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Forest Students Earn Awards for MHCC Posters

Congratulations to fourth place winners, Jennifer Halpin & Maranda Upton and second place winners Hannah Harris and Dr. Stacy Ogbeide -


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Forest Student Publishes Children's Book

Taylor Thatcher, M.A. has just released a Children's book about managing anxiety "Know Your Monster" available on Amazon
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Forest Student Awarded Scholarship

Antoni Hanigan, PsyD student has been awarded a scholarship by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP).
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Forest Students invited to SEPI Conference.

Forest PsyD Students Chris Mahan, Keri Parish and Ben Hunter's research will be featured during two presentations at the Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) in Barcelona, Spain.

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Forest Students Publish Article for Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Forest students David Bauman, Bridget Beachy and Kate Higgins developed a document helping sport psychology students find practicum and internships

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Forest Students Publish Article

Forest Students Dhara Shah and Ben Hunter recently published an article in the Journal of Mind and Behavior.

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Forest Psy.D. Student Publishes Chapter in New Book

Deseri Burgess, Psy.D. Student is a contributing author for  "Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professional”
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Dr. Chris Stout Addresses Graduating Students

On October 13, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute celebrated graduation and commencement at The Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, Mo..
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Forest Students Selected for Scholarships/Assistantships

Several Forest students will start the Fall 2012 semester with a lighter financial load after being chosen as recipients of this year's scholarships and assistantships.

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Forest Civility Study Highlighted by KSMU-NPR Radio

The story focuses on Springfield's "Arts in the Park" program and its adoption of the 10 Civility Tenets. Dr. Glenna Weis and several Forest students are conducting a study to observe outcomes of the program.
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CAPS Hosts School Supply Drive

The Child and Adolescent Psychology Student Group (CAPS) needs your help in collecting supplies for children of Springfield Public Schools.  Learn how you can help.

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Forest Students Assist with Look Out Latinas

Several students are teaming up with the Hand in Hand Multicultural Center for this year's Camp Look Out Latinas designed to empower young Latinas towards healthier relationships.
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Student Researches Social Media Usage in Healthcare Reform

Doctoral student Gage Stermensky II recently took a look at consumer attitudes towards healthcare reform and found more consumers wanting to use social media for this type of information.
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GLEE Raises More Than $500 for AIDS Project of Ozarks

The LGBT friendly student group recently held a drag show to raise the money for AIDS Project of the Ozarks. Learn more about why this was so important to the group, and see pictures from the show.
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Forest First-Year Students Raise Homes with Habitat

Several Forest first-year students put in more than 45 hours of labor to help complete Habitat for Humanity's "Six by Six" challenge finishing off six homes for families in the community.
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Forest Student Selected for HOPE Program Training

Hannah Harris has been selected to participate in the APA's HIV Office of Psychology Education Training Program (HOPE).
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Forest Student Successfully Authors Community Grant

Gage Stermensky authored a grant for the NAACP, Southwest Missouri Minority Health Alliance, and the American Heart Association to reduce obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in underserved populations.
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2012-2013 Student Council Officers Announced

Congratulations to the new Student Council executive team including Hannah Harris, Ben Hunter, Jason Malousek, and Gail Hiatt.

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Forest Students Spend Time with State Legislators

Five Forest Institute students recently traveled to Jefferson City to attend the Missouri Psychological Association's Legislative Day where they met with state representatives and senators.
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Forest Students and Faculty Member Awarded Local Grant Funding

CFO awarded Dr. Glenna Weis and five doctoral students in the Child and Adolescent program funding for an assessment project regarding the use of the Civility Tenets in a summer day program.
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Forest Students Present at MOPA Conference

Nearly a dozen Forest students attended the 2012 Missouri Psychological Association Conference held in St. Louis over the weekend. Several won awards for their poster presentations.
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Two Students Receive F.I.T. Sponsorship Award

Ryan Johnson and Brent Huber receive funding for their participation in the upcoming Pitter Patter 5K/10K Run/Walk.

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Forest Students Help with Greene County Teen Court Workshop

Several Forest students are conducting a Family Communication Workshop for teens sentenced through the Greene County Court system under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Brown.
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Spring 2012 Travel Stipends Awarded to Students

Several Forest students will get assistance as they travel to conferences to present their research in the new year.

