CWUNews FeedNews Feed all the news! Psychology Dept newsletter for Feb 2016 is here., 23 Feb 2016 09:18:43<p>Interested in the happenings in the Department of Psychology? Check out the Department's semi-annual newsletter, Psytations. &nbsp;The <a href="/psychology/sites/" target="_blank">February, 2016, edition is now here</a>.</p>Dr. Warren Street Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching, 21 Dec 2015 12:50:21<p>Collectively, Drs. Warren and Elizabeth “Libby” Street served at Central Washington University for more than 75 years.&nbsp; The Streets acknowledge that the interactions they had and the relationships they built with CWU’s students are among their most treasured moments.&nbsp; To honor their distinguished achievements and careers, the Drs. Warren and Elizabeth Street Endowment was created.&nbsp; This fund supports students who study in the Department of Psychology. One component of the endowment includes the Dr. Warren Street Scholarship.&nbsp; This scholarship is intended to support a junior- or senior-level psychology major&nbsp; who is a&nbsp; member of the Douglas Honors College.</p><p>Applications for the Warren Street Scholarship will be accepted through February 1st.&nbsp; Please go to: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more details. <strong>Please note: You must complete the General Scholarship Application (GSA) as well as the supplementary application to be considered for this scholarship</strong>. The link to the supplementary application may be found here: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.<br><br>If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email Dr. Sara Bender at <a href=""></a>.</p></br></br></a href="">CWU's Observer showcases Psychology at SOURCE, 14 May 2015 08:28:59<p>Check out the full article that includes information on Dr. Jesse James and Meghan Gilbert, a junior in psychology.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Psychology Aims to Impress at CWU’s SOURCE 20th Anniversary, 11 May 2015 10:16:13<p>Washington State’s longest running event of its kind reaches a significant milestone this year. The 20th Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) takes place at Central Washington University on Thursday, May 21.</p><p>The emerald-anniversary event will feature free, public oral, poster, and performance presentations, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Student Union and Recreation Center on the Ellensburg campus. For 2015, SOURCE will feature more than 350 presentations from 34 different academic departments.</p><p>“The continued growth of student interest and participation in SOURCE has been remarkable and gratifying,” says Kara Gabriel, SOURCE director and CWU psychology professor. “That’s also a testimony to the university faculty and staff, who have embraced SOURCE and helped it to become one of the state’s premier event.”</p><p>Originally known as the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the first conference featured 23 presentations in 1996. Two years later, it was renamed the “Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression,” to emphasize the broad nature of undergraduate scholarship at Central. Then, in 2002, a companion event for graduate students and faculty, the Conference on Graduate Student and Faculty Scholarship, was initiated.</p><p>Ten years ago, the two events merged as a way to foster overall awareness of and appreciation for CWU scholarship, regardless of discipline or academic level. SOURCE provides an opportunity for university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, or employees who engage in scholarly activity to share the results of their work. This year, area elementary, middle, high school and Running Start students will also participate.</p><p>“Being able to offer chances for high-level scholarship beyond Central students alone is another way that SOURCE is unique from other research symposia,” Gabriel points out. “It’s proven to be beneficial to our faculty, fun for the staff, and an excellent learning experience for non-college students. We hope that some of them will enroll at Central and continue their research or creative endeavors here, and continue to be part of SOURCE.”</p><p>In addition, the annual CWU Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the CWU College of Business’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with the continued financial support of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, will be held in conjunction with SOURCE. As in the past, oral presentations will be made by the finalists. A total of $10,000 in award money will be presented to the plans judged to be the top three overall.</p><p>A companion symposium at CWU-Des Moines, on the Highline Community College campus, will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.</p><p>“Having a second SOURCE in western Washington ensures that students at our campuses there also have opportunities to present and have their research judged without having to come to Ellensburg,” Gabriel acknowledges. “This type of competitive evaluation really helps them in their scholarly work, and we’re happy to be able to provide that opportunity to them.”</p><p>The campus SOURCE awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 27, at noon, in the SURC Pit. Outstanding student presentations will be honored at that event, along with those receiving “Faculty Mentor” awards for their significant contributions to CWU research.</p><p>A SOURCE 2015 Awards Ceremony and Celebration is also planned for Seattle, in Fisher Pavilion, on Wednesday, June 3. This year’s SOURCE award winners, along with those from past events, are invited to participate in that ceremony.</p><p>“The last couple of years, we held our celebration at the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center,” Gabriel says. “But, because of its popularity and the attendance at the event, we quickly outgrew that space and had to move to a bigger venue. It’s a nice problem to have!”</p><p>Based on the success and continued growth of the symposium overall, SOURCE will also expand, becoming a two-day event on the Ellensburg campus starting next year.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,<br>April 29, 2015</p></br>CWU Offers One of the Top Online Psychology Degrees in the Nation, 07 Jan 2015 11:02:53<p><img alt="" src="/psychology/sites/" style="width: 230px; height: 218px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University was ranked as having one of the top 30 online psychology bachelor’s degree programs in the nation for 2015. The study, by Affordable Colleges Foundation (</span>ACF<span style="line-height: 1.4;">), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, published its new ranking of 2015’s Top Online Psychology Degrees at</span></p><p><br>“We’re very pleased with the ranking,” said Stephanie Stein, professor and chair of CWU’s psychology department. “We have worked hard to develop a rigorous, fully accredited online program that gives our students the best preparation for their career path.”</p><p>According to Stein, “Our success is largely due to our outstanding online program director, Dr. Sara Bender. Dr. Bender not only oversees the online program and curriculum, she personally serves as the academic advisor for all of the online psychology majors. Our online majors receive individualized and quick, responsive support, a feature that sets the CWU program apart from many other online programs.”</p><p>Psychology is the second most popular college major. Students with a degree in the field have extensive career options in areas such as education, research, public health, politics and more.</p><p>"To find the best schools offering the highest quality online education for psychology students, we looked beyond the sheer number of programs available and the total cost of a degree,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. "Our data team spent months researching hundreds of available psychology degree programs to find out which schools truly make a difference with stand-out academics, resources and student support services."&nbsp; For more information about ACF, go to</p><p>To create the list, ACF data analysts and higher education experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank colleges using various cost and quality criteria and metrics, including:<br>• Must be not-for-profit institution<br>• Student-faculty ratio&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>• Six-year graduation rate<br>• Job placement for graduates<br>• AC Online Peer-Based Value (A proprietary metric that compares quality metrics of colleges with similar costs, and the costs of colleges with similar quality metrics)</p><p>The bachelor of arts in psychology at CWU can be earned entirely online and requires a minimum of 180 quarter credits, including no more than 135 transfer credits. Program admission is offered in the spring, fall, and winter quarters. During the online program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better, create an electronic portfolio, participate in 10 hours of service learning (or work as a research assistant), and complete all end-of-major assessment evaluations. There is also a world language requirement for all aspiring graduates. For more information about the program, go to</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>John 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></br>