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Psychology News

Date: Sep 2019

Students who had Dr. Wong before in their classes often comment on her enthusiasm and bubbly personality as an instructor. Did you know that Dr. Wong is also an active researcher who has published with her students?

For Dr. Wong, being a research mentor brings her tremendous joy and satisfaction. Her most recent work “The influence of cultural and generational differences on the ministry experience of Chinese American church leaders” is now in press in Pastoral Psychology (a peer-reviewed journal). Importantly, Sarah Goranson (’19 Psychology) serves as the first author on this work.

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Dr. Wong and Sarah Goranson ('19 Psychology)

“Sarah has been working on this research project since her freshmen year,” recalled Dr. Wong. “I remember Sarah coming to me one day after our PSY 108 Human Growth and Development class. She said she wanted to be involved in research. Since then, she has played a key role in our research group. She has assisted with many research tasks, from data coding to the write-up of the manuscript. It has taken us a long time to see this finished product, but we are so proud of it.”

Sarah was thrilled when she was notified that the paper was accepted. “I am so excited,” said Sarah. “I really appreciate Dr. Wong’s help for this paper and teaching me so much throughout my college experience. I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given at Stevenson through the Psychology department.”

In addition to this work with Sarah Goranson, Dr. Wong’s recent publications also involved other Stevenson students. For example, she and Anakay Alexander (’20 Psychology) have contributed an encyclopedia entry “Adult attachment” for Intimate and Family Relationships. Together with her Ph.D. advisor Dr. Sarah Mangelsdorf and Psychology student Stephanie Charney (’19 Psychology), their work “Independence and dependence” is now in press for the Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development. Back in 2017, Dr. Wong published with Paige Worthy (’17 Psychology) “A qualitative analysis of the experience of female Chinese American church leaders: Associations with gender role, culture, and work-family balance” in Pastoral Psychology.

We congratulate Dr. Wong and her students for these wonderful publications!

At Stevenson University, there are five Professional Minors for students to choose from, in addition to the regular minors from different disciplines. When you choose a minor, think deeply about your goals and interests so that you can decide whether or not the minor is a good match for you.

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Management and Organizational Leadership

  • Provides a foundation in business management through the study of management fundamentals, employee relations, and organizational leadership
  • Courses include Employment Law, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Leadership, and Human Resource Management

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

  • Provides a basic understanding of the skills needed to start or build a small business, write a successful business plan, and set appropriate marketing objectives for small business growth
  • Courses include Principles of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Business Planning, Entrepreneurial Development, and Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Human Resources

  • Provides a solid foundation for careers in the human resources industry
  • Courses include Human Resources Management, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Training and Development, and International Human Resources

Real Estate

  • Provides a basic understanding of property management, commercial real estates, or sales
  • Courses include Principles of Real Estate, Property and Asset Management, Commercial Transactions, and Real Estate Market Analysis, Valuation, and Finance

Software Design and Coding

  • Provides a foundation in information systems to gain a competitive advantage in the tech world
  • Courses include MS Office Applications, Management Information Systems, Programming Concepts, and C# Object Oriented Programming

Interested in learning more about these Professional Minors? Visit this page and make an appointment with your advisor today to discuss more!

The Psychology Department of Stevenson University welcomes Dr. Colleen Spada to join our excellent group of full-time faculty members. Dr. Spada is very familiar with our students and our department as she has been working as an adjunct professor at SU for the past 9 years.

Dr. Spada

Dr. Spada received her BS in Biology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and received her PsyD from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has interned at the counseling center of Northern Arizona University and is a licensed clinical psychologist with her own private practice here in Maryland. Her specialties include stress and anxiety management, life transitions, and women-based practices. A fun fact about Dr. Spada is that she is a birth doula, which means that she is professionally trained to provide expecting mothers with the physical, emotional, and educational support they need before, during, and after childbirth.

Dr. Spada has taught Psychology courses such as Human Growth & Development as well as Writing for Psychology. This semester, she is teaching a topics course on Stress, Anxiety, and Relaxation. Dr. Spada enjoys working with students and is always willing to help. Students will always catch her working in her office with her door open. She also has chocolates in her office for students.

When I ask Dr. Spada for a piece of advice for our fellow students, Dr. Spada gives a very reassuring message. “Life is all about transitions,” says Dr. Spada. “You have transitioned into college. A few years later, you will be transitioning into the real world. It is anxiety provoking, but you need to know that everything will be okay. In fact, everyone goes through transitions. No matter how big or small these transitions are, knowing how to manage stress and anxiety is important. Sometimes you have to just tell yourself to tolerate the discomfort because it too, will change.”

