Christina joins a long line of successful internship applicants from the Levy Lab. Lori Scott and Joe Beeney both matched at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Both Rachel Wasserman and Bill Ellison matched at Harvard Medical School internship sites, Rachel at Cambridge Hospital and Bill at Massachusetts Mental Health.
Nationally there is an internship crisis in psychology with 20-25% (800-1,000 students) not matching. All of the graduate students from our lab have matched and typically at their first or second choice institution!
In January, Kevin Meehan, Ph.D., a former graduate alumni and current associate professor at Long Island University, was interviewed and quoted in The Atlantic for his knowledge of the Rorschach Inkblot test. The Rorschach is one of the most frequently used projective tests in Japan, as it gives the patient the ability to answer questions in a very open manner, leading away from methods that utilize right or wrong answers. It is a tool that mental health specialists are trained to use consistently in therapy. Japanese use of the Rorschach has a long history which dates back to 1925, and the acceptance of the Rorschach test among the Japanese is so popular that 52 percent of the International Rorschach Society is Japanese. However, in the United States, the test has been criticized and viewed as unreliable by many mental health professionals. Meehan provides some explanation of the Rorschach: “The reason patients would be given the Rorschach, as part of a larger assessment battery, is if it’s not clear why they’re struggling.” Patients typically use emotional self-evaluations in therapy, Meehan explains: “With the Rorschach, you have no idea if you’re giving a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ response. I could imagine that that test would be more appealing in a culture where there’s a greater need for social desirability.” Social desirability is important when trying to have a patient express his/her true feelings. Japan's cultural behavior emphasizes less emotional expression, making the Rorschach a good test for reading a patient's emotions. There is some speculation about the Rorschach's validity due to cross-cultural differences in perception. Even with cross-cultural perspectives, the Rorschach is not necessarily about what you see, but how you see it. Meehan explains: “It’s not really what they say; it’s more about how they pull together the image. And the how is very cross-culturally stable.”
The full article can be found at: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/why-the-rorschach-test-is-still-so-big-in-japan/384668/
You can view Kevin Meehan's graduate profile here: http://levylab.psych.psu.edu/people/alumni#graduatealumni
In the November/December Carlat Psychiatry Report, Dr. Kenneth Levy was interviewed extensively on the subject of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for borderline personality disorder. Dr. Levy discussed what (TFP) is and how it is used to help Borderline Personality Disorder patients. He explains: "TFP is a face-to-face individual therapy that takes place twice weekly in 45 to 50 minute sessions. The focus is on reducing symptomatology that is associated with personality disorders (PD), particularly parasuicidality, suicidality, and self-destructive behaviors."
Dr. Levy was also asked questions about setting treatment frames, "When a patient starts psychotherapy, the therapist usually begins by setting a treatment frame that lays out how often you meet, when you meet, etc. -basic things." If therapy starts to work, "we see improvements in affect regulation. Patients start to be aware of disparities between what they might be saying or doing in one moment versus another—especially in the present relationship between them and the therapist" When long term treatments and therapy start to work real changes can be seen: "I have seen people recapture really good lives—lives that are consistent with their interests and their abilities."
Dr. Levy also offers additional information during this interview on (TFP) learning resources. These including the following sites:
Click here to read the November/December issue (Dr. Levy's interview can be found on page 6).
On November, 7th Dr. Kenneth Levy presented the keynote for the 8th Annual Treatment of Personality Disorders Conference down under! This conference took place at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He also presented full day workshops on Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline and Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Wednesday, November 5th in Melbourne and Saturday November 8th at the University of Wollongong. The conference is organized by Project Air: A Strategy for Personality Disorders, http://ihmri.uow.edu.au/projectairstrategy/index.html who noted that Transference Focused Psychotherapy is one of the most important evidence-based psychotherapies for personality disorders evaluated in a number of RCTs in recent years. Pictured below from left to right: Heidi Jarman, Rachel Bailey, Brin Grenyer, Kenneth Levy, Marianne Bourke, Liesl Radloff; Row 2: Annalise Hunt, Alexandra McCarthy, Caitlin Miller.
-Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders website:
-Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders conferences and events page:
We are happy to reveal that Brittany Hollern, Colin Carey, Ana-Sophia Ross, Jacqueline Proszynski, & Lauren Lipner have been chosen to be our 2014-2015 Levy Lab management crew. All five members are past lab research assistants and project coordinators. Their exemplary performance in lab as research assistants has proved them worthy of their new positions, and we trust they will exceed our expectations.
Congratulations & Good Luck!
