Monday, December 31, 2012

Psychology graduate turns negatives into positives for hopeful future

Ingrid Haugen has a bright future ahead because she was able to turn negatives into positives, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University in December.

At Roosevelt since 2006, Haugen was able to switch gears, changing her major from vocal performance to psychology in 2009 when her dream of becoming a singer no longer seemed appealing.

“It was the best decision I ever made,” said Haugen, who decided to try research as an assistant in the University’s busy psychology laboratories with Associate Professor Lisa Lu, who joined the University in 2007, and Assistant Professor Jill Coleman, who came to the University in 2009.

Haugen almost didn’t make it through the program. Diagnosed in 2011 with breast cancer, she missed a year of classes, undergoing a mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and then chemotherapy when it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

News from our Psychology Organizations

Psychology In Action - Schaumburg

Research has shown smiling and laughter can positively effect one's mental state. On the morning of Saturday November 10th, Schaumburg's Psychology In Action club members gathered together to help spread happiness at Friendship Village of Schaumburg. Club members met residents of Friendship Village and passed out turkey crafts made earlier in the week by Roosevelt Schaumburg's student body. The residents were smiling when presented with a craft and were thrilled to engage with Psych In Action's members. Many also offered words of encouragement. It was a positive experience to bring a bit of laughter and friendship to those who may be alone near the holidays.

In November, Psychology In Action- SCH, honored Dr. Amy Roberts and Paul Hay. Please stop by and read their biographies to learn more about each. If you would like to nominate a psychology alum, faculty, or student, please send nominations with a brief description of what makes this person excellent in research, community contributions, teaching, or in any other professional regard to All students, staff, faculty, friends, and family are welcome. Upcoming Coffee Hours are described below.

Tuesday December 4th from 4:45-6:15pm in SCH 372
Psychology In Action- SCH will be honoring Dr. Deuling for her extensive publications and for her work and research involving work-family conflict, leadership and organizational culture, and individual differences. We will also be honoring an Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate student, Ben Scher.

Additionally, from now until the end of finals, there is a Giving Tree outside of the CCL (Campus for Community Life room 126). The Giving Tree is for students at Illinois Park Elementary School, an Early Learning Center which provides preschool and full-day kindergarten. A huge portion of these children come from families who struggle to provide essentials, such as crayons, books, and gloves. The holidays are a perfect time to help those in need!

If you would like to help a child, please take a tag from the Giving Tree. Deliver your unwrapped gift item(s) to the CCL with the tag taped to your donation by Friday December 14th. If you would like a thank-you note from your recipient, please write your name and phone number on the back of your Giving Tree tag. You will receive a phone call or text message when your note has arrived in the CCL (immediately after which your personal information will be safely discarded).