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Rotation

The Internship Program offers a wide range of clinical training experiences that require interns to complete two primary clinical rotations, one internal and the other external. Rotations tend to be stable from year to year, but may change as opportunities or challenges present themselves.

Internal Rotations

Counseling & Wellness Services

Rotation Description

Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) is the university counseling center for WSU and is located in the Student Union on the main campus.  CWS provides a wide range of services, including group, individual and couples therapy, assessment, outreach programming and consultation, and psychiatric services.  Through the service delivery model at CWS, interns receive high quality training in college student mental health.  CWS is part of the Division of Student Affairs and functions in cooperation with the School of Professional Psychology.  The mission of CWS is to promote optimal health through the provision of quality service and training to the Wright State University community in a welcoming environment that appreciates multiculturalism and diversity and pursues social justice.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are integral to all aspects of CWS programming, which usually occurs Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.  Interns are responsible for Evaluation for Services, diagnostic intakes, and providing crisis intervention and response services. Therapy is offered in group, individual, couples, and/or family modalities. Group is often the preferred modality, and CWS offers a variety of different groups to meet student needs.  Psychological assessments are conducted as part of the therapeutic process and include assessment for educational purposes, career assessment and personality assessment.  Interns are also involved in ongoing consultative relationships with Residence Life and Housing and provide outreach programs across campus.  Interns also provide umbrella supervision to the practicum trainees placed at CWS.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is highly valued at CWS.  We integrate advanced technology through the inclusion of the video-recording and an electronic record keeping/scheduling system.  All direct service contacts are videotaped.  Interns are assigned a primary supervisor and are exposed to and interact with multiple supervisors and clinical staff, who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations.  Interns also receive focused supervision relative to group and consultation activities.  In addition, interns attend a group supervision of umbrella supervision.  Interns are expected to attend weekly staff meetings.

Primary Psychological Supervisor/Director

Robert A. Rando, Ph.D., ABPP, Ball State University, 1993, is a WSU-SOPP Associate Professor and the Director of the Counseling and Wellness Services.  His clinical focus is on the treatment of men's issues, physical aggression victimization and perpetration, vocational/career counseling, and sports psychology. He has also taught courses in advanced theories of supervision. Dr. Rando maintains membership in Divisions 17 and 51 of the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors.

Other Primary CWS Supervisors

Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at The Ohio State University.  She completed her internship at the counseling center at Ball State University.  Currently, she is the Associate Director for Clinical Training at Counseling and Wellness Services and is an adjunct instructor for the School of Professional Psychology.  She maintains membership in the Association for College Counseling Training Agencies and is a member of APA divisions 17 and 35.  Areas of professional interest include women’s issues, feminist therapy and supervision, career assessment and intervention, trauma-informed therapy, LGBTQA-affirmative therapy, and working with grief in therapy.

Christopher Modica, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and currently is a licensed psychologist in Indiana and Ohio. He is also a Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP) in Indiana. He currently serves as a clinical supervisor at Counseling and Wellness Services at Wright State University where he supervises individual and group therapy services. Dr. Modica’s clinical experiences have been primarily focused on university counseling centers and private practice. His areas of research and/or clinical interest are body image, eating disorder prevention research, theories of counseling, and ethics.

Jessica Moss, Psy.D.is a graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.  She completed her internship at Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, which is based in Mental Health Services at Louisiana State University.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the School of Professional Psychology.  Currently, she is the Coordinator for Group Services at Counseling and Wellness Services. She is a member of APA division 35.  Areas of professional interest include feminist therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, therapeutic assessment, assessment using the Rorschach, intimate partner violence, trauma-informed therapy, and LGBTQA-affirmative therapy.

Julie Williams, Psy.D., ABPP(RP), an assistant professor, is a 2003 graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University.  Her professional experience includes an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology/Research and Neuropsychology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  Areas of expertise include disability, rehabilitation, health and neuropsychology and assessment. She is licensed in Ohio and New York.  She is a member of the National Register, a member of APA and its Division 22, and OPA.

