Psychology News New Club: So Psyched<p><strong>So Psyched</strong> is a new fun and engaging club dedicated to combating cyberbullying, helping students to become more mindful of their media usage, and analyzing how mental health is portrayed in the media.</p> <p><img src=" Psyched.jpg" width="1233" height="1313" alt="So psyched" style="width: 493px; height: 525px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>The main goal of So Psyched is to understand the relationship between social media usage and mental health outcomes. Specifically, the way we think about the world has a lot to do with our daily consumption of social media, viral feeds, hypes, buzzwords, and trending hashtags. To this end, So Psyched encourages students to discuss mental health as it pertains to pop culture, social media, and current events.</p> <p>Angel Longus, a psychology major who is serving as the President of So Psyched, shared, “On the one hand, social media is fun and entertaining. On the other hand, the messages from social media can be extremely toxic and upsetting. As a club, So Psyched aims to help students to navigate their conflicting feelings, set boundaries for themselves to minimize media burnout, and establish healthy habits regarding the use of social media. So Psyched also wants to look at what students can do to advocate for mental health and reduce any stigma related to mental health in the social media.”</p> <p>Vice President Jasmine Benning, a criminal justice major, encourages all interested students to join. She said, “So Psyched focuses on mental health and social media. Our topics are relevant because almost everyone uses social media. We have a lot of fun activities and discussions planned in the coming months and hope to see you there!”</p> <p>Students who are interested in joining So Psyched should follow their social media accounts for more information.</p> <p>Twitter: SoPsychedSU<br/> Instagram: SoPsychedSU</p> Fri, 11 Dec 2020 21:53:00 GMT to Dr. Popoli for his 10 years of service<p>Please join us in congratulating Dr. Popoli for his 10 years of service at Stevenson! Dr. Popoli is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Outside of Stevenson, Dr. Popoli serves on the Board of Editors for the International Journal of Psychological Studies. He is also a dissertation editor and assists students in master’s and doctoral programs with their statistical analyses. Dr. Popoli also enjoys writing, as he recently submitted an article about suicide and whether or not daylight savings time has any benefit or detriment of suicide. He is also a frequent guest speaker on the <em>Cotolo Chronicles</em> podcast, which discusses the latest research in psychology. We recently interviewed Dr. Popoli on his experiences working in the Psychology Department.</p> <p><img src=" Popoli.jpg" width="525" height="369" alt="Dr. Popoli" style="width: 525px; height: 369px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>What made you choose Stevenson?</strong></p> <p>I initially taught at a community college, but it did not offer any research opportunities. Therefore, I came to Stevenson, as it was more a challenge and the Psychology Department also offered more research and statistics courses! I found that the students are more focused here, as I taught PSY 136, PSY 270 (now PSY 355), and PSY 343, all courses that are heavily based on research.</p> <p><strong>What qualities about the Psychology Department did you like that drew you to work within it?</strong></p> <p>I like the fact that a large percentage of our students go on to graduate school, as graduation is an amazing achievement for them. I have also taught a variety of students who take psychology courses, from nursing and sociology majors, to criminal justice and computer technology majors. Being able to teach different students about an important aspect of psychology is something that I love!</p> <p><strong>That is such an important point! What have been your favorite memories of the department?</strong></p> <p>My favorite memories of the department first begin with my supervisor and the faculty. Dr. Elliott has been the best supervisor during my years of teaching, being the most supportive, empathetic, and generous person I have ever met! The other faculty members of the Psychology Department are an absolute delight to be around, and truly interesting and great people. In terms of the students, I have written letters of recommendation, and when students write me back saying that they have been accepted into their graduate program, it is extremely rewarding and invaluable to me. I also love the Psychology showcase, as it is a time that students get to show off their research and all the hard work that they have put into it!</p> <p><strong>I could not agree more! What are some of your memorable contributions?</strong></p> <p>I have really enjoyed helping students increase their interest in graduate school, letting them know that it is a viable and rewarding option for them. I have also helped students with other courses in the statistical field, and in general, I have helped many great students, so it is just a pleasure to work here.</p> <p><strong>What have you learned working in the department?</strong></p> <p>Truthfully, I have learned what it is like to work with a wonderful group of people and have a supervisor that supports you. At my previous jobs, I have worked within a contentious environment and the supervisors were not supportive at all. Therefore, it has truly been an amazing experience thus far.</p> <p><strong>What are you looking forward to for the future of the department?</strong></p> <p>I am looking forward to the Department’s new doctoral program, as it is a phenomenal plan and such an accomplishment! As we all have echoed, I am also looking forward to the day we get back to normal in terms of teaching in-person courses.</p> <p>Thank you, Dr. Popoli, for all that you have done for the Psychology Department and the students here at Stevenson University! Here to another 10 years!</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Tue, 01 Dec 2020 20:48:00 GMT to Dr. Spada and Dr. Popoli for their 10 years of service<p>Please join us in congratulating Dr. Spada and Dr. Popoli for their 10 years of service at the SU Psychology Department. We will be featuring both of them this week. Today, we will be featuring Dr. Spada, who is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.</p> <p><img src=" Colleen Spada.jpg" width="603" height="625" alt="Dr. Spada" style="width: 302px; height: 313px;"/></p> <p><strong>What made you choose Stevenson?