Fall 2018 Newsletter

HOMECOMING WEEKEND is around the corner - October 26th and 27th. The schedule of events is full of fun opportunities to connect with friends and create new memories.

The Department of Psychology will be hosting a booth as part of the Block Party happening Saturday October 27th 4-6pm on Dillon Field (located behind Adams hall). There will be a polaroid Photo Booth, tailgating games like corn hole and spike ball, and lots of opportunities to hang out with other psychies. There will also be in-n-out in the Citrus Field Parking lot so be sure to stop by!

All you need to bring is you and some friends or family!

Study Away Programs this Summer!

The Psychology Department is offering 3 short term opportunities this summer to study abroad. We'll have trips to Estonia, South Africa and Spain. Below are the travel dates for each of the programs, along with the faculty point person for the trip. Please contact them via email if you have further questions! Applications are due soon!


Travel Dates: June 6- June 21, 2019

Contact: L. Paul Bernard (pbernard@apu.edu)

South Africa

Travel Dates: May 5-June 5, 2019

Contact: Charity Vasquez (cvasquez@apu.edu)


Travel Dates: May 19-June 4, 2019

Contact: William Whitney (wwhitney@apu.edu)

Department of Psychology has launched a new Living Learning Community!

The Living Learning Community for the 2018-19 year includes 30 incoming freshmen psychology students who have the opportunity to live on campus and take two psychology courses together in the fall semester including First Year Seminar and Human Growth and Development. The focus of the L.L.C. is to provide a community-oriented environment where students can learn about the university, get involved, make friends, be supported, and succeed academically! The Department of Psychology collaborates with other campus departments to develop specialized student events and programs to facilitate intentional community and individual relationships in and out of the classroom and further impact students’ college experience.

The inaugural psychology club at APU’s Murrieta campus is off to a powerful start!

Through an overwhelming response from the students at the Murrieta campus, the officers have been elected and are off and running in beginning to expand the opportunities and resources that this new psychology club will offer the Murrieta community. This year‘s goal for the psychology club is to offer opportunities for cash speakers to come and provide insights indulge on relevant topics for the students, reaching out to alumni and helping them to stay connected, and focusing on a community service project where is the entire club membership can focus on giving back to a local cars in the community.

APU’s High Desert campus welcomed 16 psychology students this Fall term, a record start! The Inland Empire program launched its first fall term and is off to a great start as well as it grows in influence in the surrounding community. The Inland Empire psychology program has hosted 3 Preview Nights since July this year.

The High Desert psychology program also launched its inaugural psychology club this fall through the leadership and mentoring by Dr. Marc Kinon. The club elected student leaders who have already developed and distributed a student monthly student newsletter and coordinated a speaker series event. The psychology club leadership forged relationships with the local high schools to conduct college-readiness programs with high school students, similar to AVID.

APU’s Master of Science in Child Life is establishing affiliations with many hospitals - many inside and outside of California! APU’s Master of Science in Child Life program enrolled 33 students during 2017-2018 academic year in its inaugural year and has established affiliations with many hospitals both in and outside of California, including Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Washington state, UCSD Health in San Diego, Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach, Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C, and St. John’s Children Hospital in Illinois.

Every student from the 2017-2018 academic year completed their Child Life practicum experience. Many are on their way to completing their Child Life internship towards becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist. Moriah Buehler was the first M.S. Child Life Intern to complete her internship (UCSD Health) and pass her certification exam. Congratulations to our first of many Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS)!

The M.S Child Life program also launched an Advanced Standing program option (Fall 2018) intended for people who already are a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) but are interested in pursuing a MS degree and people who have successfully completed the 600 required child life internship hours. We currently have 2 Advanced Standing students within our MS in Child Life program.

We admitted 20 students for the upcoming Fall and look forward to admitting more students for Spring. We continue to be a flexible and student-centered program offering evening classes, full and part-time options, and two start times a year. We also welcome non-matriculating students and senior undergrads taking our grad courses.

We are also excited to welcome three Certified Child Life Specialist faculty to our Department of Psychology, Hannah Knott, Carissa Howard, and Crystal Wiggleswroth. Be sure to visit our webpage to learn about them. For more information, please contact us at childlife@apu.edu, visit us at www.apu.edu/childlife , or follow us on Instagram at apu_childlife

Faculty Corner - Ever feel like you don’t belong?

As a new professor at APU, I often ask my students to read articles about belonging. Then, we chat about why a sense of belonging is so important for every single person, including themselves as students and even me as a new faculty member! When we feel out of place, which we inevitably will, it’s natural to ask, “Do I belong here?” As a Christian, I know we all belong in God’s fellowship. Following Christ allows me to shift my question to, “How can I help others belong here?”

Dr. Andrew Shelton is a counseling psychologist who joined the department in Fall 2018.