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Research In Action: Meet Julia Pawlowski

Dr. Leeza Ong, assistant professor in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department, has two projects which provide opportunities for students to be involved in the research project. We would like to introduce you to Dr. Ong and her students in a multi-part series exploring their work.

My name is Julia Pawlowski, and I am a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. I am originally from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and I attended Marquette for my undergraduate degree. I am a research assistant on the project The Effect of Mindful Prayers on First-Generation Immigrant/Refugee Women’s Wellness: A Qualitative Study. In five years, I see myself completing a Ph.D. Program in counseling psychology. 

My research interests are in multicultural psychology and psychopathology. Specifically, they include the role of acculturation in reinforcing or buffering the impact of stigma, factors that worsen the psychological consequences of microaggressions on mental health among minority groups, and the impact of cultural beliefs/attitudes on identity formation. 

As the child of two immigrants, I grew up in an immigrant/ refugee community that survived by helping one another. Being bicultural has made me aware of cultural sensitivity from a young age, as navigating between my two cultures often left me conflicted. My personal upbringing and acquired psychological knowledge are the reasons I pursued a degree in clinical mental health counseling. I am passionate about helping this population and making a difference in individuals’ lives. I wanted to work with Dr. Ong because of her work regarding immigrant and refugee psychological well-being. 

For more information on our rehabilitation specialization within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, check out our College of Education 2020 Magazine.

Research In Action: Meet Kathryn Nadkarni

Dr. Leeza Ong, assistant professor in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department, has two projects which provide opportunities for students to be involved in the research project. We would like to introduce you to Dr. Ong and her students in a multi-part series exploring their work.

My name is Kathryn Nadkarni. I am a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I grew up in La Grange Park, IL, and completed my undergrad at Miami University of Ohio (class of 2019). Frankly, I was never particularly interested in doing research after college. I felt that I had “paid my dues” by my two years of research assistantship at Miami, and being that I was not particularly inspired by the path of pursuing a PhD, I felt no need to pursue research at Marquette. That is, until I met Dr. Ong.

Dr. Ong is a selfless, committed individual whose genuine excitement about bridging the gap between practice and research is infectious. She was my professor for my practicum course last year, and I was mesmerized by the way she spoke of her research projects and interests. Later in the spring, she offered an opportunity to lead an art therapy activity with a group of adults with sickle-cell disease, and I jumped at the prospect. Her upbeat attitude, indisputable expertise and hardworking spirit are just some of the reasons that I was intrigued months later by the opportunity to work as her research assistant. There would be no better way to supplement my last year at Marquette than to work with Dr. Ong on a project. We, the research assistants, meet with Dr. Ong weekly to discuss the project and assign tasks to keep it moving. I appreciate that unlike in my undergrad research experience, Dr. Ong truly values our opinions and insights and adopts a hands-on approach. Not only are we utilized as assistants, we are considered integral to her work.

Though this may be my last research experience, and it will end in May when I graduate, I am so grateful for the opportunity to enrich my mind under Dr. Ong’s wing. I hope to work in mental health counseling for the foreseeable future, but I will certainly cherish the lessons I am learning through this research experience. Dr. Ong has truly given me a new perspective on what it means to be investigative and curious, and how to use research in real-time to inform and optimize the way that we practice. 

For more information on our rehabilitation specialization within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, check out our College of Education 2020 Magazine.

Research In Action: Meet Leah Witthuhn

Dr. Leeza Ong, assistant professor in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department, has two projects which provide opportunities for students to be involved in the research project. We would like to introduce you to Dr. Ong and her students in a multi-part series exploring their work.

My name is Leah Witthuhn, and I am a first-year student in the general track for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am originally from Appleton, WI and am living in Waukesha. I attended Carroll University for my undergraduate degree. I am working as a research assistant for Dr. Ong. We are currently recruiting participants for our study and are beginning to start collecting data in the form of focus groups. We plan to assist with analyzing the data and writing the manuscript once the project is finished.

My personal research interests focus on sexual trauma and rape myths. In my undergraduate career, I did multiple studies on victim perception and hope to continue researching the effects rape myths have on survivors, as well as how different survivor characteristics (such as sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, etc.) have on resilience and perception of the assault. In addition, my current research with Dr. Ong has me interested in what factors contribute to well-being in other cultures. 

I have always been interested in helping others, and when I found psychology in undergrad I thought counseling was the best way to do that. After working in residence life for most of my undergraduate career, I found a particular connection to helping survivors of trauma. Once I had an idea of a good career path, I knew I needed to continue on and get a degree that would make me effective in helping others. I am working with Dr. Ong because I enjoy research and think it gives counselors more tools to improve. I am also currently considering applying to doctoral programs, in which this experience will help me prepare for that step.