</strong></p> <p>I first saw the job opening and started as an adjunct professor, teaching one session of PSY-101. But after being at Stevenson for about two semesters, I truly started to feel at home and welcomed! It meant a lot to me, especially since I was only an adjunct professor. I never felt like an extra, but a part of the community as a whole.</p> <p><strong>What qualities about the Psychology Department did you like that drew you to work within it?</strong></p> <p>I believe that the welcoming community drew me to work within the Department. Everyone works well together in a group, playing off of one another’s strengths. I especially love the diversity among the faculty, as we all have various backgrounds and skill sets. Yet, what ties us together is our support for each other’s ventures! For instance, for my special topics course of Anxiety, Stress, &amp; Relaxation, I proposed the idea of inviting an acupuncturist to the class. Everyone was for it! Receiving support like this builds the comradery among us, which is important to me.</p> <p><strong>What have been your favorite memories of the department?</strong></p> <p>My favorite memories always draw back to the experiences that I have been able to have with the students. I sometimes have students who take my courses from semester to semester, so seeing their growth and development as well as being able to know that we have adequately prepared them for the next stage of their life is truly invaluable for me as an educator.</p> <p><strong>What are some of your memorable contributions?</strong></p> <p>I have had the opportunity to teach different special topics courses, including an anxiety course, a multicultural psychology course, and a psychology of woman course. I have been able to incorporate a service-learning piece into all of them, which is significant to me as it gives students a chance to contribute to the community, as well as present their findings in the Psychology Showcase! I have also organized a screening of anxiety-related film and panel discussion, with the goal of reducing the stigma behind anxiety as a whole. It was very productive, and we had a great turn out!</p> <p><strong>What have you learned working in the department?</strong></p> <p>In the last year and a half, I became a full-time faculty member. From this new experience, I have learned that <em>being</em> a full-time faculty member is a lot more than teaching. I have had to stretch my ideas of what I am capable of doing. Every semester is a learning experience for me, and I have pushed myself to try new things! For instance, I had volunteered to teach Writing in Psychology, and in teaching this course, tried different facets to teach and support my students. In doing so, I have made connections with students, and maintain these connections post-graduation. To see their growth and achievements has been significant.</p> <p><strong>What are you looking forward to for the future of the department?</strong></p> <p>I am really looking forward to seeing how the Psychology Department’s new Psy.D. program goes! I believe it will be a great opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in new opportunities for research at all levels.</p> <p>We commend Dr. Spada for all her hard work and am looking forward to her continuous achievements!</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Mon, 30 Nov 2020 20:39:00 GMT Deeper Look into Domestic Violence: An Virtual Event Hosted by Active Minds<p>Active Minds, a student organization that focuses on empowering students to speak openly about topics related to mental health and overall changing the stigma around mental health, has recently hosted an event on domestic violence.</p> <p><img src=" minds flyer.jpg" width="750" height="930" alt="Active minds flyer" style="width: 300px; height: 372px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Topics that were discussed that evening included early signs of domestic violence, effects of domestic violence, how to be an ally for those who have experienced domestic abuse, as well as bystander intervention.</p> <img src=" Smith.jpg" width="2448" height="2448" alt="Irene Smith" style="width: 245px; height: 245px; vertical-align: middle;"/> <p>Irene Smith, a domestic abuse attorney with experience working in the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, the Community Law Center in Baltimore, the Maryland Disability Law Center, and the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, was the guest speaker at the event. Ms. Smith has represented victims of intimate partner violence in high conflict divorce and custody cases, persons with mental illness in state psychiatric facilities in matters related to civil rights violations, disenfranchised communities, and victims of domestic abuse including physical and sexual assault. Due to her wide range of experiences in domestic abuse cases, she provided the best tips and recommendations when it comes to this topic of domestic abuse.</p> <p><img src=" violence slide.PNG" width="752" height="423" alt="domestic abuse slide" style="width: 376px; height: 212px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>One important point that Ms. Smith has made during the event was that in an abusive relationship, the abuser often wants the victim to believe that they are powerless, and therefore attempts to control every aspect of the victim’s life. If the victim attempts to take their power back, the abuser tends to be physically or sexually violent towards the victim. Therefore, the victim begins to believe that it is safer to stay in the relationship in order to survive. Understanding these complicated dynamics would allow us to be an ally.</p> <p>Thank you Ms. Smith and Active Minds for hosting this insightful event! To stay informed with more events from this club, you can follow them on Instagram @activemindssu or email them at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:02:00 GMT Psychology Athlete: Samantha Baysic<p>Today’s featured student athlete is Samantha Baysic.</p> <p><img src=" Baysic.jpg" width="300" height="400" alt="Sam Baysic" style="width: 240px; height: 320px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Samantha is a junior psychology major who also plays as goalkeeper for the Stevenson Women’s Soccer team. Samantha first became involved in soccer at the age of six as her parents signed her up for her local team. Quickly, she grew to love soccer and has been playing ever since!