SPRING/SUMMER 2009

                                                                   Applying the Science of Psychology and Evaluation Across the Globe

                                   MARCHING TO HER OWN BEAT—ALUMNA LOOKS BACK
     ALUMNI,               1-11    We usually lead off our newsletter with         Medical School. I did
    STUDENT, &
     FACULTY                       stories about major events on campus, but       become a Visiting
     STORIES                       we couldn’t resist the opportunity to spotlight Professor of
                                   distinguished alumna Dr. Patricia Keith-        Psychology in the HMS
     POSITIVE                 2    Spiegel (Ph.D. 1968), when she surprised us     Department of
    CONFERENCE                     with the following story. Many thanks, Tricia!  Psychiatry for 3 years,
                                                                                   working on a grant
      PSYCH &                 7    “I remember Claremont Graduate School (its
     TEACHING                                                                      from NIMH and the
                                   name way back when) with great fondness.                                      Dr. Patricia Keith-
                                                                                   Office of Research
                                   I appreciated the emphasis put on helping                                           Spiegel
                                                                                   Integrity to study how
    ON-CAMPUS              11-13   us become good teachers as well as
      EVENTS                                                                       local Institutional Review Boards both
                                   competent researchers. After 25 years at
                                                                                   facilitate and inhibit the conduct of
                                   CSU Northridge (where I was fortunate
                              14                                                   responsible research. That was so much fun
  GATHERINGS                       enough to win the system-wide California
                                                                                   that I went for another one, this time in the
                                   State University Outstanding Teacher
                                                                                   Department of Health Studies at Simmons
    NEW BOOKS                 15   award) I accepted an endowed chair
                                                                                   College in Boston, on what scientists can do
                                   professorship at Ball State University, where
                                                                                   when they observe or become aware of a
      NEWS &                16
                                   I stayed for 10 years. While in Indiana I was
                                                                                   colleague’s or student’s research
    MILESTONES                     honored to receive the Distinguished
                                                                                   misconduct. (In anonymous surveys, the
                                   Professor Award from the American
                                                                                   rate of such observations is disturbingly
    SPECIAL POINTS OF              Psychological Foundation of APA. I remain
        INTEREST:                                                                  high.)                             Cont. on pg 6
                                   grateful to my graduate training experience
                                   for instilling a love of psychology and of
•    Webcast of Sold-Out
                                   teaching.                                     INSIDE: STAUFFER CONFERENCE/WEBCAST
     Conference Now Online
                                   “Then, after 35 years, I wanted to retire           DRAWS RECORD CROWDS (pg 2)
     (pg. 2)
                                   from teaching and do something else.
•    Sports to Help Children       But what? Thankfully, my graduate
     with Autism (pg. 5)           training also instilled courage. I have
                                   always been one for doing things a little
•    “How I Survived Four          differently. And unlike my kindergarten
     Recessions as an Org          teacher, who banned me from
     Psychologist “ (pg. 6)        completing a bean bag activity because
                                   I altered the standard dog pattern and
•    APA vs Gitmo? (pg 9)          was busy making a cat when she
                                   caught me, the professors at Claremont
•    Dr. Oskamp wins Lifetime      were not only tolerant but encouraging
     Achievement Award (pg. 9)     of most of my off-beat ideas.
•    Students Lead New Talk        “The courage came in handy when I
     Series (pg. 11)               decided to try to get involved in major
                                                                                Dr. Csikszentmihalyi sends a personal greeting to atten-
                                   research projects. I decided to try for my
                                                                                dees around the world. Also pictured: Webcast Modera-
•    Alumni Mentor Students        fantasy of someday working at Harvard
                                                                                tor Shabnam Ozlati. (Story on pg. 2)
     (pg. 14)
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SBOS alumna Dr. Valerie Hoffman recently moved to San Fran-         we will be designing a survey based on the cultural concepts
cisco, where she is working on a research project at UCSF in        found during the analysis of the interviews. The cultural fac-
the Division of Adolescent Medicine. This is a five-year study of   tors, hopefully, will be better at predicting high-risk sexual be-
cultural predictors of HIV/STD risk behaviors among African         havior than the traditional measures used in the past. The
American young adults from three cities: Birmingham (Ala.),         findings of the study can also be incorporated into designing
Chicago, and San Francisco. She explains, “The participants         culturally-specific HIV prevention programs.”
were asked about their reasons for engaging in sex. After list-
ing all the reasons they could think of, they were interviewed
in depth about some of their responses. We aren't asking
them what they did, but we are more interested in ‘why’ and
the meanings attached to their behavior. During the next year

