Commencement: May 2013

Several graduates of the Clinical Psychology specialization of the M.A. degree program are pictured outside of the Wolstein Center following the May 2013 Commencement ceremony (left to right: Lindsey Bisgrove, Emily Karakis, Brittany Carbaugh, Caitlin Pinciotti, Stephanie Garcia, and Leighann Scheidler).

Robert Norton, graduate of the M.A. phase of the School Psychology program, with Dr. Kathy McNamara, Department Chairperson.

Four Long-Time Members of Department Faculty Retire

Four members of the Psychology Department faculty retired from the university in May, 2013 after many years of service: Pictured, from left, are Leslie E. Fisher (1974), John P. Wilson (1973), Benjamin Wallace (1978), and Brian F. Blake (1981). We are grateful for their service to our Department and students!

New Faculty

Dr. Brian Woodside was appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology in August, 2013. He specializes in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and is currently teaching in our undergraduate program. Patrick Frato was named College Lecturer, and has teaching responsibilities in the graduate School Psychology program and the undergraduate program. We welcome our new colleagues!

Faculty Recognition

Dr. Katherine S. Judge, Director of the PhD program in Adult Development & Aging, was named Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (2012). In the photo, Dr. Judge (center) prepares for a conference presentation with co-authors (left to right) Maura Krestar, Sara Powers, and Nicole Dawson.

Student Awards and Recognition

The Eileen C. and Carlos F. Cortes Endowed Scholarship was awarded for the 2013-14 academic year to Sylvia Lesisz, a student currently enrolled in the School Psychology Program.

The Dr. James M. Schuerger Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Kathryn G. VanGunten (undergraduate student) and Diahna S. David (graduate student) for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Joyce A. and Ronald H. Zabor Endowed Scholarship was awarded for the 2013-14 academic year to Hannah Morris and Lindsey Eliason, both of whom are currently enrolled as undergraduate students majoring in Psychology.

The first award from the Diversity Management Program Endowed Scholarship was made for the 2013-14 academic year to recipients Zenobien Adams, Leigh Craigmyle, and Kesha Sweatte, all of whom are currently enrolled in the Psychology Department’s Diversity Management Program.

Awards and Recognition
Two of our doctoral students in Adult Development & Aging received Dissertation Research Awards from the University Research Council. Maura Krestar received funding for her project, entitled “Examining the effects of processing time, age, valence, and variation in emotional intonation on spoken word recognition.” Teresa Markis received funding for her project, entitled “Attention bias to body-related stimuli in young and middle age females: The role of eating disorders and thin ideal priming.” Congratulations to Maura and Teresa!

Diahna Davis was selected to receive the Valorie Wolcott Mendelsohn Ohio School Psychologists Association scholarship at the OSPA Fall Conference in November, 2012 (pictured at left, with presenter V. Wolcott Mendelsohn).

Jessica Willesch (Main Campus) and Kaitlin Heitman (Lorain Partnership) were selected as Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology students in May, 2013. This award is given by the Faculty of the Department of Psychology for outstanding accomplishments as a student-scholar in the field of Psychology.

Caitlin Pinciotti, a 2013 graduate of the M.A. Clinical Psychology specialization, received a Meritorious Abstract Award from the Cleveland Psychological Association for her thesis research on the impact of self-defense training on victims of sexual assault.

Student Travel Awards

Doctoral students Maria Donaldson, Maura Krestar, Elliott Jardin, and Sara Incera Burkert received travel awards from the Louise Federici Fund for their research presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Toronto.

Doctoral student Nicole Dawson received a travel award from the Louise Federici Fund for her research presentation at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Several students in the School Psychology program (Lisa Burg, Tom Porter, Chaquita Miller, and Tyler Best) received travel awards from the Department of Psychology for research presentations at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists.

The Midwestern Psychological Association hosted several CSU students who presented their research at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Presenters included undergraduate student Laura Elias, and graduate students Maria Donaldson, Lucinda Rohde, Sara Incera Burkert, and Teresa Markis.

Dr. Conor McLennan Awarded!

Department of Psychology Associate Professor Dr. Conor McLennan was selected as the recipient of the 2013 COSHP Outstanding Teaching Award...Congratulations Conor!!