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Reflections from President Blau- Entering Anew

January 6, 2016

Our monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology. Happy New Year to all!  I hope that your time away provided an opportunity for rest and relaxation, for family, friends and fun, yet also for personal reflection…. Read More



Words, Memories, Thinking, Feeling

December 14, 2015

Radiolab[i] featured a program recently about words – or rather, about the absence of words.  The program explores many questions: What happens when words are turned off in the brain?  What would happen if somehow words never made their way into the brain in the first place?  What comprises thought in the absence of words?… Read More



Psi Chi Outreach at the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor

On November 29th, students from Psi Chi at MiSPP attended an outreach event at the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospital in Ann Arbor. The Veterans Health Administration is led by the United States Department of Veterans and implements the medical assistance program for military veterans. Kat Lewitzke (PsyD 4), Rachel Rodorigo (PsyD… Read More



Year-End Reflections

As this year comes to a close, so too is my first semester at Michigan School of Professional Psychology. This program has been a gift in my life as well as in the lives of my cohorts.  At the end of December I take time to think about the year that is ending.  I examine… Read More



Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway Volunteer Experience

The Psi Chi at MiSPP chapter organized eight students and staff members to volunteer at the Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway on December 9th. HAVEN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The Annual HAVEN Gift Giveaway shopping experience allows clients to shop and select special gifts for each member… Read More



The Physiology of Change: Using Tai Chi to support the Mind/Body connection

December 4, 2015

Tools for healing outside of the therapy hour are something I’m always on the lookout for.  The nytimes.com recently ran an article[i] that described a study pairing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Tai Chi (TC) to help treat patients who suffer from insomnia.  The participants who received both treatments experienced very positive physiological effects. Research… Read More



Reflections from President Blau

November 30, 2015

Here is the holiday edition of the monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology. December has always struck me as an unusual month, especially if one is regulated by an academic calendar.  Its early weeks seem… Read More



Welcome Back: Psi Chi at MiSPP

November 18, 2015

I am truly honored to have been voted into the position of President of the Psi Chi chapter at MiSPP for the 2015-2016 academic year. I am committed to carrying forth the visions of my preceding members, and upholding the mission of Psi Chi. I find it exciting that the chapter has kicked off its… Read More



Deciphering Despair: Increasing Mortality in Middle-Age White Americans

November 17, 2015

This month there is a lot of media coverage[1] on a Princeton University study[2] that documents the rising mortality rate among certain middle-aged white (non-Hispanic) Americans. This rising rate seems significant for two reasons: 1) rates of mortality across all other ethnicities have been on the decline and 2) the cause of the increase in… Read More



Reflections from President Blau

November 4, 2015

October marked the first installment of a monthly blog feature from MiSPP President, Dr. Diane Blau, discussing what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding MiSPP and the field of professional psychology.  It has occurred to me that in order to be noticed, one must have something extraordinary to report. The common greeting “How… Read More