The world’s leading researchers in the growing field of             self, seeing the network of researchers across the positive
Positive Psychology gathered for an intense, yet upbeat             social sciences is really wonderful. Michigan, UCLA,
day on January 24, 2009. The venue (Garrison Theater at             Chapel Hill, Penn—we are in great company here. As one
the Claremont Colleges) was packed, some attendees                  attendee told me, ‘This isn’t Chicken Soup for the Soul!’ It’s
even standing in the aisles once all chairs were filled so as       rigorous, exacting science, and its application on so many
not to miss out. Over 750 participants watched the event            levels is really wonderful.
live. The crowd (who came from Australia, Ireland, China,
                                                                    “On top of that, we’ve managed to reach a bigger portion of
Jamaica, New Zealand, and 8 of the United States) in-
                                                                    the psychology community than ever, thanks to the web-
cluded university presidents, deans, and professors; re-
                                                                    cast. People in Australia and Korea were posting ques-
searchers, clinical psychologists, and private consultants in
                                                                    tions for the panel, and I haven’t stopped getting phone
applied psychology; the heads of major foundations; gradu-
                                                                    calls from around the world, weeks after the event ended!”
ate and undergraduate students; and many enthusiasts
from the private sector. An additional audience across the          For those who missed out on the event, the full conference
globe participated online via a live webcast, some even             is available to view online at,
staying up all night in Australia, Finland, Hungary, Scot-          including a free 45-minute preview with remarks by Stewart
land, and Estonia to watch, and others scattered across 13          Donaldson, Martin Seligman, Edward Diener, and Mihaly
of the United States.                                               Csikszentmihalyi.
A highlight from the meeting was the preview announce-
ment of the 2009 Clifton Strengths Prize, given to Dr. Mi-
haly Csikszentmihalyi of Claremont Graduate University’s
School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences. Dr.
Csikszentmihalyi was awarded the $250,000 prize for his
pioneering work in Flow Theory and Positive Psychology.
This announcement, made by Dr. Connie Rath of the
Gallup Organization, came in advance of the formal award-
ing, which will be given later at a gala event in Washington,
Speakers included Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Martin Selig-
man (via video), Edward Diener, David Cooperrider, Chris-
topher Peterson, Barbara Fredrickson, Shelley Taylor, Jane
Dutton, Kim Cameron, Jeanne Nakamura, Nansook Park,
Hans Henrik Knoop, and Stewart Donaldson.
                                                                       The morning panel discusses the future of Positive
“This conference has been inspiring on many levels,” said              Psychology. From left to right: Dr. Christopher Peterson, Dr.
SBOS Director of External Affairs, Paul Thomas. “Not only              Barbara Fredrickson, Dr. Edward Diener, and Dr. Nansook
was the research presented innovative and exciting in it-              Park.
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TEACHING COMPUTERS TO TEACH                                         STUDENT PROJECT TURNS INTO
WELL                                                                FULL-TIME JOB
Statistics: the very                                                When doctoral student Jacquelyn Christensen joined SBOS’s
word strikes fear into                                              Community Fellows program, she didn’t realize that she was
the hearts of graduate                                              on track for a full-time job. “My Community Fellows project was
students. Ironically,                                               so successful that they created a full-time position for me at
one of the greatest                                                 the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic as an Evaluation Associ-
tools social scientists                                             ate. Needless to say, I am learning a great deal and having fun
have at their disposal                                              along the way. I am becoming more involved in assisting the
is also one of the most                                             various programs collect, report and utilize their outcomes, as
dreaded skills to learn.                                            well as providing trainings to staff on how to use various as-
“If you look at the lit-                 Justin Mary                sessment tools and how to aggregate data for usability.”
erature, statistics is a naturally difficult topic to teach,” ex-
                                                                    “On a side note, I will soon be co-facilitating a 12-week work-
plains doctoral student Justin Mary. “An amazingly high per-
                                                                    shop on stress and trauma for the psychology interns at the
centage of students, 75-80%, report having very high anxiety
                                                                    clinic. I am finishing up a research/evaluation paper with a
levels when they approach statistics. So, I’ve joined up with
                                                                    colleague at the clinic regarding the outcomes of their early
Dr. Berger’s team to create effective tutorials. It’s actually
                                                                    intervention day treatment program, and we hope to submit it
really fun. We’re finding ways to explain science in user-
                                                                    to the Journal of Early Intervention. During my time at the
friendly ways and help people learn and overcome their
                                                                    clinic, I presented the day treatment outcomes as a workshop
fears through good teaching practice—with a computer-
                                                                    at the Latino Conference in September and as a poster at the
based tool as the teacher. There is a lot of basic research
                                                                    American Evaluation Association conference in November. I
out there on learning and what people respond to, but we’re
                                                                    also presented the results from their multi-family group ther-
looking to bring that into computer tutorials, to help online
                                                                    apy activity nights at the National Zero to Three Conference. I
tools react as a seasoned tutor would: watching for learning
                                                                    will be conducting a workshop on self-mutilation at the Califor-
reactions from their tutees, reviewing concepts to make
                                                                    nia Association of School Psychologists conference in River-
sure they’ve been understood, and so on.”                           side in March, and again at the International Association of
To cutting-edge technology and applied cognitive psychol-           Special Education conference in Alicante, Spain in July!”
ogy, Justin also adds personal experience: he is a teaching
                                                                    As if this weren’t enough, Jacquelyn has also recently been
assistant for the first-year statistics series at CGU. “My class-
                                                                    working as an adjunct professor teaching developmental psy-
room experience definitely informs my research, and keeps
                                                                    chology courses at nearby Woodbury University. “For summer
my feet on the ground.” He says he would love to eventually
                                                                    2009, I have been asked to teach a course that I designed
create a tool “similar to the Microsoft Office Assistant, but
                                                                    myself, entitled ‘Psychology of Fashion,’ which will incorporate
much more useful!” Too many online tools, Mary says, incor-
                                                                    social, developmental, and evolutionary psychology with fash-
porate flashy (even annoying) graphics and new technolo-
                                                                    ion design and marketing. I also spent some time in the fall
gies without any respect to what cognitive psychology has
                                                                    guest lecturing a few times in a Clinical Research Methods
discovered works. “Dr. Berger and a group of us will be pre-
                                                                                                    course at the University of
senting at the Western Psychological Association conference
this spring on statistics understanding—what do we know,                                            LaVerne.
and what we can do better to teach stats. I’m also working                                         “And, as a student, I hope to
with Alissa Greenberg and Zach Hohman, using social psy-                                           finalize my last portfolio items,
chology theory on expectancy violation. We’re using social                                         complete my orals, and begin
psych to better understand cognitive psych, which has been                                         my dissertation research on
really interesting.”                                                                               self-mutilation in adolescents
In addition to his active research agenda, Justin also serves                                      very shortly.”
on Claremont Graduate University’s Internal Review Board                                           Is that all, we asked? “Well,”
(IRB). The IRB serves to ensure that all research is done with                                     she admits, “On the side, I
the utmost respect for ethical guidelines when dealing with                                        wrote and am currently illustrat-
human subjects. “It’s a tough job,” he admits, “But I think                                        ing a children's book about feel-
it’s important to have the voice of a psychology student on                                        ings. FYI, illustrating a book is
the board.”                                                                                        very time is a
Justin is the recipient of a 2009 Western Psychological                                            slow moving process.”
Foundation Student Scholarship Award.
                                                                        Jacquelyn Christensen
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First year PhD student, writer, businessman and father of        will strengthen police
two, Paul Edward is already “moving forward” in his short        organizations and their
time at CGU. Edward is a nontraditional student in the tru-      leaders.”
est sense of the word. While completing his PhD program
                                                                 Edward’s future re-
in I/O Psychology, Edward currently operates a business
                                                                 search plans include
that provides executive coaching and organizational con-
                                                                 exploring the dynam-
sulting services to its clients. Edward’s first book, Moving
                                                                 ics of what he calls the
Forward: Turning Good Intentions into Great Results, was
                                                                 “dignity exchange.” He
recently named as a Finalist in the Psychology/Mental
                                                                 explained that this
Health category of the 2008 National Best Book Awards.
                                                                 phenomenon occurs
When asked why he decided to come back to school, with
                                                                 when a police officer
such an already busy life, Edward said, “Coming back to
                                                                 of one culture interacts
school right now was a business decision. The knowledge                                                 Paul Edward
                                                                 with a citizen of a dif-
and skills I am learning in my courses at CGU are making
                                                                 ferent culture. “In the urban communities that I am most
me a better coach and consultant.”
                                                                 interested in, demographically, police officers are predomi-
Edward’s main research interest is in police executive lead-     nately white males who provide service to non-white citi-
ership. “As of 2005, police agencies employed more than 1        zens,” Edward said. “When these cultures interact, what
million people across the U.S., and yet there is very little     often happens is that police officers, in their intention to
research on police executives,” said Edward, “I want to          preserve order, inadvertently rob people of their dignity,
paint a picture of what it means to be a police chief and        rather than protecting or enhancing it. I want to look at the
sheriff in the new millennium.” His interest in this area grew   kinds of interventions we can develop to train police officers
largely from his time spent teaching in the Professional         on how to be mindful of this dignity exchange and act in
Studies Department at Cal State Long Beach, where he             ways that either maintain—or even better, enhance—the
teaches emergency services administration to senior police       dignity levels of the citizens they are interacting with.”
officers and firefighters. “Despite the important role that
                                                                     After earning his degree, Edward said he plans to con-
police and fire organizations play in modern society, there
                                                                 tinue coaching, consulting and teaching. “I’m going to get
are relatively few leadership resources for their senior lead-
                                                                 the best research skills training in the world here,” said Ed-
ers,” Edward said, “Nearly all of the top leadership books
                                                                 ward. “This will enhance my skills as a coach and consult-
are written for corporate executives. I hope to create a
                                                                 ant, because I will have the ability to design research that is
body of work about the police executive leadership context
                                                                 both relevant to the needs of my clients and scientifically
so that other practitioners and researchers can use this
knowledge to develop interventions and create tools that

Todd Blickenstaff (M.A. 1999) is currently planning the next generation multimedia system for
Lexus and Toyota. “That includes things like audio, navigation, Bluetooth, rear seat
entertainment, backup cameras, and telematics,” he says. “The statistics and research methods
classes I took at CGU have prepared me well. I analyze a lot of data (such as JD Power) to see
what features customers want, what they're willing to pay, what models the features should go on,
etc. I stay on top of what's happening in the consumer electronics industry by attending events
like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association
(SEMA) show in Las Vegas, and work closely with suppliers like Pioneer, Panasonic, Harman
Becker, and Denso.”
Todd has been with Toyota for six years, and is loving the urban environment of downtown LA,
where he has a loft. “I do miss the CGU campus and the Village, though,” he admits. CGU is
excited to be luring him back to campus, along with many other alumni, for our April 4 Alumni-
Student Mentoring Day (see page 14 for details).

