News from our Graduates

Information we have received to date: 
 
Georgia Belk, '13
On August 26, Georgia stared classes for the school psychology PhD program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  She will also be taking on a research assistantship under Drs. George DuPaul and Lee Kern.  The project she will be assisting is called PEAK:  Promoting Engagement with ADHD pre-Kindergarteners.  It is a web-based parent education program for parents of at-risk kiddos. 

Jenny Burgos, '13
Jenny is currently working as a physical therapist and occupational therapist technician in Dallas, Texas.   Her work involves teaching patients rehabilitation exercises and providing electrical stimulation and ultrasounds for healing.  She often works with the therapists to modify and create new exercises for patients.  After completing her prerequisite courses in May, 2014, she hopes to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014 to earn her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. 

Rebecca Cox, '13
Rebecca is currently volunteering in the Emotion and Anxiety Research Lab at Vanderbilt. She is working with Dr. Bunmi Olatunji on a project examining the effects of genetic influences and attentional biases on PTSD symptoms in trauma-exposed veterans. She finishes in May 2014, and is applying to PhD programs in Clinical Psychology for fall 2014. 

Caroline Craig, '13
Starting in July of 2013, Caroline will begin work with an Americorps program called City Year, located in Denver, Colorado.  Through City Year, Caroline will mentor and tutor struggling students in a public high school in the Denver Metro Area.  Caroline's commitment to service work via City Year will continue until June 2014, after which she will continue her educational career in teaching or perhaps school counseling.

Jonathan English, '13
Jonathan is working as a Trail Crew Leader with Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC), a conservation corps program for youth (ages 18-24) in Denver.  Jonathan's summer position involves leading teenagers and young adults in service projects that benefit both themselves and the community.  MHYC gives youths the opportunity to explore nature while also learning the importance of educational experiences and responsibility.  After his summer with MYHC, Jonathan plans to continue work with adolescents and with the outdoors.   

Jennifer Smith, '12
Jennifer is currently working toward a Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Arkansas.  She is interested in working with children with disabilities and their families, specifically those in preschool who are considered "at risk", and she is currently interning at the Sunshine School and Development Center in Rogers, doing just that.  In addition, she is interested in advocating for people with mental illness and disabilities on a local level, specifically within schools, hospitals, and the legal system.  After completing the master's program in May of 2014, Jennifer will go on to complete the two-year process to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  


FeDerica Gill, '11

FeDerica will complete her AmeriCorps service year with the Arkansas 4-H Afterschool program in August, 2013.  She served as a capacity builder for the 4-H by creating local partnerships with other youth serving organizations, managing newsletters and social media, and providing professonal development training to afterschool providers.  She will start the Master's of Social Work program at UALR in the fall. 

Stacey Makhanova, '11
Starting in the fall of 2013, Stacey will continue to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology at Florida State University, working with Dr. Jon Maner.  Her research interests include the integration of social and evolutionary theories in examining interpersonal relationships.  She started her graduate student career at the University of Kentucky working with Dr. Saul Miller and Dr. Will Gervals.

Julia Shimada, '11
Julie is currently working at a retirement community in the Chicago area as an activity coordinator for a dementia unit.  The work involves dancing, singing, bingo, and generally brining meaningful moments of joy to older adults.

Blake Stroud, '11
Working as a psychometrist for a neurobehavioral group affiliated with the University of New Orleans, LSU and Tulane.  The work involves administering and scoring diagnostic tests for psychoeducational evaluations, workman's comp cases, pre-surgical evaluations and neurological deficiencies.  

Tori Todd '11
 
Tori is currently working at UNC Chapel Hill as a Statistical Analyst and Research Associate for GEAR UP, an experimental joint-program between the State of North Carolina and the UNC Center for School Leadership Development. GEAR UP provides academic services and college access information to low-income teens throughout North Carolina. Tori will begin nursing school at Duke University in 2012 and she plans to pursue her PhD in Psychiatric Nursing in order to research Axis II disorders, with a particular emphasis on treatment development for Borderline Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder/Psychopathy. 

Nate Carnes  '10
 
Pursuing social psychology research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with Dr. Ronnie Janoff-Bulman.  He's interested in moral self-regulation and its relationship to social regulation or politics.  For example, in what ways do liberals and conservatives think about morality differently?   

Andy Head  '10
 
Took a job in Austin, Texas,  working for Americorps. Will be working with survivors of domestic violence, especially ones with disabilities.   

RoShunna Lea '10 
Currently in graduate school at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (the D.C. campus).  Getting masters in counseling and may continue to get PsyD.  

Aaron Schneider '10
Recently started a Master's of Social Work at UALR and working at The Bridgeway in North Little Rock as a mental health associate. 

Laura Jennings '09
Working at Hope and Healing, a wellness facility serving mainly uninsured working people.  She teaches physical exercise, nutrition and art in the Child Life Education and Movement area and works with children 6 months to 11 years old. 

Bruce Neel '09
Left the William H. Bowen School of Law to pursue a career in the medical field.  He is currently completing prerequisites at the University of Central Arkansas to enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the fall of 2011. 