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Give A Day Breaks Volunteer Record for St. Jude Walk

Saturday, 23 Forest students, faculty, and staff walked in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. The team raised more than $1,600 for the organization making it one of the top contributors.
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Forest Blanket-A-Thon Helps Project Linus

Medical Family Therapy and Child and Adolescent Psychology Student Groups teamed up to create 23 fleece blankets for the organization on Friday.

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Students Present at PERK Conference

Gage Stermensky II and Jacob Chavez presented diabetes protocol and what is needed for successful diabetes management.

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Jennifer Copeland Contributes to MSN Article on Weight Bias

Student Jennifer Copeland hopes to break down weight-based stereotypes through her contributions to MSN Health and Fitbie®.

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Christine Biddle Receives Tylenol® Scholarship

Biddle is one of the national winners of the annual Tylenol® Future Care Scholarship valued at $5,000.

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Forest Announces 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients

More than two dozen Forest students will attend classes for the 2011-2012 academic year with support from the Forest Administrative Scholarship Committee.

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Forest student recieves top honors from APA: Division 18

Shawna Baron is the recipient of the 2011 APA: Division 18 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Criminal Justice for her research on prison rapes and inmates' attitudes towards them.
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Committee of Neuropsychology Featured by APA

Members of Forest's Committee of Neuropsychology will be featured for the next four months by the APA Division 40: Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training.
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Association for Applied Sports Psychology Features Students

David Bauman and Bridget Beachy are involved in several projects to help students interested in sports psychology. This month they are featured in the Association for Applied Sports Psychology's newsletter.
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Forest Student Gets Book Published

Bryce Gray's passion for children and adolescent psychology led him to write the book "Elephant in the Room," which was recently published and is now available at major booksellers.

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GLEE Members Make Strong Connections at Pride Event

Members of Forest's GLEE Organization (Gays, Lesbians and Everybody Else) attended Springfield Pride this month and brought back a wealth of information they can use in their practice.
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Forest Alumnus Helps Create PCP Wikipedia Page

Brian Sandoval's work in Primary Care Psychology landed him another role recently.  His work is now being featured on Wikipedia.

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Wii Tournament Aids Ronald McDonald House

3rd Annual Wii Tournament raised more than 130 dollars for the Ronald McDonald House and showed just how well Forest students could dance.

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13 Students Receive Travel Stipends to Present at Conferences

Forest's Student Travel Award Program released the names of those students this week along with the conferences they will be presenting at.

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Forest Students Make Cyber-Bullying Presentation

Two Robert J. Murney Clinic graduate providers showed children how to stop cyber-bullying before it gets started in an engaging and interactive presentation at Youth Camp in Racine, MO.
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Forest Student Honored by Psychologists in Long Term Care

Forest student Christine Biddle, MA, has been honored by the Psychologists in Long Term Care organization.
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The Give a Day Program Hosts its First Event of 2011

The first Give a Day program event of 2011 took place this Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks.
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Give a Day Program Hosts First Cookies with Santa

The Give a Day volunteer program hosted its first Cookies with Santa event this Saturday, at the Robert J. Murney Clinic. This event provided local children with the chance to get their picture taken with Santa and enjoy some yummy treats!
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Students Present at the NAACP Youth Empowerment Conference

Stacy Ogbeide, Antoni Hanigan, and Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes with help from Kyle Wallace presented A Survivor's Guide to Growing Up as a Minority in "Da Field” at the 8th Annual NAACP Youth Empowerment Conference at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
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Forest Student Chosen as Panelist for MSU’s Upcoming Forum

David England will be part of a panel of experts at "Disasters and the Role of Health Professionals: A Multidisciplinary Response” at MSU on October 25.
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Kayla West to Give Research Presentation at the March-of-Dimes 2010 Prematurity Conference

Kayla West, second year Forest student, will present her research in a poster session at the March-of-Dimes 2010 Prematurity Conference in St. Louis, MO on November 17th.
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Scholarship Recipients Announced for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Approximately $75,250 in tuition reduction and direct student awards has been awarded to 13 outstanding students.
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Summer 2010 Travel Stipends Announced

Twelve students receive travel stipends for their presentations at summer conferences.
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Marti Velez Receives Full-Ride Scholarship from Indian Health Service

Forest first-year student receives Health Professions Award from IHS.
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Murney Clinic Interns Present on Traumatization

Maria Papachrysanthou and Renae Courtney from the Robert J. Murney Clinic present to the Council of Churches.
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Forest Institute Presents on Bullying

