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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)

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 '85 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)

Lisa Bateman '09 I am currently in my fifth year of a doctoral program in school psychology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and will graduate in August 2014 with my Ph.D. I have collected all of my dissertation data and am now analyzing the results. My project examines life satisfaction among high school students with symptoms of ADHD. I am also on internship, where I split my time between providing academic, behavioral, and psychological services in local schools, working in a USF Health Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) clinic, teaching behavioral parent training courses, and providing academic, behavioral, and psychological services in a low-income pediatric clinic. In my free time during graduate school, I have become very involved with my church, Aletheia Tampa, and enjoy searching the local community. (10/13)

Denicia Titchner '03 Denicia is very excited to have graduated with her Ph.D. in Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in August 2013. (09/13)

Jackie Woods '09 I am currently a 4th year student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University. For my dissertation, I received funding from the NIH to conduct a health promotion intervention targeting childhood obesity in a local African American church congregation. I also plan to apply for internship this Fall and hope to obtain an internship at a college counseling center. (09/13)

Mary Jo White '70 Recently nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that has an instrumental role in implementing Wall Street reform.  To read more about her story, visit the Psychology Synapses page. (1/13)