Dispatch 115: A Guide to What to Expect During the Residential Orientation/Residential Conference


Many of our new students coming to us from around the country often have the same questions as anyone starting a graduate program. Being nervous, even harboring a bit skepticism, is completely natural especially when embarking on something as life-changing as a graduate degree.

At Saybrook, we certainly recognize that because our institution is largely virtual in nature, there are other layers of questions, including “what exactly is this Residential Orientation and Conference? What happens during these events?”

Given this is one of our signature events for new and continuing students, I thought a short overview might be helpful. Let me know your thoughts and for faculty/staff and current students, if I missed anything, let me know in the comments section. Make sure to follow us using the hashtag #SaybrookRC whether you’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIN.

  1. The RO/RC is a kick-off event for our academic programs and much more. You might have heard the term “hybrid”. This refers to the way your curriculum may be delivered. In most of our programs, the RO/RC is designed to accomplish a few goals: Build community (activities including meals, social events, and community-wide symposiums); begin classes (many program faculty will kick-off coursework during the RC); and explore areas of interest that complement or are even outside one’s program (yoga, drumming, the dream table, open sessions by program).

  2. The Residential Orientation (specifically the College of Social Sciences) is about getting to know your faculty, your fellow learners, and learn more deeply about Saybrook University. Day 1 (usually a Thursday) kicks off with introductions to your program faculty. Generally, we begin the morning with introductions of faculty and staff members followed by meeting each of you. We like to learn where you’re from, how you found us, and what your hopes are for the program you’re entering. The rest of the morning we cover key university concepts such as the ideas informing humanistic philosophy. We break for lunch (which we encourage you to join so as to network with each other). The remainder of the day is spent with your program colleagues and faculty, learning about the expectations for graduate study, more get-to-know you exercises, and the like.

    Day two includes orientations to various services, including student affairs, online support, etc. We encourage to also work with our on-site staff such as student advising, financial aid and the registrar who can assist you.

  3. Saturday is “the” day when the official conference begins. On Friday, many of our faculty and current students start settling in for the conference which begins officially on Saturday morning. Some key things to remember beginning Saturday and throughout the rest of the conference:

    1. Review your program and highlight key sessions that interest you.

    2. Take time to experience the evening events. Highlights include a university-wide documentary screening on Monday night; community town halls, yoga (each morning), and much more! We encourage you to take part in as much as your schedule and program allows.

    3. The front desk is your friend. Located in the Conference Center, our team along with partners from Management Resource Group, are there to offer support to students, faculty, and staff. If you’re lost or confused, they’re here to help. We’ll get you where you need to go!

    4. Coffee and tea. Every meal has coffee and tea available. We encourage you to fuel up during these meals. If you require additional coffee, please make sure to use what’s in your room or there is a coffee shop located in the main lobby.

  4. What happens after the RC? Once we wrap up on Wednesday/Thursday, it’s time to head home. The learning continues online for students who have attended. Our goal with the RC is to create that bond to sustain you through the semester, creating the opportunity to both engage and carry the learning forward into your studies.

  5. Virtual communities are like RCs only online. A couple of our programs have engaged in innovative delivery of the curriculum. For these programs, students are part of a virtual community or hub in which they take part in community-building and learning across the semester. For these students, we like to hear about your experiences and hope to hear more about the benefits of this model in your graduate journey.

Dispatch 114: Spring 2019 RC Preparations & Highlighted Community Events


Saybrook U Staff and faculty members are working hard in preparation for the upcoming Residential Orientation (for new students) and the Residential Conference (for all students) beginning this Thursday, January 17, 2019 in Monterey, California. Below is a highlighted list of community events. For the full schedule, go to our Sharepoint Site here (a Saybrook account is needed to access).

Community Event Highlights, Including Town Halls
(Note that this is not a comprehensive list; please refer to the schedule and information page linked above).

  • Faculty Meeting: Friday Morning at 8:30 AM (Cypress 1, 2, & 3)

  • Farewell Gathering for Faculty: Saturday Evening at 7:30 PM (Regency 1, 2, & 3)

  • Student Town Hall (Student Governance): Sunday Evening at 6:00 PM (Regency 1, 2, & 3)

  • Charm City: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Film and Discussion: Monday Evening at 6:30 PM (Regency 1, 2, & 3) – Note: This event is in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and is sponsored by the entire faculty and staff of Saybrook University. Attendance strongly encouraged.

