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Psychology student Kashmiere Culberson shares her day-to-day experiences in a world not built for her needs
TWU psychology student Kashmiere Culberson was born without arms into a world not built for her needs. She's now sharing her strength in adapting through videos inspiring thousands online. Next year, Kashmiere will graduate from Texas Woman's University with a degree in psychology and a perspective that no textbook can teach.
Associate professor and director of TWU’s counseling psychology master's program, Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D., knew from an early age that she wanted to become a psychologist.
The new seriocomedic musical 'Next to Normal' explores a family's struggle with mental illness. Music Theater of Denton co-directors Sienna Riehle and Benjamin Brown connected with Linda Rubin, Ph.D., a TWU professor of psychology, to understand everything from the symptoms of bipolar disorder to the typical treatments. Riehle and Brown credit Rubin for breaking down the treatments and medicines referenced in the script. Performances are 7 p.m. on July 12-13 & July 19-20 and 2 p.m. July 14 & 21. Music Theatre of Denton will host a talk-back following the July 13 performance featuring Rubin.
Attorney Darlina Crowder, the founder of Crowder Law Firm PC, has been awarded the designation of Elite Lawyer in the field of criminal defense. The Elite Lawyer rating recognizes attorneys who display a high level of competence in their practice and receive an acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar and committees. Crowder received her Juris Doctor from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas Woman’s University.
TWU professor of psychology Christian Hart, Ph.D., weighed in on fraud and con artists in the NPR newscast, "Big Little Lies: The Art of Being Duped," which aired June 26 on multiple NPR stations across the nation.
"...While all children learn to lie, the socialization they are exposed to at home and at school influences the degree to which they practice lying. All children lie, and trying to stamp out lying altogether may be a fool’s errand. Parents may be well-advised to accept that their kids lie, and focus their efforts on shaping the frequency and types of lies that their children tell," said Christian L. Hart, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychological Science program at Texas Woman’s University.
The Nature of Seeing, Part 2 of the Cultural Appreciation Series, will be held at Emily Fowler Central Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Led by John Terrizzi, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at TWU, the discussion will focus on prejudice and how it forms naturally in humans.
The American Psychological Association (APA) published the revised APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women. Debra Mollen, professor in the TWU Department of Psychology and Philosophy, along with colleagues Sharon Lamb and Lillian Comas-Diaz, co-chaired the working group that consisted of more than 40 contributors, including several alumni of the TWU Counseling Psychology MA and Doctoral programs (Dena Abbott, Sonia Carrizales, Justine Kallaugher, Jennifer Mootz, Noelany Pelc, Angela Salzmann, Lauren Woolley, Sapna Patel and Natasha Shukla). Dr. Roberta Nutt, TWU Professor Emeritus, was one of the three co-chairs of the original APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women published in 2007.
Laryn Kropik discovered her creative side while struggling with depression and fell in love with art. This led her to pursue a degree in psychology, pre-occupational therapy, with hopes to heal future patients physically and mentally through occupational therapy and art.
The Denton Record-Chronicle interviewed TWU Psychology and Philosophy professor and chair, Shannon Scott, Ph.D., for a recent article about cloudy weather and its impact on mood.
"When spring arrives with better weather, most people have a higher mood, better memory and a broader cognitive style, especially when compared with the poorer weather in winter, studies show.
'This year, by this point, we’ve typically had that weather shift,' Scott said. “Some people may be experiencing a mismatch of what we expected to feel and what we are actually feeling.'"
Alexander Adegbembo and his family, having arrived in the US in early 2011, are a picturesque example of the opportunity and life-changing fortune of a new life in the United States as immigrants.
“My case is like winning the lottery,” he said. Quite literally.
Jennifer Shewmaker, Ph.D., who earned her doctorate in school psychology from TWU, was recently named dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Abilene Christian University. She is a nationally certified school psychologist and author of Sexualized Media Message and Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics and Consumers.
She wasn’t even old enough to vote in 2017, but when TWU psychology major Sandra Moreno was in high school, she mobilized a force strong enough to impact a school board election. "When I first did this, I was timid. But I knew I had to do something out of my comfort zone. And I knew I wouldn’t be at peace if I didn’t do this – and nothing changed."
As a TWU transfer student in the 1990s, Angeles González (BA Psychology, '93) spotted a magazine picture of several college women all wearing matching shirts with Greek letters on them – and the women all looked like her. The sorority was at a college in Pennsylvania, she remembered, and she reached out to the organization to see about establishing a new chapter at TWU.
Shazia Ahmed, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor and Laboratory Instructor in Biology, and Lisa Rosen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, published “Graduate Students: Present Instructors and Future Faculty” in Faculty Focus.
"Being a GTA is an incredibly difficult position, often with little support. There is the need to balance research, coursework for the one’s own degree, and courses one is teaching. The growing number of undergraduate courses taught by GTAs makes it imperative that we attend to the need for pedagogical training of GTAs, many of whom will soon be faculty."
In order to understand the causes of bullying and identify ways to prevent it, WalletHub interviewed Samuel Kim, Ph.D., LSSP, NCSP, an assistant professor of school psychology at Texas Woman's University.
"...Rather than the simplistic view of the 'one' thing that causes bullying, we have to consider that children (and people in general) are very complex. We have very different experiences growing up, such as our home lives are not alike, our experience in the same school is not alike, and our social lives are not exactly alike," said Kim.
TWU assistant professor Samuel Kim, Ph.D., co-hosted the 13th annual Korean American Coalition Banquet at Omni Park West in Dallas. The event's keynote speaker was Suzanne Scholte, an activist in the North Korean human rights movement who is president of the Defense Forum Foundation, and five scholarships and four awards were given out at the banquet.
Ronald S. Palomares-Fernandez, Ph.D., a Texas Woman’s University assistant professor of psychology, has been knighted by the Johanniter Order, a 900-year-old spiritual service organization dedicated to assisting the sick, the poor and the infirmed. Palomares-Fernandez received the honor for his humanitarian work in his church and around the world.
Third-year school psychology doctoral student Andrea Wierzchowski was recently elected to a national leadership position for American Psychological Association's Division 16 Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP). One of the main goals of SASP is to keep graduate students up to date on issues pertaining to school psychology and to encourage participation in activities that will further strengthen this discipline in the future.
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