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                                     Bill Ryan Ferguson, BA

CONTACT INFORMATION

Office:        206 Thach Hall                         Home:          1206 Douglas Street
               Auburn University                                     Opelika, AL 36801
               Auburn, AL 36849

e-mail:        fergubi@auburn.edu

Phone:         (334) 524-3388

GOALS

To obtain my PhD in child clinical psychology from Auburn University.

To explore and expand my research interests, particularly the area of research pertaining to the
   study of children with attentional problems, conduct disorders, learning disabilities, and
   externalizing behavior disorders.

To gain additional experience in clinical settings and improve my skills set as a trained clinician.

EDUCATION

Auburn University
   Auburn, AL
   August 2007 – Present
   Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
   Major Professor: Steven K. Shapiro, PhD
   Expected Date of Graduation – June 2013

Auburn University
   Auburn, AL
   August 2002 – May 2006
   Bachelor of Arts (May 11, 2006)
   Psychology Major
   Graduated with Honors – Summa Cum Laude
   3.80 GPA (3.92 GPA in Psychology Major)

AWARDS AND HONORS

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, inducted 2006
       Auburn University Chapter
Sam Long Hutchinson Scholarship, 2005
       Department of Psychology, Auburn University
Psi Chi National Honor Society, inducted 2004
       Auburn University Chapter
Dean’s List, Fall 2002, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006
       Auburn University

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

August 2005 to December 2005

       Research Assistant
       Child Development Laboratory
       Auburn University
       Auburn, Alabama

              Duties: Worked at the Child Advocacy Center as an undergraduate research
              assistant, responsible for behavioral observation and modification during group.
              Purpose of research lab was to document the behavioral observations of parent-
              child interactions. The target population included families that were court ordered
              following documented or postulated evidence of child abuse.

              Supervisor: Elizabeth V. Brestan-Knight, Ph.D.

January 2005 to August 2005

       Research Assistant
       Drugs and Behavior Laboratory
       Auburn University
       Auburn University, Alabama

              Duties: Participation in weekly group meetings. Objective was to assess which
              monetary value is most likely to serve as a reinforcer for the cessation of
              smoking. Responsibilities included running weekly intake sessions to measure the
              degree of abstinence and administer monetary rewards accordingly. Demonstrate
              competence in programs such as SPS and Excel.

               Supervisor: Christopher J. Correia, Ph.D.

CLINICAL/PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

June 2006 to June 2007

       Mental Health Associate
       East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC)
       Psychiatric Services
       Opelika, Alabama
      Setting: Short-term inpatient facility in the hospital serving a diversified population.
      Most of time was spent on the Adult and Adolescent units.

      Duties: Provide direct care for adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients on the
      Psychiatric Unit. Responsible for constant behavioral observation and modification of
      patients on the unit. Provide educational groups discussions that include: demonstrations,
      assistance with treatment modules, and viewing of informative videos. The scope of
      mental illness includes Psychosis, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, substance
      induced mental illnesses, Personality Disorders, Dementia, etc.

      Supervisor: Deborah Owen, M.Ed. LPC

May 2005 to July 2005

      Program Counselor
      Summer Treatment Program (STP)
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Birmingham, Alabama

      Setting: This is a six-week day camp that is designed for children ages 6 to 12 who
      exhibit behaviors associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or
      other behavior disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The camp is sponsored
      by the UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinic and takes place in a school setting.

      Duties: Worked as a certified teacher amongst a staff of educators and therapists.
      Instructed and guided children with various behavioral disorders such as Attention
      Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Oppositional-Defiant Disorder; as well as, children
      with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Assisted in implementing an individually designed
      treatment program for each child. Treatment included social skills training,
      communication enhancement, problem-solving instructions, daily report cards,
      point/token economy system, sports skills training, and weekly parent education
      meetings. Participated in family education, which offered families an individually
      designed plan to address their child’s behavioral, emotional, and learning needs.

      Supervisor: J. Bart Hodgens, Ph.D. (Program Director)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

      GTA for Introduction to Psychology                    PSYC-2010              Fall 2007

             Instructor of Record – Jackie Mitchelson, PhD

             Responsibilities include teaching two medium sized lab sections per week (30-35
                   persons), proctoring quizzes and examinations, grading weekly quizzes
                   and all major examinations, developing lecture content for each class,
                   keeping weekly office hours for students, and reporting student grades.
PRESENTATIONS AT SCHOLARLY MEETINGS

              McGrew, J., Prestridge, A., Bibb, C., Ferguson, B., Goodwin, A., Benson, T.A.,
       & Correia, C.J. (June, 2005). A behavioral smoking cessation program for college
       students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Alabama Psychological
       Association, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

REFERENCES

Christopher J. Correia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Licensed Psychologist
Department of Psychology
Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5214
(334)844-6480
correcj@auburn.edu

Bart Hodgens, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Licensed Psychologist
UAB Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics
CH19, Suite 307
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-2041
(205)975-0379
bhodgens@sparks.uab.edu

Deborah Owen M.Ed. LPC
Director, Department of Psychiatry
East Alabama Medical Center
2000 Pepperell Pkwy
Opelika, Alabama 36801-5452
(334)528-4197
deborah_owen@eamc.org

Steven K. Shapiro, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Auburn University, Alabama 36849-5214
(334) 844-6499
shapisk@auburn.edu

				
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