Psychology Advisory Council Begins

On Wednesday, June 8, Claudia Degelman, Julie Howard, and KJ Hummel from the psychology department met with individuals from various local human services organizations for the first  Psychology Advisory Council meeting.  The purpose of the Council will be to provide independent outside feed-back regarding the psychology program and curriculum, perspectives on changes in the field of psychology and human services, and suggestions for establishing and enhancing partnerships within the community.  Participants from the community were Raul Castorena from Olive Crest, Deanna Johnston from Orangewood Children’s Home, Sheree King from Mercy House, Julie Larson from Share Our Selves, and Leah Sloterbeek from Autism Solutions for Kids.

Psychology Faculty Present at APS

Vanguard Psychology faculty Ludmila Praslova, Julie Howard, K. J. Hummel, and Claudia Degelman presented at the 23rd Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science in Washington, DC, May 26-29, 2011. The 2011 meeting was centered on the major theme of Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science. The Vanguard psychology poster presentation, “Psychological Science and Hot Topics in Educational Debate” addressed the current treatment of the topic of education by the media, public, and policy makers, and advocated for a more empirically based and multilevel approach, informed by research on individual cognition and motivation, as well as social, cultural and organizational processes. Systemic thinking and an empirical foundation, as well as educating the general public and media, are essential in formulating sound educational policy, avoiding harmful unintended consequences, and facilitating both individual and national educational success.

Psychology Graduates 2011

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!

Student Research 2011

Under the direction of Dr. Noreen Dulin, six students presented the results of their year-long research projects at the California State University San Marcos Psychology Student Research Fair! Elizabeth Cuc, Kayla George, Patty Olvera, and Angela St. Croix presented their research on “How Piercings and Tattoos Relate to Characteristics of College Students.” Jessica Roush and Angelina Valdez presented their research on “The Influence of Personality and Parenting Style on Strength of Faith.” Congratulations to all!Research 2011

Student Awards 2011

Congratulations to the recipients of the following Department of Psychology Awards!

2011 Outstanding Student in Psychology Award: Ryan Michelle Wall

2011 Psychology Academic Achievement Award: Rachael Hicks, Raechel Menke, and Anne Miller

2011 Psi Chi Distinguished Service Award: Jessica Roush

2010-2011 Psychology Savants: Alexis Billings, Kaysie Flasck, Rachael Hicks, Amanda Jauregui, Megan Lillie, Anne Miller, Julianna Mitchell, Jessica Roush, Ryan Wall, Marie Wilson

For more information visit our Department of Psychology Student Awards page!

2011 Psi Chi Inductees

Congratulations to the 21 students inducted April 2, 2011 into the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology! The students are Ashley Armendariz, David Badoud, Vianey Elizabeth Cruz Balvaz, Jon Barkley, Gail A. Bigers, Alexis Billings, Melissa Dobson, Lauren E. East, Alexis Garza, Mollie Huntsinger, Jennifer Iguchi, Lisa Jones, Kathryn Irene Kuly, Amanda Mauldin, Janet H. McCormick, Anne Miler, Octavio Moncada, Christine R. Monroe, Angela St. Croix, Holland Sharp, and Natalie Watts.

Congratulations to Psychology Savants!

Congratulations to our 2010-2011 Psychology Savants!  The Psychology Savants (in alphabethical order) are:  Alexis Billings, Kaysie Flasck, Rachael Hicks, Amanda Jauregui, Megan Lillie, Anne Miller, Julianna Mitchell, Jessica Roush, Ryan Wall, Marie Wilson.

These Savants’ scores on the Psychology Major Field Test place them in the top quartile of graduating seniors in psychology!  Our Psychology Savants will be honored at our Senior Dinner and Psychology Awards event on the evening of April 14.  We, in the Psychology Department, are very proud of their accomplishments!

Leah Sloterbeek (2007)

Leah Sloterbeek (2007, MS 2009) is Program Coordinator at Autism Solutions for Kids (ASK) in Irvine. ASK uses a team approach with a variety of behavioral techniques to work with children with autism and other disorders. Leah supervises and monitors the progress of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) programs, conducts training for staff members and parents, and is responsible for program development, grant development, and “Handle with Care” restraint training. Leah returned to Vanguard to lecture in a Theories and Principles of Learning class on “Pivotal Response Training.”

Sarah Barbuto (2008)

Congratulations to Sarah Barbuto (2008) on her acceptance to the Fuller School of Psychology APA-accredited PsyD program in Clinical Psychology! For the past three years, Sarah has worked as a dispatcher for the South Pasadena Police Department. In this role, Sarah dealt regularly with families dealing with trauma, mental health issues, and a wide range of other personal crises. Sarah now will draw on that experience as she begins Fuller’s PsyD program!

All Psychology NoBigDeal Party

Title: All Psychology NoBigDeal Party
Location: Degelman home Costa Mesa
Description: All psychology majors, minors, families, faculty, alumni, and their friends are invited to come to the Degelman home in Costa Mesa on Saturday, April 30 from noon to 3 p.m. The only agenda is fun, food, and friends! More details to follow.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-04-30
End Time: 15:00