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Scholarships & Awards

Award Winners 2017

Undergraduate

Louis C. Weber Scholarship for Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Arthur Marsden

Art Marsden is a psychology major in his senior year at the University of North Texas. He is currently a research assistant for Dr. Michael D. Barnett's Neuropsychosocial Laboratory, where his roles include leading a team responsible for the management of all data, helping with the design of surveys and experiments, assisting in the research grant-writing process, and mentoring other research assistants. To date, Art is co-author on one article published in a peer-reviewed journal and six other manuscripts currently under review. After graduating from UNT, Art plans to continue his education by obtaining a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with the goal of researching LGBTQ issues and substance use.

Arthur says, "In order to maximize my chances of being accepted into a graduate school program, I have worked hard since entering college to receive in A in every class. Due to my efforts, I was able to obtain the highest level of the UNT Transfer Scholarship when I transferred from Brookhaven Community College. Now with 104 credit hours completed I still maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA; as a result, I have been on the President's List every semester I have attended the University of North Texas.

In order to gain research experience, Arthur applied to Dr. Michael Barnett's Neuropsychosocial Laboratory at the very end of the Spring 2016 semester. He is currently a student investigator for a study seeking to examine college students' attitudes toward older adults and aging. For a second project, which seeks to examine homophobia, ageism, and attitudes about aging among older adult gay men, I am currently performing a literature review and aiding in the development of the survey.

Louis C. Weber Scholarship for Psi Chi Award

Caitlin Garza

Caitlin Garza is a senior at the University of North Texas. At UNT, she has acted as a research assistant in the Neuropsychosocial Lab under Dr. Michael Barnett and in the Family and Futures Lab under the direction of Dr. Vicki Campbell. She has co-authored a manuscript with Dr. Barnett titled "Satisfaction with Work-Family Balance Mediates the Relationship Between Workplace Social Support and Depression Among Hospice Nurses," which is in review for publication, and is currently working on a second manuscript about how the presence of meaning in life can help hospice nurses to withstand prolonged exposure to death.

In addition to these experiences, Caitlin has presented a poster at the annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in New Orleans, LA, November 2016. She is a member of Psi Chi, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and the Gerontological Society of America, and was awarded a Psi Chi Outstanding Member Award in fall 2015. In addition, Caitlin has an internship at Reves and Associates Counseling, where she attends to secretarial work and administrative support tasks. Caitlin will be continuing her education in graduate school and plans to attain a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology.

Graduate

Charlotte Friedersdorff-Boyd Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student

Allyson Sharf

Allyson Sharf is a fourth year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas. She specializes in forensic psychology, with a special interest in the forensic assessment of juvenile offenders. Since beginning her graduate career at UNT, she has been very productive regarding clinical research, clinical work, and teaching. Regarding clinical research, she has co-authored six peer-reviewed articles, with an additional four under review. Now, she is currently collecting data for her dissertation, an important investigation into the psychometric properties of the newly published Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescents-Restructured Form (MMPI-A-RF) in a sample of legally-involved youth. In addition to research, she has amassed over 600 therapeutic and assessment hours helping members of the community at the UNT Psychology Clinic as well as female, Federal inmates at the Federal Medical Center at Carswell. Beyond research and clinical work, she has had the opportunity to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Most recently, she is teaching an upper-level undergraduate course entitled Psychology of the Offender. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Allyson will pursue a career as a clinical forensic psychologist.

Bonney Honor Student in Psychology Award

Beth Janis

Beth is a 5th year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, with clinical and research interests that focus on trauma, attachment, and neuropsychology. She is very excited to be beginning her predoctoral internship at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center this summer, where she will be able to work with individuals of all ages in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Beth says, "During my time at UNT, I have been dedicated to learning new and diverse information that may aid me in my career path. I've been fortunate to be able to pursue interests in a variety of psychology areas, including working with young children, neuropsychology, and additional opportunities important for my role as a future professional, such as courses focusing on supervision and attachment theory. I have fully immersed myself in coursework and clinical opportunities, while focusing on achieving strong academic performances."

