The Psyren March 2006 Volume 4 Gabbing with Garbarino By Brittany Lakin Individual Highlights Art Lurigio 2 IMeet the First Years 2 Irish Eyes Are Smiling 3 Class Updates 3 Life at Curl 4 Life Outside of Damen 4 Music Scene in Chicago 5 Internship Placements 5 Dissertations and Theses 6 Psyren Poll 6 Alumnae Updates 7 Upcoming Conferences 8 Notes from the Editors 8 I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Dr. James Garbarino, who joined the Psychology faculty last fall and holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology. The first thing I noticed upon entering his office were the many pictures of young people from around the world that graced his office walls and the piles of stuffed animals that sat by the window. Each of these pictures and animals tells a story of his amazing work that has taken him all over the United States and the world. He has traveled to war-torn countries such as Iraq, Kuwait, and Israel to examine the effects of war and trauma on children, along with studying community violence that takes place every day right here at home. When Dr. Garbarino talks about how trauma affects children, people listen. He has consulted with multiple organizations, including UNICEF and the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, and was invited to speak at the White House summit on youth violence. At the continental breakfast before the meeting, Dr. Garbarino even chatted with the Clintons, who both read and enjoyed his book, Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. Many others have also read his book, and one young man in particular was so touched that he sent Dr. Garbarino a letter saying, his “life was transformed” by reading Lost Boys. This man and his fiancé later visited Dr. Garbarino and brought two stuffed bears, which now sit among his stuffed animal collection as a thank you. Dr. Garbarino came to Loyola after an impressive career at Cornell University where he also received his Ph.D. in Human Development in 1973. Interestingly, it was his friend and life long mentor, Urie Bronfenbrenner, who encouraged a young Garbarino to pursue graduate work in Human Development. The two met when Brofenbrenner’s daughter was a student in the drama class that Garbarino taught at summer camp. Although, he enjoyed his time at Cornell, Garbarino felt that he was not being fully utilized and that Chicago offered more opportunities to look at issues such as urban violence. He also talked about Loyola’s appeal because it carries the “Jesuit tradition of social justice and spirituality that he liked.” In addition, he admitted that as a frequent flyer, it is just easier to fly out of Chicago. Dr. Garbarino is no stranger to Chicago since this was his home from 1985-1994 when he was the president of Chicago's Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development. Dr Garbarino’s favorite part of being at Loyola is teaching the graduate seminar “before I forget everything I know,” he added chuckling. He sees himself as a teacher regardless of his audience. “It doesn’t matter who you are talking to--kids, teachers, or congress--you are just adjusting the language.” That may be why his books are so popular with the lay public. His newest book, See Jane Hit, Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What Can Be Done About It, is now available. He has even taught a thing or two to Bozo the clown, Mr. Rogers, and Captain Kangaroo, who consulted with him about child abuse. In his free time, Garbarino enjoys traveling with his wife, Claire Bedard, walking his dog Dharma, reading mystery and spy novels, and watching American Idol and Law and Order. In addition, he enjoys singing and used to be in choir. I think that must be why I liked him so much. 2 THE PSYREN Introducing Dr. Arthur Lurigio By Viviana Ortiz Welcome the New First Years!! Sasha Berger Cynthya Campbell Christine Celio The Psyren wanted to take the opportunity to welcome Dr. Arthur J. Lurigio, Associate Dean for Faculty at College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of Center for the Advancement of Research, Training and Education. To our delight, Dr. Lurigio is also has a joint appointment as a Caitlin Sparks Rebecca Wasserman Lauren Zurenda has been recognized for his outstanding research on the treatment of drugabusing and dependent offenders. He has also developed a specialized program for mentally ill adult probationers in Cook County (Chicago). In addition, Dr. Lurigio is currently writing a book on the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. He has successfully interwoven his passions for criminal justice and psychology and serves as a role model for many graduate students in our department! Meet the First Years! By Sasha Berger Mawiyah Lythcott Erica Luboyeski professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology at Loyola, giving us an opportunity to meet him and learn from him. We would like to highlight some of his important research and work. Dr. Lurigio is extremely knowledgeable in the field of criminal justice and is valued by the Department of Psychology for the many research and work-related opportunities he provides for our graduate students in clinical psychology. For example, Dr. Lurigio is at the forefront of research