Clinicians from the Psychology Clinic enjoy observing the 2017 solar eclipse. See below for other news from this year!


photo-2The John Warkentin Memorial Award is presented annually to a Georgia State clinical psychology graduate student showing outstanding potential in psychotherapy. This year’s award was presented to Alyssa Ailion (left) by Dr. Dominic Parrott (right), Director of Clinical Training in the GSU Clinical Psychology Program.

Dr. Warkentin, a psychiatrist, and his wife, a clinical psychologist, were strong supporters of the Georgia State Department of Psychology’s clinical program in the 1970s. Dr. Warkentin died in 1983 and a memorial fund was established in his name within the Department of Psychology.

photo-6The newly selected clinical psychology interns are pictured here at the celebration of their successful matching with internship sites. (left to right) Yuri Shishido, Alyssa Ailion, and Rose Donohue.

Advanced clinical psychology graduate students at GSU ultimately earn their doctorates by successfully defending their dissertations and by completing an internship accredited by the American Psychological Association. Earlier this year, the GSU clinical program announced that all three students who applied for internship had successfully matched with impressive sites across the country.


awardwinners-smallThe 2016 co-awardees of the John Warkentin Memorial Award were Irene Daboin (left) and Sara Schmidt (right). The John Warkentin Memorial Award is presented annually to GSU clinical psychology graduate students showing outstanding potential in psychotherapy.

psychinterns-2The clinical psychology interns for 2016-2017 were: (front row) Kristen Smith, Meena Khojowa, Jessica Morgan Goodnight, Laura Cousins, Nicki Wilner Hegberg; (back row) Sarah Garcia, Sarah Schmidt, Irene Daboin, Susie Johnson, Natasha Ludwig, and Effie Mougianis.
vassellandhill2Mary Hill (right) was also a clinical intern for 2016-2017, and is shown here with clinic administrative coordinator Mrs. Barbara Vassell (left).

77-research-awardThe Psychology Clinic’s Diversity Committee presented the “Cultural Humility in Research Award” to co-winners Becky LeCroix (left) and Danielle Abrams (second from left). They are shown receiving the award from committee co-chairs Nada Goodrum (second from right) and Meena Khowaja (right) during the clinical psychology program’s annual “Research Day.”

photo-4Lorie Ritschel, Ph.D. presented two continuing education (CE) workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), demonstrating its application as a transdiagnostic treatment for emotion dysregulation that manifests in a variety of clinical conditions for adults and adolescents. Dr. Ritschel is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Durham, NC. She is a certified DBT therapist and an expert trainer of DBT through Behavioral Tech, LLC.
photo-5Becky Beaton, Ph.D. gave a full day presentation on ethical guidelines and psychology requirements regarding the use of technology-assisted practices in TeleMental Health. Dr. Beaton is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute in Atlanta. She has served on the Georgia Psychological Association's Ethics Committee as a member as well as the Chair. She has been featured as a consulting psychologist on 60 television episodes of TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive," and has made professional appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and CNN Headline News.

cohenandstudentThe keynote speaker for the 2016 Research Day was Nikita Rodrigues, M.A. Her address was entitled “Embedded Mixed-Methodology for the Development and Implementation of a Nurse Burnout Intervention.” Nikita (right) is shown with her mentor and collaborator Lindsey Cohen, Ph.D. (left).


tullydonahueThe 2015 “Research Day” keynote speaker was Rose Donahue, M.A. (left), shown here with her mentor and collaborator Erin Tully, Ph.D. (right). The address was entitled “Toddlers’ social learning of prosocial acts:  The role of context.”