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Alumni and Friends Newsletter | Fall 2013 

Dear CSPP Alumni and Friends,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's wonderful to have a national holiday dedicated to counting our blessings!

In the spirit of Thanks-giving, I have compiled some resources and inspirational quotes for you. Click here for "3 Tips for a Better Thanksgiving" courtesy of Dr. Thomas Plante, a plethora of gratitude quotes, and more!

Keep reading and partake of a virtual feast of opportunities for personal and professional growth, ways to connect with fellow alumni online and in-person, and lots of CSPP alumni news including: 

  • Holiday greetings from CSPP's Dean, Dr. Morgan Sammons   
  • Your opportunity to join CSPP for cultural immersions in China and Italy
  • Information about our Infant Preschooler Mental Health Graduate Certificate 
  • Organizational Psychology News including our Networking Mixer at SIOP in Honolulu
  • Continuing Education classes with discounts for CSPP alumni
  • Campus-by-Campus updates featuring news from fellow alumni and invitations to events on many of the campuses.

Lastly, to ensure that future quarterly eNewsletters from CSPP reach your inbox, please take a moment to add CSPPalumni@alliant.edu to your address book and/or list of approved senders.

Without further ado, here is your Fall 2013 CSPP Alumni and Friends Newsletter. Enjoy! 

- Michael Newman, Director of CSPP Alumni Relations


Holiday Greetings from Dean Morgan Sammons

I extend to all of you best wishes for our uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving, celebrated on our domestic campuses this coming Thursday the 28th. This year, Thanksgiving is contemporaneous with the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hannukah, which begins in the evening of November 27 and goes to the evening of December 5. I extend to all our Jewish alumni and friends a hearty Chad Chanukah Sameach!!

Hannukah celebrates a miracle, so in closing I’ll quote an old proverb that Richard Holmes uses as a preface to his fascinating new book about the early history of ballooning, Falling Upwards:

“The miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on the water but to walk on the earth.”

A warm Thanksgiving and a joyous Hannukah to you all.

- Dean Sammons


An Invitation from Dean Sammons

Dr. Morgan Sammons, CPA’s Division V Chair for 2014, and Dr. Sallie Hildebrandt, current CPA Division V chair, past CPA President, and alumna (CSPP-SD Clinical PhD, '82), invite you to attend the California Psychological Association Division V (Psychopharmacology) Annual Conference 2014 in Pasadena, "Addiction: Integrating Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology, and Psychotherapy."

This event will be held at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena, and includes 2 days of continuing education at a very reasonable cost.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Drew Pinsky

Dates: Feb 21-22, 2014

Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Click here to learn more about CSPP's Postdoctoral Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology. A new cohort begins January of 2014! Over 500 psychologists in 40 states have graduated from or are currently enrolled in our program, which integrates medication and its management in the biopsychosocial treatment of mental disorders.


Alumni Travel Opportunities to China and Italy

China January 6-14, 2014: Join Dr. Michi Fu, current CSPP-LA faculty member and alumna (Clinical PhD '03) and for a cultural immersion in China. Destinations include Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Read more about the China trip.

Italy March 21 - April 5, 2014: Join Dr. Jeffrey Jackson, CSPP-Irvine faculty member, for a cultural immersion in Italy focused on Family Therapy and Italian Culture. Rome, The Vatican City, Naples and Florence are among the locations on the itinerary. Read more about the Italia excursion

Continuing Education Units are offered to licensed mental health professionals on both of these trips. For questions about either trip, please reply to this email.    


CSPP's Infant Preschooler Mental Health Graduate Certificate

CSPP's Infant Preschooler Mental Health Graduate Certificate classes are available on the Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, and Irvine campuses. Dr. Sue Ammen, CSPP-Fresno faculty member and alumna (Clinical PhD, '89) is the Director of this program. Continuing Education Units are offered. For information on the program, how to apply, and the spring schedule, please click here or reply to this email with "IPMH" in the subject line.


Organizational Psychology News

Attention Organizational Psychology Alumni! CSPP will be hosting a Networking Mixer the evening of Friday, May 16 at the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference in Honolulu, HI. If you are planning on going to SIOP, please reply to this email so we can send you more information as it becomes available. For now, please save the date!  