investigating the spread of HIV among adult and juvenile probationers. He East meets West with a bit of Southern charm in this firstyear class. In August 2005, eight young women packed up and headed to Chi-town to begin their graduate studies at Loyola. We all come from various backgrounds, have stories about what we might have been or done had the application process not come to such sweet fruition (ask us, it’s quite intriguing!), and have very different opinions on the infamous Chicago winter. Despite, or maybe because of, our differences, we became quite a cohesive group (“ducklings,” if you must). And now, after our first semester, we blearily look around us with a bit of wonder and a lot of satisfaction…the first semester of graduate school is behind us! How did we get through it? A few things come to mind: homemade baking; Halas kickboxing classes, group study sessions, late night stats consults with Fred Bryant, our pets, a marriage proposal question, professor interventions, a lot of hard work, and a whole lot of laughter. And, of course, the students, faculty and staff at Loyola could not have been more welcoming or supportive. And as hard as we worked, we mixed in a lot of fun-really, we swear we did! We look forward to continuing our journey and moving forward together. Irish Eyes are Smiling: Clinical Social Event 3 By Sasha Berger On November 10, 2005 Loyola students, faculty, and staff descended upon Irish Eyes, a bar in Lincoln Park, for a night of fundraising and fun. The neighborhood jaunt opened its doors and its bar to benefit Jamal House, an organization for boys that are wards of the state. Scott Leon, a member of the board, was joined by none other than Grayson Holmbeck behind the bar. Together, the dynamic duo brought in over $1200 for the organization. There was music, lively conversation and great fun had by all. Pictures of the event were captured by Rebecca Wasserman -- check them out at http://www.luc.edu/psychology/graduate/clinical/fall 2005irisheyes.shtml. Thanks to Scott and the social committee for organizing this great event! Class Updates Second Years By Jeff Sieracki The second year clinical psychology students are continuing down the long and winding road to one day having a job. We have spent the past year learning about our profession (and ourselves) in the classroom, in the office, and at the Wellness Center. New and continuing challenges include attempting to complete a thesis, administer therapy, apply for practicum, and emerge as adults. As of the time of this publication, we have all proposed our theses, and lord willing, by the time that next year's update rolls along, we will have all defended. We have also grown professionally from our experiences at the Wellness Center. As an example, recently in the practicum class we were debating the pros and cons of starting a new therapy technique with only a few sessions remaining with a particular client. This discussion reminded our supervisors, Amy and Scott, of a conversation from the beginning of the year when we discussed "ok the first session is over… what do we do now?" Clearly, all of us have become more confident and more effective therapists. Whether discussing case conceptualizations, the meaning of life, or the location of free food, our supervision at the Wellness Center has always been interesting and enjoyable. In the coming months we will attempt to sort out our externship sites for the next year. Molly, Krista, Jen, and Jeff are applying to child assessment/diagnostic sites, while the "adult" of the group, Pedja, is going the therapy route. If you know anyone, put in a good word for us! Unfortunately, at this point in time we have no shocking and salacious personal developments to report. To leave you guessing at the end of the article, perhaps over the course of the next year, one of us will appear on a reality show, write the great American novel, or become engaged. Your guess as to who, is as good as mine. Adios from the second years. Third Years By Brittany Lakin Whoever said that the third year of graduate school was the hardest was telling the truth. For the third year class, there is little time to leisurely waddle about. They are busy with multiple responsibilities including externship, teaching, research, and classes. Becky is doing a therapy externship at Amundsen High School, while the rest of the third year class is polishing their assessment skills. Kerry is doing child assessment at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jon is at the University of Chicago, Danielle and Brittany are both at Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center, and Holly is doing adult assessment at Hines VA Hospital. In addition, before the busy year began, the third years did some traveling. Kerry, Becky, Jon, Holly, and Danielle enjoyed having their own European adventures. Among the places visited were Portugal, Paris, Barcelona, Provence, Italy, and Holland. Brittany stayed in the states and presented a poster at the APA conference in Washington, D.C. The latest and most exciting news, however, is that one third year (yes, Becky) will be expecting her own little duckling in July. Fourth Years By Melissa Robinson It’s been a busy and eventful year for the 4th years. In the