2013 Inaugural Inductees

We are proud to announce the following inaugural inductees into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Chicago Campus

Priscilla Y. Cheng, LMFT, M.A., Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Track
A Psy.D. candidate, Priscilla Y. Cheng is in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research focuses on the lived experience of female survivors who experienced genocide during their childhood.

Antonio Cortes, M.A., Business Psychology
As a doctoral candidate in the Business Psychology program, Antonio Cortes is examining the relationship between workplace flexibility and employee engagement; how an organization’s culture views utilization of flexible work opportunities in conjunction with standing flexibility policies to determine the impact on employee burnout and engagement

Leila Ellis-Nelson, Clinical Psychology
As a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology, Leila Ellis-Nelson research focus is on the effects of internalized and institutionalized racism on the effects of higher education degree attainment for the African American population.

Teatta Gilbert, Business Psychology
Currently a doctoral candidate in the Business Psychology program, Industrial-Organizational Psychology Track, Teatta Gilbert’s focus is understanding how specific elements of diversity including the presence of a Spanish accent, ethnic identity, and integral anxiety influence individual acculturation in the workplace.

Ivan Gonzalez, Clinical Psychology
A doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program, Ivan Gonzalez’s research looks at the psychological impact of Arizona SB 1070 on the Mexican-American Community in Phoenix. Other areas of clinical and research interest include trauma, posttraumatic growth, and animal assisted therapy.

Cheryl K. Green, International Psychology
As a candidate in the International Psychology program, Cheryl K. Green’s research focuses on organizational change within non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Africa.

Marie Hankinson, Organizational Leadership
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Marie Hankinson is focusing on the understanding of work-life experiences and career trajectories of women middle managers in higher education administration.

Vanessa Hicks, Clinical Psychology
A Psy.D candidate in Clinical Psychology, Vanessa Hicks research focus is on “uncovering” what is meant by “sadomasochism” in our society.

Amelia Justice, Clinical Psychology
With many interests including theatre and social justice, Amelia Justice is pursuing her doctoral degree. Her research focuses on relationships in modern society by exploring how global self-esteem affects individuals who are beginning online dating.

Damita Sun Wolf LaRue, Clinical Psychology
A doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, Damita Sun Wolf LaRue’s research focuses on narratives of Native women and qualitatively explores the source of strengths and resiliencies that supported them.

Roblyn P. Lewter, International Psychology
Pursuing a Psy.D., Roblyn P. Lewter is a candidate in the International Psychology program. Her research focus is on the new concept of cultural intelligence and its’ impact on acculturative stress for immigrants and expatriate workers.

Frances L. McClain, Counselor Education and Supervision
A candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. program, Frances L. McClain’s research focus is on the development of multicultural competence of White students in graduate counseling programs.

Allison D. O’Mara, Clinical Psychology
Pursuing a doctorate in the Clinical Psychology program, Allison D. O’Mara is concentrating in neuropsychology and creative arts therapies. Her research focuses using music therapy interventions to enhance cognitive function and emotional adjustment in individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Allayna Fern Pinkston, Clinical Psychology
A doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, Allayna Fern Pinkston is conducting dissertation research on the significance of ‘showing’ in pregnant women, through which she seeks to improve the sensitivity of practitioners to women’s’ unique experiences during the transition to motherhood.

Anne Slanina, Clinical Psychology
A doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, Anne Slanina’s passion involves using psychology to advocate human rights. Her focus is on liberation psychologies, refugee trauma and human trafficking.

Suela Sulo, Organizational Leadership
A Ph.D. candidate in the Organizational Leadership program, Suela Sulo’s focus is on the impact of nurse managers’ emotional intelligence on staff nurses’ job satisfaction and patients’ satisfaction with nursing care.

Nicole A. Thalheimer, Clinical Psychology
A doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program, Nicole Thalheimer’s research focuses on sexual minority populations, specifically on how women identifying as transgender and Jewish hold and navigate their intersecting identities using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory.

Matthew Wood, Organizational Leadership
A doctoral student in the Organizational Leadership PhD program, Matthew Wood’s research focuses on identifying the current state of LGBT minority representation within the military, both disclosed and undisclosed, and its effect on both minority personnel and military readiness.

 

Los Angeles Campus

Jessie Caldera, Applied Clinical Psychology
Pursuing a Psy.D, Jessie Caldera is a candidate in the Applied Clinical Psychology program. Her focus is on behavior and its relation to perception, learning, memory, cognition, and motivation.

Maggie F. Gindlesperger, M.A., Clinical Psychology
A doctoral candidate, Maggie F. Gindlesperger, M.A. is in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. Her clinical interests include neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation.

Shanon R. Harmon, Business Psychology
As a doctoral candidate, Shanon R. Harmon is pursuing a Psy.D. in Business Psychology. His interests include selection and assessment, leadership derailment, organizational culture, and professional coaching.

Vanessa M. Holtgrave, Clinical Forensic Psychology
Vanessa M. Holtgrave is a doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology Psy.D. program. Her research is on understanding the role and prevalence of obsessive-compulsive personality traits in law enforcement peace officers.

Julia L. Locklear, Business Psychology
Pursuing a Psy.D., Julia L. Locklear is in the Business Psychology program. Her dissertation examines how perceived levels of social support enable African-American women in leadership positions to weather instances of gender and/or race-based discrimination.

 

Washington, D.C Campus

Sharon A. Asonganyi, International Psychology
A candidate in the Ph.D. program in International Psychology, Sharon A. Asonganyi’s research interests include African psychology, cross-cultural adaptation, gender development, and women’s empowerment.

Stephanie Beck, International Psychology

Terrica Byrd, Business Psychology
A doctoral student pursuing a Psy.D, Terrica Byrd is a veteran of 15 years in corporate America. Her research interest focuses on the concept of emotional intelligence in the workplace.

Shirley Carroll, International Psychology
A Ph.D. candidate, Shirley Carroll is in the International Psychology program and her research focus is on qualitative research involving gender inequality.

Toya Joyner, Business Psychology
Doctoral student Toya Joyner is in the Business Psychology program. Her research interests are focused on how universities can increase their awareness of mental health illness and the availability of on-campus mental health services for students.

Janelle Junkin, International Psychology
A doctoral student in International Psychology, Janelle Junkin’s research focus is on the role of the creative arts in conflict resolution, specifically in Israel and Palestine.

Gerson Morales, International Psychology

Crystal Kominar, International Psychology
A doctoral student in International Psychology, Crystal Kominar’s research interests focus on peace studies and improving the lives of vulnerable populations by combining her interests in international politics, religious studies and psychology.

Latoya Patterson, Clinical Psychology
A Psy.D. candidate in the Clinical Psychology program, Latoya Patterson’s research interests have focused on the perceptions and beliefs held about education by athletes in high-revenue sports at research universities.

Chatonia Zollicoffer, International Psychology
Pursuing a doctorate, Chatonia Zollicoffer is in the International Psychology program where her research focus is on trauma recovery in adult women who are survivors of childhood sexual trauma and protective factors that mitigate negative consequences.