The Levy research lab would like to congratulate all of our seniors graduating this semester
Your hard working attitudes and enthusiastic personalities will be greatly missed, thank you for being such key components to our lab. We wish you the very best in the future and can't wait to see the amazing things you will surely accomplish from here on.
Levy Lab Alum Clara Fajardo, was recently awarded the APA Public Policy Internship .The APA Public Policy Internship has as its main purpose to provide graduate students in psychology with the opportunity to learn firsthand how psychological research can impact public policy and how them as psychologists can play a role in its formulation and implementation. As internship position recipient, Clara will be spending a year at APA's Central office in Washington, D.C. working on public interest issues as part of the APA's Public Interest Government Relation's Office staff. Kudos on your accomplishments Clara!
Former Levy Lab alum and 2nd year doctoral student Sharon Nelson was recently recognized in the May issue of the Eastern Michigan University, Psychology Department Newsletter for her presentation at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration conference (SEPI). Sharon attended (SEPI) as an undergraduate student and took a lot away from this experience. When commenting on this she stated "One of the things that stuck with me the most was the need to be courageous in session and in therapy, which means everything from being brave and bringing up your errors or mistakes in supervision, discussing your fears with your supervisor, and not avoiding those scary therapy moments." Sharon greatly encourages both Graduate and Undergraduate students to attend next years conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sharon Nelson is currently a Ph.D. student at Eastern Michigan University studying under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Huprich.
Levy lab alum Sharon Marie Nelson recently took part in the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration(SEPI)'s 30th annual meeting. The event was held in Montreal, Canada from April 10th -13th with the theme of Psychotherapy Integration in the Trenches: How Psychotherapy Integration is put into Practice. Sharon's talk was titled Integrating the Cognitive Affective Processing System (CAPS) into Psychotherapeutic Assessment and Technique. Dr. Kenneth Levy was also a plenarie speaker at the event discussing Psychotherapy Integration and different modes of treating the Borderline Personality. Sharon Nelson is currently a Ph.D. student at Eastern Michigan University, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Steven Huprich.
-Pictured left: Dr. Kenneth Levy presenting on recent empirical findings on Borderline Personality Disorder and their implications for integrated treatment.
The Levy Lab team is proud to announce the following lab alumni who have been accepted into various graduate programs. We would like to congratulate the following alumni on their exciting achievements and future plans!
Congratulations and Good Luck!
The Levy Lab team would like to congratulate 2010 alum Ashton Roach for being accepted into the masters of science program in clinical mental health counseling at Northern Kentucky University.
The Levy Lab team is beyond thrilled to announce that research assistant and lab manager Matthew Perlman recently received and accepted an invitation to join Ohio University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program. Matt will be studying under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Anderson, an associate professor at the university who specializes in psychotherapy research. Dr. Anderson’s primary research interest is on the influence of interpersonal processes on psychosocial treatment.
We are proud to announce that Kate Benson, a former Levy lab post-baccalaureate, recently accepted an offer to become a PhD candidate at Texas A&M. She will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Les Morey.Dr. Morey's research interests include assessment, diagnosis and classification of personality and psychopathology, personality disorders, and alcoholism.Congratulations Kate! We wish you lots of success and look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments as a graduate student.
Levy lab senior research assistant Samuel Riley has been offered admittance into two different medical field programs. The first one, The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), is situated in northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the second one, The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Bradenton (LECOM-B), is located in Bradenton, Florida.The medical training for Osteopathic medicine and (D.O.)s is basically identical to that of an M.D. program. The difference lies in the fact that D.O. programs train their students to look at patients more holistically. These programs also provide additional training in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy which involves chiropractic techniques.Samuel has decided to accept PCOM's invitation and will be graduating with a Doctor in Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree in the year 2018. He is also considering a specialization in a branch of internal medicine (Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, etc...) or possibly family medicine.
We are proud to announce that Levy lab senior research assistant and cortisol coordinator Jennifer Fox was recently invited to join Teach for America (TFA). TFA is a well renowned program that focuses on reaching unprivileged areas and populations all across the country, with the purpose of achieving the highest level of educational equality. Some of the qualities they look for in their prospective teachers are high levels of commitment, leadership skills, superior interpersonal skills, strong academic achievement, great critical thinking skills, and respect for diversity in background and personal experiences. Jennifer has been assigned to serve as a middle school sciences teacher in Chicago, Illinois. Congratulations Jennifer!
