Valerie Elwell (2008) currently lives in Fresno, CA. She worked as a Behavioral Therapist with children with Autism for 4 years at Pacific Child and Family prior to completing her MA in Marriage, Child, Family Counseling from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in 2013. She is gaining hours for her MFT license at Link Care Counseling Center and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the undergraduate Psychology department at Fresno Pacific University.
Ricky Colombo (2010) is enjoying being in the Applied Behavior Analysis option of the M.S. in Psychology program at California State University Los Angeles. As Ricky says of the behavioral approach, “The natural contingencies of reinforcing good behavior or extinguishing unwanted behavior is Godly. He is always present in the natural world.” Ricky encourages current psychology majors to explore Applied Behavior Analysis as a career path!
Nancy Diaz (2013) is employed by Autism Interventions and Resources, in Laguna Hills. The agency provides Applied Behavior Analysis to children and families affected by developmental disabilities. Nancy started out as a Behavior Interventionist and has recently been promoted to Behavior Consultant. In this role, Nancy trains and observes parents, helping them to consistently apply the interventions recommended for their children.
Congratulations to the 41 Psychology majors inducted into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology! New Psi Chi members include the following: Shannon Ardrey, Ursula Auger, Elisha Avne, Christa N. Call, Carson Carpenter, Michelle Cavanagh, Laila Collman, Matt Cowan, Candice Dobson, Katy Erhardt, Samantha Espartero, Teresa Flores, Rachel Gamboa, Dora Garcia, Sunshine Golson, Diane Hopkins, John Hosier, Anita Israel, Amanda Ives, Lauren “Ellie” Kaiser, Lauren Keating, Sophia Kendrick, Sarah Kershner, Shannon Laskey, Leslie Lockridge, Debora Mabry, Moneh Magdaleno, Patrick Malaret, Javier A. Melgoza, Dixie Moak, Tracy A. Morales, Claudia Otis, Elizabeth Ramirez, Carissa Robles, Maria Ruiz, Lara Stauffer, Ashley Tebeau, Rachel Michelle Toth, Dana Tull, Jasmine Villalta, Deborah Wieland.
In the photo, from left to right, Dr. K.J. Hummel (Chair, Department of Psychology), Ms. Sheryl Curl, RN, MFT (Invited Speaker), Dr. Elizabeth Powell (Psi Chi Faculty Advisor), Lauren East (Psi Chi Co-President), David Badoud (Psi Chi Co-President)
Ninety-two students graduated with their B.A. in psychology this May! This large group included 38 graduates of the traditional psychology major and 54 graduates of the SPS psychology major! Immediate plans include graduate school for many, marriage for some, working for most, and hopefully a little relaxation for all!
Wendy is chair of the psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she has worked for nearly nineteen years. She is presently living in Durban, South Africa, for six months on a Fulbright research fellowship to study risk and resilience in South African youth. She is looking at the role parents and families play in helping youth cope with stress.
Krista and husband Tovar were married July 17 in Camarillo. Krista is a file coordinator at Genesis Capital, a private money lending company, and is looking forward to starting coursework toward Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. They are youth leaders at La Iglesia Cristiana de Oxnard and also lead at the church’s English service.