</p> <p><img src=" thumbs up.png" width="512" height="1024" alt="Sam thumbs up" style="width: 205px; height: 410px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>In terms of her major, Samantha chose psychology because she wanted to pursue a career in mental health. She has friends who have undergone therapy and noticed how beneficial it was for them. She then wanted to become a therapist one day, so that she can help others to restore their mental health.</p> <p>As she has been maneuvering through this semester, Samantha found that staying motivated and organized was initially not the easiest. However, once she was able to transition back on campus as well as begin training with her soccer team, she was able to regain focus and organization with her assignments and projects. In terms of these assignments, the workload has not been too heavy for her, as she has been able to settle in a steady schedule of when she will get them done, making sure to write down key due dates and other important information. Samantha has been able to push through and receive A’s for her midterm grades! She also realizes how important it is to communicate with her professors outside of the classroom, especially now that everything is online. In doing so, she has been able to learn more about her professors as well as the Psychology Department as a whole!</p> <img src=" sunset.png" width="728" height="1240" alt="Sam sunset" style="width: 291px; height: 496px; vertical-align: middle;"/> <p>With all of the different changes that student athletes have undergone, Samantha wants everyone to know: “You can do this! As student athletes we are used to overcoming obstacles and juggling course work. Just think of this semester as a setback will encourage perseverance and make you stronger in the end.”</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:24:00 GMT’s National School Psychology Week!<p><img src=" Psychology Week.jpg" width="1080" height="1080" alt="School Psychology Week" style="width: 432px; height: 432px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>November 9-13 is National School Psychology Week! The theme for 2020, “The Power of Possibility,” highlights the importance of recognizing and nurturing the possibilities for growth and success that exist in in every student. School psychologists do this in a variety of ways:</p> <ul> <li>assessing students who are experiencing academic and emotional difficulties to identify their specific needs;</li> <li>supporting students through developing and implementing appropriate academic, social, emotional, and behavioral interventions;</li> <li>working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and other school staff to support student success;</li> <li>and helping to develop school policies that are designed to <em>prevent</em> student difficulties, not just address them after they occur.</li> </ul> <p>School psychology training involves academic classes and applied experiences that focus on developing psychological and educational knowledge and practice skills. Approximately three-quarters of school psychologists hold master’s or specialist-level graduate degrees in school psychology; the other 25% hold doctoral degrees. School psychologists can work in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private practice. U.S. News and World Report rates school psychology as #2 in “Best Social Services Jobs”; salaries tend to be higher than average for social services fields overall, and employment prospects for the field are excellent!</p> <p>If you’d like to learn more about careers in this field, please plan to attend the Psychology Club’s Speaker Series on November 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.; Dr. Mindy Milstein, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at SU, will be discussing school psychology at this event. You can access this meeting at <a href="" title="Psyc Club event"></a>.</p> <p>The following brochures from the National Association of School Psychologists may also be helpful:</p> <p>Who Are School Psychologists?: <a href=""></a></p> <p>School Psychology: A Career that Makes a Difference:</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Finally, you can find additional National School Psychology Week information and resources online by searching the hashtag #SPAW2020 (which refers to “School Psychology Appreciation Week,” the name used to designate this week in previous years).</p> <p>Happy National School Psychology Week! Believe in the power of YOUR possibility!</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:27:00 GMT Psychology Athlete: Emily Wolff<p>Today’s featured student athlete is Emily Wolff!</p> <p><img src=" wolff.jpg" width="300" height="420" alt="Emily Wolff" style="width: 240px; height: 336px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Emily is a junior psychology major as well as a swimmer in the freestyle and butterfly races for the Stevenson Women’s Swimming Team. Hailing from Towson, Maryland, Emily has been swimming in a pool since she was a baby! She has thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning as it brings her joy and all-around fun! This love for the sport formed her into a competitive swimmer here at Stevenson, as she has participated in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship as both a freshman and sophomore. Although COVID-19 has put a halt on Stevenson sports, Emily has been practicing lightly with her swimming team and planning on kicking the season off in the Spring! Although it has been an adjustment of schedule concerning her sport, she is grateful for the opportunity to swim for Stevenson and is looking forward to the next semester.</p> <p><img src=" diving pic.png" width="1132" height="750" alt="Emily diving" style="width: 340px; height: 225px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>In terms of schoolwork, this has definitely been an adjustment for Emily. Although she prefers going to in-person classes and having the opportunity to interact with her peers and professors, she has been able to thrive in a different learning environment. For instance, she has become the president of Stevenson’s Mustang Activities and Programming (MAP) Club. Emily ambitious goals for the club and cannot wait until they come to fruition!</p> <p><img src=" butterfly pic.jpg" width="1024" height="678" alt="Emily butterfly" style="width: 307px; height: 203px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>While student athletes have been adjusting to a lot, Emily provides the tip of taking deep breaths and remembering that everything will come together in the end! She understands that athletes may be upset that they are not able to play their sport, but she suggests putting that same energy into when they <em>are</em> able to play again. In that way, they will be able to start the new season off on a high note. Finally, Emily encourages student athletes, and students alike, to enjoy each day as it comes as well as the little moments!