SPOTLIGHT

Students in the Psychology Spotlight | October 19, 2006

For Research

Barbara Beimesch
Beimesch, B. & Nelson, W. M. (August, 2006). Habit reversal treatment for chronic skin picking in an adult male. The Ohio Psychologist, 53, 30-31

The project started out in Behavior Therapy class – from start to finish it took over 100 hours. The project/publication included everything from a thorough literature search and the development of a therapy approach to writing a paper/article to submit and poster to present at an OPA meeting. Barbara says the most important thing she learned from the experience was “I always forget how long it takes for me to write a paper that I feel comfortable with. I need to allow myself enough time to get that done and especially when I am doing a publication like this.”
Tips:

  • use graphs
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  • get help from faculty and students in making the information concise and to the point;
  • put information in bullet point form.
  • For Practice:

    As a part of their elective I/O credits, Alicia Gramzow and Courtney Schuyler, studied in the U.K. for one month this summer.
    Both Alicia and Courtney wanted to compare I/O in the US to the UK to gain a more global perspective. In expressing what the experience was like for her and relating it to Xavier, Courtney said “The experience was extremely different from XU and Cincinnati. It was an eye opening experience for me. I was able to learn a lot from the different countries and educational experiences while also gaining a new appreciation for my education.” The parts that Alicia enjoyed the most were “The guest speakers, the field trips to consulting firms and other universities in England.”

    Julia Buch Wamstad was nominated for and won a Certificate of Merit from APA’s Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) for her dissertation on understanding the predisposing factors of the panhandling problem on a local level. The award recognizes the work of outstanding graduate students in Psychology who have made significant contributions to public service mental health. Her thoughts about the process: “The most educational (and enjoyable) aspect about doing my dissertation has been being exposed to a population that I previously knew very little about. My perception of individuals who panhandle will be forever changed.”

    For Service:

    Krystin Davis and Megan Kruty were awarded military scholarships.
    Megan was awarded the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship; the scholarship includes a stipend, tuition for a year, being guaranteed an internship but also committing to being an air force psychologist for three years. The application process was lengthy, but regarding the award Megan says “I am really excited to be trained by some of the world's best. I think the experience I receive while training with the air force will really prepare me for my future and I can't wait to learn!”