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General Practice Clinic

Rotation Description

The General Practice Clinic (GPC) is a community-based training and service clinic housed at the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute under the auspices of the WSU-SOPP.  Within the context of its primary training mission, GPC provides broad-based psychological services to a very diverse, but primarily underserved, low SES, and disadvantaged, clientele.  GPC is primarily staffed by psychology trainees at all levels of training under the supervision of SOPP faculty.  Clinical staff works across a broad range of theories and approaches in implementing effective interventions.   GPC addresses a variety of problems/concerns within a generalist model and provides a variety of therapy, assessment, and consultation services within an individual, group or familial context.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns gain specific experience refining their clinical, diagnostic, and conceptualization skills, as well as clinical/report writing and supervisory skills, while learning to balance the multiple roles of a psychologist. Interns are responsible for client intakes, clinical triaging, therapy, case management and treatment planning.  A structured record management system for client documentation is utilized.  Interns maintain a primary therapy caseload augmented with assessment cases.  Assessment cases are diverse in nature with a variety of assessment instruments available, with integrative batteries and comprehensive written reports often required.  Interns are required to work in GPC at least one evening a week.  Interns are allotted the opportunity to provide clinical consultation and umbrella supervision to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year student trainees.  Interns are generally the first point of clinical consultation for trainees.  There is also a minimum requirement that structured umbrella supervision occur over at least one quarter, where an intern directly supervises one or more cases of an assigned trainee, while concomitantly receiving umbrella supervision. This experience affords interns the opportunity to develop their supervisory skill base.  Interns also expand their supervisory skills by assisting supervisors as a member of consultation intake teams.  Weekly staff meeting attendance is also a requirement.

Overview of Supervision Model

Extensive supervision is provided through this internal rotation. All direct service contacts are videotaped and available for supervisory review.  Interns are assigned a primary supervisor, but are exposed and interact with multiple supervisors, who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations.  In addition to a primary supervisor, interns may be assigned a focus or secondary supervisor.  Supervision focuses on clinical competencies, with increasing emphasis on professional development/identity issues as the training year progress.

General Practice Clinic Director

Mary Jane Kocian-Figueroa, Psy.D., MPH, received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1999.  Dr. Kocian-Figueroa is the interim Executive Director of the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute.  She oversees the operation of the General Practice Clinic as well as the Assessment Clinic.  Dr. Kocian-Figueroa has clinical experience with school-aged children, adolescents and adults of all ages.  She is a member of APA and the Dayton Area Psychological Association.

Primary GPC Supervisors

Jeffery B. Allen, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, received his doctorate from the University of Mississippi and is a professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. His professional experience includes an internship at the Brown University Psychology Consortium and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan.  He is widely published in neuropsychology, head injuries, and memory in sources such as Neuropsychologia, Brain Injuries, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and Assessment. His areas of teaching include physiological psychology, integrative assessment and clinical neuropsychology. His interests include neurobehavioral disorders, quality of life in medical populations, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment of substance abuse, and outcome measurement in rehabilitation. He is a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology. Recently, he has completed work on the text, "A General Practitioner's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment" through APA books.  His areas of supervision include assessment of adult ADD, learning disabilities and psychological status.  He also provides general supervision of doctoral students, residents, and post-doctoral trainees.  

Jeffrey Cigrang, Ph.D., ABPP-CH, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship and board-certification in Clinical Health Psychology.  His clinical/research interests include military psychology (deployment-related PTSD, effects of military lifestyle on individual/relational functioning), primary care integration (adaptation of evidenced-based psychological treatments), and health psychology.  He has published in peer reviewed journals and has received research funding from the Department of Defense.  He is a member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABC).

LaTrelle D. Jackson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinically-certified forensic counselor. Dr. Jackson is an associate professor at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment at Wright State University, she was an associate professor and the director of clinical training in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. Her previous appointments at Regent University also included serving as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Services and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs while working in her capacity as the Psychological Services Center director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia. Her APA accredited internship was completed at Michigan State University. Dr. Jackson’s professional appointments include working at Penn State University as a staff psychologist/multicultural student programs and services coordinator and The University of Florida as a clinical assistant professor, A.S.P.I.R.E. coordinator, coordinator of intern consultation, and the peer counselor program coordinator. She has held academic appointments with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, African American Studies, Counselor Education, and Counseling Psychology at these institutions. Committed to integrated wellness, community empowerment, moral leadership, and culturally-sensitive education, Dr. Jackson has engaged in a variety of academic, business, political, and civic endeavors. In 2011, she was elected to the office of Secretary for the American Psychological Association (Division 36), while retaining her position as Membership Chairperson for three years. Currently, she serves as the Psychological Health Consultant for Esteem Magazine, an Atlanta, Georgia based firm.