Alison Singleton, Brindi Streufert, and Bryce Gray from the Robert J. Murney Clinic at Forest Institute delivered a presentation on bullying.
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Twelve Students Receive Travel Stipends

Students will be traveling to the American Psychological Association and the Missouri Psychological Association conferences.
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APA convention accepts student's poster submission

Poster presentation by Babak Partovifar has accepted by division 26 of APA, The Society for the History of Psychology.
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Students Show Support for GLBT Community through Pridefest 2010 and Volunteerism

On June 13, several students from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute showed their support for the LGBT community by volunteering at the 2010 Pridefest held on East Commercial Street in Springfield, Missouri.
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Forest Students Win at MHCC Conference

11 Forest Institute students win awards in Chicago at the Mental Health & Corrections Conference held April 11-13, 2010.   
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Volunteering at Convoy of Hope

Forest students volunteer their time at Convoy of Hope.
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Forest to present at 2010 MOAMFT Conference

Faculty, students and alumni will be presenting breakout sessions and posters at the 2010 Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference on April 17th in Kansas City.
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Students and faculty published in peer-reviewed journal.

Marguerite Langille-Hoppe, Monique Maxey, Dr. Judith Gonzalez, and Stephanie Terrell will have their work published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.
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Group for Families with a Chronically Ill Member

Dr. Kristina Brown will supervise Lea Schmidt, MA & Amy Duncan, MA in the implementation of an available group for families struggling with a chronic illness.
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Current Intern to Present at National Conference for the Pop Culture Association

Matt Kressin, Forest student on internship, to present paper on the "Saw" movies at the National Conference for the Popular Culture Association in St. Louis. 
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Give-A-Day at Ozarks Food Harvest

Fifteen Forest students, administration and their families assist Ozarks Food Harvest.
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Five Students Awarded Travel Stipends for Winter 2010

Funding awarded through Forest’s Student Travel Award Program.
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Forest Forensic Students to Attend Symposium

Shannon Griswold, Tayler Olsen, Tim Wilson and Shawna Baron to attend the 2010 Division 41 conference in Vancouver.
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AP-LS submissions accepted!

5 students will be traveling to Vancouver, Canada to present at AP-LS!  
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Students and Faculty Present on Poverty

The Perceptions of Poverty in the Ozarks project was presented to the Mayor's Commission for Children by Marguerite Langille-Hoppe, Monique Maxey and Dr. Judith Gonzalez.
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Forest Awards Over $80,000 in Tuition Reduction

Forest is supporting the following scholarships and awards with over $80,000 in tuition reduction and direct student awards in the 2009-2010 academic year.
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Forest Students & Faculty to present at the NAFC's Annual Summit

Jennifer Lenckus, Dr. Gonzalez, Crystal Duclos, and Eric Copeland have been invited to give a presentation at the National Association of Free Clinics' Annual Summit October 25, 2009.
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Practicum Student, Supervisor, and Site Awarded

Congratulations to Ms. Michaela Muehlbach (student), Dr. Debbie Walker (supervisor), and the Greene County Justice Center (site) on receiving these respective awards for the 2008-2009 academic year.
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Give A Day with Forest

The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute's new volunteer program, "Give a Day!"  
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The Forest Alumni Spotlight Is On - Dr. Debra Nofziger

Dr. Debra Nofziger has an impressive list of accomplishments in the field of psychology. She is a  clinical psychologist and spends her time working with military personnel and their families.  Her experiences are without question first rate, and there is much one can learn from her.

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Twelve Students Awarded Travel Stipends for Fall 2009

Over $34,000 has been awarded to 102 students in support of their research projects since Fall 2006.
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Current Forest student, Mandy McCorkindale assists in obtaining a $400,000, 4-year grant

Mandy McCorkindale recently assisted the Community Health Resource Center in Harrison, Arkansas, in obtaining a nearly $400,000, 4-year grant.
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Forest Student Presentation Accepted at National Conference on Diversity

Rhameka Shelley will present The C.A.S.T. in October at the 9th Annual Diversity Challenge in Boston.
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Forest Students Featured in Local Publication

Anna Crosby, Erin McGownd and Rhameka Shelley appear on the front page of the May issue of Unite.
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Students Receive Travel Stipends to Present at Conferences

Fifteen students will receive funding through Forest's Travel Awards Program to help defer travel expenses as they present research at regional and national conferences this Spring.
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Forest Students' Presentation Accepted by the Annual Adult Development Symposium

