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We are proud to feature our alum Sophia Allen (’11 Psychology) this week.

Sophia Allen

Sophia is currently working as a Research Administrator at Johns Hopkins University. Her day-to-day duties include entering data, submitting IRB proposals, reviewing consent forms, renewing grants, amending protocol amendments, and monitoring patients for any medications or adverse reactions. Her excellent writing skills and extensive knowledge in research contribute to her success in this position.

Sophia has a strong research interest in HIV prevention. She is working on a project that aims to develop another form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication used for preventing the transmission of HIV. Additionally, Sophia is working on a project that develops medications for immunocompromising conditions. She hopes to work with underserved communities to raise awareness of HIV prevention.

Sophia was a nontraditional student who started college at Stevenson at the age of 21. Besides excelling in her courses, Sophia was very active on campus as she worked for ResLife and was a key member of the Psychology Club. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011, and shortly after, Sophia started working for Johns Hopkins University.

“There is so much that you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology,” said Sophia. “It is a really versatile degree and I encourage students to check in with their advisors about their future goals. When I was at Stevenson, Dr. Iannone provided with me with lots of help in honing the skills I needed to secure a job. The psychology program is like family to me, and it has prepared me so well for the real world.”

Congratulations to Sophia on her success and we wish her luck for her future endeavors. Please stay in touch!

Written by: Funmi Dada

In honor of African American History Month, we wanted to highlight our very own Psychology alumna, T’Niya Lawson (’20 Psychology)! 

TNiya Lawson

During her senior year, T’Niya completed her PSY 470 Senior Research Thesis under the supervision of our Department Chair Dr. Elliott. In her thesis, T’Niya examined how the race and attitude of a law enforcement officer (threatening vs. non-threatening) and the participants’ race influenced compliance with officer requests. Her results indicated that officer race, threatening attitude, and participant race did in fact influence compliance level. Her and research team found that compliance was highest in the non-threatening, same race as law enforcement officers conditions. Although the Psychology Student Research Showcase was cancelled due to COVID, T’Niya had the opportunity to present her work at the virtual Eastern Psychological Association Conference in March, 2020.

Looking back at her four years at Stevenson, T’Niya was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. To this end, she had held various leadership positions for many student clubs and organizations. For example, she had served as the Chair for Women of Resilience Tenacity, and Humility (W.O.R.T.H.) (a club focused on building sisterhood and creating a social environment for all women). She was also the Treasurer of Active Minds (whose goal is to empower students to speak openly about mental health and encourage help-seeking) and Treasurer of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Notably, T’Niya was an honorary member of the Psychology Program’s Honor Society Psi-Chi.

In Fall 2020, T’Niya started graduate school to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Psychology degree at Virginia State University. Although many students find the transition to graduate school overwhelming, T’Niya was taking everything in stride—all because of the excellent education she received at Stevenson University! For example, her professors took notice of her rich statistical knowledge and research experiences right at the beginning. After all, T’Niya had taken three research methods and statistics course and was involved in various research projects at Stevenson, and these experiences really made her stand out from her peers. Indeed, T’Niya’s first semester went so well that she earned a perfect GPA of 4.0! Moving forward, T’Niya will be taking clinical courses in her program and she is very confident that she is just as well-prepared.

We are so proud of T’Niya and look forward to hearing more about her future achievements! Please keep us posted!

Written by: Semira Nock

Meet Dr. Ryan Schurtz from the Psychology department! Dr. Schurtz teaches Research Methods, Social Psychology, as well as Aggression, Violence, and Murder. He looks forward to seeing you all in the Fall!


We are happy to announce, once again, our success in sending our Psychology seniors to graduate school! Here are some examples. We are so proud of you all!

Kayla Brown

Kayla Brown (’20 Psychology) will be attending University of Delaware for their School Psychology Master’s program. Kayla has also received a prestigious Graduate Scholar Award from UD. Congrats Kay!

Liliana Ferrufino

Liliana Ferrufino (’20 Psychology) will be attending James Madison University for the Master’s program in School Psychology. Congrats Liliana!

Kelly Dunworth

Kelly Dunworth (’20 Psychology) will be attending Towson University for the Master’s program in Child Life, Family Collaboration, and Administration. Congrats Kelly!

Becky Staller

Becky Staller (’20 Psychology) will be attending Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Master program in Health Science. Congrats Becky!

Julia Boateng

Julia Boateng (’20 Psychology) will be attending Stevenson University for the Master’s program in Communication Studies. Congrats Julia!

I transferred from CCBC this spring after completing a few semesters at their Essex campus. Prior to that, I was enrolled at a different university and working as a State Trooper. Once I realized that police work wasn’t for me, I joined the military. I became a medic in the military and found my passion for healthcare. During my time in the military I aspired to become more than a medic. This is when I decided I would go back to school and start on my path to becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

Dara Mazzola

Dara Mazzola ('21 Psychology)

When I was at CCBC, I completed several night and online classes. I also decided to leave the military as active duty status and join the reserves. I am so glad that I have made the decision to transfer to Stevenson. Looking back, the choice was easy for me because of their participation in the Yellow Ribbon program, availability of transfer scholarship, and acceptance of my GI Bill.

Stevenson has everything I have been looking for at a university: small class sizes, flexible class schedules, veteran friendly, and not to mention, they have a beautiful campus. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to finish my Bachelor’s degree here before applying to Physician’s Assistant schools in the area. The professors here have been extremely supportive and would go above and beyond to help in any way they can. Stevenson is really giving me a wonderful opportunity to finish the degree I started almost 13 years ago.

Interviewed by: Ethel Zepeda (’21 Psychology)

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