Larry James, Ph.D. ABPP, Professor, former Dean of SOPP and former officer in the United States Army. Areas of Interest: Mental health consultant, administrator, researcher and clinical practitioner; military psychologist and expert on global war on terrorism; development of behavioral services in primary care, obesity and eating disorders.

Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., is a WSU-SOPP associate professor and Program Coordinator for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention.  She is a 1987 WSU-SOPP alumna. She specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities, and children with chronic illness.  She also has expertise in violence prevention, trauma, and multicultural/diversity training.  She is member of APA, ABPsi, OPA, and other professional organizations, such as the World Association of Infant Mental Health.

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External Rotations

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Rotation Description

Dayton Children's Hospital is a free standing, non-profit 155-bed regional pediatric medical center and is the only facility in the region devoted to the health, safety and information needs of children and their families.  Dayton Children's is a multidisciplinary hospital with over 33 subspecialties represented.  Its Psychology Department offers a wide range of services to address the behavioral and emotional needs, as well as medically related adjustment problems, of children, adolescents, and their families. Specialized assessments, testing, and counseling are offered on an in/outpatient basis. Staff members treat/consult on various multidisciplinary teams, including trauma/abuse, pulmonary, neurology, hematology, oncology, diabetes, developmental delay, and cognitive/learning disorders. 

Overview of Intern Activities

Approximately 60% of intern time is devoted to inpatient consultation/liaison work, 30% outpatient services, and 10% group engagement. However, this rotation offers interns the opportunity be engaged in a vast array of services dependent upon their interest.  Interns may provide individual, group and family psychotherapy both in inpatient and outpatient settings, and are exposed to a variety of theoretical perspectives.  In/outpatient cognitive, personality and behavioral, brief and comprehensive, evaluations are conducted.  Interns also provide in-service education and orientation presentations for medical staff, as well as, consultation to various multidisciplinary care teams and departments regarding patient management, treatment compliance and other intervention concerns.

Overview of Supervision Model

Intensive individual supervision is regularly scheduled, with supervision also available on an as-needed basis.  In addition, live supervision is often employed, where the supervisor and intern engage as co-therapists.  In addition to the primary supervisor, seven other psychologists are on staff and are available as secondary supervisors. Focused supervision is provided relative to cognitive/learning disorders.  Interns are given opportunities to attend various departmental educational rounds.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Mary Beth DeWitt, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree from The Ohio State University in 1995 and completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  She has been employed at Dayton Children’s since 1997.  Her primary interests are assessment and treatment of children with developmental and behavioral concerns, specifically autism, and those with chronic illnesses.

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Upper Valley Medical Center/Premier Health Partners

Rotation Description

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC), member of Premier Health Partners, serves the healthcare needs of semi-rural Miami County and the surrounding areas.  It is located approx. 30 minutes north of Dayton within a campus like setting.  Acute inpatient services are provided separately for adults and youth (ages 5-17).  Outpatient services include individual counseling and psychiatric treatment for both adults and children.  Psychological assessment can be provided upon request.  Outpatient services also include UVMC’s EAP services, which provides counseling support and psychoeducation to both internal staff at UVMC and contracted companies in the surrounding community.  A walk-in Crisis Center, staffed 24-7, provides crisis counseling services as part of the UVMC Behavioral Health continuum of care.  The Crisis Center also serves the function of triage assessment for the inpatient units.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are at UVMC two days per week throughout the training year, with one day devoted to outpatient-EAP, the other to inpatient work.  Interns provide individual EAP services that may include assessment screenings.  Opportunities are also available for interns to assist with EAP corporate presentations.  The inpatient day would consist of working on a multidisciplinary team on either the adult inpatient or youth inpatient units.  Choice of placement is determined by departmental need as well as the interest of the intern.  Work would involve leading therapy groups on the unit, attending treatment team meetings run by the psychiatrist, and conducting family sessions as needed.  Psychological assessment is brief in nature with quick “turnaround time”, and typically involves diagnostic clarification and/or risk assessment as ordered by the attending psychiatrist.  Consequently, successful interns at this site require flexibility, superior communication skills, jargon-free writing style and a strong work ethic.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is the strength of this rotation.  In addition to intensive individual supervision, interns will receive additional supervision provided by the clinical coordinators of the inpatient and EAP departments.  As members of these treatment teams, interns will collaborate and consult with other professionals regarding clinical issues.  Interns also have many opportunities to complete their “special project” at UVMC.  Previous interns have participated in treatment outcome studies, program development, and group development projects.  UVMC resources are made available to interns, including an assessment library, computer access, and office.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Stephen Liptak, Psy.D., is a 1991 WSU-SOPP alumnus.  He has extensive psychotherapy and mental health assessment experience.  He has a focused expertise in child/adolescents issues, especially ADHD.  He has extensive training in Brief Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and often conducts trainings in both.  He maintains a limited private clinical practice.