</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:12:00 GMT Psychology Athlete: Manny Bruce<p>As we maneuver through this semester, we wanted to highlight a few Psychology student athletes. Although athletic sports have been canceled for this semester, our student athletes are still persevering and accomplishing their course work!</p> <p><img src=" Jersey image.jpg" width="300" height="450" alt="Manny Bruce picture 1" style="width: 180px; height: 270px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Manny Bruce is a junior psychology major and tight end for the Stevenson University football team. Hailing from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Manny chose to play football not only because of his love for the sport, but also because it improves his overall mental capacity due to the intricate plays he and his team carry out, as well as his capability to achieve above and beyond. The sport also holds significant weight for him, as it provided him a way to rise above the circumstances in his neighborhood.</p> <p><img src=" kneeling pic.jpg" width="960" height="1280" alt="manny kneeling pic" style="width: 192px; height: 256px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Manny’s passion for football led to his choice of pursuing the career of a sport psychologist! As a sport psychologist, he wants to study and aid athletes to improve their mindset and overall mental health. He knows that these factors are essential for athletes to succeed in their sport at a very high level.</p> <p><img src=" image.jpg" width="960" height="1280" alt="Manny pumpkin patch" style="width: 288px; height: 384px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>With the cancellation of Stevenson athletics this semester due to COVID-19, Manny noted that it has definitely been an adjustment for him. While he is a high-achieving student, he has found that it can be hard to create and keep a set schedule for himself, as football activities like training and practice usually provides this. Nevertheless, he encourages student athletes alike to keep pushing! Trying different learning strategies may help you excel in your online or hybrid classes. Finally, he encourages students to seek help when they need it, as waiting for the last minute proves to be overwhelming. Taken together, Manny, like other student athletes and students, is learning to get through the semester the best way he can, but by persevering and trying different learning strategies, it can prove to be beneficial.</p> <p>Written by: Semira Nock</p> Mon, 02 Nov 2020 15:22:00 GMT Dr. McGrath to Psychology!<p>Hi, everyone! I’m Dr. Marie McGrath, the newest addition to the Stevenson University Psychology faculty.</p> <p><img src=" McGrath.jpg" width="505" height="622" alt="Marie McGrath" style="width: 303px; height: 373px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>I’m a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist (in Pennsylvania currently, and hopefully in Maryland soon). I hold a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. Prior to coming to Stevenson, I spent 16 years at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, where I served as a faculty member in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and the master’s/specialist program in School Psychology. <strong>At Stevenson, I’ll be directing the new Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, which will admit its <u>first class for Fall 2021</u>.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank" onclick="'', '_blank', 'toolbar=no,menubar=no,location=no,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes'); return false;" title="Stevenson University Clinical Psychology">Check out our Clinical Psychology (PsyD Program) here!</a></strong></p> <p>This semester, I’m teaching PSY 101 and PSY 108. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat Percy; cooking; reading; and crafting. I’m excited to get to know you and am happy to answer any questions that you might have about graduate school in general, and our new Psy.D. program in particular!</p> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:04:00 GMT Psychology Major: Angel Longus<p><span>During the Spring 2020 semester, Psychology Junior Angel Longus applied for the highly competitive summer research program offered by the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation. Angel was selected to intern at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) together with five other undergraduate students. Because of COVID-19, Angel completed the program remotely. Below is an interview that we had with Angel.</span></p> <p><span><img src=" Longus.jpg" width="311" height="424" alt="Angel Longus 1"/> </span></p> <p><strong><span>What projects did you work on during this program?</span></strong></p> <p><span>I was involved in multiple projects, such as Talking College and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). I also conducted my own research project. I worked with graduate student DeAndre Miles-Hercules from the Department of Linguistics at UCSB.</span></p> <p><strong><span>That sounds fascinating! Could you tell me more about your research project?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Titled “Searching the Silences: Black Discourse on Mental Health," my project aims to examine the Black community's tendency to dismiss or minimize issues related to mental illnesses. I interviewed several family members and friends, and then analyzed their interviews to explore the major themes. This project was especially important because the Black community is at a greater risk of mental health concerns. Oftentimes, this goes back to the lack of access to mental health care, prejudice and racism inherent in the daily lives of Black individuals, and the historical trauma enacted on the Black community by the medical field. I presented the results of my project at the Annual Advancing African American Linguistics Symposium. This symposium hosted webinars on the professional experiences of African American linguists including publication, tenure, promotion, and strengthening the network of scholars who study African American language, literacy, and culture.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! Could you tell me about the SLP project you mentioned earlier?