The Wright Institute News & Events

Alumni Spotlight: Meagan Rossin, 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Meagan Rossin, Class of 2018

Meagan Rossin, LMFT, graduated from the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program in 2018. She spoke with the Wright Institute's Dalton Green about her career since graduation, launching her own independent practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how her background in performing arts has helped inform her career in psychology.

Dalton Green (DG): Where has your career taken you since you graduated in 2018?

Alicia del Prado, PhD, Named Amongst Most Influential Filipina Women in the World

Alicia del Prado, PhD, Named Amongst Most Influential Filipina Women in the World

Congratulations to Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program

Faculty Member Alicia del Prado, PhD, for being named as one of the "Most Influential Filipina Women in the World" by the Foundation for Filipina Women's Network.

The "Most Influential Filipina Women in the World" award (Global FWN100) was launched in 2006, and has awarded 100 women globally since 2013. "​​[The award winners] are magnificent women doing extraordinary work trailblazing for the next generation leaders," said Marily Mondejar, founder and CEO of the Foundation for Filipina Women's Network.

Clinical Psychology Student Suzanne Mungalez co-authors article on Perinatal Care for Black Families

Clinical Psychology Student Suzanne Mungalez co-authors article on Perinatal Care for Black Families

Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program student Suzanne Mungalez co-wrote a research article for Zero to Three titled "EMBRACE Perinatal Care for Black Families: Reclaiming Health, Wellness, and Self-Determination for Black Birthing." Written alongside three authors, Glamarys Acevedo, Markita Mays, and Theresia Oklan, EMBRACE Perinatal Care discusses racialized birthing disparities in the United States.

Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students, a New Book from Anatasia Kim, PhD, and Abigail Johal, PsyD

Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students, a New Book from Anatasia Kim, PhD, and Abigail Johal, PsyD

Wright Institute Clinical Faculty Member Anatasia Kim, PhD and Clinical Psychology Program alum Abigail Johal, PsyD, are releasing a new book, Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach to Higher Education. Here's what they have to say about their book, which was released on August 17, 2021:

This text introduces "Taking Flight", a year-long clinical psychology internship program to be implemented for students of color and first-generation college-bound students. The program offers hands-on opportunities for participants to develop skills that will propel them to seek advanced degrees in mental health.

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Tian Qi Lindberg, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Tian Qi Lindberg, Class of 2017

"It's a mission of mine to raise the visibility of biracial and multicultural people in the profession," says Eric Tian Qi Lindberg. "What better way to advertise my mixed heritage and mixed identity than my name?"

A lot has happened for Lindberg since he graduated from the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program. He has become a father, welcoming his first son, Oliver, last summer. He is gaining experience as a clinician in private practice, growing his client base each month. Since 2019, Lindberg has held the position of field placement advisor in the Counseling Psychology Program, working with fellow Wright Institute alum Stuart Lee to guide students in their practicum experience.

Student Spotlight: Annie Happel

Student Spotlight: Annie Happel

Even before she was pursuing a degree in counseling psychology, Annie Happel was interested in talking to people about their lives. "I often found that while meeting with clients, I was more interested in learning about their personal lives than their projects," she says.

As a first-year daytime student in the Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program, Happel is still sorting through what she wants her career in psychology to be. Due to in-person classes being moved online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has yet to attend a class at the Dwight Way campus. Despite attending all classes so far from her apartment, Happel has jumped into her career change headfirst.

Get to know Mary Clarke, PhD - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Get to know Mary Clarke, PhD - Full-Time Faculty, Counseling Psychology Program

Mary Clarke, PhD, joined the Counseling Psychology Program faculty in 2017. She spoke with the Wright Institute's Dalton Green about how she became interested in psychology, her favorite courses to teach, and how the mental health field can improve LBGTQIA representation.

Dalton Green (DG): How did you become interested in psychology as a career?

Student Spotlight: Anahat Singh

Student Spotlight: Anahat Singh

Wright Institute Clinical Psychology Program student Anahat Singh recently presented at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) conference, winning an award for her poster. Singh's poster, "Survivorship Wellness Group Program: Increasing Gastrointestinal Cancer Survivor Participation and Engagement through Automatic Referrals." was co-authored with Alison Chang, Mikela Barulich, Dianne Shumay, PhD, Margaret Chesney, PhD, and Jamie Cohen, PsyD.

Singh, who is in her fourth year in the program, is writing her dissertation on the experience of depression in survivors of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. "I'm looking to see if psychological flexibility and values-based living are perhaps protective factors against depression," she says. "If so, then how can we use them as preventative modes of therapy, rather than waiting until somebody is already experiencing depression?"

Clinical Services Director Deanna van Ligten Reflects on One Year of the Pandemic

Clinical Services Director Deanna van Ligten Reflects on One Year of the Pandemic

In March of 2020, the Wright Institute Clinic was faced with the decision to close its doors and move its services online. Deanna van Ligten, PsyD, the Wright Institute's Director of Clinical Services, recalls conversations she had early in that month, when so much seemed uncertain. "I remember asking myself, 'do we just have to cancel all of our services this week?'" says van Ligten of the week of March 9, 2020.

Wright Institute Faculty Contribute to AAMFT Leadership Symposium

Wright Institute Faculty Contribute to AAMFT Leadership Symposium

Two Wright Institute Counseling Psychology Program Core Faculty Members, Ulash Dunlap and Kristin Dempsey, contributed to events at the 2021 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Leadership Symposium in March. This year, the AAMFT held a virtual conference, consisting of a mixture of pre-recorded and live presentations.

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