Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology

Clinical Seminars, Meetings, and Brown Bags

Family Violence and Sexual Assault Seminar

  • Monthly meetings are held during the academic semester on Fridays, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Topics related to family violence and sexual assault will be presented and discussed.
  • Meetings will be held at the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault. (See here for directions)

Fall 2016




10/7 Michael Wagner and Julie Crouch, Psychology/Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault Title: “Personality Characteristics and Child Physical Abuse Risk”
10/21 Sapir Sasson, Psychology Title: “Reducing the Risk for Child Physical Abuse among High-Risk Parents: Proposing a Brief Parenting Intervention Augmented with Emotion Regulation Skills Training"
11/4 Randy McCarthy, Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault Title: “A Presentation of Recent "Open Science" Tools and Initiatives”

Child Interest Group Brown Bag

  • Bimonthly meetings are held in room PM136 during the academic semester on Fridays, from 12-1:00pm.  
  • Topics related to child clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and developmental psychopathology will be presented and discussed.
  • For further information about the Child Interest Group and the Brown Bag series, please contact Dr. Laura PIttman at

Fall 2016

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
9/2 Nina Mounts, Brad Pillow, Laura Pittman   Introduction
Faculty day
9/16 Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D.
Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention University at Buffalo,
State University of New York
Title: “Bystander intervention in bullying: Research and practice"

NOTE: Talk will be in Room 412
9/30 Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D.
Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology
Founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children,
Loyola University Chicago
Title: “The Impact of Terrorism on Children What Harms, What Helps"
10/14 TBA    
10/28 Carmen Lynas, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder, Advanced Therapeutic Solutions
Oak Brook, IL
Title: “Selective mutism and Adventure Camp"
11/11 Walter Gilliam, Ph.D.
Associate professor
Department of Child Psychiatry and Psychology
Child Study Center
Yale University School of Medicine
Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Title: “Expulsion and Suspension Policies in Early Childhood Settings"
11/11 Oscar Barabarin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
African American Studies Department
University of Maryland, College Park
Webinar from the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium in collaboration with the Society for Research on Child Development
12/2     8th Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference


Anxiety Research Topics Seminar 

The Anxiety Research Topics (ART) group will meet during Fall 2016 on Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50am, in PM 412 (unless noted). These sessions provide a way to learn about the research in our department related to anxiety and anxiety disorders. Graduate and undergraduate students working in the Lilly, Orcutt, Valentiner, and Wu research labs and other interested persons (faculty, graduate students, and select undergraduate students) are invited to attend. Questions may be directed to Kevin Wu ( Here is the schedule:

Date Presenter Title
8/26   Introductions
9/2 Benjamin Darnell Behavioral Intervention of Memory Reconsolidation as a Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms
9/9 Sarah Bragg Ordering and Arranging Behaviors in OCD
9/16 No Meeting Trauma Journal Club
9/23 Andrea Despotes Meaning Made Following Stressful or Traumatic Events
9/30 Jason Washburn Research Opportunities at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital
10/7 Preview of ABCT Presentations I
10/14 No Meeting Trauma Journal Club
10/21 Preview of ABCT Presentations I
10/28 No Meeting Trauma Journal Club
11/4 Katherine Harris Private Practice (Living Rite)
11/11 Anthnoy Reffi Exploring the Relationship Between Facets of Mindfulness and Emotion Regulatory Flexibility
11/18 No Meeting Trauma Journal Club
11/25 No Meeting Thanksgiving
12/2 Sara Conley and Hannah Faleer Mindfulness Interventions for OCD (PM 358)