  • Saybrook Community Town Hall, #1: Tuesday at 12:00 PM (Regency 1, 2, & 3)

  • Saybrook Community Town Hall, #2: Tuesday at 6:00 PM (Regency 1, 2, & 3)

  • Student Social Mixer & Karaoke: Tuesday at 7:30 PM Monterey Ballroom, Pebble & Beach Lobby Level

Dispatch 113: College of Social Sciences Faculty & Students in Action

For those of you who missed our October 2019 update, I thought I would give you a glimpse into the many things that happened late Summer and Fall 2018. Amazing work from so many outstanding individuals on our faculty and in our student body. I also provided a link to last Fall’s Creativity Studies newsletter (see below).


  • In conjunction with the American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Conference in August 2018, the Transformative Social Change Department co-sponsored an event, coordinated by TSC Faculty member Dr. Marc Pilisuk, which took place at Saybrook's Oakland Campus on August 10. More than 70 people from around the country attended. The purpose of this event was to bring together progressive psychologists from all over the country with Bay Area activists and community organizations in order to celebrate small victories, and possibilities for collaboration. discuss work being done. The American Psychological Association Division of Peace Psychology’s Annual Service Award was presented to Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin. Saybrook Presidential Fellow Ashanti Branch presented on community development work in the Oakland area through the Every Forward Club. TSC student Monisha Rios presented on her work with Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Veterans for Peace on the issue of moral injury within the military. Psychology-TSC graduate O'Dell Johnson spoke about his important work on supporting reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals into the community, via his new organization, Research Institute for Social Equity (RISE). The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Transformative Social Change, the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Psychologists for Social Responsibility APA Division 48 The Society for Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. 

  • TSC Peace and Justice Studies Specialization Coordinator Joy Meeker and faculty member Amanda Smith Byron authored chapters in a new, groundbreaking book on Critical Pedagogy in Peace and Justice Studies, published by Routledge in November 2018.


  • Stan Krippner spent September in China, giving seminars on dreamwork in three cities. In addition, he spoke to the local GLAAD chapter in Guangzhou, gave a three-day seminar on transpersonal psychology in Beijing, and also lectured on "the psychology of magic," illustrated by a magic show performed by his friend Samuel Carrasco from Puebla, Mexico. Saybrook student Paula de Franco joined him in Beijing for a special presentation of her model of psychotherapy, and Saybrook alumna Darlene Viggiano joined him in Guangzhou for a three-day training workshop on clinical hypnosis

  • Mendelowitz, E. (2018, July). Mindfulness and counterpoint: Reflections. Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter

  • Hoffman, L., & Paige, J. (2018). Varieties of suffering and meaning: Clinical implications. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 7(2), 1-10

  • New Book by Dr. Ruth Richards, Everyday Creativity and The Healthy Mind: Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society, which is nominated by Palgrave Macmillan for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize (The Phi Beta Kappa Society) can be pre-ordered from Amazon

  • Richards, R. (2018, August). Chaos, creativity, complexity, and healthy change. In a symposium, Ruth Richards and David Schuldberg (Co-Chairs), Creativity, chaos, and nonlinear psychology in mind and life. 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

  • Richards, R. (2018, August). Drums, Music, Dance—Bridging Worlds: Healing for Self and Society, Paula Jeanine Bennett and International Collaborators. Presentation for special event, Town Hall Art Blitz. 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. 

  • Richards, R. (2018, August). Discussant for Expressive Arts in Everyday Life, with Tobi Zausner, Pamela McCrory, and Terri Goslin-Jones. 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

  • Richards, R. (2018, August). Chair and Discussion Leader, Contemporary Neo-Shamanism as a Path for Multidimensional Healing through Expressive Arts. (Substituting for Dr. Goslin-Jones, with Anthony Williams and Karel Bouse, participants, Stanley Krippner, Discussant).126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.  

