One of the first cohort students in Clayton State University’s M.S. in Psychology program is receiving significant professional recognition for her work as a second year student in the University’s Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology.
Mindy James, a resident of Peachtree City, has had her thesis survey, “Access and Utilization of Support Services by Families Affected with an Autism Spectrum Disorder,” linked on the Autism Speaks Research Participation page; http://www.kintera.org/site/c.cdJGKONnFmG/b.3976705/k.5180/Participate_in_Research/apps/nl/newsletter2.asp.
In addition, James will also be presenting at two professional conferences; at the Georgia Psychological Society this coming weekend, and at Clayton State’s Third Annual Academic Conference on Friday, Apr. 6. James will be graduating in the first class of the M.S. in Psychology program, in August 2012.
“We are very proud of her accomplishments,” says Dr. Donna McCarty, chair of the Department of Psychology at Clayton State. “We have 29 applicants for the program this spring, and we are very excited about the growth in the program and the development of our current students into professionals that will benefit the community in many ways.”
“I am inordinately proud of this student’s work,” adds Dr. Deborah Deckner-Davis, associate professor and coordinator of the Master of Science in Psychology program.
The purpose of James’ study is to learn more about families affected by an autism spectrum disorder; specifically, the diagnostic experience, access and utilization of different services, and the families’ perceptions about the adequacy of these resources.
The Clayton State Department of Psychology offers two distinct tracks of study. The Applied Developmental Psychology track was the first of its type in the State of Georgia when it was rolled out in 2010. The Clinical Psychology track began in fall 2011. Both of the tracks lead to professional masters degrees designed to serve community needs and therefore include field experiences in the form of internships or clinical supervision so that graduates are prepare for employment.
For more information on the M.S. in Psychology at Clayton State, go to the Department of Psychology’s special website for the program, http://a-s.clayton.edu/MSP/. The website includes application information, degree requirements, courses, payment information, academic policies, important dates, class schedules, contact information, and FAQs.
For more information on Clayton State’s Third Annual Academic Conference, go to; http://a-s.clayton.edu/rsingiser/conference/academicconference.html.