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>The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is pleased to report continued success in internship placements. 100% of the program's doctoral students matched to internships, while the national average was 82% for 2015. Moreover, CUA's doctoral students will be attending among the top internships in the nation:
Yale University-Psychiatry/ CT Mental Health Center, Young Adult Services Salt Lake City, VA Health Care System VA, Boston Healthcare System, Dual Diagnosis (PTSD-SUD) at Brockton University of Connecticut, Counseling and Mental Health Services Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and the Children's Health Council Consortium, VA Maryland School Mental Health Program/Center for School Mental Health, Children's National Medical Center, and VA Medical Center-Washington DC

> Applied-Experimental alumna Nancy Dennis (Ph.D. '04) was promoted to Associate Professor with continuous tenure at Penn State University. Congratulations, Nancy! 

> On Friday October 17, CUA psychology alumni, students and faculty gathered for the 4th annual Psychology Alumni Reception. Dr. Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., was honored with the Department's Distinguished Alumni Award for his outstanding contributions to the field. 

> Meg Wheeler, Ph.D. candidate in our clinical program, has been awarded the Evelyn K. Aitken Named P.E.O. Scholar for 2014-2015 by the Philanthropic Educational Organization.  The award will support Meg's dissertation research on "The effect of iRest Yoga Nidra on psychological and physiological health in the veteran population." Congratulations to Meg!

> Kendra Seaman, Ph.D. candidate in our applied-experimental program, has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University to begin this Fall.  Kendra will be continuing her work on the cognitive neuroscience of aging with Dr. Greg Samanez-Larkin.  Congrats, Kendra!

> On Friday September 27, CUA psychology alumni, students and faculty gathered for the third annual Psychology Homecoming Reception. Dr. John J. O'Hare, Ph.D. '57, received the Department's Distinguished Alumni award for his outstanding contributions to the field. Congratulations, John!

> Applied-Experimental alumna, Ericka Rovira (Ph.D. '06), Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, has been elected President of APA's Division 21. Congratulations, Ericka!

> Applied-Experimental alumna, Katie Kardiasmenos (Ph.D. '05), Assistant Professor at Bowie State University, was awarded a Catalyst Award for innovation by BlackBoard, Inc. Congratulations, Katie!

Dr. Nancy E. Adleman, has joined our experimental faculty as tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Congrats Nancy!

Dr. Claire Adams Spears, Instructor and Fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, joined our clinical faculty in Fall, 2013.  Welcome Claire!

> Rob Hindman and Sarah Krueger presented colloquia at their dissertation defense on November 20 and 29, respectively. Congratulations to Rob and Sarah!

Dr. Peter E. Turkeltaub, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology Georgetown University and Director of the Aphasia Clinic, National Rehabilitation Hospital, delivered a colloquium "Developing Neuromodulatory Treatments for Aphasia and Other Language Disorders" on December 6. 

> Applied-Experimental alumna, Katie Kardiasmenos (Ph.D. '05) was awarded tenure at Bowie State University. Congratulations, Katie!

> APA Commission on Accreditation has awarded our Clinical Ph.D. Program accreditation for another 7 years, the maximum possible! Congratulations to all!

> Congratulations to the CUA Counseling Center which is now one of only 28% of counseling centers nationwide to be accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).> Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Barrueco on her promotion and tenure!

Congratulations to our 2012 graduates! CUA awarded 59 B.A., 17 M.A., and 7 Ph.D. degrees to psychology students at its May 12, 2012 graduation ceremonies. More on graduates.

Department Colloquium. Dr. Mary Ann Dutton, Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center, will speak on "Trauma and Interpersonal Violence." Thursday April 19, 12:30 - 1:30, McMahon 200.

Department Colloquium. Dr. Abigail Marsh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgetown, spoke on "Empathy, Psychopathy and Fear." March 22, 12:30 - 1:30, McMahon 200.

> On Monday, February 28, Department faculty, students and alumni gathered for the first annual Psychology Graduate Student Research Symposium in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room B.  Thirteen second and third year students presented posters on their latest research findings and engaged in lively discussion with their fellow students and faculty. More on the symposium.

Department Colloquium. Dr. Marjan Holloway, Associate Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will speak on "Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) for the Prevention of Suicide."  Feb 23, 12:30 - 1:30, McMahon 200.

Department Colloquium.On February 2, clinical alumnus Dr. Jason Luoma (Ph.D. '02) spoke on "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the Development of a Contextual Science of Behavior." More about Jason.

Congratulations to alumna, Marisa Hillyard (Ph.D., '10), who is completing her fellowship at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati and will begin as a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University in April. More about Marisa.

> On December 7,  Dr. Daniel Lewin, Program Director, Sleep Disorders Medicine, NIH, spoke on "An Introduction to Pediatric Sleep Disorders."

> On Friday October 22, sixteen CUA psychology alumni gathered with department students and faculty for the first annual Psychology Homecoming Reception.  Dr. Paul Fedio, Ph.D. '64, received the Department's Distinguished Alumni award for his outstanding contributions to research, teaching and clinical practice.

> Twenty-two CUA undergrad psychology majors were inducted into Psi Chi, the international Psychology Honor Society in a ceremony on Wednesday, September 28.

> In Memoriam: James P. O'Connor, Ph.D.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dr.James O’Connor, former faculty member and Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department. Dr. O’Connor was a major figure at the University where he held numerous key positions. He was the first lay person to Chair the Psychology Department, and the first non-classicist to serve as Dean of the School of Arts& Sciences. He also held the position of Academic Vice-President. He was instrumental in the establishment of Boys Town Centers at CUA, Stanford and in Omaha, and served as the first Director of the CUA center, which later became the Life Cycle Institute. We celebrate the many accomplishments of our former colleague.

> Kendra Seaman, graduate student in the Cognitive Aging Lab, was awarded a travel grant to attend a selective workshop on multilevel modelling at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroeconomics.

Dr. Dave Jobes was one of four experts on suicidology presenting at a Congressional roundtable on Innovative Strategies for Reducing Suicide Risk in Military Service Members and Veterans.

> Welcome to Dr. Ben Hinnant, our newest faculty member.  Dr. Hinnant's interests are in developmental psychopathology and biopsychology.