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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



Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Kip Thompson

October 30, 2015

Where did you grow up? I was born in Detroit and raised in Hampton, VA. Where did you go to school for your undergraduate and graduate degrees? I attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA where I earned my BA in Psychology. I earned my MA in Psychology and later my PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from… Read More



How to get Started and Thrive in Health Psychology

October 21, 2015

APA is moving towards an Integrated Healthcare focus beginning in 2017. Understanding how to work within a medical setting or learning how to work with physicians is the future of graduate school training and clinical practice. There are many avenues for working as a health psychologist such as providing medical education in the area of… Read More



Reflections from President Blau

October 7, 2015

October marks 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.  Since my early years as a licensed psychologist, I attended countless professional presentations, the majority offering continuing education (CE) credits. While CE’s… Read More



Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Aaron Ceresnie

September 30, 2015

Dr. Ceresnie joins the MiSPP faculty as an adjunct professor in the Master’s program, teaching Research Foundations. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan Where did you go to school for your undergraduate and graduate degrees? I attended Michigan State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology…. Read More



Faith and Skepticism in Science

September 23, 2015

The replication of research results is a cornerstone of science. If research findings can’t be reproduced by other researchers what confidence can we have in  “scientific” findings?  A large scale replication study reported in the September issue of the eminent journal Science has caused quite a stir. This study, a massive collaboration project involving over… Read More



Steps Towards Student Research: Get Involved!

September 16, 2015

In a follow-up to Dr. Shepler’s recent blog post encouraging students to consider extracurricular research opportunities, current PsyD student, Timothy Franke, shares helpful tips for how to get involved.   One of the most common reasons for entering a PsyD program over a PhD program is the emphasis that PsyD programs typically place on professional… Read More



Extracurricular scholarship? But…I already have so much to do!

September 9, 2015

Since joining the MiSPP faculty in 2012, I’ve had the privilege of working with and mentoring students through inviting them to collaborate on my research.  But, with so many chapters and articles to read, and with so many papers to write, what value is there in doing even more reading and writing?!   Recently, students… Read More



Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Franklin Sollars

August 27, 2015

Dr. Sollars is a long time faculty member at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. He recently decided to devote more time to his private practice and is now an adjunct faculty member in the masters program. Dr. Sollars has worked in the fields of psychology and mental health for over 35 years. Hometown Bloomfield… Read More