Monthly Archives: August 2021

Tech Fee proposals due date Sept 20

Requests for Student Technology Fee proposals are due to CAS by September 20, 2021. There will be a virtual information session held on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 9-11 a.m. If you wish to apply to a Tech Fee proposal, please check with Allen so he can be sure these proposals are on college’s radar. For more details, please review the website on Tech Fee guidelines.

Clinical program reaccredited by APA until 2031!

Following a successful review process (including extensive documentation, a virtual April site visit, and responses to follow-up queries), we are pleased to announce that our doctoral program in Clinical Psychology was reaccredited by the American Psychology Association until 2031. Having a 10-year accreditation outcome is an outstanding achievement, reflecting the hard work of the faculty, staff, and students of our clinical program, especially Director of Clinical Training Aaron Luebbe. We are so pleased about this well-deserved outcome and very proud of the clinical program and the hard work required to make this accreditation process so successful! Thanks to Aaron and everyone involved!

New Visiting Assistant Professors join our department

Please join me in welcoming three new Visiting Assistant Professors to our department: Samantha Clark, Brandon Humphrey, and Shannon Pinegar.

Sam Clark received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) in 2020, where her scholarship focused on post-traumatic stress experiences involving young children. She completed her internship as a family crisis therapist at the Terry Children’s Center (New Castle, DE). Sam will be teaching courses in clinical and developmental psychology this fall.

Brandon Humphrey received his PhD in Social Psychology from Miami University in 2021, where his research focused on encouraging pro-environmental behavioral and on the benefits of pets. Brandon will be teaching courses in social psychology, foundational experiences in psychology, and research methods this fall.

Shannon Pinegar received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University in 2015. Subsequently, she served as a post-doctoral scholar and then a visiting assistant professor at CUNY’s Baruch College in New York City. Her scholarly interests include false confessions, metacognitive processes, and psychology experiences involving fictional characters. Shannon will be teaching courses in social psychology and statistics this fall.

11 PSY doctoral students receive PhDs this summer

Congratulations go to the following doctoral students (and their advisors), who will receive their Ph.D. in Psychology during graduation ceremonies on Friday, August 13, 2021. We could not be more proud of our graduates, and we wish them the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives: Alejandro Trujillo (Heather Claypool), Brandon Humphrey (Allen McConnell), Dani Tapp (Matt McMurray), Joey Fredrick (Aaron Luebbe), Kathy Lin (Vaishali Raval), Lisa Velkoff (April Smith), Max Teaford (Jay Smart), Mitch Dandignac (Chris Wolfe), Prachi Bhuptani (Terri Messman), Randi Phelps (Liz Kiel), and Seyma Inan (Yvette Harris).

Graduation will take place at Armstrong Pavilion on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. (graduates and advisees should arrive at 3:30, per emailed instructions). The event will also be live streamed as well.

Allen McConnell co-I on newly awarded NICHD grant

Congratulations goes to Allen McConnell and his colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who received word that their NICHD R01 grant ($1.68M) was funded. The five-year project, entitled “Using dogs to promote therapeutic engagement during inpatient rehabilitation following pediatric acquired brain injury: Understanding mechanisms and moderators of treatment response,” will assess the value of therapy dogs used with children recovering from traumatic brain injuries. The team recently wrapped up work on their R21 project, which provided initial feasibility evidence for the approach. The new project will run through June 2026. Congrats to Allen and the entire team!