Dr. Cruz and Molly both presented the lab’s research at APA’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. last month! Dr. Cruz co-chaired a symposium focused on Routine Outcome Monitoring in graduate training clinics with researchers at University of Washington, University of Arkansas, and Virginia Tech University. There was a great turnout for this symposium and great discussion all around. Molly presented a poster related to a secondary data analysis project focused on Middle Eastern mental health attitudes, titled: "Mental Health Attitudes and Perceived Stigma in Middle Eastern Culture: A Qualitative Analysis." Thank you to Drs. Melanie Domenech Rodríguez and Sara Boghosian for your support in this project. We both enjoyed meeting others in the field and look forward to our next opportunity to present our research!
Chandler Benney and Ashley Magana, two of our wonderful undergraduate research assistants, presented a poster at USU's Student Research Symposium (SRS) this week! Their poster was titled: "Do parental and cultural factors play a role in overeating behaviors among Latino youth?" This research is part of the Choices Youth Health Study we finished collecting data on last year, and is an area that they are both very passionate about. It was a successful presentation with a lot of people stopping by and asking questions. Great job, Chandler and Ashley!
Elizabeth Wynn, one of our dedicated undergraduate research assistants, recently presented a poster at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) in Salt Lake City! Her poster was titled: "Implementing a Measurement Feedback System in a Psychology Graduate Training Clinic." This project is part of her Honor's thesis, and she presented initial findings of clinicians' feedback on using OwlOutcomes in their training. We are so proud of Elizabeth and excited to continue this research!
It's interview season here in the doctoral program at Utah State and we have many fantastic applicants coming to campus this month. It is hard to know what to expect for graduate school interviews, and there are few resources are out there to demystify the process. Dr. Mitch Prinstein and his students at UNC-Chapel Hill have prepared a very helpful guide that might be of interest to applicants interviewing for doctoral programs, or those who are considering the graduate school path and are looking for advice about the process. Best of luck to everyone during this interview season!
Molly did a fantastic job defending her thesis, entitled: "The effects of familism and sibling relationship on Mexican-origin youths’ intentions for substance use." She will be working to move her thesis towards publication, including the potential to add a longitudinal component before submitting the manuscript. She defended slightly more than one year after starting the PhD program, which is incredibly efficient! Congrats Molly on this great accomplishment!
Thanks to Dr. Melanie Domenech-Rodriguez and Dr. Ginger Lockhart for serving as thesis committee members. We also extend our thanks to Dr. Rick Robins and the California Families Project (CFP) team for permission to use CFP data, NIDA for funding the CFP study, and importantly, to those families that participated in the study.