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)
Date Presenter Title
9/4/15 Joel S. Milner, Center for the Study of Family Violence, NIU Changing Child-Related Attitudes and Discipline Expectations through Evaluative Conditioning
10/16/15 Antonia Seligowski, Department of Psychology, NIU

Emotion Regulation Choice among Undergraduate
Students with Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms

11/13/15 Ericka Rutledge, Psychology Department, NIU

Do Implicit Personality Theories Impact Parental Reactions
to Child Transgressions? A Randomized Controlled Trial

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 2015

Date Speaker Affiliation Topic
8/28 N/A   Child Area Faculty Introductions
9/11 Tomoyuki Shibata, Ph.D. Northern Illinois University Global Child Killers
9/25 Jacquelynne Eccles, Ph.D. University of Michigan Schools and Adolescent Development (video recording)
10/9 Jacob Holzman, M.A. Northern Illinois University Cardiac Bio-Markers and Self-Regulation: A Meta-Analytic Review
10/23 Julia Ogg, Ph.D. Northern Illinois University Understanding the Relationship between Inattention and Early Literacy Trajectories in Kindergarten
11/6** N/A Disney Pixar Inside Out (movie & discussion)
11/20 Liz Shelleby, Ph.D Northern Illinois University Understanding the Development of Child Conduct Problems: Contextual Influences and Intervention Processes

**Note: This Brown Bag will begin at 11:00. This will allow us to watch Disney Pixar’s Inside Out and have a discussion regarding emotions afterward! 

Spring 2016





1/29 Patricia Schacht, Ph.D. North Central College Bullying
2/12 Elise Chor, Ph.D Northwestern University Head Start’s Broken Promise?  Multigenerational Poverty, Multigenerational Participation  
2/26 Sandi Rueger, Ph.D. Wheaton College Why did that happen?  Do reasons matter to adolescents?
3/11 Allison Gladfelter, Ph.D Northern Illinois University Language and Motor Interactions during Tasks of Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
4/15 Lauren Laake, M.A. Northern Illinois University An Introduction to Misophonia: Impications for Research and Practice
4/29 Andrew Flannery, B.A., & Micah Ioffe, M.A. Northern Illinois University The Influences of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in College Students; Stressful Events and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes: Examining Open Parent-Adolescent Communication as a Protective Factor

Anxiety Research Topics Seminar 

The Anxiety Research Topics (ART) group will meet during the Fall Semester on Fridays, 11:00-11:45 AM, in room PM 412. 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, & Wu research labs and other interested persons (faculty, graduate students, and select undergraduate students) are invited to attend. Questions can be directed to David Valentiner (, 815-753-7086). Here is the schedule:

Date Presenter Title
8/28/15 NA Introductions
09/25/15 First Year Clinical Graduate Students Only - Intro to Orcutt and Lilly Labs
10/09/15 First Year Clinical Graduate Students Only - Intro to Wu and Valentiner Labs
10/23/15 Derrecka Butler “Examining the role of event centrality on PTSD symptom reduction following written disclosure”
10/30/15 Preview of ISTSS presentations
11/06/15 Preview of ABCT presentations
11/20/15 TBD