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2013 Men of the Year Honoree: Dr. Mark Skrade

SBJ Photo by Wes Hamilton

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2013 40 Under 40 Honoree: Kristina Brown

Dr. Brown's was one of 40 up-and-comers who's personal accomplishments in civic and professional arenas were acknowledged March 7, 2013  in a special publication and evening party by Springfield Business Journal.
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Dr. Leftwich Commissioned Captain in Army National Guard

Dr. Leftwich completed his commissioning ceremony to become a Captain in the Missouri Army National Guard.


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Forest & Burrell Enter Merger Agreement

The boards of directors for Forest Institute and Burrell Behavioral Health approved this week a decision to merge the two Springfield-based organizations.
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Dr. Robert Denney Named APA Division 40 Fellow

Dr. Denney joins the list of psychologists and neuropsychologists that the APA feels have made "unusual and outstanding contributions" beyond the state and regional level.
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Dr. Christina Pietz Testifies as Loughner Pleads Guilty

Tuesday, Jared Lee Loughner plead guilty to the shooting rampage in Tuscon, Arizona where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Forest's Dr. Christina Pietz was among those who testified in the hearing.
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Dr. Kristina Brown Book Review Published in Journal

Brown reviewed the book "They Can't Find Anything Wrong! 7 Keys to Understanding, Treating, and Healing Stress Illness." The review was published in the journal, "Families, Systems, and Health."
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Dr. Renae Courtney to Direct Forest's MACL Program

She will be a full-time core faculty member whose roles will include teaching in the MACL in Springfield, managing the MACL programs in Springfield and St. Louis, and working with students on thesis projects.
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Forest Institute Offers Autism Aid Through Several Opportunities

In recognition of National Autism Awareness month Forest Institute is reaching out to those affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) by providing services and graduate level training.
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Forest Students and Faculty Member Awarded Local Grant Funding

CFO awarded Dr. Glenna Weis and five doctoral students in the Child and Adolescent program funding for an assessment project regarding the use of the Civility Tenets in a summer day program.
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Dean Megan Weaver Named to 40 Under 40 List

The annual list is compiled of 40 individuals from the Ozarks who are considered up-and-coming young professionals. Dean Megan Weaver makes the 2012 class and is featured in the Springfield Business Journal.
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Dr. Gonzalez Interviewed About Interracial Marriages

With the number of interracial marriages climbing to 4.8 million in the U.S., Dr. Judith Gonzalez talks to KOLR 10 News about the trend and why it's more widely accepted.

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Dr. Michele Williams Named to Board of MOABA

Dr. Williams' passion for behavior analysis will now be felt at the state level as she helps guide the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis.

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Dr. Baker Honored at Springfield Business Journal Breakfast

This week Dr. Jennifer Baker was the keynote speaker at SBJ's "12 People You Should Know in 2012" breakfast series. She spoke about healthy relationships. Click below to see the SBJ story and pictures.
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Forest Students Help with Greene County Teen Court Workshop

Several Forest students are conducting a Family Communication Workshop for teens sentenced through the Greene County Court system under the supervision of Dr. Kristina Brown.
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Dr. Gerald Porter Featured on National Radio Show

Porter joined the discussion on "The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour" on the Progressive Radio Network to talk about moving lives forward in 2012. Porter also announced a visit by Dr. Breggin to Forest this spring.
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Give A Day Breaks Volunteer Record for St. Jude Walk

Saturday, 23 Forest students, faculty, and staff walked in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk. The team raised more than $1,600 for the organization making it one of the top contributors.
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Dr. Jennifer Baker: A Need to Know Person

Springfield Business Journal released its "Top 12 People You Need to Know in 2012" list. Among those making the cut is Dr. Jennifer Baker for her work in maintaining healthy marriages.
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Dr. Glenna Weis Weighs In on Penn State Scandal

Dr. Weis was interviewed by Ozarks Local News about the Penn State scandal and the effects of sexual abuse to a child over time. Video is included in this story.
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Dr. Kristina Brown Publishes Tip Sheet for NHMRC

Dr. Brown's fourth contribution to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center is focused on "Helping Couples with Medically Fragile Children."

