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​​Psychology Department News and Announcements

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 ( that is competing at the end of May or June. More information on the awards and livestream are found on the WESEF website (

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:​
Policy brief

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.

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.”

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.​

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 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.

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” 

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” 

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. 

May 2021 - Graduate Student Association (GSA) won DePaul Student Organization of the Year. 
May 2021 -  Kimberly Quinn, associate professor in the Psychological Science Program, delivered the keynote address, Inclusive Psychological Science, at the annual University of Birmingham Postgraduate Research Event. 
May 2021 - Jocelyn Carter, associate professor, Clinical Psychology, was on WTTW/Ch 11-TV Chicago Tonight discussing the psychology on trauma of the pandemic/pandemic's effect on mental health. 

April 2021 - Anne Saw, associate professor in the Clinical-Community Program, recently was on the Chicago radio station WBEZ, discussing hate crimes on Asian-Americans.

April 2021 -  Channel 2 News/TV, of Baltimore, MD, held a timely conversation with Shelly Rauvola, assistant professor in the I-O Program, on returning to work post-Covid. 

April 2021 - PhD Clinical-Community student, Samantha Nau, was awarded the APA Minority Fellowship Program Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Predoctoral Fellowship, providing financial support for up to three years, along with amazing training, networking and professional development opportunities. ​

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