                                                                                                       Todd Blickenstaff
                                                                                                     Page 5

Dr. Doug Wiegand is working to make the road a safer          works as a Senior Research Associate within the Center for
                          place—but has used his psy-         Truck and Bus Safety. Road safety might not be the first
                          chology training in a number of     thing one thinks of when getting into psychology, but as
                          meaningful settings over the        Wiegand attests, “I have a pretty interesting job. VTTI spe-
                          past years. After finishing his     cializes in using a naturalistic driving methodology,
                          Master’s at CGU in 2000, he         whereby participants drive instrumented vehicles—multiple
                          managed a state-wide evalua-        sensors, like a ‘black box’ in airplanes, video cameras
                          tion of children's mental health    viewing the driver and surroundings of the truck, and so
                          services, and then tackled a        on—that collect data continuously. We look for ‘safety-
                          project that screened recently      critical events’ which are flagged by spikes in our data for
                          arrested youth for mental dis-      certain variables: hard braking, swerving, close time-to-
                          orders within the county of Los     collision. Then we go back to review the video data to see
                          Angeles’ juvenile justice sys-      what happened. The video data is fantastic for viewing
                          tem.                                driver behavior and the behaviors of other drivers on the
                                                              road, so we can determine what the contributing factors are
                             Finally, he found his way to the
                                                              to crashes and near crashes.” By analyzing all of this data,
                             Virginia Tech Transportation
                                                              Dr. Wiegand and the VTTI hope to increase the safety of all
    Doug Wiegand, PhD.       Institute (VTTI), where he

Recent Alumna Erin O'Brien (M.A. 2008) has accepted a            One of the best parts about her job, explains O'Brien, is
position as a Health and Research Coordinator for Daytop         that she can apply for grants that interest her, such as one
Village, whose centeral office is located in New York City.      for a men's health promotion program she is beginning to
Daytop Village is a non-profit substance abuse organization      work on. O'Brien hopes that this grant will provide a much-
whose facilities offer residential and outpatient treatment      needed resource to 80% male, high-risk population of sub-
for adolescents, adults, and their family members. Accord-       stance abusers.
ing to Daytop, they are "based on the therapeutic commu-
                                                                 O'Brien says that she was well prepared for the job by her
nity concept: a highly structured family environment where
                                                                 training at CGU. "All of the health papers I wrote were very
positive peer interaction is emphasized. Over 100,000 indi-
                                                                 applied. I learned how to create a study and write a grant
viduals have reclaimed their lives with the assistance of the
                                                                 application though my classes. In addition to teaching me
program." Daytop has dozens of facilities nationally and
                                                                 how to be a good writer, the program taught be to be a
internationally, and gets most of its clients through the cor-
                                                                 methodologist and statistician, all of which are extremely
rectional system. With such a large program, O'Brien stays
                                                                 practical in the real world."
busy with numerous tasks in research and evaluation.
                                                              In the future, O'Brien hopes
O'Brien uses her CGU training to conduct internal program
                                                              to work on designing new
evaluations in addition to applying for grants in the domain
                                                              health promotion and inter-
of substance abuse treatment. She has also assisted the
                                                              vention programs. "I would
medical director in writing a book chapter on substance
                                                              really be interested in any-
abuse, to be used as a handbook for clinicians.
                                                              thing where I can apply a
Finally, O'Brien coordinates data collection for a National   creative, nontraditional ap-
Institute of Drug Abuse funded study that seeks to compare proach to creating pro-
therapeutic communities that treat substance abuse in the grams," she says.
US, China, and Malaysia. "We are looking at cultural dif-
ferences in the delivery of the program, and trying to deter-
mine which elements of the therapeutic community are re-
lated to positive outcomes, such as abstinence from sub-
stance use."                                                                                         Erin O’Brien, M.A.
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MARCHING TO HER OWN BEAT...                                    A CHAT WITH A SUCCESSFUL
                                                               CONSULTANT (AND CGU ALUMNUS)
Cont. from pg 1. “I suppose I should retire now that I am
staring my 70th birthday in the face, but I really don’t       Alumnus Dr. Richard Strayer is giving
                                                               back to his alma mater in meaningful
want to quite yet. So, due to the success of the ethics
textbook Gerald Koocher and I wrote (now in its third          ways. Not only has he served for
edition), I have agreed to a contract to create some           many years on the SBOS Board of
                                                               Advisors, but Dr. Strayer recently
online continuing education courses for mental health
                                                               took the time to fly to Southern Cali-
                                                               fornia and address a packed room of
“In the meantime, I also wanted to fulfill another dream of    psychology students, eager to learn
my youth. (There comes a time when you can no longer           from a man who has built a success-
say, ‘Someday I will…’ You either do it or forget it.) I       ful consulting company, and contin-           Dr. Richard Strayer
always thought it would be exciting to be a political          ues to look for ways to do good through good business.
cartoonist. Here again, CGU actually played a role in          Strayer’s down-to-earth talk painted a picture for students of
how that quest played out! While at CGU, I did a huge (4’      what a day in the life of an organizational development con-
x 10’) history poster for Dr. F. Theodore Perkins that he      sultant looks like. As CEO of the Strayer Consulting Group,
hung in the hallway until it literally fell apart many years   Strayer has aided over 300 organizations looking for rapid
later. The poster featured cartoons of famous historical       growth, as well as both startup and mature companies man-
figures that influenced psychology. So, almost 50 years        aging significant change. Strayer and his co-founder (Dr.
later, I sent a cartoon last April to No Quarter USA, my       Linda Tirado) have also used their 25 years of experience to
favorite blog. Edgy and outspoken (taking second place         train and manage over 20 consultants at regional affiliate
in this year’s Weblog awards for Outstanding Political         offices in Seattle, Portland, San Jose, Southern California
Commentary), and featuring such great writers, I pretty        and Toronto using the “Strayer methodology.” The Strayer
much expected to be ignored or rejected. But, nothing          Model for teams engages participants in developing vision
ventured… Now, after 104 cartoons, I am a stable fixture       strategy, understanding styles, defining operating norms,
there (using my husband’s last name because the                clarifying roles, decision-making and conflict resolution. “The
cartoonist in me marches to an exceedingly different           basic things I learned at Claremont are, honestly, still
drummer than does the research ethicist.)                      the skills I use on a daily basis today,” he said.
“So, Claremont Graduate University, thank you for your         “This is the fourth recession I’ve been through as a profes-
undeniable influence on a long and diversified career that     sional,” Strayer told one student, when asked about busi-
has brought me a considerable pleasure and many                ness prospects in an unsteady market. “Making it through
rewards!”                                                      always means developing the capacity to deal with the next
                                                               wave of expansion, and developing that capacity while
                                                               things are still going well.” With this philosophy, Strayer was
                                                               able to catch the wave of technology start-ups in the late
                                                               80s, with cell phone companies and the explosion of per-
                                                               sonal computing, and to get into bio-technology when the
                                                               third recession came. “People always need surgical devices,
                                                               so they’re essentially recession-proof,” he says. “This was
                                                               an important safeguard in 2001 when the tech bubble burst,
                                                               and a lot of venture companies were hurting.”
                                                               Recently, Dr. Strayer has become fascinated with the idea of
                                                               using entrepreneurial enterprises to help desperate econo-
Dr. Keith-Spiegel was too modest to mention it in her          mies. It’s not simply a question of inspiring donors to buy
letter, but she is a past president of WPA and the well-       livestock for remote African villages—it’s about creating an
known author and co-author of many texts, including:           economy within those villages to make them economic en-
Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions:        gines unto themselves. “You help set up a local business-
Standards and Cases; The Complete Guide to Graduate            man in a rural African community with a water purifying busi-
School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related          ness,” Strayer says, “And that creates a need for someone
Professions; The Ethics of Teaching: A Casebook;               to create the filters, someone to distribute them, and possi-
Academic Dishonesty: An Educator's Guide; and                  bly someone to distribute the water itself. Suddenly you’ve
Children, Ethics, and the Law: Professional Issues and         created a number of jobs that supply a crucial human need
Cases.                                                         while stimulating the flow of product in an area.”
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  Over the past 22 years, the Claremont Symposium on Ap-
  plied Social Psychology has examined a broad range of
  topics crucial to our understanding of human relationships
  and the building of a healthy, diverse society. The 2009
  Claremont Symposium will continue this tradition as we
  consider applications of social psychology to teaching and
  learning. This one-day conference, co-sponsored by
  Claremont Graduate University and Xavier University of
  Louisiana, will be held in Claremont, California on Satur-
  day, March 28, 2009. The conference will consider such
  issues as:
  •   how students’ experiences in higher education differ
  •   how educators can best support students to become
      better citizens and people
  •   how professors impact student motivation and learn-
  •   how professors bridge racial, ethnic, or generational
  The conference brings together psychological scientists
  and educators working in higher-education settings. The
  meeting will feature four keynote speakers, two panels              More information and registration can be found online at:
  addressing student and faculty development, poster pres-
  entations, and opportunities for in-depth discussion of             
  strategies for applying to higher education.

