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Associate Professor Dr. Matt Baity and his student research team from CSPP-SAC have quite a few upcoming presentations at the Society for Personality Assessment's Midwinter Annual Meeting held in San Diego, March 20-24, 2013:

  • Roundtable Discussion: Participants: Virginia M. Brabender, Matthew R. Baity, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Joni L. Mihura, Courtney Slater. “What Keeps Personality Assessment Instructors Up at Night: Seeking Antidotes.”
  • Paper presentation: Authors: Cleo A. Arnold, Matthew R. Baity, Sara Baxter, and Alan E. Brooker. “Can the Personality Assessment Inventory be used as a Predictor of Cognitive Impairment? Exploring the Relationship between the PAI and Neuropsychological Assessment Measures.”
  • Paper presentation: Lester, L.A., Baity, M.R., Demirer, T., Kolb, S., Duvall, B., Abernathy, D., Shaw, C., Parrett, R. & Gawthrope, J. (2013, March). “Assessing Personality, Well- being and Readiness to Change as Measure of Outcome in a Substance Abuse Sample.”
  • Paper presentation: Shaw, C.L., England, F.S., Reynolds, K., Davis, Lester, L.A., Abernathy, D., Davis, B.J., Baity, M.R. (2013). “Assessing Links between Personality, the Perceived Experience of Physical and Sexual Trauma, Somatic Symptoms and Court Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment Dropout.
  • Paper presentation: Casarella Espinoza, M., Baity, M., Sinclair, S.J., Blais, M.A., Harley, R., Jacobo, M., Lester, L., Davis, B.J., & Arnold, C. (2013). “Exploring the Structure and Function of the PAI Predictive Indicators across Clinical Settings.”
  • Poster presentation: Jennifer Kellogg, Matthew R. Baity, Gregory Haggerty, Caleb J. Siefert, Amy Gains, Desmond Thayer. “The Impact of Interpersonal Style on Therapeutic Alliance and Outcome in a General Psychiatric Clinic.”

Dr. Miles Beauchamp, assistant professor of social media, CSOE-SD, has one of the top 10% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012. Additionally, he just signed a contract for the book “Disabled Literature” co-written by Dr. Wendy Chung, associate professor, CSML-SD.

Dr. Steven F. Bucky, ABPP, distinguished professor and director of professional training, Dr. Ron Stolberg, assistant professor, and Alumna Kim Wagner, all of CSPP-SD, will present the symposium, “Prominent Components of Successful Work with Professional Athletes,” at the America Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in August 2013.

Dr. Wendy Chung, associate professor, CSML-SD, had her review of Kathryn Sorrell’s book, “Intercultural Communication: Globalization and Social Justice” published in PsycCRITIQUES TOC, Volume 58, Issue 7. Additionally, Dr. Chung was part of a panel on February 18, 2013 at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Annual Conference. She discussed “Pedagogies of Transformation: Intercultural Communication, Globalization and Social Justice.” Dr. Chung shared her experience using Sorrell's model of intercultural transformation in the cross-cultural management course, part of the MBA program curriculum, to facilitate cultural transformation among CSML students.

Dr. Nurcan Ensari, professor and director, CSPP-LA, recently had the article, “Meta-Analytical Review of the Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Leaders’ Constructive Conflict Management” published in the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Volume 16 Issue 1, January 2013. Co-authors on the article were student Andrea Schlaerth and a colleague from the U.K.

  • Schlaerth, A., Ensari, N., & Christian, J. (2013). A meta-analytical review of the relationship between emotional intelligence and leaders’ conflict management strategies. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 126-136.

Dr. Bernardo M. Ferdman, professor, CSPP-SD, was elected to Fellow status by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Dr. Ferdman will be inducted during the plenary session at the annual SIOP conference in Houston, April 2013.

Dr. Debbi Glaser, assistant professor, CSFS-LA, was a guest on the Judge Jeanine Pirro show on Fox Cable News on February 9, 2013. Dr. Glaser is board certified in police and public safety psychology and is the former Chief Police Psychologist for the LAPD. She discussed the psychology behind the former LAPD police officer who is accused of killing four and threatening many others as revenge for his being fired from LAPD. He was the subject of a massive manhunt in the state of California.

Dr. Rachna Kumar, professor and program director, CSML-SD, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center San Diego (WTCSD). The WTCSD Board of Directors consists of leaders in international trade who each serve a two-year term. The new board was announced by WTCSD CEO and President Steven W. Weathers at their annual breakfast event at the University Club on Dec. 14, 2012, where San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Patricia Denise Lopez, associate professor, CSPP-LA, and Dr. Louise Kelly, professor, CSML- SD, were guests on the radio show, “Take My Advice, I’m Not Using It: Get Balanced with Dr. Marissa,” hosted by Dr. Marissa Pei, Alliant alumna and current member of its board of trustees. The three discussed a timely topic of how to motivate people in the workplace without using money.

