Psychology

Anna Klimesh

Student creates peer-led mental health awareness program

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Thanks to an internship at UW-Platteville's University Counseling Services, Anna Klimesh had the opportunity to make a potentially big impact on both current and future students at the university. This summer, Klimesh was tasked with creating and publicizing Peers Promoting Mental Health – a student-led support program that aims to increase student engagement in mental health promotion, education and awareness on campus.

Jenna Zucker

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Jenna Zucker

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Jenna Zucker joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Psychology in 2019 and teaches courses focused on development.

Dominique Kornely conducting research at UW-Platteville in 2018.

Recent alumni publish academic work, credit summer research program

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Two recent UW-Platteville alumni, Kathryn Bartels and Dominique Kornely, have had their research work accepted for publication in academic journals. Both alumni are former participants of UW-Platteville’s Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program and credit the program for their success.

Dr. Kameko Halfmann

Halfmann honored with Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Kameko Halfmann, assistant professor of psychology, is this year’s recipient of the Early Career Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dana Mueller conducting research

Mueller wins UW-Platteville’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dana Mueller, a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, recently won the university’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition.

Emma Dums

Dums adapts to new course delivery, credits professors

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Just a few months ago, Emma Dums, a junior psychology major, was doing homework, studying for tests, conducting research and participating in hands-on courses face to face. She never dreamed that, within a short period of time, her life would change dramatically due to the global pandemic COVID-19. However, Dums expresses gratitude for her professors, who have designed new ways of delivering their courses, and provided additional support to ensure that she and her classmates continue to receive an outstanding education.

Kayzia (Whiteaker) Teal

Teal draws on UW-Platteville education, experiences to help others during COVID-19 crisis

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
During the COVID-19 crisis, University of Wisconsin-Platteville alumni who provide critical services and resources to those in need have risen to the challenge by adapting and innovating new ways of staying connected with their clients in ways that meet safer-at-home guidelines. To do so, they often draw upon their education and experiences at UW-Platteville.

Sydney McDonald

McDonald gains critical skills during internships, prepares for social work career

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Ever since she arrived at UW-Platteville in September 2016, Sydney McDonald, a senior psychology major with a criminal justice minor, has pursued as many hands-on learning opportunities the university offered as she could. She knew that these experiences would enable her to gain the knowledge, skills and experience she needed to excel in her chosen field, social work.

Dana Mueller conducts research

Mueller to present research on dopamine at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dana Mueller, a senior psychology major at UW-Platteville, will present her research on dopamine and utilitarian moral judgment at the 17th annual Research in Rotunda on Wednesday, March 11, at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Theron Parsons

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Theron Parsons

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Theron Parsons, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 1996, teaches both clinical and non-clinical psychology courses. In addition to teaching full-time at the undergraduate level on campus, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses online for the university’s School of Education and Center for Distance Learning for more than 10 years.

MacKenzie Chitwood

Chitwood finds ideal fit, gains valuable skills at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Hands-on learning opportunities and a caring, supportive learning environment have been key to Mackenzie Chitwood’s success as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Pictured left to right are Deb Putnam, Murphy Bleymeyer, Raiven Breseman, Clay Spooner, Sydney Williams and Valerie Gill, MSW, LISW

Students volunteer time and talents at Ruby’s Pantry

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
This fall, four UW-Platteville students had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering their time and talents at Platteville’s Ruby’s Pantry, a nonprofit, faith-based organization in Platteville that provides food for Southwest Wisconsin and surrounding communities.

Group Photo

Psychology students lead forgiveness program for inmates

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
This fall, three UW-Platteville psychology students led a 12-week forgiveness discussion group for inmates at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution, a medium security state prison.

Internship at Grant County Drug Treatment Court while student at UW-Platteville

UW-Platteville alumna pursues graduate degrees, creates scholarship program for black women

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
UW-Platteville alumna Sakara Wages is concurrently working toward the completion of a Master of Social Work (Sept. 2017-May 2020) and a Ph.D. in social welfare (Sept. 2017-May 2022) at UW-Madison.

Students, faculty conduct research for Rountree Gallery

Psychology students, faculty conduct research for Rountree Gallery

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville psychology students and one faculty member recently conducted research for Rountree Gallery in Platteville that showed the value of art experiences.


Kornely monitors participants through a one-way window as they complete the Trier Social Stress Test.

Kornely to present research at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Dominique Kornely, a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will present research on the effect of psychosocial stress on substance use in college students while at the 16th annual Research in the Rotunda event on Wednesday, April 17, in the Capitol Rotunda in