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Clinically Significant Winter 2017, Volume 8 Issue Highlights: Updates From the Clinic 3 Meet the Baby Bulls 6 Giving Tree 9 Awards/Kudos 10 Research Conferences 12 Advice 14 Interns 18 Graduation 19 Post
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Clinically Significant Winter 2017, Volume 8 Issue Highlights: Updates From the Clinic 3 Meet the Baby Bulls 6 Giving Tree 9 Awards/Kudos 10 Research Conferences 12 Advice 14 Interns 18 Graduation 19 Post Docs/Jobs 21 Alumni Updates 22 Faculty Contact 29 Reunions 31 Gratitude 34 Direct from the DCT Greetings to alumni, friends, and colleagues! I bring you excellent tidings. We just got word from the Commission on Accreditation that the USF Clinical Program received 10 years of full re-accreditation by APA. That means I don t have to write another self-study in a long time, yay! Seriously, it is highly gratifying that outside evaluators recognize the high level training of the program. It is not surprising, but nonetheless gratifying. I want to thank each and every one of you for contributing to the success of the program. Indeed, it is the investment of its faculty and the superlative performance of program students and alum that helped us reach this outcome. We recently conducted a State of the Program meeting, where we had the opportunity to reflect on these strengths and points of improvement of the program. I would like to review some of the superlatives for you (I am a numbers person, so bare with me). The Psychology department has received $10.7 million of grant monies since 2011, with 70% of that awarded to clinical faculty. Most of our clinical faculty serve (or have recently served) as Editors of major journals in the field, and currently 3 are APA fellows and 2 APS fellows. Doctoral students in the program graduate with an average of 6 publications and 10 conference presentations and acquire top-level internships. Our alum have also achieved the success expected from our training. The following initial job placements (e.g., post-docs) of our alum are representative of our clinical science values and goals involving integration of science and practice: 80% post-doc fellows (73% have at least part time research component), 11% academic positions, 5% staff psychologists, and 5% other (e.g., nonprofit). Current jobs of alum (past post-doc) include 52% academic positions (psychiatry or psychology departments), 38% staff psychologists (many in VAs), and other positions (administrative, independent practice). In the last two years alone, 85% published their research, 72% directed their own research projects, 50% wrote grants, and over 70% supervise others in research and/or clinical work. Not too shabby! We have also continued the tradition of opening up dialogue between students and faculty regarding our values and reconciling differing perspectives. I have experienced a supportive environment and kindness, even when discussing disagreements. Despite the various changes that have occurred in the program, inevitable sometimes when there are faculty retirements and new hires, we have tried to maintain the same open and friendly atmosphere for which the program is known. Continued. Clinically Significant Page 2 of 34 Direct from the DCT, Continued On a more personal note, my family experienced a change of our own. My little boy, Hector, started kindergarten in August. I handled it like a pro (i.e., cried, bit my nails, prepped his uniform two days before, and sucked up to his teacher). I am happy to say that he has done well with the transition and seems to really enjoy the new learning experiences. Speaking of learning experiences, tell us about you! Reach out and update us, so we can include the information in our next newsletter. Regards, Edelyn Dr. Edelyn Verona and son, Hector, on his first day of Kindergarten Clinical Students at Winter Holiday Celebration Page 3 of 3 Clinically Significant Updates From News From the Clinic the Newsletter Editor By Jack Darkes, Ph.D., Clinic By Vicky Director; Phares, Ph.D. USF Psychological Services Center and USF Alum So we are at the end of our Fall semester. Why is it that parking has not gotten any easier! With the way our term started and year started thanks to Hurricane Irma getting caught up and staying that way has been a chore. The great thing about the PSC is that we have outstanding students and tremendous Clinic staff who are so critical to our daily operations. Our two Assistant Directors this year are Maureen Monahan and Ashley Nelson (Who we welcomed aboard in the Summer and Fall, respectively) and, of course, Ms. Tatyana Truax continues to anchor our staff. As the Academic Year began, we bid farewell to Renee Hangartner and thanked her for her energetic dedication as Clinic Assistant over the past year. I suspect and hope we will continue to see her around the clinic. We also said farewell to Amanda Palmer as Clinic Extern and welcomed Emily Choquette into that role. (Emily is also working with me on a grant project with veterans). The PSC could not function without the dedicated work of our Clinic