Student, Alumni and Staff Honors and Achievements, from the School of Behavioral Sciences

Aug 16, 2016 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Hello CalSouthern community. Welcome to the latest edition of the Clinicians’ Corner. We have been very busy in the School of Behavioral Sciences, and this issue is chock full of great information and wonderful learner and alumni accomplishments. So, fasten your seat belts and read on.

First off, congratulations to PsyD graduate Dr. Benjamin Culhane, who received recognition for his “exceptional dedication and service in counseling” from Outreach Concern.

Katheryn Whittaker, PsyD

PsyD graduate Dr. Katheryn Whittaker was elected president of AAMFT-CA, the California Division of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

2011 MA graduate Mary Jacob Matthews has passed both MFT licensing exams and is waiting for her license in the mail. She will also be starting this fall in a PhD program in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

2013 MA graduate Dianna Rahhal began her clinical journey with a practicum placement at Philips Graduate Institute (now PG University). She stayed on as an intern, working with children, and is loving it. She is very close to completing her 3,000 hours of supervised experience and is now preparing for licensure exams.

2014 MA graduate and current PsyD learner, Demi Shugrue completed 3,000 hours of supervised experience as an intern, passed the first MFT exam and when last we spoke she was waiting to take the second! She is also a PCC intern.

2015 PsyD graduate Dr. Terry Martin has published his second book. It’s based upon his doctoral dissertation research and is titled The Journey Home from Trauma: A Study of Complementary Treatment. His research examines meditation as a complementary treatment for PTSD symptom reduction, and provides recommendations for the most effective forms when treating the veteran population.

Alpa-Bajaj-AamftCalSouthern’s academic advisor, Dr. Alpa Bajaj, has recently presented at a number of professional symposiums, conferences and events. Her research is based on her doctoral dissertation titled Family Dynamics and Communication Patterns in Indian-American Families: Perspectives of Second-Generation Young Adults. Her research, as well as her experience and expertise working with families of various ethnicities, and especially with families of the Indian culture, make her well-suited to present on this topic.

Dr. Bajaj presented at the 6th annual AAMFT-CA conference, a community outreach event in the Los Angeles area sponsored by the South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency, and the inaugural South Asian Mental Health Conference in Union City, CA. We are proud of you Dr. Bajaj!




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