  • Two chapters by Dr. Ruth Richards, co-authored with Dr. Terri Goslin-Jones: Terri Goslin-Jones & Ruth Richards recently published (2018) the Mysteries of creative process:

    • Explorations in life and daily work. In, L. Martin, & N. Wilson (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of creativity at work (pp. 71-106). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. This book will be available next year as a textbook for CS 7067

    • Richards, R., & Goslin-Jones, T. (2018). Everyday creativity: Challenges for self and world—Six questions. In, R. Sternberg, and J. Kaufman (Eds.), The nature of human creativity. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 

  • The August edition of the Creativity Studies Newsletter is available, and features stories such as the creation of this table by Sara Shields. Sara is a Board Certified Holistic Registered Nurse and Executive Director for Team Mental Health, and the table was created as a meeting table for her nursing staff while she was taking coursework in Expressive Arts (CS 6606), Organizational Creativity (CS 7067) and Perspectives of Creativity (CS 4501)


  • Dr. Jeffrey Shepard had another paper accepted for publication. His research titled, The Incubation Process: A Case Study, will be published in Management & Organizational Studies Journal.

  • Dr. Charles Piazza was on the editorial board for Sage Publications’ second edition of its Encyclopedia of Business and Ethics. He contributed 11 entries spanning a variety of ethical topics related to business, economics, virtual distributed organizations, stakeholder interaction, justice, and workplace issues.

  • Dr. Joanne Smikle had an article, titled “Crafting a Strategy at Any Career Stage,” featured in the American Academy of Neurology Leadership Alumni Newsletter. An earlier article she authored, “A Leader’s Legacy,” was published in the April issue of this newsletter. Dr. Smikle gave the address at the graduation of the American Academy of Neurology 2018 Diversity Leadership Program.

Dispatch 112: QOTD - Alison Horstmeyer on Making Meaning at Work


Mind-body coaches relate to employees in ways that honour their core values and interests (autonomy and support); acknowledge their strengths and capabilities (competence support); and reflect authentic honesty, caring, and mutual trust (relatedness support).

~ Alison Horstmeyer, Ph.D. Saybrook University in "Making Meaning at Work"

Dispatch 111: Saybrook U College of Integrative Medicine & Health Sciences - Faculty in Action


  • Carrie Phelps, Chair of the CIMHS Integrative Wellness Coaching department, has recently earned her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The ICF is a leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals.

  • Alison Horstmeyer, a CIMHS PhD student in Mind-Body Medicine and Integrative Wellness Coaching certificate recipient, wrote an informative article for a UK managed Training Journal Magazine. The article, titled “Making Meaning at Work” focuses on educating leadership and development professionals about mind-body infused coaching. For a copy of the article, click on this link.

  • On September 15th Dr. Beth Haggett, adjunct faculty CIMHS department of IWC, facilitated a pilot of her program, Thrive! for Women at the Riverhorse Ranch. It combined the practical and the mystical. Practical Mind-Body skills combined with Native American wisdom, ceremony, dancing, drumming, the Medicine Wheel, and Sound Weaving with crystal bowls. There were 25 women attending the first retreat. Beth states that she feels women are yearning for a different way to create community and spirituality and she is trying to answer that call. In the future she plans to add Equine Assisted Meditation and learning to her retreat and also do Thrive! for Couples and Thrive! for Executives.

  • If you missed The Coaching Continuum presentation by Dr. Julie Cerrato at the Fall RC, you can access it here. This presentation gives individuals insight into the past, present, and future of coaching. In her presentation, Dr. Cerrato, CIMHS faculty in the IWC department, presented insights into the evolution of Integrative Wellness Coaching and outlined some of Saybrook’s coaching efforts.


  •  Lori Taylor, MS, RD, professor in Integrative & Functional Nutrition, has published the article “Nutrigenetics in Practice: Understanding MTHFR” in the peer-reviewed newsletter the Integrative RDN. The article can be viewed here

  • The Department of Integrative & Functional Nutrition hosted a webinar by Dr. Sujata Archer, PhD, RD on September 13, 2018 titled Nutrition in Developing Nations: A Focus on India where she shared her first-hand insights on the double burden of malnutrition and chronic disease. The recording can be viewed here  

Dispatch 110: Announcing the Return of the Faculty Scholarship Spotlight Table

At the urging of students, we are thrilled to announce that at the upcoming residential conference in Monterey, California, we will resurrect featuring the scholarly works of our faculty members. While books will not be for purchase at the RC due to restrictions by the hotel, we will have material that points individuals to where items can be purchased.