By: Tamera Stanley

I graduated from Stevenson University in December of 2017. Currently, I am in my second year of the M.A./Ed.S. program in School Psychology at the University of Delaware. Along with my graduate study, I am working as the Program Assistant in which I am collaborating with Nemours BrightStart on research projects. As a result of my experiences at SU, I was selected to receive the Graduate Scholar Award at UD, which has made my dream of attending graduate school a reality! 

Melissa Catalano

Stevenson’s Psychology department has prepared me in more ways than I can explain! This program has not only helped me discover a path that aligned with my future goals, it has also provided me with the knowledge and skills to feel confident in my abilities to succeed. I would never forget the help and support from numerous Psychology professors, including Dr. Metzger, Dr. Iannone, Dr. Schurtz, and Dr. Bilgrave.  

Dr. Metzger spent countless hours offering invaluable advice and helping me plan for the future. I always felt comfortable sharing my challenges and successes with him. I would definitely say that working as a Peer Teaching Assistant for Dr. Metzger and being involved in countless conversations with him and my peers have made a huge impact on my development.

Dr. Iannone has played an significant role in preparing me for my graduate school application through her Professional Development Sequence. Importantly, she has shown me the importance of finding a program that is of a great fit. As a result, I selected the School Psychology graduate program at UD and am enjoying working in a close knit, enthusiastic, and supportive environment.  

My time in Dr. Schurtz’s “Love Lab” has helped me gain the skills necessary to embark on new research opportunities, including submitting proposals to a School Psychology conference this upcoming spring. Last but not least, Dr. Bilgrave’s passion and enthusiasm for counseling has helped me build confidence in my communication skills, which I find myself consistently using.

I strongly believe that Stevenson has thoroughly prepared me for the level of work and dedication necessary to succeed in graduate school. This past May, I graduated with my M.A. in School Psychology at UD. I am now completing a practicum in preparation for an internship. My ultimate goal is to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. I know that choosing to transfer to Stevenson was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I am beyond grateful for all the experiences I have had at Stevenson and will always cherish my time being a part of the SU Psychology community!  

By: Melissa Catalano (’17 Psychology)

Over the summer, Psychology major Isadora Fink had an extraordinary internship experience at Aberdeen Proving Ground, which is affiliated with the Human Research and Engineering Directorate in the Department of Defense. We interviewed Isadora so that she could tell us more about her experience.

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Psychology major Isadora Fink and her research poster

1. Where and when did you complete this internship?

First, I applied to the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) College Qualified Leadership (CQL) internship program. This program places student within Department of Defense Labs for a research experience. I was placed at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) within the Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED). I was on site this summer from June 3rd till August 16th. I had heard about the program through a family member who had sent me a link to the internship.

2. There are so many internship opportunities out there. In what ways did this one stand out?

I would like to gain more experience within a professional research setting. More importantly, I would like to use this experience to get a better understanding of myself and what I want to do in the future. This amazing opportunity would allow me to work with researchers from various fields and as a result, be super helpful for me as I continue to figure out what type of graduate program I would like to apply to for next year.

3. What were your job responsibilities?

I have gained tons of research experiences! I was responsible for compiling data, analyzing and interpreting data with SPSS, developing research questions, assisting with equipment (e.g., equi vital system, eye-tracking equipment), putting together research study proposals, and carrying out research studies. The best thing about this internship was the connections that I was able to make with researchers from different fields. I was lucky to have an excellent supervisor who had mentored me along the way. I also got to work with interesting topics such as augmented reality.

4. What was a highlight of your experience?

All interns were required to present their work at the end of their internship and two student interns (one graduate and one undergraduate) were selected to represent a paper presentation. Among all the interns, I was the undergraduate student who was selected to present my work at the summer student symposium. Specifically, I presented my study titled “Using Augmented Reality in Mission Planning and Performance.”

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Among all the undergraduate interns, Isadora was selected to present her study at a symposium. Way to Go Isa!

5. Any obstacles that you have encountered during this internship?

I guess getting all the paperwork done before the internship was an obstacle! It also took some time to gain access to their computer system/network.

6. Lastly, how has this internship changed or enhanced your career goals?

Tremendously! It has helped solidify my ideas. It is clear that I am passionate about research and this is something that I definitely want to pursue after I graduate from Stevenson University.

 
 
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