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PsychLink Newsletter Spring 2002

Volume 5, Issue 1, Spring 2002
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From the College Director | From the Center Director | Alumni Notes | Program News | Undergraduate Update | From the Board Chair | Faculty News | Publications | PsychNite | Calendar | Technology and Psychology Conference

Editorial Director: M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D.; Editor: Ken Modzelewski; Consultants: Olivia Anderson, Bryan Dunn, Bruce Fisher

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From the College Director

It seems that in nearly every PsychLink Newsletter I write about the amazing changes happening at the College of Psychology, and this one is no different. There has been such tremendous growth since my arrival here-it is a bit mind-boggling. From our establishing as a free-standing College to the creation of the Center for Research and Service to new board members, faculty and staff, things have been anything but dull.

As noted in Mike Young's research, last year was a tough on almost everyone, but the College of Psychology continued to grow and transform. Probably the best example of all the changes and improvements is Psychology's upcoming conference in conjunction with the Institute of Science, Law and Technology on April 5th. The conference will ask the question: "Is technology actually benefiting society?" This is a question that can only be answered by an interdisciplinary group of minds (and the conference delivers, with speakers from the business, academic and literary fields), and the discussion must include psychologists.

New technologies are expanding the role of psychologists, and are also bringing us together with members of other fields with which we previously have not had much contact: from engineers to lawyers, we are needed everywhere, and more so than before. This provides an awesome responsibility and an awesome opportunity.

To do our part the College of Psychology must continue to be a program that prepares fine young minds for careers in academics, health care and business. We must continually come together to talk about current issues as with this ISLAT conference. We must also continue to grow and change with the times as well as capitalize on our successes.

To help us move forward there are some new members to the College's family. Dan Lezotte, Ph.D., joins our growing faculty. Dan comes from the corporate world of consulting. He is a Principal at Organizational Strategies, Inc., and a graduate of the College of Psychology. Look for a full bio in the next issue of PsychLink. Another new face at the College is our Director of Development, Ken Modzelewski. Ken joins us from IIT's central development office and has experience in marketing, fundraising and alumni relations.

The new faces, new conferences as well as our new research are all a part of the same process: the next phase of development for the College. As we improve and expand, we are better able to offer excellent research and teaching, and we are better situated to be a resource for our alums and their businesses. In these challenging times, it is important to be able to offer as much as we can. And we have a lot to offer.

On a final note - as we change here it alerts me that you out there have seen a great deal of change. We would love to hear from you. Please drop us a line at or call 312.567.3514 to update us on any changes in your job or your life (and we can put them, if you wish, in the next newsletter). We would also like to see you at the conference. To RSVP, please call 312.567.3514. Hope to see you there!

Best regards,

--M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D., College Director

Progress at the Center for Research and Service

While many research and consulting firms have suffered in the wake of the economic downturn, the Center for Research and Service (Center) is having its best year ever. Fiscal year to date, we have enjoyed revenue growth in excess of 20%. We have also launched several new service areas that offer promise for future growth.

The Center has recently expanded to service a clinical population. The new practice, Assessment Services, was created to provide outpatient evaluations for geriatric, adult, adolescent, and child cases that involve suspected cognitive, intellectual, or psychiatric disorders. We provide comprehensive evaluations to individuals in order to diagnose presenting symptoms or difficulties and provide proper treatment recommendations, which are tailored to the individual client's needs. Theresa Kiolbasa, Ph.D., an IIT alumnus, has joined the Center to lead the assessment practice. Following her graduation in 1998, Dr. Kiolbasa completed postdoctoral studies in neuropsychology at NYU-Mt. Sinai Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. She worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in the area of rehabilitation medicine for a year and a half before returning to IIT to develop this new service. The Assessment Service will have center locations at both Main and Rice Campuses. Clinical and research opportunities will be available to IIT's psychology students. Questions and referrals can be directed to Dr. Kiolbasa by phone at 312.567.3358 or by email at

The Center has had great success developing and implementing 360-degree feedback systems for our clients to use as tools for leadership development and performance management. This has included work with a large insurance company, a major manufacturer, and global electrical components company. This year, we drove the evolution of that process to a web-based system, which has dramatically reduced turnaround time and administrative costs, and led to improved response rates. We are now launching a web-based 360-degree feedback process, which can be readily adapted to clients' competency models, administrative systems, and reporting requirements.

