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A roundup of recent faculty publications and presentations

December 04, 2014

Faculty in the graduate school have been busy publishing new books, producing research for top journals, and presenting at conferences around the country.
  • Kimberly Campbell had the privilege of presenting with four M.A.T. graduates: Jasmine Spiegel, Molly Soloway, Alethea Mock, and Taylor Hogue as part of a New Teacher Panel at the Oregon Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference. Karen Johnson, President of OCTE was also a panel presenter about her work as a mentor of beginning teachers.
  • Jeff Christensen recently presented at the Western Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (WACES) in Anaheim, California.  The title of the presentation was: “Teaching Spirituality in a Graduate Counseling Course: Encouraging Buy-In and Rolling With Resistance.”
  • An article Jennifer De Saxe wrote entitled “What’s Critical Feminism doing in a Field like Teacher Education” just came out in Generos: Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies.
  • Thomas Doherty presented the workshop Talking about Campus Sustainability: Some Tips from a Psychologist to a standing room only audience at the recent Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Portland on October 20, 2014. He was also quoted in the recent Oregon Climate and Health Profile report: “Climate change affects our relationships. For parents, this includes thoughts about how best to provide for our children. There is a need to support people as they come to grips with increasing uncertainties. There is a need to support those taking a lead and there is a need to support those who are feeling alarm, alienation, or despair.” In May 2014, he was a lead facilitator at the first New Zealand Conservation Psychology Institutes held in Auckland and Wellington. In June, Thomas facilitated the Nature-Health-Access symposium at Lewis & Clark with speakers from the US Forest Service, Friends of Trees, African American Outdoor Association, and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Thomas was interviewed by Portland Monthly magazine in their July Health issue. Thomas spoke and presented at the American Psychological Association meeting in Washington, DC in August.
  • Carol Doyle and Yuwei Wu (an MCFT student) presented their poster, “Balancing Care: Examining Parents’ Experiences of Supporting Veteran Children Post-Deployment”, at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 30th Annual Meeting in Miami.
  • Alejandra Favela recently presented at the National Association of Multicultural Education in Tucson, Arizona. The title of her presentation was “Educational Exodus: Deported Families with Students in Mexican Schools.”
  • Sue Feldman just had a paper accepted for the International Journal of Multicultural Education. It will come out in the January 2015 special issue on school leadership and anti-racism work. The paper is entitled: “Leadership and the Social Practice of Racial Equity Policy.”
  • Working with two colleagues from PSU, Liza Finkel just submitted a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation titled, “Assessing Deliberative Pedagogy to Advance Student Engagement and Career Pathways in Environmental Science.” Liza and her colleague Lisa Weasel also submitted a paper to the journal CBE Life Science Education called, “Deliberative Pedagogy in a Large, Non-majors Biology Course: Active Learning that Promotes Student Engagement with Science Policy and Research for All Students.” She also ran two sessions of a workshop to the Lewis & Clark College of Arts and Sciences faculty at their annual retreat called: “Action Research: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Instructional Interventions.”
  • Pilar Hernandez-Wolfe, student Michelle Hyman, and faculty member Thomas Doherty presented at the Northwest Ecological Community Psychology Conference organized by Portland State University. The title of the presentations was “Decolonizing and Ecopsychology Perspectives on the Use and Development of Indigenous Healing Practices.” Pilar’s book “A Borderlands View on Latinos, Latin Americans, and Decolonization” will be published in paperback in January.
  • Carmen Knudson-Martin recently published a co-written article entitled “Competencies for Addressing Gender and Power in Couple Therapy: A Socio-emotional Approach” in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. The article is presents seven clinical competencies for an approach to couple therapy that she has been developing along with a group of students and faculty at Loma Linda University. In the past month, she also recently submitted for publication an edited volume on research and clinical applications of this approach entitled: “Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy: Bridging Emotion, Societal Context, and Couple Interaction.
  • Teresa McDowell made two presentations at the Liberation Based Healing Conference held recently in Portland: “Critical Geography and Mental Health” and “The Great White Project.” Her article, “Queering Family Therapy Education,” co-written with MCFT faculty member Marisol Garcia and former MCFT student Paula Emerick, was published in the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. She also made two presentations titled Male violence: Towards equity and non-violence in family work” at the 3rd JUCONI International Conference in Puebla, Mexico.
  • Alicia Roberts Frank taught two workshops on teaching students with dyslexia and related language learning disabilities on teacher inservice day, one to SW Charter School and one in Salem.
  • Tod Sloan presented a public lecture and a workshop on activism and social change at Alliant University in San Diego. He also chaired a session and presented a paper on activist support and critical psychology at the Rutgers University conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. Tod was chosen to be a Conversation Project leader by the Oregon Humanities Council. For two years, he will host dialogues all over Oregon on the topic “Reimagining Community in the Age of the Internet and Smartphone.”
  • Greg Smith had chapters published in two edited volumes over the summer: “Cultivating Citizen Stewards: Lessons from Formal and Non-Formal Educators” in Urban Forests, Trees, and Greenspaces: A Political Ecology Perspective and “Making the Transition to Sustainability: Marshaling the Contributions of the Many,” in Schooling for Sustainable Development Across the Pacific.


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