Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 5/17}

Yes, this is cheesy.  However, this is your first semester of graduate classes and it is online.  Let’s at least start to sort of get to know each other.  Please answer the following about yourself (the more, the merrier, but no pressure): (1) Name?  (2) What college/university did you graduate from?  (3) Something wicked interesting/cool about you (it is okay to brag here)?  (4) What are you doing to maintain your “sanity” during the COVID-19 pandemic?  (5) What are your initial thoughts (or experience) about psychological measurement?  (6) What do you know about cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or evidence-based practice?

 

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41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Morgan Rafferty
    May 11, 2021 @ 17:45:26

    Hello! My name is Morgan Rafferty. I graduated from College of the Holy Cross. I majored in psychology with a pre-med. concentration. I earned my PhD in Social Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook and my area of expertise is Attachment Theory. I have enjoyed teaching psychology courses as an adjunct in the Worcester area (primarily at QCC, but previously at Becker (sniff sniff), Anna Maria and at Assumption!) while raising three children (ages: 16, 14, 11). I am originally from Long Island and still very much connected to my “home” despite having lived in Worcester for the past 18 years.
    I studied abroad in Galway, Ireland my junior year of college. Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a phenomenal experience that I will forever cherish.
    To maintain my sanity, I decided to return to school and pursue my Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology. Perhaps that is evidence that I have actually lost my sanity?!
    To maintain sanity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in general, I enjoy exercising as a way to feel mentally and physically stronger as a result.
    I assumed this course would be a statistics course. I am very pleased to see the topics covered in PSY 504 include various assessments rather than the course being a full-fledged statistics course.
    My understanding of cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it involves helping an individual to shift from holding irrational cognitions to rational ones. CBT guides an individual toward seeing their situation from a different perspective.
    I am excited to begin this new chapter in my life and to meet all of you. Thank you Dr. Volungis!

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    • Lindsay O'Meara
      May 13, 2021 @ 15:45:40

      Hi Morgan!
      It is really awesome that you’ve been able to teach at so many different colleges in the area! I think that it’s amazing that you were able to study abroad, that sounds like so much fun! Congrats on going back to school! I look forward to getting to know you!
      Lindsay

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    • Jennifer Vear
      May 15, 2021 @ 11:06:20

      Hi Morgan,
      I find it really interesting that you studied in Ireland! I have friends that studied aboard and that is probably my biggest regret that I never did it. My boyfriend studied in Italy, England, and Ireland, and I am extremely jealous. I told him that he needs to take me there and show me around!
      Also, wow… a PhD and still going to school to receive your Masters through this program…. all during a pandemic?! Good for you! I guess you can say that something good did come out of this pandemic! So Congrats on the continuation!

      Nice to meet you!
      Jenn

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    • Frayah Wilkey
      May 17, 2021 @ 12:04:17

      Hi Morgan! It sounds like you have a lot to keep you busy so kudos to you for keeping up with everything. It sounds like you have a lot of experience to bring to this class! I look forward to learning with you this semester. Good luck!

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  2. Jennifer Vear
    May 12, 2021 @ 10:40:56

    Hi everyone! My name is Jenn. In December of 2020, I graduated from the University of Connecticut and just had my graduation ceremony on Mother’s Day of this year. This is actually my second semester at Assumption since I was able to start in the Spring semester.
    Back in 2018 and 2020, I published two fiction novels. Even though I graduated from UCONN with a major in English, I minored in Psychology and learned that that was where my interests were.
    At the start and throughout the pandemic, I started to exercise religiously. With so much time to fill when my place of work shut down last summer, I found exercise to be an amazing outlet for me. It has helped my physical and mental health impeccably and probably why I didn’t go crazy while being locked up at my house with my family.
    My initial thoughts about Psychological measurement is that I picture tests for new clients that begin therapy. An example could be a self-reported questionnaire that determined where they were in the DSM?
    I have actually been in therapy (and CBT) for the past 5 years now, so I understand some basics already. I believe evidence-based practice is about individualizing therapy sessions according to the client. Not everyone is going to meet textbook definitions of diagnosis.

