Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reminder...Psychology Colloquium on Tuesday, November 4





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. 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, October 27, 2014

Memory Researcher, Carolyn Rovee-Collier, Dies at 72

If you've ever heard of the 'kicking baby' research, chances are you were told about one of Carolyn Rovee-Collier's studies.  When I was a graduate student at Kent State University I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Dr. Carolyn Rovee-Collier speak at a colloquium sponsored by the Psychology Department.  While it has been more than 20 years since that talk, I still remember what an interesting and engaging speaker she was, and what a tremendous scholar she was as well.  Having published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in her career, she was truly a giant among her peers.  Click HERE to read a report from the New York Times that details some of the finer points from her academic career that spanned more than four decades. 

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 www.ashland.edu/theatre.

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 CNN.com. 

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.