Clinical Program Awards and Celebrations

The graduate students in our clinical psychology doctoral program are the backbone of the program. The program has 25-30 active graduate students at any one time, and all students are actively involved in running the research labs, staffing the training clinic, and assisting in course instruction. The quality of our students is evidenced by their high-level of research productivity and their success on the internship and job market, including a 100% match rate to American Psychological Association (APA) accredited APPIC internships for more than 10 years.

Clinical Program Awards

The John Hurley Endowed Fellowship Award

This award, in honor of the late Professor John Hurley, is given to the best dissertation in the Clinical Psychology Program each year. John Hurley was Professor of Psychology at MSU for 45 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1953 and later earned a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hurley was a nationally known scholar in group psychotherapy who studied T-groups, group therapy processes, interpersonal theory, leadership in groups, and interpersonal perceptions. He served as the President of the Michigan Group Psychotherapy Society.

The 2016/2017 Hurley Award was given to Shannon O'Connor. Congratulations Shannon!

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Current Hurley Award Winner: Shannon O'Connor

The John and Margo Reisman Award

This award helps recruit exceptional students of unusual promise, who in turn have the potential to elevate the MSU Clinical Psychology Program to new levels of excellence. The annual scholarship provides additional funding, over and above what could otherwise be offered, to one top applicant in each admissions class. 

The scholarship is endowed by Dr. John M. Reisman and his wife, Margo Reisman.  Dr. Reisman is an alumnus of the MSU Clinical Psychology doctoral program and an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. Mrs. Reisman also is a proud graduate of the MSU Psychology Department. 

Congratulations to the 2016 award winner, Beier Yao!

Current John and Margo Reisman Award Winner: Beier Yao

The Norman Abeles Award for Outstanding Clinical Service

This award is given to a graduate student who has excelled in their clinical science approach to psychotherapy and/or assessment. The benefactors of the award are former graduate students of the MSU Clinical Psychology Program who contributed to the fund in honor of Dr. Norman Abeles’ retirement in 2010. Dr. Abeles is an Emeritus Professor who served as the clinic director for 26 years and significantly contributed to the clinical and research training of our graduate students. 

Congratulations to the 2016/2017 award winner, Xiaochen Luo

Xiaochen Luo
Current Norman Abeles Award Winner: Xiaochen Luo

Master's Thesis Presentation Award

Each year, the 2nd year Clinical Psychology graduate students present their master's research to the entire Clinical Psychology Program. The Master’s Thesis Presentation Award is selected by the program faculty and given to the student with the best presentation that year.

Congratulations to Jade Kobayashi, the 2016/2017 recipient of the Master’s Thesis Presentation Award!

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Current Master's Thesis Presentation Award Winner: Jade Kobayashi

Clinical Psychology Program Celebrations

Graduation Celebrations

In the spring of 2017, five of our sixth year students successfully earned their doctoral degrees! Congratulations to Natalie Berger, Britny Hildebrandt, Caitlin Listro, Katey Smagur, and Ivan Wu!

Doctoral Degrees

In the spring of 2018, four of our second-year students successfully defended their master’s theses! Congratulations to Kyle Frost, Natasha Fowler, Livon Ghermezi, and Beier Yao!

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Fall Welcome Party

Each fall, our program hosts a party to welcome all incoming and returning students and faculty. In fall 2017, we welcomed five new graduate students and two new faculty members. Welcome Kara Cochran, Mikayla Kim, Diondra Striation, Courtney Louis, Lilianne Rotschild, Dr. Shaunna Clark, and Dr. Brad Verhulst!

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After Hours

Student clinicians practice self-care by enjoying some yoga at the end of a busy semester.