"Two of the biggest challenges for children with autism are "I'm still developing my research project, but we'll probably
increasing verbalization and increasing social engage-          use lunchtime sports such as soccer, kickball, and basket-
ment," says doctoral student Catherine Miltenberger. "We ball to help train and motivate the children. They're rela-
do a lot of work at the Claremont Autism Clinic on both, but tively inexpensive, and that makes this an easy intervention
I'm also focusing my personal research on increasing social for parents to implement at home." Many interventions for
engagement in the natural environment." Literature on au- children with autism, she notes, are carried out by special-
tism has shown that early engagement helps increase the         ists in facilities such as the Claremont Autism Clinic, mak-
development of social skills later on,                                                   ing them less accessible to many par-
so Catherine is focusing on inter-                                                       ents.
ventions at the elementary school
                                                                                         Catherine earned her B.A. from UC
level. Teaching children with autism
                                                                                         Santa Barbara, where she worked as
the play skills necessary to partici-
                                                                                         a therapist at the Koegel Autism Cen-
pate in common school activities
                                                                                         ter, then and spent a year at Stanford
could help them to increase their
                                                                                         University working with Dr. Mendy
participation. "We've found that, in
                                                                                         Boettcher. While working as a thera-
other populations, children with ath-
                                                                                         pist was rewarding, pursuing a degree
letic abilities tend to be more ac-
                                                                                         in applied developmental psychology
cepted by their peers, so I'm pursu-
                                                                                         has the added advantage of reaching
ing that as an avenue that might
                                                                                         a much wider population with her
help children with autism." Autism
                                                                                         work. "Once you find an intervention
can effect motor skills and social
                                                                                         that works, it's always great to see
learning, so a little extra help may
                                                                                         how much progress the children can
be needed.                             Catherine Miltenberger and one of the children at make," she beams.
                                                  the Claremont Autism Clinic
                                                                                                      Page 8

IN-LINE SKATING CHAMPION USES                                    more flow in competition than in non-competitive events.
EXPERIENCE TO GUIDE HER                                           Before coming to CGU, Perkins had a successful career in
RESEARCH AS A STUDENT                                             magazine journalism, but it was her foray into professional
                                                                  sports that led her to train as a psychologist at CGU. While
                            Second year doctoral student Kim
                                                                  coaching adult recreational speedskaters, she became in-
                            Perkins hopes to bridge the gap
                                                                  terested in finding ways to measure the broader effects of
                            between the two worlds of busi-
                                                                  her training methods – not just whether the skaters’ race
                            ness and psychology in how each
                                                                  times were improving, but to what extent they were becom-
                            thinks about learning and enjoy-
                                                                  ing more engaged and confident, both on skates and off. “I
                            ment in competition.
                                                                  originally applied to CGU to study Positive Psychology, but
                            One of the constructs Perkins         in the process discovered that the piece missing from my
                            studies is called flow. Flow is a     coaching practice had a name, and it was called Evalua-
                            positive psychology term for the      tion!” Before coming to CGU Perkins began assisting an
                            experience of total immersion in      evaluator in her work with New York City afterschool pro-
                            an activity. Competitive situations grams, and was hooked.
                            are said to reduce the experience
                                                                  So far, Perkins has no regrets about becoming a full-time
                            of flow for competitors. However,
                                                                  grad student after so many years away from school. “Non-
                            this finding didn’t strike Perkins as
                                                                  traditional students bring a lot of experience to the table,
                            quite right. In her previous career
                                                                  but experience only gets you so far. To get the most out of
                            as an elite inline speedskater, she
                                                                  it you need to be willing to be a complete novice again and
        Kim Perkins         recalled skaters reporting much
                                                                  develop a new way of thinking. It’s a bit scary, but incredi-
                            more flow in the midst of competi-
                                                                  bly invigorating, and I have yet to meet an older student
tion than in routine training. For her masters thesis, guided
                                                                  who didn’t feel the shakeup was completely worth it.” Be-
by Dr. Jeanne Nakamura, Perkins is investigating competi-
                                                                  sides, she says, one benefit of being older is increased self
tive style as a moderator of flow experience. She suspects
                                                                  knowledge. “By the time you’re 40, you’ve already lived
that many successful competitors view one another as part-
                                                                  through all kinds of things, so if things aren’t going accord-
ners in learning, rather than obstacles to achieving goals,
                                                                  ing plan, you have the resilience to know it will still be all
and posits that people with that orientation will experience

