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Conference Program Now Available
Registration will take place from 8am to 9am at the large desk in the lower-level of the Burpee Center.
-Enter campus through the main State Street entrance
-Park in Lot A
-Walk across the street towards the Burpee Center
-Enter through the main lower-level entrance to your right after crossing the street
Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology
The Story of Your Life
Psychological research suggests that beginning in late adolescence and early adulthood, many of us formulate stories in our minds about how we came to be the persons we are becoming. These internalized and evolving narratives of self provide our lives with a sense of unity, purpose, and identity. Dr. McAdams will describe current research in psychological science on the stories Americans tell about their lives, with special emphasis on the theme of redemption – the transformation of suffering into enhancement. Redemptive life stories promote mental health and societal engagement in the adult years, even as they reflect certain cultural strengths and biases of American society.
It is not too late to attend. Just pre-register with your name and email as an RSVP. The registration fee is $7.00 for student participants without a valid Rockford University ID and will be collected onsite at the conference- CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Faculty accompanying student participants are asked to pre-register but are not charged a fee.
If you submit a poster, only the first author will be pre-registered (Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if the first author will not be attending). Any other author attending the conference should also pre-register separately with the link above and only submit his/her own name and email address.
This conference is made possible in part by the RU Student Opportunity Fund and an undergraduate research conference grant from
*Next year’s conference will be hosted by UW-Platteville on November 5th, 2016.
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Psych Society provides information regarding psychology and how it effects everyone, not just psych majors, while also offering social interaction and civic engagement to students.
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Psi Chi is an international honor society in psychology. The name Psi Chi comes from the Greek words “psyche” and “cheries” which respectively imply “mind” and “hands;” in this way, Psi Chi is a psychology fellowship with the following purpose and mission adapted from the Psi Chi website:
Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.
The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. In pursuit of our mission we will:
Psi Chi is different than a club in that students are invited to become members if they meet certain requirements:
If you have been invited to become a member of Psi Chi, you may apply here.
If you are a member of Psi Chi, you may purchase honors cords to be worn as part of your graduation regalia during commencement.
If you have any questions about Psi Chi, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Skalski, current President Pam Ward, Vice President Anne Westerman, Secretary Hilda Aveja, Treasurer Nicholas Moallem, or other members.
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By the middle of the 21st century, 1 in 5 Americans will be over 65, and 15 to 18 million people will be over the age of 85. These growth trends will result in an increased demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging.*
*AGHE. (2012). Careers in Aging. Washington, D.C.: Heinemann, Douglass, & Lobestein
The Psychology Department now offers the only certificate of its kind in the region within the emerging field of geropsychology. Geropsychology is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the field within psychology that applies the knowledge and methods of psychology to understanding and helping older persons and their families maintain well-being, overcome problems, and achieve maximum potential during later life (APA Office on Aging, 2011). Prompted by the “graying of America,” the focus on geropsychology has never been more crucial. The U.S. Census Bureau cites major increases in the population of older adults as the baby-boomer generation progresses through the aging process*.
*U.S. Census Bureau. (2010). The Next Four Decades–The Older Population in the United States: 2010–2050.
The Certificate in Geropsychology will reflect the attainment of specific goals, skills, and philosophies. It is designed to increase competency by addressing the psychosocial, as well as the physical, aspects of the aging process. Students will complete 23 credit hours of college-level coursework with a focus on geropsychology. All courses are offered online with two sixteen-week online courses offered each semester. Students must also complete 45 clock-hours of internship work as recommended by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). To further their education, students may apply the credits that they have earned in the Certificate program toward a major in human development or a minor in gerontology.
The Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NIAAA) reports that the Northern Illinois population over the age of 60 will double from 136,982 in 2010 to a projected 273,964 by 2030. Due to this aging trend, there is a projected increase in demand for geriatric services.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts job growth opportunities in several occupations related to the field of gerontology. Social and human service assistants, estimated to experience a 23% growth rate, will provide direct care and secure resources for older adults. Individuals trained in aging work in locations such as: federal, state, or local government agencies providing care/funding for older adults; academic institutions; professional organizations; business and industry; community, human service, and religious organizations; healthcare and long-term care institutions. Students who have earned a Certificate in Geropsychology will be highly competitive in the market for careers associated with serving an aging population.
Course tuition is $175/credit hour. All certificate courses are 3-credit hour courses with the exception of the internship. The internship is a 1-credit hour course. For information about tuition reimbursement or payment information, please contact Student Administrative Services (SAS).
Courses in the Certificate in Geropsychology program are as follows:
|HDEV 260||Introduction to Gerontology||3 credit hours|
|HDEV 262||Nutrition and Pharmacology for Older Adults||3 credit hours|
|HDEV 361||Psychological Aspects of Aging||3 credit hours|
|HDEV 363||Physical Aspects of Aging||3 credit hours|
|HDEV 365||Death, Dying, and Bereavement||3 credit hours|
|HDEV 498||Internship (45 hours)||1 credit hour|
|PHIL 256||Biomedical Ethics||3 credit hours|
|ANSO 322||Sociology of Aging||4 credit hours|
|Total Hours||23 credit hours|
A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken at Rockford University.