    I am so excited to start this class and look forward to learning about each and every one of you! See you in class on Monday!

    Best,
    Jenn Vear

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    • Lindsay O'Meara
      May 13, 2021 @ 15:41:56

      Hi Jenn!
      That is incredible that you wrote two published novels! I too found myself more driven to exercise the more that the pandemic wore on! It really is such a great way to relax your body and mind. So nice to meet you!
      Lindsay

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    • Kaitlyn Tonkin
      May 15, 2021 @ 15:43:13

      Hi Jenn!
      It was so nice to learn a bit about you! Congrats on your graduation from UConn! Many students from my high school go there, and I was one of the ones who refused to even apply haha. That’s so cool that you published 2 novels! I also enjoy creative writing, but poetry. I can’t write anything more than a few pages, so I am always very impressed when I meet people who can. Nice to meet you!
      -Kaitlyn

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    • Giana Faia
      May 18, 2021 @ 20:45:00

      Hi Jenn! Publishing two fiction novels is incredible! It is so interesting that you found your interest to be veered toward psychology after that! I also exercised religiously during quarantine and found it to be so helpful both for my physical and mental health. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Yoana Catano
    May 13, 2021 @ 04:19:00

    Hi professor Volungis and colleagues, my name is Maria-Yoana and I prefer to go by Yoana (pronounced Jo-anna) I am colombian and I completed 3 years in the US working for a behavioral health facility. I graduated in my home country (Universidad de Manizales) in Psychology Major and being our school system a little different, I studied one year graduated program in Psychotherapy and Counseling based in Family Systems Theory. In Colombia, I worked for about 10 years in psychotherapy, 4 of them, dedicated exclusively to victims of sexual abuse, which made me passionate about this topic.
    Once day I decided to leave my “comfort zone” and life brought me to the US where I have been building new friendships and family connections.
    During this pandemic, I had the fortune to continue working from home so I was able to optimize my time and finally to finish my Master in Clinical Psychology online, which was very challenging for being completely asynchronous… but I am done with it and ready for the next challenge 🙂
    Well, I was not only working and studying during this pandemic, I also had time to do things that I never could before, like cooking my favorite meals, watching TV shows, practicing hairdressing skills with friends (remember saloons and barber shops were closed) and attending Zumba classes on YouTube (I never understood how valuable YouTube was). I really enjoyed this time and I hope the post pandemic time can be as productive as this has been so far.
    I am not going to lie, my first thought about psychological measurement was “Uh oh”, bringing those memories of numbers and math ghosts from high school. But then I just enjoy thinking that nothing more professional in psychology than being able to demonstrate with evidence our hypothesis, diagnosis, progress and results. Certainly, in my experience, it is different to present a case with tests in a court trial than without them.
    And finally (trying not to extend and make boring my post), in my opinion, an evidence-based practice in psychology is a good connection between research, science, theory and the real life problems, being able to measure, classify, monitor and generalize human behavior in a person, family, organization or community. ABA brings the terms of reinforcement, punishment, discrimination, generalization, stimulus control and others that I am sure we all have worked at some point with (I hope this is not an exam).
    Sincerely,
    Yoana

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    • Valerie Graveline
      May 13, 2021 @ 20:33:47

      Hi Yoana,
      That sounds really nice that during the pandemic you had the chance to try so many new things! Also, congratulations on finishing your Master’s in Clinical Psychology, that’s an amazing achievement!
      I think it’s admirable that you have a special interest in working with victims of sexual abuse, I would love to hear about your experiences working in that area in the future.

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      • Yoana Catano
        May 18, 2021 @ 21:24:42

        Thanks Valerie, and yes sexual abuse is the genesis of a lot of mental health disorders and we definitely should know a lot more in how to prevent and treat it. I hope we can have some time in our Master to discuss about it. I love to learn from people’s perspective.

