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Dr. Burgess is an internationally recognized pioneer in assessing and treating trauma and abuse victims. In 1978 she received a call from the FBI to use her knowledge of sex crimes, victimology, criminal psychology, and research skills to identify, interview, and track down violent offenders and serial killers. She formed a collaboration with the FBI Academy to study serial offenders, and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. She and FBI special investigator John E. Douglas helped develop a new type of criminal profiling of notorious serial killers and they went on to write the book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (1995), which was the basis for the fictionalized Netflix hit series Mindhunter (with the character of Wendy Carr being a fictionalized version of Dr. Burgess). Her talk today will focus on her experiences as discussed in her latest book, A Killer By Design.
The two critical features that basic scientists utilize consistently to model trauma, stress and maladaptive behavior are isolation and stress. During the pandemic, our laboratory became the world, and the fall-out was, as would be expected, dramatic and painful. In December 2021- Dr. Vivek Murthy – Surgeon General declared a youth mental health crisis. This presentation will center in research on isolation and stress and attempt to shed light on the brain changes underpinning campus mental health challenges and our need to enhance and prioritize community wellness.
Impact of COVID-19 Stressors on College Student Mental Health and Coping
Adam Volungis, Ph.D.
We examined the relationship between college student mental health (i.e., depression, anxiety, stress/trauma, loneliness) and COVID-19 Stressors among 100 undergraduate college students. Participants complete the COVID-19 Scale, Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21, UCLA Loneliness Scale-3, Post-traumatic Checklist-5, and Brief COPE Scale. Preliminarily analyses showed that the more students attributed their personal distress to COVID-19 experiences, the higher their reported social-emotional distress was. This included symptoms of depression and anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and trauma symptoms. Initial analyses also indicate that particular coping styles moderated the relationship between COVID-19 experiences and social-emotional distress. In other words, this relationship may be enhanced (e.g., high frequency and intensity of maladaptive coping styles) or diminished (e.g., high frequency and intensity of adaptive coping styles). Overall, these findings can inform assessment at recognizing the ongoing distress many students continue to experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, interventions can be enhanced by reinforcing adaptive coping skills unique to COVID-19 associated stressors.
Exploring Graduate School: Options and Opportunities
Dr. Tony D. Crespi, Dr. Natalie N. Politikos, The University of Hartford
Who employs the most psychologists in the U.S.? What information can enhance my knowledge before making application to a graduate program? While many students envision a career in Clinical Psychology is a degree in School Psychology or Forensic Psychology equally viable? What of Marriage and Family Therapy? Is a Ph.D. or Psy.D. necessary or can an M.A. offer comparable employability? Critically, from areas of shortage to areas of oversupply professional practice is changing. In addition, licensure and certification is critical yet often overlooked. What is viable? What is valuable? Unfortunately, many students and graduates lack a full appreciation for the details. Yet, without understanding the issues applicants can be ill-prepared for post degree competitive employment. This presentation explores these dynamics with ample opportunity for an interactive question and answer dialogue.
Michael Amico, Ph.D.
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd
256 Beacon Hall
Bridgeport, CT 06604