We intend to make this a feature of all future RCs.

Dispatch 109: Announcing the Saybrook University Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder's Scholarship

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss ( http://www.stephenweissphotography.com )

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss (http://www.stephenweissphotography.com)

In November of this past year, I had the privilege of meeting with Saybrook University’s founding director/president (Saybrook began as the Humanistic Psychology Institute), Dr. Eleanor Criswell. During that meeting, I had proposed the formation of a new scholarship to support new and continuing students, one that would honor her vital contributions to our founding. Moreover, this scholarship emphasizes the very humanistic legacy that defines us and our mission. I am pleased to say that Dr. Criswell graciously agreed to having a named scholarship in her honor.

Over the next two weeks, we will begin a campaign as part of our annual appeal to seek donors who will help us reach a $25,000 goal so as to seed the scholarship fund. I have included the scholarship overview here. In the meantime, if you would like to make a gift towards this scholarship, please go to www.saybrook.edu/giving. In the memo line, indicate the “this gift is for the Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder’s Scholarship”. We will ensure it gets to the right place.

Below is Dr. Criswell’s biography. I think you will - as did I - find her accomplishments truly inspirational!


Dr. Eleanor Criswell Biography

Eleanor Criswell, EdD, C-IAYT, is emeritus professor of psychology Sonoma State University, where she taught for nearly 40 years. She has a Masters in Counseling and Guidance (University of Kentucky, 1961) and a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Florida (1968). She is founding director of the Humanistic Psychology Institute (1970) (now Saybrook University, Oakland). Director of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training, she has written Biofeedback and Somatics: Toward personal Evolution, How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga, and edited Cram’s Introduction to Surface Electromyography. She is one of the pioneers in the field of biofeedback, yoga education in the United States, and somatics. She served as president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology (1976), Division 32 (1999-2000), and the International Association for Yoga Therapists (2010-2013). She founded Freeperson Press in 1975 to publish books relevant to the field of humanistic psychology. She is a California licensed psychologist and practices humanistic psychotherapy. She is originator of Somatic Yoga, Equine Hanna Somatics®, and Canine Hanna Somatics®. She conducts trainings in Hanna Somatic Education. In the past 59 years she has worked with thousands of students and clients, women and men—all from a humanistic orientation. She is the first recipient of the Eleanor Criswell Hanna Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women in Humanistic Psychology given by Division 32—the Society of Humanistic Psychology, American Psychological Association.

Dispatch 108: QOTD - Susan Ford (Author)

As I reflect on our counseling programs at Saybrook, this quote from Susan Ford (daughter of President Gerald and Betty Ford) stood out to me:

Having to go through an intervention and family counseling is a wonderful experience. I would almost recommend it to anybody. It opens a lot of communication, and it opens old sores, but once it is opened and hashed out, the rewards are far greater.

~ Susan Ford, Author

Dispatch 107: Meditation Every Day + A NY Times Resource Guide

I have been trumpeting the claims of meditation as well as mindfulness over the past year or so (I recently wrote an article for our UnBound magazine on the benefits as well). For me and many others, the practice has been life-changing. Indeed, at Saybrook University, our Mind-Body Medicine and Psychology programs embrace both of these activities as keys to improving mental health.

Now, with that said, I have occasionally been met with some level of skepticism from friends and colleagues, who at some level assert that meditation practice is “so Bay Area”. Fair enough. The “woo” factor associated with the West Coast is a reputation somewhat fairly earned given that some mind-body practices ride the line between pseudo-science and outright absurdity; practices that have little clinical research to stand on except for the occasional anecdote of personal transformation. While these stories of transformation should not be fully discounted, when it comes to making claims on the benefits of integrative practices and approaches, good research has its place as a means of promoting advances to improving the health of our society.

Meditation and mindfulness are integrative techniques that are a far cry from the extremes of alternative approaches to healthy living. Indeed, today, I was pleased to see in the New York Times two articles: the first touting the benefits of meditating everyday and a full resource guide to meditation, including a simple how-to guide, links to scientific resources, and other helpful articles that point to the power of regular meditation. The longer-term health benefits that may emerge as a result of daily practice are worth exploration.