staff and students all of our students! As the Fall 2017 term began we also welcomed our new group of clinicians (our second-year students) into the clinic. Glad to have all of you here and look forward to another great year! Your work is much appreciated and I hope you will let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with your training needs. We spent quite a bit of time this summer doing achievement and psychosocial screenings of incoming student athletes this process continues into the Fall and is another task we could not accomplish if not for the enthusiastic participation of our students. Our ongoing relationship with the USF Athletics Department has grown this year. We also renewed our contract for psychoeducational assessments with Pasco-Hernando State College. Both of these arrangements have become major referral sources and have certainly kept us busy. We held a Clinic Tea during the Spring term to brief our clinicians on using the new PSC Database, where intake assessment and termination data, along with measures of therapy process and involvement, are being entered. This will help us continue to evaluate our work and tweak things where necessary. We will be polling our students soon to see what kind of topic they would like to cover for our next Clinic Tea. I hope we can get this process up and running on a regular basis, addressing clinical skills and issues that our students want to know more about. This year s celebration of Clinical Program graduates was held in the clinic. It was great to see everyone, meet their families and loved ones, and celebrate their moving on to the next step in their careers. As Clinic Director I am fortunate to get to work so closely with everyone over their time here. As I often note, graduate school is unique in several ways, and perhaps the most unique element is that the ultimate goal of coming here is to leave. Bittersweet for all of us to say the least. I will leave further descriptions of the festivities to Vicky, who I am sure will report about them elsewhere in the newsletter. Continued. Clinically Significant Page 4 of 34 Updates From the Clinic--Continued The clinic remains incredibly busy, creating as many interesting and challenging training opportunities as we can. Our waiting lists for assessment services are almost always long. We continue to offer a broad range of services, from child to general adult issues, as well as eating disorder/body image-related, trauma-related and substance-related specialty services. Our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group, supervised by Dr. Verona, which provides both group and individual DBT, remains busy as well. The successful accomplishment of our training mission requires a team effort, with students, staff, faculty, and alumni all working together to make the program and clinic successful. If any of our friends from years past are ever in the neighborhood, please let us know and do stop by. Would love to show you around and catch up! A happy and successful new year to all! Clockwise from Upper Left: Clinic Assistant Director Meeting Clinic Bullpen Candy Dish Jack s Happy Place in North Carolina Page 5 of 3 Clinically Significant Scenes From Around the Clinic Clockwise from Upper Left: Alumna Dr. Monica Epstein s Supervision Group Preparing for Supervision (Spring, 2017) Summer Assessment Fun Clinical Child Supervision Group Interested in Free CEUs and Free Knowledge? Come join us on Fridays from noon-1:00 in PCD 1134 for our clinical brown bag series. Free CEUs and free knowledge pretty darn good! You can find the schedule of events at Clinically Significant Page 6 of 34 Introducing the Baby Bulls (Entry Year of 2017) My name is Ansley Bender and I m a first-year clinical student at USF. I m originally from Salina, KS, although I spent the past four years in Lawrence, KS, attending the University of Kansas for my undergrad. My advisor is Dr. Marc Karver and I ll be researching suicide prevention and intervention, as well as therapeutic processes. I m particularly interested in interventions aimed at college student and emerging adult populations. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, baking, and going to the beach. My biggest goal in life is to adopt a golden retriever. Hi! My name is Allie Choate, and I m originally from Chicago, Illinois. I completed my BA in psychology at the University of Missouri in 2017, where I worked in a research lab focusing on borderline personality disorder and substance use using ecological momentary assessment. I am working under the mentorship of Dr. Marina Bornovalova, and am interested in the comorbidity of BPD and other externalizing disorders and behaviors (particularly ASPD and SUD), especially within forensic populations. Additionally, I am also interested in the neurobiological implications involved in emotion dysregulation, self-harm, aggression, and impulsive suicide. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Tampa and sending my Dad photos of the beautiful weather here in Florida while he suffers up north. Hi! My name is Andrew Devendorf, and I am working with Dr. Jonathan Rottenberg in the Mood and Emotion Lab. I completed my BA in Psychology at DePaul University, located in Chicago, where I studied chronic illness, cognition and emotion, and self-regulation in a variety of research labs. While taking a gap year between graduate school, I worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, doing Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism. With Dr. Rottenberg, I hope to better understand the mechanisms of emotion regulation in depression. I am also interested in an understudied group people who are high functioning after depression. Outside of school, I enjoy playing guitar and bass, reading fiction (e.g., Kafka), and watching the baby ducks on campus. Page 7 of 3 Clinically Significant First Year Welcoming Party (Hosted by Second Years) Welcome First Years (aka Baby Bulls)!!! Clinically Significant Page 8 of 34 Scenes From Around the PCD Building Clockwise From Upper Left Erica Coates Defense Leah Boepple s Defense (right before Hurricane Irma!) Alex De Nadai s Defense Winter Holiday Celebration Brainstorming Research Ideas Page 9 of 3 Clinically Significant Congratulations to Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham APA President (with colleague and our alumna, Dr. Idia Thurston) Giving Tree: Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive for Refugee Youth For the 16 th year in a row, the USF Department of Psychology and the USF Psychology Student Diversity Committee held a Giving Tree donation project in conjunction with the Florida Department of Children and Families Refugee Services Program. Now known as the Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive for Refugee Youth, this donation project collected donations of coats, jackets, hoodies, and hats from infant to teen sizes. And we also collected gift cards so that adolescents could select their own warm attire. With many thanks to Bryan Benitiz (center, below) and the entire USF Psychology Student Diversity Committee the project was a huge success! Hopefully, the refugee youth in the Tampa Bay area will feel a bit more of a warm welcome this winter Thank you to all who have participated in the Giving Tree over all of these many years and thank you to those who took part this year! Clinically Significant Page 10 of 34 Recent Awards and Kudos Program-Wide Awards and Kudos The clinical psychology program successfully completed a self-study and site visit from the American Psychological Association as part of our reaccreditation process and we received the maximum approval of a full 10-years of reaccreditation! Current Clinical Student and Recent Alumni Awards and Kudos Erica Ahlich and Amy Hoffmann were awarded the Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Fellowships. ** Erica Ahlich, Emily Choquette, Brittany Lang, and Christina Verzijl all received USF International Travel Grants from the Office of Graduate Studies. Ena Begovic, Troy Webber, and Dr. Monica Wu received the Richard LaBarba Memorial Scholarship, which honors current graduate students who have excelled in work on developmental psychopathology or developmental psychology. Ansley Bender received a Graduate Student Success Fellowship and a scholarship from the Dr. and Mrs. Charles Spielberger Endowed Fund in Psychology. Leah Boepple and Dr. Kevin Thompson s paper, A content analytic comparison of fitspiration and thinspiration websites, was one of the top 5 most downloaded papers of 2016 published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Leah was also awarded the Stefanie and Adele Gilbert Award for Research on Women. Melanie Mel Bozzay was selected as a recipient of the Psi Chi Spring Graduate Research Grant for $1500 to conduct her dissertation. She was also the recipient of a 2017 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award in the amount of $1,000. Mel was also awarded the highly competitive Sigma Xi Research grant award of $990 to support her dissertation research. Renee Brown Hangartner and Maureen Monahan won the Military Suicide Research Consortium American Association of Suicidology Research Training Day Travel Awards. Dr. Alex De Nadai was awarded the David H. Barlow Grand Rounds Speakership when he was on internship at the University of Mississippi. Dan Faraci received the Dr. Miles and Patricia Hardy Memorial Scholarship. Becky Gius, Emily Noyes, Dan Faraci, and Bryan Benitez received Research Society on Alcoholism Student Merit Awards, which provided funds to attend the Research Society on Alcoholism annual meeting. Claire Gorey received an NSF Travel Award to the Society for Social Neuroscience conference, APA Division 53 Student Achievement Award, and an international Fulbright Award for one year to study drug use in the Netherlands ($20,000 award). Page 11 of 3 Clinically Significant Recent Awards and Kudos, Continued Andrew Kiselica was an author on a gold medal winning poster at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting this year. Brittany Lang was awarded a $1000 APA/APGAS Psychological Science Research Grant. Julia McDonald received the USF Conference Presentation Grant for $500. Sean