Announcements


Congratulations, Sharon Baik!


IMG_6514Congratulations to Sharon Baik! Sharon matched at Ohio State University for her internship in clinical psychology.

Congratulations, Shadi Gholizadeh!

IMG_6507Congratulations, Shadi Gholizadeh! Shadi successfully proposed her dissertation on typologies of systemic sclerosis patients. She also matched at University of California, Los Angeles for her internship in clinical psychology. 

Congratulations, Sarah Mills!

Congratulations to Sarah Mills! Sarah Mills matched at University of California, Los Angeles, in 2016 for her internship in clinical psychology, which she is currently completing. She also successfully defended her dissertation in May 2016 exploring acculturation, the built environment, and health-related quality of life among Hispanic Americans.

Congratulations, Rina Fox!

Congratulations to Rina Fox who successfully defended her dissertation this past week! Rina’s dissertation indentified typologies of breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy based on multiple indicators of sleep and fatigue

Congratulations 2015 Graduates!

Congratulations to our lab members graduating this year!


Graduating from SDSU with their bachelor's degree in psychology:

Billy Chan

Sandra Challma

Michelle Arrollado

Jessica Coleman


Graduating from SDSU with her master's degree in psychology:

Julia Drizin


Graduating from SDSU with her master's degree in public health:

Sarah Mills


Congratulations, Brooke!

Brooke Paxson was accepted to multiple law schools, and has decided to attend the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.  The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University is a highly ranked law school, and Brooke was awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Congratulations, Brooke!

Congratulations, Marcelo!

Congratulations to Marcelo Nieto, who was accepted to the Master of Public Health program in the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. The Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University is one of only four nationally accredited schools of public health in California. Marcelo is still waiting to hear from other graduate programs before deciding where he will pursue his degree.


Sarah Mills Recieves Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Sarah Mills, who just received a dissertation award from California's Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). The title of her award is: Predictors of Tobacco Use in Hispanic Americans.

Sarah Mills Publishes New Article in The Score

Sarah Mills publishes new article in The Score, the American Psychological Association Division 5 newsletter, on internships in clinical psychology. 

Congratulations, Dr. Vanessa Malcarne!

MalcarneCongratulations to Dr. Malcarne, who is the recipient of the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s First Annual Senior Mentor Award from the Student Special Interest Group. Each year this award is given to one senior and one early career faculty mentor for their contributions as outstanding mentors. Dr. Malcarne will be presented this award on April 23, 2015 at the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

Congratulations, Jazmin!

Jazmin Wali from our lab was accepted into San Diego State University's Marriage, Family, and Therapy training program. She will begin in the fall, pursuing her M.S. degree in counseling with a concentration in marriage and family therapy.

  

Congratulations Julia Drizin and Co-Authors!

Julia Drizin and co-authors’ abstract was selected for a Citation Award at the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference. 

Title: Cognitive and Behavioral Change in Response to a Celebrity’s Health Disclosure

Authors: Julia H. Drizin, Sarah D. Mills, Laura E. Barnes, Elizabeth A. Klonoff, Vanessa L. Malcarne, Allison A. Vaughn, Kristen J. Wells

Sarah Mills Recieves Inamori Fellowship

Congratulations to Sarah Mills, who recently recieved the Inamori Fellowship! 

Kazuo Inamori, Founder of Kyocera Corporation, has contributed funds to SDSU that are used to provide stipends to outstanding degree-seeking graduate students. Ten Inamori Fellowships are awarded annually in open competition. The competition is quite intense, and receiving a Fellowship is considered the highest of honors that graduate students can receive.  Each selected Fellow receives a $5000 stipend and is honored as part of the Kyoto Prize activities each spring.

Congratulations, Rina Fox!

Congratulations to Rina Fox who just successfully defended her dissertation proposal!

Congratulations, Sara Garden!

Congratulations to Sara Garden who not only graduated this year, but also has been accepted to Santa Clara University's master's program in Counseling Psychology. The program prepares graduates to obtain their MFT or LPCC licenses. She will be moving to the Bay Area this summer.  Congratulations to Sara!




Congratulations Undergraduate Class of 2014!