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Summit Behavioral Healthcare

Rotation Description

Summit Behavioral Healthcare is the largest public state psychiatric hospital within Ohio and is located approximately 45 minutes from Dayton.  It provides inpatient services to 290 patients on a daily basis, with a diverse and multicultural population.  The facility was completed in 2006, and features a state of the art Recovery Mall where patients dine, attend groups, and receive other centralized services, and then return to their residential units.  Summit provides recovery-based inpatient services to civil and forensic adults with serious mental illness, with over 70% of beds utilized by forensic patients who are under criminal court jurisdiction.

Overview of Intern Activities

Clinical activities in which interns are involved include group psychotherapy (process and psychoeducational), individual psychotherapy (brief and long-term), forensic assessments, personality assessments, and cognitive assessments.  Interns are typically involved in approximately seven structured, clinical activities weekly, in addition to functioning as a member of an integrated, multi-disciplinary Treatment Team.  The Treatment Team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, substance abuse counselors, and the unit psychologist.  Interns are also involved in milieu therapy and are considered a member of the Unit community.  Interns consult and collaborate with a multidisciplinary staff, and occasionally patient families.  Treatment Team patient rounds are attended daily and Treatment Team meetings are attended on an as-needed basis.  Consultation occurs through written notes in patient charts after every service provided as well as through informal discussion on the unit.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is provided via a mentorship model, with supervision typically scheduled twice weekly to discuss daily events and cases, as well as professional development issues.  In addition to the primary supervisor, secondary supervisors are always available, with eleven psychologists employed within this facility.  Group supervision is also provided by the Clinical Director; interns participate with advanced practicum students (externs).  Interns also participate in didactic trainings and case conferences.  They are also invited to attend Behavior Therapy Conferences and other seminars that come up periodically throughout the training year. 

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Michelle Maegly, Psy.D., received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University, having completed her doctoral internship at the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center.  She is a staff psychologist and works closely with Richard Sexton, Ph.D., chief psychologist at Summit, in coordinating psychology intern activities.  Dr. Maegly also has previous experience establishing and directing an internship training program within a comprehensive community-based mental health agency.  Her clinical interests include severe/chronic mental illness, trauma, psychological assessment, and group-based interventions.  She is a member of the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) as well as the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Eastway - The Forensic Psychiatry Center

Rotation Description

The Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, a division of Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, is one of ten Community Forensic Psychiatric Centers certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services to provide court-related evaluation services to the Criminal and Juvenile Divisions of the Common Pleas Court, the Municipal Court and the County Courts in eleven Ohio Counties.  The center provides psycho-legal opinions which aid the court in determining the disposition of cases in which substance abuse, mental illness, emotional disturbance, and/or maturity may have influenced the defendant/respondent’s behavior and/or their ability to participate in a court proceeding or rehabilitation.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns who train with the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio will assist in the evaluation process by conducting psychosocial history interviews and collecting collateral information on the defendants/respondents being assessed.  They also will participate in record attainment and review.  Interns also will administer and score tests of intellectual ability and adaptive functioning.  They further will administer and score measures designed to detect malingering as it pertains to psychiatric symptoms, intellectual deficits, and memory impairment.  Lastly, interns will participate with case-formulation and report writing.

