Alumni Updates

Spring 2019


Alejandra Chavez, Psy.D. ’17, Chicago Campus, co-authored “Mexican American Immigrant Parents Striving to Raise Resilient Children: Obstacles, Tension Points, and Resiliency Factors” in the spring 2018 issue of The Journal of Individual Psychology.

Roger Di Pietro, Psy.D. ’03, Chicago Campus, wrote Decoding Persistent Depression: Book One—Mysteries and Mindsets. The book helps practitioners explore how depression can arise and why it persists.

Paula Freedman, Psy.D. ’15, Chicago Campus, wrote and published Addiction Recovery Workbook: Powerful Skills for Preventing Relapse Every Day. The self-help workbook incorporates evidence-based addiction treatments and is designed to be used by a client alone or in a treatment program.

Leigh Johnson-Migalski, Psy.D. ’06, Chicago Campus, co-authored “Diversity and Social Justice: Applying Theory and Adapting Practices,” in the spring 2018 issue of The Journal of Individual Psychology.

Diana Jung, M.A. ’15, Vancouver Campus, presented at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Healthy Campus Summit in March 2019.

Shaun MacDonald, MCP ’15, Vancouver Campus, gave a presentation on the Opioid Crisis through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors in March 2019.

Cherry Tolbert, M.A. ’16 (Couple and Family Therapy), Chicago Campus, wrote a letter in Family Therapy Magazine’s November/December 2018 issue to her fellow black therapists about the importance of coming together and checking in on each other.

Appointments and Awards

Nancy Ukpe Gargula, M.A. ’07 (Counseling), Chicago Campus, was named Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago.

Gary Howell, Psy.D. ’08, Chicago Campus, was elected American Psychology Association (APA) Division 44 President-elect and took over as the APA Committee of State Leaders Diversity Liaison & Diversity Subcommittee Chair for 2019.

Blake Schroedter, Psy.D. ’16, Chicago Campus, was named to the Illinois Bicentennial Honor 200 list. Schroedter was among 200 veterans in Illinois honored for going “above and beyond in serving their fellow veterans and their communities.”

Glen Wurglitz, Psy.D. ’95, Chicago Campus, received North Central College’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-Time Faculty. Wurglitz teaches in the neuroscience department of the college in Naperville, Illinois.

In Memoriam: Alumna Shannon Kent

Our University community mourns the loss of Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, U.S. Navy, M.A. ’18, who was killed in action in Syria on January 16, 2019. Kent was a graduate of the Online Master of Arts in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology program and embodied Adler University’s mission of social justice in her work and efforts to promote policy change. Her persistence and advocacy helped posthumously change the Navy’s rules to make it easier for service members wanting to become officers to petition for medical waivers. A memorial scholarship has been established in her honor. We extend our condolences to her family and friends.