                                    Congratulations to all of our undergraduate lab members who graduated this past week!


                                                                                                 Tamara Strohauer

                                                                                                     Megan Clifford

                                                                                                     Marcelo Nieto

                                                                                                      Jazmin Wali

                                                                                                     Brooke Paxson


Congratulations, Shadi Gholizadeh!

IMG_6507Shadi Gholizadeh, second year student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, just qualified for her M.S. degree. Congratulations, Shadi!

Sarah Mills Published First Article as Student Editor for The Score

Sarah Mills just published her first article as Student Editor for The Score, the official newsletter of the APA Division 5, Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics. 









Congratulations, Dr. Merz!


Congratulations to Erin Merz who successfully defended her dissertation on biopsychosocial pathways of pain in patients with systemic sclerosis






Students Presenting at Society of Behavioral Medicine 2014

                                                                                    Shadi Gholizadeh, Poster Presentation


                                                                         Cecilia Bess and Kadie Harry, Poster Presentation


                                                                                   Cecilia Bess, Poster Presentation


                                                                           Sharon Baik and Tonya Pan, Poster Presentation


                                                                        Sarah Mills and Tonya Pan, Poster Presentation


                                                                                      Tonya Pan, Oral Presentation 


Students Presenting at Western Psychological Association 2014

Jazmin Wali


Brooke Paxson


Marcelo Nieto


Michelle Arrollado


Megan Clifford


Jazmin Wali, Brooke Paxson, Michelle Arrollad0, Megan Clifford (From Left to Right)


Brooke Paxson (2nd from Left) and Megan Clifford (Far Right)


Marcelo Nieto


Jazmin Wali and Michelle Arrollado

Megan Clifford, Brooke Paxson, Tonya Pan, Dr. Vanessa Malcarne (From Left to Right)

Jose Valdez


Tamara Strohauer Invited to Phi Beta Kappa

IMG_6213Tamara Strohauer was invited to San Diego State University's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious liberal arts and sciences honors society. Phi Beta Kappa reviews approximately 800 transcripts annually, and only 140 students recieve this prestigious invitation. Congratulations to Tamara!

Outstanding Student in Psychology Award goes to Tamara Strohauer

IMG_6213The Outstanding Graduating Senior in Psychology award recognizes overall achievement in psychology. One student is chosen from several hundred graduating seniors. Graduating seniors are eligible to be nominated for the outstanding student award if they have at least a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.5 GPA overall. (Tamara has a 4.0 GPA overall/in the major.) We are very proud to have the Outstanding Graduating Senior chosen from our lab!

Tamara will be honored at the Spring 2014 Awards and Initiation Ceremony on Friday May 16 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and also at graduation.

Erin Merz Accepts an Assistant Professorship at CSUDH




Erin Merz, fifth-year SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology student, will be joining the faculty at the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor, tenure-track. 

Congratulations, Erin!

Tamara Strohauer Admitted to the SDSU Masters of Social Work Direct Practice Program

IMG_6213Tamara Strohauer, fourth-year SDSU undergraduate student, has been admitted to the two-year Master of Social Work Direct Practice Program. Her goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and work as a therapist with adolescents and young adults with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse, as well as their families. 

Congratulations, Tamara! 

Marcelo Nieto Awarded SDSU Student Research Symposium Provost Award

Marcelo Nieto, fourth-year SDSU undergraduate student, was awarded one of twelve Provost Awards given for outstanding poster presentations at the San Diego State University Student Research Symposium (March 7-8, 2014). The poster presentation, “Developing a Coping with Cancer Education Program for the Deaf Community,” was on the development of a new coping with cancer education program in American Sign Language for the Deaf community. 

Authors: Marcelo Nieto (1,2), Tonya M. Pan (2,3), Sharon H. Baik (2,3), Vanessa L. Malcarne (1,2,3), Patricia Branz (2), Matthew Fager (2), Georgia Robins Sadler (2,3,4)

(1) San Diego State University, (2) UCSD Moores Cancer Center, (3) SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, (4) UCSD School of Medicine

Congratulations, Marcelo! 

