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TWU Psychology and Philosophy students at the capital, posing around the
TWU Psychology and Philosophy graduate students and faculty visited the capital on March 27 to discuss state policies relevant to psychology. Photo by Jana Birchum.

Professor Linda Rubin acts as consultant for musical about family struggling with mental illness

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.

Psychology alumna Darlina Crowder receives elite lawyer recognition

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.

Professor Christian Hart, Ph.D., interviewed in NPR story 'Big Little Lies: The Art of Being Duped'

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. 

Christian Hart, Ph.D., authors Psychology Today article, "Why is my Child Lying?"

"...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.

John Terrizzi, Ph.D., leads local discussion on prejudice in library's cultural appreciation series

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.

Debra Mollen co-chairs APA guidelines for girls and women, TWU alumni contribute

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.

Women Who Lead: Laryn Kropik (BS '19)

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.

TWU professor and chair Shannon Scott, PhD, featured in DRC cloudy weather article

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.'"

Meet recent psychology grad Alexander Adegbembo

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.

TWU school psychology alumna named Abilene Christian college dean

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.

Psychology student Sandra Moreno leads by registering voters and mobilizing her community

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."

TWU psychology alumna Angeles González featured in 'Women Who Lead' series

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.

TWU Psychology faculty member Lisa Rosen co-authors Faculty Focus article

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."

Assistant professor Samuel Kim interviewed for WalletHub story about bullying

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.

Assistant professor Samuel Kim co-hosts the 13th annual Korean American Coalition Banquet

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. 

TWU professor honored with knighthood

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.

TWU school psychology doctoral student elected to a national leadership position

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.

Telemundo interviews Dr. Claudia Porras Pyland for 'Threats on Social Media' special

Feb. 27, 2018 - Assistant professor Claudia Porras Pyland, Ph.D., appeared as an expert on Telemundo Dallas’s broadcast in a discussion about high school shootings. She explained the reasons why some adolescents act out on social networks and how parents can detect potential signs with their children. Watch the broadcast >>


TWU Psychology professor featured in DRC 'romance scams' article


"The same kind of cons have been around for a long time," said Dr. Chris Hart, a professor of psychology at Texas Woman's University who teaches forensic psychology and interpersonal deception. "The world changes, and the avenues for social interaction change. But people don’t change. I think the scams are just like life itself. They are adapting to the way the world is now, and some among us are not that great and take advantage."

Juan Rodriguez volunteers to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Rodriguez removes water-damaged portions of a home affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Rodriguez removes water-damaged portions of a home affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Doctoral school psychology student Juan Rodriguez recently joined the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Harvey, helping teams transport supplies to a shelter in south Louisiana.

"We loaded up over 10,000 lbs of immediately needed supplies from Lone Star College to a supply distribution point in Moss Bluff, La. Needless to say, the trip took much longer to complete because many roadways were still closed due to water on roads and some roads being washed out. I-10 was under about 4 foot of water in some areas... On Thursday, September 7, I volunteered to assist in a 'mucking team'... It was labor intensive work, but very fulfilling knowing we helped this couple save their home from needing to be demolished." Read the full story here >>

Local agencies named 'Best of Denton County'

Two local agencies where TWU Department of Psychology and Philosophy students and alumni are active and engaged — Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) and Youth and Family Counseling — have been selected as Best of Denton County in the categories of Advocacy Organization and Health Organization, respectively.

Many students from the master’s and doctoral programs in counseling psychology regularly serve as practicum students at DCFOF. Hillarye Hightower, a graduate of the master's program, serves as DCFOF’s Director of the Prevention, Community Education & Awareness Program.

Two MA alumni, Justine Guzman and Stephanie Wright, serve on the staff of Youth and Family Counseling.

Texas Woman’s school psychology doctoral student awarded Melanie Foundation scholarship

Andrea Wierzchowski headshot

Andrea Wierzchowski, a third-year school psychology doctoral student at Texas Woman’s University, has received a 2017 Melanie Foundation scholarship for her work promoting mental health awareness and treatment for underserved children and their families. Her $1,500 award will go toward furthering her educational goals, which includes completing her doctorate and becoming a licensed psychologist.

TWU psychology honor society wins 2017 Building Bonds Collaboration Award

Texas Woman’s University students teamed up with students from University of Central Arkansas and Collin College to win the 2017 Alberta Johnson/Ruth Hubbard Cousins Building Bonds Collaboration Award. Students from the Texas Woman’s and University of Central Arkansas Psi Chi chapters, as well as the Collin College chapter of Psi Beta, were recognized for their collaborative workshop, titled “The Gritty Team: Passion, Purpose and Success,” which was presented at this year’s Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference in San Antonio.

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