News and Events (updated 11/09/12)
Dr. Bonnie Spring is profiled in the FSM Researcher (11/09/12). Dr. Spring, a primary mentor in the Behavioral Medicine research emphasis, was recently profiled in the FSM Researcher, a publication of the Feinberg School of Medicine. Please check it out here.
Tamar Gefen Receives Prestigious Appointment to NUCATS Pre-Doctoral Training Program (08/08/12). Tamar Gefen, a soon-to-be 4th year student in Dr. Sandra Weintraub’s lab, received a prestigious 1-year appointment to the Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Research Pre-doctoral Training Program at Northwestern University’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS). For anyone keeping track, this appointment replaces two other awards Tamar has received for this upcoming training year, including a University Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research in Cognitive Science and a renewal of her T32 grant in the Neuroscience of Human Cognition. Please join me in congratulating Tamar on these incredible achievements!
The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program now offers a joint JD-PhD degree program (June 29, 2012). Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program can now apply for a joint JD-PhD degree program offered through The Graduate School and Northwestern Law. Drs. Jordan and Griffin are specifically recruiting a student for this program for the 2013-2014 cohort. For more information on this new and exciting educational opportunity, please click here.
Foremost expert in women’s mental health, Katherine Wisner, MD, MS, joining the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (June 26, 2012). Dr. Wisner, an expert in mood disorders in women and a pioneer in psychiatric disorders associated with childbirth, will be joining our department as the director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders. For more information, please click here.
New page describing the lab-specific qualities of competitive applicants is added to the website (June 15, 2012). Potential applicants interested in our Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program can now review information about what qualities, characteristics, qualifications, etc… that specific labs are looking for in competitive applicants. Click Here to review the new addition to the website.
Thanks for a great academic year, Students and Faculty (June 8, 2012)!
Dr. Bonnie Spring, primary mentor in the Behavioral Medicine Research Emphasis, releases an influential study in Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Spring’s research found that a change in one problem health behavior (e.g., bad eating habits, couch/screen time) can influence other problem behaviors in a positive way. Click Here for the news release.
Student Presentations at Association for Psychological Science (5/23/12):
- Angel Buchanan, Kallio Hunnicutt-Ferguson, Xue Wang, Jackie K. Gollan. Reflection and Brooding Predict Increased Severity of Major Depressive Disorder in Women. Poster Session XVI, River Exhibition Hall, Sunday, May 27, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Sarah L. O’Dor, Megan E. Connolly, Mark A. Reinecke. Psychometric Properties of the Affective Disorders Scale in a Clinical Sample. Poster Session IV, River Exhibition Hall, Friday, May 25, 2012 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Kallio Hunnicutt-Ferguson, Angel Buchanan, & Jackie K. Gollan. Sudden Therapeutic Loss Predicts Outcome in Behavioral Activation Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. Poster Session IV – Board, River Exhibition Hall, Friday, May 25, 2012 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Megan E. Connolly, Kallio Hunnicutt-Ferguson, Jacqueline K. Gollan. Dysfunctional Attitudes Are Associated With Depressive Symptom Severity Independent of Age. Poster Session XI, River Exhibition Hall, Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
- Michal S. Rischall, Marissa A. Feldman, John Lavigne, & Rebecca Ford-Paz. Evaluation of Group CBT for Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Factors Affecting Treatment Response. Poster Session X, River Exhibition Hall, Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Yuri Lee & Neil Jordan. Mental Health and Service Use Probability in Asian Americans With Depression-Physical Comorbidities. Poster Session XI, River Exhibition Hall, Saturday, May 26, 2012 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Change in Description of Doctoral Program Training Options (05/11/12). To better reflect our training and to align with a recently proposed taxonomy for describing special training, we now organize our research labs into “Research Emphases” instead of Research Tracks. We also re-named the “Clinical Neuroscience” Research Emphasis to the “Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience” Research Emphasis to more accurately reflect the diversity of research conducted by the labs in this training emphasis.
Sarah Ballou to Present at Digest Diseases Week (05/07/12). Sarah Ballou, a 2nd year student in Dr. Laurie Keefer’s Lab, will be presenting at the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the areas of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Ms. Ballou will be presenting the paper “Influence of Self-management Interventions on Health Care Utilization in Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions” along with Drs. Kinsinger and Keefer.
Dr. Sandra Weintraub Featured in Northwestern’s CenterPiece Quarterly (05/04/12). Dr. Weintraub and her research on neurodegenerative disorders is featured on the quarterly publication of the Office for Research at Northwestern University. http://www.research.northwestern.edu/orpfc/publications/centerpiece/index.html
Tamar Gefen to Receive Graduate Fellowship (05/01/12). Tamar Gefen, a 3rd year student in Dr. Sandra Weintraub’s lab, has received a competitive Cognitive Science Graduate Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research award. This is a prestigious University Fellowship offered through the Northwestern Cognitive Science program (http://www.cogsci.northwestern.edu/advancedFellow.php).
Alzheimer’s Day Event (05/01/12). The students of the CNADC recently received a TGS Catalyst Grant to assist with funding for the CNADC’s annual “Alzheimer’s Day” event. For more information on the catalyst grant, see: http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/financial-aid/fello-schola-grants/university-fello/catalyst-grant/index.html. For more on the CNADC’s Alzheimer’s Day, please see: http://www.brain.northwestern.edu/events/adday.html
Student Publication Alert! Gefen, T., Gasho, K., Rademaker, A., Lalehzari, M., Weintraub, S., Rogalski, E., Wieneke, C. Bigio, E., Geula, C. & Mesulam, M. (2012). Clinically concordant variations of Alzheimer pathology in aphasic versus amnestic dementia. Brain. doi: 10.1093/brain/aws076 (student in bold).
2012-2013 Incoming Class Formed (04/15/12). We received over 350 applications to our Doctoral Program this year. Out of that applicant pool, 8 students have been offered a position and decided to join us! We look forward to our new class joining us in September 2012.
Dr. Laurie Keefer awarded NIH Grant (03/30/12). Along with Co-PI, Dr. John Pandolfino, Dr. Keefer was awarded a grant entitled Defining Clinically Relevant Phenotypes of PPI Non-Responders (http://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_details.cfm?aid=8294216).
Student Publication Alert! Taft TH, Ballou S, Keefer L. (2012). Preliminary Evaluation of Maternal Caregiver Stress in Pediatric Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsr118. (student in bold).
APA Re-Accreditation of the Doctoral Program (11/08/2011). The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has been re-accredited by the American Psychological Association! The doctoral program received the longest period of accreditation – 7 years – and the next site visit is scheduled for 2018. Congratulations to the Faculty and Students who made the re-accreditation possible!