Spring 2006

CLAE Faculty publications and presentations

Nancy Calley and Dan Lawrence, assistant professors of Counseling; Sheri Pickover, instructor of Counseling, and 40 UDM graduate students, met with Michigan legislators for the Michigan Counseling Association's annual advocacy event, March 1 in Lansing. UDM represented the largest faction of participants as the group discussed issues including insurers providing mental health parity and the roles of high school counselors.

Barry Dauphin, assistant professor of Psychology, authored Tantalizing Times: Excitements, Disconnects and Discontents in Contemporary American Society, which was published this spring by Peter Lang Publishing.

John Freeman, professor of English, presented his paper, "Complementary Witnessing: Nicholas of Cusa and David Bohm on the Arnolfini Portrait," at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7 at Western Michigan University.

Mary Hannah, professor of psychology and Jack Martin, assistant professor of Psychology, gave the presentation, "Adding Teen Resources In Suicide Knowledge (ATRISK)," to the National Association of School Psychologists 2006 Convention, March 31 in Anaheim, Calif. Their research drew on the experience of UDM graduate students who participated in more than 100 depression awareness and suicide prevention workshops provided for more than 2,000 high school freshmen.

Heather Hill-Vasquez, assistant professor of English and co-director of the Women's Studies Program, authored Sacred Player: The Politics of Response in the Middle English Religious Drama, which was accepted for publication by The Catholic University of America Press. Hill-Vasquez has also been named director of the UDM Women’s Studies program.

Robert Homant and Daniel Kennedy, professors of Sociology and Criminal Justice, have recently had their chapter, "Serial Murder: A Biopsychosocial Approach," published in the book, Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling, by Academic Press.

Daniel Kennedy, professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, has been selected by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to receive an academic fellowship to study terrorism and anti-terrorism at the University of Tel Aviv this spring. The fellowship includes classroom lectures by leading diplomats, politicians, academicians and military personnel as well as site visits to sensitive locations throughout Israel.

Douglas MacDonald, associate professor of Psychology, is one of a small handful of people to receive the American Psychological Association's 2006 Early Career Contributions award. He will formally receive the award at the APA conference this August in New Orleans.

Sheri Pickover, instructor, Counseling/Addiction Studies, facilitated a parent education group to parents/supporters of Gesu students in April. Pickover and Counseling students will also facilitate psycho-educational groups and other counseling interventions to Gesu students this spring.

Diane Robinson-Dunn, assistant professor of History, has published the book, The Harem, Slavery, and British Imperial Culture: Anglo-Muslim Relations in the Late 19th Century by Manchester University Press in Europe and the U.K. It will be published in the U.S. by Palgrave MacMillan, in Canada by the University of British Columbia Press, and in Australia by Footsprints Ltd.

Leonard Weber, professor of Ethics, has had his book, Profits Before People? Ethical Standards and the Marketing of Prescription Drugs, published by Indiana University Press.

Carol Weisfeld, professor of Psychology, presented, "Marital satisfaction, decision-making power and length of marriage in American couples: A cultural examination," with Ph.D. student Lindsay Yeager and recent graduate Yobany Pardo, March 3 at the Michigan Academy of Arts & Letters Annual Meeting at Oakland University. Weisfeld also presented, with Ph.D. student Robert Rogers, "The concept of fear of success revisited."

Michael Witkowski, associate professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, was a guest on 911, a cable television program in West Bloomfield, to discuss crime prevention topics, premises litigation, and criminal justice studies with representatives of the West Bloomfield Police Department's Crime Prevention Section.

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