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​​​​​​Psychology Department News and Announcements​

July, 2022Dn. Joe Ferrari, St Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology, was appointed to the Editorial Board of Integratus: Journal of Catholic Psychotherapy.

June, 2022-  LaVome Robinson, professor of community psychology, was interviewed in the APA “Monitor on Psychology” June 2022 issue,  about suicide risk behaviors among Black adolescents. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/06/continuing-education-intervene-suicide?utm_campaign=Daily_06082022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EOACLK​

June, 2022- Quin Lei, clinical-community psychology doctoral student, was selected for the Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship from the “Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues” (APA, Div. 9). The fellowship is awarded to only one applicant annually and provides intensive training on strategies to influence public policy.

May, 2022- Christine Reyna, professor of psychological science and community psychology, was interviewed on WBBM Newsradio regarding psychological factors associated with mass shooters. https://www.audacy.com/wbbm780/news/local/depaul-professor-researches-the-psyche-of-a-mass-shooter 

May, 2022- Molly Brown, associate professor of clinical and community psychology was interviewed in two articles for the Crain’s Chicago Business Forum on Homelessness. https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-forum-homelessness/homelessness-multifaceted-issue
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/crains-forum-homelessness/chicagos-policies-homelessness-continue-evolve 

May, 2022- Jocelyn Carter, professor of clinical psychology, was interviewed on ABC7 Chicago TV News on talking to children about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, as well as gun violence, broadly. https://abc7chicago.com/11895094/​

May, 2022- Christine Reyna, professor of psychological science and community psychology, was interviewed on NPR’s “Illinois Public Media” program The 21st, to discuss her research related to extremism and the great replacement theory. Link to the story below. https://will.illinois.edu/21stshow/story/extremism-and-the-great-replacement-theory

May, 2022- Anne Saw, associate professor in clinical and community psychology, appeared on ABC7 Chicago news regarding the integration of Asian American history education at Skinner North Classical School in accordance with the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act. https://abc7chicago.com/illinois-asian-american-history-pacific-heritage-month-2022-skinner-north-teaach-act/11886066/

May, 2022-  Anne Saw, associate professor in clinical and community psychology, appeared on ABC7-TV news on 5-5-22 at 4:30 p.m. She was interviewed about her research on mental health in the AAPI community. The interview focused on the impact of racism on mental health, timed with “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness” month. https://abc7chicago.com/11821402/ 

April, 2022- Joanna Buscemi, assistant professor of clinical psychology, was elected to the “Executive Committee” of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, as a Member Delegate.

April, 2022-  Advanced community doctoral student Kendall Crum was awarded a 2 year full time Evaluation Fellowship as an Evaluator in the “Office of Capacity Development and Applied Prevention Science” for the CDC in Atlanta, GA. A large percentage of Fellows go on to full time CDC jobs after their Fellowship. Kendall is mentored by Dn. Joe Ferrari, St Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology.

April 2022- ​ Fiona Sun, clinical-community psychology doctoral student, was selected for the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program (https://www.apa.org/pi/mfp). This is a highly competitive and prestigious honor that prepares doctoral students for research and practice in psychology. Fiona is mentored by Anne Saw, associate professor of clinical and community psychology.

April 2022- Dn. Joe Ferrari, St. Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology [social-community], gave an invited campus address at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, on “Chronic Procrastination.”  Dn. Joe was guest of the ‘Masters of Business Administration [MBA] Student Association’ at BSU. 

March 2022-  A high school student from upstate NY and a member of Dn. Joe Ferrari, St. Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology [social-community], research team received 1st Place in the “Behavioral and Social Sciences” of the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF), the second largest science competition in the country! Also, she was accepted as a finalist to the Genius Olympiad (https://geniusolympiad.org) that is competing at the end of May or June. More information on the awards and livestream are found on the WESEF website (https://wesef.org).

March 2022- Susan McMahon, professor of clinical and community psychology, led a congressional briefing on violence against educators and other school staff during COVID. The briefing was based on the research of the APA Task Force on “Violence Against Educators and School Personnel,” which Susan chairs.

