CWUNews FeedNews Feed the latest news in November's Psytations!, 15 Nov 2017 07:42:49<p>Check out the latest and greatest news from the Department of Psychology in our bi-annual <a href="/psychology/sites/">Psytations newsletter</a>!&nbsp;</p>CWU Advisor, Psychology Alumna Receives Regional Advising Award, 27 Jun 2017 10:45:58<p><img alt="" src="/psychology/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 313px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Toni Woodman, academic advisor at Central Washington University, received the Excellence in Advising—New Advisor Award at the NACADA Northwest Region 8 awards at a conference in Missoula, Montana. Region 8 represents Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Yukon Territory.</p><p>Woodman received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and her master's in mental health counseling from CWU.</p><p>"During my master's program in counseling I had the opportunity to complete a year-long internship at the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic. Throughout that experience I discovered my passion for supporting college students," Woodman related. "I decided to make the switch from mental health counseling to academic advising and have been working in First Year and Exploratory Advising for two years.</p><p>"I love advising because it has given me the opportunity to support and empower students. I was a first generation college student and the experience changed my life in so many ways," she continued. "College is a journey, a period of growth. I love being able to walk alongside students throughout that journey.</p><p>"This is actually what my advising philosophy is all about, walking alongside. I don’t want to push or pull students. Instead, I want to empower them to make their own, intentional decisions. So, I strive to give them a space in which they can think and reflect critically about their experiences both in and outside of the classroom."</p><p>The academic advising office is committed to serving students in their first quarter and beyond to help them connect and engage in their academic experience. Academic advisors for first year and exploratory students introduce students to the General Education Program and assist students to select and declare an academic program of study.</p><p>"Receiving this award has made me feel like my work is really having an impact," Woodman said. "However, to be honest, I owe this award to my amazing advising team. My colleagues in First Year and Exploratory Advising have supported, challenged, and inspired me to grow each day. I feel so lucky to have them!"</p><p><br>NACADA, the global community for academic advising, promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. For more information, go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU Student Wins Governor’s Award, Brightens Students’ Mood, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:10<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 550px; height: 307px;" alt="Jonathan Chi" src="/psychology/sites/"></p><p>A Central Washington University student’s advocacy assignment has had far reaching and unexpected results—expanding therapy services to CWU students and earning him the 2017 Governor’s Award.</p><p>Hengyu ‘Jonathan’ Chi, a mental health counseling graduate student, was selected by Governor Jay Inslee to receive the Governor’s Award. Chi will receive the award during the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.</p><p>Chi’s award is in recognition of his research of light boxes and their use in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), in addition to his execution in making four boxes available for student use.</p><p>“What makes Jonathan unique is his ability to take his good ideas and actually implement them,” said Fred Washburn, CWU assistant professor in the <a href="">psychology department</a>.</p><p>“And that’s what … allowed him to put the light boxes in place, and that’s what put him at the top of both the President’s Award and now the Governor’s Award.”&nbsp;</p><p>The Governor’s award is a statewide honor given to three students chosen from a pool of top student service leaders from Washington public four-year institutions.</p><p>“I was completely shocked and honored to have [this] award, especially considering how this was just a class assignment at the beginning,” said Chi.</p><p><iframe width="480" height="390" title="YouTube video player" class="youtube-player" src="//" frameborder="0" type="text/html"></iframe></p><p>Chi used his passion for research in light, how it cues signals and can affect mood and the human body to bring his assignment to life.</p><p>According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a type of depression that is related to the change in seasons. Symptoms typically start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping energy and making one feel moody.</p><p>Chi’s research showed that light box therapy (phototherapy) is among the top treatments for SAD. It is also unique, in that it’s relatively easy.</p><p>Other SAD treatments include medications and psychotherapy. Chi expressed while these both work, the cons are that some people hesitate to take drugs while talk therapy can take time and the cost can be prohibitive.</p><p>After determining its useful effects and minimal cost (approx. $60 per light box), Chi was moved to make light boxes accessible to his fellow students. He reached across campus to build collaborative relationships with the <a href="">CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic</a> and <a href="">Brooks Library</a> that resulted at least 31 checkouts of the boxes last winter quarter.</p><p>Chi, who will graduate this fall, has not yet determined whether to continue working toward his PhD.</p><p>However, Chi has decided that he’ll use this fall to continue working on the light box project in hopes of bringing more awareness to students of their availability and benefits.</p><p>Four light boxes are currently available for checkout in the Brooks Library. A valid CWU student or staff ID is all that is required for check out.</p><p>Also of note is Chi’s grade on his class assignment. Not surprisingly, he earned a well-deserved A.