I will conclude with a quote from Farhad Manjoo’s opinion article (mentioned above) in which he writes about how meditation can be a salve for how we engage with digital technology:

I knew all of this when I first began meditating a year ago, but I was still surprised at how the practice altered my relationship with the digital world. At first, it wasn’t easy: After decades of swimming in the frenetic digital waters, I found that my mind was often too scrambled to accommodate much focus. Sitting calmly, quietly and attempting to sharpen my thoughts on the present moment was excruciating. For a while, I flitted among several meditation books and apps, trying different ways to be mindful without pain.

Then, about four months ago, I brute-forced it: I made meditation part of my morning routine and made myself stick with it. I started with 10 minutes a day, then built up to 15, 20, then 30. Eventually, something clicked, and the benefits became noticeable, and then remarkable.

The best way I can describe the effect is to liken it to a software upgrade for my brain — an update designed to guard against the terrible way the online world takes over your time and your mind.

~ From “You Should Meditate Everyday” by Farhad Manjoo, NY Times, January 9, 2019

Dispatch 105: The Great Food Divide (Saybrook UnBound)

We recently released this article, highlighting the importance of addressing food access and insecurity. Furthermore, this article gets at the heart of why Saybrook U is important today as ever before: empowering students to create a better thus advancing scholarship and practice that advance principles around justice, humaneness, and sustainability. Here is a snippet with the full article link here and below:

elcome to America, where there are more than 38,500 grocery stores, the unemployment rate sits at its lowest level since 1969, and 77 percent of the population is equipped with smartphones—yet 23.5 million people live in food deserts, areas with no easy access to fresh food options. With so much abundance, job growth, and technology in the U.S., one would think a problem as simple as food accessibility would be eradicated by now.

It’s not.

To qualify as a food desert, at least 500 people or 33 percent of the census tract’s population must reside more than one mile away from a supermarket or large grocery store. For people living in food deserts, this can often mean a three-hour roundtrip to the store, as residents lack their own form of transportation. With their food options severely limited by what local stores like corner stores, bodegas, or liquor shops stock, food culture becomes one of convenience and cost. According to the USDA, this can lead to the residents having nutritionally poor diets that can lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease at astronomical rates.

Read the full article here.

Dispatch 102: (Re)Introducing Ms. Karyn Lee, AVP of Enrollment Management


As we head into a new year, I thought it might be good to re-introduce Karyn Lee who began with us back in late November.

Karyn comes to us with over 20 years of experience in admissions and student services. She has served at different institutions delivering strong results while also building teams through her positive, holistic approach to enrollment management. Her admissions successes include strong enrollment results and leading up to five enrollment teams simultaneously. Karyn's approach is one that builds enrollment through cultivating teams’ motivation to succeed, bringing faculty and teams along in crafting strategies, and a deep desire to evangelize our unique, mission-based programs. I have every confidence she will bring to the table a strong skill set, a desire to succeed, and a deep willingness to build collaborative approaches towards ensuring strong enrollment over the long-term.

Dispatch 101: QOTD - Shaner, Kelly, Rockwell, & Curtis (2015)

Today’s quote comes from the article “Calm Abiding: The Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation” in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology authored by Saybrook faculty Drs. Lynne Shaner, Lisa Kelly, Donna Rockwell, and Devorah Curtis. As a practitioner of meditation, I found this incredibly informational! Well done, colleagues.

The experiences of the participants in this study, joined with the volumes of empirical research that quantify the benefits of meditation, combine to suggest that it would be reasonable to hope that meditation could eventually become part of everyday life for the general population and that it might one day be considered a first-line strategy to help individuals handle life’s stresses, as well as a known and routinely recommended and practiced strategy for personal and spiritual development. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, July 7, 2015. Link located here.

Dispatch 100: Updates from Saybrook U's MBM and IFN Departments


  • Anjali Talcherkar, final-year MBM/IMH PhD student, was the recipient of a scholarship to the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) Ayurvedic Health Counselor I Program. Talcherkar's dissertation is on the use of CAM, specifically Ayurveda, in Addiction Treatment.