OP alumni may also be interested to read about some of our recent OP student and faculty achievements, or may want to join our new OP Community LinkedIn group (open to OP alums, faculty and current students) and/or our OP Alumni LinkedIn group (specifically for OP alums). Please also check out our OP Current Events page.


Alumni Class Notes, Events, and News from our California Campuses

Please click on the campus which you attended to hear about what your old graduate school classmates are up to these days. If you live near one of these campuses, be sure to check out that campus page as there may be an event you would like to attend.

Fresno  |  Irvine  |  Los Angeles  |  Sacramento  |  San Diego  |  San Francisco

Please note: We will be updating each campus and alumni news blog post regularly and will include information on our Spring 2014 CSPP Dean's Receptions as it becomes available for each campus.


Fresno wins the award for the campus with the most alumni updates in this newsletter! We are pleased to share updates from the following CSPP-Fresno alumni:

Dr. Sue Ammen (Clinical PhD, ’89)  |  Dr. Dawniel Baker (Psy-OD ‘11)  |  Dr. Scott Kasper (PsyD-OD ’05)  |  Dr. Toni Knott (PhD-OD, '92)  |  Dr. Karen McCord (PsyD-OD, ‘06)  |  Dr. Barbara O. Murray (Clinical PhD ’76)  |  Dr. Sherry Nooravi (PsyD-OD,‘09)  | 
Ms. Brenda Pena (MAOB ‘13)  |  Dr. Siama Raza (PsyD-OD ’06)  | Mr. Travis Sheridan (MAOB ‘02)  |  Dr. Joy Wright (PsyD-OD ’10)

You can also read about the 2013 China Trip led by Dr. Toni Knott, alumna and Fresno faculty member, our presence at the National OD Network Conference organized by Program Director Dr. Sherry Camden- Anders, learn more about our new Clinical Program Directors Dr. Rob Harris and Dr. Merle Canfield, and much more! And did you know the Fresno campus has their own softball team? Alumni in the area are welcome to join. Go Fresno! 

Please click here for CSPP-Fresno news.


Learn more about the Italy Immersion trip led by CSPP-Irvine faculty Dr. Jeff Jackson.

And Irvine alumni, we'd love to hear more about your adventures and successes!

Click here for CSPP-Irvine news.


Los Angeles

Save the Date! Saturday, March 15, 2014. We are planning a special event for alumni in honor of Women’s History Month. Our working title is: "Honoring Diverse Feminist Perspectives: Journeying Together to Build Relationships and Enhance Professional Practice." 

More information will be sent in the near future, but for now, please save Saturday, March 15 from 9am – 2pm on your calendars. Included will be a keynote address by someone prominent in the field, an alumni panel, breakout sessions & lunch, plus plenty of networking opportunities and special low-cost continuing education units (3 CEUs) for CSPP alumni. Special thanks to CSPP-LA alumnae from our class of 1980+ Dr. Susann Bauman and Dr. Clara Farah, who have inspired this event, and our superb planning committee composed of alumnae, faculty, current students and staff.

Dr. Angel Johnson and Dr. Cyrell Williams (both CSPP-LA Org Psych PhD, '08) presented in our San Francisco campus Organizational Psychology Colloquium Series in October. Their topic was "What’s After CSPP? Professional Lives in Organizational Psychology."

Dr. Sandra Mashihi (CSPP-LA Org Psych PhD, '07) has published a new book on coaching. Read more.

Dr. Rahimeh Andalibian (CSPP-LA, Clinical PsyD '99) was recently profiled on our website. She is an author, producer, and licensed clinical psychologist. Read more.

Dr. Annette Ermshar, current LA campus faculty member and alumna (Clinical Psychopharmacology Postdoctoral MS ‘ 07),  is named “Top Doctor”

Dr. Stephen Phillips (CSPP-LA, Clinical PsyD '99) received the 2013 award for Distinguished Service to the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

In Memoriam: Dr. Nancy Lee Etchart (CSPP-LA, Clinical PhD, '89). Our sincere condolences to her family and friends. Read more



Join CSPP alumna and SVPA President Dr. Amy Ahfeld (CSPP-SD, Clinical PsyD '09) for the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Holiday Party on December 7.  