Rina Fox and Sarah Mills Awarded Health Professional Research Preceptorships

SarahandRina-600x300SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology students, Rina Fox and Sarah Mills, have been awarded Health Professional Research Preceptorships from the Rheumatology Research Foundation.  For each student, this includes a scholarship and guaranteed travel reimbursement to attend the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) conference next fall to present their work and receive an award.  

Rina's preceptorship project will focus on identifying how sociodemographic and medical correlates of body image distress differ for patients with limited versus diffuse variants of systemic sclerosis.  Sarah's preceptorship project will focus on identifying groups of systemic sclerosis patients with distinct trajectories of functional disability over time, and identify differences in baseline sociodemographic and clinical characteristics among these groups. 

Congratulations, Rina and Sarah! 

Tamara Strohauer Awarded Two Scholarships

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Tamara Strohauer, fourth-year undergraduate student at San Diego State University, was recently awarded two SDSU scholarships: the Conrad Klement Memorial Scholarship and the Osher Scholarship for California Community College Transfer Students. 

The Conrad Klement Memorial Schoarship is made possible by an endowment to SDSU by Conrad Klement. Applicants are selected based on a personal essay about why they need financial assistance, any obstacles they have overcome, what they intend to do with their education, why getting an education is important to them, and an accomplishment that is a source of pride for them, as well as a letter of recommendation and other supporting documents. 

The Osher Scholarship for California Community College Transfer Students is made possible by a grant from the Bernard & Barbro Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. The Osher Scholarship for California Community College Transfer Students provides scholarships for SDSU students with demonstrated financial need who are transferring, or have transferred, from a California community college and who are, or will be, attending SDSU as juniors or seniors.

Congratulations, Tamara! 

Sharon Baik Awarded 2nd Prize for Best Poster at The 2013 International Cancer Education Conference

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Sharon Baik, second year JDP student, was awarded 2nd prize for best poster presented at the 2013 International Cancer Education Conference (9/18/13 - 9/21/13; Seattle, WA). The poster presentation, “Coping with Cancer: A Cancer Education Program for the Deaf Community,” was on the development of a new coping with cancer education program in American Sign Language for the Deaf community. Specifically, the poster described the processes involved in developing the cancer education videos and the plans for evaluating the efficacy and professional qualities of the videos. The final program will consist of approximately 80 brief videos on issues related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. This education program is being developed in collaboration with the UCSD Moores Cancer Center’s 16-year-long partnership with the Deaf community. 

Authors: Sharon H. Baik (1,2), Tonya M. Pan (1,2), Vanessa L. Malcarne (1,2,3), Patricia Branz (1), Matthew Fager (1), Georgia Robins Sadler (1,2,4)

(1) UCSD Moores Cancer Center, (2) SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, (3) San Diego State University, (4) UCSD School of Medicine

Congratulations, Sharon! 

Erin L. Merz awarded ARHP Graduate Student Recognition Award

Erin L. Merz was awarded the Graduate Student Recognition Award by the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. The award is presented to the top graduate student resaerch or clinical project proposals in the field of rhumatology. Only two awardees are selected per year. 

Congratulations, Erin! 

Sarah Mills and Rina Fox Awarded Certificate of Merit


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Evaluation of the Satisfaction with Appearance Scale (SWAP) and Brief-SWAP in Systemic Sclerosis.  The award was given by the Association of Test Publishers at the annual American Psychological Association conference earlier this month in Honolulu. JDP students Sarah Mills and Rina Fox were awarded a Certificate of Merit for their poster presentation. 

Sarah D. Mills, MS, the first author,  is a third year pre-doctoral trainee in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Behavioral Medicine. She works in the research laboratories of Dr. Vanessa Malcarne and Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff. Her research interests include ethnic minority health disparities, psychometrics, and coping with chronic illness.

Rina S. Fox, MS, the second author, is a fourth year pre-doctoral trainee in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Behavioral Medicine. She works in the Chronic Illness Research Laboratory at SDSU, under the mentorship of  Dr. Vanessa Malcarne. Her research interests include assessing mechanisms for coping with the stresses of chronic illness, diminishing cultural health disparities, and psychometrics.

Congratulations, Sarah and Rina!


© Vanessa Malcarne 2014