  • Dr. Eric Willmarth’s abstract has been accepted for the ’HYPNOSIS: NEW GENERATION 2019’ Congress in Budapest:

    • Title: Is Hypnosis an Altered State of Consciousness

    • Method: Panel Discussions

    • Authors: Willmarth, Eric Ph.D. (Saybrook University, Oakland, CA, United States) Brugnoli, Maria Paola (Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Roma, Italy



  • Congratulations to Carol Jean (CJ) Miller (MS IFN student) who was awarded a travel scholarship to attend Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium in Scottsdale, AZ in May 2019! Thanks to the Virtual Community in Nutrition students for supporting the nutritional needs of the underserved across the United States. Time was donated to organizations that provide prepared meals to low-income and homeless populations; fresh and non-perishable groceries to anyone in need; and integrative nutrition care to neurologically and physically impaired children. By sharing their experiences with classmates, we were all reminded of the immense need for food, shelter, housing, healthcare, and emotional support across the country. Thank you!

  • Congratulations to the 7 soon-to-be graduates of the Master of Science in Integrative & Functional Nutrition: Holle Cambell, Kathryn Clayton, Kelly DiFabio, Jennifer McCalib, Sydney Miccucci, Donna McNeal, and Betty Murray (Don’t forget to add that M.S. behind your name!). 

  • The Department of Integrative & Functional Nutrition is excited to officially launch the new PhD IFN. Check out the new web page and share it with anyone who may be interested!

 For more info on current conversations and research in the IFN department, be sure to check out The Great Food Divide in the latest issue of Unbound

Dispatch 99: Photo of the Day - The Elephant in Our Midst

I snapped this photo as our gentle giant made her(?) way from the watering hole to the structure that held elephant toys (we couldn't quite make out what exactly each toy offered in terms of entertainment). I love how this elephant's soulful, inquisitive eyes are captured in this particular shot.


Dispatch 98: QOTD - Donald Moss on Pathways to Health


Human beings who can clearly see and understand their own role in illness creation, through past choices and lifestyle habits, can better dedicate themselves to new pathways, to wellness and health. ~ Donald Moss, Ph.D., providing an overview of his book “Pathways to Health” featured here.

Dispatch 97: Updates from Saybrook U's Psychology and Leadership & Management Departments

Each Sunday, I will feature work that’s ongoing or has been done by faculty and students in the College of Social Sciences at Saybrook University. I think you will agree our faculty and students are engaged in some incredible scholarly-practitioner efforts!

Please feel free to send along any activities you’re engaged in by emailing me directly.



  •  Jacquie Lewis has a chapter, "Monte Ullman and Group Dream Appreciation" to be published in: Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology, and Culture, published by ABC-CLIO. This title is scheduled to publish later this month.

  • In November, Stanley Krippner participated in HOMINUS 18, an international psychology conference held in Havana Cuba. Steve Pritzker and Stanley presented a paper on the experience of "flow" in sport psychology. 


Virtual Faculty Exchange

  • On Nov 27, Dr. Charles F. Piazza was a virtual guest presenter at SRH University, Berlin, Germany. He conducted an engaging dialogue on virtual teams which went very well, benefiting students in developing their understanding and virtual relationship building and socializing skills.

  • The 60-minute session was an interactive dialogue with students exploring how networks can become a "dynamic person-to-person workPLACE" where professionals meet, develop vibrant working relationships, and evening hold casual socializing conversations. It was a great exchange where practical concepts where presented, challenges examined, and students sharing their questions and insights. Networking with the instructor and students will continue to follow-up on related ideas and practical applications.


Jeffrey Shepard, Ph.D. had an article published in a top tier medical journal. The article reflects several years of research. The citation for the article follows:

  • Ramsey, R. R., Holbein, C. E., Powers, S.W., Hershey, A. D., Kabbouche, M. A., O’Brien, H. L., Kacperski, J., Shepard, J., & Hommel, K. A. (2018). A pilot investigation of a mobile phone application and progressive reminder system to improve adherence to daily prevention treatment in adolescents and young adults with migraine. Cephalalgia, 38, 2035-2044. doi:10.1177/0333102418756864