|New IPS students Po-Yee Yeung, Katie Flicker, and Alicia Lamison prepare for a great year.|
October 10, 2008. Washington, DC. The Institute for Psychological
Sciences (IPS) is starting off the year with a new
infusion of energy and enthusiasm, both from the students and
Students with a Sense of Mission
The students at
IPS feel a special call to Catholic psychology as a
way of healing the minds and hearts of their fellow
man. Regina Donahue, a 22-year-old graduate of Duquesne University (with
a BA in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy),
said that her choice of the graduate school was born
from a sense of calling.
“Before IPS, I began teaching
religion at a Catholic high school in Pittsburgh where I
opened myself up as a spiritual director. Through this experience,
God allowed me to encounter suffering in a very personal
way that brought me to a new awareness of the
need of an integrated Psychology program, like that of IPS.
Christ helped me to realize that he wanted me to
help the world in a way that would truly heal
them, because they would be led closer to union with his Sacred
Heart,” she said.
Regina is one of 24
new incoming students, the largest incoming class in IPS history.
During this year alone, IPS increased enrollment by 40%, setting
a strong momentum of growth for the future.
IPS’ strong enrollment
growth is matched by the strong performance of the students
in the results of their academic training.
Five IPS students were chosen
to present their papers and moderate panels at the upcoming SCSS Conference
(Society of Catholic Social Scientists) on October 24-25, 2008. Topics
will include “Developing a Catholic Perspective of Psychology,” “Atheism Quantified:
Findings from the Psychology of Attachment,” and “Understanding Interdependence through
Pope John Paul II’s Anthropology.”
|IPS faculty member Dr Michael Pakaluk holds his son Mark while talking with IPS student Theresa Mowbray.|
Dr. Gladys Sweeney, the founder
of IPS, observed that the SCSS is a “well-known group
of academics doing serious work especially in the Social Sciences”
and that the students’ participation in the conference “shows that
the students’ papers were at a professional level, thus demonstrating
the academic excellence of their training.”
Outstanding Faculty on Board
year, IPS also welcomed 4 new professors to the faculty.
Stephen Hamel, Ph.D., is the new director of the M.S.
Clinical program and teaches Cognitive and Behavioral Assessment. Michael Pakaluk,
Ph.D., a professor and director of Integration Research, teaches philosophy
courses for the integration curriculum. James Flannick, Psy.D., an adjunct
professor of Clinical Psychology, is teaching basic interviewing and clinical
skills. James Giordano, Ph.D., also an adjunct professor of Clinical
Psychology, taught psychopharmacology in the summer and will now be
teaching a class on the biological bases of behavior.
In addition, two faculty members have been elected to board
positions with prestigious professional organizations. Dr. Michael Donahue
was elected for a second 3-year term as Secretary of
the APA´s Division of Psychology of
Religion. Dr. William Nordling was elected
to serve a second 3-year term on the Board of
Directors of the Association for Play
Serving the Church
IPS is also actively serving the
Church by providing psychological support services for seminary directors. IPS
Clinic Director Kathryn Benes, Ph.D., recently attended the National Conference
for Diocesan Vocation Directors in Denver, where she talked personally
with priests and bishops about how IPS can assist them
in their vocational assessments and seminary formation.
Since its foundation in
1997, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences has grown
by leaps and bounds, and is currently the foremost graduate
program integrating psychological studies with the Catholic faith.