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Kimberly Ramacciotti Becomes New Master's Program Advisor

In a newly created position, Kimberly Ramacciotti will work closely with students in the master's program to help them achieve their academic and professional career goals.
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Dr. Gerald Porter Begins First Week With Forest

Taking on the roles of Interim Dean of the PsyD program and Associate VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Gerald Porter sat down with us for a one-on-one about his first week at Forest and his future plans.
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Dr. Ellen Orr Appointed to St. Louis Faculty

Ellen Glover-Orr, Ph.D. joins the faculty of Forest Institute - St. Louis and will be teaching in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program.
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Dr. Porter Named Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

After several visits to the Forest campus, Dr. Gerald Porter was named as Interim Dean of the PsyD program and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs today in a letter from the President.
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Dr. Jennifer Baker Named Vice President

In a letter from the President, Dr. Jennifer Baker, PsyD, LFMT was named Vice President, a newly created position within the organization.
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Dr. Pietz Reports To Judge On Arizona Shooter's Competency

Dr. Christina Pietz recently worked a case drawing national attention. She and a coworker interviewed Jared Lee Loughner, accused of a shooting spree aimed at Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
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Dr. Moss Talks First-Aid Psychology

After visiting Joplin several times Dr. Robert Moss talks to us about "First-Aid Psychology" and what makes it unique after a large traumatic event.

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Joplin, Mo Relief Efforts Underway

Forest Institute is working to help in tornado ravaged Joplin, MO. This is the latest on those efforts and will be updated periodically as new information comes in.
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Dr. Renae Courtney Interviewed by KY3 Reporter

Dr. Renae Courtney was interviewed by reporter Linda Russell of KY3 this week in a story about ways to cope with weather-related stress and preventative measures to deal with negative moods.
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Faculty-Published Companion Tip Sheet Now Available

Kristina S. Brown, PhD, LMFT, authored a tip sheet for Certified Family Life Educators on the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center website, titled Helping Couples Cope with Cancer: Tips for MRE Practitioners.
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Forest Welcomes New Faculty Member and Program Director

Forest is pleased to announce the arrival and appointment of Dr. Michele Williams as the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program
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Faculty Published on the NHMRC Website

Kristina S. Brown, PhD, LMFT, authored a tip sheet published on the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center website, titled In Sickness and In Health: Couples Fighting Cancer Together.
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Give a Day Program Hosts First Cookies with Santa

The Give a Day volunteer program hosted its first Cookies with Santa event this Saturday, at the Robert J. Murney Clinic. This event provided local children with the chance to get their picture taken with Santa and enjoy some yummy treats!
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Dr. Baker and Husband Named "Power Couple" by 417 Magazine

Dr. Jennifer Baker, along with her husband, were both honored by 417 Magazine, as being one of ten, local "power couples." This distinguished honor celebrates couples who have a strong relationship and work together within the community.
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New Forest Faculty Member Announced

We are pleased to announce effective January 1, 2011, we will be welcoming a new core faculty to the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Dr. Michele Williams has been appointed as the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs.
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Dr. Judith Gonzalez has been appointed a Board Member of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO)

Dr. Gonzalez is one of three newly appointed Board Members of the CFO.
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Dr. Mrad Presenting at the Federal Public Defender Seminar

David Mrad, Ph.D., ABPP, will be presenting Operation of the Federal Mental Health Statutes at the Defending a Federal Criminal Case seminar sponsored by the Western District of Missouri Federal Public Defenders office.
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Faculty published in the Greene County Medical Society Journal

Drs. King and Neumann author article published in the Greene County Medical Society Journal titled, Enhancing Prescription Dug Misuse/Abuse Prevention through Evidence Based Psychosocial Intervention.
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Summer 2010 Travel Stipends Announced

Twelve students receive travel stipends for their presentations at summer conferences.
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Twelve Students Receive Travel Stipends

Students will be traveling to the American Psychological Association and the Missouri Psychological Association conferences.
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Dr. Leftwich Interviewed as Subject Matter Expert for Local Media

Dr. Leftwich, Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, was interviewed as a subject matter expert by KY3.
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Murney Clinic Announces New Classes

Affordably priced psychoeducational classes now open for registration through The Robert J. Murney Clinic.
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Forest Represented at 2010 MOAMFT Conference

The annual Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (MOAMFT) Conference took place April 16-17 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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"Women & Midlife: It's Not a Crisis!"

Dr. Brown will be presenting at the "Women & Midlife: It's Not a Crisis!" event at the Women's Center at CoxHealth on Thursday, April 29th.
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Media Award Goes To Dr. Jennifer Baker

Dr. Jennifer Baker is the proud recipient of The Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Media Award.
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Forest to present at 2010 MOAMFT Conference

Faculty, students and alumni will be presenting breakout sessions and posters at the 2010 Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference on April 17th in Kansas City.
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Students and faculty published in peer-reviewed journal.

