Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Play Addresses Themes of Suicide and Mourning

Psychology students take note!  The Ashland University Theatre Department will present a new play, Lindsay Joy's In the Event of My Death, at the end of October and beginning of November in Hugo Young Theatre.  According to the AU Arts Guide, the play "follows eight small town twenty-somethings who know each other from high school and share an impromptu time of mourning and celebration after the funeral of a mutual friend."  The play addresses themes of suicide, loss, and mourning. 

Ashland University is one of three colleges selected by the Farm Theatre in New York City to present this new play, and AU is the first of those colleges to stage a performance.  The playwright will be at AU for a talkback at the October 31st performance.  You can find more information on this show at

Monday, October 6, 2014

Psychology Colloquium Set

The Psychology Department will welcome Dr. Lisa Christian to campus on Tuesday, November 4th to deliver this year's Psychology Research Colloquium.  Dr. Christian will speak on "Stress and Immune Function during Pregnancy: An Emerging Focus in Mind-Body Medicine" at 3:00 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education Building.  This event is free and open to the public.  A meet-and-greet with Ashland University students is also being scheduled for earlier in the afternoon on November 4th; details about that event will also be posted on the blog.

Dr. Christian completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri before earning her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University.  After completing her degrees, she returned to OSU in 2008 as a member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research as a clinical health psychologist.  She currently holds appointments an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Obstetrics/Gynecology at OSU.  Her main area of research is in stress and immune responses.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Internship Spotlight - Morgan Phillips

 During the summer of 2014 I had the opportunity to intern at the Ohio Lottery Commission’s headquarters in downtown Cleveland, working in the Human Resource Department. My time at OLC made me realize how much I want to work in Human Resources once I graduate.

This summer I was able to learn so much about what goes into human resources! For the couple months that I worked there, I was exposed to many different aspects of HR. I was able to process applications, meaning I picked through 200+ applications and narrowed it down to only 25. After this I would set up interview times, send paperwork and collect paperwork, set up drug tests and finger printing. I also helped to update position descriptions and process other paperwork. There were multiple orientations for new employees while I was there, so I was given the opportunity to help with those also.

My biggest project throughout the summer was to put together the Workforce Plan for the next year. Every state agency is required to compile a document analyzing the statistics of their agency from the last year. It also analyzes the projections for the next year and how the agency will deal with hiring, firing, and other changes in the workforce. I had the opportunity to create the Workforce Plan for the entire agency, with the guidance of my supervisor. After the summer at the Ohio Lottery, I realized how much I love human resources and that is what I plan to do once I graduate.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Study: Schizophrenia is 8 Diseases

What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.  Click HERE for a summary of the research from 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Intership Spotlight - Nicole Austin

During the summer of 2013, I completed an internship with The City Mission in Cleveland, Ohio. The City Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter for men, women, and children and is located downtown. The purpose of the mission is to not only give immediate shelter, but allow clients to enter a three-phase program that provides them with the skills to live on their own in middle-class America while teaching lessons with a biblical foundation. 

While at the mission, I served as an early childhood development assistant for children ages three to six years.  With the help of two other interns, I developed a nine week vacation bible school program appropriate for the different age ranges of children. Since I was with the preschool aged children, I also worked directly with case workers and the therapist to report behavior and warn them of any developmental lapses.  

The internship highly impacted the way I look at homelessness and those involved. It also allowed me to turn the information I learned in the classroom into practical skills such as watching for symptoms of certain disorders and designing a program that would allow children to learn based on their age. Moreover, the internship reaffirmed that I should pursue a career in psychology that allows me to work with children on a regular basis.   

Friday, September 12, 2014

Full-Time Counseling Positions

Three C Counseling is looking to hire two full-time counselors (40 hours per week) to work with adolescents and adults that struggle with addiction issues.  Successful candidates will receive their CDCA as part of their training if they are not already in possession of that certification.  Candidates should have a Bachelors degree in Psychology or related field, be at least 21 years of age, and be able to pass a background check.  Competitive wages, insurance benefits, and a vacation package are part of there benefit package.  Applicants should email Tim Batdorf at or call the office at 419 522 5015.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ACHTUNG! AU in Germany Information Meetings Set

Are you looking for a unique study abroad opportunity that you can share with fellow AU students and faculty members?  Have you ever wanted to travel to Europe?  Do you want to have an experience that will create memories that last a lifetime?  If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, consider joining a long-line of psychology majors and minors who have participated in the AU in Germany experience.  Dr. Rene Paddags, director of the program, will be holding information meetings in the Student Center auditorium.   These meetings will be held on September 23rd at 5:00 and September 24th at 4:00.  For more information about this program endorsed by the Global Education department, email Dr. Paddags at

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alumni Spotlight - Dylan Pelham '14

I am currently a drug and alcohol counselor at Three C Counseling in Mansfield, Ohio. I received my CDCA (Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant) certification in the middle of July, so I have been counseling for almost a month now. In my job I help individuals with addiction develop skills and strengths they can implement to overcome their desires to use drugs or alcohol. I help educate clients on a variety of topics pertaining to addiction, such as how habits are maintained, the lifestyles that are created, cognitive distortions relating to addiction, and so forth. I have used many theories from my Psychology courses to help me counsel these individuals. As for my experiences, I have already met numerous individuals and have heard a wide range of personal stories, with each being as significant as the next. Since meeting with individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, I definitely have learned a few things as well! The staff at Three C Counseling also has been very helpful with providing insight and suggestions to provide alternate solutions to handle a client’s issue. Drug and alcohol counseling has been a great experience and I look forward to many more years of counseling!