Dr. Nambury Raju continues to be an extremely valuable resource to the Center. Recently, Dr. Raju led a study of the fidelity (measurement equivalence) of translated test materials for a market leader in food service training, which culminated in a workshop into the potential causes of translation problems from English to Spanish to Chinese. Dr. Raju continues to lead test development as a key service area for the Center.

Other substantial projects during this past fiscal year include:

  • Several organizational surveys, including training needs analysis and employee opinion surveys
  • Design and facilitation of off-site retreats to assist organizations with change management and workforce adjustment decisions
  • Individual assessment for management selection and development
  • Design and implementation of a web-based training evaluation and reporting system for a large multinational communications and electronics company
  • Development of a personality measure used for management selection
  • Design and implementation of leadership and team skills training programs

Once again, in conducting research and servicing our clients, we have relied heavily on student and faculty contributions. We have provided applied research and consulting experiences to over twenty students during this past year. This active partnership has become a cornerstone of the Center's identity - one that serves both our clients' goals and the Center's mission to support student development.

In closing, thanks to our faculty, students, Board members, administration, and corporate partners for your ongoing support and encouragement.

Bruce Fisher, Ph.D., Director, Center for Research and Service

Alumni Notes

Psychology Alumni Directories Available

Did you know that the College published its first alumni directory in the Fall of 2001? Now you can find that old missing classmate, look and see what others from your class year are up to, or find a networking opportunity. The directory provides alphabetical, geographical, specialty and class year listings for more than 1,400 Psychology alumni.

The 50-page booklet (with full color cover) also includes business and home addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email as well as up to date information on the College of Psychology.

The directory project was coordinated by a volunteer committee including: Michael Barr, Ramzi Baydoun, Andrewe Garman, Daniel Lezotte, Linda Jeleniewski-Liang, Robert Mantsh, Jaci Masztal and Stephen Steinhaus. Our hats off to this group for helping us keep in touch!

A $15 donation is suggested for each directory.

To receive a directory, please call Ken Modzelewski at:
312.567.3514 or (Toll Free) 888.IIT.ALUM (and ask to be directed to Ken) or email at

Program News


Last year, Michael Young, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Clinical Program at the College of Psychology, conducted a research study to assess seasonality and other factors that influence people's functioning, including neuroticism and rumination.

Dr. Young was looking at the effect of the change in seasons. Are people more or less able to deal with problems in their lives in the winter? It depends on several factors, says Dr. Young. "We know that people's ability of dealing with stress depends on their ability to cope and their personality as well as the severity of the stressor." He went on to say, "Seasonality may also be a factor."

"The level of people's neuroticism interacts with the level of stress in their lives to predict their level of functionality. Yet we also saw how seasonality would interact with stress to also predict their level of functioning." This means that there is another factor to include when looking at a person's ability to cope.

So what does seasonality have to do with post September 11th life? Dr. Young wanted to know. So he contacted the same participants from the 2000 study to determine the effects of the attack. "We used current undergraduate students, and because IIT represents several different ethnicities and nationalities, we were lucky to have a very diverse population," he said.

"We used a NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) questionnaire and measured people's experiences of September 11th, their perception of future threats and the current level of people's ability to function. We already had their prior level of functioning, seasonality and neuroticism from before September 11th, which is good." Dr. Young and his research assistants were able to test for the differences between now and the time before the attacks.

And the results? Professor Young and his group are still analyzing the data, and expect to complete the process in a few weeks at the most. "If seasonality ends up being an important factor," Professor Young said, "it would indicate that more research is necessary." The fact that this study was researched in this way at all is an example of the effect September 11th has had on the field of Psychology. "I could not have done this kind of study without the tragedy of September 11th, Dr. Young said.

Undergraduate Update

The College of Psychology is in the process of creating new survey to use as a marketing tool in their undergraduate admissions efforts. The survey will gauge students' educational interest as related to the College's undergraduate program.

Current undergraduate students will serve as the model for the survey. Responses from our majors will be compared to non-psychology majors to determine if there are specific characteristics or traits unique to IIT's successful psychology majors. If specific traits or characteristics are identified, this information can be used in our undergraduate recruitment efforts. Graduate student Mark Frame is the creator of the survey.

The hope is that the survey tool will do two things: show potential undergrads that this is the type of organization in which they can excel, and (for current students) utilize psychology-based methodologies.

