Tag Archives: Department of Psychology

Happenings: Coat and Blanket Drive

Texas State helps homeless
through Bobcat Blanket Drive

pile of blankets

Donate new blankets and gently used or new coats, hats and gloves to the Bobcat Blanket Drive, held on campus Nov. 28-Dec. 2.

By Billi London-Gray

The recent spell of balmy November days soon will give way to the temperamental chill of Texas winter. For homeless individuals who spend all their nights outside, the cold isn’t just uncomfortable — it can be life threatening.

The Bobcat Blanket Drive, sponsored by the Psychology Department and the Health Psychology Graduate Program, is one way the Texas State community can help these imperiled neighbors weather the winter months with greater comfort and health. Scheduled from Monday, Nov. 28, to Friday, Dec. 2, the drive will collect blankets and winter outerwear on behalf of Front Steps and the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Medical Care

New study proposes strategy
for improving medical care

Dr. Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek

Research done by a team that included Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek, an assistant professor in the Texas State Department of Psychology, has developed a strategy that can help patients stick to their prescribed medicines, achieving better long-term results.

Haskard-Zolnierek worked with researchers from the University of California, Riverside, and La Sierra University in Riverside on the Information-Motivation-Strategy model. The three-pronged approach was developed after analysis of findings from more than 100 large-scale studies and meta-analyses conducted between 1948 and 2009.

A report on the model appears in the journal Health Psychology Review. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Matt Kelly

What’s the perfect major? Psychology.

Matt Kelly

By Britney Munguia

Texas State University junior Matt Kelly believes he has chosen the perfect major: psychology.

Currently, Kelly is enrolled in philosophy, computer science, health psychology, and sensation and perception, classes that keep him busy throughout the week.

When he isn’t studying or doing extra credit assignments, Kelly says he enjoys spending time with friends and most importantly, relaxing.

Originally from Leander, Texas, Kelly chose Texas State because of its location, size and affordable tuition. Expecting to graduate in May 2012, Kelly says he is enjoying his time in San Marcos while it lasts.

Spotlight: Psychology Undergraduate Internship

Psychology internship program gives undergrads graduate-level training

Amanda Barry, at center, works with students at Mendez Elementary for her psychology internship.

By Billi London-Gray

Job competition can be intense for new college graduates. Having professional experience can make a huge difference for job applicants. Thanks to Texas State psychology professor Robyn Rogers, several students get a leg up each semester through the Psychology Undergraduate Internship program.

“The program is very selective,” Rogers says. “These employers are just thrilled with our students. They’ve wanted to hire them straight on.”

Rogers, a 29-year member of the Texas State faculty, has been coordinating the internship program for decades. She’s built strong relationships with many organizations in the San Marcos area where her students can gain valuable work experience. ResCare Premier, San Marcos CISD, Roxanne’s House, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Rural Talent Search, LiveOak Living Community and the Austin Suicide Hotline give Texas State students hands-on learning experience each semester.

“They get to apply everything they’ve learned in psychology up to this point to see if it’s what they want for life,” Rogers says. “Many of my students find their niche this way.”

The requirements for the program are demanding, but a student receives three credit hours for PSYC 4396 at the completion of the internship. Student must work on the site 120 hours over the course of the semester, which averages around 10-12 hours per week. Interns – about nine students per semester – meet as a group with Rogers and individually with their site supervisors each week. Their additional assignments consist of work logs and papers related to their experiences.

Amanda Barry, a senior at Texas State, got an internship at Mendez Elementary in San Marcos for the fall 2010 semester. Her internship experience has confirmed her desire to counsel children.

“I want to work with kids doing clinical psychology,” Barry says. “I love the job. I love kids.”

Barry works alongside Janice Niemiec, a counselor at Mendez Elementary, doing classroom guidance. She helps young students work through a variety of behavioral issues.

“We work on respect, friendship, trustworthiness, safety, self-esteem – basic core goals,” Barry says. “Sometimes we do mediation and mentoring, which is one-on-one, and sometimes guidance is done with whole classes. It’s all interactive.”

Rogers says the Psychology Undergraduate Internship program is focused on helping her students stand out when they continue on to graduate studies or start their careers.

