CWUNews FeedNews Feed Silva, Retired CWU Psychology Professor, 1930-2014, 07 May 2014 13:55:24<p>&nbsp;John L. Silva, long time Ellensburg resident, passed away on April 27, 2014 after an extended illness. John and Janet Ronchetto (Jan) were married on September 15, 1957. A year later they moved to Pullman, Washington where John earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He joined Central Washington State College (now CWU) in 1962 as Director of the Counseling Center and member of the Psychology Department where his students were appreciative of his mentoring of them and commitment to their success. Friends of John Silva were blessed with his droll sense of humor, his self-effacing nature, his unshakable integrity, his ability to tell butter from margarine and his pleasure and patience in researching the details of new cars years after he determined he needed one.</p><p>John's great passions in life were teaching and serving the mental health community in Ellensburg. He served on the Board of the Department of Developmental Disabilities, as well as Alcohol Drug Dependency Services, and was a member of the advisory board for Child Protective Services. His recreational pleasures included the development of their home on Game Farm Road, camping and visits to the Pacific Coast Beaches with his family, fishing in British Columbia, travels in Europe with friends, and after retirement, month long visits to Mexico and southeastern British Columbia. He also enjoyed theatre and the symphony and he and Jan were season ticket holders to these events in Seattle.</p><p>John Silva was born November 26, 1930 to Esmenia B. Silva and John J. Silva in Hayward, California. He spent his youth in Hayward, Warm Springs, San Jose and Santa Cruz. He graduated from Ballarmine College Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor and Masters Degrees from San Jose State College, after which he joined the Army and served at the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Louis B. Silva, and son, Raymond J. Silva. He deeply loved and is survived by his wife, Jan, daughter, Kathy J. Silva, Blain Green (son in law) and son, John L. Silva.</p><p>John will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and former students. A gathering to honor his memory will be held May 24, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Hal Holmes Community Center.</p><p>Tributes may be made to ADDS (Alcohol, Drug Dependency Services.) of Ellensburg, 507 N Nanum St. Room 111, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Condolences for the family can be left online at -</p><p>&nbsp;</p>February Psytations, 10 Feb 2014 17:15:35<p>The February <a href="">Psytations</a> article has been published.&nbsp; Please take a moment to read about the exciting things happening in the department.</p><p></p>Psychology Student-Veteran Earns Top Honor, 06 Jun 2013 08:03:08<p><img alt="" src="/psychology/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; "></p><p>Donny Galatis isn't your average 23-year-old; he's currently a student at Central Washington University, and a veteran of the Iraq War.</p><p>After returning from overseas in August of 2009, he decided to enroll in the university.</p><p>"I always knew I wanted to come to school, I always knew I wanted to get my commission as an officer in the United States Army," said Galatis, "And ROTC seemed like the best way for it."</p><p>Over the last four years, Galatis earned a 3.95 grade point average, ranking him in the top 1% of cadets nationwide.</p><p>This weekend he will be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology.</p><p>Read more of the article fro <a href="">KVEW-TV here</a>.</p><p>Story courtesy of KVEW-TV.</p>State Expands Degree Authority at Central Washington University, 23 May 2013 09:38:13<div>Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will, for the first time, allow Central Washington University to grant a degree beyond the master’s level. &nbsp;The university sought and received approval from the state legislature to grant the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree at the request of the Psychology Department’s School Psychology Program. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The entry level into the profession of school psychology is the completion of a graduate program in the profession consisting of no less than 90 quarter hours. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) considers this to be a specialist level, which is midway between a master’s degree and a doctorate. Until now, Central’s program has only been able to offer a master’s degree for the same amount of coursework. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While the EdS is the entry level degree in school psychology, Gene Johnson, director of CWU’s School Psychology Program, said that, for many educators, “Educational Specialist is a practical degree that helps educators advance in their careers and prepares them for academic or administrative leadership.” &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The EdS broadens and deepens educators’ knowledge and skills by concentrating study in a specialized area, for example, special education or educational administration. “The Educational Specialist degree results in a great depth of expertise in one academic area,” said Johnson. “Many school districts will consider it the highest degree in the field.”</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The PhD requires more coursework and a dissertation, and enables graduates to seek positions as professionals in public schools or as professors at universities, where they teach classes and conduct research. &nbsp;The EdS is more specifically applicable to certain career fields in education.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Johnson said the EdS will replace the Master of Education (MEd) in School Psychology, and will meet or exceed all requirements of the EdS degree as stipulated by NASP and the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. &nbsp;The MEd is typically a 45-hour degree at Central. &nbsp;However, CWU school psychology students must complete more than 100 quarter hours to earn their degree. The three-year program also includes an intensive, yearlong internship.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>“I’m ecstatic to know that, upon receiving the EdS degree, our students will finally receive the recognition that they deserve for this rigorous program,” said Johnson, who led the push for CWU to seek the EdS degree and the work to gain initial program approval from NASP in 1989.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>CWU’s School Psychology Program has a long and rich history in the state, according to Johnson. Central developed Washington’s first school psychology program in the mid-1960s. It was the first program to require a full school year internship and the first in the state to receive NASP approval. &nbsp;“In fact,” said Johnson, “only 11 specialist-level programs throughout the country received NASP approval earlier [than Central].” &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another distinguishing factor is that ever since NASP approval, the CWU program has found paid internships for all of its students, and 100 percent of its students have been immediately employed upon graduation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On June 8, during CWU’s 2013 commencement exercises, the university will award the first EdS degrees to seven graduates of the School Psychology Program: Heidi Bostwick, from Lynnwood; Rochelle Cikauskas, Selah; Vanessa Englehart, Ellensburg; Melissa Hoang, Tacoma; Kayla Johanson, Pateros; Annie Keegan, Kanoehi, Hawaii; and Rani Lewis, Burien.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Media contact</strong>: Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</div><div>&nbsp;</div>Johnson Receives Crystal Apple Award, 23 May 2013 09:36:39<p>Each year the Teacher Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) presents Crystal Apple awards to one faculty member from each college who has had a significant impact on teacher preparation at CWU.&nbsp; The CTL Executive Board has chosen Dr. Virginia Erion, TEACH, Dr. Eugene Johnson, School Psychology, and Dr. Natalie Lefkowitz, World Languages, as the Crystal Apple recipients for 2012-2013.</p><p><br>Crystal Apple awards are presented to faculty at the Top Ten Student Teachers Reception, scheduled for 1:00 p.m , Friday, June 7 in Sue Lombard Dining Hall.</p>CWU Alumnus is Renowned Winemaker, 11 Jan 2013 11:15:41<p><img alt="" src="/psychology/sites/" style="width: 227px; height: 320px; "></p><p>David Forsyth, CWU psychology and biology alumnus, and one of the Yakima Valley’s most-tenured winemakers continues to make great strides in his career — without traveling far.</p><p>David Forsyth arrived in Washington wine country in 1984 at Hogue Cellars. In 2007, he moved a few hundred yards east to Mercer Estates. Then last summer, he went a few hundred yards north to take on the winemaking duties for the new Zirkle Wine Co., a crush facility in Prosser, at the same time starting his own boutique label.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here</a></p><p>Photo and article courtesy of Idaho Statesman</p>Psychology News Letter (5/12, Vol 3), 24 Apr 2012 14:46:07<div><hr><h2 style="text-align: center;"><em>PSYTATIONS</em></h2></div><p style="text-align: center;"><em>The newsletter for psychology majors</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Volume 2, Issue 3</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>May 2012</em></p><hr><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" style="width:638px;"><p align="left"><strong><em>Upcoming Events</em></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>May 7<sup>t</sup>-June 17</strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>Registration for SUMMER courses.