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

January, 2023- St Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology Dn. Joseph Ferrari was interviewed on “Digital Clutter” removal for the Wall Street Journal. He also was cited on health implications of academic procrastination by HealthDay.c​om​, the ‘associate press for medicine’. The same story/interview on student health and procrastination appeared in AtchinsonGlobeNOW.com​.

December, 2022-  Dn. Joseph Ferrari, St Vincent dePaul Professor of Psychology, was interviewed in the New York Time for an article on “task paralysis.” This term reflects when persons freeze, and are unable to move forward on task completion. The article may be found at: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/well/mind/task-paralysis.html​
Dn. Joe also was part of the national cable channel and show NEWSY-TV, “The Why” about ‘Christmas and procrastinating​‘.  In addition, Dn. Joe posted on Psychology Today on “Timing is Everything: Christmas and Procrastination”  AND yet another - THE ATLANTIC magazine, on defending having clutter.

December, 2022- Jocelyn Carter, professor of clinical psychology, was interviewed in the LA Times on how to identify signs of depression and anxiety in children and teenagers. https://www.latimes.com/california/newsletter/2022-12-06/group-therapy-depression-anxiety-children-group-therapy
 
November, 2022- Joseph Mikels, professor of psychological science and community psychology, was awarded funding to establish the “Chicago Consortium on Healthy Aging and Longevity.” Dr. Mikels will create a network of scholars, practitioners, teachers, and other individuals and organizations that work with older adults.

November, 2022- Leonard Jason, professor of community and clinical psychology, co-authored an article in Psychology Today regarding the connection between voting and mental health. ​​https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-mental-health-revolution/202211/how-reframe-voting-and-elections-your-mental-health ​

November, 2022- Anne Saw, associate professor of clinical and community psychology, was interviewed in Block Club Chicago regarding her advocacy efforts to pass the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act and why Asian American history education will help promote Asian childrens’ identity development. https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/11/01/chicago-teachers-can-now-attend-free-workshops-to-better-teach-asian-american-history/ 

October, 2022- I-O doctoral program Alum Shanique Brown (now, Wayne State University faculty member) was selected by the journal Group Dynamics for a new role, awarding her their first Editorial Fellowship for Members of Historically Excluded Groups. Read about the two year Fellowship: Group Dynamics: Theory Research, and Practice editorial fellowship for members of historically excluded groups (apa.org)  
 October, 2022: Megan Greeson, associate professor of clinical and community psychology, was awarded a grant from the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women to conduct a study. titled “Sexual Assault Survivors' Experiences Seeking Civil No Contact Orders.”

September, 2022- Leonard Jason, professor of community and clinical psychology, published an op-ed in MedPage Today regarding lessons learned from research on ME/CFS that are applicable to long COVID. https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/100788 

September, 2022- Molly Brown, associate professor of clinical and community psychology, was interviewed for a story in the Chicago Tribune to comment on prevalence estimates of homelessness in Chicago and local advocacy efforts to address homelessness. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-homelessness-increase-report-20220920-nmfrgnivrvexhg6iia4otsggkm-story.html 

September, 2022- Leonard Jason, professor of community and clinical psychology, published a commentary in the Chicago Tribune regarding his work on the National Institutes of Health’s “RECOVER Commonalities with Other Post Viral Syndromes Task Force.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-long-covid-19-20220912-42gktniwobbcbblcbs56l6r7zu-story.html

August, 2022- Leonard Jason, professor of community and clinical psychology, is a 2022 DePaul University Spirit of Inquiry Award honoree. The award acknowledges leadership and commitment to intellectual inquiry, and the university’s excellence in research award. https://resources.depaul.edu/newsline/sections/campus-and-community/Pages/spirit-of-inquiry-2022.aspx?utm_campaign=Daily_08182022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EOACLK 

August, 2022- Joanna Buscemi, associate professor of clinical psychology, was interviewed on WTTW Chicago Tonight about the cost of insulin for Medicare and non-Medicare users following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. https://news.wttw.com/2022/08/17/law-caps-monthly-insulin-cost-medicare-users
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.​​​​​​​​

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