For admissions information, contact Marty Parker at 312.567.8945 or

From the Board Chair

As we move into spring and the start of the seventh year as an College of Psychology, I would like to welcome our newest board member Ronald Bliwas. Mr. Bliwas is a member of IIT's Board of Trustees and is the President and CEO of A. Eicoff & Company, a Chicago direct marketing agency. Mr. Bliwas is a great addition to the College of Psychology Board and is joining at an important time. His marketing expertise is an important asset for psychology. I would also like to extend my thanks to Ken Kaye and Carolyn Lang whose service to Psychology has been stellar. With the expiration of their board terms, they are turning their efforts to other areas. Please join me in wishing them the best.

Last year's completion of the IIT Challenge campaign brought new scholars, excellent faculty and new facilities. The face of psychology is changing and into a more prominent academic unit that has a growing role to play in the larger university. Our progress in development has also laid the groundwork for our next fundraising initiative: In the coming months we will be working hard to endow two professorships, and we are already on our way. Currently, IIT is migrating its information systems, and so I am unable to update you on the excellent fundraising progress of the past few months. Please look for a full update in the next installment of PsychLink. The progress we already made and our future work toward these endowed professorships is important because they will enable us to retain top faculty, attract more strong students, and assure the prominence of the programs in the future. Such endowments will catalyze other events all of which help sustain the College.

As the Chairman of the Board, I am privileged to see colleagues on a regular basis as we meet, discuss, brainstorm and plan for greater things to come at the College of Psychology. Yet the Board cannot make the changes alone. M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D. is a most capable Director, yet she cannot make the changes alone either. Your role is also key. We will be kicking off (really teeing off) one of the endowment efforts on May 31st with a very exciting golf outing that will be held at Poplar Creek golf course in Hoffman Estates. I hope you will arrange your calendars to attend, as it is always a pleasure to meet more graduates of the College.

The alumni and friends of psychology are the holders of more knowledge, business savvy and expertise than we could possibly muster on our own. It is important for the College to keep in touch, to let you know of the great things happening on campus, and to know of the advances in your work. We welcome your input, guidance, and want to involve your strengths in the College. Many of you have already participated by serving on a committee and by donating time and/or funds. Some have participated in or inquired about planned giving options that can benefit the donor and the College of Psychology.

In the coming months we will be calling on many of you to ask for your input. One way we do this is through our Alumni Interview Program. Staff members will visit alumni and go through a brief questionnaire to gather their thoughts on our strengths, our weaknesses and where we should be going. We are seeking more input and involvement for our alumni, and we hope that you will help us out when we call. We also invite you to call us. The College is committed to support the networking and interaction among our alumni, friends and supporters. While we have not achieved this effort fully, we have made major strides and have allocated resources to accomplish our objective of creating and maintaining a vibrant alumni network.

Help us help psychology. We look forward to the continued success of the College of Psychology and hope to see you at the next events on April 5 (Psychology and Technology Conference) and on the golf course on May 31, 2002.

--Bryan R. Dunn, President & CEO, Kinship Corp. Chair, College of Psychology Board of Overseers

Faculty News

College of Psychology Director M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D., was appointed to the Executive Board of COGDOP, the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. This national Organization represents the voice of academic psychologists regarding research and practice to a variety of relevant national organizations including, but not limited to, the Committee on Accreditation, the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and relevant directorates of the NSF and the NAS.

Roya Ayman, Ph.D. has been active with her work as a member of the Educational Working Group of the Governors' Commission on Status of Women in Illinois, and on the advisory board of Trilogy, working with the Program Quality Committee. She has served on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Applied Psychology: An International Review, International Journal of Management and has been a reviewer for Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Conference, and SIOP Conference. In addition, Roya and Ruth Sweetser, with the help of several students (Amy Deno, Sethal Desai, Erica Hartman, Amy Antani, Mark Frame, Michael Barr), conducted a workshop for a division of Lucent Technology, on the topic of Women's and Men's relationships in the workplace.

The College of Psychology would like to welcome its new faculty member, Christine Bard, Ph.D. Dr. Bard joined us in August 2001 after completing her doctorate from Penn State in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in Rehabilitation Psychology. She also has experience in studying counselors' research training and productivity. Her concentration will be on traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as counselor training and supervision. Her plan is to build a program of research around TBI at the College of Psychology. "Persons with TBI have unique issues and problems, and I hope to identify and develop effective counseling strategies to meet the needs of these individuals and their families," Dr. Bard said. She also plans to study the relationship between substance abuse and TBI. The College of Psychology would like to welcome Dr. Bard.