Prerequisites for admission to the Certificate program are completion of the following courses with a grade of C- or better:
(a) a course in Introduction to Psychology or General Psychology (equivalent to at least 3 college credit hours)
(b) 2 courses in English Composition or Rhetoric (equivalent to 6 college credit hours)
Courses from other institutions will be considered for transfer credit. In addition, eligible students must have at least one year of full-time employment (or the equivalent) in the field of aging. Students without a year of relevant work experience will be required to complete an additional credit hour of internship experience. This program is open to Illinois residents only.
Certificate in Geropsychology
Starr Science Building
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Elaine Sharpe, '75 M.S., LCPC
“Geropsychology may be a relatively new term in the field, but the issues it addresses are not new to the inevitable human condition of aging. This certificate indicates a standard of competency in caring for the important developmental needs of the aging population.”
— Elaine Sharpe ’75, Associate Professor of Psychology
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Psychology students follow a progression of research courses that prepare them to design research, analyze data and discuss findings. For example, some students have examined perfectionism, optical illusions and optimism. Beyond this required course of study, there are a number of options that students can pursue individually. They may choose to be part of a small research group led by a departmental professor. One such group implemented educational programs related to health psychology in the Rockford public school system. Students may also elect to develop individual projects on their own. These various projects often result in poster and paper presentations at conferences.
As a founding member of the Tri-State Undergraduate Research Conference, Rockford University has showcased our students since 1992. Also, our students have presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual conference in Chicago.
Contact Elaine Sharpe at ESharpe@rockford.edu for more information.
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Harriet Rheingold Outstanding Psychology Major Award
This award is given to recognize service to the department and to the community and a commitment to learning and excellence.
Honors in Psychology
The Psychology department grants honors at graduation for creative work or distinguished scholarship in psychology to recognize seniors who excel in a special independent study project. The student must demonstrate scholarly familiarity with the literature and be able to discuss the special study intelligently in an oral examination by faculty and a specialist from outside the university. The commencement program carries the honors designation for successful honors candidates, and the student’s transcript will carry the honors designation including the specific topic of the project.
Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Open to psychology majors or minors who meet the qualifications, Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College and University Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Psi Chi members regularly present research at regional and national conferences.
For more information on scholarships relevant to this department, please visit the Academic Catalog (pdf).
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The Rockford University Psychology program will prepare the student well for graduate training.
Professional careers and opportunities continue to expand for holders of graduate degrees: counseling, health psychology, clinical psychology, industrial psychology, school psychology and more. Students also can choose course work to prepare for graduate programs outside psychology leading to professional specializations in business, social work, law, public health, medicine and education. Many students continue with graduate study in preparation for teaching or research careers.
Many enter career positions in areas such as mental health, educational services, social work and personnel work. Others obtain positions in conventional business or social service settings not directly related to psychology, but in which psychological knowledge and skills may be applied.
Rockford University offers a wide variety of internship opportunities for psychology students including opportunities in substance abuse, foster care, adoption, nursing homes and preschool.
Contact Elaine Sharpe for these and other internship opportunities.
Allen is currently working as a Case Manager/Advocate with Shelter Care Ministries.
Almond-Reiser received her M.S. Ed in educational psychology at Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, she became a member of the Midwest Educational Research Association, in which she is a division chair. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of South Dakota. She teaches ecology of human development. As part of this course, she received a grant from the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education to plan a wellness fair for families of Head Start. She will also be teaching assessment in education and research methods. She recently presented a paper entitled, “Children’s kindergarten literacy as a function of childcare, parent involvement and socioeconomic status.”
Shaun Cowman, Ph.D.
Cowman received his M.S. in 2003 and finished his Ph.D. in community psychology. Furthermore, he taught as a full-time visiting faculty member in the psychology department at DePaul University for two years. He is also beginning a program of research in the area of fathers and how community resources are accessed and/or utilized to meet their needs.
Class of 2003
Snider is completing her master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology at Illinois State University. She is the Enrollment and Retention Analyst at Rockford University and is also an adjunct instructor in the Rockford University Psychology department.
Class of 2002 (and recipient of the Outstanding Psychology Major Award, given by the department)
Tichenor currently resides in Urbana, Ill., with her husband Scott and son Alexander, where she works full time as a legal assistant for Hatch Law Firm, P.C. In May 2006, she opened Floresco Design Creations, creating decorative framing and gifts for customers throughout the United States.
Class of 1997
Zito is currently the an adjunct professor of psychology, teaching child development for Rockford University.
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