"In addition to a focus on academics, volunteerism and advocacy have been important areas of emphasis in my time at UNT. I have fully enjoyed participating in organizations around Denton County, such as a local social skills group for children and adolescents with ADHD and Autism, where I was able to help them strengthen and develop social skills in a setting where they could relate to, and be supported by, their peers. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience working at a local domestic violence agency for external practicum, to the extent that I chose to remain there as a volunteer after my three-semester practicum had completed. I was fortunate to join in on advocacy activities there, such as volunteering at UNT's annual sexual assault survivors' 'Take Back the Night' event, to assist in providing supportive services for those in attendance. My experiences at UNT have further strengthened my passion for advocacy, volunteerism, and academic achievement, all of which I look forward to continuing throughout my training and career."

Ladenberger Honor Student in Psychology Award

Renee Cloutier

Renee is in the fourth year of my doctoral program in Experimental Psychology where she studies individual and situational features that contribute to adolescent substance use under Dr. Heidemarie Blumenthal. Renee was recently awarded a national fellowship from NIDA/NIH to support her last two years of pre-doctoral training and research. "My overall career goal is to become an academic researcher where I can advance novel methodologies to enhance the study of early risk factors for long-term problems and ultimately, help inform intervention programs," says Renee.

"In addition to my research, I also have sought to give back to the Psychology Department and profession of Psychology through a number of service activities. Within my research lab, I serve as an undergraduate advisor and mentor. Each year I advise approximately 5 students applying to various graduate programs (e.g., MS/PhD Clinical/Experimental Psychology) and non-academic positions (e.g., Peace Corps). I also have mentored 11 different undergraduates in submitting and presenting 20 different posters at various national/international conferences. Within the program/department I am the Behavioral Science Student Representative where I was elected by my peers to serve as their liaison and advocate in program decision-making. At a national level, I was selected to serve on the Science Committee for the American Psychological Association for Graduate Students where I advocate for science-focused students and encourage the scientific training of APA graduate student members by developing programs and resources. More recently, I joined the working group for revising the Rights of Psychology Graduate Students - a document designed as a set of guidelines for graduate programs but can also be used by graduate students to advocate for themselves."

Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Health Psychology doctoral program at UNT. She has been a teaching fellow at the university since 2014 and has taught a variety of undergraduate courses. Ms. Phillips participated in the UNT Center for Learning, Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR) Course Redesign Institute in 2013 and took an active role in redesigning the General Psychology II course into an outcome-based, flipped course that now offers online and in-person instruction and activities. Amanda completed the Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Program (GSTEP) in 2016. This program prepares graduate students for a teaching career in higher education. As a participant in GSTEP, Ms. Phillips engaged in guided online self-study, conducted classroom observations of UNT faculty, participated in a micro-teaching seminar, and implemented a capstone project in her Health Psychology course.

Amanda has worked to become an authority on creative course design and tools at UNT. In 2016 she was invited to give a presentation on the implementation of gamification and story-telling in course design at the UNT psychology department Friday Research Group. She was also invited to speak at a psychology department faculty meeting about the use of the REEF polling system in the classroom. Amanda coordinated and facilitated a graduate student panel at the 2016 UNT Teaching Excellence Seminar entitled The Teaching Starter Pack: Strategies for Success and hosted a roundtable discussion at the 2017 Teaching Excellence Seminar about designing and explaining a course syllabus. Recently, Amanda presented a paper in collaboration with a colleague at Lander University at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology entitled, Game on: Gamification in Course Design.

After Amanda Phillips earns her Ph.D. she plans to pursue an academic career teaching and conducting research at a university or teaching hospital. She is currently collecting experimental data for her dissertation, which examines differences in competence and self-efficacy in an exercise setting.

Anna Wright Memorial Scholarship

Margot Williams

Margot Williams obtained her Bachelors' degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working in research full-time for one year, she was admitted to the Clinical Psychology program at the University of North Texas. Margot is currently a third-year student working with Dr. Richard Rogers, specializing in forensic psychology.