</span></strong></p> <p><span>Sure! For this project, I was responsible for interviewing several speech-language pathologists to see how race has played a part in their careers. I analyzed the data and presented my work titled "Understanding the Experiences of Black Speech-Language Pathologists Across the Professional Trajectory" at the same Symposium.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Do you have any suggestions for students who are interested in applying to this research program?</span></strong><span> </span></p> <p><span>I would say check out <a href="">UCSB HBCU</a> program. I have learned so much during this summer and would highly recommend students to check this website out. I am also sure that there will be similar programs offered in the future so always keep an eye out!</span></p> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:49:00 GMT Psych Major: Lauren Wright<p>During the Spring 2020 semester, Psychology Senior Lauren Wright applied for the competitive summer research program offered by the National Science Foundation. Lauren's application was accepted and was offered to work at Purdue University as well as University of Texas at Austin, which are both top research institutes in our country. </p> <p><img src=" Wright.jpg" width="892" height="917" alt="Lauren Wright" style="width: 357px; height: 367px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><em>Lauren Wright</em></p> <p>Although both opportunities ended up being cancelled because of COVID-19, Lauren continued to stay in touch with the researchers of the two programs and was accepted by both of these schools' graduate programs. In order to be best prepared for these amazing opportunities, Lauren took the time to learn more about research and eventually got connected with Dr. Frank Worrell of University of California, Berkeley. Following their conversation, Lauren was even offered a chance to be mentored by Dr. Worrell in grad school. This is simply amazing!</p> <p>What can fellow students learn from Lauren's story?<strong> First, it is interesting to see how one opportunity often leads to other opportunities.</strong> For Lauren, these opportunities came about because of her decision to apply for the research opportunity at National Science Foundation. <strong>Second, always be prepared and do not be afraid to reach out to others.</strong> It is through these conversations with the researchers that Lauren gets to introduce herself and learn about their work.</p> <p>It is important to note that Lauren is working very hard during her undergraduate career at Stevenson. Besides keeping an outstanding GPA and research record, Lauren is going into her second year serving as a Teaching Support for Dr. Spada’s Writing for Psychology course. Overall, Lauren has been incredibly grateful for all the experiences, opportunities, and guidance she has gained from working with the Psychology department at Stevenson University.</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:38:00 GMT Simmons (’20 Psychology) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant<p>Stevenson students who enroll in ROTC are members of the John Hopkins University Blue Jay Battalion. <strong>Cole Simmons (’20 Psychology) </strong>was commissioned a Second Lieutenant at a recent ceremony in Baltimore.</p> <p><img src=" Simmons commission.png" width="962" height="1397" alt="Cole Simmons Commission" style="width: 385px; height: 559px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Cole was the current Cadet Battalion Commander and was awarded the George C. Marshall Award as the top Cadet in the Battalion academically. Through careful arrangements, the Commissioning was conducted in person, with his family and several friends attending. Lt. Simmons will enter training in artillery in June, and join his permanent unit, The 82<sup>nd</sup> Airborne, late in the year.</p> <p>Best of luck to you Cole! Did you know that Cole was also the recipient of the Dorothy Stang Award at the May 2020 Stevenson University graduation? Read more about it <a href="">HERE</a>.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 21:46:00 GMT Majors Received Prestigious Graduation Awards!<p class="MsoNoSpacing">Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! We are especially proud of two Psychology majors who have received prestigious graduation awards today.</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Gloria Collier received the SU Pin.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Collier.jpg" width="949" height="1373" alt="Glora Collier" style="width: 380px; height: 549px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><em>Gloria Collier</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">The SU Pin award is “the most comprehensive honor that university confers on one graduating senior whose total performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence, integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in university or community affairs.” Gloria has an outstanding overall GPA and as her psychology professors have noted, the quality, rigor, critical thinking, and social consciousness underpinning her scholarly work is remarkable. Gloria has made huge contributions to not only the Psychology department (e.g., as a Peer Teaching Assistant), but also to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (e.g., serving on the HaSS Student Advisory Board), University (e.g., as a Student Ambassador), and community (e.g., supporting the Muslim student community and serving as a co-founder and President of the Timber Grove Tiger Mentors). Congratulations Gloria!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Cole Simmons received the Dorothy Stang Award.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Simmons.jpg" width="887" height="1324" alt="Cole Simmons" style="width: 355px; height: 530px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><em>Cole Simmons</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">This award is “conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the founders of Stevenson University.” Not only does Cole have an excellent GPA, he lives a life of service. In particular, his involvement and leadership in ROTC Corps is remarkable. Not only has he been the top Cadet in the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jay Battalion, but he has also won the George C. Marshall Award (recognizing the top national Cadets), Superior Cadet Award, and the Capt. Johnathan D. Grassbaugh Award for Excellence, among many other honors. He is a student with talent, commitment, and a strong moral compass. A consummate team member, Cole is making a real impact in his community. Congratulations Cole!