Psychology Matters

Fall 2022


Student Kierstyn Dixon Presented at SPSSI Conference


2022 Accelerated Mentoring Program (AMP) graduate Kierstyn Dixon led an interactive discussion at the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues conference on social justice undergraduate education, which was lively and well-attended! Pictured here are Dixon (left) post-session with AMP Co-Director Dr. Michèle Schlehofer.

Tieryn Gingerich Heishman

(From left) Aman Shahzad, Catherine Milligan, Dr. Echo Leaver, Adara Turek and Dr. Meredith Patterson

Amanda Niederland (left) and Dr. Yuki Okubo

Dr. Yuki Okubo (left) and Emily Bovard

Summer Research Mentorships & 2022 Summer Showcase


Six psychology students participated in the SU Summer Research Program. Amanda Niederland and Emily Bovard were sponsored by Dr. Yuki Okubo. Tieryn Gingerich Heishman was sponsored by Dr. Deeya Mitra. Aman Shahzad, Catherine Milligan and Adara Turek were sponsored by Drs. Echo Leaver and Meredith Patterson. The students presented posters during the Summer Showcase in September. Thank you to psychology faculty Dr. Rhyannon Bemis, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, for hosting the event.


Psi Chi Recruitment


The SU chapter of the international honor society in psychology has 66 members after the Fall 2022 membership drive. The SU Psi Chi chapter is in its 49th year and is being led by six student officers for the 2022-2023 school year: Tieryn Gingerich Heishman, president; Amanda Niederland, vice president; Wajiha Arif, historian; Katie Carder, secretary; Mica Maines, social media chair; Adara Turek, social events coordinator.


Recent Presentations



September 13 – Research: Dr. Rachel Steele & Internship Opportunities: Drs. Charisse Chappell & Yuki Okubo

Psychology Faculty Present at Fulton Faculty Colloquia

  • September 6 – Dr. Michèle Schlehofer: White LGBTQ+ People Addressing Anti-Black Racism: Challenges, Successes and Struggles
  • October 4 – Dr. Yuki Okubo: Making Waves. Asian/Asian American Feminist Mentoring as Activism (pictured)
Faculty Development Day

Shout out to Dr. Heidi Fritz, associate professor of psychology, who presented “Coming Out of Challenging Times: Reclaiming Our Health and Focus Post(?)-Pandemic” during Faculty Development Day. The material shared was certainly timely and very meaningful.


Dr. Heidi Fritz

Social Media Shout Out




Dr. Yuki Okubo was the recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 35 Section V Distinguished Mentor Award.

Spooktacular Halloween: A Sensory-Friendly Event


Dr. Rhyannon Bemis and her students held the Spooktacular Halloween: A Sensory-Friendly Event at the Salisbury Zoo on October 8. It was a very special, not scary, sensory-friendly family event designed for children who benefit from a smaller group setting. Fifty-six children attended with their families and friends, and all had a great time.

World Mental Health Day Event

The Department of Psychology hosted an event on World Mental Health Day, October 10, to create awareness about mental health issues and educate the SU community about self-care practices and resources on campus. In accordance with this year’s theme – Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority – the department provided handouts with resources, hosted interactive activities and had giveaways that encourage each of us to take conscious steps toward mental well-being for all. We had representatives joining us from offices and student clubs across campus, in addition to the appearance of some lovable dogs from Pets on Wheels.

Alumni Spotlight: David Crone


I graduated with a B.A. in ’94 and an M.A.* in ’97 from Salisbury. I then went onto get an M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.”

What are you currently up to?

I am a clinical psychologist and on medical staff at Ashley Addiction Treatment Center in Havre de Grace, MD. I also have a private practice in Elkton, MD. Formerly, I had been with Dover Air Force Base and Union Hospital of Cecil County.”

What path did you take to get to where you are now?

I was uncertain what I desired to do with my B.A. in psychology and knew I was interested in the clinical field. I decided to attend SSU for my master’s degree, and once I was enrolled in that program, it became clear that I wanted to be a clinical psychologist.


What was one highlight about your time in the SU Psychology Department that stands out?

I recall the opportunity to establish good relationships with the faculty, and once I entered graduate school, it was more of a mentor relationship, particularly with Dr. Tali Hoenigmann-Lion.

What do you know now that you wish you had known as a student?

I now know and believe that the roadblocks that come into your life are opportunities to grow and advance yourself into areas that you may have never thought of or imagined.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I plan on continuing my work at Ashley Addiction Treatment Center and my private practice. I do supervise graduate students and plan on continuing with that practice, as well.


* The Psychology Department used to have a graduate program.

Faculty Achievements

(Excerpted from The Fulton Exchange)


Dr. Echo Leaver (pictured above) presented her paper, “Creating a Brave Space in a Seminar on DEI Issues in Neuroscience,” at the Neuroscience Teaching Conference at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, in July. Her talk was based on her experience developing and teaching this seminar course as a Special Topics in Psychology class in the spring 2022 semester.


Dr. Karl Maier was invited to serve as a health policy ambassador for climate change and health for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Along with several ambassadors across the nation, Maier will help educate lawmakers about evidence-based behavioral approaches to mitigate climate change and its health effects, particularly for vulnerable populations. 


Check out The Fulton Exchange for more information

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