The Anna Wright Memorial Scholarship honors Anna Wright's legacy of committed investment in the UNT Psychology Clinic. While working as a student clinician in the Psychology Clinic, Margot has accrued over 300 assessment and psychotherapy intervention hours. She has worked with a variety of referrals and diagnostic presentations, while also providing supervision to less advanced students. Throughout the challenges of this diverse caseload, Margot has benefitted from excellent supervision in developing competencies for a range of therapeutic modalities and intervention techniques.

In addition to her clinical commitments, Margot has taken full advantage of clinical research opportunities during her time at UNT. She defended her thesis project in the fall of 2016, an ambitious investigation of denial of personality disorder traits in an inpatient population. In addition, Margot has been involved in programmatic NSF-funded research on the Miranda rights, and has contributed as a coauthor to numerous peer-reviewed articles. She has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Graduate Association of Students in Psychology (GASP).

Dr. G. Frank Lawlis Scholarship

Andrew Shelton

This award honors a graduate student for contributions to the Counseling Psychology program. Andrew explains, "During my first year at UNT, I was nominated and voted by my peers to be the Counselling Psychology (CP) Student Representative, a two-year position. In addition to fostering a more cohesive program (as liaison between faculty and students, setting informational meetings, organizing program events), my aim with this position was to encourage optimal development of doctoral students. In response to student concerns about conflicts between religious views and sexual/gender identity, Dr. Patricia Kaminski and I organized the first biannual CP Town Hall Meeting in Spring 2015, which has continued into this semester. Another major responsibility as Student Representative was to organize program interviews for two incoming cohorts (2014 and 2015)."

"In addition to my responsibilities as CP Student Representative, I have worked as a graduate mentor to CP students and undergraduate students in various settings: as an advanced peer mentor, as an advanced research mentor to junior graduate and undergraduate students (producing six paper or poster presentations), and teaching graduate Quantitative Methods Lab. Currently, I am co-supervising a group of second-year CP students in their Vocational Counseling Rotation at UNT Counseling & Testing Services. During weekly two-hour group supervision and individual supervision twice a semester, my goal is to evaluate their developmental level and build on their strengths in order to challenge them as clinicians."

Frank Collins Memorial Scholarship

Erin Sullivan

"I am presently a 4th year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. Previously, I received my Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2011 from Texas A&M University and my Master of Science in applied cognition and neuroscience in 2012 from the University of Texas at Dallas. As a Dallas native, I am happy to be back in the area for graduate school, and greatly enjoy pursuing the phenomenal research and clinical opportunities around the metroplex. Outside of school I am married with two adorable dogs, and I spend five days per week coaching a high school rowing team in Dallas."

Erin is the recipient of the Frank Collins Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes a student with a research career trajectory. "I have been actively involved in research since beginning my master's program in applied cognition and neuroscience in the summer of 2011. Within a span of nearly six years, I am proud to have performed research in the diverse fields of cellular neuroscience, psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, and rehabilitation psychology."

"Prior to attending UNT, I held a paid research position at Research Across America, a company performing psychiatric clinical drug trials for pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Takeda, and Shire. While at UNT, I have been employed as a graduate research assistant, worked on a grant-funded project involving online data collection of personality traits and cognitive performance, and acted as a paid statistics consultant on a neuropsychology project in New York. Additionally, I have volunteered at Baylor Medical Center, in inpatient trauma, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation settings, for nearly three years," says Erin.

Erin has a number of publications to her credit. She recently published an article in General Hospital Psychiatry as first author with colleagues from Baylor. She contributed to a book chapter on technology in neuropsychology in 2015, and she presently has three articles under review that explore traumatic brain injuries and psychologically traumatizing events. "I have been proud to present research as first author on five posters at National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and International Neuropsychological Society (INS) conferences. Additionally, research I contributed to at Baylor has been presented at rehabilitation, brain injury, and nursing conferences," notes Erin.