HELPING VICTIMS OF HOMICIDE                                     than a family member of a homicide victim, for example. “If
USING ORGANIZATIONAL TRAINING                                   you have someone that has been directly traumatized,
                                                                recovery will be a slower process than another victim who
SBOS alumna (2003) Dr. Inga James explains that after           hasn’t had that experience.” To better understand victim
running a child abuse prevention program in Hawaii with a       recovery process, Dr. James conducted focus groups and
staff of 50 people, she became fascinated by the way in which interviews to develop models of recovery for different types of
staff members interacted with one another and what motivated victims. The models were then used to develop management
some of these individuals to work well with others. She soon    tools such as job descriptions, personnel appraisal forms, and
realized how diverse Hawaii was. “People come from all over     staff training plans.
the world and bring with them different styles of working,” she
                                                                After graduating from CGU, Dr. James moved to Maryland and
says. This led her to become interested in cultural and ethnic
                                                                joined a team contracted to evaluate a national demonstration
identity. Dr. James came to CGU to learn more about ways
                                                                project that provides services to child witnesses of domestic
that diverse groups of people interact and communicate. After
                                                                and community violence. In August of 2008, she was awarded
completing two years of coursework, Dr. James moved back
                                                                a fellowship at the US Department of Justice, Office for
to her hometown in Ohio and started looking for consulting
                                                                Victims of Crime (OVC). She
work. Using her vast experience in criminal justice, Dr. James
                                                                currently works with legal
began consulting with a victim’s assistance program, providing
                                                                clinics across the country that
research and management development services to victim
                                                                provide legal representation in
advocates who provided assistance to victims of crime as they
                                                                criminal proceedings to victims
moved through the court system.
                                                                of crime, and conducting
“The Executive Director was interested in using outcome         organizational assessment and
measures to improve their work. He wanted me to do some         measuring training and
research about victim recovery and how the agency's work        technical assistance needs for
contributed to victims' recovery process.” Dr. James strived to all OVC grant recipients.
model how victims of sexual assault might recover differently
                                                                                                          Dr. Inga James
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                          Last fall, the raging controversy over   At its recent (February, 2009) meeting in Washington, D.C.,
                          Guantanamo Bay and other US              the APA 's main decision-making body, the Council of
                          detention camps for “enemy               Representatives, received the Advisory Committee's report
                          combatants” reached a head. Using a      and voted to put the resolution into immediate effect as APA
                          rarely used provision in the             policy. In addition, it named the policy "Psychologists and
                          Association bylaws, members of APA       Unlawful Detention Settings with a Focus on National
                          successfully petitioned to have a        Security" and referred many of the recommendations
                          resolution placed directly before        for implementation to APA staff, boards, and committees for
                          members for vote. (Normally,             further action. Dr. Omoto believes that this policy and these
                          resolutions and APA policy statements    actions now provide psychologists and especially the APA with
                          are vetted through a series of           a set of interlocking resolutions and policy statements that
                          governance committees and boards in      speak clearly to the protection of human rights.
                          an attempt to insure that all            Moreover, they provide a foundation for future contributions of
                          stakeholders have input in the           psychology to helping resolve pressing contemporary social
   Dr. Allen Omoto        process; in this case, the resolution    issues and controversies.
went directly to the full membership for vote.)                    To read the full resolution, visit:
In September, a measure passed by a vote of 8,792 to 6,157,
which culminates in the statement that “psychologists may          settings.html
not work in settings where persons are held outside of, or in
                                                                   To read more about SPSSI’s involvement in this issue, visit:
isolation of, either International law (e.g., the UN Convention
Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions) or the US
Constitution (where appropriate), unless they are working          fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=1088&nodeID=1
directly for the persons being detained or for an independent
third party working to protect human rights.”
                                                                   “APPLYING PSYCHOLOGY TO HELP
While the statement itself is strong, its implementation is        SAVE THE WORLD”: REFLECTIONS
potentially unclear and thorny, especially because the policy
had not traveled the normal APA governance path on its way
                                                                   ON A CAREER
to adoption. Thus, then-APA President Alan E. Kazdin               Dr. Stuart Oskamp, Faculty Emeritus at CGU, has been
announced the formation of an advisory group to work on the        awarded the prestigious APF 2009 Gold Medal for Life
implementation of the resolution. Among the appointees was         Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the
CGU’s own Dr. Allen Omoto, who represents the Society for the      American Psychological Association. He has also been
Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). SPSSI has been       selected to receive this year’s Social Responsibility Award
at the forefront of advocacy work among psychologists and          from the Western Psychological Association.
professional psychological associations in working for a
moratorium on psychologist involvement in interrogations at        In a recent article for the journal Analyses of Social Issues and
U.S. detention centers for foreign detainees, or at least in       Public Policy, Dr. Oskamp traced his career through several
                                                                                                 epochs in history, from the Cuban
insuring that basic human rights are upheld in these settings.
                                                                                                 Missile Crisis through the 1970s
The work of the Advisory Group was intense and compressed.                                       OPEC oil embargo, up through
The group was charged with clarifying the meaning of the                                         current popular methods of
adopted policy statement and also with suggesting possible                                       persuasion such as the film An
implementation activities, and Dr. Kazdin asked the group to                                     Inconvenient Truth. The article
complete its work by the end of 2008. Dr. Omoto took part in                                     culminates in practical
a face-to-face meeting with the group in Washington, DC, in                                      recommendations for psychologists
November, and subsequently helped to draft its final report.                                     who want to use science to effect
According to Dr. Omoto, “It was challenging to try to balance                                    real world change.
the concerns of a diverse set of constituencies in our work. …
In the end, we came up with what we thought was a very solid                                  If your library does not have access
two-part document; one part clarifies the intent and scope of                                 to the journal (Analyses of Social
the new policy and the other proposes a wide range of                                         Issues and Public Policy, Vol. 7, No.
initiatives and activities that we believe naturally derive from                              1, 2007, pp. 121--136) and you
                                                                                              would like to see the article,
the policy itself.”
                                                                      Dr. Stuart Oskamp       contact us at
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WITH HOUSING AND EFFECTIVE                                    LEARNING
                                                                                             Master’s student Yoon Elle
"The number one challenge faced by working families is                                       Uh has been working for Na-
to find safe, decent, affordable housing,” says alumna Dr.                                   tional CORE alongside SBOS
Joelle Greene, Director of Research and Evaluation for                                       Alumni Dr. Joelle Greene and
National Community Renaissance, or National                                                  Susan Neufeld, M.A. since
CORE. “And in California, that can be nearly impossible,                                     Fall 2007, her first semester
especially if you are earning minimum wage. The com-                                         in the M.A. program at CGU.
pany I work for not only provides that housing, but sup-                                     Among other projects, Yoon
ports residents with additional services designed to help                                    has been studying the impact
individuals and families who want to better their circum-                                    of housing costs on recruiting,
stances—whether that be to remain living independently                                       developing, and retaining
if you are an older adult, to maintain stable housing for              Yoon Elle Uh          non-profit leaders in the
your children or to save to buy your own home.”               greater Los Angeles area. “How do we retain and attract
National CORE, headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga,             non-profit leadership when housing costs are through the
CA, was recognized as one of the nation’s largest non-        roof?” she asks. This work is funded by a grant Dr. Greene
profit affordable housing development companies by Af-        received from the Majestic Realty Foundation. Yoon ini-
fordable Housing Finance Magazine in 2007. The com-           tially took a temporary position as an Evaluation Coordina-
pany currently owns over 70 apartment communities with        tor which quickly transitioned into a part-time position as
more than 10,000 units housing over 27,000 people in          an Evaluation Analyst as her knowledge and skill set grew.
California, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida and New        The best part about the job, she says, is seeing “how
Jersey. Dr. Greene notes, "One of the most distinctive        evaluations work in real life and not just in theory.”
things about National CORE is that we do it all in house --   “Yoon has added tremendous value to my department,”
we literally develop, construct, manage and provide so-       says her colleague Dr. Greene. “We work really well to-
cial services ourselves. We pride our selves not on just      gether. I know my work has benefitted from Yoon’s will-
creating beautiful apartment communities that are safe        ingness to ask lots of questions. Frequently she will see
and affordable, but our bigger purpose is to transform        an angle on something coming from the outside that I
communities. By working closely with city partners            miss. And I really love when she comes into the office
and having a stake in all the phases of the development       with a new idea or article from class. Our discussions help
of the community, we can have a larger impact than if we      keep me connected to the larger field of evaluation which I
were only fulfilling some of the functions ourselves."        can easily lose sight of in my day-to day work.”
Dr. Greene spends most of her time working as the lead        Another project Yoon has been working on is the evalua-
evaluator for National CORE's social services department      tion of PeaceBuilders, an evidence-based curriculum de-
(also known as the Hope Through Housing Foundation)           signed to reduce bullying and violence among school-
where she helps program leadership design and imple-          aged children. National CORE has integrated this curricu-
ment evaluation systems for three initiatives: Child De-      lum into their after school programs that currently serve
velopment (which includes Head Start and State-funded         over 900 at-risk children and youth. “PeaceBuilders is an
preschools), Youth Development (which includes after          innovative approach, and targets the entire culture of after-
school programs for children and youth in grades K-12)        school programs. It teaches children and youth prosocial
and Senior Health and Wellness. She also supports data        skills, like acknowledging the good and caring things other
driven decision-making throughout the organization—           do for them, emotion regulation and conflict mediation
spearheading projects such as internal customer satisfac-     skills. Past evaluations have shown that the program not
tion and restructuring the company's key indicators re-       only reduces aggression, but also promotes language de-
ports. A number of SBOS students have worked with Dr.         velopment, social skills, increases parenting and fosters
Greene over the past 3 years. Currently, M.A. student         safer communities.” This evaluation is funded by a Byrne
Yoon Elle Uh serves as an Evaluation Analyst working          Grant awarded to National Community Renaissance by
closely with Dr. Greene. (See companion story on this         the Department of Justice.
                                                              She advises other students to jump into internships early
Implementing and planning the programs that Dr. Greene        as she did, in order to have time to develop crucial profes-
is evaluating is another SBOS alumna, Susan Neufeld,          sional skills. “Get your foot in the door, and don’t rule
                                                              things out!”
                                           Cont. on pg. 11
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HOUSING & EFFECTIVE SOCIAL                                        “ORG TALKS”:
                                                                  A NEW STUDENT-LED SERIES
Cont. from pg. 10   who works as Director of Youth Develop-
ment Services. Ms. Neufled, who earned her M.A. in Ap-            A group of Organizational Psychology students have
plied Developmental Psychology, oversees all aspects of           banded together to create a new lecture and discussion
National CORE's after school programs, called Hope                series, aimed at “promoting dialogue between students,
Through Housing's After School & Beyond. Last                     researchers, and practitioners.” Spearheaded by doctoral
year the program served over 900 children and youth               students Rachel Schiff and Timothy Lisk, this group has
from about 25 properties and the number of programs is            arranged for meetings with a number of exciting speakers,
rapidly growing as National CORE builds and acquires              including some prominent SBOS alumni.
more communities. "These programs are absolutely critical         Thanks also are due to Dr. Michelle Bligh, who is acting as
to the families we serve," says Ms. Neufeld. "Most parents        faculty advisor for the new group. We look forward to
are working nonstandard hours at minimum wage jobs, so            watching this effort develop over the coming years!
school-based programs, which require parents to pick kids
up by 6 pm, are inaccessible to our kids. Our programs are        Feb. 26 - Dr. Joelle Greene
located where families live—in the Learning Centers lo-           April 9 - Dr. Geoff Smart
cated right in the apartment community. We provide a nu-
tritious snack, academic enrichment, homework support             April 16 - Dr. Dov Eden
and positive role models via our staff. Then kids safely          Recent organizational roundtable discussions in SBOS
walk home."                                                       were also offered in late 2008 by Dr. Jerald Greenberg
"My graduate training in Claremont prepared me well for           and Dr. Richard Strayer.
this work," says Greene. “Whether I'm helping social ser-
vices colleagues to establish the evidence base for the pro-
gram, to develop the logic model, or to design evaluation
systems, I'm definitely relying on skills I developed while at
CGU. My background in cognitive development has facili-
                                                                  ATTITUDE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN
tated my understanding of program logic across the life-          SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
span, while the coursework in methods and evaluation has
given me an arsenal of different tools and techniques to                                        The 12th Sydney Sympo-
deal with the real-world evaluation issues I face on a daily                                    sium of Social Psychology
basis. Things move very quickly around here, so I can see                                       (March 17-19) is being co-
the impact of my work immediately."                                                             organized this year by Dr.
                                                                                                Joe Forgas, Dr. Joel Coo-
Greene adds, "It's really an honor to work here, I feel like I                                  per, and CGU faculty mem-
play on an all-star team. My colleagues have terrific vision                                    ber Dr. Bill Crano. To those
and put a lot of energy into their work; I support their work                                   familiar with Dr. Crano’s
with evaluation systems that help them know where things                                        work, it will come as no sur-
are on course and what isn't working. But the most gratify-                                     prise that the theme in 2009
ing experience is watching the teams start to ask their own                                     is to survey the latest devel-
evaluation questions. To me, that's when I've done my job                                       opments in theory and em-
-- when people find the information so useful that they be-                                     pirical research in the rapidly
gin to ask questions for themselves."                                                           developing area of attitude
When we asked what wisdom she has gathered from her                                             and attitude change.
experiences, Dr. Greene says immediately, “Be open. I                                             The Symposium is a series
would have never guessed in a million years that this is                                          of annual meetings organ-
                                                                         Dr. William Crano
where I’d end up, but it’s a very exciting and gratifying envi-                                  ized by the University of New
ronment for me, and my skills are very applicable here. I         South Wales with the aim of providing new, integrative
actually had no sense of how valuable my skill set would be       insights into key areas of contemporary research in this
outside of academia but the last three years have helped          field. Each Symposium has dealt with an important current
me appreciate the value that critical thinking and analytic       theme in social psychology, and the invited participants
skills have in the marketplace."                                  are leading researchers in the field from around the world.
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     Congratulations to those awarded their                  PROGRAM EVALUATORS:
            Doctorate in Fall 2008:                          PROVIDING A SERVICE TO THE
Michelle Mason—Defining Love of Learning: Its                WORLD OR CHANGING THE WORLD?
Relationship to Intrinsic Motivation for College,            THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009, 4:00 PM
Sensation-Seeking, and Global Innovativeness
Bryan Chae—Testing a Theory on Aging, Work                   Claremont Graduate University
Frequency, and Naming                                        will be hosting Professors Dr.
Danelle Hodge—Children's Sleep Problems and                  Janet Clinton and Dr. John
Maternal Mental Health in Mothers of Children With and       Hattie from the University of
Without Autism                                               Auckland, New Zealand, this
                                                             Spring semester.
                                                             As an added treat, Dr. Clinton
If you are the parent of an adolescent and are in a          will be introducing her research
monogamous relationship, we need your help!                  on the role of the evaluator in
                                                             the arena of public health for our
All participants who complete our brief, confidential        third and final Stauffer
online survey receive a $10 gift card.            Colloquium on the semester.
Visit or email us at             Dr. Hattie will also be speaking for more information!               as a part of the 2009 Claremont           Dr. Janet Clinton
To participate in this or other studies being conducted      Symposium on Applied Social
by CGU psychology students, you may also visit               Psychology (see pg. 7 for details). .

ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE                                         SOCIAL SCIENCE TELLS US ABOUT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009,                                 SEXUAL PREJUDICE
4:00PM                                                       THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009,4:00PM
                   Dr. Jon Krosnick (Stanford                Claremont Graduate University is proud to introduce
                   University, Humanities and Social
                                                             distinguished professor and researcher in social personality
                   Sciences) has been conducting
                   survey research on the American           psychology, Dr. Gregory Herek (University of California,
                   public's views of global warming for      Davis).
                   over ten years.                           Dr. Herek is an internationally recognized authority on
                    This current talk will discuss the       prejudice against lesbians and gay men, hate crimes, anti-
                    American public’s attitudes on           gay violence, and AIDS-related stigma. He has published
  Dr. Jon Krosnick  climate change. Krosnick will            numerous scholarly articles and books on these topics, in
                   describe findings from a series of        addition to having served as consultant and expert witness
national surveys that he has designed and conducted          for numerous legal cases involving the civil rights of lesbians
since 1996, tracking what Americans do and do not            and gay men and people with AIDS.
believe on this issue and what they do and do not want
to have done about it. Surprising results challenge          As he discusses his research, Dr. Herek will explain why he
many widely-held presumptions about public opinion,          coined the phrase “sexual prejudice” to more accurately
illuminate the increasing politicization of the issue, and   describe what has traditionally been referred to in popular
help set the stage for future legislation on climate         culture as “homophobia.”