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    • Lisa Andrianopoulos
      May 16, 2021 @ 15:53:10

      Hi Yoana,

      Wow, your have so many interesting experiences in your background both here in the US and in Columbia. I can’t wait to hear more about them. It will certainly add so much to our class discussions and camaraderie. Just like you, I’ve been able to cook a lot more as well. Up until recently, my husband did all the cooking. Now, I’m adding to my repertoire of things I can cook. Not sure if I’m ruining a good thing here, with my husband typically doing all the cooking lol, but I am enjoying it.

      Looking forward to talking more,

      Lisa

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      • Yoana Catano
        May 18, 2021 @ 21:08:35

        Thanks Lisa, I know this pandemic brought some other options to be creative at home, it is always good to explore what else we can do. Let’s see what this new post-pandemic is going to bring for us.

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  4. Morgan Rafferty
    May 13, 2021 @ 12:44:56

    Hi Jenn! Two published novels?! How thrilling! Would you share the names of the novels with us? That is fantastic. What an accomplishment.
    It is so nice to meet someone who shares a love of exercise. I have always exercised but I agree with you; the pandemic brought my appreciation of it to a whole new level. It was a godsend despite the crushing obstacle of gyms being closed. My appreciation for nature increased substantially.
    I belong to Orange Theory Fitness and highly recommend it to anyone looking to join a gym. We are still wearing masks while working out (blah!). I cannot wait until mask wearing comes to an end.
    Congratulations on your graduation from UCONN! Nice to meet you!
    Morgan

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    • Jennifer Vear
      May 15, 2021 @ 11:13:32

      Hi Morgan!
      My two novels are called “Cora” and “The Perfect Solution”. I wrote the first when I was 18 and the second when I was 20. I am also an amateur and self-published without an editor, so there are definitely grammatical errors. However, I really did it for myself, not for profit. They were a lot of fun to write and I still cannot believe I actually finished them!
      Also, I actually workout at home using an On-Demand program called Les Mills! They are based out of New Zeland and there are 100’s of videos that are really amazing. My family bought me the Les Mills weight set for my birthday last year which I was so excited about. I got into Les Mills through my sister who is actually an instructor (but she is buff and I am not, haha). You should definitely look into it if you ever want to switch things up!

      Best,
      Jenn

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  5. Lindsay O'Meara
    May 13, 2021 @ 15:37:31

    Hi! My name is Lindsay O’Meara and I graduated from Worcester State University. I enjoy being outside, that being said, I work at a barn part-time in the mornings where I care for horses, goats and chickens. I like to go hiking with my two dogs. I take horseback riding lessons and enjoy trail riding. This week I actually just received my motorcycle license, so that was exciting! During the pandemic I have kept my sanity by spending a lot of time outdoors, painting, and I learned to crochet as well. My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are mainly about questionnaires and tests. I have practiced some CBT in my own therapy experiences and it has been really helpful for me, so I am excited to learn more!

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    • Valerie Graveline
      May 13, 2021 @ 20:26:14

      Hi Lindsay,
      That’s so exciting to hear that you got a motorcycle license! I’ve always been curious about getting one, you’ll have to let us know how you like it. I think it’s really cool that you learned how to crochet, that sounds so relaxing and definitely a good way to deal with the stressors of the pandemic.
      Valerie

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    • Jennifer Vear
      May 15, 2021 @ 10:59:53

      Hi Lindsay,
      First, congrats on your motorcycle license! I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle, so that’s amazing! Also, that is pretty interesting that you work at a barn. I grew up with my grandfather always having barn animals. He has goats, alpacas, llamas, sheep, and dogs. Pretty strange and interesting combination, but that just describes my grandfather, haha. I just wish he had horses because I would be there during my free time just to go horseback riding through the cornfields in his backyard.
      Nice to meet you!
      -Jenn

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    • Kaitlyn Tonkin
      May 15, 2021 @ 15:45:33

      Hi Lindsay!
      I enjoyed reading a little bit about you. That’s so cool that you work at a barn. I love animals so much and I want to own goats when I’m older, so I’m very jealous you get to spend your days at work with them! That’s really cool that you got your motorcycle license! It was nice meeting you!