In addition, interns will have the opportunity to provide treatment-related services through the Adult Recovery Services (ARS) division of Eastway Behavioral Healthcare.  ARS serves a diverse, multi-cultural clientele and is the largest provider of mental health services for adults in Montgomery County, Ohio.  The clients that are served receive treatment for a variety of chronic and persistent psychiatric illnesses.  They also receive treatment for substance-related disorders.  Opportunities to develop and facilitate therapeutic treatment groups subsequently will be available.  Opportunities to conduct individual therapy also will be available.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is provided via a mentorship model, through which interns work closely with a licensed psychologist on each assessment case.  Primary supervision is provided by the Director of Forensic Services; whereas secondary supervision is provided by one of the eight (8) Licensed Psychologists who staff the center.  Interns also attend group supervision sessions with other doctoral-level psychology trainees.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Kara E.A. Marciani, Psy.D., ABPP, earned a doctorate in psychology from Xavier University in 2001.  She became licensed as a psychologist in the State of Ohio in 2003, and she was awarded Diplomate status in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2009.  Dr. Marciani is the Director of Forensic Services at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio. She also serves as the Forensic Monitor for fourteen counties in western Ohio.  In addition to her employment with the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, Dr. Marciani is the President and Chief Psychologist for Marciani Psychological Services, Inc. (MPS, Inc.).  MPS, Inc. provides private professional psychological services to individuals, estates, firms, and organizations on a contract basis. 

CompDrug

Rotation Description

CompDrug, Inc. serves the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of the Central Ohio area with evidence-based interventions for Medicaid and Franklin County ADAMH clients. Our clinical focus centers on emotion regulation and coping skills training grounded in the psychological research areas of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Cognitive and Social Learning Models. These treatment interventions are recognized by the National Institute of Drug Addiction, as evidenced-based interventions, for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders. The core elements of CompDrug’s treatment interventions are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Communication Skills Training, Social Skills Training, Motivational Interviewing, a SMART Recovery support group, and Relapse Prevention Training.

CompDrug is centrally located near the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Outpatient Services are provided for adults, 18 years and older, including individual counseling, medicated assisted treatment for opiate addicted populations, on-site psychiatric services, psychological assessment, crisis services, case management, group psychotherapy, vocational/educational services and psychoeducation in a range of modalities. In addition, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, with gender-specific services, are provided for adults requiring a higher level of care, including an Art Therapy component.  Childcare services for clients with young children are available, so clients are free to participate in identified treatment venues. Furthermore, both pregnancy and postpartum psychological and psychiatric services are provided for opiate addicted mothers in conjunction with community obstetrical providers. Post-delivery Parenting Classes are also on-site for new mothers and fathers requiring childcare education and support.

CompDrug offers access to a VA therapist for veterans through a working agreement with the Office of Veteran Affairs. Likewise, treatment services are provided for substance abusing clients involved with the Franklin County court system in lieu of incarceration. Therapeutic Communities have been established in five of Ohio’s prisons for incarcerated felons with substance abuse histories. Finally, primary prevention services are available for our adolescent population through the international on-site Youth2Youth program.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns at CompDrug will be working two days a week throughout the training year. They will provide individual psychotherapy, crisis services, group psychotherapy and psychological assessment upon referral. Opportunities are available to work with the entire CompDrug client population and interns will be challenged to develop additional programming in their areas of interest. A typical day will consist of working on a multidisciplinary team in an outpatient mental health/substance abuse treatment environment. Psychological report writing will focus on those cognitive, personality, diagnostic and neuropsychological factors, which create challenges for the referring clinician. Successful interns will need excellent communication skills, enjoy working in a multidisciplinary setting, and demonstrate flexibility and a strong work ethic.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is a primary strength of CompDrug. In addition to weekly individual supervision, interns will attend a monthly supervision session with the entire counseling staff to discuss new developments in the psychological field. Furthermore, interns will be expected to attend a once a month small group supervision meeting, which focuses on challenging cases in the multidisciplinary environment and peer review.

Primary Psychological Supervisors

Karen L. Dapper, Psy.D., RNBC, is a 1996 WSU-SOPP alumnus. Her work experience has focused on forensic populations, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, neuropsychological screening, behavioral medicine and health psychology.

Franklin D. Hurt, Ph.D. is a 1988 Ohio State University alumnus. He has extensive psychotherapy, psychological assessment, addiction treatment and forensic experience.  He has focused expertise in the area of neurobiological factors in substance abusing populations.

Alison Linn-Mowery, Ph.D. is a 1989 Ohio State University alumnus. She has specialized treatment history in the areas of forensics, psychotherapy, applied behavioral analysis, psychological and developmental disability assessment.

Cynthia Wohlford-Lotas, Ph.D., LPCC-S, is a 2005 Union Institute and University alumnus. Her areas of expertise include addicted populations, psychotherapy, quality assurance and compliance issues, group psychotherapy and assisting impaired professionals.

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