DISASTER SHAKTI GOES TO THE GULF COAST: The Antioch Disaster Shakti team from the Clinical Psychology Department will be doing psychoeducational work in hurricane-affected New Orleans and Pass Christian (Mississippi) from March 8–March 16, 2006. The people involved in the trip are: Dr. Gargi Roysircar (faculty); first-year students Anders Goranson, Claire Dunnett, Stephanie Miller, Kate Airey, and Alison Roy; second-year student Michael Brodeur; and fourth-year student Vanessa Partridge. They will be guided by practitioners in the area, including Dr. Lela Weems, Drs. Dawn and Mark Leach, and Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, as well as by grassroots organizations, such as the Common Ground Collective and Nechama-Jewish Response to Disaster. With immense cultural respect and humility, the team will collaborate with local practitioners, community members, and organizations to create and deliver meaningful and culturally appropriate interventions. The interventions will primarily concern listening to residents’ stories, making assessments of resident needs, providing psychosocial activities, advocacy work, and conversations on trauma-specific to disaster, racism, and poverty. Good luck Disaster Shakti Team!
CATHERINE BRODEUR passed her draft review meeting on February 22nd. The title of her dissertation is Building social competence in children with nonverbal learning disabilities: A preliminary study. Her final orals are scheduled for March 17th at 11:30 am in Conference Room 1B.
JORDANNA L’ESPERANCE passed her draft review meeting on February 20th. The title of her dissertation is Harry Potter and the social skills group. Her final orals are scheduled for March 6th at 8:00 am in Conference Room 1B.
On January 27th, ROGER PETERSON, working with fourth-year student MOLLY OBER, presented an invited plenary paper on meaningful broad and general education for clinical psychologists at the annual meeting of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) in Tucson. Their half-hour talk was part of a symposium with Frank Collins, Oklahoma State, incoming chair of CUDCP; Milton Straus, Case Western, CUDCP CoA representative; and Varda Shoham, University of Arizona, current Academy of Clinical Science Chair. The reference is: Peterson, R. L., & Ober, M. D. (2006, January). Toward meaningful broad and general education for clinical psychologists. In F. Collins, (Chair), Broad and general training: Models and challenges for university-based scientist-practitioner programs. Symposium conducted at the Midwinter Meeting of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, Tucson, AZ.
CYNTHIA WHITAKER passed her draft review meeting on February 28th. The title of her dissertation is The third party: Psychologists’ attitudes regarding the use of sign language interpreters.