Congratulations are in order for our research assistant Sydney Risley, one of two recipients of the Costello Family Scholarship in Psychology. She was nominated by Cognition, Affect, and Temperament research lab's primary investigator Dr. Koraly Perez-Edgar who wished to recognize Sydney for her outstanding work in lab as well as high GPA. Dr. Perez Edgar goes on to describe Sydney as one of her most accomplished research assistants.Sydney was awarded the scholarship in early February of this year.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new Levy Lab Research Assistants for Spring 2014:
We hope your time in lab serves as a valuable and enriching academic experience!
To learn more about our new research assistants please click on their names to access their profiles
Levy Lab doctoral alumna Lori Scott was recently named assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Scott earned both her masters and doctoral degrees at Penn State University under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Levy, she then went on to complete her internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC as well as the Clinical Research Training Program for Psychologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Scott's research interests include emotion dysregulation, aggression, and borderline personality disorder.
Jhanev Allen, Matthew Perlman and Shirley Rojas Acosta, all levy lab research assistants, were recently awarded with the Chaiken Family Trustee Scholarship. The Chaiken Family Trustee Scholarship is the largest scholarship ever received by the college of liberal arts. The donors, Gene and Roz Chaiken, instituted this in an effort to help qualified students be able to focus on their studies by reducing their financial burdens.
Both Matthew and Shirley were chosen to share their personal stories at the Chaiken Scholarship event held at Penn State's Moore building last October. Matthew spoke about how receiving the scholarship had provided him with the opportunity to spend more time volunteering and helping out in the community, as well as taking more responsibilities in his research lab. He also spoke about his graduate school plans and expressed his gratitude to the donors. Shirley spoke about how the scholarship had impacted not only her, but her family in the Dominican Republic who carry the burden of supporting two college students in America. She also shared her graduate school plans and expressed her appreciation for her donors' selfless aid.
Congratulations to all three of you!
Fellow status is a grand honor specially reserved for APA members who have done exceptional and groundbreaking work that has had great impact in the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level. Nominations are offered by the different APA Divisions, and the final decision is made by the association's Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives after careful review of nominees' contributions.
The North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR) recently celebrated its 2013 conference in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee, with the theme of "Beyond the Brand: What Makes Psychotherapy Work?". Among the conference participants were Levy lab director Dr. Kenneth Levy as well as graduate students Tracy L. Clouthier, Wes Scala, Christina M. Temes, and post-doctoral fellow Johannes C. Ehrenthal.
NASPR is the north american branch of the international association that is the Society for Psychotherapy Research. The main purposes of this multidisciplinary organization includes the encouragement of psychotherapy research, the sharing of new findings, and ultimately the enhancement of psychotherapy effectiveness.
The Kennedy Forum celebrated on October 23rd and 24th in Boston, MA and held in occasion of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Community Health Act brought together a number of individuals such as former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Chelsea Clinton and our very own Dr. Kenneth Levy to discuss and advocate in favor of the forum's main goals of uniting the mental health community, pushing for further breakthroughs in policies having an impact on those living with mental illnesses, disabilities and addictions, removing the stigma surrounding mental illness, and achieving parity by treating the brain with the same importance with which we treat the body.
In regards to working with Congressman Kennedy, Dr. Levy commented that he "looks forward to future collaboration with Congressman Patrick Kennedy in working to establish parity guidelines that will assure those suffering from psychological difficulties receive the quality mental health care that they both need and deserve."
To read the full story featured in the Penn State News Page you may follow this link
To learn more about The Kennedy Forum you may follow this link
Current lab research assistant and cortisol coordinator Jennifer Fox was recently awarded the Liberal Arts Enrichment Fund and the Psychology Department Funding Award for her neurocognitive research in Borderline Personality Disorder. Both of these university funds have the goal of financially supporting deserving students' academically oriented endeavours, in Jen's case her research projects. Jennifer is an excelling Schreyer Honors student at Penn State pursuing a B.S. in Psychology, and has been part of the Levy Lab since summer of 2012.
Congratulations and best of luck on your research!
Our very own Neil Meyer was recently featured on an article published by The Altoona Mirror . The article was titled "Home school a growing option", and as it's name suggests looks at the growing number of parents and students leaning towards home-schooling. It names many of the pros and cons of the educational option, as well as include various testimonials from parents, teachers, and home-schooled individuals such as Neil.
- To view the full article please click HERE
- To learn more about Neil Meyer please click HERE
We would like to dedicate this news post to congratulating all of our new Levy Lab coordinators:
- Amy Min: Informatics Coordinator
Kusdos on your accomplishments, and we trust you all will be beyond successful in fulfilling your new duties as well as surpassing our expectations.