Student Accomplishments

MSClinicalStudents

Y. Igarashi, A. Neeley, Z. Graham & M. Aguilar
at Cal Lutheran Festival of Scholars April, 2016.

A primary objective of the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program is to provide students with an opportunity to initiate and participate in research projects of interest to them. In addition to the completion of a quantitative master's thesis, students are encouraged to present their research at regionally and nationally based research conferences.

Student Achievements

  • Congratulations to Karthik Suresh (Cal Lutheran MS Clinical ’13) for winning the 2016 MS Clinical Psychology Alumni Award! Read More.
  • Congratulations to Halleh Hashtpari (Cal Lutheran MS Clinical ’15) for her admission to the PhD program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah!
  • Congratulations to Varvara Toma (Cal Lutheran MS Clinical '16) for her admission to the PhD program in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University in San Diego!
  • APA Conference 2016

    J. Ramirez, C. Kouhanim, H. McKinley, and Dr. Jamie
    Bedics at the APA Conference in Denver August, 2016.

    Congratulations to Chanel Kouhanim (current MS Clinical Student) for receiving a Cal Lutheran Graduate Student Travel Award to APA’s Annual Convention in Denver, CO! She also received an Apple iWatch for being the APA Quest 2016 grand prize winner. View Photo.
  • Congratulations to Joseph Ramirez (current MS Clinical Student) for receiving a Cal Lutheran Graduate Student Travel Award to APA’s Annual Convention in Denver, CO!

Selected Master's Theses

  • Diversity
    • "Mental Health Perspectives of Native Americans", by Ruth Arvisio (August, 2011)
    • "Relationship Satisfaction Across Sexual Orientation", by Samuel Van Buskirk (September, 2013)
    • "Identity Integration and the Psychological Well-Being of Iranian Americans", by Halleh Hashtpari (May, 2014)
  • Clinical Issues and Populations
    • "Management of Experiential Avoidance in a College Population", by Alba Rocío Andrade (August, 2011)
    • "The Effects of Community Violence and Substance Abuse on Adolescent Violent Behavior", by Yael De Leon (May, 2014)
    • "Bullying and Depression in Children with Autism", by Danielle Epler (May, 2013)
    • "Using Screening and Brief Intervention to Examine Alcohol and Drug Use and Mental Health in College Students", by Loretta Ransom (August, 2011)
  • Quality of Life and Positive Psychology
    • "Parable of the Servant: Attachment to God and Defensive Religion", by Stephanie Bucks (May, 2014)
    • "Exploration of Adolescent Hope through Adolescent-Parent Relationships and Goals", by Jennifer Haeringer (May, 2014)
    • "Validation of the FYI for Use in a College Population", by Bonnie Sibila Massie (May, 2014)
    • "Trail and Ultrarunning: The Impact of Distance, Nature and Personality on Flow and Well-Being", by Crista Scott (May, 2013)

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Gerson, M. J., Gerson, M. W., Georgeff, J., Randazzo, K., Fernandez, T., *Conceicao, I., ... *Renee, N. T. (2016). Exploring Theory of Mind: Relationship Between Autism Spectrum Characteristics, Eyetracking, and Cognitive Impressions of a Magic Presentation.

  • *Aguilar, M., & Holder, L. (2016, April). The effects of culture on the Latina woman’s perceptions of intimate partner violence. Presented at the California Lutheran University Festival of Scholars, Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • *Igarashi, Y., Sharma, R. N. (2016, April). Personal happiness in relation to culture. Poster presented at the annual Festival of Scholars Conference at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • *Graham, Z., & Bedics, J. D. (2016, April). Interpersonal influences and drinking habits in a college sample. Poster presented at the annual Festival of Scholars Conference at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA. View poster
  • *Ramirez, J.A., *Kouhanim, C.S., *McKinley, H., Bedics, J.D. & Linehan, M.M. (2016, August). Clients Perceptions of Therapists After Alliance Rupture-Repairs in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO. 
  • *Toma, V., & Bedics, J.D. (2016, April). Interpersonal Complementarity in the Therapeutic Relationship during Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Convention, Long Beach, CA.
  • *Neeley, A., & Bedics, J. D. (2016, May). Interpersonal dependence, emotion, and behavior during social interactions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA. View poster

  • *Stuntz, T. C., *Moncharsh, A., & Bedics, J. D. (2014, April). Therapeutic Process and focus on client avoidance of difficult topics and emotions in-session and the use of coping skills. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

  • *Collette, A., *Hashtpari, H., *Lothrop, S., *Stuntz, T., & Bedics, J. D. (2014, April). The effect of graduate training in dialectical behavior therapy: psychotherapy process. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
  • *Lothrop, S., & Bedics, J. D. (2014, April). Emotion-focus strategies in dialectical behavior therapy for borderline personality disorder with co-occurring substance dependence: a case study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.

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