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Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology

Fall 2010
Pepperdine University | Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Psychology Division Quarterly News Update
A summary of newsmakers, student and alumni advancements, events,
and the latest developments at GSEP
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Making Waves »
GSEP Holds "Children’s Outreach: Advancing Social Transformation and Learning (COASTAL) 5k/10K Walk/Run"
coastal There are 2.5 million children in Los Angeles. Many endure serious social, economic, and mental health challenges, inhibiting them from realizing their fullest potential. Join our effort to improve the lives of future generations by providing children with the resources that lead to a prosperous adulthood. A family friendly event, funds raised from the “COASTAL 5k/10k Walk/Run and Kiddie K,” presented by Comerica, will go toward preparing K-12 teachers for service in urban areas; counseling families who cannot afford it; and caring for homeless children. The event will take place January 29, 2011 at Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles. more>

Associate Professor Named to State Board of Psychology
gallardo Dr. Miguel Gallardo, associate professor of psychology, was named to the California Board of Psychology, in addition to being elected as a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology, and requires that one’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state, or regional level. Earlier this year he was awarded the Division VII Public Interest Award from the California Psychological Association. He received this honor for his consistent professional service to the division. more>

Psychology Student Competes for Grant to Provide Mental Health Training to Teachers
megan Megan Marcus, a student in the master of arts in psychology program, has applied for a Pepsi Refresh grant of $50,000 to pilot a program that would prepare teachers for the social and emotional challenges of the profession, and provide students with a better education as a result. If funded, the Teacher Refresh Project will create a forum for teachers from Los Angeles-area K-12 schools to foster professional development and establish a network of support through 16 weeks of lectures and workshops. “My mission is to familiarize teachers with concepts from psychology and neuroscience, and demonstrate how they intersect with education. Just as psychologists are encouraged to undergo personal therapy in order to manage issues such as transference and countertransference, teachers should also be aware of their own emotional reactions so that they do not inadvertently hinder student learning,” Marcus said. To support the Teacher Refresh Project, text 103179 to 73774 (Pepsi) and vote online daily at throughout the month of October. To receive daily voting reminders, email more>

Diversity Council Addresses Undocumented Students in Education
latino A panel on “Exceptional Students, Marginal Lives: Achievement and Civic Engagement Among Undocumented Latino Youths” was presented on September 29 in honor of Latino Heritage Month. Guest speaker Dr. William Perez, author of We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream, commented that “despite public investment in their education, high levels of achievement, community service, leadership experience, and a deep sense of commitment to American society, undocumented students remain without legal status, are not considered American and thus are not eligible for any type of assistance to attend college, even though over 90 percent of the students surveyed aspire to obtain a master’s degree or higher.” This program informed the audience how to help undocumented students overcome these barriers with familial, peer, and academic support. more>
In the News »

Los Angeles Times Magazine, October 3: Dr. Steve Sultanoff, adjunct faculty member, was profiled in an article entitled “The Best Medicine” in which he discusses how laughter really is the best therapy. Sultanoff advocates for using humor as a therapeutic tool in practice.

KABC-TV, September 17: Dr. Steve Sultanoff, adjunct faculty member, was interviewed about laughter’s ability to minimize pain and generate healing.

The Huffington Post, September 1-22: Dennis Palumbo (MA in Counseling Psychology ’88) continues to write a column for the popular blog. Recent posts include “MIRROR IMAGE--Reflections on Fact and Fiction,” “Gut Check: Living the Writer's Life,” “The Problem with the World...,” and “PITTSBURGH: The Steel City in Transition.” He recently published Mirror Image, the first volume in a series of mysteries.

Discovery Channel, July 27 – September 28: Miatta Snetter (MA ’00, PsyD ’07) showcases her clinical expertise as a narrator on The Colony, a reality television show in its second season which follows 10 volunteers tasked with rebuilding society in a post-apocalyptic world setting. Snetter is a military sexual trauma counselor at the Los Angeles Veterans Resource Center.

The Today Show, July 26: Allison Cohen (MFT ’03) discussed how many happily married couples sleep in separate beds, resulting in more restful sleep, healthier relationships, and greater levels of intimacy.

Los Angeles Sentinel, July 15: Dr. Thema Bryant Davis, associate professor, was highlighted for her promotion of health in church communities. As a member of the ministerial staff of AME Church and director of the dance ministry, Bryant Davis led a ballroom full of attendees of a Christian education summit in Las Vegas in an energetic gospel aerobics session.

