Counseling Doctoral Student Spotlights

griffin, brandon-thumb Griffin Featured in VCU News Article on Stellar Grads

Brandon Griffin, a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program and upcoming graduate, was profiled in a recent VCU News article featuring outstanding graduates from across campus.

Excerpt: Currently a psychology resident at the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Health Care System, he provides psychotherapy to combat veterans seeking treatment for PTSD. He soon will begin working at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he will develop a new psychological intervention for PTSD stemming from killing in war.

While studying at VCU, Griffin was active in serving the Richmond community. After reading a 2015 VCU study showing that people living in his East End neighborhood had a life expectancy of 20 years less than other parts of the city — for possible reasons such as lack of access to health care, availability of food and physical activities, and safe housing — Griffin was inspired to sponsor and coach a soccer team for the neighborhood community center.

“Our team did not solve all of the problems that my players encountered; however, it provided a space where the players developed the interpersonal skills necessary to work as a team, built confidence in themselves by trying a new sport, and were cheered on and even provided with after game lunches by many of my colleagues in the VCU Department of Psychology,” he said.

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Counseling and Clinical Students Match for Internships

Congratulations to our wonderful counseling and clinical doctoral students who are headed out on internship next year!

‌Annalucia Bays
Counseling Psychology Program
Adviser: Kathleen Ingram, Ph.D.
Internship placement: College of William and Mary

Melissa Dvorsky
Clinical Psychology Program
Adviser: Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.
Internship placement: Cincinnati Children's Hospital

‌Laura Eddy
Clinical Psychology Program
Adviser: Heather Jones, Ph.D., and Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.
Internship placement: University of Texas Health Sciences Center - San Antonio

Lisa Goldberg-Looney
Counseling Psychology Program
Adviser: Paul Perrin, Ph.D.
Internship placement: Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics & Surgery Center (U.S. Air Force)

‌Chelsea Hughes
Counseling Psychology Program
Adviser: Everett Worthington, Ph.D.
Internship placement: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Autumn Lanoye
Clinical Psychology Program
Adviser: Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D.
Internship placement: West Virginia University

Annie Rabinovitch
Clinical Psychology Program
Adviser: Paul Perrin, Ph.D.
Internship placement: Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins University

Zachary Radcliff
Clinical Psychology Program
Adviser: Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D.
Internship placement: Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


utsey-thumb Utsey Lab Shares Expertise at Winter Roundtable 

The Winter Roundtable at Columbia University is the longest running continuing professional education program in the U.S. devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology and education. Shawn Utsey, Ph.D., professor of counseling psychology and interim chair of the VCU Department of African American Studies, and his lab members attended this year's roundtable, which was called "From Ferguson to Flint: Multicultural Competencies for Community-Based Trauma." He and his lab members - Princess Louden, Ashley Hill, Keyona Allen, Sultan Hubbard and Christina Barnett -  led a symposium about the community engagement series "Building Legacies Around Cultural Knowledge," a series Utsey and his lab conduct in partnership with Blackwell Community Center, which hosts the weekly conversations about topics particularly pertinent for black people. 

In addition to the symposium, Utsey and his students presented a poster about race-related stress and held a roundtable discussion about navigating graduate school as a black student.

Many thanks to James Cones lll, Ph.D., a 1987 graduate of the clinical psychology doctoral program at VCU and mentee of James McCullough, Ph.D., who came out to support Utsey and his students!