Thursday, December 15, 2011

Graduate studies in Clinical Medical Psychology at Mercer University

Mercer University is offering a new PhD program in Clinical Medical Psychology. According to their literature, "the program is designed to train students in the application of clinical and research skills in an integrative, biopsychosocial approach to healthcare" and offers three areas of concentration: adult health psychology, pediatric psychology, or neuropsychology/geropsychology. This is an ideal area of study for students who are interested in working with clients with medical issues but who do not want to go to medical or nursing school.

The application deadline for this program is March 15. Detailed information regarding our program can be accessed at the Mercer University School of Medicine website.

For more information, you may also contact the program director, Dr. Steven Hobbs, at the address below.

Steven A. Hobbs, Ph.D.
Professor & Director, Clinical Medical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Mercer University School of Medicine
655 First Street
Macon, GA 31201

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will have its last meeting of the semester on Monday, November 28. We will meet at the aerobics room in the Student Success Center at 6:45 p.m. and participate in the regularly scheduled 7:00 yoga class. All are welcome.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Summer research opportunity

Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce that they will be holding their summer research experience for undergraduates again in summer 2012. The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects. Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is not possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.

Program dates: June 2, 2012-July 29, 2012
Application deadline: February 1, 2012

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Students must be returning seniors, not receiving their bachelor’s degree before December 2012. Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses. Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.

Information about how to submit an application is available at

They especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups, including first generation college students and students from rural areas.

Upcoming club activities

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 5 of the Psychology/Sociology building. Our own Dr. Elizabeth Uhl will be talking about GRE preparation. Dr. Uhl has taught GRE prep classes before and will share her suggestions or tips for success with the group. All are welcome to come.

The Alliance will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building for a movie night. All are welcome to come.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cap and gown ordering information

Graduation for people who finished up in either Summer or Fall 2011 will be Saturday, December 10. If you are graduating on that date and want to order a cap and gown, the deadline for doing so is Sunday, November 13. If you do not have a cap and gown, you will not be allowed to march at graduation.

To order a cap and gown, do this:

Go to the web page

Click the link that says "Flyer from Herff Jones"

Follow the instructions on the flyer.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Psychological Science Webinar Series

Pearson Publishing and the Association for Psychological Science are presenting a series of free "webinars", web-based seminars that feature presentations from different experts in different areas of psychology. These webinars are free for anyone with an internet connection and can be accessed over an iPad, smartphone, or traditional computer.

To see a list of speakers and topics, visit the series website.

Meeting change

The Psychology/Sociology Club meeting initially scheduled for this evening has been re-scheduled for next Monday, October 3. The time and location remain the same.

Upcoming meetings

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. The group will examine the club's constitution and making plans for future events. If you are interested in helping out with National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, October 6, please contact Dr. Cotter.

The Alliance will meet on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4. The group will discuss gay marriage.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Writing Center opens Monday, September 12

The University Writing Center will open on Monday, September 12. It is located in Room 107 of the English Building. The operating hours are:

9 am to 7 pm Mondays through Thursdays
9 am to 3 pm on Fridays

The director of the Writing Center, Dr. Lauren DiPaula, says: "Please encourage your students to come see us at any time and at any phase of their writing. Please also tell them to bring a description of the assignment they are completing so that the tutors can appropriately assist them."

The main focus of the Writing Center is to help students with issues such as topic development and organization. Proofreading is NOT traditionally a main focus of the Writing Center.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Creative work sought for Sirocco

Sirocco is GSW's literary and arts magazine, published every spring. In addition to written and visual arts, musical submissions are also encouraged for inclusion on a companion CD. The theme of the 2012 edition is “Open the Doors of Perception.” Submissions of creative works in written, musical, and visual arts are sought for possible publication. The deadline this year is December 5, 2011. If you are interested in submitting works of written and/or visual arts, please contact Dr. Genie Bryan in the Department of English and Modern Languages. If you are interested in submitting music for the CD, please contact Dr. Mark Laughlin in the Department of Music.