ESPN Radio, July 1: Kenneth Hartline, an MFT student, was interviewed about sports psychology and how athletes handle the pressure to be the greatest in their game. Hartline runs a blog called “The Psychology of Sports.”

Student and Alumni Updates »

Dr. Erin Gabrielson (PsyD ’10) was awarded the California Psychological Association Division I Scholarship for Psychology Graduate Students. This award supports students involved in professional advocacy, ledership, and promising clinical practice. Her clinical interests are to work with underserved children, women, and families using integrative care.

Nicole Brown (MA ’05), who will graduate from the doctor of psychology program this month, founded Learning Dynamics, a nonprofit to provide affordable psychological and educational services to families in the greater Los Angeles Area. Several Pepperdine alumni serve the board of directors.

Dr. David Schafer (MA ’04, PsyD ’08) has recently opened a psychotherapy practice, ACT on YOUR Life. Alumni Sarah Randall (MA ’05) and Laura Wiedeman (MA ’07) work on staff.

Dr. Anne Ruane (MA ’03, PsyD ’08) opened a psychotherapy practice in Encino, California.

Janie Bauman (MFT ’03) opened a new private psychology practice, with offices in Orange and Corona, joining a small group of private Christian therapists. 

Dr. Gitu Bhatia (PsyD ’00), an adjunct faculty member, was recognized by the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) for presenting educational programs for the family law professionals (lawyers, judges, mental health professionals, and financial specialists) on working with diverse populations in a culturally sensitive manner. The nonprofit LACFLA helps families go through divorce without litigation. Bhatia’s dissertation studied building a culturally sensitive model of mediation.

Dr. Mindy Puopolo (PsyD ’99) was granted tenure by the board of regents of California Lutheran University. A resident of Oak Park, California, and a director of graduate programs in psychology, she received her bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and master’s from Notre Dame College.

Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt (MFT ’94) was awarded the National Academy of Neuropsychology 2010 Early Career Service Award for her work to further the field of neuropsychology. The award is based on service to the profession, service to the community, and teaching, including supervision and mentoring.

Dr. Lisa Osborn (MA ’93, PsyD ’99), chairperson of the Government Affairs Committee for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and an adjunct faculty member at GSEP, presented on “Policy and Politics: Why They Matter to Graduate Students” at a workshop on October 2 in Los Angeles.

Shaquita Tillman, a PsyD student, and Monica Ellis, a master of arts student, counseled grieving families affected by the Grim Reaper serial killer who was caught this summer at a memorial service held by Bethel AME Church on August 10.

Student and Alumni Resources »
sec Today, we are facing major social and economic issues around the world. This new, 40-unit degree encourages participants to explore the root causes of these issues and develop sustainable solutions. In less than two years, students will learn to formulate strategies, implement programs, mobilize stakeholders, and develop marketing campaigns to enact change at local and global levels. The technology-blended format, with 40 percent online coursework and 60 percent face-to-face sessions, is accommodating for the working professional, and scholarships, grants, and loans are available to help finance program fees. Now accepting applications for a spring 2011 start. more>
Call Michelle Awadalla at 866-503-5467 or email

career services Advance your career by utilizing the specialized support and resources provided by GSEP Career Services. Assistance includes career counseling, cover letter and resume review, job search guidance, and interview preparation. Career Services also hosts PepPro, an easy-to-use database listing open positions, networking events, and other tools. more>
Call Career Services at 310-568-5666 or e-mail

pan Each year Pepperdine hosts hundreds of gatherings for the 80,000 alumni around the country. Update your e-mail address through PAN Online, the university-wide alumni directory, to ensure that you receive Waves, the monthly e-newsletter with details on these events and other benefits. Take full advantage of your Pepperdine University affiliation by joining this valuable social networking group. more>
Call Claudette LaCour at 310-568-5649 or e-mail
Upcoming Events »
Multicultural Research and Training Lab (MRTL) 3rd Annual Biennial Conference

October 16, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Hosted by MRTL
Dr. Gail Wyatt, professor and research scientist in the department of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, will address “Tragedy and Triumph: A Multicultural Perspective on Trauma and Resiliency” at this conference open to doctoral psychology students. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. In lieu of a conference registration fee, MRTL selects a worthy organization for donations. This year will benefit Laura's House, the only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in south Orange County, with either an in-kind donation of baby wipes, antiseptic hand wipes, or hand sanitizers; or small cash donations. Please bring your donation for admission to the conference. more>
To register or for more information, e-mail

