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Dr. Melchert Publishes New Book

melchert-tim-2020In April, Dr. Timothy Melchert published Foundations of Health Service Psychology; An Evidence-Based Biopsychosocial Approach. This volume is a thoroughly revised and updated second edition of his first book. It describes a contemporary science-based approach to the clinical practice of psychology. The scientific understanding of human psychology has advanced dramatically in the last 25 years, and Melchert’s books have focused on the implications of those advances for understanding human nature in general and the process of psychotherapy and behavior change specifically.

For many people, there is no more interesting topic to contemplate than the nature of human nature. We tend to be fascinated with the amazing abilities, soaring intellect, and creativity of the human mind. Some of our personal experiences, with others or when alone, can bring great contentment, joy, and sometimes even exhilaration. But people are also capable of very hurtful and even depraved behavior, and the psychological suffering caused by mental health problems and disorders can be unbearable.

Melchert notes that until recently, the extremely complicated nature of human psychology was not well understood from a scientific standpoint. Psychologists and other behavioral scientists lacked comprehensive, empirically-validated explanations for the tremendous variability in human behavior, the unconscious nature of most mental activity, or why we can be the nicest of creatures but also the nastiest. The primary reason we lacked those explanations was simply the tremendous complexity of the human mind and brain. Indeed, the human mind and brain are widely regarded to be the most complicated system known to exist in the universe. But major scientific progress has been made in recent decades. Though we are still early in understanding many of the details involved, the neural and behavioral sciences are steadily uncovering the way the mind and brain actually work.

Melchert argues that education, practice, and research in the behavioral health field need to be continually updated so they keep current with the advancing science. Much has been learned about the evolutionary basis for why humans are “designed” the way we are, the importance of childhood experience for later mental and physical health, the prevention and treatment of mental health concerns, and many other topics. Many traditional orientations and practices that guided psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and social workers in the past are now outdated. The field now takes a much more evidence-based and integrated approach to understanding people’s behavior, personality, psychopathology, and the process of psychotherapy and behavior change.

The contemporary practice of psychology requires a modern understanding of the science of human development, functioning, and behavior change. Melchert’s book shows how this type of understanding can be gained.

New Research Seeks to Learn How Students Are Processing COVID-19

Dr. Gabriel Velez has started a new research study entitled “Adolescent Meaning Making: Processing What COVID-19 Means for Sense of Self, Place in Society and Future Trajectory.” Currently, he is seeking middle or high school students to participate.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 GraphicCOVID-19 represents a major shift across various aspects of life—economic, educational, health, etc. Furthermore, the impacts on the near and long-term future are still uncertain. Given the current moment of flux, he is seeking to better understanding how various groups of adolescents are processing the current moment and integrating it into their developing senses of self. In terms of human development, older adolescence is a prime time in the life course for developing and affirming a sense of self (an identity) as well as considering this in relation to a future orientation and as to one’s place in society.

The aims of this research are to use an online survey to collect older adolescents’ perspectives and thoughts on COVID-19 and its impact on their lives and communities. Dr. Velez believes it is extremely important to gather students’ voices and perspectives to better understand what they are going through and ultimately be able to support them.

The survey is meant for middle, high school, and early college students and asks about:

  • Their understanding and processing what COVID-19 means to humanity and their societies
  • Their thinking about themselves and their places in society during this moment
  • Their thinking about their future trajectories and opportunities
  • Their trust in different institutions and groups in their society

Details

  • Online survey of approximately 20-25 minutes
  • A short section of close-ended questions and 11 open-ended questions
  • At the end of the survey, there are resources for any individual struggling with coping with the current situation
  • Participants are US middle, high school, or early college students

This study has been approved by the Marquette Institutional Review Board, #HR-3589. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Gabriel Velez.