Ernest H. Harrell Memorial Scholarship

Stephanie Agtarap

Stephanie is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Behavioral Science Program, where she has maintained an active body of research identifying factors that facilitate resilience, adaptive coping mechanisms, and improved recovery following traumatic experience or injury. Initially under the co-mentorship of Dr. Adriel Boals and Dr. Rex Wright, Stephanie conducted her thesis research in the Motivation Sciences Lab, examining implications of motivation intensity theory on a behavioral restraint challenge using cardiovascular indices as a proxy for effort. She has also worked extensively as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ann Marie Warren and Dr. Mark Powers, she worked extensively on multiple prospective, longitudinal studies that assess a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional experiences among trauma patients. Her dissertation will apply latent growth mixture modeling to examine caregiver outcomes among patient's family members one year after injury.

Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX before coming to University of North Texas. She received her master's degree in Experimental Psychology and has maintained several leadership positions, including GASP President and APS Student Campus Representative. She is simultaneously pursuing a second doctorate in the Educational Psychology - Research, Measurement and Statistics program.

One of Stephanie's career goals is to encourage the utility of experimental psychologists in medical settings, especially in service of encouraging high-quality research that can translate to patient-centered care. This fall, she will continue similar work as a postdoctoral fellow at University California San Diego, examining mental and physical outcomes of among military service personnel and TBI patients.

2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award

Kayla Carrigan

Kayla's outstanding dissertation was sparked early in her academic program. "My research journey at the University of North Texas started early in my first year with a trip to the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. I looked at the relationship between team mandated weigh-ins for female collegiate athletes and their disordered eating behaviors. This first poster began what would become my Master's Thesis project, which was an examination of the relationship between both team mandated weigh-ins and self-weighing and disordered eating attitudes and behaviors amongst female collegiate athletes. Following successful completion of my Masters, my advisor and I discovered a gap in the literature. Disordered eating behaviors and pathogenic weight management was not examined in retired athletes. This gap in knowledge inspired my Doctoral Dissertation project. In the Spring of my fourth year, I proposed my dissertation which was a cross-sectional and longitudinal examination of self-weighing behavior both as a collegiate athlete (longitudinal) and a retired female athlete (cross-sectional) to the disordered eating behaviors of retired female athletes. My dissertation was defended in the Fall of my fifth year, prior to internship applications."

"My research experience has focused heavily on the experience of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors and pathogenic weight management in female collegiate athletes and retired athletes. I have completed both my Master's Thesis and my Doctoral Dissertation. I have presented both posters and oral presentations at four national conferences. I was asked to present my work at a UNT Speaks Out series presentation, and have provided numerous outreach and training presentations at the UNT Pohl Recreation Center discussing disordered eating attitudes and behaviors amongst the collegiate population. My Master's Thesis was published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology in December of 2015, and my Doctoral Dissertation is being currently being prepared for publication."

Kayla is currently in the sixth year of the UNT Counseling Psychology doctoral program. She is in the Sport Psychology cluster, and has been a Housing Counselor working at Counseling and Testing Services for two years. Kayla has accepted an internship position at the University of Miami Counseling Center, with an external position at the Oliver-Pyatt Center for Eating Disorders. "My career goals are to be a generalist psychologist working with community clients and athletes while receiving a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders. Born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho, I participated in both figure skating and dancing until graduating from the University of Delaware. These sports allowed me the unfortunate experience of witnessing the toll disordered eating has on young women and men. The pressures individuals face to engage in pathogenic weight management are intense. These experiences encouraged my educational and career pursuits. Thank you for selecting me to be the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award."

