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Psychology News

Date: 2020

School Psychology Week

November 9-13 is National School Psychology Week! The theme for 2020, “The Power of Possibility,” highlights the importance of recognizing and nurturing the possibilities for growth and success that exist in in every student. School psychologists do this in a variety of ways:

  • assessing students who are experiencing academic and emotional difficulties to identify their specific needs;
  • supporting students through developing and implementing appropriate academic, social, emotional, and behavioral interventions;
  • working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and other school staff to support student success;
  • and helping to develop school policies that are designed to prevent student difficulties, not just address them after they occur.

School psychology training involves academic classes and applied experiences that focus on developing psychological and educational knowledge and practice skills. Approximately three-quarters of school psychologists hold master’s or specialist-level graduate degrees in school psychology; the other 25% hold doctoral degrees. School psychologists can work in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private practice. U.S. News and World Report rates school psychology as #2 in “Best Social Services Jobs”; salaries tend to be higher than average for social services fields overall, and employment prospects for the field are excellent!

If you’d like to learn more about careers in this field, please plan to attend the Psychology Club’s Speaker Series on November 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.; Dr. Mindy Milstein, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at SU, will be discussing school psychology at this event. You can access this meeting at bluejeans.com/128455239.

The following brochures from the National Association of School Psychologists may also be helpful:

Who Are School Psychologists?: https://www.nasponline.org/assets/Documents/About%20School%20Psychology/Brochures/who_are_school_psychologists.pdf

School Psychology: A Career that Makes a Difference:

https://www.nasponline.org/assets/Documents/About%20School%20Psychology/Brochures/Career-Brochure-2015.pdf

Finally, you can find additional National School Psychology Week information and resources online by searching the hashtag #SPAW2020 (which refers to “School Psychology Appreciation Week,” the name used to designate this week in previous years).

Happy National School Psychology Week! Believe in the power of YOUR possibility!

Today’s featured student athlete is Emily Wolff!

Emily Wolff

Emily is a junior psychology major as well as a swimmer in the freestyle and butterfly races for the Stevenson Women’s Swimming Team. Hailing from Towson, Maryland, Emily has been swimming in a pool since she was a baby! She has thoroughly enjoyed it from the beginning as it brings her joy and all-around fun! This love for the sport formed her into a competitive swimmer here at Stevenson, as she has participated in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship as both a freshman and sophomore. Although COVID-19 has put a halt on Stevenson sports, Emily has been practicing lightly with her swimming team and planning on kicking the season off in the Spring! Although it has been an adjustment of schedule concerning her sport, she is grateful for the opportunity to swim for Stevenson and is looking forward to the next semester.

Emily diving

In terms of schoolwork, this has definitely been an adjustment for Emily. Although she prefers going to in-person classes and having the opportunity to interact with her peers and professors, she has been able to thrive in a different learning environment. For instance, she has become the president of Stevenson’s Mustang Activities and Programming (MAP) Club. Emily ambitious goals for the club and cannot wait until they come to fruition!

Emily butterfly

While student athletes have been adjusting to a lot, Emily provides the tip of taking deep breaths and remembering that everything will come together in the end! She understands that athletes may be upset that they are not able to play their sport, but she suggests putting that same energy into when they are able to play again. In that way, they will be able to start the new season off on a high note. Finally, Emily encourages student athletes, and students alike, to enjoy each day as it comes as well as the little moments!

Written by: Semira Nock

As we maneuver through this semester, we wanted to highlight a few Psychology student athletes. Although athletic sports have been canceled for this semester, our student athletes are still persevering and accomplishing their course work!

Manny Bruce picture 1

Manny Bruce is a junior psychology major and tight end for the Stevenson University football team. Hailing from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Manny chose to play football not only because of his love for the sport, but also because it improves his overall mental capacity due to the intricate plays he and his team carry out, as well as his capability to achieve above and beyond. The sport also holds significant weight for him, as it provided him a way to rise above the circumstances in his neighborhood.

manny kneeling pic

Manny’s passion for football led to his choice of pursuing the career of a sport psychologist! As a sport psychologist, he wants to study and aid athletes to improve their mindset and overall mental health. He knows that these factors are essential for athletes to succeed in their sport at a very high level.

Manny pumpkin patch

With the cancellation of Stevenson athletics this semester due to COVID-19, Manny noted that it has definitely been an adjustment for him. While he is a high-achieving student, he has found that it can be hard to create and keep a set schedule for himself, as football activities like training and practice usually provides this. Nevertheless, he encourages student athletes alike to keep pushing! Trying different learning strategies may help you excel in your online or hybrid classes. Finally, he encourages students to seek help when they need it, as waiting for the last minute proves to be overwhelming. Taken together, Manny, like other student athletes and students, is learning to get through the semester the best way he can, but by persevering and trying different learning strategies, it can prove to be beneficial.

Written by: Semira Nock

Hi, everyone! I’m Dr. Marie McGrath, the newest addition to the Stevenson University Psychology faculty.

Marie McGrath

I’m a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist (in Pennsylvania currently, and hopefully in Maryland soon). I hold a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. Prior to coming to Stevenson, I spent 16 years at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania, where I served as a faculty member in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and the master’s/specialist program in School Psychology. At Stevenson, I’ll be directing the new Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, which will admit its first class for Fall 2021.

Check out our Clinical Psychology (PsyD Program) here!

This semester, I’m teaching PSY 101 and PSY 108. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat Percy; cooking; reading; and crafting. I’m excited to get to know you and am happy to answer any questions that you might have about graduate school in general, and our new Psy.D. program in particular!

During the Spring 2020 semester, Psychology Junior Angel Longus applied for the highly competitive summer research program offered by the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation. Angel was selected to intern at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) together with five other undergraduate students. Because of COVID-19, Angel completed the program remotely. Below is an interview that we had with Angel.

Angel Longus 1 

What projects did you work on during this program?

I was involved in multiple projects, such as Talking College and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). I also conducted my own research project. I worked with graduate student DeAndre Miles-Hercules from the Department of Linguistics at UCSB.

That sounds fascinating! Could you tell me more about your research project?

Titled “Searching the Silences: Black Discourse on Mental Health," my project aims to examine the Black community's tendency to dismiss or minimize issues related to mental illnesses. I interviewed several family members and friends, and then analyzed their interviews to explore the major themes. This project was especially important because the Black community is at a greater risk of mental health concerns. Oftentimes, this goes back to the lack of access to mental health care, prejudice and racism inherent in the daily lives of Black individuals, and the historical trauma enacted on the Black community by the medical field. I presented the results of my project at the Annual Advancing African American Linguistics Symposium. This symposium hosted webinars on the professional experiences of African American linguists including publication, tenure, promotion, and strengthening the network of scholars who study African American language, literacy, and culture.

Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment! Could you tell me about the SLP project you mentioned earlier?

Sure! For this project, I was responsible for interviewing several speech-language pathologists to see how race has played a part in their careers. I analyzed the data and presented my work titled "Understanding the Experiences of Black Speech-Language Pathologists Across the Professional Trajectory" at the same Symposium.

Do you have any suggestions for students who are interested in applying to this research program? 

I would say check out UCSB HBCU program. I have learned so much during this summer and would highly recommend students to check this website out. I am also sure that there will be similar programs offered in the future so always keep an eye out!

 
 
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