Incoming PhD student Lauren McDowell wins a prestigious Capstone Graduate Council Fellowship!!!! Go LAUREN!!!!
Thank you Congress! Approved $40mil for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which funds our $AFE Project!
PEOPLE! CLASS's showing at URCA yesterday made us so proud! Congrats Fancy RAs Bailee, Elise, Emma, Jalen, Kat, & Kate!!!
ANNA! ANNA! ANNA just accepted her DREAM I/O Psych PhD program At Baruch (CUNY GC!!) in NYC!!! Told you so Anna!!!
congrats EMMA! She won the Psychology Department's 2022 Norman Ellis Scholarship and will be celebrated at Honor's Day on 4/8!
This is awarded to one junior Psych Major per year, and is highly competitive!
Norman Ellis was a long time member of the department who studied intellectual disabilities. He was committed to excellence in research and academics. This award is a tribute to that commitment and it is given to a junior who has demonstrated academic excellence and the potential to contribute to research in psychology.
Welcome LAUREN McDOWELL! She will join the CLASS coven in Fall 2023 as a new PhD student! CONGRATS LAUREN!
Lauren is coming in with tons of awesome experience - a MA from Roger Williams University in Forensic and Legal Psychology, tons of risk and implementation science research while at UMASS, and clinical work in psychosocial and carceral settings. Welcome Lauren!
American Psychological Association "Bans the Box" - Will no longer ask felony history question on applications for membership.
This was a tremendous and long-standing effort by Dr. Chris Beasely and many others. The issue was brought to APA Council by AP-LS Council Representatives Drs. Jason Cantone and Margaret Kovera, and passed with 93.5% of Council Reps voting in favor of "Banning the Box!" This important change will move APA toward reducing systemic racism, particularly for current and future psychologists. Read harms about querying felony status for membership and job applications in a recent publication by Dr. Melanie Wilcox and Doctoral Student Terrill O. Taylor.
UA Law & Psychology Review symposium,"Crisis Response: Mental Health & Policing" is on 3/4! The 10:30 panel includes Dr. Kois, AL House Representative Neil Rafferty, and ADAP Director James Tucker.
About the symposium: How police respond to mental health crises has become a critical discussion nationwide. Given the potentially fatal consequences of police responses to mental health crisis calls, the efficacy of traditional mental health crisis response techniques and practices have been increasingly called into question. The Law & Psychology Review will be hosting a symposium to address this changing area of law. The symposium, entitled “Crisis Response: Mental Health & Policing,” will facilitate a discussion addressing both local and nationwide efforts to reform mental health crisis response.
Register to Attend: click the Zoom Webinar link here: https://uasystem.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eiL_Xw_hTheFz2o9i_Cevw
Huntsville & The Jeffery Parker Shooting w/ panelists Robert Broussard, Hee Yun Lee, and Jeremy Blair
Mental Health Crisis Response in Alabama with panelists Lauren Kois, Neil Rafferty and James Tucker
Nationwide Look at Models for Reform with panelists Amy Watson Carleigh Sailon and Jackson Beck
Woohoo CASSANDRA! She proposed her thesis AND started co-leading group therapy at Bryce this week! Ruling it in research + clinical work!
HALEY! She got internship'd at her FIRST CHOICE - Vanderbilt! She will be their FIRST forensic intern--and she will be great! Congrats!!!
There goes Shelby again! 1st pic postdoc in match - Patton State Hospital!!!! On her way to being a fancy forensic neuropsychologist!
Heck yeah Cassidy! She had her first first-authored poster as a CLASS RA accepted for APA 2022--on the value of re-entry simulations!
congrats soon-to-be DR. GIANNETTA! Teyah was selected to pursue her PhD with Dr. Monica Miller and study juries at University of Nevada, Reno!
congrats ASH! Ashley has way too much going on. Presented her mini diss proposal AND had a poster accepted for APA! Look at her go!
yes Yes YES! Undergrad RAs Anna and Emma each win $1,500 from Psi Chi to present their paper at AP-LS! Way to go you two!
Paper title: Novel Undergraduate Research Training and Service Learning During Covid-19:
Developing a Behavioral Health Resource Field Manual for Law Enforcement
Background: Covid-19 significantly minimized undergraduate opportunities to gain vital research training and service learning experience. In response, one forensic psychology laboratory “got creative” by collaborating with its local police department.
Objective: Ensure rich research assistant (RA) experience and service learning in forensic psychology; foster RAs’ understanding of law enforcement officer (LEO) fieldwork, particularly in response to persons in crisis (PIC); and contribute to the community by developing a behavioral health resource field manual for LEOs on patrol.
Method: RAs conceptualized and executed a qualitative study to develop a behavioral health field resource manual for LEOs. They collected resource manual needs from two LEO focus groups (N =13). They analyzed descriptive statistics in SPSS and conducted thematic content analysis in NVivo and prepared the project for dissemination.
Results: Key takeaways were that LEOs reported a need for specific behavioral health resource content in an easily-accessible format, and the ability to provide PICs with referral materials.
Conclusion: RAs reported newfound understandings of the research process, PIC needs and behavioral health resources, LEO experiences, and community stakeholder partnerships.
Teaching Implications: The development and execution of this project demonstrates how faculty can provide undergraduate RAs unique opportunities for research, service learning, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
congrats CASSIDY!! Cassidy won a Graduate Council Fellowship for the 2022/23 academic year! This is HIGHLY COMPETITIVE and WAY IMPRESSIVE! Go Cassidy!
Congrats SHELBY on her FIRST FIRST-AUTHORED PUB and her co-authors Drs. Kois, Gonzales, Tussey, LaDuke, & Elbogen!
Title: Neuropsychological Deficits Associated with Medical Conditions: Implications for Psychological Services in Criminal Legal Settings
Abstract: Criminal legal system-involved populations are disproportionally impacted by chronic health conditions relative to the general population. These discrepancies are thought to be due to both health disparities and increased likelihood to engage in health compromising behaviors. Medical conditions can significantly influence neuropsychological functioning and, in turn, thinking and behavior relevant to clinical forensic decision-making and psychological practice in criminal legal settings. The aim of this paper is to review medical conditions commonly observed among system-involved populations—specifically cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, traumatic brain injury, cancer, diabetes, and medication side effects—and describe the complex and important links between these conditions, their associated neuropsychological deficits, and applications to psychological assessment and treatment in criminal legal settings. Ultimately, this discussion will be useful to staff providing psychological services in these settings by increasing their familiarity with these concepts, and providing practical applications to inform their case conceptualization, assessment, and treatment services with system-involved individuals.
CONGRATS Drs. Kois, Elbogen, Cox, and Wolff! The Bureau of Justice Assistance funded their financial empowerment grant application!!!
Title: Building Financial Empowerment to Reduce Recidivism: An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of a Money Management Intervention for Justice-Involved Individuals with Serious Mental Illness!
Funding amount: $431,406 for three years