Marguerite Langille-Hoppe, Monique Maxey, Dr. Judith Gonzalez, and Stephanie Terrell will have their work published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.
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Endometriosis Lunch and Learn on March 11th

Endometriosis Lunch and Learn, Thursday, March 11, 2010 from 11:30-1pm at Cox Women’s Center Conference Room, Suite 130 in the Turner Center.
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Group for Families with a Chronically Ill Member

Dr. Kristina Brown will supervise Lea Schmidt, MA & Amy Duncan, MA in the implementation of an available group for families struggling with a chronic illness.
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Dr. Skrade Re-Appointed to SCOP

Dr. Mark Skrade, Forest President, re-appointed to Missouri State Committee of Psychologists by Governor Nixon.
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Five Students Awarded Travel Stipends for Winter 2010

Funding awarded through Forest’s Student Travel Award Program.
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Dr. Fallone Appointed to Mayor's Commission for Children

Dr. Gahan Fallone, Forest's Vice President of Academic Affairs, has been appointed to Springfield Mayor's Commission for Children.
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Dr. David Mrad Joins the Forest Community

Dr. David Mrad assumes the role of full-time faculty member and practicum supervisor.
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Dr. Downie Attends Play Therapy Conference

Forest faculty member, Dr. Tara Downie, attended the International Play Therapy Conference in Atlanta.
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Forest Awards Over $80,000 in Tuition Reduction

Forest is supporting the following scholarships and awards with over $80,000 in tuition reduction and direct student awards in the 2009-2010 academic year.
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Forest Students & Faculty to present at the NAFC's Annual Summit

Jennifer Lenckus, Dr. Gonzalez, Crystal Duclos, and Eric Copeland have been invited to give a presentation at the National Association of Free Clinics' Annual Summit October 25, 2009.
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Practicum Student, Supervisor, and Site Awarded

Congratulations to Ms. Michaela Muehlbach (student), Dr. Debbie Walker (supervisor), and the Greene County Justice Center (site) on receiving these respective awards for the 2008-2009 academic year.
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Give A Day with Forest

The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute's new volunteer program, "Give a Day!"  
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The Forest Alumni Spotlight Is On - Dr. Debra Nofziger

Dr. Debra Nofziger has an impressive list of accomplishments in the field of psychology. She is a  clinical psychologist and spends her time working with military personnel and their families.  Her experiences are without question first rate, and there is much one can learn from her.

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Relationship Education in Rural Communities

Speakers from Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma presented research regarding the impacts, challenges and solutions for successfully delivering relationship education in small towns and rural areas during Building the Foundation – Relationship Education in Rural Communities Fall Conference September 17-18, 2009 at Forest Institute.  
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Dr. Brown is Approved as AAMFT Supervisor

Congratulations to Dr. Brown on achieving the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation!
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Drs. Jaberg, Dixon and Weis Publish Journal Article

Dr. Jaberg, along with Dr. Dixon (MSU) and Dr. Weis published their article, entitled "Replication Evidence in Support of the Psychometric Properties of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment" in the June 2009 issue of the Canadian Journal of School Psychology.  
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Dr. Denney to Provide Workshop in Wichita

Dr. Robert Denney, Forest faculty member, will provide a workshop for Contemporary Issues in Forensic Psychology in Wichita April 22-26.
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"Spotlight" on Dr. Wood

Dr. Stephanie Wood, dean of the doctoral program at Forest, was featured in the "Spotlight" section of the Missouri State University Alumni Magazine.
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Dr. Robert King Featured on MSU's Radio Station

Listen to Dr. Robert King, Forest faculty member and Robert J. Murney Clinic Director, speak to KSMU about the rise in Missourians seeking counseling. 
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Dr. Robert King Interviewed Regarding the Economy and Depression

Dr. Robert King, Forest faculty member and Director of the Robert J. Murney Clinic, was interviewed by the Community Free Press regarding the economy and depression.
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Dr. Chris Neumann Featured in Springfield News-Leader

Forest faculty member, Dr. Chris Neumann, appeared in the Springfield News-Leader's article on pathological gambling today.
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Dr. Michael Lambert to Present CE Sessions for Faculty

Dr. Michael Lambert will present two continuing education sessions for Forest faculty members on December 5.
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Paper by Students and Faculty Member Accepted at SPA Annual Meeting

A paper on juvenile violence by Dr. Kent Franks, Jennifer Anderson and Lisa Padala was accepted for the SPA Annual Meeting in Chicago on March 7, 2009.
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Dr. Skrade Appointed to State Committee of Psychologists

Forest President, Dr. Mark Skrade, was appointed to the State Committee of Psychologists by Governor Matt Blunt on Friday, October 31.
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Drs. Skrade and Manna Receive Award