Fall of 2005, this class of seven successfully took and passed their qualifying exams, officially advancing them to doctoral candidacy. Their second externship year is also in full swing. Emily and Kei are doing assessment at Rush and Illinois Masonic, respectively. Barbara and Melissa are conducting therapy at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Jill and Jessie are also doing therapy at Lakeview High School and Mt Sinai Hospital, respectively. Without classes to attend, the 4th years have also found time to get involved in some other events and activities. Jamie became the proud mother of an adorable son named Miles. She and her husband recently moved out to California and will be doing a practicum at Palo Alto VA. Melissa got engaged in April of last year. Melissa will be married in May and Barbara is not too far behind with her wedding date set for June. Jessie is finishing up the classes required for her MJ degree. Kei applied to internships and has successfully matched at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. With all this business, marriage and such, the 4th years still found time to celebrate together as a class after passing their exams. There’s no telling what 5th year will bring! 4 THE PSYREN Life at CURL By Emily Edlynn Last spring, I ventured out of my clinical psychology cocoon and applied for a full-time position as a research coordinator at CURL. In case you don’t know what CURL is, it is the Center for “This experience has Urban Research and Learning at Loyola. CURL is given me a whole new very unique in that it conducts a combination of qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of appreciation for the purposes, including informing public policy. The city of Chicago, year so far has been full of new and exciting including its social, experiences—including giving a presentation to a historical, and political landscape.” room of 30 Chicago City commissioners and staff, including the CEO of the CHA and an alderman; attending innovative conferences like “Racial Justice and Public Policy;” and writing reports that are actually used in the real world. CURL is all about community-based and participatory research so I have attended meetings and conducted interviews all over the city with a range of community leaders. This experience has given me a whole new appreciation for the city of Chicago, including its social, historical, and political landscape. I have not forgotten about mental health, of course, as this widening perspective gives whole new meaning to taking a “systemic” view of psychopathology. I plan to use these developing skills of forming relationships in the community and with government leaders, and conducting creative and innovative research in my future of incorporating public policy work with being a child psychologist. CURL loves people from across disciplines so if you have any interest, they offer graduate fellowships and always welcome volunteers. I am not a pioneer from the clinical psychology department: Maryse Richards has been a faculty fellow and 3rd-year Rebecca Sanderson was a graduate fellow last year. Check out the website at www.luc.edu/curl. Life Outside of Damen Pictured on the left are 4th year Melissa Robinson and fiancé Antoine Brown at their engagement party. The couple is looking forward to their Cleveland wedding on May 20. Pictured on the right are 4th-year Barbara Jandasek and Jason Kane, busily planning their June 23rd wedding at the Nature Museum in Chicago. Enjoy your special days, lovely brides! Fourth-year Jamie Kent and husband, Alex, have recently moved to northern California with their adorable son, Miles Kent, born in June, 2005. Recent graduate Brigid Rose and her husband, Matt, welcomed their beautiful baby boy, James Robert Lakin, into the world on August 30 (the day before Brigid officially got her degree). James is now a happy 6-monthold. 5 MUSIC SCENE IN CHICAGO By Viviana Ortiz & Melissa Robinson If you’re in the mood to hear some blues, we recommend KINGSTON MINES (2548 N. Halsted St.). Guaranteed, you’ll have to talk loud but it’s open until 5:00 am on Saturdays…for all of you late-night partiers! They also serve Southern style food all night. Cover ranges from $12-$15. If you have an eclectic taste in music, the HOTHOUSE (31 E. Balbo Drive) is the perfect spot for you! They offer Blues, Ethnic, Other, Folk, Funk/Acid Jazz, Jazz, Latin, Rock, and World music styles. Try a mojito, which is their house drink! Cover ranges from $7-$25. …for jazz lovers, we recommend THE GREEN MILL (4802 N. Broadway). They have live jazz nightly, big band/swing on occasion, and a world famous poetry slam on Sunday nights. Cover ranges from free - $8. For all those hip/hop and R&B fans, check out ELM STREET LIQUORS (12 W. Elm). No cover and open late. Combines a loungy feel w/ a jumpin dance floor. Hip/hop and R&B usually start a little later in the evening so you may have to make it a late night stop. Also try THE HANGGE UPPE (right next door to Elm Street). Featuring 3 dance floors, top 40’s tunes and some oldies. Cover is $5. Looking for a great place to hear some reggae? Try out THE WILD HARE (3530 N. Clark). Open 7 nights a week, the bar hosts live performances by local and internationally known talent (including Rita Marley) and/or various dj’s. Have a cup of their signature rum punch and enjoy the ambience, which boasts a Jamaican flare. Cover ranges from $7 - $15. Internship Placements 2005-2006 Nicole Cruz Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) Janhavi Desai Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL) Elizabeth Franks-Bruno Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL) Chisina Kapungu University of Illinois-Chicago-Psychiatry-IJR (Chicago, IL) Rita Khang University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) Colette Smart Cornell University/Payne Whitney/New York Hospital (New York, NY) Allyse Sturdivant University of Illinois-Chicago-Counseling (Chicago, IL) 2006-2007 Mona Abad Long Island Jewish/Zucker-Hillside (Glen Oaks, NY) Emily Edlynn Children’s Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA) Kei Kawashima Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (Chicago, IL) Inna Meerson Allendale Association – Bradley Counseling Center (Lake Villa, IL) David Morgan Allendale Association – Bradley Counseling Center (Lake Villa, IL) Philip O’Donnell UC Davis Medical Center – CAARE Center (Sacramento, CA) Viviana Ortiz Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL) 6 THE PSYREN Theses & Dissertations Thesis Proposals Molly Pachan 9/1/05 Jeff Sieracki 10/6/05 Jen Edidin 11/27/05 Pedja Stevanovic 11/29/05 Krista Kohl 12/6/05 Dissertation Proposals Kei Kawashima 1/14/05 Inna Meerson 3/28/05 Mona Abad 6/30/05 Emily Edlynn 9/23/05 Phil O’Donnell 10/28/05 Viviana Ortiz 10/28/05 Jessie Snowden 1/5/06 Holly Hunley 1/20/06 Kerry O’Mahar 1/23/06 Thesis Defenses Holly Hunley 4/21/05 Kerry O’Mahar 9/12/05 Brittany Lakin 10/28/05 Jon Goldner 11/29/05 Becky Sanderson 12/14/05 Danielle Morgan 12/21/05 Dissertation Defenses Deborah Friedman 4/14/05 Laura Renteria 5/6/05 Cara Lanza Hurley 5/10/05 Jessie Wolf 7/5/05 Angie Sedeno 11/1/05 Michelle Wasserman 1/23/06 Psyren Poll: If you weren’t a psychologist, what would you be when you grow up? “A translator for dignitaries.” --Cynthya Campbell “A chef or architect.” –Phil O’Donnell “A travel writer for Lonely Planet or a photographer for National Geographic.” –Colette Smart “An actress or a pediatrician.” --Brittany Lakin “By day I would be a mild-mannered professor at UNLV and by night a crime-fighting, mysterysolving, casino pit boss at the Bellagio.” –Jeff Sieracki “I would probably yield to the dark side of the Force and become a psychiatrist!” –David Morgan “A fashion editor at Vogue or a theoretical “A tour director in Europe!” astrophysicist.” –Viviana Ortiz –Emily Preheim Dupre “A zoologist or someone who studies and rescues animals.” –Jill Zukerman “A star on Broadway or a backup singer for Madonna, or perhaps a co-star on CSI.” –Rebecca Wasserman “Either an archaeologist or an international food critic.” –Barbara Jandasek “A gardener or a Geek Squad person.” -Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg Alumni Updates: Where are they now? Many alumni wrote in to say hi and update us all on their personal and professional news! Read on to check out how your classmates and friends are doing! Thank you for all the alumni who wrote to us. Michelle (Christiansen) Sarche reports that she had a baby boy, Eli, on 9/20/05. She has recently returned to work where she is working on a new grant to organize a national research center for American Indian Head Start and Early Head Start programs. She’s also working on a grant to explore how American Indian culture influences the occurrence, experience, and course of cooccurring substance abuse and mental disorders. Amy Swarr writes “I'm engaged--yahoo! To Jake Hill, a librarian I met here at Elmhurst College. Otherwise, I'm directing the Counseling Center at Elmhurst College, and also have a private practice in Oak Park.” Laura (Tillotson) Rubin has recently moved to Portsmouth NH and had a baby girl, Hannah Caroline. She is now in the process of starting a private pediatric neuropsychology practice. She’s recently met up with Wendy McKernon, who works at a neuropsychology center in Portsmouth. Sharon Etzweiler also lives nearby (Portland, ME), and they are planning to connect soon. Arielle (Berman) Albert writes: “We are living in Connecticut now and I am working as a pediatric neuropsychologist in a group practice, and really enjoying it. The most exciting thing, though, is that we are expecting our second child in about 13 days (though who knows - it could be today). Nate - our 2 1/2 year old, is doing very well so adorable.” Brigid Rose proudly announces: “After I finished my internship, my son James was born on August 30, and I've been spending the year at home with him. In September 2006, I'll be starting a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at VA Northern California Health Care System.” Karin Nussbaum finished her post-doc at Northwestern in July, had a baby in August, and is in the process of studying for licensure. She is hoping to be back to work in the next 6 months, doing part-time private practice and psych testing. 