Poster Presentation by Professor Shao

Psychology professor Yi Shao presented a poster at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology this month in Austin, Texas. The title of the presentation was "Firstborn or lastborn: Onlyborns' self-report of openness may vary with the priming of birth order."

Faculty Accomplishment

Dr. Melissa Hakman gave a three hour training workshop last month. It was presented to the National Association of Social Workers - Oklahoma. The workshop was titled Highlights of the DSM 5.

Chair Invited to Give Workshop

Psychology professor and department Chair Melissa Hakman was invited to present a training workshop on differential diagnosis and psychological assessment for the University of Oklahoma Juvenile Personnel Training Program, a part of the National Resource Center for Youth Services. The presentation is scheduled for November.

Professor Accomplishment

Yi Shao, visiting assistant professor in psychology, recently had her manuscript accepted for publication. The paper is titled “Personality and life satisfaction in China: The birth order effect under the influence of national policy.”

Chairwoman's Recent Accomplishments

Psychology professor and Chair of the Psychology department, Dr. Melissa Hakman, recently presented a workshop titled “Critical Thinking in Child Maltreatment Cases” at the 20th annual Oklahoma Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect & Healthy Families in Norman.

Hakman also served as a guest lecturer for the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP) offered by the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Psychology Senior part of Governor's Cup

The Moleculera Labs team from Oklahoma City University won the graduate student level of the 2012 Governor’s Cup last week. Their business plan is for a testing laboratory to detect autoimmune diseases. Team members were:

Jacob Lamb, team leader

Emily Sanders (Cell and Molecular Biology)

Bethany Laymen (Psychology)

Luke Reese (Psychology)

Craig Shimasaki was their advisor.

The Precision HealthTech team from Oklahoma City University placed third in the graduate division.

The Governor’s Cup competition is open to student teams from any college campus in Oklahoma.

Read more about the competition.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning held its annual faculty awards ceremony on Friday the 20th. Congratulations to Marc DiPaolo, English and film studies, received the Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Discovery; Ali Boolani, Kinesiology, received the Mentoring of Undergraduate Research Award; and Dennis Jowaisas, Psychology, received the CETL Distinguished Service Award.

Also, congratulations are in order for Gina Fox, English, one of the 2012 Fellows of the Faculty Teaching Academy. The 2012 Senior Fellows of the Faculty Teaching Academy are Brooke Hessler with Distinction, English; Danita Berg with Distinction, English; and Jody Horn, sociology/justice studies.

OCU Professor Noted for Acheivement

A poster by psychology professor Dennis Jowaisas was accepted for presentation at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science annual convention in May in Chicago. The poster is titled “Some Progress but Popular Psychological Myths Live On!”

OCU Psychology Department Helps Hosts Mental Illness Awareness Program

OKLAHOMA CITY — The student-led National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) group at Oklahoma City University will host a presentation titled “In Our Own Voice” at 6 p.m. Thursday in recognition of mental health awareness week. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center at the corner of Florida Avenue and N.W. 25th Street. The interactive presentation includes video, discussion and personal testimony from individuals living with mental illness. It is intended to help people understand how those with mental illness cope with the reality of their illness while trying to live productive lives. The presentation covers the darker days of living with mental illness, acceptance and coping, treatment and future hopes and dreams. Melissa Hakman, faculty advisor for OCU’s NAMI chapter, said the presentation will highlight the importance of helping people with mental illness. “These problems aren’t very well understood by many people in society, yet they play a significant role in several aspects of our lives,” Reese said. “Even though the problems are real and have a large impact, the subject seems to be avoided as being outside the comfort zones of public discussion. We hope this event will shed some light on the issues.” The Oklahoma NAMI chapter and the OCU Psychology Department are helping organize the event. For more information call Hakman at (405) 208-5397 or e-mail her at
OCU Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oklahoma City University will host a video presentation called “In Our Own Voice” at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 6) in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The presentation will take place in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business and consists of a screening of the award-winning documentary explaining different types of mental illnesses and the public’s perceptions of them. A question-and-answer period will follow. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. The presentation is sponsored by the OCU Psychology Department, the university’s Psi Chi club and the Oklahoma Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). For information about the OCU event contact Dr. Wayne McGuire, coordinator for NAMI, at (405) 818-9401 or Dr. Melissa Hakman at OCU, advisor for Psi Chi, at (405) 208-5397.