Students selected to present at American Psychological Association convention

April 30, 2014

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Marie Adams (left) and Kara Clark (right).

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A research group of four counseling psychology graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been selected to give a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd annual national convention being held in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 7-10. This is the second year in a row that UW-Platteville students have been selected.

The students giving the presentation at the APA convention include Marie Adams from Rock Island, Ill.; Kara Clark from Maquoketa, Iowa; Jodi Moen from Mineral Point, Wis.; and Molly Markham from Dubuque, Iowa. Dr. Jovan Hernandez, assistant professor of counseling psychology at UW-Platteville, leads the students’ research group.

The symposium, Psychologists Role in Working with Student Veterans, is focused on identifying the gaps in the system for student veterans and examining the many challenges student veterans face during their reintegration from military life into society. Challenges they may face range from post-psychological and physical traumas to the microaggressions they may deal with daily.

The goal of their research is to enhance the audience’s awareness of these issues as well as offer innovative suggestions and techniques that can be used by both practicing clinicians and professionals on college campuses to help provide a more stable transition for student veterans. They will also have the opportunity to gain knowledge from the information provided by others at the convention.

“This experience is a chance of a lifetime, especially for master’s level graduate students,” said Clark.

“This symposium will be a fantastic opportunity to discuss important topics and share ideas with hundreds of like-minded people from around the country,” added Adams. “Preparing for this presentation taught me that there is still plenty of meaningful work to be done, still groups of people that need help.” Her hope is that the information they provide will motivate others in their profession to continue researching and helping student veterans.

Contact: Dr. Jovan Hernandez, counselor education, (608) 342-1871, hernandezj@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, garrettj@uwplatt.edu

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