Women's Studies Lecture Series

Please mark your calendars for the Women’s Studies Lecture Series on October 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the SSC. This will be an interesting panel focused on women and medicine. The speakers will be Dr. Elizabeth Kuipers, Dr. Bonnie Simmons, and Dr. Paula Martin.

Upcoming meetings

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 1 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. Dr. Andrea Miller will discuss the internship program and application process. All are welcome.

Also, the Alliance will meet on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. All are welcome at this meeting as well.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Law School Advisor Contact

Dr. Brian Smith in the Department of History and Political Science is the coordinator of pre-law services and maintains an email list for students interested in going to law school. This email list is for sending out information relevant to pre-law students. If you are considering law school and would like to be added to this list, please contact Dr. Smith at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Psychology graduate accepted

Robert Jones, a psychology graduate, has been accepted to Norwich University's Masters of Diplomacy and Terrorism Studies program. Congratulations Robert!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Graduate programs at Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA has several master's degree programs in counseling for students who are interested in this field.

College and University Counseling
For students who desire to work in a community college, four-year college, or university settings. Students will gain experiences offering mental health counseling to clients in a higher education setting presenting with a variety of clinical issues. Additional experiences will include group counseling, assessment, and outreach to the college community.

Community Mental Health Counseling
For students who desire to work in a community mental health settings or outpatient hospital settings. Students will gain experiences offering mental health counseling to clients from a variety of age groups and presenting with a variety of clinical issues. Additional experiences may include group counseling, assessment, and family counseling.

Doctoral Preparatory Counseling
For students who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree that will prepare them for a doctoral program. Students will gain experiences (e.g., doctoral application strategies, applied counseling and psychotherapy research, etc.) aimed to facilitate their acceptance to a doctoral program in professional psychology.

Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling For students who are interested in gaining experiences in counseling settings that offer traditional (e.g., individual mental health counseling) and nontraditional counseling services (e.g., homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter, group home). In addition, students in this specialization track are more likely to aspire to work for a nonprofit agency.

School Counseling
For students who desire to work in a K-12 school setting. Students will gain experiences that include individual counseling, group and educational counseling, career and college counseling, teacher consultation, and prevention programming. The completion of this specialization will also result in eligibility to receive a Pupil Personnel Services Credential for the State of California. This program is approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information, please visit the LMU website.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Health and Human Sciences Building Concept Pictures

Here are some computer-generated concept pictures of the new Health and Human Sciences Building. The first picture is a top-down view of the Health and Human Sciences Buildings. The top building will hold Psychology and Sociology.

A courtyard and covered walkway will be located in between the two Health and Human Sciences buildings.

Here is the new building from the far end of the courtyard.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The New Building!

The funding has been approved for the new Psychology/Sociology Building! You can read all about it in the official press release.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Spring Graduation

Congratulations to the Spring, 2011 graduates!

Brandi Charbonneau received the Outstanding Student Award in Sociology.

Erica Pollock and Christopher Strasburger received the Outstanding Student Awards in Psychology. Erica was recognized for academic excellence. Christopher was recognized for service excellence.

From left: Christopher Strasburger, Jasmine Watkins, Jordan Walker (Art), Rebbecca Studdard, and Thach Vu.

From left: Christopher Strasburger, Rebbecca Studdard, and Thach Vu.

From left: Ambria Ridley, Stephanie Osborn, Erica Pollock, Amy Pride, Candace Piersaul, Priscilla Patterson, and Tiffany Milstid.

Dannie Hunt and Megan Garland.

From left: Phillip Brown, Megan Caraway, Brandi Charbonneau, and Erin Anderson.

Photo of the Day

Adam Coffey and Chuck Huffman were recently featured in the Americus Times-Recorder's photo of the day. The article describes Adam's award-winning paper presentation at the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology meeting.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Opportunities for research-oriented students

The Journal of Young Investigators welcomes student submissions in all areas of science, including not only the hard sciences sch as Biology and Chemistry but also areas such as Psychology and Social Sciences. Students interested in publishing their research can visit the journal's website to learn more about the submission process.

Also, faculty members received the following email recently:

"The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to this website to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student or the student's institution and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.
We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time. You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores. We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters' Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree. Upload a link to your CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and advisor).
Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questions.

Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.

Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities, such as research fields and fellowships. For graduate schools that wish to review the student information, there is an access fee of $1,500 for the entire database, or $300 for one specific discipline. Again, there is no cost to you as a student to create a profile.

CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. For more information, please visit the CUR website."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The Alliance's Big Bang Bash scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to the threat of bad weather.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Alliance party

The following is a flyer from the Alliance:

The Big Bang Bash
Come on out and Celebrate with “The Alliance” on our formation of a club and the end of a great semester!!! Ahh… we all know it sucked, so come take a load off and party with us before finals!!!

Bring your iPods and or favorite CDs, we will be playing request, anything goes!!!!! We will also have an open mic if anyone wants to show their talents!!!!

Refreshments will be served, brownies, cupcakes, drinks, etc… we will fix your munchies!
When???- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Where???- Sanford Lawn
Time???- 7:30

Friday, April 15, 2011

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

We have a special speaker coming up at our next Psychology/Sociology Club meeting. A representative from United Hospice in Cordele will be talking about hospice care and opportunities for student volunteer work/internships on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Club information

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. Our primary order of business will be to elect officers based on nominations solicited at Monday's meeting. We will also discuss some plans for next year. All are welcome.

Last week, at Dr. MacLennan's talk about the food industry, the possibility of starting a campus garden was discussed. Anyone who is interested in getting involved in such a project should come to an interest meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference

Twelve members of the Psychology/Sociology Club went to Kennesaw State University on April 2 for the Georgia Undergraduate research in Psychology Conference. The students who attended were Adam Coffey, Jay Chafin, Jordan McDuffie, Ambrica Johnson, Megan Walker, Maria Trinh, William 'Zac' Lewis, Denise McKay, Elizabeth Moss, Kirby Salter, Trudy Hall, and Beth Brooks.

Jay Chafin presented his research results from an unconscious perception study at a poster session.

Adam Coffey presented his research on the accuracy of eyewitness testimony in a paper presentation.

Adam's presentation won third prize out of 18 presentations. Congratulations Adam!

Psychology/Sociology Club meetings this week

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet twice this week. Both meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building, and all are welcome to come to either or both meetings.

On Monday, April 4, we will be watching the movie Shutter Island. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

On Wednesday, April 6, Dr. Jamie MacLennan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will be discussing the sociological aspects of food production. Homegrown carrots may be provided (according to Dr. MacLennan).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting postponed

The Psychology/Sociology Club meeting originally scheduled for tonight (Monday, March 28) at 7:30 p.m. has been postponed due to logistical issues. The officers will meet at that time. Please be on the lookout for flyers advertising the next meeting.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. We will be watching the film "Shutter Island". All are welcome to come.

School Psychology information session

Georgia State University is hosting an information session about their graduate program in School Psychology on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:15 p.m. The program will be held at the following location:

College of Education
Rm. 915 (9th floor)
30 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

For directions and other information, please contact Ms. Chela Hamilton, Program Assistant, at or (410)419-8943.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upcoming meetings and events

Monday, March 14:

The Women's Studies Program will host a speaker series at 6 p.m. in Student Success Center Conference Rooms 2410, 2413 and 2417. The theme is "Women in Images." One of the presenters is our own Dr. Courtney McDonald, who will be discussing "Representations of Violence Against Women in Popular Media."

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology Building. Our speaker is Dr. Carrah James, GSW class of 2003. She will be talking about her experiences earning her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Wednesday, March 16:

An interest meeting for a LGBT&S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Straight) alliance group will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 4 of the Psychology/Sociology Building.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Psychology/Sociology Club meetings

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 4 (note change from usual meeting location). The topic will be "Issues Facing the LGBT Community". Our own departmental members Courtney McDonald, Tom Johnson, and Andrea Miller will be leading the discussion along with some friends. Please come join us if you're able.