CSPP-Sacramento alumni are invited to join the new CSPP-Sacramento alumni group on LinkedIn.

Sacramento alumni, we'd love to hear from you!

Click here for all of the CSPP-Sacramento news.


San Diego (including USIU)

Recent graduate Nicole Levin (CFT MA,'13) is hosting the CFT alumni group meeting Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00pm on the San Diego Campus (library room 209). Kudos to Nicole for taking the initiative to create this group! Read more.

Chaplain Barry C. Black, PhD (USIU Clinical PhD, '96) is now the US Senate Chaplain and was featured last month in the New York Times. Read more.

Dr. Michael Doyle (CSPP-SD, Clinical PhD, '91) shares, "I am presently on the faculty of two universities here in England, University of London and University of Birmingham.  I also continue my work as a Roman Catholic priest...I would love see any CSPP- San Diego alumni who are passing through London." Read more.    

Dr. Rezvan Ameli (CSPP-SD, Clinical PhD, '86) has been at the NIMH for the past 13 years after prior faculty positions at Yale University and the University of Connecticut, and recently published a book on the subject of mindfulness. Read more.   

Dr. Priscilla Cogan (CSPP-SD, Clinical PhD '78) recently published her sixth novel. Needless to say, her novels tend to feature a psychologist! Read more.

Dr. Kerry Barth (CSPP-SD, PsyD CFT '09) and CSPP-SD CFT Site Director Dr. Marianne Miller published an article entitled "Piecing Together the Shattered Heirloom: Parents' Experiences of Relationship Resilience After the Violent Death of a Child." Read more.    

Welcome to Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay, our new Vice-President of Student Services. She takes over for Dr. Mike Pittenger, who has now retired after decades of service at CSPP-San Diego.

Yoga!  Alumni, did you know you can participate in yoga classes at the San Diego campus? Read more

Click here for all of the CSPP-San Diego news.



San Francisco/Alameda/Berkeley

Honoring Dr. Ed Bourg: You are cordially invited to join us for Dr. Ed Bourg's Retirement Party. Dr. Bourg is a CSPP alumnus from one of our first San Francisco graduating classes and long-time faculty member. The event will be held Friday, December 6 from 4-6pm in the new wing of the San Francisco campus. Read more & RSVP.

Dr. Paul Werner, Professor Emeritus and long-time Clinical PhD faculty member was honored at our CSPP Dean's Reception in San Francisco earlier this year. Dr. Werner taught at CSPP for over 30 years! The new Paul Werner Dissertation Award for Innovation and Creativity was announced at this event, and then presented to a deserving graduate at our commencement ceremony. Read more.

Save the Date: Friday, April 4, 2014: If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (regardless which campus from which you graduated), please mark your calendars for Friday, April 4 (late afternoon / early evening) for the CSPP Dean's Reception in San Francisco. This will be a very special event you won't want to miss, and a great opportunity to network with fellow alumni and reconnect with current CSPP-SF faculty and students. 

We welcome Janine Mixon as our new San Francisco Campus Director! A HUGE thank you to Joe Tally, our Director of Library Services, Dr. Sheila Henderson, our former Associate Provost for I-MERIT and Meg Hardin, Executive Assistant to the President, for all stepping into the Interim Campus Director role for a time and doing such a great job!

The San Francisco Clinical PsyD Program is delighted to announce the launching of our Social Justice Track, which now has students in all 3 curricular years. Read more.

Dr. Rut Gubkin (CSPP-Alameda, Clinical PhD '91) is the Chair-elect of Division VII (Diversity and Social Justice) of CPA and chairs the Diversity Committee and the Disaster Response Network Committee of the Alameda County Psychological Association.

Click here for all of the CSPP-San Francisco/Alameda/Berkeley news.


Enhance your Skills and Get CEUs at a Discount 

Click here for our full Continuing Education calendar, and remember, CSPP Alumni receive a 10% discount, and CSPP Alumni who are also CPA members receive a 20% discount (check out the CSPP alumni benefits page for CE discount codes). 


What Have You Been Up To?

Attention Alumni! Moved recently? Want to share an update and let fellow alumni know what you've been up to recently?  Update your contact information and submit an alumni update for possible inclusion in our campus alumni updates  

 Happy Thanksgiving from CSPP!