2017 Outstanding Thesis Award

Justin Litvin

Justin earned the Outstanding Thesis award for his research and development of a new trauma measurement instrument. "Admittedly, the development of the Complex Trauma Inventory (CTI) was a long and arduous process. Although I have been interested in stress reactions and effective coping strategies since I was in high school, I became interested in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) complex PTSD (CPTSD) through the research of my mentor, Dr. Patricia Kaminski, and a couple of her advanced doctoral students. As I was exploring the literature to become acquainted with this niche of the trauma field, I discovered that, despite the DSMs' repudiation of CPTSD, the upcoming edition of the International Classification of Diseases, the ICD-11, included it. I also learned that the proposed ICD-11 significantly reduced the PTSD symptoms in its taxonomy. Reflecting on these new and newly defined disorders, I realized there was a need for measures that specifically assess these trauma syndromes."

"After meticulous study of the proposed trauma criteria, and combining my measurement knowledge from three different classes (Introduction to Psychological Measurement, Classical and Modern Test Theory, and Applied Multivariate Statistics), I developed an initial item pool that reflected the trauma taxonomy. I then recruited three trauma experts to review the items and edited the items/instructions according to their feedback. Once my item pool was established, I embarked in my long journey of recruiting over 1,500 participants. In order to increase the external validity of my instrument, I utilized a cross-validation approach by dividing my sample into an analysis sample (whose responses I used to select the final 21 CTI items) and a holdout sample (whose responses I used to confirm that the factor structure of the CTI reflected the ICD-11 trauma domains). In the manuscript version, which is currently under review, I established the convergent and discriminant validity of the CTI as well as its gender invariance. If the CTI is published promptly, it will be the first published trauma instrument that specifically measures the ICD-11 trauma disorders."

Justin Litvin is a 4th year student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at the University of North Texas. He is working under Dr. Patricia Kaminski, and is interested in the measurement and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (CPTSD). He is also working under Dr. Anthony Ryals, and aspires to explore possible physiological markers (e.g., pupil dilation) that distinguish people with CPTSD from PTSD. His current career goals are to provide treatment for military veterans at a veteran affairs (VA) mental health clinic, as well as consult on research projects.

2016 Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award

Jessica Dietch

"During my doctoral training in Clinical Health Psychology and Research, Measurement and Statistics, I have focused on developing a strong research program and prepare for a rigorous academic career," says Jessica. "As a first year graduate student, I worked as a research assistant on a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-funded study examining influenza vaccine response in students with and without insomnia (PI: Daniel Taylor, PhD). Next, I worked as a research assistant on a Department of Defense (DoD)-funded randomized clinical trial (PI: Daniel Taylor, PhD) in active-duty military members that compared in-person and internet treatment for insomnia to a waitlist control. I took on more responsibilities as a research assistant on a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded study examining social vigilance and atherosclerotic risk (PI: John Ruiz, PhD). Currently, I work as a research assistant on a DoD-funded randomized clinical trial (PI: Daniel Taylor, PhD) comparing treatment for PTSD alone and paired with treatment for insomnia and nightmares in active-duty military, and as project coordinator on an NIH-funded study (PIs: Daniel Taylor, PhD; Kimberly Kelly, PhD) examining the role of sleep parameters in vaccine response in a sample of nurses. Through my work on these projects, I learned the responsibilities of running a high-level research study."

"In addition to gaining experience by working on others' research projects, I developed my own research program in three primary areas: 1) sleep measurement and methodology, 2) sleep and physical/mental health, and 3) sleep disorders intervention. As part of my master's thesis, I investigated whether assessment method moderated the relationship between sleep duration and atherosclerotic risk. I will extend this work with my dissertation project, for which I am currently collecting data, in which I will compare three commonly-used measurements of sleep duration, timing, and quality to a gold standard measurement. Outside of milestone research projects, I have also conducted numerous independent research investigations including presentations of 13 first-author and 14 second+ author papers/posters at professional conferences. In 2016, I published a first-author manuscript (the subject of the current award) in which I critically examined the merits and weaknesses of a well-known survey measure of sleep quality (the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index). As part of my development of an academic research career, I have mentored 20 undergraduate research assistants through several research projects and taught numerous courses on statistics and psychology. For my future career, I intend to obtain a faculty position at a university or academic medical center and continue to conduct research on sleep and health behaviors."

