Fielding Graduate University News

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

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

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

Joseph Bush Named an APA Fellow

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, May 25, 2010

Joseph Bush, PhD, an associate dean in Fielding's School of Psychology, has been named a Fellow of The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Through its divisions, APA names as "Fellows" individuals who are deemed to have made outstanding career contributions to defined areas in psychology.  Award recipients are selected by appointed executive committees within a division, which forward these nominees to a central APA committee where approval is determined.  Bush was selected by the executive committee of the Society for Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54) to be named as a Fellow for his career contributions in scholarship, teaching, and service in the field. 

Fielding congratulates Dr. Bush on achieving this significant professional honor.

Tags: APA, graduate fellows, clinical psychology, pediatric psychology