Professional notes

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, presented a paper, "Developing a Niche in Independent Practice," at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in August. In addition, Dr. Debra Murray, a graduate of the St. Thomas Psy.D. program, and Birbilis participated in a poster session at the convention with a paper, "Training and Supervision Implications for Clinical Integration of Motivational Interviewing," based on Murray’s doctoral project. Another graduate, Dr. Julie Chapman, and Dr. Christopher Vye, Dr. Melissa Mussell and Birbilis also participated in a poster session with a paper based on Chapman’s doctoral project, "Empirically Supported Treatments and Graduate Training."

Rev. James Burns, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, has been appointed by the Boston University board of trustees as a research fellow of BU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Psychology. Burns also has been appointed a fellow of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He maintains his appointment to Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital as a research/clinical fellow. He recently was named project director of the Danielson Institute’s study, "Sacred Gifts: Enhancing the Sacred in Life Among Elders." This nonreligious group intervention for elders has been in development at the Danielson Institute for several years and is being pilot-tested in elder care settings in the Boston area.

Dr. Kathryn Combs, Economics Department, is the author of an article, "The Welfare Effects of Research and Production Joint Ventures," to be published in the January 2005 issue of the Journal of Technology Transfer.

Dr. Janet Grochowski, Health and Human Performance Department, and Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, are the authors of "A Bill of Health for American Families in the 21st Century," in the fourth edition of Teaching About Families: A Collection of Essays, Syllabi, Projects, and Assignments, Websites and Bibliographies, published by the American Sociological Association.

Dr. John Holst, School of Education, participated in the August Salzburg Seminar, "Global Issues: The Roles and Responsibilities of Adult Education." The purpose of the seminar was to engage in dialog about the future role of adult and continuing education in addressing global concerns. Holst presented a paper, "Globalization and the Future of Critical Adult Education."

Dr. Sarah Noonan and Dr. Thomas Fish, School of Education, co-presented two papers at the Aug. 3-5 annual meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. The first, "The Capstone Course: Emotional Learning and Cohort Endings," discusses the affective issues that students face throughout their cohort experience, especially the difficult emotions that students encounter when cohorts disband. The second, "Metaphors and Image of Leadership," describes the results of their study of the dominant metaphors found in 250 best-selling leadership books in public and academic libraries and the commercial book market over the past 25 years.