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Research & Presentations

June 2, 2015

At MiSPP, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to conduct various types of research and present their findings. Research may be independent or be conducted as part of a team and may result in publication.

Angela Beers (PsyD 4) participated in the panel discussion, “The Experiences of Students of Color in Predominantly White Graduate Programs,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March.

Chris Bober (PsyD 2), Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Kristen Suing (PsyD 1), and Melanie Ho (PsyD 2) presented a paper, “Correlates of Life Satisfaction in the Trans* Community,” at the 87thAnnual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in April 2015.

Jessica Dluzynski (PsyD 2), Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), and Melanie Ho (PsyD 2) presented their poster, “LGB Satisfaction with Life: Relationships among Contributing Psychosocial Factors,” at the 87thAnnual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in April 2015.

Amani Fadlallah (MA) and Rowyda Kazan (MA) presented a poster, “Adult Attachment and Emotional Word Usage,” at the First Annual Research Symposium held at MiSPP on May 15, 2015.

Debra Hamilton (PsyD 2), Melanie Ho (PsyD 2), and Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2) presented the poster, “The Development of the Social Media Anxiety Questionnaire: SMAQ,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March.

Melanie Ho (PsyD 2), Jessica Dluzynski (PsyD 2), and Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty)’s presentation, “Correlates of Satisfaction with Life for LGB Individuals,” has been accepted for the symposium, LGBT Satisfaction with Life: Findings and Future Directions, to be conducted at the 123rd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association this August in Toronto.

Dr. Kevin Keenan (Core Faculty) presented twice at the 8th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference in Chicago this past March, “Using Consultation to Work Through Countertransference” and “Four Authors In Search of Love: Implications of the Film Her for Understanding Love Relationships in the Post Millennial World.” The book, Humanistic Psychotherapies: Handbook of Research and Practice, is in final editing with APA and will be published this fall. Dr. Keenan co-edited this book with Dr. David Cain and Dr. Shawn Rubin.

Dr. Betz King (MA Program Coordinator) and Dr. John Brennan (Associated Faculty) presented on the panel, “From Property to Family: The Moral and Ethical Imperative of Companion Animal Stewardship,” at the 4th Annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference at Eastern Michigan University on March 20, 2015.

Dr. Betz King (MA Program Coordinator) presented “Ofrenda de mi Perra” at the 4th Annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference at Eastern Michigan University on March 20, 2015.

Dr. Betz King (MA Program Coordinator) presented, “Gestalt Collage: A Projective Self-Inquiry Intervention,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March.

Katherine Lewitzke-Sahakian (PsyD 3), Matthew Kadrich (PsyD 3), and Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty)’s poster, “The Lived Experience of Yogis: A Qualitative Comparison Between Genders” has been accepted for the 123rd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association this August in Toronto.

Derrick Sebree (PsyD 3) presented on two panels at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March, “Humanistic Ecotherapy: Nature-Informed Psychological Practice In and Outside of the Office” and “A Humanitarian Psychology for the Global 21st Century.”

Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Kevin Johnson (PsyD 1), and Melanie Ho (PsyD 2) presented their poster, “Comparing Sexual Esteem, Sexual Anxiety, and Life Satisfaction across Sexual Orientations,” at the 87thAnnual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in April 2015.

Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Kevin Johnson (PsyD 1), and Melanie Ho (PsyD 2)’s presentation, “Differences in Satisfaction with Life between LGB and Heterosexual Individuals,” has been accepted for the symposium, LGBT Satisfaction with Life: Findings and Future Directions, to be conducted at the 123rd annual Convention of the American Psychological Association this August in Toronto.

Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Melanie Ho (PsyD 2), Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2), and Chris Bober (PsyD 2) presented their poster, “Face-to-Face vs. Online Interviewing: Perceptions of Empathy, Competence, and Alliance,” at the First Annual Research Symposium held at MiSPP on May 15, 2015.

Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), Melanie Ho (PsyD 2), Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2), Chris Bober (PsyD 2), and Jessica Dluzynski (PsyD 2) have written an article that has been accepted for publication by The Humanistic Psychologist. The article is titled, “Perceptions of the Therapist in a Virtual World: An Exploratory Analog Study.”

Dr. Ann Smith (Core Faculty), Amanda Sternitzky (PsyD 2), Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2), and Melanie Ho (PsyD 2) presented the symposium, “There are No Gated Communities: Preparing Students and Mental Health Providers to Address Domestic Human Sex Trafficking Close to Home,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March.

Amanda Sternitzky (PsyD 2) and Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2) presented their poster, “Psychoanalysis and Humanistic Psychology: Utilizing the Therapeutic Relationship,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March.

Robert Willoughby (MA) presented his poster, “Tears of Trauma: PTSD in EMS,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology: American Psychological Association: Division 32 that was held in Chicago in March and at the First Annual Research Symposium held at MiSPP on May 15, 2015. Robert was also awarded the Conceptual Scholarship Award for his poster at the First Annual Research Symposium.

Priscilla Zoma (PsyD 2), Melanie Ho (PsyD 2), Dr. Dustin Shepler (Core Faculty), and Jessica Dluzynski (PsyD 2) presented their poster, “Online Therapy: Where We Are and Where We Need To Go,” at the First Annual Research Symposium held at MiSPP on May 15, 2015.