Jessica (Jessee) Dietch is a 5th year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Health Psychology program, and a 2nd year predoctoral student in Research, Measurement, and Statistics in the Educational Psychology department at UNT. She intends to spend her career researching designing and conducting clinical research studies that produce and improve upon efficient, affordable, and deliverable treatments for sleep disorders.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Research Day Student Poster Awards!

March 1, 2017

Lee Bedford
Poster title: Electronic Problem Solving Treatment (ePST) for Depression in Student Veterans

Authors: Lee A. Bedford, Daniel Taylor, Adriel Boals, Jessica R. Dietch, Christian R. R. Goans, Nina E. Calmenson, & Jenna L. Tomalski

Lee Bedford is a 3rd year student in the Behavioral Science doctoral program. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who received his B.S. in Psychology at UNT in 2014. He was an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Adriel Boals, who is now his mentor in the doctoral program. Lee is an active researcher who has been involved in multiple projects with multiple faculty advisors in addition to his mentor, Dr. Boals. Lee co-authored seven different conference presentations last year. He also has five manuscripts in progress and has submitted a grant proposal. His thesis research is concerned with Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) symptoms vs. traditional PTSD symptom severity in college student and military veteran samples.

At the same time Lee is working toward his degree in Behavioral Science, he is also pursuing a second doctoral degree in Educational Psychology-Research, Measurement, and Statistics program.

Stephanie Agtarap
Poster title: The role of social support and depression one year following traumatic injury

Authors: Stephanie Agtarap, Adriel Boals, Pam Holtz, Evan Rainey, Camilo Ruggero, Zina Trost, & Ann Marie Warren

Stephanie is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Behavioral Science Program, where she has maintained an active body of research identifying factors that facilitate resilience, adaptive coping mechanisms, and improved recovery following traumatic experience or injury. She has also worked extensively as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Level I Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ann Marie Warren and Dr. Mark Powers, she works extensively on multiple prospective, longitudinal studies that assess a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional experiences among trauma patients. The awarded poster is a result of this research collaboration between Baylor and her BSci mentor, Dr. Adriel Boals.

Stephanie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX before coming to University of North Texas. She received her master's degree in Experimental Psychology and has maintained several leadership positions, including GASP President and APS Student Campus Representative. She is simultaneously pursuing a second doctorate in the Educational Psychology - Research, Measurement and Statistics program.

One of Stephanie's career goals is to encourage the utility of experimental psychologists in medical settings, especially in service of encouraging high-quality research that can translate to patient-centered care. This fall, she will continue similar work as a postdoctoral fellow at University California San Diego, examining mental and physical outcomes of among military service personnel and TBI patients.

Laura Captari
Poster title: Stressful life events and adolescent functioning: Moderation by self-esteem and locus of control

Authors: Laura Captari, Kendra Oosterhouse, Matthew Schumacher, Joslyn Wilson, Fatima Mahmud, & Shelley A. Riggs

"Before coming to UNT for my doctorate, I worked as a clinician with at-risk adolescents, and was often struck by my clients' resilience despite adversity. As part of the Family Attachment Lab working with Dr. Riggs, it has been exciting to further explore the multidimensional factors influencing adolescent mental health. Our findings from this study suggest two key intrapersonal factors associated with resilience: First, higher self-esteem was found to reduce the effect of adolescents' negative appraisals of stressful events on depressive symptoms. Additionally, a greater internal locus of control reduced the effect of adolescents' negative appraisals of stressful events on their attitude toward school. In therapy, psychologists can support the development of resilience to stress by helping adolescents develop self-esteem and an internal locus of control. These intrapersonal strengths can be proactively fostered throughout adolescence in order to help protect teens from the deleterious impact of adversity. It was an honor to work with my colleagues, Kendra Oosterhouse, Matt Schumacher, Joslyn Wilson, and Fatima Mahmud on this project, which we presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Conferenceā€¦and I look forward to many more!" said Laura.

We received many great applicants and we are pleased to recognize these fine winners. Congratulations once again to you all!

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