Student Travel Award Recipients 2016
Michael Awad is a doctoral student studying counseling psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has experience facilitating mindfulness-based stress reduction groups for individuals with chronic pain and medical professionals experiencing burnout, psychotherapy groups for mental health and chemical dependency intensive outpatient programs, and conducts four psychoeducation groups per week as a school counselor for adolescents of color entering the nation’s top boarding schools. More recently, he is involved in the development of a research-informed cognitive rehabilitation group for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias. He has a specific interest in working with boys and men of color.
Ashley Barbery is a doctoral candidate attending The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She currently facilitates group therapy for children experiencing social skills difficulties as well as for adults with various cognitive impairments. In her future practice, Ashley hopes to offer group therapy for military spouses, caregivers, and individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Annalucia Bays is a rising fifth-year in Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) counseling psychology program in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to receiving didactic and experiential training in group therapy, she has co-lead three interpersonal process groups for college students and adults; one manualized CBT-focused group for adults with anxiety; and one supportive, skills-based, and process-oriented group for college students with bipolar disorder. Furthermore, she designed, implemented, and currently maintains a new group therapy program in a VCU-run, community-based training clinic.
Erin Crozier is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University, co-chair of the Division 49 student committee, and will soon begin internship at Oregon State University. Her interest in group work began as an undergraduate, was further ignited in her doctoral program, and is a special interest she has been nourishing heavily over the past two years. Evidence of this passion include her dissertation on group training and competence, multiple presentations and small writing projects, and my formation and co-leadership of a thriving group for students with eating disorders at a practicum site with no existing group program. Over the past year and a half, she has become increasingly involved in Division 49 and has worked closely with the student representative to further many exciting projects within the student committee. She looks forward to continuing this work and networking with other student affiliates and division members in Denver, and is very grateful for the division’s travel award to help her get there.
Keri Frantell really began to develop an interest in group psychotherapy and group psychology during her master’s program, where she had the opportunity to run many psychotherapy groups at her internship site. She also developed an interest in intergroup dialogues (IGD), developing a program for IGD at that institution. Her main focus now in her doctoral work is looking at the process and outcomes of IGD and group psychotherapy.
Nicole Randall is a female Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a clinical psychology doctoral-trainee. She has been training within the VA medical system for three years and has found that group psychotherapy is absolutely fundamental in healing the Veteran population. She notes that her military experience gives her an insider’s perspective when integrating military culture into group psychotherapy, and her psychological training and education empower her to challenge and guide her clients with interventions grounded in psychological theory and evidence-based practices.