Cameron University graduate students, faculty present papers at state conference

Three Cameron University Psychology graduate students presented papers recently at the Oklahoma Association of Marriage & Family Therapy State Conference in Oklahoma City, the first time the conference had been open to student presentations. CU student presenters were Larry Allison, Lawton; Stephen Jester, Lawton; and Stefanie Strong, Tuttle. All three are pursuing a Master's Degree in Behavioral Science. The presentations were so well received that OKAMFT President Thom Balmer agreed to consider including student presentations as part of each annual conference. In addition, CU Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Joanni Sailor presented at the conference.

"Dr. Sailor and her students are great representatives of Cameron University and the Department of Psychology and Human Ecology," says Ronna Vanderslice, Dean of Education and Behavioral Sciences. "Their presentations highlight the remarkable research being done by our faculty and graduate students. I'm proud but not surprised that our students may be the catalyst for others students to be included in future conferences."

Allison's paper is entitled "Family Therapy: Treating Anorexia in a Family Context," Jester's topic is "Risk Factors and Preventative Measures for Adolescent Substance Use during Parental Divorce"; and Strong presented "Cognitive Behavioral Family Theory and the Effects of Infidelity on Children". Dr. Sailor's paper  is "A Phenomenological Study of Falling out of Romantic Love as Seen in Married Couples."

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April 16,l 2010

PR#10-078