by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. This is the story of Anna, who has taught me much about yoga and healing. She is a survivor of long-term, childhood, complex trauma. I worked with Anna in a large public… Read More



“Love Hormone” May Help Persons with Autism in the Future

July 9, 2014

Early research on the hormone (neuromodulator) oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”) suggests nasal spray administration of the hormone may play a role in future treatment of persons with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder. Oxytocin is associated with emotional bonding, empathy and attachment. It is naturally released during childbirth, lactation, touching and sexual… Read More



A Day in the Life of a Therapy Dog

July 2, 2014

Argyle (not her real name) starts her day with breakfast because it’s the most important meal of the day. Then she has a quick game of fetch, to get rid of some of the energy she’s stored up while sleeping. When she sees her human companion take out her therapy dog vest and special collar,… Read More



Understanding the Other

June 30, 2014

One of the major skills of highly effective people is the developed capacity to understand others to whom you are relating. Whether it be as a student, clinician, or professional, your drive to success will be affected by this capacity. What do I mean by the capacity to understand others? It is not just treating… Read More