In five years I can see myself down one of two paths. One would be finishing up a doctoral program and preparing for my career. The second would be working either in a residential trauma unit or the trauma floor at a hospital. My primary interest is working with survivors of sexual assault, and I hope that is what I will end up doing.

For more information on our rehabilitation specialization within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, check out our College of Education 2020 Magazine.

Research In Action: Meet Ashley Jansen

Dr. Leeza Ong, assistant professor in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department, has two projects which provide opportunities for students to be involved in the research project. We would like to introduce you to Dr. Ong and her students in a multi-part series exploring their work.

My name is Ashley Jansen, and I am a second year graduate student. I did my undergraduate work at Adams State University. My role in Dr. Ong’s research study is to be a resource for athletes who could use counseling, or just someone to talk to and listen to.  

My research interests include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and trauma, perceptions of cross country and track athletes training at high altitude/racing at sea-level, and athletes training at sea-level/racing at high altitude. Sports Psychology inspired me to pursue my degree.

I wish to become a Mental Health Performance Consultant, in private practice, working as a mental health performance consultant with athletes one on one or with teams. I would love to positively impact the lives of as many athletes as I can and to inspire them to become the best versions of themselves, on and off the field. I want to break the stigma that is associated with sports psychology and to continue to make it more mainstream.

For more information on our rehabilitation specialization within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, check out our College of Education 2020 Magazine.

Research in Action: Meet Allie Perry

Dr. Leeza Ong, assistant professor in the Counselor Education Counseling Psychology department, has two projects which provide opportunities for students to be involved in the research project. We would like to introduce you to Dr. Ong and her students in a multi-part series exploring their work.

My name is Allie, and I am a second year in the clinical mental health counseling master’s program with a specialization in child and adolescent counseling here at Marquette. I’m from Wauconda, IL, and I got my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Iowa

I am a part of Dr. Ong’s research project focused on looking into Muslim American’s mental health overall as well as how they are handling COVID-19 as well as movements like Black Lives Matter. My roles include gathering information with my team on what questions to ask in our research, contributing to the writing process, and conducting interviews. 

I was inspired to pursue my degree due to seeing friends and family experience mental health struggles and wanting to help people like them out. I am very interested in how the mind works and I want to be able to help people in my community out. I wanted to work with Dr. Ong on this research project because I am curious on the topic and I see the need to better understand how Muslim Americans experience mental health concerns and current events. I am excited to learn more and to contribute to increasing scientific knowledge on populations that may not always be represented or focused on. After I graduate from my master’s program, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. I want to continue to explore multicultural issues and how they can relate to counseling.

For more information on our rehabilitation specialization within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, check out our College of Education 2020 Magazine.

What Are You Grateful For? Lucy Corrigan

We asked our students what they are thankful for and what they are excited about as we look ahead to a new year. Read on to hear from Lucy, a junior in the college.

My name is Lucy Corrigan, and I am a current junior in the College of Education from St. Louis studying elementary education and spanish!

More than ever, I am thankful for my professors in the College of Education this year. They are the most supportive educators I have ever met. I continuously reflect on how grateful I am to have such dedicated, passionate, and caring professors. I feel so lucky to be in the College of Education at Marquette.

My wish for the 2021 is that we can all grow together and become more empathetic with everything going on.

This fall, we have been spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts.

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Emma Fisher

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Emma, one of our current juniors!

My name is Emma and I am from Buckner, Kentucky. I have lived in Milwaukee the past two years and have loved every moment of it! My family members are my biggest supporters. I enjoy chatting with my mom on the daily about what I am doing, as well as what she is doing. My dad is someone I look up to and want to be like when I am older. My brother is goofy and we love to go on some wild adventures.

Whenever I am free, I really enjoy nannying. I love this because I get to connect with families as well as children. I not only get to play and help them use their imagination, but I get to also help them with school work and learning which is great practice for being a future teacher! I also have really been getting into crafting lately. I enjoy painting and when I come up with a project, it is calming and provides me an outlet for myself to think and admire the things that I can do. Some advice I would give to those who are interested in crafting would be to just use your feelings and passions to paint. It really only needs to fulfill your needs and wants and if you can do that, you will have a beautiful piece of art.

My favorite educational experience was when I was in 5th grade. We were learning about “taxation without representation” and we showed up to class and had to use our “classroom money”. It was just a really great activity that really taught me a lot about the Revolutionary War.

I think an exciting opportunity for this upcoming year is learning about how schools and students are utilizing technology in these uncertain times. This is going to be a huge change that could be made in the field of education and allows all who are involved to see different ways to incorporate technology.

What drew me to the College of Education was the welcoming people and the feeling of acceptance it gave me. When I first thought about transferring into the college, I was nervous. But once I walked into Tina’s office, I felt like the College of Education was exactly where I needed to be. There were so many opportunities within the college to really understand what I would be doing the rest of my life.