</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 14:16:00 GMT Exceptional Internship Experience<p>Psychology major Jordan Shapero completed an internship not long ago. Through this internship, he had developed new friendships. These friendships were anything but ordinary. Specifically, he had become friends with <strong>D O L P H I N S</strong>!</p> <p><img src=" S.jpg" width="1865" height="1393" alt="Jordan Shapero" style="width: 746px; height: 557px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong><em>Jordan Shapero</em></strong></p> <p>Jordan first noticed an internship posting from the National Aquarium website. He thought such an opportunity, as amazing as it seemed, would be a long shot, but he applied for it nonetheless. A few weeks later, Jordan received the internship offer. </p> <p>In this internship, Jordan's primary responsibility was to take care of two male dolphins.  He would usually sit in a small room that allowed him a view of the pool where the two dolphins were kept.  His job was to take objective and detailed notes on their behavior and physiology. Each day, he would meet with one of the staff members to discuss the well-being of these dolphins. During this internship, he had plenty of opportunities to listen to presentations about dolphins. As a result, he had learned about issues related to their diet, health, and training. He now even had knowledge about how to properly relocate a dolphin from one site to another!</p> <p>Overall, Jordan was really grateful for this one-of-a-kind internship experience, especially since his ultimate goal is to become an animal behaviorist. <strong>Not all Psychology undergraduate programs are created equal, but at Stevenson, all our Psychology students graduate after completing an internship... an amazing, rewarding experience like Jordan's.</strong></p> Tue, 12 May 2020 13:07:00 GMT School Acceptance Updates<p>Here are some latest updates regarding the graduate school acceptance of our majors.</p> <p><img src=" Higgins.jpg" width="611" height="780" alt="Jazmine Higgins" style="width: 306px; height: 390px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>Jazmine Higgins ('20)</strong> will be attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore to pursue her Master of Social Work degree</p> <p><img src=" Williams.jpg" width="753" height="943" alt="Akera Williams" style="width: 301px; height: 377px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>Akera Williams ('20)</strong> will be attending the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga</p> <p><img src=" Nichuals.jpg" width="664" height="776" alt="Matt Nichuals" style="width: 398px; height: 466px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>Matt Nichuals ('20)</strong> will be attending a graduate program in I/O Psychology</p> <p><img src=" Goranson.jpg" width="1144" height="1130" alt="Sarah Goranson11" style="width: 343px; height: 339px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>Sarah Goranson ('19)</strong> will be attending an OT program in the UK</p> <p><img src=" Abdalla.jpg" width="1053" height="955" alt="Alzariyat Abdalla" style="width: 527px; height: 478px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Interdisciplinary Studies major (Psych + Bio) <strong>Alzariyat Abdalla ('20)</strong> will be attending the Counseling Master's program at Towson University</p> <p>Congratulations to you all! #Successyoucanmeasure #StevensonUniversity #StevensonPsychology</p> Mon, 11 May 2020 13:32:00 GMT at Stevenson: Dr. Metzger<p> </p> <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480601_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480601_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480601_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span> <p><em>Dr. Metzger</em></p> Tue, 05 May 2020 13:27:00 GMT Wong welcomes you to our loving Psychology family!<p> </p> <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480602_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480602_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480602_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span> <p><em>Dr. Wong</em></p> Sat, 02 May 2020 21:48:00 GMT Setzer welcomes you to Stevenson Psychology<p> </p> <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480603_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480603_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480603_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span> <p>Dr. Angela Setzer</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:59:00 GMT Spada: "It's a great day to be a Mustang!" <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480604_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480604_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480604_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <em><span> </span></em> <p><em>Dr. Colleen Spada</em></p> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:55:00 GMT Student Spotlight: Makaylah Morton<p>Greetings everyone! My name is Makaylah Morton and I transferred to Stevenson University from Carroll Community College in the Fall of 2018.</p> <p><img src=" Morton.jpg" width="969" height="773" alt="Makaylah Morton" style="width: 485px; height: 387px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><em>Makaylah Morton</em></p> <p>I always knew I wanted to attend Stevenson because I had heard great things about their Psychology program. I attended a <strong>“Transfer Tuesday” with my mom to tour the campus and we both really liked what Stevenson had to offer</strong>. In addition to that, Stevenson offers amazing <strong>transfer scholarships </strong>that can cover nearly all of your tuition if you meet the necessary requirements. Once I applied and was accepted, I attended an <strong>Accepted Student’s Day</strong> where I met all of the Psychology faculty. Our Department Chair, Dr. Elliott, helped me create my schedule and made sure I was comfortable with my adviser prior to starting my first semester at Stevenson.</p> <p>Although I have only been at Stevenson for two years and am graduating soon, I was able to form very <strong>strong relationships</strong> with many of the Psychology faculty and students. The students have always been very <strong>welcoming and helpful</strong> since I began attending. Transferring was a great experience for me because I was able to get scholarships that I would not have been able to receive straight out of high school. I also got many general electives out of the way which all transferred to Stevenson seamlessly. <strong>So Transfer Students, don’t be afraid to make the choice. Check out Stevenson University!