&nbsp; Check out all the online and in-seat classes available.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>May 14–June 7</strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>Registration for FALL 2012 courses. <em>Talk to your advisor before registering!</em></p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>May 17<sup>th</sup></strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) in the SURC</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>May 17<sup>th</sup></strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p><strong><em>Autism:&nbsp; Beyond the Labels</em></strong> in Black Hall</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>May 30<sup>th</sup></strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>Central Neuroscience Club’s <strong><em>Symposium on Stress</em></strong> in the SURC Pit.</p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>Finals Week</strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>The annual Department of Psychology Awards Ceremony hosted by Dr. Wendy Williams and our Psi Chi members. <em>Thursday, June 7<sup>th</sup> in the SURC</em></p></td></tr><tr><td style="width:145px;"><p><strong>June 9-10</strong></p></td><td style="width:493px;"><p>Commencement Ceremonies</p></td></tr></tbody></table><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Support our colleagues presenting at SOURCE 2012 on May 17th.</em></p><hr><p><strong><u>Oral Presentations</u></strong></p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Jordan Caballero</strong>. <em>More than just the money: A look at the psychological effects of sexual human trafficking </em>(Mentor: Jason Wallin).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Brandon Chandler</strong>. <em>Field dependence-independence and harmonic dictations in music theory students</em>. (Mentor: Dr. Fallshore)</p><p style="margin-left: 0.4in;"><strong>Brittany Martell </strong>(Graduate student).&nbsp; <em>Current trends in behavioral interventions in patients with traumatic brain injury</em> (Mentor: Dr. Greenwald)</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Joshua Parker </strong>(Graduate student).&nbsp; <em>Item response theory in psychotherapy assessment </em>(Mentor: Dr. Schwartz)</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>James Rae</strong>. <em>Health-promoting behaviors and well-being of undergraduate Facebook users</em>. (Mentor: Dr. Lonborg)</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Alanna Shores</strong>. <em>Effects of victim sex on perceptions of intimate partner violence severity in heterosexual relationships. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Fallshore)</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Erin Sigel</strong>. <em>Verbal overshadowing and humor perception. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Fallshore)</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Whitney Stefani </strong>(Graduate student).&nbsp; <em>College womens’ perceptions of music video sexual content</em> (Mentor: Dr. Greenwald)</p><p><strong><u>Poster Presentations</u></strong></p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Carinna Lowther.</strong><em> &nbsp;Analysis of Voice Pitch, Perception of Male Sexual Orientation, and Homonegativity. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Fallshore).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Bradley Campbell and Joshua Parker.</strong><em>&nbsp; &nbsp;The Effect of Contextual Variables on Gossip Transmission.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Gabriel).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Samantha Jackle and Cristina Bistricean.</strong><em>&nbsp; Perceptions of Students with Learning Disabilities on a University Campus.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Gabriel).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Daniel Ackley, Rosaline Chaffee, Tanner Southland, Adrienne Wall, and Stevi Barrio.</strong><em>&nbsp; Neuropsychological Origins of the Visual P300 Event-related Potential.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Greenwald).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Kali Albin</strong><em>.&nbsp; An Analysis of the Effects of WhyTry on Behavior in Low Socioeconomic Status Early Adolescent Populations.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Little).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Vanessa Englehart</strong><em>.&nbsp; Developmental Trajectories of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Hyperlexia.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Little).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Mehjabeen Khan.</strong><em>&nbsp; Academic Self-Efficacy, Coping, and Academic Performance in College.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Marrs).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Heath Marrs, Caitlin Sullivan, Natalie Saria-Wiley, Jacki McIntyre, Mehjabeen Khan, and Andrew Caughie.