Kelly Zalocusky '09
Kelly is studying for her PhD in Neurosciences at Stanford University. In 2010, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is currently working in the lab of Karl Deisseroth, where she hopes to use optogenetics to study explore/exploit decision making in rodents.

Letitia Pritchard-Brown '08   
Residential caregiver - Community House Mental Health Agency

Lucy Holifield '08
 Intern at Chicago Botanical Gardens, working with plants and animals in the field

Merry Miller '08   
Mental health paraprofessional at Ozark Guidance Residential Treatment facility, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Lauren Turner-Gates '08
Housing manager at Counseling Associates, Inc., and in the masters of community counseling program at UCA

Sarah Ervin '08
Administrative Assistant in the Office of Graduate Admissions and Services at Columbia College Chicago, the largest private arts and media college in the U.S. She has also created a highly trafficked blog, Westervin.com, and a web design and social media consulting business with her fiance Brian West (Hendrix '08).

Stephanie Ryan Williams '08  
Ryan completed her Master of Public Service at the Clinton School of Public Service.  As a student at the Clinton School, she worked on a women's health equity research project with a small NGO while living in southeast Asia.  She is currently working on a faith-based health promotion project in the Little Rock 12th Street Corridor, and she will complete her Master of Public Health from the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health in May 2013.  Ryan untimately plans to continue her work in faith-based health promotion and research work in underserved communities, and in Fall 2013, she will begin her doctoral degree in Health Promotion and Prevention Research at UAMS. 

Jessie Wood '08   
Master's in Forensic Psychology Program, University of Denver in Colorad

Katie Brown '07 
Currently finishing up the second year of her Community Agency Counseling degree at the University of Memphis.  She is enjoying the program doing research on geriatric issues, animal-assisted therapy, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered people (LGBT) issues.

 Adrienne Crowell '07 
Enrolled in Texas A&M University Social Psychology PhD program 

Rebecca McBrady '06
Finished Master's at Washington University Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri in May 2009.  Volunteering at NEST for summer before starting job search.

Leighanne Hillman Alford '05
Donor Relations Coordinator at Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Elizabeth Burba-Carter '05
Graduated from Hendrix with Masters in Accounting in '06 and is currently the Supervisor of Retail Revenue Accounting at Verizon Wireless in Little Rock.  

Ashley Mann  '05
After completing Hendrix, Ashley completed a Mental Health Paraprofessional Certification and worked with children and adolescents receiving services from a community based mental health provider.  In 2007, Ashley transitioned from the clinical setting to the judicial setting as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the Faulkner County Juvenile Court.  In 2009, she became the Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator and assisted with the implementation of the program for the county.  Ashley is now the Chief Administrative Officer for the court.  She creates and implements after-school programs for the juveniles and hosts interns from Hendrix, UCA, and CBC.  She is also a yoga and cycling instructor, and a proud parent of two children, Zoe and Eli. 

Meghan Murphy '05  
Completed third year grad school at University of Missouri in Kansas City in Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D program.

Brandon Thurow '05
Graduated from UAMS in 2009 and will finish his family medicine residency in June 2012.  He is the proud dad of 3-year old Emerie and 2-year old Grayson.  He and his wife, Casey Throneberry Thurow '05, live in North Little Rock.

Casey Throneberry Thurow '05 
Graduated from UAMS in 2010.  She is the proud mom of 3-year old Emerie and 2-year old Grayson and lives in North Little Rock with husband Brandon Thurow '05. 

Wes Alford '04 
Graduated with a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Louisiana Tech University in 2010, and is currently in the inaugural class of the Leadership Studies Ph.D program at the University of Central Arkansas. .

Matthew Graham '04  
Director of Youth Ministries, Asbury United Methodist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

Taylor Poling '04 
Received Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in the summer '09.  Is now working full time as a research associate at Fors Marsh Group - a market research and organizational consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Duke Alexander '03  
Completed Ph.D in Psychology from Emory University in August, and is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concord University, a public liberal arts college in West Virginia.

Shana Southard-Dobbs '03 
Counselor and Transfer Specialist working with federally funded program, TRIO Student Support Services at North Central Texas College

Holly Best Parker '02
Has been a Labor and Delivery RN since 2005 and a practicing Doula with Birth Works since 2001.  She is currently working helping new people come peacefully into the world in Conway Regional's Labor and Delivery Department and is completing her apprenticeship in midwifery with Kim Jacob's Home Birth Services.  She and her husband Clayton joyfully welcomed their first child, Story Mae, into the world (and their living room) in 2012.   

J.J. McNiece '02  
Licensed Attorney with an LL.M. in tax law, but keeping the law firm light to pursue creative writing at UCA.  Started classes spring semester, 2014, as a nontraditional in hopes of earning a place in the MFA program.  "I do hope to stop adding initials to my name one day," he claims. 

Emily Johnson '02
Chaplain at UAMS.  Completed MA in Counseling Ministries at Denver Seminary in Colorado in December, 2004.