“It gives undergraduates the chance to gain graduate-level field experience,” Rogers says. “It really is a unique opportunity for them.”

Many Texas State departments offer internships with class credit. For more information about student internships, check out the Student Guide to Internships or contact the Office of Career Services at 512.245.2645 or CareerServices@txstate.edu.

Bobcat Faces: Hannah Burson

Senior making a difference
one class at a time

Hannah Burson

“Each day can teach you something new if you let it,” said Hannah Burson, Texas State University senior.

Keeping an open mind and always yearning to learn something new, Burson firmly believes that there is always more in life to gain.

Aspiring to make a difference in this world, Texas State Senior Hannah Burson is pursuing a degree in psychology. “I’ve always wanted to help people,” said Burson. “Psychology helps you understand what is going on in your head, your emotions and why we act certain ways.”

Although not quite sure where her career path may lead her, Burson hopes to make counseling her full-time job. Not only is she interested in helping people, she also hopes to learn a little something about herself along the way.

Originally from Red Rock in Central, Texas, Burson’s decision to attend Texas State was heavily influenced by the beautiful campus and its size.

And Burson encourages every student to keep an open mind while searching for that perfect college campus, with the perfect atmosphere.

She thinks she’s found it.

“The best thing about Texas State University is the attitude on campus,” said Hannah Burson. “It’s so easy to keep a smile on your face.”

Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Bobcat Faces: Nikki Adeleke

Texas State senior Adeleke is
happy with her chosen major

Nikki Adeleke

Nikki Adeleke, currently a senior at Texas State University, is more than passionate about the brain and human behaviors.

Adeleke is majoring in psychology with a minor in family and child development. After taking classes with Professor Robyn Rogers, she knew more than ever that she had chosen the right field of study.

“Taking her classes further reinforced why I want to become a therapist. She keeps her students engaged in her classes, and she is truly passionate about her work. I have learned so much,” says Adeleke.

Planning to own her own private practice after completing graduate school, Adeleke keeps active in learning about the many theories and psychological approaches in her field. “Learning these different theories and approaches helps me keep my goals of being a therapist intact,” says Adeleke.

As president of the Bobcat Leadership Board and a member of Support Student Services, Adeleke encourages other students to get involved with clubs and organizations.

“The best part is meeting new people and being involved in the San Marcos community,” says Adeleke, who has interned locally at Roxanne’s House, an advocacy center for abused children and with Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Heart team, which advocates for sexual assault victims.

While on track to graduate in December of this year, Adeleke will remember her home away from home.

“I must say that being a student at Texas State University has enhanced my character and made me a more determined person.”

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology

Bobcat Faces: Pablo Saenz

Psychology major discovers people
make the difference at Texas State

Pablo Saenz

It wasn’t the river that sold Pablo Saenz on Texas State. Or the scenic campus. Or the location in the heart of Texas.

It was the people.

“I visited a lot of different schools, and they were all good but not great,” says the senior from El Paso. “When I came to Texas State, the people were exceptional. I also was surprised to see such a diverse group of people. Texas State was just great.”

Saenz, a dean’s list scholar who will graduate cum laude with a degree in psychology this spring, said picking a major was easy for someone who likes a wide range of people.

“By understanding people and answering the ‘why’ questions of society, we all can work toward creating a better and warmer world for our children,” he says.

He’s planning on going to graduate school next, with long-term plans for a doctorate in clinical psychology, and either going into private practice or research.

“I chose psychology because it’s a field of study that never seems to have a dull moment,” he says. “Everything about the career excites me and motivates me to apply myself.”

And while he’s stayed busy with school, there also has been time for his favorite pastime: soccer. He says his favorite spot on campus is the West Campus fields, where there’s always a pick-up game going on, and he was the captain of his intramural soccer team.

He also has made it a point to enjoy the diversity that attracted him to campus in the first place.

“The most important thing I learned at Texas State is that we are all unique and different, not for the worst but for the better,” he says. “You cannot judge people based on their appearance or associations. Get to know them and I guarantee you will find something special in everyone.”

College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology