Student Accomplishments

Graduate students in our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program are competitive in obtaining external grants, fellowships and awards. Our students have been successful in receiving various campus-wide university fellowships, research/travel awards and other awards including Sherry Queener Graduate Student Excellence Award and Elite 50. In addition, our students have obtained pre-doctoral internship placements at many excellent clinical and research facilities around the country.  Below are a few of the most recent accomplishments from our current students.

External Research Grants & Fellowships:

  • Allyson Dir, F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Alexandra HershbergerF31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Lauren Luther, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
  • Danielle Tometich, (Current) T32 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Training in Behavioral Oncology, National Cancer Institute; (Previous) R25 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Training in Research for Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control Program, National Cancer Institute
  • Joseph Winger, Pre-Doctoral fellowship, Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group, Walther Cancer Foundation

National Awards:

  • Erin Adams 
    • APAGS Leadership Institute Grant for Future Leaders in Psychology, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Teri Belkin (Krakovich)
    • APAGS Disabilities Grant, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Jessica Berntson
    • Young Scholar Award, American Psychosomatic Society  
  • Ruthie Firmin
    • Young Research Scholarship, American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Violet & Cyril Franks Scholarship, American Psychological Foundation
  • Nicole Hollingshead
    • Young Investigator of the Year, Pain & Disparities Special Interest Group, American Pain Society
    • Graduate Student Research Award, American Psychological Association Division 38 (Heath Psychology)
  • Lauren Luther
    • William & Dorothy Bevan Scholarship, American Psychological Foundation & the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
    • Student Scholarship, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy 
  • Brittany Polanka
    • Minority Initiative Award, American Psychosomatic Society 
  • Danielle Tometich
    • 1st Place Award for Student Research, Pain Special Interest Group, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Kaitlin Touza
    • Meritorious Student Abstract, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Miji Um
    • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program 
  • Liz Vrany
    • Young Scholar Award, American Psychosomatic Society

Internship Match (past 3 years, 2014-2017):

  • Erin Adams, VA Central Iowa, Des Moines, IA
  • Rebecca Adams, Behavioral Medicine Track, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jessica Berntson, Adult Stream, University of Manitoba-Clinical Health, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Kelsey Bonfils, Major Mental Illness, UCLA - Semel Institute, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Allyson Dir, Substance Abuse Emphasis, Charleston Consortium Internship, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Kimberly Dreison, General Intern - Open Emphasis, Inidana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ruth Firmin, CMHC: Adult Community Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Nicole Hollingshead, Behavioral Health Psychology Internship, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Kenny Karyadi, Neuropsychology Track, Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA
  • Teri Krakovich, Beatrice State Developmental Center, Nebraska Internship Consortium, Lincoln, NE
  • Samantha Meints, Rehabilitation Psychology, VA Boston Healthcare system, Boston, MA
  • Davis VanderVeen, General Internship, VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Liz Vrany, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL 
  • Dominique White, Adult-Severe Mental Illness, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Piscataway, NJ
  • Joseph Winger, Adult-Health-Cancer Management Focus, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


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