Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding alumnus becomes chair-elect of CASAP

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Mar 22, 2012

At the winter meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Eric Willmarth , PhD, of Kentwood, MI, was voted chair-elect of the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Research Psychology (CASAP). This group serves as a forum for issues coming before the APA Council of Representatives and helps to formulate positions on issues which further the interests of research in psychology.

Dr. Willmarth is a 1999 graduate of Fielding’s School of Psychology.                                                                                                                     

Congratulations, Eric.

Tags: APA, Organizational development, research, aging

Starbright World awards research grant to psychology faculty member

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012

Joe Bush 0008Joseph P. Bush, PhD, a faculty member and associate dean with Fielding’s School of Psychology, has received an award from the Starlight Children’s Foundation to conduct a research project  titled “Starbright World: Effectiveness and Child Protection Policies and Procedures.”


The research will evaluate the effectiveness of Starbright World (SBW), an online environment designed and operated for the benefit of children diagnosed with serious chronic illnesses. The evaluation will examine the effects of SBW involvement on children’s psychosocial functioning. Children with the chronic illness cystic fibrosis will be the focus of the study.


Congratulations to Dr. Bush for receiving this distinguished award for your significant research contributing to improving quality of life for children with serious chronic illnesses.


Tags: psychology, clinical psychology, healthcare, pediatric psychology, research funding

Fielding student attends White House Community Action Summit

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012


In January, Fielding student Gloria Gutierrez attended the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit at Arizona State University. The Action Summit had three key goals:

1)       Establish a space where community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with key decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration on matters involving diverse policy areas that affect the Hispanic community;

2)      Identify policy and programmatic areas of concern, receive and respond to constructive criticism and feedback, and identify local success stories and practices in policy areas that benefit the Hispanic community and our nation;

3)      Identify and develop opportunities for Hispanic leaders and stakeholders to collaborate with the Obama administration and other leaders from across the country in addressing the interests and concerns of the Hispanic community.

Seventeen representatives from the Obama administration were among the 300 participants. As cameras rolled, Gloria presented:

“I am Gloria Gutierrez, doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University interested in doing research for my dissertation on ways to increase the graduation rates of Latinas at the community college and four year college levels.  What challenges must they overcome to be successful?  Colleges will be the source of our future leaders.”

She was given a meeting time to meet with 25 participants, some of them Dream kids. Her take-away learning was:

Major barriers:

1)      Academically underprepared

2)      Financially unprepared

3)      Immigration issues

4)      Work/life balance

5)      Lack of support system

Proposed solutions:

1)      Educate families on ways to get their kids into college

2)      American Dream Academy

3)      Financial scholarships for students

4)      Pass the Dream Act

5)      Work/life balance

6)      Identify mentors/support system

7)      Utilize social media to do outreach to the young


Tags: social justice, diversity, conference, community college, philanthropy

Faculty member visits schools in Cuba

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Kathy Tiner, PhD, a facudescribe the imagelty member in Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership & Change, recently traveled to Cuba for a ten-day educational exploration. In collaboration with the Cuban Association of Educators, seventeen U.S. educators joined the Busquedas Investigativas (Investigating the Practice of Education) and visited Cuban universities, institutes of pedagogy, and K-12 schools.

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In sessions with faculty, parents, and students, Tiner created space for open communication and the exchange of ideas with those involved in all levels of education. She and her Cuban peers recognized many similarities between their two educational systems and found much to learn from each other.


Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity

Media Psychology Director Interviewed on "Trailblazers"

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 07, 2012
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Karen Dill, PhD, was recently a guest on the Dr. Howard Gluss radio program “Trailblazers”. Dill is the director and a faculty member of Fielding’s Media Psychology Doctoral Program. The Gluss program airs on channel KFNX; his guests are renowned experts in a variety of fields with whom he “examines how our passions are discovered, embraced, and become a force to create cultural and social change.”

Dill was invited to talk about media violence, misogyny, and racism with Joseph Burgo, PhD, an expert in celebrity fantasy, narcissism, and reality. A description of the program and a link to the podcast can be found at


Tags: Media psychology, psychology, violence, social media