</strong><em>&nbsp; Gender and Ethnic Differences in Learning and Study Strategies.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Heath Marrs, Bradley Campbell, Meaghan Golden, Andrew Caughie, and Rachel Liudahl.</strong><em>&nbsp; Mexican-American Students and Pursuit of the Doctorate.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Andrew Caughie, Meagan Golden, Mehjabeen Khan, Jacki McIntyre, Natalie Sarria-Wiley, and Caitlin Sullivan.</strong><em>&nbsp; Academic help-seeking at CWU. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Marrs).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Andrew Caughie.</strong><em>&nbsp; An Analysis of Information Regarding False Confessions with a College Sample.&nbsp; </em>(Mentor: Dr. Polage).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Charlie Spears.</strong><em>&nbsp; Lying Words. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Polage).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Jason Stirret.&nbsp; </strong><em>Attention Restoration: The Effects of Elevated Vibrancy on the Perceived Environment. </em>(Mentor: Dr. Schwartz).</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;"><strong>Leeland Durst, Stephanie Stein, and Terry DeVietti</strong><em>.&nbsp; Differences between Traditional and Electronic Bullying amongst College Students.</em></p><p align="center"><strong><em><u>The Department of Psychology has one of the highest Departmental participation rates at SOURCE!</u></em></strong></p><p align="center"><strong><em>Head to the Psychology oral presentations from 10-11:20 and 11:40 to 1:00 or go to our poster presentations from 2-4:30pm</em></strong><em>.</em></p><p align="center"><strong>Important Portfolio Update for Psychology Majors</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Portfolio binders are no longer needed!</u></strong></p><p>As of Spring 2012, the psychology department transitioned from a printed senior portfolio to an electronic portfolio. Psychology majors will be required to upload specific assignments and signed rubrics into the Psychology Major Portfolio class through Blackboard. Students who completed PSY 200 prior to Spring 2012 will be given alternative assignments/options in PSY 489, as needed, to fill in the gaps from any missed opportunities to complete the required assignments in their earlier psychology courses. <strong><u>One of the requirements for the new portfolio is 10 hours of service learning experience and/or research assistant experience prior to the completion of PSY 489</u></strong>. Please discuss this requirement with your instructor from PSY 200 or PSY 489 or your major advisor if you have any questions.</p><p align="center"><strong>Travel &amp; Research Award Recipients from Psychology</strong></p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p>The Office of Undergraduate Research offers merit-based awards designed to provide undergraduate students with funds to assist in research or travel to conferences.&nbsp; This year’s (2011-2012) award winners from psychology:</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.1in;">Brandon Chandler, Alanna Shores, and Erin Sigel – Rocky Mountain Psychological Association.</p><p style="margin-left:.1in;">Alanna Shores and Erin Sigel also received awards to conduct their own research projects.</p><p style="margin-left:.1in;">Leeland Durst and Jason Stirret – McNair Research Conference.</p><p align="center">Departmental Happenings</p><ul><li>Dr. Wendy Williams and Dr. Elizabeth Street are participating in “<em>Autism: Beyond the Labels</em>” hosted by the CWU Center for Disabilities on Thursday, May 17<sup>th</sup>, 1-4pm in Black Hall, Room 114.</li><li>On Wednesday, May 30th, at noon in the SURC Pit, the Central Neuroscience Club and the Wellness Center will be holding a public seminar on stress! Moderated by <strong>Dr. Ralf Greenwald</strong> with speakers <strong>Dr. Kara Gabriel</strong> and Dr. Kenneth Briggs, topics will range from the physiological underpinnings of stress to ways of keeping stress from impacting studies.</li><li>Did you see the interview with <strong>Dr. Megan Matheson</strong> on her research on the first known case of twins in free-ranging Tibetan macaques – check it out at <em></em></li></ul><p align="center"><strong>Faculty and Student Presentations </strong></p><p align="center"><strong><em>Congrats to our colleagues</em></strong></p><p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p>Posters presented at the <strong><em>Rocky Mountain Psychological Association</em></strong> annual convention in Reno, NV in April 2012.</p><p style="margin-left:.4in;">Chandler, B., &amp; Fallshore, M. <em>Field dependence and harmonic dictation scores for music theory students.</em></p><p style="margin-left:.4in;">Shores, A., &amp; Fallshore, M.&nbsp; <em>Effects of victim sex on perceptions of intimate partner viol