      -Kaitlyn

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    • Angie Petrella
      May 16, 2021 @ 13:16:49

      Hi Lindsay! As soon as I saw that you work at a barn, I had to reply—that sounds so cool!! I love animals so although I can imagine it being A TON of work, I can also see it being super fun! Also, that is so cool that you got your motorcycle license!! Hopefully you can enjoy some nice rides now that the weather is finally getting warmer!
      -Angie

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    • Lisa Andrianopoulos
      May 16, 2021 @ 15:43:03

      Hi Lindsay,

      Wow! You just got your motorcycle license. We have to talk My husband just bought a motorcycle. He has a license, but I don’t. I am determined to not always sit on the back seat, lol. You’ll have to tell me where, how you got your license. Looking forward to talking more and hearing about your rides : )

      Lisa

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    • Giana Faia
      May 18, 2021 @ 20:47:56

      Hi Lindsay! I also spent a lot of time outdoors to maintain my sanity during quarantine. Also, working with horses and other animals must have been fun and really helped you during quarantine. Congrats on your motorcycle license, just in time for summer!

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  6. Valerie Graveline
    May 13, 2021 @ 20:20:08

    Hi everyone! My name is Valerie Graveline, and I graduated from Bridgewater State University (this past week) with a BS in Psychology and a minor in History. Something interesting about me is I have four tattoos and initially, I didn’t realize that I kept getting flower tattoos, so I unconsciously created a floral-theme. During the pandemic, I bought a bike as a new way to get outside and exercise more, and greatly expanded my book collection (but unfortunately haven’t gotten to read a lot of them yet). What initially comes to mind when thinking of psychological measurements are various self-report assessments such as the PHQ-9 or GAD-7, or assessments regarding intelligence testing, and so on. I do not personally have a lot of experience with psychological measurement, but am excited to learn. What I know about cognitive-behavioral therapy is that its main goal is to change maladaptive cognitions to adaptive cognitions, and it has been found to be very effective in treating things like depression and anxiety.

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    • Sergio Rodriguez
      May 16, 2021 @ 20:31:40

      Hi Valery!!!

      Congratulations on your graduation!! I don’t have any tattoos, but I definitely like knowing the stories behind them or why they got them. You remind me that I bought a bike as well for the summer, but I haven’t used it at all… I think reading this I will give it a try. I found it so interesting that you did your minor in history. I love listening to particular and historical facts, so we will have topics to talk about out of psychology.

      Nice to meeting you!

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    • Katie O'Brien
      May 16, 2021 @ 21:02:46

      Hi Valerie! Nice to meet you. Congratulations on your graduation!
      It’s so funny you mentioned expanding your book collection. I’m a huge reader and it seemed like the perfect time to stock up during quarantine! But I just realized with two big bags of new books, I haven’t really read much at all. I did manage to get in a couple after that, though. I’m always open to recommendations, if you have any!

      I’m looking forward to meeting you in class!

      Best,

      Katie

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  7. Kaitlyn Tonkin
    May 15, 2021 @ 15:37:51

    Hi all! My name is Kaitlyn, I will soon be a graduate of Clark University, but because of COVID, my graduation got pushed back until June. So, I’m starting grad classes before then and will be finishing up my undergrad degree for the first 2 weeks of the summer semester. I majored in psychology with a minor in creative writing. While at Clark, I participated in both concert choir and concert band. I play percussion in band and love music in general. I guess my fun, interesting fact is that I bullet journal and have been (almost) consistently doing so for 3 years.