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p><p>--April 26, 2017</p>CWU Alumnus Named American College Counseling Association Counselor of the Year, 13 Apr 2017 15:54:38<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 313px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">The American College Counseling Association has named Earl Martin as ACCA’s “Counselor of the Year.”&nbsp; Martin is a Central Washington University Department of Psychology alumnus, earning bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1986; a bachelor of science degree in pedagogical studies in 1989; and a master of science degree in counseling psychology in 1990. He later earned an EdD in education leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington in 2004.</p><p>The national award recognizes a college counselor who has made a significant impact on the national, state or local level.</p><p>"The professional training I received from my professors at Central Washington University was outstanding,” said Martin.&nbsp; “It's a privilege to work in a trusted position to help others experiencing challenging times in their complex lives.“</p><p>Martin, who received his associate’s degree at Highline Community College, continued, “The community college system is a great American invention in support of opportunity and hope for many. My wish is to continue to advocate for humane and effective support for everyone, but particularly for those who have less power."</p><p>A tenured faculty member who has worked at Everett Community College since 1990, Martin was honored for his statewide leadership and longtime advocacy for counseling services at community and technical colleges.</p><p>“His service to our students is his primary focus and, as his colleague, I can attest that our students consistently rate his counseling as excellent,” wrote EvCC Counselor Deanna Skinner in Martin’s award nomination.</p><p>Martin of Everett received the ACCA’s highest award at their national conference in February.</p><p>In his 27 years at EvCC, Martin received the college’s Diversity Award twice, the EvCC President’s Recognition Award, and was named Faculty Member of the Year and Advisor of the Year. He has also received a Robert G. Porter Scholars Award from the American Federation of Teachers and the Seth Dawson Award for community leadership. He also was elected to two terms as president of the Washington Community and Technical College Counselors Association.</p><p>A Washington native, Martin calls Renton his “boyhood hometown” and is a 1982 graduate of Renton High School.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 13, 2017<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU Offering Summer Degree Program in School Psychology, 05 Apr 2017 13:58:25<p>Central Washington University’s department of psychology is offering a summer option for those seeking an Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in school psychology. The program consists of summer courses at the Ellensburg campus and distance education during the academic year.</p><p>The new program is aimed at individuals seeking certification to practice as a school psychologist in the public schools. Applicants need to have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of successful professional experience in a k-12 educational setting. In addition, individuals with a previously earned master’s degree in another field may also be eligible for the program.</p><p>“The EdS in school psychology leads to eligibility for certification as a school psychologist in the state of Washington,” said Heath Marrs, an associate professor of psychology and director of the program. “The program is a combination of online and classroom learning so it’s ideal for a working professional in the educational field who seeks to become a certified school psychologist.”</p><p>Marrs noted that CWU’s school psychology degree was the first such program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists in the state of Washington. Students who complete the program and attain a minimum score on the National School Psychologist examination are eligible to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.</p><p><a href="/psychology/sites/">Interested in our new Summer Cohort School Psychology Graduate Program for practicing school professionals and individuals with previously earned master's degrees?&nbsp; Check it out here.</a></p><p>For more information about the new summer option, contact Heath Marrs at For more information about the school psychology graduate program at CWU please see</p>Check out a Accessibility Studies course for Spring 2017, 13 Feb 2017 10:25:12<p>Dr. Naomi Jeffery Petersen in the School of Education at Central Washington University is announcing the first course in their Accessibility Studies Program. &nbsp;For Spring 2017, consider enrolling in ASP 305 (a completely online course).<br><br>ASP 305 Accessibility &amp; User Experience (3 credit) Quality of life issues of accessibility in everyday experiences and environments.&nbsp; Changes in laws and attitudes about the need for proactive accessible design. Current careers requiring competence in troubleshooting accessibility.</p></br></br>Dr. Elizabeth Street Scholarship for Applied Behavior Analysis for Graduate Students, 17 Jan 2017 10:03:28<p>The purpose of the Elizabeth Street Scholarship for Applied Behavior Analysis scholarship is to provide funds for an in-state graduate student accepted to the MS of Science Applied Behavior Analysis program.&nbsp; A committee appointed by the CWU Psychology Department will review eligible applicants and will award the scholarship based on a review of a strong record of scholarship and an essay of no more than 300 words from applicants describing career goals for working with autistic adolescents or special needs children.</p><p><strong>Application.</strong> &nbsp;Eligible applicants will submit a current CV and a 300-word essay describing career goals for working with autistic adolescents or special needs children to the Psychology Department <u><strong>no later than February 1</strong></u>.&nbsp; Scholarship recipients will be notified between March and June.</p><p>Check the full posting at:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p><p>If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email Dr. Mary Radeke at</p>Find out what happened "Today in the History of Psychology", 27 Sep 2016 10:40:09<p>Find out what happened <a href="" target="_blank">"Today in the History of Psychology"</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>