</strong></p> <p>Interviewed by : Ethel Zepeda</p> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 GMT Department Chair Dr. Elliott (Jeffrey Elliott)<p>Our Department Chair Dr. Jeff Elliott welcomes you to Psychology at Stevenson!</p> <p> </p> <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480605_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480605_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480605_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span> Sun, 26 Apr 2020 14:10:00 GMT Iannone Welcomes new Mustangs to Stevenson Psychology <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480606_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480606_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480606_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:27:00 GMT Dr. Ryan Schurtz<p>Meet Dr. Ryan Schurtz from the Psychology department! Dr. Schurtz teaches Research Methods, Social Psychology, as well as Aggression, Violence, and Murder. He looks forward to seeing you all in the Fall!</p> <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480607_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480607_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480607_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <span> </span>Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:40:00 GMT Student Spotlight: Devon Flowers (’20 Psychology)<p>Transferring from a community college to Stevenson was surprisingly smooth. The Psychology department was very welcoming and helpful. They told me exactly what courses would transfer and what courses I would need to take. I know that the professors here at Stevenson do care a lot about me and I feel very well-connected to them as well as my peers. Overall, I am super thankful for my professors and friends here at Stevenson. They have welcomed me with open arms and made this process easy and fun.</p> <p><img src=" Flowers.jpg" width="605" height="520" alt="Devon Flowers" style="width: 303px; height: 260px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><em>Devon Flowers ('20 Psychology)</em></p> <p>Interviewed by Ethel Zepeda</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 22:29:00 GMT School Acceptance of SU Psych Majors<p class="MsoNoSpacing">We are happy to announce, once again, our success in sending our Psychology seniors to graduate school! Here are some examples. We are so proud of you all!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Brown.jpg" width="648" height="673" alt="Kayla Brown" style="width: 389px; height: 404px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Kayla Brown</strong> (’20 Psychology) will be attending University of Delaware for their School Psychology Master’s program. Kayla has also received a prestigious Graduate Scholar Award from UD. Congrats Kay!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Ferrufino.jpg" width="716" height="890" alt="Liliana Ferrufino" style="width: 430px; height: 534px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Liliana Ferrufino</strong> (’20 Psychology) will be attending James Madison University for the Master’s program in School Psychology. Congrats Liliana!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Dunworth1.jpg" width="571" height="786" alt="Kelly Dunworth" style="width: 343px; height: 472px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Kelly Dunworth</strong> (’20 Psychology) will be attending Towson University for the Master’s program in Child Life, Family Collaboration, and Administration. Congrats Kelly!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Staller.jpg" width="562" height="892" alt="Becky Staller" style="width: 393px; height: 624px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Becky Staller</strong> (’20 Psychology) will be attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Master program in Health Science. Congrats Becky!</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><img src=" Boateng.jpg" width="469" height="599" alt="Julia Boateng" style="width: 375px; height: 479px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><strong>Julia Boateng</strong> (’20 Psychology) will be attending Stevenson University for the Master’s program in Communication Studies. Congrats Julia!</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:39:00 GMT Student Spotlight: Dara Mazzola<p>I transferred from CCBC this spring after completing a few semesters at their Essex campus. Prior to that, I was enrolled at a different university and working as a State Trooper. Once I realized that police work wasn’t for me, I joined the military. I became a medic in the military and found my passion for healthcare. During my time in the military I aspired to become more than a medic. This is when I decided I would go back to school and start on my path to becoming a Physician’s Assistant.</p> <p><img src=" Mazzola.jpg" width="296" height="464" alt="Dara Mazzola" style="vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><em>Dara Mazzola ('21 Psychology)</em></p> <p>When I was at CCBC, I completed several night and online classes. I also decided to leave the military as active duty status and join the reserves. I am so glad that I have made the decision to transfer to Stevenson. Looking back, the choice was easy for me because of <strong>their participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, availability of transfer scholarship, and acceptance of my GI Bill</strong>.</p> <p>Stevenson has everything I have been looking for at a university: small class sizes, flexible class schedules, veteran friendly, and not to mention, they have a beautiful campus. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to finish my Bachelor’s degree here before applying to Physician’s Assistant schools in the area. The professors here have been <strong>extremely supportive</strong> and would <strong>go above and beyond</strong> to help in any way they can. Stevenson is really giving me a wonderful opportunity to finish the degree I started almost 13 years ago.