    During the pandemic, I’ve tried to stay sane by embroidering, playing music, hanging out with my (roommates’) dog – I’m sure she will make an appearance of some kind during our zoom classes, journaling, and taking lots of walks. I’ve found that being out in nature has been really helpful during the pandemic, especially because human interaction was so limited. Being outdoors has allowed me to find peace and comfort.

    I haven’t had much experience with psychological measurement, so I am excited to learn more throughout this course. My initial expectations are that we will learn about different types of tests and questionnaires, particularly for intake assessments and behavioral testing.

    During my undergraduate studies, I took a seminar all about different types of psychotherapies, where a chapter focused on CBT, which I then did a presentation on. So, I have learned a lot about it, and have practiced it personally in my own therapy experience. However, now being in a program focused on CBT, I imagine I will learn much more than I already know! I’m excited to begin this course and program at Assumption. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you!

    Best,
    Kaitlyn

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    • Sergio Rodriguez Pineda
      May 16, 2021 @ 20:51:04

      Hi Kaitlyn!!!

      I bet you have such a nice voice! I have to confess I didn’t know what a bullet journal was, so I googled, and I didn’t know something like that existed!! It’s awesome. I always use many ways to have reminders or organize my schedule or have my to-do lists. So I hope if we have the chance I’d like to know more about it!

      See you in class!

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    • Katie O'Brien
      May 16, 2021 @ 20:59:10

      Hi Kaitlyn – nice to meet you! Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. I was also a Psych major in undergrad, and after taking a core Creative Writing class, always wondered if I might’ve enjoyed a minor in it, as well.
      Bullet journaling is something I’ve always wanted to get into, partly as a way to stay more organized, but I can never manage to keep a journal going! I give props to anyone who can.
      I found myself taking a lot of walks, too! We have a lake a couple of miles away and it’s been a nice retreat when things are stressful.
      I look forward to “meeting” you in class!

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  8. Angie Petrella
    May 16, 2021 @ 13:17:51

    Hi Valerie! Congratulations on graduating this past week!! I have a couple flower tattoos myself so it was super neat to hear about your unintentional floral theme! What kind of flowers are they? Also, I am so jealous you have been biking, I have tried to buy a bike during this pandemic and they are sold out everywhere!! Hopefully you can dive into a new book soon! Looking forward to meeting you in class.
    -Angie

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  9. Lisa Andrianopoulos
    May 16, 2021 @ 15:36:32

    Hi Everyone : ). My name is Lisa Andrianopoulos. I am a native of Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Brooklyn College with Honors in Psychology. I worked for the College Board in NYC for a few years before going on to earning my PhD in School Psychology at Teachers College Columbia University. My speciality is working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and I did my doctoral internship at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. I suppose that’s something pretty cool about me. My stint in RI is my initial connection to New England and led to my eventual move up north! First though, I convinced my soon to be husband to make his way south with me and we lived in Queens for about 10 years. While there, I worked at St. Joseph’s school for the Deaf in the Bronx. My husband finally convinced me to move this way, when my son turned 1. I’m currently working for the Worcester Public Schools in a regular education elementary school that also houses a large Autism Program as well as a program for students who are hard of hearing. I love my job, but am looking to round out my skills and career and move beyond schools to private practice. I am thrilled and excited to be part of the Clinical Counseling Psychology program at Assumption. It truly seems the perfect fit for what I’m look for!!! My understanding of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to this point is minimal, but I understand it to be centered on examining thoughts (rational and irrational) and how thoughts lead to behavioral responses. It has mounting evidence for its effectiveness, particularly for treating anxiety related disorders. I can’t wait to dive in and learn more. Given my work as a school psychologist, I’d say I have lots of experience with psychological measurement, though I’d never claim to know everything. There’s always room to learn, and truthfully, I’m looking forward to learning about it from a counseling perspective.

    As for my covid sanity…..TENNIS….a lot of TENNIS. As soon as courts started to open up outside, I played as much as I could – sometimes twice a day. I made some pretty good friendships along the way. I guess that’s my silver lining.