My parents are my inspiration. They have worked so hard to be able to provide for my brother and I. I also want to say that my parents have gone through major changes and despite that, they continually would show love and forgiveness. This is something I want to be able to do for not only my family, but everyone I come in contact with.

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Daniel Ham

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Daniel, one of our current seniors!

My name is Daniel and I am a current senior in the College of Education. I am from Schaumburg, IL, but have been living in Milwaukee the past few years. My family is a spectrum of different personalities ranging from shy to completely unreserved. We all complement each other by being so diverse. We understand how each individual shows support and love whether it be through physical touch, tangible gifts, time, or affirmation. We sometimes know each other too well, and provokes conflict. We try to read each other’s intentions and make accusations out of frustration. Despite these shortcomings, my family condones being unique, weird, creative, and being the difference. 

I have a job on campus which is working at the front desk at the Marq. What I love is the flexibility of scheduling and my coworkers (and boss (Beau)). I love being able to converse with residents whether it be forming new relationships or a simply recognizing familiar face. Some challenges involve being able to handle issues immediately without panicking. Ensuring residents are feeling safe and satisfied with the hospitality.

My favorite educational experience was when we researched and presented to our peers on how to incorporate contemporary social media apps into every day teaching with Dr. Burant. We were able to engage our future students through mediums that they use everyday. Despite COVID-19, I’m excited to discuss more ideas to incorporate into teaching. Seeing familiar faces through a screen is also a plus. I’m also in a program called Global Village in which I meet international students and bond with them during their academic stay. My favorite teachers at my high school attended Marquette pursuing a teaching degree, so I felt inspired to come here and learn what my past teachers have learned from this college.

Outside of academics, I take photos whether it be for graduation, headshot, portrait, or collaborations. Photography allows me to communicate how I perceive the world without really using language. I find the concept of time so simple yet so profound and my camera allows me to pause a moment in time and appreciate the color, subject, emotion, message, etc. Advice is to find communities and people who also share the same passion and you’ll find better opportunities along the way. I’m always available too- @danielhham. My inspirations for my work is Frank Sinatra, Jessica Kobeissi, and David Dobrik. Frank’s music gives me a feeling of euphoria and inspires me to constantly be creative. Jessica gives me practical advice and ideas about photography. David, like me and many others, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and seeing him having fun and being successful motivates me to take risks and persist in pursuing your passion.

Some advice for the readers I have is to seize opportunities despite the odds being against you. Accepting one opportunity will grant you twice as more opportunities.

Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Samantha Lupo

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Samantha, one of our current juniors!

My name is Samantha Lupo and I am a current Junior in the College of Education. I am from Arlington Heights, IL, and have lived there my entire life. My family is very close knit and we love to spend time together, which made it hard to go to college a few hours away! I was supposed to be working at the Kensington School, which is a daycare/preschool as a teacher’s assistant. However, due  to COVID-19, I have not been able to work.

My favorite educational experience at Marquette has been Service Learning because unlike other schools I had looked at, we are given the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a teacher. I have had a great times meeting so many students throughout the different classroom experiences which makes me look forward to the future. For this upcoming fall, I have been excited about working with another teacher at a new service learning location. I really value the different teaching styles I have been able to learn and the ideas I have gathered to use in the future for my own classes.

I was drawn to Marquette because the campus was one of the only ones that felt right. The first and only time I visited Marquette, it was always at the top of my college list. Although the College of Education is small at Marquette, I felt as though it would give me a better opportunity to meet more people who are as passionate about education as I am.

When I am outside of the classroom I love to hang out with friends. Whether we would go out for dinner downtown or stay in and order a pizza for a movie night, my friends and I love to spend as much time together as possible.

My parents have always been my inspiration to keep pushing through and always trying my best. As for my inspiration to become an educator, my favorite teacher in high school had such a positive impact on my life not only from an educational standpoint but also on a more personal level. I wanted to be able to have that same kind of relationship with future students of mine on top of being able to share my knowledge in my content area.

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Getting to Know Our Students: Meet Nelly Gilhooly

This year, we are spending time getting to know our students! You can get to know more of our students and our faculty/ staff on previous posts. Read on to meet Nelly, one of our current sophomores!

My name is Nelly Gilhooly, and I am a current sophomore in the College of Education. I am from Mount Prospect, IL, and have lived there for my entire life. At home, I am surrounded by my loving family. I actually have a family history at Marquette, which is what drew me to come here. I remember the College of Education was very opening and welcoming when I toured which made me feel confident in my college decision. 

I would have to say favorite educational experience is watching the excitement on a child’s face when they flake a connection. I think it is very meaningful and reminds me of the impactful work educators do each day. I am very much looking forward to the day I am able to get back in local classrooms and work with children again. My family has truly guided me and makes me inspired to become an educator. They have done so much to support me throughout all of my life, and I cannot wait to do the same for my future students.


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