7 Rachael Millstein Coakley writes: “I wanted to let you know that on Jan 18th Gerry and I welcomed the (late!) arrival of our son. His name is Curran Elijah Coakley and he weighed in at 8 lbs 9oz. It's been an amazing and exhausting few weeks, but I'm catching my breath at this point and we're all doing great! I'm working at Children's Hospital Boston part-time on the Consultation Liaison Service and part-time in a pediatric psychology private practice.” what will develop over time, (such as serious health issues). It's been so important to understand educational issues and behavioral health issues along with personality and abnormality so that symptoms aren't misconstrued. Though I consider myself a psychodynamic therapist, I also rely on my training in family systems and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I love my work. Thanks Loyola!” Catherine Romero is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and the Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program for the treatment of personality disorders at Ben Taub General Hospital. Her current research projects include an evaluation of the effectiveness of integrative treatment for comorbid Axis I and Axis II conditions, and a randomized controlled trial of expressive writing in older women with risk factors for chronic cardiovascular disease. Karen Burk-Paull writes, “After completing a post doc in pediatric neuropsychology at Children's Hospital Boston and staying on board for 4 years as a neuropsychologist in their clinic for Deaf children, I returned home to Cleveland, Ohio, with my husband and two children (ages 5 and 2). I recently began working part-time at Rainbow, Babies & Children's Hospital on a multisite study exploring the medical and neurocognitive effects of Urea Cycle Disorder, an inborn error of metabolism.” Venette Westhoven recently moved to Friendswood, TX (a suburb of Houston) and is getting to know the town while working on getting licensed in TX. In the meantime, she has been working with a psychologist and an assessment group in the area and she is going to be doing some assessments for Children's Protective Services and the Juvenile Courts system. On a personal note, she writes, “My oldest is now driving with a permit and will be getting his license in just 5 months!!!!” Dean W. Beebe writes: “The bad news: My son's hamster ("Squeaky") died. The good news: I passed ABPP boards in Clinical Neuropsychology, my wife was finally able to get some pottery samples from Azerbaijan so she may not be ABD forever, and we're all healthy. So, while I suppose the Squeaky thing was sad, on balance it's been a good year….I hope all is well!” Joy L. Huston writes: “I'm now in private practice in Summit and Montclair, New Jersey. In Summit I work closely with a well-known child psychiatrist, Margaret Tompsett, M.D. I'm treating adults, adolescents and children. I have been very happy about the breadth of my training, because you never know who will walk through your door in private practice (or Cindy Ewell Foster reports,” I completed a post doc in child clinical psychology at the University of Michigan and have stayed on at U of M in a research position. I'm currently writing grants, working on manuscripts, and participating in a large research team focused on youth depression and suicide prevention. Personally, we've had big changes! Chuck and I now have a 2 year old boy (Charlie), who keeps us very busy. He is excited to meet his new little sister who will be joining us in early April.” John Philbin is a founding partner with Strategic Talent Solutions. He works in the areas of executive fit, alignment, development and engagement. John advises senior business leaders on the talent needs of their organization and whether a particular candidate for a job is likely to succeed and excel. John also speaks to executives throughout North America on Executive Coaching and Development, Succession Planning and the Talent and Career Management. Coincidentally, Marc Wenzel recently joined the same firm (www.strattalent.com) where he provides consulting services to executives and the leadership teams of larger firms. 8 THE PSYREN Loyola University Dept. of Psychology Damen Hall 6th Floor 6525 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626 Phone (773) 508-3001 Webpage: http://www.luc.edu/psych ology/graduate/clinical/cl inicalpsychology.shtml Upcoming Conferences American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA: August 10-13, 2006 Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL: May 4-6, 2006 National Conference on Child Health Psychology, Gainesville, FL: April 19-22, 2006 American Psychological Society, New York, NY: May 25-28, 2006 A Note from the Psyren Staff Thanks for reading our fourth edition of the Psyren newsletter. This edition was made possible by editors Emily Edlynn, Kei Kawashima, and Melissa Robinson, under the guidance of Dr. Grayson Holmbeck. We DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO DAMEN HALL 6TH FLOOR CHICAGO, IL 60626 hope you enjoyed it and we are always open to ideas for new features, or any guest journalists who want to contribute! The editors would especially like to thank all the incredibly busy clinical students who took some time to write great articles for this edition. Threetime chief editors, Kei Kawashima and Emily Edlynn, are signing off their Psyren duties as they go on to internship. We look forward to bigger and better future editions!