Dr. Rodney L. Lowman, distinguished professor, CSPP-SD, was elected as Chair of the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2014. This group oversees the annual APA convention, the largest meeting of psychologists in the world. Currently the BCA is leading the charge on a major “makeover” of the convention to encourage more cross-area convention programming.

Additionally, Dr. Lowman has the following new publications and reviews:


  • Lowman, R.L. (Ed.) (2013). Internationalizing multiculturalism: Expanding professional competencies in a globalized world. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Book chapters

  • Lowman, R.L. (2013). Coaching ethics. In J. Passmore, D. Peterson, & Freire, T. Wiley-Blackwell handbook of the psychology of coaching and mentoring (pp. 68- 88). Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lowman, R.L., & Carson, A.D. (2012). Conceptualization and assessment of interests. In: J.R. Graham & J.A. Naglieri (Eds.): Handbook of psychology: Assessment psychology. (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley.


  • Lowman, R.L. (2012). The scientist-practitioner consulting psychologist. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 64, 151-156. doi: 10.1037/a0030365.

Book Reviews

  • Lowman, R.L. (2013). Habit forming, habit changing. PsycCRITIQUES: Contemporary psychology.

Professional Papers and Presentations

  • Lowman, R.L. (2013, February). Internationalizing multiculturalism in consulting psychology. Presentation at the annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lowman, R.L. (Chair) (2013, February). Memorial for Harry Levinson. Presentation at the annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lowman, R.L., & Cooper, S.E. (2013, February). Advanced ethics, cases and legal issues in organizational consulting psychology. Workshop presented at the annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Cooper, S.E., & Lowman, R.L. (2013, February). Ethics of organizational consulting psychology: Foundations. Workshop presented at the annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Society of Consulting Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Since January 2002, the California School of Education (CSOE) at Alliant has been host institution to the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI), a non-governmental organization of the United Nations committed to advancing the achievement of a just and peaceful world community. Every other year, WCCI organizes a World Conference on Education, spearheaded by Alliant’s own, Dr. Estela Matriano, CSOE professor of cross- cultural studies and WCCI executive director and Carole Caparros, project coordinator and WCCI executive assistant, with the assistance of a locally-based conference team. Learn more about the WCCI Education Conference.

Dr. Deborah Miora, associate professor, CSFS-LA, discussed the case of a 10-year-old boy who killed his Neo-Nazi father in Riverside County and whether he could know right from wrong on Air Talk with Larry Mantle in January 2013.

Debora Mondellini, faculty, and Dr. Jason Platt, director, both of CSPP-MC, co-presented, “Construyendo Significados Después de un Asalto: La Experiencia de Asalto en las Calles de la Ciudad de México (Making After a Mugging: The Experience of Street Robbery in Mexico City)” at the 13th Annual Mexican Association of Marriage & Family Therapy Conference in Acapulco on February 15, 2013.

The International Society of Political Psychology published an article by California School of Management & Leadership Professor Dr. Saba Ozyurt, “Negotiating Multiple Identities, Constructing Western-Muslim Selves in the Netherlands and the United States” in the Journal of Political Psychology

Dr. Neil Ribner, professor and program director, CSPP-SD, received a $60,000 grant in December from the Claire Rose Foundation to develop a Parenting Coordination Program in San Diego and to begin to collect data on its effectiveness. Learn more about Dr. Ribner’s Claire Rose Foundation Grant.

Dr. Emil Rodolfa, professor, CSPP-SAC, has the following upcoming presentations at association conferences this spring:

  • Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. The search for psychology competencies and how to measure them. Invited Address. April 12, 2013; 9:45 to 10:30, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. Implications and practical realities of moving to competency assessment. Panel Member. April 12, 2013; 1:15-2:30, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. Regulator's views of competency assessment. Invited Address. April 13, 2013; 9:45 to 10:30, Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. An editor's top ten suggestions for submitting a manuscript to a psychology journal. Invited Address. April 27, 2013; 11:45 to 12:45, Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.

Dr. Helen Y. Sung, adjunct professor, CSOE-SF, published an article in the International Journal of School-Based Family Counseling, November 2012. It is entitled, “Nurturing Emotional Intelligence through Home-school Partnership: Using Teacher Training as Basis for School-Based Family Counseling.”

A symposium by Dr. Diane Zelman, professor and associate program director, CSPP-HK & SF, has been accepted to the 2013 APA Convention in August: “Treating Serious Mental Illness in Individuals from East Asian and Pacific Island Nations.” 

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