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April 13, 2016

Members of the MiSPP community participate in scholarship activities. It is an integral element of professional development. The following scholarship activities are highlighted:

Dr. Diane Blau (MiSPP President) and Dr. Lee Bach (Core Faculty) will be presenting “Exploration of Self and Other: New Paradigms in Heuristic Inquiry” at the 12th Annual Conference for the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this May.

Lamia Boady (MA), Jody Sanchez (MA), Tamara Stamper (MA), and Priscella Zoma (PsyD 3) presented “When Clients Talk About Sex In Therapy: Therapists’ Reactions” on March 4, 2016 at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference at Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan. The group will also be presenting their poster at the upcoming Psi Chi Second Annual Psychology Research Symposium at MiSPP on April 29th. 

Dr. Fran Brown (Program Director), Roxanne Christensen (PsyD 4), and MiSPP alum, Colleen Damino (PsyD 2014) co-authored the following article in the journal Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management.

Sawyer, K. N., Brown, F., Christensen, R., Damino, C., Newman, M. M., & Kurz, M. C. (2016). Surviving sudden cardiac arrest: A pilot qualitative survey study of survivors. Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management. Advance online publication. doi:10.1089/ther.2015.0031

Kate Caddy (PsyD 4) presented the poster “Standing With the Other: A Historical Review of the Experience of Social Justice Allies” on March 4, 2016 at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Conference at Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan.

Dr. Odessa Despot (Adjunct Faculty) presented the paper “A Young Woman’s Need for Autonomy” at the Humanizing Psychoanalysis III Conference held at MiSPP on January 30, 2016. In March,  Dr. Despot presented the poster “Case study: Risk and Resilience in the Life of a College Student Who Identifies as a Lesbian Living With Mental Illness” at the Depression Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also in March, Dr. Despot presented “The Myth of the Rape Victim: Effects of Sexual Assault” at the Diversity Conference at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

Jessica Dluzynski (PsyD 3) is presenting a poster at the Psi Chi Second Annual Psychology Research Symposium at MiSPP on April 29th. Her poster is titled “Empathy and the Human-Animal Bond.”

Dr. Betz King (MA Program Coordinator) presented “The Intersection of Humanistic Psychology and Pagan Spiritual Identity: Personal and Professional Perspectives” with MiSPP alum, Vanessa Brown (PsyD 2013), and others at the Society for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference on March 18, 2016 at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California. Dr. King also presented “Ceremonies of Healing: An Experiential Use of Ritual in Psychotherapy” with Vanessa Brown at the Society for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference on March 20th.

Karen Laing (MA) presented a poster on April 2, 2016 at the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The poster title was “I and Thou and the Four Fold Path.”

Kat Lewitzke (PsyD 4) authored an article that has been accepted for the July 2016 issue of the Graduate Student Journal of Psychology. The article is “Working With Transgender clients: Considerations for Psychological Testing and Assessment.” Kat also passed the EPPP at the doctoral level in January.

Dr. David St. John (Core Faculty) presented “Ethics Into Action: Challenging the Dehumanizing Agenda in American Psychology” with MiSPP alum, Shawn Rubin (PsyD 2002), and others at the Society for Humanistic Psychology Annual Conference on March 19, 2016 at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California.