    Looking forward to getting to know everyone,

    Lisa

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    • Francesca Bellizzi
      May 17, 2021 @ 13:42:36

      Hi Lisa!
      Welcome to the area (: I find the work that you’ve done post grad absolutely fascinating. I commend you for doing what you do, and being a mom while doing it! As for me, I stand by you on the tennis thing – as long as you’re willing to include Wii Tennis..
      Can’t wait to get to know you a little more, and good luck with the semester!

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  10. Francesca Bellizzi
    May 16, 2021 @ 18:15:57

    Hello beautiful people!

    My name is Francesca and I graduated from Elon University in 2020. I guess something interesting about me is that I am employed by UMass within the psychiatric department, and I am a group exercise instructor. I’m also pretty savvy when it comes to art, and consider myself to be an avid plant mom. COVID has been incredibly tough, but I’ve been blessed with being able to continue working in order to keep my sanity (along with working out at home and going to my CrossFit box).

    I’ve been fortunate enough to have taken this course during undergrad, and I will be honest in saying psychological measurement and I have a love / hate relationship. Similarly, I have had the opportunity to go in depth learning about CBT and EBPs within a clinical class during the same time. While I definitely do not consider myself to know everything – I can confidently say that I know a fair amount of information, and I am very excited to learn how these practices go hand in hand with foundational measurement.

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  11. Sergio Rodriguez
    May 16, 2021 @ 18:36:44

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Sergio Rodriguez. I graduated from El Bosque University, located in Bogotá, Colombia. My favorite sport is soccer; I am a huge fan! Some interesting facts of my life are that I studied 2 years of philosophy, I love traveling, dancing, and my good sense of humor.
    During the pandemic, I tried to keep myself busy as much as possible working out, dancing, cooking, and doing outdoor activities. Also, being in contact with family and friends despite the long-distance was crucial.
    My first thought about psychological measurement was that I had like 5 classes of measurement in college, but it wasn’t easy because I had like 8 different professors due to multiple reasons. (So, I have some bad memories about it, lol). On the other hand, I like to learn about it because I consider the psychological measurement is necessary for any therapist. Psychometric tests play a decisive role in understanding concepts like validity and reliability to help people and clients with their needs accurately.
    Nowadays, multiple people (not even psychologists) offer fast or immediate results for any psychological process or need regardless of its scientific background. However, from my experience and knowledge, I consider the most effective way to demonstrate any technique, procedure, or psychological current it’s working throughout the Evidence-based practice that I would describe as the best available research along with the clinical practice for the patient. For instance, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is a combination of interventions related to behavior and cognition analysis. CBT has proven to be effective for multiple psychological problems. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

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  12. Katie O'Brien
    May 16, 2021 @ 20:50:22

    Hi everyone! My name is Katie O’Brien. I’m a 2019 graduate from Holy Cross here in Worcester, where I studied as a Psychology major on a pre-medicine track.
    Like Morgan, I also studied abroad my junior year at HC – in Galway, Ireland, as well, actually! Studying abroad really sparked my interest in travel and so far I’ve been able to visit about 10 or so countries. I’m really looking forward to being able to travel again, once things finally return to “normal!”
    I think the best thing about the pandemic, if there is such a thing, has been the ability to enjoy it when the weather is nice! I’ve really enjoyed getting outside whenever I’m able, whether that’s to do work, go for a walk, or sit in the yard with our dog. I will also admit to a new hobby sparked by the pandemic: collecting house plants. My collection has come a long way from a couple of succulents!
    I also thought this course was going to be similar to a statistics course. I was pleasantly surprised to see the emphasis on true assessments done on clients. This is not something I learned much about in my undergraduate studies so I am excited to get started.
    I know more about CBT than evidence based therapy, I believe. But from my understanding, CBT focuses on altering the clients perspective on stimuli, eventually leading the client to be able to cope with such situations on their own, using techniques they have explored with the therapist.
    I look forward to (virtually) meeting everyone soon. Thank you Professor Volungis and classmates!
    Best,
    Katie O’Brien

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    • Frayah Wilkey
      May 17, 2021 @ 12:00:11

      Hi Katie! I’m so jealous that you were able to study abroad, that must have been an amazing experience. I think that traveling is really important to do before settling down and choosing a career so it’s great that you were able to get so much from it! I’m also looking forward to getting on an airplane again, it can be hard to have nothing in between semesters. Good luck with everything these next few months!

