Dr. Yi Shao Gets Published

A study co-authored by visiting associate professor Yi Shao will be published by the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology in February. The title of the article is "Is height a core geometric cue for navigation? Young children’s use of height in reorientation."

Dr. Hakman Out on the Road

Dr. Hakman has been speaking in classrooms outside of the University this fall all while teaching and being the Chairwoman for the department of Psychology! In September, she went to Redlands Community College with Janelle Warlick (Director of Communications and Outreach for the Petree College of Arts and Sciences). They spoke to three Psychology classes about the transfer opportunities at OCU. The students appreciated hearing about the programs and scholarships available. Also, Dr. Hakman and Mrs. Warlick spoke at Heritage Hall in their Upper School to a Psychology class in October.   


Southwestern Psychological Association Conference

Research was presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association annual conference in San Antonio, TX in April.  The project is titled “ Examination of the Relationship Between Self-Prescribed Perfectionism, Emotional Dysregulation, and Psychological Functioning .  This presentation involved current OCU psychology students – Morgan Butala, Kalyn Holmes, and David Young.

The Internship Options

Below is a list of some of the internship sites we have had in the past: 


Sunbeam Family Services

OUHSC- Center for Child Abuse and Neglect


Private Practice

Forensic Psychology with forensic psychologist-Dr. Ray Hand

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Single Parent Network

Tutoring within schools such as Dove Science Academy

Calm Waters

Family Builders

Mental Health Association of Central Oklahoma

A chance to change

The Care Center

NAMI Oklahoma

Dr. Hakman typically teaches the internship course and site selection is tailored to the students’ long-term goals or interests. Inquire today! Dr. Hakman can be reached at .

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.