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.
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.
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!
Edward received an MA in recovery ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2010. He has since earned a clinical pastor certificate from Methodist Hospital and volunteers as a hospital chaplain. Edward continues to oversee gang intervention trainings in Mexico and Los Angeles. Edward lives in Alhambra and is thankful for the experience and professional guidance of his Vanguard professors.
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.
Sherise (Tetrault ’02) Valenty-Gibb was married on 8/29/09 to Cody Gibb. Son Gavin Gibb was born on 8/24/10 and is doing well!
Annahita Mahdavi ’07 has received her MA in Psychology from Pepperdine. She has been fulfilling her practicum at the Orange County Department of Education and is applying for a Ph.D. program. Annahita lives in Irvine.
Katie Goode ’03 is a marriage and family therapist specializing in treating eating disorders and anxiety in Irvine. She teaches at Hope International University and is a clinical supervisor for Hope’s counseling center.
Cathy Breese ’03 will be graduating this July from Azusa Pacific University’s Clinical Psychology M.A. program!
Kathleen Treihaft ’01 studied Criminal Justice at Chapman University and then earned an M.S. degree in Psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology at Capella University. “I have experience in social work and I have been working in law enforcement for 2 yrs. I have decided to use my experience and knowledge in behavioral analysis in my consulting business, Hunter Services, where I will be doing corporate threat assessment in order to help prevent workplace and school violence.”