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    • Morgan Rafferty
      May 18, 2021 @ 23:33:35

      Katie! You weren’t kidding! Total twinning! How remarkable is that? We enjoyed the same path in terms of HC, psych/premed, Galway!!! I would love to chat with you at some point about all of these things that we both did. Also, how remarkable to cross paths with you after having crossed paths recently at my kids’ school! It is such a small world. I am happy we are both in this program!

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  13. Frayah Wilkey
    May 17, 2021 @ 11:56:58

    Hi everyone, my name is Frayah Wilkey. I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2019 and moved to California two months later. I did my undergrad in 3 years and didn’t feel prepared to begin graduate work so I waited until Spring 2021 to begin schooling again. While I was in California I got a lot of hands-on experience but the options were limited in the area I was living (and it was expensive) so my husband and I moved back east. To get through everything over the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, long car rides, and countless hours of Netflix.
    My initial experience with psychological measurement was at ECSU in the ‘Tests and Measures’ class. I didn’t entirely enjoy the subject but I’m hoping it will be more interesting and comprehensive at a graduate level so I’m trying to keep an open mind! I got a lot of exposure to CBT at ECSU and in my internships so I’m excited to learn more. I have a lot of respect for the practice and what it can do for people because it has been shown to be effective for many different disorders.
    Good luck to everyone this semester!

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  14. Giana Faia
    May 17, 2021 @ 14:49:33

    Hi everyone, name is Giana Faia. I just graduated from Assumption University last weekend with a major in psychology and minors in ABA and education. I just got back from a trip to Aruba with my roommate. To maintain my sanity, I have been journaling a lot. exercising, and going for walks. I’m from a small-town right on the water, so walking the beach has helped a lot. I also nanny full-time which has kept me very busy. When thinking about psychological measurement I think about variables that can be measured. I know that CBT aims to help us understand why/ how our emotions and thoughts impact our actions.

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    • Yoana Catano
      May 18, 2021 @ 21:15:09

      Nice to meet you Giana and Congratulations on your graduation!. I agree with you, nothing than the beach and the water can’t fix, it is one of my happy places 🙂

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  15. Angela Petrella
    May 19, 2021 @ 07:14:44

    Hi my name is Angie Petrella and I graduated from Assumption College in 2017. An interesting fact about me is that I am a Certified Personal Trainer and I coach individuals to compete and prepare for the TV show, American Ninja Warrior! In addition to that, I have been training myself as well and hope to apply fo the show next season. To maintain my sanity during the pandemic I have spent a lot of time outside and going on hikes with my dog! I have also been expanding my cooking abilities which has been really fun. Honestly, I was little weary when I saw this course title, as I initially assumed it would solely be about statistics, which in my past curriculum was not the most enjoyable subject to learn. However, I am actually looking forward to this class and expanding my knowledge in ways that will help me in my future career. I know a lot about CBT and evidence-based practice from undergraduate courses, professional experience in the field, as well as my own personal experience in receiving exposure therapy. The reason I wanted to continue my education in this area of study is because I have seen how effective this approach to therapy is and I want to be able to help others the way it has helped me!
    Excited to meet you all!
    -Angie

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  16. Morgan Rafferty
    May 20, 2021 @ 12:52:15

    Hi Angie – it is so exciting and cool that you train folks to compete on American Ninja Warrior! I am sure the others would agree that we are rooting for you and would love to watch you on the show. It must be very challenging to make the cut. Whatever happens on that end, good for you for going for it!

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