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Congrats to yet another grad student!

In further testament to our outstanding graduate students and their mentorship, Angie Jain has won an award from the highly competitive M.I.A.M.I. WOMEN Giving Circle Hawk Tank! Angie successfully “pitched” her idea to implement a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at Miami. Congrats to Angie and her mentor, Vaishali Raval!

Redhawk Talks featuring our grad students

The first Redhawk Talks will feature three of our graduate students, as well as an intern working with the Center for School Based Mental Health Programs. These are TED-style talks being delivered next Friday, March 15, in Shideler 152. Although the end of the session overlaps with our department colloquium, hopefully some of you can attend from 2-3 and support our student presenters (order has not yet been provided). Congratulations to our department representatives on being selected for this event:

Katelyn Wargel – Empowering schools to strengthen students’ mental health and overall achievement

Gaojie Fan – How do you see the world, literally?

Shelby Ortiz – What is the relationship between suicide and eating disorders?

Donna Danoff – The power of photography to help kids process pain



Government, social services, and NPO employer expo

From Katie Bowling (CCES), an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to network and learn more about employers and careers in a variety of fields. Faculty interested in learning how to prepare students for such careers are also welcome:

The Government, Social Services & Nonprofit Expo is March 14 from 9-11am at the Shriver Center (JDOL Rooms). This event is open to all students, but I think it would be of particular interest to Psychology, Gerontology, Sociology, Social Justice Studies, Pre-Law, Political Science, and many other majors. Registration is not required, but highly encouraged so that we can print a name tag for the student.

I want to draw your attention to the nearly 50 employers that will be in attendance to see exactly with whom your students might want to interact. The goal of this event is to network with employers, but also to inquire and secure internships and full time positions.

Congrats to our 3MT finalists!

Congratulations to our six finalists for the Three Minute Thesis competition, all of whom did an outstanding job and represented the department well! Elizabeth Sneddon, mentored by Anna Radke, won 2nd place for her talk, “To Drink or Not To Drink?” Other contestants and their faculty mentors were:

Lauren Jones (w/ Liz Kiel), “Does having compassion for yourself help with parenting?”

Sarah Adut (w/ Josh Magee), “Mental health treatments at our fingertips”

Elizabeth Pettit (w/ Joe Johnson), “Food for thought: Can eye tracking predict your decisions?”

Annika Goldman (w/ Josh Magee), “The influence of cognitive concerns on intrusive thinking in older adults”

Dani Tapp (w/ Matt McMurray), “Invest in a better treatment for addiction”



Congrats to our newest clinical interns!

Please join me in congratulating all of our 10 clinical graduate students who successfully matched with some top-notch internship sites! We are extremely proud as a department of all of you and know that you will represent the program well. Recognition also goes to their mentors and Aaron as DCT for the hard work and preparation in helping these students to be so successful. Students and their sites follow:

Dorian Dodd – State University of New York – Buffalo
Lauren Forrest – Yale University – Psychiatry
Annie Kalomiris – Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Julia Kaufman – Atlanta VA Health Care System
Alex McConnell – VA Medical Center – Durham
Alex Nyquist – University of Minnesota Medical School
Marie Parsons – VA Boston Healthcare System
Becca Passarelli – St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium
Laurel Sarfan – VA Northern California Health Care System
Keshia Wagers – WVU Medicine: Univeristy Healthcare

Congrats to our APAGS grant recipient!

Please join me in congratulating Selime Salim on her receipt of two research grants to support her research! She was selected for the 2019 APAGS research grant, awarded to only 9-12 graduate students nationally each year. She also received the Fall 2018 Student
Research Grant from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, which includes an invitation to present the work at their annual meeting. Selime is mentored by Terri Messman-Moore, and describes her research as follows:

The funding will support a research project that aims to examine the relation between
sexual victimization and suicidality among bisexual women, given the elevated rates of
violence and negative mental health outcomes experienced by this population. Further,
the project will examine how experiences of anti-bisexual stigma may exacerbate
outcomes and lead to poorer post-assault recovery. The goal is to identify factors that
negatively impact bisexual women’s well-being in order to inform future prevention and
intervention efforts.

Outstanding job, Selime! We are proud of you and your important work on a population underrepresented in psychological science.