McKinley received the Student Government Conference Travel Award to attend the American Psychology and Law Society meeting in Seattle and an International Travel Grant from the Office of Graduate Studies to attend the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy conference in Antwerp, Belgium. He also was awarded a grant for his research with low income youth by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in the amount of $2,500. Sean also received the Stephen and Phillip Deibler Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Lauren Schaefer was awarded the Academy for Eating Disorders travel scholarship for the 2017 conference in Prague, Czech Republic. Clinical Faculty Accomplishments Dr. Tom Brandon received the American Society of Preventive Oncology Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award for his work in tobacco research. The award recognizes distinguished contributions in national tobacco control efforts and honors individuals whose leadership is exemplified by a commitment to collaborations among behavioral and basic scientists and practitioners. Tom will receive the award at the March meeting in New York City. Dr. Marc Karver was awarded a new SAMHSA grant for $1.4 million for 3 years. The project is entitled The Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Project. Marc is the Co-PI and Dr. Kim Gryglewicz, his former postdoctoral fellow, now an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida, is the PI. Dr. Diana Rancourt was a recipient of the Pediatric Research/Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRISM) Special Interest Group Exemplary Methods/Statistics Award for her poster at the Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Dr. Rob Schlauch received the 2017 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution Award from the APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology). Dr. Eric Storch was recruited by the Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for the prestigious McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair position. He will also serve as a tenured Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology. As our chair, Dr. Toru Shimizu, said [Dr. Storch] has been an excellent colleague and friend of the department for many years. His support and contributions to our clinical research and training program have been invaluable. While it is so sad for us to see him leave, the new position at Baylor will provide a great opportunity for him. Congratulations Everyone! Clinically Significant Page 12 of 34 Students, Faculty, and Alumni Connect at Research Conferences Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Page 13 of 3 Clinically Significant Students, Faculty, and Alumni Connect at Research Conferences Obesity Society Conference American Association of Suicidology International OCD Foundation Clinically Significant Page 14 of 34 Advice from Alumni to Graduate Students Madeline Altabe, Ph.D. I think I would say it s important to think ahead. Students are presented with many opportunities and presses to grow in one way or another. Psychology is vast and it s important to think about what piece is what you want to bite off that fits with who you are and what you want your life to be. Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D. For everyone, but especially for women who are on the job market for the first time (women are statistically less likely to do this) - negotiate! Don't accept the first offer that is presented to you. Seek out advice from your peers on how to negotiate assertively and strategically. Ask trusted peers to share information on their salaries or seek out published data on salaries for psychologists. Consider negotiating for non-salary benefits such as leave time, start-up funds, travel funds. When you negotiate for yourself, you are negotiating for all women, and for all psychologists, everywhere. Marlene R. Bloom, Ph.D. The most important thing I have learned in my career is that it matters where you work. You can do good clinical work in many settings, but your personal quality of life is greatly enhanced if you are lucky enough to find a setting that is supportive, enriching, and filled with people who share your sense of mission. Brian Gonzalez, Ph.D. I suggest students plan backwards. What kind of job do you want? What will you need to add to your CV in order to be competitive? How long will it take to add that to your CV? Where will you get it? Once you know what you need, sketch out a timeline of what needs to happen, and when, in order for you to accomplish your goal. This can be applied to anything, really. But I find it helpful to apply this to major deadlines, even if they re years away. This is especially the case when some steps are conditional upon previous steps. For example, when writing a K award application you can t ask for a letter of recommendation before you finalize your training goals and aims because the letter-writer will need to refer to those. Planning out the timeline ahead of time can help avoid a rush as yo
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