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Publication by Nathan Greene & Katie McGovern

Publication by Nathan Greene & Katie McGovern

Gratitude, psychological well-being, and perceptions of posttraumatic growth in adults who lost a parent in childhood

Findings from an online survey of 350 adults who experienced early parental death showed that current dispositional gratitude was positively correlated with psychological well-being and posttraumatic growth and negatively correlated with depression. Further, 281 participants produced textual responses indicating they could remember the time following their parent's death.

Increases in gratitude attributable to the experience of losing a parent were reported by 79% of these participants. They associated their increased gratitude with a newfound belief that life is precious and with greater appreciation for loved ones. Direction of change in gratitude was associated with psychological well-being, posttraumatic growth, and depression. Read more: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07481187.2017.1296505

WI Student WPA Convention Presentation

WI Student WPA Convention Presentation

Marussia Role, M.A. will be providing a poster presentation on her dissertation research at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) annual convention in April. To understand the lived experiences of transgender women in the adult film industry, Ms. Role completed nine in-depth, semi-structured interviews exploring transgender women's experiences, motivations, likes, and dislikes of the adult film industry.

She completed this research under the guidance of her chair, Dr. Balis, and second reader, Dr. Shapiro. Ms. Role looks forward to sharing the results of this study with the psychology community.

WI Student in the News

WI Student in the News

Nouf Alrashid is the only Arabic-speaking counselor who works at Oakland International through Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR), a nonprofit that provides psychological care and school clinicians for refugees in the Bay Area.

Read article: Oakland Schools Face Increased Challenges to Support Newcomer Students http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/03/09/oakland-schools-face-increased-cha...

Former Wright Institute Instructor and UC Berkeley Postgrad dies at 69

Former Wright Institute Instructor and UC Berkeley Postgrad dies at 69

Former UC Berkeley postgraduate researcher and UC Extension instructor L. Jay Citron died in his home Dec. 26, three months short of his 70th birthday. Read more here.

Dr. Alicia del Prado Recognized for "IamPsyched; Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology"

Dr. Alicia del Prado

Dr. Alicia del Prado Recognized for "IamPsyched; Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology"

Faculty member Dr. Alicia del Prado is recognized for helping support the "IamPsyched; Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives: Women of Color in Psychology", a media pop-up museum.

For more information on this important exhibit, please see the article:, "'I am Psyched!' Tour Shines Light on Black Female Psychologist's Race Contributions" at http://www.afro.com/psyched-tour-shines-light-black-female-psychologists...

Wright student & faculty elected to AAPA, Division on Practice (DoP) Executive Committee

Wright student & faculty elected to AAPA, Division on Practice (DoP) Executive Committee

Congratulations to Wright Institute Psy.D. student Meiyang Kadaba who has been elected for the Student Representative seat for the Division on Practice (DoP) within the Asian American Psychology Association (AAPA)!

"The Division on Practice (DoP) provides a forum for Asian American psychologists who have vast interests in the provision of clinical services to the mental health community and in bridging the gap between research and practice. The DoP offers a platform to foster collaborations between researchers and practitioners on research that truly informs practice with API clients and on current practice trends that can guide future research on API mental health issues. Furthermore, the DoP provides the networks, support, resources and institutional visibility for AAPI practitioners that reflect the core mission of AAPA."

Dr. del Prado Invited to the White House

Dr. del Prado Invited to the White House

Please congratulate Dr. Alicia del Prado who was recently invited to the White House to celebrate Filipino American History Month, on Monday, October 24, 2016.

From Alissa Ko, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs: The program will feature discussions with Administration officials on key issues of interest to the Filipino American community, as well as performances by distinguished Filipino American artists.

What a great honor to be personally invited to this wonderful and important event! This is a testament to Dr. del Prado's tireless work in promoting the issues and well being of the Filipino American community.

Congratulations Dr. del Prado!!

Sarah Schubmehl Presents at APA Annual Convention

Sarah Schubmehl Presents at APA Annual Convention

Wright Institute student, Sarah Schubmehl, presented her research in a poster session at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Denver this past August. Her poster described an exploratory analyses on an archival data set of acute psychiatric inpatients with psychotic spectrum disorders (n=178). Results yielded significant associations between medication non-adherence and elevated grandiosity, suspiciousness, and conceptual disorganization.

Ms. Schubmehl is an intern this year in the Geriatric Psychology Concentration at the VA, Denver, an APA accredited internship. Ms. Schubmehl also presented two other posters earlier this year. All three citations follow:

Danzer, G., Schubmehl, S., Barkin, S., Zanello, A., Sugarbaker, D., & Cort, D. (2016, August). Symptom correlates of medication non-adherence for adult psychiatric inpatients with psychotic spectrum disorders. Paper presentation in symposium at American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

WI Practicum Collaborators Nominated for Global Citizen's Award

WI Practicum Collaborators Nominated for Global Citizen's Award

One of our practicum collaborators, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR), was nominated for the 11th Annual Global Citizen's Award by the UN Association's East Bay Chapter.

The program - which was founded and led by two Wright Institute graduates - received an Honorable Mention and praise by the Chapter President who noted the impressive, laudable and important work being performed by PTR. The Wright Institute is honored to have our students training and participating at PTR and congratulate the program for this deserving recognition.

Wright Institute's Efforts Noted in Local Media

Wright Institute's Efforts Noted in Local Media

The Advocate, The Student Voice of Contra Costa College included the Wright Institute's work at Gateway to College and Middle College High School in a recent story about a pregnant teen’s death.

"...the Wright Institute, a counseling program serving Gateway to College and Middle College High School here at CCC, created a therapy circle in the Gateway Office to provide students a space to mourn and share their feelings."

See here for the full story: http://cccadvocate.com/4739/news/pregnant-teens-death-leaves-void-commun...

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