Professor Margaret Huyck published "The Role of Work in Midlife" (co-authored with Harvey Sterns) in the Handbook of Midlife Development (edited by M. Lachman), and "romantic relationships in later life" in Generations. She gave an invited presentation entitled "Flowering, wilting and re-blooming" at a conference on research on women's health after 50 organized by the National Center on Women and Aging. She will be presenting a workshop on Changing for Good: Guiding Personal Change Using the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model at the joint meetings of the American Society on Aging and National Council of Aging in Denver this April. At that same meeting she and Liat Ayalon will also be part of a presentation on a model program, Senior-Care, that supports family caregivers; Dr. Huyck and Liat are the evaluation specialists for that program.

In January, Professor Chow Lam, Ph.D. returned to the College of Psychology from a year-long sabbatical. While on leave, Professor Lam worked Hong Kong's first Masters Program in Vocational Rehabilitation. IIT and the College of Psychology are glad to welcome Professor Lam back to the States. Look for a full feature of Dr. Lam's work in China and the next steps for the Rehabilitation Psychology program in the next PsychLink newsletter.

Professor Lam's Grant Funding:

'02 - '04 Co-investigators: "Thematic training on Information Technology for People with Mental Handicaps", Social Welfare Department of Hong Kong: HK$1,500,000
'02 - '04 Co-investigator: "Return to work program for industrially injured workers in Hong Kong", Hong Kong Workers Health Center, HK$320,000
'02 - '05 Co-investigator: "Transition from school to work for Special Education students", Hong Chi Association and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK $276,955
'02 - '04 Co-investigator: "Development of the job evaluation system in successful prediction of job placement of persons with mild mental handicaps" Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK$216,037

Grant Funding from the United States:

'00 - '05 Principal Investigator:
"Rehabilitation Long Term Training: M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling", Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, $499,950.
'00 - '05 Principal Investigator: "Rehabilitation Long Term Training: Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology", Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, $499,850.
'00 - '05 Co-Prinicipal Investigator: "rehabilitation Long Term Training: Rehabilitation of individuals who are Mentally ill", Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, $500,000.
'99 - '04 Principal Investigator:
"Rehabilitation Long Term Training: Weekend Executive Program in M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling", Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, $499,800.
'98 - '03 Co-Prinicpal Investigator:
Rehabilitation Long Term Training Project:
Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling Education", Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education, $499,833.

Chow Lam Key Note and Presentations

1. Lam, C.S. (September 2001). Key Note speaker at the 9th T.P. Khoo Memorial Lecture, "supported Employment: a 15-year reflection" The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong.
2. Lam, C.S. (July 2001). Panel Discussion on "Evidence based on community rehabilitation services", Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong.
3. Lam, C.S. (June 2001). Psychosocial impacts of disability and stress management. Grantham Hospital, Psysiotherapy Department and Cardiac General Medical Unit.
4. Lam, C.S. (May 2001). Facing the future: To become an evidence-based rehabilitation practitioner. Keynote Speech, 1st Rehabilitation Sciences Student Conference, 2001, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
5. Lam, C.S. (April 2001). Changing lifestyle and health behaviors: West meets East. Faculty Seminar, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
6. Lam, C.S. (April 2001) Identification of depression among Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury: A Client and Clinician Perspective, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
7. *Kalpakjian, C., & Lam, C.S. (August 2001). Quality of Life of persons with traumatic brain injury, APA conference, San Francisco, CA.

Dan Lezotte was appointed Chairman of the Board of Century Place Development Corporation - a not for profit housing development company serving the poor and special needs groups, last June. He is a reviewer for the World at Work Journal (formerly the American Compensation Association) and also a reviewer of a book being written for World at Work on Recognition Programs and Practices. In addition, he is continuing consulting in the areas of Strategic Planning, Organizational Surveys and Compensation.

Scott Morris was recently promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure. He was elected as the President of the Chicago Industrial Psychologists for 2001-2002. Last year he served as the VP and Program Chair. He also is an ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Methods, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, and the SIOP Conference.

Nambury Raju has centered most of his research on meta-analysis/validity generalization, utility of organizational interventions, differential item functioning (item bias), and measurement equivalence of 360-degree feedback assessments. He serves on six editorial boards including Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Applied Measurement. Nam is also a member of Research Advisory Committee (The Ball Foundation), the Technical Advisory Panel for the State of Georgia Department of Testing and Assessment, the PACTS National Advisory Committee and the APA Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA), 01-03.

