Spring 2018 PSY Capstone + wave

The Spring 2018 PSY Capstone Festival was a success! Thank you to all who participated, including students, family, friends, faculty, and staff!

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Spring 2018 PSY Capstone Festival

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Heron Hall

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CAFE Lab Students Present at 2018 MMPI Symposium in Florida.

Four PSY students working in Dr. Burchett's CAFE Lab attended a recent MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) symposium in Hollywood, Florida. The students, Rosemary Gutierrez, Taylor Chille, Kendall Whitney, and Kylin Peck, presented two posters and one oral presentation:

"False feigners, continued: An examination of the impact of mixed responding on MMPI-2-RF content-based validity scales"

"Cognitive symptom trajectories among forensic inpatients diagnosed with psychotic disorders with or without comorbid mood disorders."

"Sensitivity of an MMPI-2-RF Combined Response Inconsistency (CRIN) Scale to mixed responding."

The presentations garnered excellent reviews from the symposium attendees. Congratulations Rosemary, Taylor, Kendall, and Kylin!

CAFE lab members at MMPI symposium in Florida
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Click on the titles of the posters and talks (on the left) for downloadable versions of the presentation materials!

PSY Senior Rebekah Newman wins award at CSU-wide Student Research Competition @ Sacramento State.

Rebekah Newman, senior PSY major, won first place in the Education Session at the California State University Research Competition hosted at CSU Sacramento May 4-5, 2018. Rebekah presented research in the area of scholarship of teaching and learning related to the evaluation of service learning experiences among our psychology majors at CSUMB. This study gained insight about the needs and experiences in service learning courses across campus, and is being used to develop a PSY-specific service learning course to best serve PSY students and the tri-county community.

Rebekah has been working on this project for over a year with her research adivsors, Dr. Lovell and Dr. Valdez. She will be presenting a portion of this research at the American Psychological Association, Division 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) Poster Session in August 2018. She plans to use her experience in education research to work with children with special needs.

Congratulations Rebekah!

PSY Major Jenny Hatch is awarded the UROC Barbara Baldock and Phillip Butler Scholarship.

Congratulations to Jennifer "Jenny" Hatch for being awarded the UROC Barbara Baldock and Phillip Butler Scholarship. Jenny, a psychology major, is part of the Clinical and Forensic Evaluation (CAFE) Lab at CSUMB under the mentorship of Dr. Danielle Burchett. Scholarship funds are for graduate studies and research endeavors. Congratulations, Jenny!

Previous PSY awardees include: Sara Banco (2013) and Omar Davila Jr. (2012)

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CSUMB UROC 2018 Mentor of the Year announced: Dr. Danielle Burchett

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The director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at CSUMB (Dr. John E. "Buck" Banks) recently announced that Dr. Danielle Burchett, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2018 UROC Mentor of the Year Award. She will be honored at the UROC Year-End Celebration on May 9, 2018.

Join all of us in the PSY department in congratulating Dr. Burchett!

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2018 Recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award for Social Justice: PSY Senior Chelsey Bucher-Hebert

PSY Senior Chelsey Bucher-Hebert has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award for Social Justice by the university for her significant dedication to promoting equity for communities affected by drug use, social justice advocacy related to drug policy, and generating awareness about harm reduction (i.e., public health policies, practical strategies, and ideas designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with drug use). Chelsey volunteers at the Harm Reduction Coalition, a non-profit organization whose goal is to stand against the social stigma of drug use to promote a safer community for all. In her research role, she assesses the needs of syringe exchange programs (SEPs) in the state of California. Here on campus, Chelsey founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and she is currently working with staff on campus to promote harm reduction practices, to implement the Good Samaritan Policy, and to increase access to drug education materials. Congratulations Chelsey!

Chelsey Bucher-Hebert

PSY Senior Chelsey Bucher-Hebert

CSUMB PSY Major Katrina Conen receives Goldwater Foundation Honorable Mention

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PSY major Katrina Conen is awared an Honorable Mention by the Goldwater Foundation

Please join the PSY department in congratulating Katrina Conen. Ms. Conen was recently recognized with an Honorable Mention by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year awards cycle.

Ms. Conen works with Drs. Burchett and Valdez and intends on pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, with specific research interests in the use of psychological tests for personnel selection. She also has interests in teaching at the University level.

The Goldwater Foundation was created in honor of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater to support students in mathematics, natural science, and engineering. This year, a total of 1,280 students nationwide were nominated by their home institutions. Of those, 211 scholarships were awarded, and 281 nominees were named Honorable Mentions.

Goldwater Foundation Press Release

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