    Everyone is welcome to attend Stauffer Colloquia. The talks are followed by a Q&A session and wine and
                    cheese gathering. For more information contact
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COGNITIVE BROWN-BAG LUNCHES                                     “SOCIAL SOCIALS”

                                                                Organizing doctoral students Namrata Mahajan and Amber
Lunches are open to all! All talks are in room ACB 211,
                                                                Gaffney are keeping the “Social Socials” true to their original
12:15-1:30 pm, unless otherwise marked.
                                                                mission of giving applied social psychology students a venue
For more information contact             for discussing their own research. Spring 2009 Social Socials
                                                                dates include:
February 9, Dr. Ned Block & Dr. David Rosenthal at
Pomona College, Rose Hills Theatre, 4:15pm                      February 3rd, Student presentations (Heather Butler, John
                                                                McCabe, and Kathryn Sperry) ”Psychology and Law.”
February 27, John McCabe, AP-LS student
presentation                                                    February 17th, Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez, “Impact of
                                                                Embarrassment on Caregiver Distress in a Multicultural
April 3, Dr. Martha Mather, USC, Title TBA                      Sample of Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients”
April 17, Dr. David Moore: "Mental Rotation in Human            March 3rd, Dr. Daan van Knippenberg, “Moving the Hearts
Infants: A Sex Difference"                                      and Minds of the Followers”
May 1, Dr. Gabriel Cook, Title TBA                              March 24th, Student presentations, “LGBT Issues in
                                                                April 7th, Dr. David Hamilton of UC Santa Barbara
CONFERENCES NOT TO MISS THIS                                    May 5th, Thesis Fair (11 am—1 pm)
                                                                All socials are from 12 noon—1pm unless otherwise stated.
                                                                Everyone is welcome to attend.
Society for Personality and      Western Psychological
Social Psychology (SPSP)         Association (WPA)              MONTHLY M.A. PROGRAM STUDENT
February 5-7, 2009               April 23-26, 2009              MEETINGS
                                                                The monthly master’s program student meetings this
Society for Industrial           Association of Psychological
                                                                semester are listed below. In addition to presenting
Organizational Psychology        Sciences (APS) Convention      important information for master’s program students, the
(SIOP)                           May 22–25, 2009                meetings provide a good opportunity to meet and mingle
April 2-4, 2009                                                 over lunch. Upcoming meetings and topics include:
                            Association for Research in
                                                                •   February 10, 12-1pm: Jobs and Internships
American Educational        Personality (ARP)
                                                                •   March 12, 7-9pm: Alumni panel
Research Association (AERA) July 16-18, 2009
                                                                •   April 14, 12-1pm: Fall registration meeting
April 13-17, 2009.
                                                                •   May 12, 12-1pm: Ice cream social


CGU continues to expand the number of events it hosts each semester in an effort to enhance and disseminate
knowledge, build a strong learning community, and to engage alumni, Board of Advisors members, and other potential
supporters of the school. A sample of events includes:
•   March 6, 2009: Minority Mentoring Program Conference, “World On Fire”
•   April 3, 2009: Black Graduate Student Association Conference, “Critical Perspectives: Exploring African Diasporic
•   April 4, 2009: SBOS Alumni/Student Mentoring Day
•   April 9, 2009: Alumnus Geoff Smart (CEO, ghSMART), “Executive Coaching for Organizational Psychologists”

                              Visit or email us at for more details.
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2008-2009 ALUMNI                                                    STUDENT ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION
EVENTS                                                              EVENTS

2008-09 promises more opportunities for alumni and
students to meet, share their career paths and goals,
                                                                    •   2.06.09 IRB Workshop
and to just have a great time. Mark your calendars for
                                                                    •   2.12.09 Networking Event with Office of Career
the following dates:
08-09 Alumni Events:                                                •   2.21.09 Night Out at “Piano Piano” Dueling Pianos
November 7, 2008, Denver CO: Cocktail Soirée                            Restaurant
(during American Evaluation Association Conference).                March
                                                                    •   3.01.09 Kickball Tournament
April 4, 2009, Claremont CA: Alumni/Student                         •   3.03.09 Student Survey
Mentoring Day. Students will gather on campus for a                 •   3.10.09 Spring Picnic
9-1 program of learning from those who blazed trails                •   3.29.09 BBQ for Fall 09 Admitted Students
before them, both in academia and in applied practice.              April
Alumni—Please contact us if you are interested in                   •   4.04.09: Alumni Networking Event
joining us at this event!                                           •   4.10.09 Clippers Game
                                                                    •   4.30.09 Student-Faculty Feedback Lunch
April 24, 2009, Portland, OR: Cocktail Soirée (during               May
Western Psychological Association Conference).                      •   5.15.09 Graduation Ceremony