A paper by three Forest students was accepted at the 24th Annual Adult Development Symposium in Denver.
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Nine Students Awarded Travel Stipends to Present at National Conferences

Forest recently announced the following recipients of funding for the Winter 2009 cycle.
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Jennifer Lenckus Awarded Research Fellowship

Jennifer Lenckus received an 80% tuition reduction for the 2008-2009 academic year to study practitioners’ perceptions.
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Paper by Students and Faculty Member Accepted at SPA Annual Meeting

A paper on juvenile violence by Dr. Kent Franks, Jennifer Anderson and Lisa Padala was accepted for the SPA Annual Meeting in Chicago on March 7, 2009.
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David Anderson Receives Army’s Health Professions Scholarship

David Anderson, Forest student, was commissioned into the Army Medical Department’s Health Professions Scholarship Program on Thursday.
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Tessa Coltrin to Give Research Presentation, Lecture Discussion & Poster Presentation at CFHA Conference

Tessa Coltrin, Forest student on internship, and her colleague, Elizabeth Zeidler, will give a brief research presentation, lecture discussion and poster presentation at the CFHA Conference in Denver this fall.
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Sixteen Forest Students Presenting at the CWTG Conference

Forest students will have student presentations and poster presentations at the Child Welfare Training Grant Conference in September in Springfield, Mo.
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Four Forest Students Presenting at ABPsi Convention

Ja'Cinta Mixson, Rhameka Shelly, Anna Crosby and Erin McGownd had three presentations accepted at the Association of Black Psychologists’ International Convention in Oakland, CA, next month. 
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Dr. Kristina Brown and Renae Courtney to present at the AAMFT Conference

A Forest faculty member and student have been chosen to present at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Curt Mattson Pictured in the APA’s Monitor on Psychology

Forest  fourth year student is shown in the July/August 2008 issue preparing his poster at the APA Convention.
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McCorkindale's paper accepted for CHADD presentation

A paper written by Amanda McCorkindale, a third year Forest student, was accepted for presentation at the 20th Annual Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) International Conference on ADHD (November 13-15) in Anaheim, CA.
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Forest Students active at MOPA

Seven students represent Forest Institute at MOPA with two posters taking awards.
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Students Receive Travel Stipends for Conferences

From California to Masschusetts, Forest students will be traveling across the country in the coming months to present research at psychology conferences.
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Poster Presentation Wins $500

Students win $500 for Poster Presentation.
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Faculty, Staff and Students Presenting at the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Spring Conference

Faculty, Staff and Students are presenting at the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Spring Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, March 29th, 2008.
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Student Presentations and Travel Awards Announced

Six students will be representing Forest Institute at professional conferences in the Spring 2008 term, and have been selected to receive travel stipends from the Student Research & Travel Fund program.
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F.I.R.E.S. Meeting held March 18

Students and faculty shared posters and presentations at the March 18, 2008 Forest Institute Research Education Seminar (FIRES) meeting. Posters will be presented at the upcoming meetings of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Southwestern Psychological Association. There was also a short presentation of the process of starting a qualitative research project.
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Faculty Presenting at the World Congress on Endometriosis

Kristina S. Brown, Ph.D., core faculty in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, is presenting her dissertation research as a poster presentation, entitled Dyspareunia Due to Endometriosis: A Qualitative Study of Its Impact on the Couple Relationship, at the World Congress on Endometriosis on March 11-14, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Practicum Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Quinn, Dr. Ginger Holczer, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center on receiving the Practicum Award for best Student, Supervisor, and Site, respectively, this past Academic Year.
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Recipients of the 2007-2008 Forest Scholarship Program

The Forest Administrative Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the outcome of our 2007-2008 scholarship program.  Overall, 48 separate applications were received in November from 32 Forest students.
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Three Students Presenting at the American Psychological Convention in Boston, MA

Isaac Lopez, Curt Mattson, and Christie Nelson will be presenting posters at the American Psychological Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Students and faculty presenting 2008 APA convention

Associate Professor Dr. Judith Gonzalez and students Marguerite Langille-Hoppe, Monique Maxey, and Stephanie Terrell will be presenting a paper in Division 9 of the APA 2008 Convention in Boston later this year.
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Dr. Chris Stout, Forest Graduate, Featured on Cover of APA’s Monitor on Psychology

Dr. Chris Stout, Forest Graduate, was featured on the cover of the December 2007 issue of APA’s Monitor on Psychology.
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