Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Students in the News

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Congratulations to Psy.D. students, Jessica Batinjane, Dina Kulenovic and Mike Magenheimer, for their poster presentations at the Society for Personality Assessment Conference held March 19-23, 2014 in Arlington, VA. Jessica and Dina presented on personality assessments they conducted with clients at the Clinic, and Mike presented an assessment case from his externship at Renewal Counseling Center.

  Members of the Psych Club spent the day volunteering on March 15, 2014 at Beans and Bread, a homeless shelter and restaurant-style soup kitchen located at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The students all had a wonderful time, sharing great conversations and reflecting on the experience and about the people we were serving in the community. Left to right: Casey Costello, Miriam McKinney, Laura Andrews, Caroline Barada, Kelly Riley and Iga Cuglewska
  Valerie Faure (Psy.D. student) presented findings from her dissertation, entitled “Overt versus Relational Victimization Involvement as Predictors of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Early Adolescents,” as a poster at the bi-annual conference for the Society for Research on Adolescence, held March 20-22, 2014 in Austin, TX.
  Devon Madison (Psy.D. student) is the recipient of the 2014 Student Poster Award for APA Division 40 - Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. Devon will receive her award and present her paper, “Predicting Medication Management Tasks with Neuropsychological Measures of Visuoperception" at the annual convention for APA in August, 2014. Devon’s research is mentored by Dr. Chris Higginson.  
  Matthew Shannon (Masters Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track) attended the 25th Annual Association of Psychological Science Convention held in Washington, DC from May 23-26, 2013 where he participated in APS Student Caucus meetings, poster sessions, symposia and met Nobel Prize Winner, Daniel Kahneman. Matthew presented a poster entitled, "Torture By Any Other Name: A Study on the Relation Between of Euphimisms and the Support of Torture" for fellow student Kate Lunsford, M.S. Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track, who was not able to attend the event.

Mansi Mehta (Masters, Clinical Psychology - Thesis Track) presented her work on her work on resilience at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans, LA on January 17-19, 2013.


Julia Hernandez (Masters, Clinical Psychology - Thesis-Track) presented her thesis study along with her advisor, Dr. Carolyn Barry, at the Society for Research in Child Development Themed Meeting on the Transition to Adulthood in Tampa, FL on October 18, 2012.


Clinical Masters student, Jordan Goodman, was included in the Baltimore Sun's 10 to watch under 30 April feature. He was interviewed for the "theraputic drumming sessions" he has implimented as an at the Pimlico Middle School where he has been externing as a mental health counselor. Every week he and the children sit, drum-circle style and make music while talking about "community and teamwork" together. Read more about Jordan's innovative therapy methods at the Baltimore Sun online.


The Maryland Psychological Association Graduate Students (MPAGS) have won a prestigious APAGS award as Outstanding State, Provincial and Territorial Association of the Year. The $1,500 award recognizes a State, Provincial, and Territorial Association for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement, and joint APAGS/SPTA membership. The award was presented to MPA and MPAGS representatives at the 2010 State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all the hard working MPAGS officers and members - we are so proud of you! Our grateful thanks, once again, to Dr. Jeffrey Barnett, MPAGS Advisor, for his invaluable help and for heading up the award application process! If you are, or know of, a psychology graduate student who is not a member of MPAGS, they are really missing out! Check their activities on the MPA website and join!

Toth Award

Megan Toth (Undergraduate student) was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, D.C. The award is composed of four parts: volunteering, physical fitness, personal development, and expedition. Megan participated in crew for four years in high school and won the New York State Championships her senior year, volunteered throughout high school and now college, learned how to Irish step dance, held various summer jobs and traveled to Chappaqua, NY to volunteer for three weeks during high school at Wagon Road Camp for underpriviledged children. Here is a link for more information about the award if you would like to learn more about this honor: http://www.congressionalaward.org/about.php

Klimik Award

Lindsay Klimik (Psy.D. student) received a Presidential Citation for her significant and outstanding contributions as a member of the APA Division 29 of Psychotherapy's Task Force on Psychologist Psychotherapists. Also present in the photo presenting the award are Jeffrey Magnavita, Ph.D., ABPP, President of the Division of Psychotherapy (left) and Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP, Chair of the Task Force on Psychologist Psychotherapists and Loyola faculty member (right).

Katherine Bartek (Psy.D. student) delivered two presentations for Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice) on the use of technology in therapy and practice management at the annual APA convention held in San Diego, CA, in August 2010. Kat was described as “one to watch out for” by the division’s representative to the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists.

The Psychology Student Professional Development Award committee has awarded partial funding for the following student professional development endeavors:

  • Undergraduate student, Daniel Koster, for presenting research at the St. Joseph’s Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium
  • Masters student, Catherine Foster, for presenting research at the International Meeting for Autism Research
  • Masters student, Tony Bonadio, for presenting research at the Society for Research in Child Development conference
  • Masters student, Saaniya Bedi, for purchasing software needed to conduct her thesis project
  • Masters student, Julia Hernandez, for presenting research at the Society for Personality Assessment Annual Meeting