Inaugural Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series Event

October 20, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Rave Motion Pictures Theater at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center (across from the GSEP West Los Angeles Graduate Campus)

Hosted by GSEP
Generously sponsored by Don and Dr. Susan Rice (EdD ’86); member of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents and director of the GSEP Board of Visitors; the lecture series brings leading agents of change to GSEP to discuss the challenges and opportunities in leadership in communities across the world. This event will welcome Mr. Jerr Boschee, executive director of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurs and CEO of the Social Enterprise Alliance. He will speak on “The Global Rise of the Social Enterprise.” There is no charge to attend. more>
To RSVP, call Vanessa Jahn at 310-568-2344 or e-mail

Wellness Fair

October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
West Los Angeles Graduate Campus
Exhibits in rooms 333-334, presentations in room 339, in-office spa room 340

Hosted by Student Group Women Leading Change
Kaiser Permanente, Weight Watchers at Work, Pacific Health and Wellness, Anthem BlueCross, Optum Health (formerly Pacificare), Spectrum Clubs, Chikitik Jewelry, and the University Credit Union will showcase their products and services. Optum Health will present “Healthy Living: A Primer” from 11:30 – 12:00 p.m., and “Life Balance: Too Many Balls, Not Enough Bounce” from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Meet in room 333 at 12:00 p.m. to walk to Triangle Park (behind campus) for outdoor yoga. more>
To RSVP for mini-spa treatments at the in-office spa, e-mail Robin Bailey-Chen at

Clinical Connections: Understanding DMH Paperwork

October 23, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Encino Graduate Campus

Hosted by MA Psychology Professional Development Department
Guest Speaker: Helena Cerny, PhD, LMFT
Clinical Connections is a series of free workshops at which students can discuss clinical issues that fall outside the domain of the academic curriculum, but that are commonly seen in practice. The events allow attendees the opportunity to network as they prepare to leave the formal educational setting, obtain their license, or further their practice. Students may earn up to 200 of the 3,000 hours required for licensing by attending these events. more>
Call Kathleen Wenger at 949-223-2580 or e-mail

Clinical Connections: The Couple's Toolbox: A Review of Interventions that Decrease Negative Interactions & Improve Communications

November 5, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
West Los Angeles Graduate Campus Room 342

Hosted by MA Psychology Professional Development Department
Guest Speaker: Nicole Meise, PhD, LMFT
Clinical Connections is a series of free workshops at which students can discuss clinical issues that fall outside the domain of the academic curriculum, but that are commonly seen in practice. The events allow attendees the opportunity to network as they prepare to leave the formal educational setting, obtain their license, or further their practice. Students may earn up to 200 of the 3,000 hours required for licensing by attending these events. more>
Call Kathleen Wenger at 949-223-2580 or e-mail

Substance Abuse: Detection and Treatment

November 19, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Nov 20, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Dr. Laurie Schoellkopf, adjunct faculty member, will lead this program. Both days are required to receive 15 hours of continuing education credit. Professionals: $275, Non-Pepperdine Students: $175, Pepperdine Students and Alumni: $150.
To RSVP, call 310-568-2343 or e-mail

Clinical Connections: Therapy for Therapists

December 3, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Irvine Graduate Campus Room 324-326

Hosted by MA Psychology Professional Development Department
Guest Speaker: Melanie Coughlin, LMFT
Clinical Connections is a series of free workshops at which students can discuss clinical issues that fall outside the domain of the academic curriculum, but that are commonly seen in practice. The events allow attendees the opportunity to network as they prepare to leave the formal educational setting, obtain their license, or further their practice. Students may earn up to 200 of the 3,000 hours required for licensing by attending these events. more>
Call Kathleen Wenger at 949-223-2580 or e-mail

3rd Annual Career Week

January 24 – Friday, January 28, 2011
Times and Locations: TBA

Hosted by Career Services
This campus-wide initiative is designed to assist students and alumni with career planning. Career Services will hold workshops on resume writing, interviewing, and job search and networking strategies.  Alumni in a variety of fields will impart valuable advice, as well as tips on how to maximize your success at the Spring Career Fairs (WLA, February 11 and Irvine, February 22). more>
If you are interested in being a guest speaker or recruiting students/alumni at our Spring Career Fairs, contact Yas Djadali at 310-568-5666 or
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