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Tapestry - Fall 2005

Liberal Arts and Education News

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Clinical Psychology reaccredited
The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program has received accreditation for the full five years allowed by the American Psychological Association. The accreditation team cited a number of improvements in the department since the last site visit, including facility improvements and increased scholarly research and publication. Department faculty have published more than 40 peer reviewed articles in the past three years.

Recent Ph.D. graduate receives research award for dissertation
Sam Liebman ’03, a graduate of the doctoral Psychology program, was recently notified that he will receive the Mary S. Cerney Award from the Society for Personality Assessment. The award is based on his dissertation research entitled “Reliability and Validity of Rorshach Aggression Variables with a Sample of Adjudicated Adolescents.” The article, co-authored by Steven Abell, professor and chair of the UDM Psychology Department and John Porcerelli, a professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine, was published this year as an article in the Journal of Personality Assessment. Liebman will receive the award in March 2006 during the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego, Ca.

Doctoral Psychology students participate in fall conference
The UDM doctoral Psychology program was well-represented at the Fall Conference of the Michigan Psychological Association. Participants in this year’s graduate poster competition on Oct. 21 included: Ellen Keyt, who won First Prize for her entry, “What Makes a Marriage? Reciprocity and Relationship Satisfaction in Monogamous Committed Couples”; Kristi DiGioia, who submitted “Dissociative Identity Disorder and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Rape Victims”; Lavonda Mickens, who presented “The Application of Operant Conditioning Theory and Techniques for the Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder”; and Kristin Passini, whose poster submission was “The Journey to Individuation: The Developmental Theory of C.G. Jung Compared to Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Adult Development.”

Criminal Justice Studies collaborates with outside agencies
The UDM Center for Criminal Justice Studies in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice recently completed an analysis of the Wayne County Sheriff Department’s “Last Call” program, a program designed to follow up on arrest warrants for local area residents who failed to appear on drinking and driving warrants. The center also has been certified by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions as a registered Intergraph Synergy Laboratory.