2020 Outstanding Secondary Pre-Service Teacher: Elli Pointner

Each spring, the College of Education celebrates faculty, students and friends with the annual Mission Recognition awards ceremony. As this year’s event had to be canceled, we wanted to share some thoughts and words from our student winners. Please join us in congratulating this year’s Outstanding Secondary Pre-Service Teacher, Elli Pointner.

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Throughout my four years at Marquette, I’ve had countless professors and mentors who taught me so much and who provide opportunities and skills for me to learn through experience in the classroom and outside of class, through field placements. So, thank you…I’m forever grateful for your accompaniment, your wisdom, your passion, our community. Thank you for helping me grow into the educator I am to day, and thank you for being my home at Marquette.

2020 Outstanding Counselor Education Counseling Psychology Graduate Students: Peter Grau and James McDonald

Each spring, the College of Education celebrates faculty, students and friends with the annual Mission Recognition awards ceremony. As this year’s event had to be canceled, we wanted to share some thoughts and words from our student winners. Our 2020 Outstanding Counselor Education Counseling Psychology doctoral students, Peter Grau and James McDonald, reflect on what this award means to them.

“…the amount of support that we get at Marquette to do the things that we’re trying to do is pretty remarkable. And I know that both of us have had a lot of big things, good things happen this year that I think wouldn’t have happened without the community around us. So, thank you…”

2020 Outstanding Counselor Education Counseling Psychology Master’s Student: Alice Lindo

Each spring, the College of Education celebrates faculty, students and friends with the annual Mission Recognition awards ceremony. As this year’s event had to be canceled, we wanted to share some thoughts and words from our student winners. Our Outstanding Counselor Education Counseling Psychology Masters student, Alice Lindo, shares her reflections on what this award means below.

file[4404]I am honored to have received this award. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. Marquette is such a special community, and it’s great to be in an environment that overlaps with my own personal values. May we never forget where we come from, and always strive to incorporate service, social justice in all parts of our lives, and display excellence by living authentically. Leading by example. Thank you to the faculty in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department who inspire me daily by doing just that. I hope to do the same.

2020 Outstanding Elementary Pre-Service Teacher: Olivia Commer

Each spring, the College of Education celebrates faculty, students and friends with the annual Mission Recognition awards ceremony. As this year’s event had to be canceled, we wanted to share some thoughts and words from our student winners. Olivia Commer is one of two Outstanding Elementary Pre-Service Award winners. 

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I just wanted to take a little bit of time to say thank you to all the incredible professors who work in Marquette University’s College of Education. I truly would not be who I am today without their help and I greatly appreciate everything they’ve done for me the past four years.

You can also see Olivia’s full remarks on our YouTube channel.

2020 Outstanding Elementary Pre-Service Teacher: Cynthia Zuñiga

Each spring, the College of Education celebrates faculty, students and friends with the annual Mission Recognition awards ceremony. As this year’s event had to be canceled, we wanted to share some thoughts and words from our student winners. Cynthia Zuñiga is one of two Outstanding Elementary Pre-Service Award winners. 

C95FAD23-37F9-4A78-9DC7-7CF4F0564747It is an honor to win this award. I’d like to send a huge thank you to all of the professors, staff and everyone else whom I have met through the College of Education. They are the people who have taught me and truly prepared me for the moment when I get to have my own classroom.

In addition, there are no words to be able to thank my family for the immense support they have given me throughout these four years. There was never a day that my mom wouldn’t remind me of the change that I will make in my classroom. As a minority, there is always that sense of “not being good enough,” thankfully my parents squashed that mindset for me right away. They reminded me that my culture and my background are the foundation of the educator I want to become, and they were right.

As I just accepted a teaching position in a dominantly Latinx school community for next year, I am eager to remind my students of the power they hold and the force of nature they will be in this world. With this award, everything that has occurred during these four years has come full circle. All of my late nights were worth it. All of the classroom observation hours were worth it. All of the twenty-plus page lesson plans were worth it. Every single factor that has made up my four years in the College of Education has led up to this moment. Once again, thank you, Marquette, for honoring me with this award and for everything they have taught me along the way.


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