Also, on Monday, March 14 we will meet again, this time at 7:30 p.m. in Room 3 (this time the meeting location is the same as usual, but the time is different). Dr. Carrah James will be talking about her experiences in graduate school at UGA. Dr. James received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from GSW in 2003 and so can offer a perspective similar to what our students have. Please come join us for that too!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Summer opportunity for students

Davidson-Broughton Summer Program - May 31 to July 22, 2011

Davidson College sponsors an eight-week summer academic program for undergraduates at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, N.C., a state psychiatric facility serving western North Carolina. The program is an internship in clinical settings at the Hospital; students earn credit for one course from Davidson College as Practicum in Psychology (PSY 290). This course is taught by the Staff Psychologist at Broughton Hospital who is an adjunct faculty member at Davidson College. Besides working in the hospital, students have periodic discussion sessions with the faculty member and attend a weekly seminar with presentations by clinical staff at the Hospital. Because these times are arranged once the class arrives in Morganton, students should plan on being on site five days a week for the duration of the program. The program will run from May 31 to July 22, 2011.

Participants work with hospital professionals as observers and assistants in patient treatment programs. Students may have the opportunity to participate in other hospital trainings and/or field trips to settings where activities relevant to clinical psychology are occurring. Service to the hospital is an important aspect of all placement options. Expected rotations include: Adult Services, Acute and Adult Services, Long-Term; Specialty Services, Adolescent, Specialty Services, Geropsychiatry; and Specialty Services, Deaf Services.

Program size is 8 students. The number of applications for the program has progressively increased over the last several years. Criteria for admission, therefore, are driven in part by the number of applicants and can become competitive. Applications from students enrolled at Davidson College will receive some preferential weighting. Applicants should have completed Abnormal Psychology prior to the program's start.

Tuition and room fees total $800. No financial aid from Davidson College is available.

For detailed information, visit the Department's webpage: The application form is also there. Deadline: APRIL 1, 2011. Visiting the Broughton Hospital web site at may be helpful.

Please direct questions about the program to Fern Duncan, Department Assistant (<>).

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 3. We will be having a "game night" with board games and refreshments. All are welcome.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Two opportunities for students

Mercer University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies offers several graduate degrees in counseling and counselor education. Mercer's Office of Admissions has scheduled several information sessions for prospective students. The sessions will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 16 (School Counseling programs only)
Wednesday, March 16 (all counseling programs)

These sessions will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Atlanta Administration and Conference Center on the Mercer Atlanta campus (2930 Flowers Road South). For more information about these sessions, please contact Ms. Mitzi Jenkins at 678-547-6411 or Information about other upcoming sessions for these and other programs can be found here.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Dr. Andy Bosak in the Department of Health and Human Performance is scheduling a trip to Brenau University to visit their OT program. f you would like to go on this trip, please contact Dr. Bosak at 931-2155 or The trip is scheduled for mid-February, so don't delay.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Experimental Psychology Students Collect Mirror Tracing Data

It looks easy, but it's not! The Experimental Psychology students collected data for a class project.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Professional Development conference

If you're considering going to graduate school to study child development or family science (including fields of study such as Sociology, Psychology, and Education), you may want to look into Arizona State University's "Professional Development Conference for Undergraduates Interested in Graduate Training in Family and Child Sciences". This is an opportunity to learn about the field of child development and family science as well as receive information about the graduate school application process and develop a network of contacts of other students and faculty members in this area. This conference is specifically aimed at students who will be seniors in the Fall 2011 semester and are planning to enter a research-based doctoral program in some aspect of child development or family studies after graduation.

Students who are selected to attend this conference will have their travel and lodging expenses paid for by the program. This is pretty cool.

If you are interested, the program's website is here and the application instructions are here. The application deadline is March 1, 2011.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is now open. The primary purpose of the Writing Center is to help students with the writing process (e.g., topic development, paper organization, APA style). It is located in Room 107 of the English building. The hours are 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday (although it's closed from 12:00-2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Psychology/Sociology Club meeting

The Psychology/Sociology Club will meet on Monday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Psychology/Sociology building. We will discuss our plans for the current semester. All are welcome to come.