Below: Students and alumni gather at the Rialto Bistro Gallery in
Denver, CO, on Nov. 7, 2008.
From far left to far right: students Robert
Fierro, Leslie Fierro (also an alumna of the
Certificate of Advanced Study in
Evaluation), Dreolin Fleischer, and John
Lavelle; Alumni Dr. Robert LaChausse, Dr.
Tiffany Berry (currently Research Faculty at
CGU), and Dr. Elise Arruda; student Susan
Menkes, alumna Dr. Katrina Bledsoe, and
students Jessica Veffer and Krista Collins. 
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Moving Forward: Turning                                         The Handbook of High-Performance Virtual Teams
Good Intentions into Great
                                                                SBOS alumna Dr. Jill Nemiro, along with Drs. Michael
                                                                M. Beyerlein, Lori Bradley, and Susan Beyerle, intro-
Current student Paul Edward                                     duce an essential resource for leaders, virtual team
presents his newest book,                                       members, and work group leaders. The editors provide
which he refers to as an                                        a proved framework
"others-help" book. One of                                      based on five princi-
the keys to moving forward in                                   ples for working col-
life is connecting with the right                               laboratively across
people, says this consultant-                                   boundaries of time,
turned-doctoral student. Edward shares the five                 space, and culture.
strategies he uses to help his influential clients solve        Written by experts in
problems, make better decisions, achieve goals, and             the field, the contribu-
get connected. Drawing on his rich experiences as a             tors offer practical
US Marine Corps officer, corporate executive, and               suggestions and tools
professional life coach, Edward's book leads the reader         for virtual teams who
on a journey that begins with self-discovery and                need to assess their
culminates in the development and implementation of a           current level of effec-
plan for real change and personal growth. (Read more            tiveness and develop
about Paul on pg. 4.)                                           strategies for improvement.


Dr. Justin Menkes, SBOS alumnus and leadership expert, has recently published his findings
on Executive Intelligence. The book posits that brilliant leaders share a set of aptitudes.
Leading executives have often been described as "people with sound judgment, business
smarts, or business acumen." However, through interviews with senior executives and the
most celebrated CEOs in the world, Dr. Menkes discovered that—just as great mathemati-
cians share an exceptional facility for skills such as computation and deductive reasoning—
great managers also have a certain set of cognitive skills that are at the heart of business
acumen. Accomplishments of star executives are made possible by specific, identifiable skills
that can be measured and improved. With a clear understanding of Executive Intelligence,
managers can develop a means to improve their own performance as well as identify and
cultivate the critical mass of talent their organizations so desperately seek.

                           To learn about publications by our faculty, visit:

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•   Alumnus Dr. Harry Coffey has joined the Psychology faculty    •    Alumna Dr. Jill Robinson (Assistant Professor at University of
    at Washington State Community College, and continues to            Redlands) and Professor Michelle Bligh of CGU just had their
    serve as Vice Chair of the Washington County Mental Health         article, “Was Gandhi ‘charismatic?’ Exploring the rhetorical
    and Addiction Recovery Board.                                      leadership of Mahatma Gandhi,” accepted for publication in
                                                                       the Leadership Quarterly.
•   Alumna Dr. Bettina Casad received a grant from the Army
    Research Institute to do a study with female and ethnic       •    Congratulations to doctoral student Patrick Williams, who
    minority ROTC cadets on stereotype threat and leadership           married Jackie Williams (nee Serrano) in August 2008.
                                                               •       Congratulations to doctoral student Clayton Stevenson, who
•   Students Shabnam Ozlati and Agi Horspool from SBOS,                will be married in July 2009.
    Shamini Dias from School of Educational Studies and
                                                               •       Doctoral students Zach Hohman and Robert Blagg will be co-
    Sumonta Kasemvilas from SISAT received a transdisciplinary
                                                                       chairing a symposium at the Western Psychological
    scholarship from CGU to form a "Knowledge Management
                                                                       Association conference in Portland entitled “Identity and
    Study Group". They also received a Hillcrest award for
                                                                       Ideology.” Other SBOS participants in this all-CGU-student
    "Knowledge Management, Virtual Acculturation and Space,"
                                                                       symposium include students Janice Adelman and Miriam
    a web-based meeting spot.
•   SBOS student India Swearingen was a co-recipient of a
                                                                  •    Also at WPA, an all-student symposium entitled “Uncertainty
    transdisciplinary scholarship, which will fund an Africana
                                                                       and Group Entitativity” will include talks by CGU doctoral
    Student Conference in April along with students from the
                                                                       students Justin Hackett, Namrata Mahajan, and Zach
    Black Graduate Student Association at CGU.
                                                                       Hohman, as well as Shirley Samson, who is visiting CGU this
•   Congratulations to alumna Dr. Catherine Domier, who                year from the University of Kent in southeast England.
    accepted an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA's
                                                                  •    Alumna Dr. Melody Graham, after creating two new graduate
    Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. Dr. Domier's
                                                                       programs at Mount Mercy College, was promoted to become
    research interests include the neurocognitive changes
                                                                       the college’s Dean of Graduate Studies.
    associated with chronic substance abuse and abstinence.
                                                                  •    Students Joshua Lewandowski, Matthew Galen, and Timothy
•   SBOS flooded the Society for Personality and Social
                                                                       Lisk are beginning to work with some of the members of the
    Psychology Conference in Tampa with impressive and timely
                                                                       UC Irvine student SIOP chapter on distributed teams
    research this February. Among their many presentations
    were the intriguing titles, When competence and warmth
    matter: Party identification and voting for women in the 2008 •    Student Timothy Lisk is presenting a poster at SIOP in April:
    election (Amber Gaffney and Danielle Blaylock) and Threat is       “Transformational Leadership among Guild Members in
    in the eye of the beholder: SDO and the 2008 election              Massively Multiplayer Games.”
    (Danielle Blaylock, Amber Gaffney, Justin Hackett, and Dr.
    Michael Hogg). Students Heather Stopp, Zach Hohman,           •    Student Karen Redwine, who is in the final stages of her
    David Rast, Namrata Mahajan, Miriam Matthews also                  doctoral program at CGU, has been hired as a tenure-track
    presented.                                                         faculty member at Whittier College.

•   Students Joleen Archibald and Liron Nemanim, in                •   Alumni Doug and Kendra Wiegland had their first child, Kallie
    collaboration with Dr. Ronald Riggio from the Kravis               Ryan Wiegland, in June of 2008.
    Leadership Institute, created an online study to better        •   Students Amber Gaffney and Danielle Blaylock are co-
    understand and frame the emerging discipline of Leadership         chairing a symposium at the Western Psychological
    Studies. News of this study was published in the International     Association in April, entitled “Threat and Ideology.”
    Leadership Association Newsletter.
                                                                   •   Congratulations to the following SBOS students who have
•   Double congratulations to alumnus Dr. Chris Aberson                won the Graduate Student Council Travel Award: Danielle
    (Associate Professor at Humbolt State). He and his wife            Blaylock • Anna Dor • Rupanwita Gupta • Stacy Hawkins •
    Nanda just had their first child, Ernesto. Dr. Aberson is also     Namrata Mahajan • Benjamin Marcus • John McCabe • Molly
    expecting the publication of his book, Applied Statistical         McCallum • Precious Robinson • Erica Rosenthal
    Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences, from
    Psychological Press (formerly LEA) in 2010.

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