Doctoral Students Receive Academic and Leadership Awards

Release Date: Friday, June 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Chestnut Hill College Department of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce the following academic achievements of students in the psychology program this spring: 

  • Susan Hoey, Year III doctoral student has been elected chair-elect of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association of Graduate Students (PPAGS).The Pennsylvania Psychological Association of Graduate Students (PPAGS) is the voice of student concerns within the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. PPAGS develops, endorses and disseminates information to students about relevant education and training issues, legislative positions and developments, and future directions or changes in the field.
  • Rutvi Kapadia, Year III, has been elected as PPAGS Communication Focus. This is the third year that a student from the College has served in a leadership position for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association of Graduate Students.



Several Chestnut Hill College students will also receive awards at the 2011 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Convention on Friday, June 17th:

  • Crystal Taylor, Year IV, will receive the 2011 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Student Multiculturalism Award. This award is given to a psychology student who produces distinguished psychology related work on issues surrounding multiculturalism, diversity, advocacy, and social justice. In December, 2010, Crystal made a service trip to Haiti to provide services to victims of the earthquake that shattered the country.
  • Year III students Elzbieta Jarzabek, Margarita Saenz, Aliece Chen, and Nouf Zarie, mentored by faculty advisor, Ana Caro, Psy.D., received the 2011 PPAGS Community Service Project Award. The award is given to a team of students who made the most salient contributions to the community. Their project title, “Immigration, Acculturation and Parenting: Bridging the Gap between Immigrant Parents and Their Children,” addressed the need for culturally sensitive mental health services for immigrants in the Philadelphia area. Their project consisted of a two-hour psychoeducational workshop that was delivered to four different immigrant groups (Arab, Chinese, Latino, and Polish). These workshops took place in March 2011 in community and religious centers serving these groups, and were well-received. The goal of the presentation was to enhance the participants' knowledge about the impact of immigration on mental health, and to provide an opportunity to discuss issues relating to the process of acculturation. The project seeks to facilitate an understanding of the struggle that participants as well as their children may face while adapting to the U.S. culture.
  • Two students were accepted to present at the 2011 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Convention Poster Session. Christina Shaheen, Year IV, will present her research poster titled “Searching for the Positive in Tic Spectrum Disorders (TSDs): The Relationship between TSDs, Co-Morbid Diagnoses and Functional Competence.”
  • Parin Patel will present her research poster titled “Measuring the Concurrent, Convergent and Incremental Validity of a New Adult ADHD Symptom Measure.” Of the six presenters in this category, Parin was also selected as the recipient of a Graduate Student Research Award, and as the recipient of a Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation Education Award.
  • Kate Altman, Year V student, will co-present with Chestnut Hill faculty member Katherine Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., their workshop, “Positive Psychology Interventions for Adults and Children with ASD” at the 2011 PPA Convention.