Congratulations, 2016 PhD, PsyD Graduates!

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Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD) Graduates


Amber Blews-800x1000Dissertation: “Virtue and Character Development in Adolescents: The Relationship Among Self-Control, Patience, and Religion”
Advisor: Sarah Schnitker
Internship: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA
Plans: Post doctoral position for 2016–2017 at Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
She says: “Research through thrive center was helpful in preparing me to work with adolescents, focusing on resiliency in youth/TAY population, and using a strengths-based approach in my clinical work. On a personal note, I am a mother of two, and working at thrive has brought to life principles of attachment theory and development across the lifespan!”


Thomas-Hunt-Felke-660x1000Dissertation: “God-Watchfulness, Self-Control, and Patience in Adolescence”
Advisor: Sarah Schnitker
Plans: His post-doctoral position will be assessing children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities for vocational rehabilitation. Beyond that, he hopes to look for ways to combine research, teaching, and clinical practice in his career.
He says: “The Thrive Center gave me theoretical and research tools to approach both clinical and academic work from a wide variety of angles.”


Dissertation: “Gratitude and Materialism Differentially Predict Generosity:
The Mediating Role of Thrift”
Advisor: Sarah Schnitker


Dissertation: “Modeling the Effects of Within-Person Characteristics and Goal-Level Attributes on Personal Project Pursuit Over Time”
Advisor: Sarah Schnitker

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Graduates

LUKE J. DAVIDIUK “Impact of Sports on Youth Development: Positive and Negative Outcomes”
Advisor: Sarah Schnitker
Internship: VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Lincoln, NE
Plans: He received an HPSP scholarship from the Air Force. After finishing Commissioned Officer’s Training (COT) in October, he will start out as a captain in the Air Force and be stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base working as a clinical psychologist.
He says: “Whether I stay in the military long term or not, my biggest hope for the future is that I am able to pursue meaningful work and impact the lives of others. My lab within the Thrive Center taught me how to think critically and to better understand the nuances of developmental and social psychology. These skills will benefit me greatly within the Air Force and beyond!”


Jonathan-Weber-650x900Dissertation: “Exploring Social Influences in Diverse Spiritual Exemplars”
Advisor: Pamela Ebstyne King
Internship: Bowling Green State University Counseling Center
Plans: Post-doctoral fellowship position at the Ohio State University Counseling Center
He says: “From the thrive lab I learned about the importance of social connection, including the variety of ways that relationships can affect one’s religious and spiritual development. As I work with college students, I have found this understanding to be particularly helpful with clients who are struggling with their faith but desire to have it be a significant part of their life.”