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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:30:27 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Psychology Speaker Series - Dr. Mike Johnson, Sports Psychologist]]> Dr. Mike Johnson will be giving a talk on his career in sports psychology on November 15th at 12pm. He will be the final speaker in the Lunches with Leaders speaker set.

Dr. Michael Johnson joined the University of Arkansas as the Athletic Department’s Director of Clinical and Sport Psychology in the Fall of 2013. Dr. Johnson is a licensed psychologist who specializes in sport psychology. Additionally, he has extensive experience working with college student-athletes.

Dr. Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University, where he was a 4-year letter winner in swimming. His master’s degree (Educational Psychology, with a minor in Measurement and Statistics), is from Florida State University, as is his PhD in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has been an assistant professor at universities in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee as he gained experience in working with college student-athletes in areas related to their emotional health and performance enhancement (i.e., mental skills training). This experience led to him being appointed the sport psychologist at Kansas State University almost a year ago. He was hired by the University of Arkansas Athletic Department to implement the department’s Clinical and Sport Psychology program.

Dr. Johnson has published scientific articles that address: (a) the relationship between athletic performance and emotions, (b) the development of expert athletic performance, (c) multi-cultural adaptations to the college environment, and (d) doping in sport. Related to his scientific work addressing doping Dr. Johnson also regularly consults with the World Anti-Doping Agency. His applied counseling and sport psychology work has involved college student-athletes in swimming, football, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, gymnastics, water polo, equestrian, volleyball, track & field (multi sports, throwers, runners, jumpers), basketball, soccer, and crew.

Dr. Johnson resides in Fayetteville with his two dogs (Blue Heelers: Nolie and Bruno).

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:37:47 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Karl Deisseroth from Stanford Medical Center to Speak about Optogenetics]]> The Southwestern College Psychology Speaker Series continues on Thursday, April 25, with special guest Karl Deisseroth from the Stanford Medical Center.  The lecture will be held in Mossman 101 at 3 p.m.  There is no admission charge and community members are invited to attend.

Deisseroth’s appearance is being made possible by a special gift from the Snyder Foundation.

This will be a presentation of groundbreaking research that uses light to turn on and off behaviors that are typically found in schizophrenia, autism, and anxiety disorders.  The title of the presentation is “Optogenetics: development and applications.”
Deisseroth, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science and of bioengineering, received both his medical and doctoral degrees from Stanford and has been on the faculty since 2005. He focuses on developing optical, molecular, and cellular tools to observe, perturb, and re-engineer brain circuits. He also sees patients in the psychiatry department with autism spectrum, anxiety, and depression.

In 2006, Deisseroth coined the word “optogenetics” to describe his invention of technology by which nerve cells in living animals are rendered photosensitive in order to allow action in these cells to be turned on or off by different wavelengths of light. Deisseroth’s optogenetic technology has made his stunning research on autism, schizophrenia, and anxiety possible. In each case, he has been able to use light to switch on and off behavior in mice.

Optogenetics involves selectively bioengineering specific types of nerve cells so that they respond to light. Then, by delivering pulses of light via optical fibers to specific brain areas, researchers can target particular nerve-cell types and particular cell-to-cell connections or nervous pathways leading from one brain region to another. Because the fiber-optic hookup is flexible and pain-free, the experimental animals’ actual behavior as well as their brain activity can be monitored.

For more information, contact Carrie Lane, associate professor of psychology, at (620) 229-6296.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:24:00 -0500 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Psychology Speaker Series Kicks Off Monday March 25th]]> Haley Gummelt, a clinical psychologist specializing in psychopathy and working with the criminally insane in mental hospitals and prisons will be coming to Southwestern to give a talk on March 25th at 12pm in Mossman 101. This talk is open to all of Southwestern and the public. She will spend most of her talk discussing her career experiences. She will also be sharing knowledge of graduate school and working in this field with the psychology students for a breakfast Q & A (time and location to be announced).

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:13:00 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Outdoor Classroom]]> The Social Science Division is in the process of building an outdoor classroom. We hope to have it done by the end of Fall semester and up and running for the nice, lovely days during spring semester.

Pictures of outdoor classroom

Pictures of outdoor classroom

Pictures of outdoor classroom

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:52:35 -0600 (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Social Sciences Assessment Day: Mock Interviews]]>  Psychology students participated in two different career training experiences on Wednesday for assessment day. Freshmen and Sophmores had the opportunity to participate in coaching sessions to prepare 30-sec professional introductions of themselves. This experience was intended to prepare them for organization interviews on campus as well as internship and practicum interviews. Social science professors coached students through this process and most of the feedback from students and professors was very positive.
 The junior and senior psychology students had a slightly more indepth experience with members from the Winfield community. They were able to participate in mock interviews. Students were dressed in their most professional attire and although it was clear they were extremely nervous most of the responses after the interview were "That wasn't bad at all!" and "Thank you for making me do that."

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:44:07 -0500 (Southwestern College)