Fielding Graduate University News

Tonya Bennett Receives 2012 Jerry Nims Student Research Award

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Fielding Graduate University’s School of Psychology Faculty Research Committee has chosen Tonya Bennett of Thousand Oaks, CA as the 2012 recipient of the Jerry Nims Graduate Student Scholarship for her accomplishments of scholarly publications and presentations. Bennett is a doctoral student in Fielding’s clinical psychology program.

 The award was established in honor of the late Jerry Nims, PhD, JD, a founding faculty member of the university’s School of Psychology. Bennett is the first-time recipient of the award, which will be an annual recognition with a cash award and determined by the Faculty Research Committee.

Bennett's recent research has focused on the functional trajectory of neuropsychological factors in the aging population. She was senior writer for “Disorders of Written Language” of the recently published Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders. Her numerous publications have been on ADHD and factors in neuropsychological testing. She has a long history of working with children with severely compromising disorders (e.g., autism, cerebral palsy). Her report on the effects of aging on intellectual and memorial activity earned her an Honorable Mention at the American College of Professional Neuropsychology in 2011.

Currently she teaches graduate courses at California Lutheran University and assists Fielding faculty member Henry Soper, PhD, as his Coordinator of Research. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Bennett holds an MA in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University and an MS in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University.

Tags: APA, clinical psychology, pediatric psychology

Fielding announces student research grants

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Fielding congratulates the following students who have received research grants of amounts up to $1,000 from the university. The awardees were chosen by the research funds granting committee headed by Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD.

School of Psychology:

Jeff Bryson (Rainbow City, AL) - “Toward a synergistic cognitive-behavioral model for concomitant insomnia and pain”

Chuck Cancilla (Buford, GA) - “Mindful versus traditional martial arts towards improved academic grades in children diagnosed with ADHD”

Claude Robinson, PhD (Knoxville, TN) - “A validity study of projective drawings”

 School of Educational Leadership & Change:

Lauri Francis (Peekskill, NY) - “Teacher leadership for the 21st century: Teacher leaders’ experience in supporting the pedagogical practice of academic rigor”

School of Human & Organizational Development:

Kathy Kaya (Carlsbad, CA), “An exploration of Sansei women’s experience of a holistic approach to learning about their own and others’ encounters with oppression and privilege”


In addition, psychology students Salvatore Carbonaro (Fresno, TX) and Heidi Mattila (Washington, DC) earned the award for best research poster at Fielding’s national session in January 2012, “Self-reported alcohol consumption and religiosity among clinicians affects severity ratings of clients’ alcohol consumption”


Tags: APA, psychology, Advising and Student Development, graduate education, research funding

Online World Cafe course to explore creative conversation

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Feb 09, 2012

The World Café

Online Course, May 6 – June 6, 2012

6 CEUs

In partnership with the World Café Community Foundation, Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation will host a one-month, online course to introduce the World Café’s signature learning program. The course will provide a fundamental explanation of The World Café theory and method and how to apply its principles to develop creative, powerful conversations about questions that matter.


For information: ISI Project Mgr. James Kyriaco Jr.,

Register at


Tags: creativity, leadership, adult learning

PsychCentral Features Charles Elliott, Faculty & Expert Cognitive Therapist

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Charles Elliott, a faculty member in Fielding's School of Psychology and specialist in anxiety disorders and OCD, is the featured psychologist this month in PsychCentral's "Clinicians on the Couch."

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Tags: APA, psychology, clinical psychology, pediatric psychology, anxiety, OCD