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Alumna researches commercial sexual exploitation in women

Maya Bruhns, a graduate of the Clinical Psychology program, has published an article based on her dissertation research. She co-authored the article with fellow alumni Jana Slezakova and Alexander J. Lapinski, current student Toni Li, and faculty members Alicia del Prado and Becky Pizer.

International Autism Mapping Project

Motivated by statistics that showed that the prevalence of autism was on the rise in the US and in other countries, Emily Diamond, PsyD began asking families around the world to join her in a project to begin to understand why this might be. Dr. Diamond graduated from the Clinical Psychology Program in 2004, and is now a member of the Full Time Faculty at the Wright Institute.

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing

Philip Keddy, PhD, an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program, wrote a review of Damion Searls' book, The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach. His Iconic Test, And the Power of Seeing. The review was published in the Bulletin of the International Society of the Rorschach and Projective Methods. Please see the review in its entirety below, reprinted here by permission of the International Society of the Rorschach & Projective Methods.

Davida Coady dies at 80

Davida Coady dies at 80

Dr. Coady was one of the founders of Options Recovery Services, an organization that has helped more than 10,000 people in the Bay Area become sober. The Wright Institute has worked closely with Options as a training site for many years. We send our thoughts and support to those who knew Dr. Coady and benefited from her commitment to improving the lives of everyone with whom she came in contact.

Click here to read the obituary in the Washington Post.

Fostering Heroism in Fourth and Fifth Grade Students

Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program alumnus Elisabeth Heiner, PsyD researched the effectiveness of teaching children to think of themselves as “‘heroes in waiting,’ [who] can stand up to injustices they may witness, such as bullying,“ and measured how this affected their internal feelings of courage.

Wright Institute Faculty and Students Active in APA’s Minority Fellowship Program

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, MFT, Full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Psychology program, has been selected to serve on the Training Advisory Committee for the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) with a focus on Services for Transition Age Youth.

Transformation Through Creative Ritual

For the last five years, third-year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program student Chandra Merry has worked on a project, the Participatory Arts Ritual, which she first developed within the field of community theater. “Community theater is like drama therapy, but focused on empowerment of participants through the use of participatory theater games. It was developed with a theoretical basis in liberation theory, or the ideas of Paulo Freire” Chandra explains. Most recently, Chandra has been studying the applicability of her project to clinical group treatment.

Facing My Money Ghosts: Psychological Residuals of Growing Up Poor

Anatasia S. Kim, PhD is a Full Time Faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program and operates a private therapy practice. Dr. Kim contributed a moving article to the Spring 2018 issue of the Independent Practitioner, the quarterly newsletter for the American Psychological Association (APA) Community for Psychologists in Independent Practice.

The Soul in Depression: Dr. Anita Barrows on NPR

Depression and anxiety have a common duality in spirituality and the human experience. Is the melancholy of depression akin to the fervor of love? This week, NPR examined this question in its “On Being” radio show and podcast, featuring Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program faculty member Dr. Anita Barrows speaking with host Krista Tippett.