Faculty, Student, & Alumni Publications & Presentations

Ayalon, L. (in press). Providing care in the end of life - Ethical and therapeutic considerations. Clinical Case Studies.

Ayalon, L. and *Huyck, M. (in press). Latino caregiving to patients with Alzheimer's Disease. Clinical Gerontologist.

Ayalon, L. & *Young, M.A. (2001, Nov.) Somatic versus Psychological Expressions of Depression: Can They Be Differentiated? Annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Madison, WI.

Ayalon, L., *Huyck, M. H, Lopez, G., and Yoder, J. (November, 2001). Providing informal care to an elderly family member- the Latino perspective. Annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Chicago, Illinois.

Bhalla. R.K., *Rokicki, L.A., Weinland, S.R., *Dhingra, L.K., Grant, A.M., & Daschbach, P. (2001, November). Physicians perceptions of medically-related information and patient usage of the Internet - A preliminary analysis. Midwest Pain Society, Chicago, IL.

Blodgett, C., *Young, M.A. & Reardon, A. (2001, Nov.) Does rumination mediate the relationship between neuroticism and seasonality and depression. Annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Madison, WI.

*Enggasser J.L. & de Wit H. (2001). Haloperidol reduces stimulant and reinforcing effects of ethanol in social drinkers. Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research, 25(10),1448-1456.

Gagnon, C. M., *Rokicki, L. A., & Lofland, K. R. (2001). The first prospective longitudinal study of headaches. Do migraine and tension-type headaches change over time? Cephalalgia, 21 (4), 307.

Gagnon, C. M., *Rokicki, L. A., & Lofland, K. R. (2001). A longitudinal study of two neglected primary headache types "non-specific" migraine and "non-specific" tension-type headache. Cephalalgia, 21 (4), 307-308.

Gagnon, C. M., *Rokicki, L. A., & Lofland, K. R. (2001). Labels and definitions of headaches that change over time. A review of the wide variation of the use of these terms and their meanings. Cephalalgia, 21 (4), 523-524.

Gorski, J., *Young, M.A. (2002). Sociotropy/autonomy, self-construal, response style and gender in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 32(3), 423-478.

Hales, G.; DeMarco, G., *Sher, T.G., (April, 2002). Teen Pregnancy Outcome and Moderating Variables. Annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

*Huyck, M.H., Rich, A., Rybal, T., Yoder, J., Ayalon, L (December, 2001). Marketing effective caregiving support programs from the novice to the professional. Governor's Conference on Aging and Human Services, Chicago, Illinois.

Kvaal, S. A., Wygonik, E., Spanos, A., & Landsberger, S. (2001). A revalidation of the Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness as a brief measure of intelligence through comparison with the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale-III. Psychological Reports, 88, 581-586.

Meyers, S. A., & Landsberger, S. A. (in press). Direct and Mediated Pathways Between Womens Attachment Style and Marital Satisfaction. Personal Relationships.

Osterman, G., *Sher, T, Hales, G., Canar, J., Singla, R., Tilton, T.(2002). A couples approach to physical illness. In Snyder, D., & Whisman, M. (Eds.), Treating Difficult Couples: Managing Emotional, Behavioral, and Health Problems in Couple Therapy.

Osterman, G.P., Canar, J., *Sher, T.G. (2001, November). Use of the Internet in a Breast Cancer Population. Annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.

Osterman, G.P., Matthews, A,K., Hughes, T. (2002, April). Complementary Medicine Practices in a Diverse Sample of Women. Annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Reardon, A., *Young, M.A., Blodgett, C. (2001, Nov.). Patterns of symptom remission in seasonal affective disorder. Annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Madison, WI.

*Rokicki, L.A., *Dhingra, L.K., Bhalla, R.K., Grant, A.M., Weinland, S.R., Epstein, A.M., Rowland, S.P., & Daschbach, P. (November, 2001). An examination of Internet chat room activity for medical disorders. Midwest Pain Society, Chicago, IL.

*Rokicki, L.A., *Dhingra, L., Bhalla, R., Grant, M., Houle, T., Weinland, S., Epstein, A., Rowland, S., & Daschbach, P. (2001, June). Preliminary results from the Internet chat study: What are headache sufferers chatting about? Cephalalgia, 21 (4), 318-319.

