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Professor Coppock selected for summer institute program 

Jacqueline Coppock, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, has been selected to participate in the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) program.

The American Psychological Association MFP is an innovative, comprehensive and coordinated training, mentoring and career development program that enhances the psychological and behavioral outcomes of ethnic minority communities. 

This program provides a week-long, intensive professional development experience aimed at early career psychologists and advanced doctoral students of psychology.

As part of this opportunity, Dr. Coppock will be matched with a mentor to develop goals for a project and career with her mentor and receive daily assignments from her mentor and various presenters. 

Psychology professor publishes article in ‘Contemporary Family Therapy’ journal

Dr. Codina Fayed, Assistant Professor of Psychology has published, as a first author in the highly ranked peer-reviewed journal “Contemporary Family Therapy,” an article titled “Interpersonal Trauma, Therapeutic Alliance and Relationship Satisfaction: A Dyadic Examination.” 

The aim of this study was to use the dyad as the unit of analysis in exploring the associations between interpersonal trauma and its impact on the development of the therapeutic alliance and relationship satisfaction in early sessions of couple therapy. 

Alumna (2016) wins award from Nevada Psychological Association

Claudia Mejia (PsyD 2016) has won the “2021 James Mikawa Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Psychology” from the Nevada Psychological Association. 

Mejia is a Licensed Psychologist and Director of Social and Behavioral Health Services at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit integrated care medical clinic that provides free services for individuals without medical insurance (www.vmsn.org).

The following was read at her award presentation: “Dr. Mejia specializes in health intervention services with the mission of providing quality healthcare and support to Southern Nevadans in low-income communities. Just days after the state’s COVID-19 restrictions commenced, Dr. Mejia was on the phone connecting with the community’s most vulnerable patients.

“As you understood the importance of each patient’s health and well-being, you and your team worked around the clock to create resource guides, coordinate rideshares to appointments, work with the volunteer and pharmacy departments for prescription deliveries and collaborate with the medical and operations teams to get a telemedicine program off the ground. Since providing telemedicine services, you have been able to reach even more people in the community who are considered high-risk individuals.

“You also showed an extra level of compassion over the holiday season by providing essential items to more than 200 patients and their family members – and is continuing to distribute these items to assist even more of those in-need.”

PsyD student named American Psychological Association MFP Fellow

Valerie Perez, a third-year PsyD student and a graduate assistant, has been named an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow.

Perez, 29, is the fifth OLLU student to have won the prestigious fellowship in recent years. Only seven percent of those who apply are awarded the fellowship.

A native of Edinburg, Texas, Perez also won the American Association of University Women (AAUW) scholarship. 

“The AAUW scholarship is given to those who will fulfill the AAUW mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research,” Perez said. “I feel grateful for the encouragement and support that I’ve received from my professors, colleagues and mentors.”  

She is scheduled to graduate in May 2023.