Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr. Lorna London, Clinical Psychologist, Joins the Department

Hello!  My name is Lorna London and I am delighted to join the faculty at Roosevelt University.  I am an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Training in the Department of Psychology.  I received my B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) and my Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. 

My research interests involve health psychology and how the integration of medical and psychological health care can promote health and wellness in children, adolescents and adults.  I am also interested in multicultural issues.  In particular, I am interested in how children develop their own ethnic identity and learn to work collaboratively with others from diverse cultural backgrounds.  There are many opportunities for students from both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses to become involved in various aspects of these research projects.  If you are interested in joining our research teams, please feel free to stop by my office (405D Gage Bldg.) or drop me an email (llondon02@roosevelt.edu).  I’d be happy to share additional information with you and welcome you to our team. 

Since coming to Roosevelt University, I have taught Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychopathology, Developmental Psychopathology, Health Psychology and Mental Health Practice Across Settings.  I enjoy finding ways of making psychology come alive in the classroom by using interactive projects and demonstrations.  I find that one of the best ways for students to excel in the field of psychology is to find ways to put theory into practice.  Through lecture, discussion, case studies, videos and small group activities, we explore clinical issues in an interesting and challenging way.

In addition to my academic work, I also maintain a private practice, where I offer individual and family therapy services to clients in the western suburbs.  My research and teaching help to inform my clinical practice, and my clinical practice stimulates my research and teaching.  They all go hand in hand.  I am excited when I can share with students the myriad of experiences provided in our psychological training.

Volunteerism is also an important aspect of my life.   Whether working on behalf of the impoverished or marginalized, the young or old, I find that living the mission of social justice brings important meaning to the work I do.  So, if you’d like to join me on the journey of making a difference in our world, from a psychological or social justice perspective, you would be most welcome.  I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Paid Summer Fellowship Opportunity in Evanston

I’m contacting you on behalf of Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.), a leading youth services agency in Evanston, IL. We offer an array of year-round services – from afterschool enrichment and mentorship to clinical counseling and crisis intervention – that support more than 1,000 youth annually. 

We have an exciting opportunity to offer to upper-undergraduate and graduate students and, because we believe this opportunity relates to your department’s area of study, were hoping you could help pass the word to students within your department. Y.O.U. is now seeking applicants for its Summer 2015 Inspire Fellows Program. Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.'s 9 -week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one area such as the arts, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Digital Arts/Media, Life Skills or recreational activities. 

The fellowship offers students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, the arts, education, or the non-profit sector.

The fellowship also comes with a stipend and we have about 66 openings for Fellows. Students can visit www.inspirefellowsprogram.org for more information and to apply.

We would love if you would pass this email and/or opportunity on to both undergraduate and graduate students who might have an interest in this opportunity. Thank you for your help!

Best Regards,
Tara Dolan
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Tara Dolan
Human Resources Coordinator
Y.O.U.
1027 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60202

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Interested in Paid Summer Research Opportunities?

Would you like to want to learn more about research over the summer?  There are amazing research internship programs for psychology undergraduates that are hosted by different universities that we learn about during the year.  We place these opportunities on our Facebook page

We've recently received information about programs at New York University, UCLA, and Western Kentucky University.  These are paid opportunities that provide students with a stipend, housing, and meals.  Check them out to learn more about these programs and how to apply to them.

Study Psychology Abroad

Have you ever thought about studying abroad as part of your education at Roosevelt?  The Psychology Department wants to make this incredible opportunity easier for you.  We have developed detailed plans for which courses to choose at two programs in Europe -- University of Sussex and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.  Both have many course options and have established relationships with the university.

Click here to learn more about study abroad at Roosevelt.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dr. Toshio Murase, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Joins our Department


Hello, my name is Toshio Murase, an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at Roosevelt University. I obtained my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from University of Central Florida and completed my post-doctoral training at Northwestern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

I have been fascinated about collaborative power that enables people to achieve marvelous projects which no one can accomplish alone. My research areas include the following areas: teams, leadership, social networks, and measurement issues. Specifically, I am interested in investigating (a) how leaders across multiple levels of an organization manage complex collaboration systems, (b) how multiple teams can collaboratively achieve team-level and department/organization-level objectives, and (c) how effectively researchers can evaluate and measure the quality of collaborative and interactive processes.

I am currently teaching MA-level research methods (PSYC 530) and Ph.D. intermediate statistics (PSYC 771) courses. My teaching philosophy is as follows: I strive to challenge myself to think and look at the world differently and uniquely. This is my philosophy of life. Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” which has been the critical driver of my life. I take this thinking to my teaching style and the way I see higher education. As a result, I am a strong believer that higher education should be a place for intellectual development and growth that is largely free from a fear of failure or, in other words, not motivated solely by academic “performance.” Through their education students acquire a knowledge-base of the world, reexamine their previous belief structure, and challenge their thoughts and stretch their mind. Building on this thinking, my most core philosophy for higher education is to support students to achieve their own goals and to provide new perspectives through which students can view their world differently. I try to structure courses which are built with innovative teaching ideas and thought-provoking exercises to engender a challenging learning environment.

Students who have been under the protection of parents leave them for the first time to start exploring their life and understand the meaning of it on their own. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to provide a challenging, but psychologically safe, environment in order to encourage intellectual stimulation and allow students to comfortably question their own thinking and prior knowledge.

If you have any questions about my research, please feel free to contact me (Schaumburg 360-L. tmurase@roosevelt.edu).

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles
Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building, Room 410.

Restorative justice is about building relationships, open and honest communication, repairing harm, equal voice, respect, empathy and healing. This workshop will introduce the concept of restorative justice and present examples of how it is being deployed in Chicago today.

Peace circles are one example of this practice. They create safe spaces for authentic youth and inter-generational engagement. At this workshop we will explore ways to build positive relationships and healthy communities through restorative justice . You will learn the power of the circle by experiencing the circle process .

Space is limited. RSVP: nmichaels@roosevelt.edu

Join the research labs of our psychology faculty

Are you interested in research?  Undergraduates have the opportunity to join the research labs of full-time faculty members on both campuses.  This is an excellent opportunity to apply the skills you have learned in your coursework, receive mentorship from a professor, and explore a specific field or topic in psychology in depth.  It is also a helpful experience that increases applicants' competitiveness for graduate study.

Click here to download a listing of our faculty members who are currently welcoming students into their labs and their active projects.