Recent Alumni Updates

We post updates from alumni and friends as we receive them. Use our handy online form to send us your news!

Diana Morelen '08  I accepted an assistant professor position in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. (7/16)

Andy DeSoto '09  I am now the Assistant Director for Policy at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, DC. (6/16)

Andrea Callahan Deege '94  Recently toured W&M with my HS freshman and was delighted to see Dr. Ventis in his office as we walked by.  He was my senior advisor.  I'm currently getting my Master's in I/O and it is wonderful to be back in school again.  Keep doing great things, W&M! (4/16)   

Jackie Woods '09 Jackie graduated with her PhD in Counseling Psychology from VCU in August 2015.  She is now a staff psychologist at UVA Counseling & Psychological Services. (10/15)

Al Azzarone '72  I never did anything with my psychology degree, but credit taking an Industrial Psychology class and a business class where I saw a film on a planned community in Finland with directing to my interests towards landscape architecture.  After unsuccessfully trying to find a masters program combining design, planning and psychology, I returned to W&M to talk with my psychology adviser, Peter Dirks, who pointed me to the graduate landscape architecture program at the University of Virginia's architecture school.  I had never heard of landscape architecture, but it was a fit for me.  UVA's program was perfect, and I have immensely enjoyed my career in this profession.  Thank you W&M, Thank you Psychology department, Thank you especially to Dr. Dirks! (10/15)

Andy DeSoto '09 I obtained my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in May 2015.  My dissertation explored the relationship between confidence and accuracy in recognition memory.  In June I began a fellowship with the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, DC, where I aim to help tackle thorny issues of replicability, methods, and metascience in the field.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about APS, and do consider joining this professional organization! (6/15)

Carla Messenger MA'97   I graduated with a Masters degree from the Department of psychology in 1997. I continued my education at the George Washington University, and earned a PhD in clinical psychology in 2005. It's been a long time since I have provided The department with an update. However, Dr. Glenn Shean was my advisor, and upon reading that he had retired, I thought I should send along a more recent update about my career. I am not sure how many of the faculty that were on staff in 2005 are still around, but there may be a couple who are and who would be interested in knowing how I'm doing.  After completing my PhD in clinical psychology from GWU, I completed the post doctoral fellowship at the children's national medical Center in Washington DC. I served for a period of time as an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the George Washington University; teaching psychological assessment to PhD candidates and providing supervision. I also worked for a time at two group practices; cornerstone family counseling in Fairfax Virginia and the capital Institute for cognitive therapy in Washington DC.  In 2012, I started my own practice in Arlington Virginia. I conduct individual therapy specializing in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD, Learning disabilities, and adjustment disorders. I also enjoy working with individuals who are coping with chronic pain and illness, children and families going through a divorce, or other significant life challenges that include trauma. Beginning this fall, I will contact psychoeducational groups that focus on teaching coping skills to individuals struggling with many of the above issues. I also provide supervision to license eligible psychologists who early in their career. I enjoy consulting with schools, medical professionals, and the community, as well as public speaking engagements. The theme of my practice is healing, hope, and resilience.  Faculty and other interested parties can view my website: Dr.CarlaMessenger.com.  I would be more than happy to speak to William and Mary alumni who are interested in the field of professional psychology. They may contact me at this email address: drcarla.messenger@gmail.com  or at 703-527-1200. I very much enjoy mentoring and helping young adults Who are interested in mental health careers. (6/15)

JosephSandford '74 I graduated from W&M in psychology in 1974 and now have a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology.  I have been President of BrainTrain, Inc. here in Richmond, VA for over 25 years and am now focusing on research using the psychological tests and brain training software that I have developed.  I am writing to find out if there is any faculty currently at W&M who is interested in research in the fields of ADHD, brain injury, cognitive rehabilitation or Neurofeedback.  I am currently working with researchers in the University of California system, the University of Syndney Australia and the Fielding Institute.  In addition, I am conducting my own normative research with the new neuropsychological tests that I am currently developing.  Please let me know if there is any faculty interested in exploring research in my areas of interest. (3/15)

Lisa Bateman '09 I received my Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Florida in August 2014. I am currently completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I work with a multidisciplinary team providing treatment for and conducting research on anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. (9/14)

Elicia Lair BA'07 MA'09 I finished my doctorate in Social Psychology at The University of Massachusetts Amherst this summer, and will now be an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi. (7/14)

Julie Owen '93 Recently promoted to tenured Associate Professor of Leadership & Integrative Studies, New Century College, George Mason University. Inducted as a Diamond Honoree at the 2014 annual meeting of the American College Personnel Association. (5/14)

Willie Anne Wright (Boschen) '45 Since receiving a MFA in Painting from RPI(VCU) in 1964, I have had a career in art in exhibitions and collections nationwide and abroad.The VMFA is traveling a show of my pinhole photographs through 2014.An exhibition of my recent lumen prints opens at the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA on June 6th and continues through July 7th, 2014. (5/14)

Sherry Hamby BS'85 MA'89 I am pleased to announce my new book about domestic violence:  Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0199873658) (2014, Oxford). The book is an effort to counter the negative--and inaccurate--stereotypes about victims of domestic violence as passive, helpless and in denial. The book describes a strengths-based approach, common protective strategies engaged in by many battered women, and new approaches to safety planning . The new safety plan described in the book, the Victim Inventory of Goals, Options, and Risks (the VIGOR) can also be accessed for free online:  http://thevigor.org (3/14)

Laura Judd-Glossy '01 I completed may PhD in School Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2013 and am currently a postdoc at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. (3/14)