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Psychology News

Date: 2019

Within the United States, one in two adults will experience at least one mental illness during their lifetime. However, less than half of these individuals have received professional/mental health services to address their issues.

Did you know that October 6 to 12, 2019 is Mental Health Awareness Week? Although mental health is important all year long, we especially reaffirm our commitment to providing support and advocacy for our community during this special week.

Stevenson Cares

Partnering with the Wellness Center, Student Activities, and the Psychology Department, Stevenson|Cares offers a series of health and mental health education events. These events are providing great opportunities for us to be educated about various mental health topics, break the stigma of mental illnesses, and empower members of our community to take good care of themselves.

By: Tamera Stanley (’22 Psychology)

Psychology family

  • You are not a number. We know all our students by their names.
  • Class size is small and allows active learning and participation.
  • We love our students and provide quality mentoring.
  • We are a close-knit department/family.
  • We are student-focused and believe in helping students grow.
  • We listen to our students and help them achieve their dreams.
  • We are fun and positive.
  • We have a well-designed curriculum that is flexible enough for students to create their own unique experiences at Stevenson (e.g., Psychology + Professional Minor).
  • There are field placement and internship opportunities for students.
  • Students are getting an excellent education from us.

Did you know? (Data from the 2017-2018 academic year)

  • 100% of our students who applied to graduate programs were accepted into at least one program.
  • 55% of our students went directly into graduate programs. That’s more than twice the national average!
  • 95% of our graduates who were seeking employment secured jobs within 2 months.
  • 38% of university-wide graduation awards were won by Psychology majors.
  • 100% of our students presented their scholarly work in a professional setting.
  • 100% of our students complete a professional internship before graduating.

#SuccessYouCanMeasure #WeAreTheBest

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.

Dr Wong and Goranson

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.


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

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