Video of briefing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD5S_aU2teM​
Policy brief https://www.apa.org/education-career/k12/violence-educators.pdf

March 2022- Susan McMahon, professor of clinical and community psychology, was interviewed by NBC News, “Education Week,” “HealthDay,” among many other news outlets regarding violence against teachers and the APA Task Force on Violence Against School Personnel. 
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/new-report-highlights-violence-educators-school-staff-pandemic-rcna20276
https://www.edweek.org/leadership/violence-threats-and-harassment-are-taking-a-toll-on-teachers-survey-shows/2022/03 
https://consumer.healthday.com/b-3-17-america-s-teachers-often-faced-harassment-violence-during-pandemic-poll-2656968931.html

March 2022- Anne Saw, associate professor of clinical and community psychology, published an op-ed in Ms. Magazine titled, “A Year After the Atlanta Shootings, Asian American Women Grapple With Continued Violence and How To Heal.” https://msmagazine.com/2022/03/16/atlanta-shooting-asian-american-women-grapple-violence/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare

March 2022- Joanna Buscemi, assistant professor of clinical psychology, was interviewed on the Yumlish Podcast to discuss her study of racial disparities in diabetes mortality. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/diabetes-by-race-inequality-in-the-united-states/id1504260353?i=1000552801639​

February 2022- Cori Cafaro (Tergesen), clinical-community psychology doctoral student, was elected Student and Early Career Representative of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health & Social Justice.

February 2022 - Olya Glantsman, senior professional lecturer, was appointed Editor of the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice.  She is only the second editor for this international journal and in the Department.

January 2022 - Jocelyn Carter, professor of clinical psychology, published an OP-ED piece in US News & World Report titled, “The Pandemic Should Push Us to Improve Youth Sportshttps://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-02-02/the-pandemic-should-push-us-to-overhaul-youth-sports 

January 2022 - LaVome Robinson, professor of community psychology, was featured on ABC7Chicago TV News discussing suicide risk among the Black community and the Success Over Stress prevention intervention. https://abc7chicago.com/11527425/

January 2022 - Dn. Joe Ferrari, St. Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology, presented at two national events.  On Jan. 14, he presented for the third time for “REAL TIME”, an international and national podcast (they call him their ‘resident favorite scientist’).  Dn. Joe presented on “DeClutter During COVID” reviewing his past five years of published research.  Then, on Jan 20, Dn. Joe and Devki Patel, 2nd year MS in Gen Psychology graduate student, gave their invited presentation on “DeCluttering The Home, Office, and Digital Items” to the DePaul Uni. ‘Alumni Association’ at the highest attended winter virtual presentation in their history.

December 2021 - Joanna Buscemi, assistant professor of clinical psychology, with Allyson Hughes, had an op-ed in Medpage Today titled: "It's Time to 'Build Back Best' for Americans With Diabetes— Congress needs to focus on health equity” https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/96460 

December 2021 - 
Anne Saw, associate professor of clinical psychology, had an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune titled "The narrative of Black on Asian crime serves no one. But racial solidarity benefits us all” https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-asian-american-hatred-racial-solidarity-20211231-wqqqerdkjbcthmfjvprbfb35lm-story.html 

December 2021 - Helena Swanson in our PhD Community Psych Program was awarded funding for the Winter quarter a 2022 Steans Center Graduate Fellowship Award in collaboration with “Urban Health Partnerships.”​

November 2021USAToday posted an interview with Dn. Joe Ferrari, St Vincent de Paul Professor of Psychology, about the use of a new popular tik-tok app to help reduce procrastination through “time blocking.” The interview also was posted in South China Morning Post and Texas News Today.  Dn. Joe also was interviewed on FOX-32 TV, Chicago “Good Morning Show” about the pros and cons of time blocking, aka, scheduling, on quality of life. 

October 2021
 - First year PhD community psychology student Andrew Camilleri appeared on the national TV station in Malta called “Illum Ma' Steph” discussing his master’s thesis on the sense of psychological home and resilience among northern Africa immigrants to Italy.

October 2021 - Olya Glantsman, senior professional lecturer, is representing DePaul and Midwest SCRA Region on the 2021 Southeast and Midwest ECO Conference Steering Committee for the virtual Eco-Community Psychology Conference, November 13th, 2021.

September 2021 ​- Psi Chi, the international academic honor society in psychology, received the Model Chapter Award again. Theresa Luhrs and Jennifer Zimmerman are the co-faculty advisors of the DePaul chapter. ​

August 2021 - Anne Saw, associate professor of Clinical Psychology, was selected for DePaul's Inaugural "Provost's Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion."

August 2021 - Kathy Grant, professor of Clinical Psychology, was names a "Researcher to Know" by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

July 2021 - LaVome Robinson, professor of Community Psychology, was awarded a $1,371,959 NIMH grant for the third year of the project titled: Preventing Suicide in African American Adolescents. 

July 2021  - Antonio Polo, professor Clinical Psychology, received $60,000 of SAMSHA funding to support the training and delivery of their Act & Adapt program in Rhode Island over the next 5 years.