Dr. Mark Skrade, President of Forest Institute, and Dr. Marci Manna, Forest Institute alumna, received the APA Division 55 award for the Outstanding Contribution to Prescriptive Authority on the State Level at the APA Annual Convention in Boston last week.  
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Dr. Baker to Participate in National Teleconference

Dr. Jennifer Baker will present during a national teleconference regarding the Child Welfare Training Grant on August 28.
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Dr. King Helps Select MOPA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winner

Dr. Robert King, Forest’s Murney Clinic Director, visits and evaluates businesses competing for the Missouri Psychology Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award.
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Dr. Kristina Brown Wins Struggle for Reciprocity

After nine months of hard work, Dr. Kristina Brown can officially add “LMFT” to the end of her name.
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Dr. Kristina Brown and Renae Courtney to present at the AAMFT Conference

A Forest faculty member and student have been chosen to present at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Rorschach Fundamentals Continuing Education

This seminar will refamiliarize practicing clinicians with current research on scoring and interpretation with Exner’s Comprehensive System.
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Forest President Featured in National Psychologist

Dr. Mark Skrade, President of Forest Institute, quoted in the National Psychologist’s article on Missouri’s RxP bill.
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Dr. Baker Serves as Friend & Advisor to NHMRC

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center asks Forest faculty member Dr. Jennifer Baker to serve as a Friend and Advisor.
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Dr. Denney’s New Book Officially Released

Forest faculty member Dr. Robert Denney’s new book, Clinical Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting, is officially for sale.
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Dr. Peter Jaberg helps children fight obesity in Parent & Family Magazine

Dr. Peter Jaberg offers his input on the emotional ramifications of childhood obesity.  See how you can help children deal with this growing problem.
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New Integrated Health Care Director Appointed

Dr. Christopher Neumann, Forest Institute faculty member, was appointed to the position of Director of the Integrated Health Care (IHC) cluster.
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Dr. Gonzalez to Present at the 136th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition

Dr. Gonzalez' abstract, "A Multicultural Community Grantee Perspective (Forest Institute of Professional Psychology & Hand in Hand Multicultural Center" has been selected for Oral presentation during the 136th APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition October 25-29, 2008 in San Diego, CA.


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May F.I.R.E.S. Meeting to Feature Dr. Gonzalez: The Hidden Rules of Poverty in India

Dr. Gonzalez will be presenting at this month's (May) F.I.R.E.S. meeting (12:00PM on 5/29/08 in the Multimedia Room):  "The Hidden Rules of Poverty in India;” Learning from the Punjabi People.
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Faculty, Staff and Students Presenting at the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Spring Conference

Faculty, Staff and Students are presenting at the Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Spring Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, March 29th, 2008.
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F.I.R.E.S. Meeting held March 18

Students and faculty shared posters and presentations at the March 18, 2008 Forest Institute Research Education Seminar (FIRES) meeting. Posters will be presented at the upcoming meetings of the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the Southwestern Psychological Association. There was also a short presentation of the process of starting a qualitative research project.
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Dr. Glenna Weis Answers Tough Questions About School Shooters

Dr. Glenna Weis, associate professor and licensed psychologist at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, was recently interviewed in the Community Free Press for her professional opinions  about the violent tendencies of school shooters.
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Faculty Presenting at the World Congress on Endometriosis

Kristina S. Brown, Ph.D., core faculty in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, is presenting her dissertation research as a poster presentation, entitled Dyspareunia Due to Endometriosis: A Qualitative Study of Its Impact on the Couple Relationship, at the World Congress on Endometriosis on March 11-14, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Practicum Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Quinn, Dr. Ginger Holczer, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center on receiving the Practicum Award for best Student, Supervisor, and Site, respectively, this past Academic Year.
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Dr. Robert Denney's New Book

Criminal Neuropsychology in the Criminal Forensic Setting, edited by Robert L. Denney, PsyD, ABPP, ABPN, and James P. Sullivan, PhD, ABPP, will be available from Guilford Press in June 2008.
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Students and faculty presenting 2008 APA convention

Associate Professor Dr. Judith Gonzalez and students Marguerite Langille-Hoppe, Monique Maxey, and Stephanie Terrell will be presenting a paper in Division 9 of the APA 2008 Convention in Boston later this year.
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Faculty member elected to the American Board of Forensic Psychology

Christina Pietz, PsyD, ABPP, has been elected to the American Board of Forensic Psychology.  Dr. Pietz presently has been assigned the job of recording secretary. Her term began January 2008.
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Faculty member to lead NAN.

Robert Denney, Psy.D., has been elected as President-Elect to the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).
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2006-2007 Forest Institute Faculty Service Award

The 2006-2007 Forest Institute Faculty Service Award was presented to Dr. Stephanie Wood August 1, 2007.
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