*Sher, T. G., Hales, G., Osterman, G., Singla, R., Tilton, T., & Canar, J. (2002). Couples and Illness. In D. Snyder and M. Whisman, (Eds.), Treating Difficult Couples: Managing Emotional, Behavioral, and Health Problems in Couples Therapy.

Urban, A.M., *Rokicki, L.A., Weinland, S.R., *Dhingra, L.K., & Bhalla, R.K. (2001, November). Differences in psychophysiological measures based on severity of menstrual symptomatology. Midwest Pain Society, Chicago, IL.

Weinland, S.R., *Rokicki, L.A., Houle, T.T., *Dhingra, L.K., Grant, A.M., Bhalla, R.K., & Epstein, A.M. (2001, November). An examination of the relationship between headache type and physiological reactions to a speech stressor. Midwest Pain Society, Chicago, IL.

*Young, M.A., Blodgett, C. & Reardon, A. (2001, June). Measuring seasonality. Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Stockholm.

*Young, M.A. & Schmitt, L. (2001, June). Patterns of symptom remission in SAD. Annual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, Stockholm.

Vinci, E., and *Merbitz, C.T. (2001). Precision Teaching: Science serving learning. Invited in-service for faculty of Worthridge School, Worth, IL, November, 2001.

Zinke, J.L., *Merbitz, C.M. (2002, May). Responses to SAFMEDS and in 2 graduate courses (Accepted, pending presentation), Toronto, Canada.

*indicates IIT affiliate


Over 130 alums, board members, faculty, staff and friends of the College of Psychology came together at the annual PsychNite event last November. Director M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D. was especially delighted at the turnout given that the event date had been postponed due to the September 11th tragedy.

The evening was chic and fun: the venue for this PsychNite was the distinguished Green Dolphin Street jazz club in Chicago. A superb jazz trio provided music as partygoers enjoyed hors devours and conversation with friends.

The capstone of the evening came at the end of the final prize raffle, when faculty member Glen Geist won the two free first-class airline tickets to anywhere in the world from United Airlines. Geist indicated that he and his wife would go to Australia.

The College of Psychology would like to send special thanks to all who participated in PsychNite 2001 including our generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers:

Event Sponsors:

United Airlines (Platinum Sponsor), Silver Creek Bottling Company (Gold Sponsor), Stephen Steinhaus - SHL Chicago, Marie Gordon, CRS - Rubloff Residential Properties, Organizational Strategies.

Raffle Donors:

United Airlines
CDW Computer Centers, Inc.
Urban Oasis
Thyme restaurant
Fine Wine Shop
Follett Bookstore
Silver Creek Bottling Company
Tizi Melloul restaurant
Alan Wolach, Ph.D.

2001 Events Committee:

George Langlois, Chair; Melanie Anderson; Ramzi Baydoun; Claudia Bellucci; Russ Day; Carolyn Lang; Jaci Masztal; Carol McDonough, Doug Panozzo

To volunteer or inquire about PsychNite 2002, contact Ken Modzelewski at 312-567-73514 or

Calendar of Events

Psychology/Technology Conference

April 5th

SIOP Conference in Toronto, Canada

Saturday, April 13th - I/O Reception
(Sheraton Centre, Huron Room)

Psychology Board of Overseers Meetings

May 7th
September 13th

Top Donor Psychology Recognition Party

May 7th

Golf Outing & BBQ at Poplar Creek sponsored by Center for Research & Service

May 31st

APA Conference at Sheraton in Chicago

August 23rd: College of Psychology Recption
Time: TBD

PsychNite 2002

TBD (mid September)

Technology and Psychology Conference

The Technology of Humanity:
Can Technology Contribute to the Quality of Life?

Join us at the Upcoming Institute for Science, Law and Technology/College of Psychology conference. This interdisciplinary conference is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and will address the effects of technological advances on society. Speakers include professors from Yale (Nick Bostrom, and Princeton; CEOs from technology-based businesses and organizations (, and our featured speaker, Marge Piercy (, the nationally renowned novelist and poet whose work includes the science fiction title He, She and It. Her latest book is Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir.

April 5th, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Book Signing at 5 p.m.)

Chicago Kent College of Law campus
565 W Adams Street, Chicago
Visit and register by calling 312.567.5025 to learn more