Friday, September 14, 2018

Fall 2018 Career Fair

The Fall Career Fail will be held on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00-7:00pm in Upper Convo!  Please arrive 20-25 minutes prior to the event. Students who have pre-registered will receive a printed name-tag at the event. Students who are unable to register in advance are still encouraged to attend and can register at the door. Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. Students seeking internship and job opportunities are encouraged to wear suits. All students are expected to be dressed in business casual attire or better. Career Services staff may ask students dressed less appropriately to change.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Alumni Spotlight -- Danny Lawson '17

Danny recently completed his first year of graduate school at Loyola University outside of Baltimore, MD.  He is pursuing a masters degree in clinical psychology that has a research focus, and he hopes to complete that program and enter a PhD program in psychology with the ultimate goal of teaching at the collegiate level.  I asked Danny to write a short narrative about his experience:

"I think going from my undergraduate degree to an M.S. in clinical psychology was a good step towards my PhD. Unlike most master’s programs, this one is research focused and its goal is to improve applications for PhD programs rather than prepare me to sit to be a licensed counselor. While these types of programs are becoming difficult to find, they are great for those who want to start with a shorter commitment, take some time to really discover their research interests, or who really want to reinforce their applications before beginning the rigorous process of applying to doctoral programs. Ashland University really does well preparing its students for a graduate degree and, as such, I felt ready for and enjoy my program. My program is really doing well to improve my doctoral applications and has provided me with many research opportunities I may not have otherwise had. I would definitely recommend it for those who met the aforementioned criteria."

Monday, August 27, 2018

Welcome to Peter Mallik!

The Psychology Department would like to welcome Peter Mallik, who will be teaching for us full-time this academic year as a visiting instructor.  Peter will be teaching courses in Developmental Psychology (PSYC 209), Child Development (PSYC 264) and Advanced Child Development (PSYC 594).  His office is 148 Schar (this is Dr. Ickes' old office -- he moved next door to 149).  If you don't have Peter for class this semester be sure to stop by and say hello!

PSA Gets More Positive Press!

Check out this recent story in the Guardian that mentions the Psychological Science Accelerator!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Disability Claims Adjudicators Wanted!

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is holding an open house on July 19, 2018 from 1:00-6:00pm at 400 East Campus View Blvd, Columbus for Disability Claims Adjudicators.  Qualified applicants must have a completed bachelor's degree, be organized, computer proficient, and enjoy a fast-paced and data-driven environment.  Salary starts at $18.09/hour for the first year, with guaranteed raises after the first year and excellent benefits.  This could be an outstanding opportunity for students with a psychology degree!  Questions should be directed to Lucille Twitty at  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Student Publishes Article in Psi Chi Journal

Derek Baker, a psychology major who graduated from Ashland University in May 2017, recently published an article with Dr. Chris Chartier in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.  The article, titled "Participant Attentiveness to Consent Forms" is available full-text and online by clicking here.  Derek is currently a student in the School Psychology graduate program at Miami University (OH).  Congratulations!! 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ashland University Sport Psychology Students Teach Mental Game Skills

Members of this year’s Sport Psychology class (PSYC 280) shared their newly acquired knowledge about mental game skills with local athletes as part of a class project. After learning key sport psychology skills during the first part of the course, students divided into groups, selected a sport, developed a teaching plan, and taught these skills to groups of high school athletes. 

The Ashland University students worked with the following teams: Ashland High School Softball, Ashland High School Girls Track, Hillsdale High School JV Baseball, Hillsdale High School Track (Both Boys & Girls), and the Cleveland Volleyball Company 17’s & 18’s National Teams. 

Dr. Curt Ickes, Associate Professor of Psychology, said, “This type of project is simply a great opportunity for psychology students to experience how psychological principles can be applied in real-world settings. The young athletes benefit by learning mental game skills to help them improve athletic performance. Once again, I had an outstanding group of students who worked with a great group of enthusiastic coaches.” 

Several students reflected on their experiences. 

“Completing fieldwork this semester for sports psychology was an enlightening experience. I thought it was a great way to apply our knowledge and skills in a ‘real world’ setting. The best part was how
influential the message was for the athletes. I could tell they were retaining the information that we were giving them; so eager and willing to apply it to themselves, not only in their sport, but in
their everyday lives.” Paige Lentz 

“Not only was the fieldwork experience beneficial to me as a student, I got to impact young athletes by teaching them skills that many were not familiar with. I was able to learn and teach at the same time and that truly is something special.” Malcolm Doepke 

“I think one of the main things that I learned from this experience is that most athletes are open to the concept of sport psychology. They want to better their performance. It was obvious that the high schoolers that my group worked with thought it was really neat to hear from actual collegiate athletes- doing what they one day hope to do.” Madison Blyer 

“This project was the absolute most valuable learning experience I took away from this class. It forced us to apply the theories and techniques we learned in class to a real-world scenario. The experience has honestly been one of the highlights of my semester. “ Jacob Dingus