Multi-Cultural, Multi-Disciplinary Potluck

Students from Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology recently gathered for the first ever Multi-Cultural, Multi-Disciplinary Potluck.  In the spirit of Social Science communty, students crossed departmental and cultural lines to celebrate diversity and “break bread” representing many ethnicities.  A delightful and delicious time of camaraderie and collegiality was had by all!

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!

Wendy Kliewer (1980)

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 (Castro 2010) Hernandez

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.

Brittany (Loranger 2009) Baker

Brittany and husband Douglas were married August 22. Brittany is a teacher at a private school for students with autism. The newlyweds make their home in Westminster and attend Beachpoint Church in Fountain Valley.