</p> <p>Interviewed by: Ethel Zepeda (’21 Psychology)</p> Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:43:00 GMT Message from your Psychology Family <div class="sevlVideo"> <div class="sevlPlayerContainer"> <div class="sevlPlayer"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480608_videoContainer" style=width:480.0px;height:399.0px;background-color:#000;display:block; class="video-player"><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480608_videoTitle" style=width:480.0px;></div><div id="cf_mediaplayer1394020689480608_strobemediaplayback-video"></div></div> </div> </div> <div class="sevlPlayerDetails"> <div class="sevlVideoTitle"><span class="sevlPropLabel">Title:</span> Psychology Family</div> <div class="sevlVideoDescription"><span class="sevlPropLabel">Description:</span> A message from your Psychology faculty to you</div> </div> </div> <span> </span>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:42:00 GMT Student Spotlight: Ethel Zepeda<p>Hi! My name is Ethel Zepeda and I am a transfer student. I studied at York College for 1.5 years and transferred to Stevenson University in Spring 2019.</p> <p><img src=" Zepeda.jpg" width="445" height="562" alt="Zepeda" style="width: 223px; height: 281px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p>Like all other transitions, coming to a new school was tough. A lot of my friends also went to York College, so coming to Stevenson alone was a completely new experience. To be honest, making new friends was hard, but I decided to get involved in clubs and student organizations on campus immediately. It was a right decision as it has completely opened me up to new friends and experiences. Today, I am proud to say (with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm) that I am a Mustang!</p> <p>One thing that strikes me at Stevenson is the number of opportunities they have available for students. The faculty, staff, and students are amazing, and I love connecting with people who share similar goals and dreams. I have definitely grown a strong sense of belonging since I came here.</p> By: Ethel Zepeda (’22 Psychology)Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:15:00 GMT Tips to Become More Productive<p>At one point or another, we have watched yet another episode of our favorite show on Netflix or spent extra time scrolling through our phone instead of studying for an exam. We’ve all been there. However, we know that the habit of procrastinating actually does more harm than good. So how do we stop procrastinating and start to become more productive? In this blog post, I am sharing with you five tips (see <a href="">Bailey et al., 2019</a>).</p> <p><img src=" students.jpg" width="1104" height="563" alt="Students" style="width: 442px; height: 225px; vertical-align: middle;"/></p> <p><strong>1. Work within your resistance level.</strong> In other words, break down the task into manageable components. If you simply cannot imagine yourself reviewing a chapter for three hours, can you do it for an hour? Or even forty-five minutes? If you work on the task consistently, in a few days you will for sure have the task completed!<br/> <br/> <strong>2. Do something—no matter how small—to get started.</strong> Getting started is tough. However, once you get started, you will realize that it isn’t as horrible as you initially thought. You will then more likely to continue and complete the work.<br/> <br/> <strong>3. Disconnect from the digital world.</strong> Let’s be honest. Most of us are, at the very least, slightly addicted to our phones/laptops/TVs. But once we decide to start a task, these devices offer nothing but distractions. As such, you should put away these devices so that you can focus on the task at hand.<br/> <br/> <strong>4. Set Clear Goals.</strong> Write down your goals. Start making a daily to-do list so that you know exactly what needs your attention. The less time you spend wondering about what you need to do, the more time you will have in completing your tasks. Some people prefer starting their day off by making a to-do list, but others prefer to set aside certain times during the day (e.g., after classes) to plan out the “whats” and “whens”. Remember, it is actually okay to make slight changes to your plans every once in a while.<br/> <br/> <strong>5. </strong><strong>Pomodoro Technique.</strong> This is a <a href="">technique</a> I came across at the start of my college journey. According to this technique, you will spend 25 minutes working a task, and then you will give yourself a 5-minute break. You will then repeat the process, and for every four cycles, you reward yourself with a longer break. You can adjust the timing as well as the cycles as necessary to fit your preferences.</p> <p>Overall, there are a lot of ways to break our habit of procrastination. Trust me, although it doesn’t always start out easy, it’ll get more manageable over time! Remember: <em>thinking</em> about doing something, is not the same as <em>doing</em> something. I hope these five tips work for you!</p> <p>By: Amina Antar ('23 Psychology)</p> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 17:13:00 GMT to E’Lashia Pinkard (’20 Psychology)<p>On Feburary 28, 2020, Stevenson University hosted its annual Paul D. Lack Scholars’ Showcase. Among the students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, <strong>Psychology Senior E’Lashia Pinkard</strong> was selected to present her poster on “Confronting Microaggressions: The role of race and authority.”</p> <p><img src=" Pinkard.jpg" width="375" height="468" alt="Pinkard" style="width: 0px; height: 0px; vertical-align: middle;"/><img src=" Pinkard.jpg" width="375" height="468" alt="Pinkard1" style="width: 225px; height: 281px; vertical-align: bottom;"/></p> <p><em>E'Lashia Pinkard ('20 Psychology)</em></p> <p>“This work was based on my Senior Research Thesis for PSY 470,” explained E’Lashia. “I chose this topic because I have always been interested in understanding more about microaggressions. This is a great topic to explore and I am excited to help build awareness on microaggressions among my fellow students.”</p> <p>Using Stevenson University students as her participants, E’Lashia collected survey data on how her participants reacted to microaggressions and confrontations. She also measured the authority level of the microaggressor as well as the race of the confronter. Her results revealed that African Americans were more willing to confront microaggressors, had more positive attitudes about the use of confrontation, saw confrontation to be more acceptable, agreed that people should speak up more, and found microaggressors to be more insensitive compared to Caucasian Americans. These race differences were interesting and future research should take other factors, such as the severity of microaggression and the influence of upbringing, community closeness, and cultural sensitivity into account.</p> <p>We thank E’Lashia for her wonderful work, and congratulations again for being chosen to present at the 2020 Paul D. Lack Scholars’ Showcase!</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:17:00 GMT