Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Caitlin R. Merrill and Adriana Sánchez given 2019-20 Susan A. Neufeldt Awards for Excellence in Clinical Supervision

Caitlin R. Merrill and Adriana Sánchez of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the Gevirtz School were given 2019-20 Susan A. Neufeldt Awards for Excellence in Clinical Supervision for their service at the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic at UC Santa Barbara. The award is named in honor of a previous director of the Hosford Clinic.

Merrill is a doctoral student with an emphasis in...

Seven Gevirtz School faculty members receive promotions

Seven members of the Gevirtz School faculty who have recently heard from the Academic Senate about well-earned promotions.

Maryam Kia-Keating, Melisa Morgan Consoli, and Matt Quirk have been promoted to Full Professor; Diana Arya and Ty Vernon have been promoted to Associate Professor, and therefore are now tenured faculty; Tine Sloan and Steve Smith have been promoted to Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, AKA Full Teaching...

The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic launches an updated website

The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic (CAPPC), a part of the Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic, has launched an updated website with an abundance of resources.

“The purpose of the Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Clinic is to provide services that help build strong, healthy individuals and families in our community as well as provide state-of-the-art information and training in applied Positive Psychology...

Young Writers Camp Announces Free Online Offerings for 4th-12th Graders

The Young Writers Camp – a nonprofit program of the South Coast Writing Project at UCSB – announced plans to continue camp services this Summer through online offerings.

In support of families facing COVID-related challenges, there is no cost to register for Young Writers Camp Online. For families able to make a donation, contributions made will go to compensate our teachers for their valuable time. If you are interested in donating,...

Will my child fall behind in their education because of this pandemic? - Diana Arya 7-7-20

Education and Applied Psychology in a Time of COVID-19

One of the many topics up for conversation among U.S. families in recent months is the potential effects sheltering-in-place orders have on the educational progress that children are expected to make in order to be prepared for the next grade level. Educational progress is especially crucial with regards to the ultimate goal of readiness for college and other postsecondary pursuits. The...

Alumna Sky Adams named the first woman director of the Computer Science Academy at Santa Barbara High School

Sky Adams, a Gevirtz Graduate School of Education alumna, was named the first woman director of the Computer Science Academy at Santa Barbara High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University in 2014, and received her master’s degree in education and single subject teaching credential from UC Santa Barbara's Teacher Education Program in 2016. During her time at the Gevirtz School, she was named a STEM...

Kelly Whaling has been awarded a 2020 Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award

Kelly Whaling of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology has been awarded a 2020 Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award from UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Division for distinguishing herself as a mentor of undergraduates.

Whaling, a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology, who has already successfully defended her dissertation and is about to begin an internship at St. John’s University, worked as a...

Heidi Zetzer and Andrés Consoli elected to positions in the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education faculty Heidi Zetzer and Andrés Consoli were recently elected to positions in the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. Zetzer will serve as Secretary and Consoli will serve as Vice President for International Affairs. Both will be serving a three-year term beginning this August.

The Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the...

Commencement 20 Profile: Inspired by Chicanx Studies, Danny Meza focuses on the mental health of marginalized communities

Danny Meza graduated with a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Next, he will complete his post-doc fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Counseling and Psychological Services, where he completed his internship.

GGSE: What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Meza:
Generally my interests lie within mental health for...

Gevirtz School study examining the needs of parents with children on the autism spectrum amid COVID-19 looks for participants

Doctoral students Maria Munoz and Emily Ferguson of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology and the Koegel Autism Center are conducting a study to better understand the specific needs and experiences of families across the U.S. with autistic children (aged 2+), adolescents, and adults during COVID-19. Those who fill out this 10-15 minute survey will help the Koegel Center and other autism service providers develop better...

Former Ph.D. student Dave Forman publishes "Fearless Talent Choices: That Can Make or Break Your Business"

“How can we prepare for unrelenting change and uncertain futures, before it is too late?” David Forman, a former UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz School Ph.D. student, provides answers to timely questions like this one in his recently released book for business leaders called Fearless Talent Choices: That Can Make or Break Your Business (May 2020).

Forman emphasizes the importance of preparing for “possible futures, now,” as...

Commencement 20 Profile: Jeremy Edwards focuses on the experiences of Black students in his quest for representation and inclusive policies and practices in higher education

Jeremy Edwards graduated with a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Culture and Development from the Department of Education.

GGSE: What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Edwards:
My work centers on the Black experience in areas of higher education. Through a critical race lens, my work examines higher education practices and policies that impact Black student experiences. I assess...

Commencement 20 Profile: Sruthi Swami education considers history of oppression in her aim to address racial and ethnic disparities in school systems

Sruthi Swami graduated with a Ph.D. with an emphasis in school psychology from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. She will be moving next to California State University, Fresno, where she has accepted a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Master’s program.

GGSE: What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Swami:
My research...

Commencement 20 Profile: Simeng (Karen) Li develops technological interventions to address challenges faced by children with special needs

Simeng (Karen) Li just graduated with a Ph.D. in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies (SPEDR) from the Department of Education. 

GGSE: What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Li:
My primary interests are special education and instructional technology. As a researcher, my greater goal has always been to help others, and I consider that trait to be an essential part of me....

Commencement 20 Profile: Special Education teacher Eric Flores supports students in the classroom and on the wrestling mat

Eric Flores earned his Education Specialist Instruction Credential with a specialization in mild/moderate disabilities from the Teacher Education Program. He is moving next to San Marcos High School, where he has accepted a special education teaching position.

GGSE: What drew you to teaching?
Flores:
I didn’t realize I wanted to be a teacher until I started coaching wrestling. I was an assistant wrestling coach...

Gevirtz School study examining teacher stress and well-being amid COVID-19 looks for elementary school teacher participants

Doctoral student Maggie Chan and Dr. Jill Sharkey of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology are conducting a study to understand the stress elementary school teachers experience during school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its influence on their psychological and professional well-being. The purpose of the study is providing implications and suggestions for current policy implementation or future policy...

Commencement 20 Profile: Coco Miller uses her experience as a student athlete to examine the importance of leadership skills in coaching

Caroline “Coco” Miller will be graduating with an M.A. in Education, focusing on Leadership. She hopes to immerse herself in the sports industry, and one day be a coach as well as work in the front office of a professional sports team.

GGSE: Tell us about your research projects. What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Miller:
My research has been focused on how coaching sports can be...

Alumnus Andrew Choi wins the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Dr. Arthur Nezu Diversity Dissertation Award

Dr. Andrew Choi, an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, has won the 2020 American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Dr. Arthur Nezu Diversity Dissertation Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual whose doctoral dissertation makes an outstanding contribution to the field of professional psychology and diversity and/or multiculturalism. The peer-reviewed publication...

Commencement 20 Profile: Lilly Lew works to recognize and expand enrichment opportunities for young people

Lilly Lew will be graduating with a Ph.D. from the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. She hopes to one day pursue a tenure-track professorship that allows her to establish university-community partnerships.

GGSE: Tell us about your research projects. What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Lew:
My primary research interest is the social construction of literate identities...

Commencement 20 Profile: Ana Guerrero advocates for Latinx students in higher education

Ana Guerrero will be graduating with a Ph.D. from the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. She hopes to work in student or academic affairs in a two or four-year Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

GGSE: Tell us about your research projects. What are your research interests, and why are they important to you?
Guerrero:
My research interests include Latinx students’ academic and career identity...

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