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Outstanding Alumni Awards
Each year the Wright State University Alumni Association coordinates the Outstanding Alumni Awards, allowing each college or school at the university to recognize former students who have gone on to make exceptional contributions to their professional fields while giving back to their communities.
2016: Cedric Alexander
Dr. Cedric L. Alexander ‘97 was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Operating Officer, DeKalb County, Georgia Office of Public Safety, on December 2013. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of DeKalb County Police/Fire Department, Medical Examiner’s Office and Animal Services, as well as 911 communications.
In 1992, he chose to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio.
Cedric, who is currently serving as Immediate Past President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), holds membership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is a member of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He is currently a CNN Law Enforcement analyst and has appeared on the MSNBC Morning Joe Show, CBS Evening News, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and NBC Nightly News.
2015 Erin Andrews
Dr. Erin Andrews is a Supervisory Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training at the Central Texas VA Health Care System. She supervises more than 30 professional staff, and oversees management and resources for all psychology programs at the Austin VA Outpatient clinic, the largest freestanding VA outpatient clinic in the United States. Erin served a 3-year term on the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology from January 2011-December 2013, and was co-chair in 2013. She was also elected member-at large for the APA Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology for a 3-year term from 2010-2013. Since 2010, Erin has served as Chair, Special Interest Group: Psychologists with Disabilities for Division 22. She received the APA Division 22 Early Career Practice Award in 2013 and numerous professional awards for her leadership and innovative approaches to her clinical work and training.
In the six years since graduating from SOPP at Wright State University, Erin has focused on disability issues in psychology, including social justice in reproduction and parenting, disability as diversity, and the prevalence disability in the field of psychology. In April 2013, she represented the American Psychological Association, presenting at a Congressional Briefing regarding the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children in Washington, DC. Erin has presented nationally on a wide range of disability topics. She has published the only known empirical research examining the characteristics and experiences of trainees and professionals with disabilities in the field of psychology, and has an article forthcoming on disability language in one of the leading journals in the field of psychology, American Psychologist.
Dr Margie Lieberman passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Montreal, Canada surrounded by her loving family including her beloved husband, Dr. Irwin Lieberman.
Margie Lieberman earned her Psy.D. in 1985 from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology; she also attended McGill University and the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Margie is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience dealing with a broad range of psychological and health related issues.
She has worked as a Senior Psychologist in a national firm of over 400 Registered Psychologists, where she was involved in program development, management, presentations, coaching, supervision of clinical staff, and crisis management with several national corporate companies.
In 2007, Margie was given an award by the Ontario Psychological Association in recognition of her pro bono community work in advancing the public awareness of the psychological/cancer interface. She created and ran the Canadian Centre for Psycho-Oncology.
For the past 15 years, Margie has been in private practice. Her case load includes a diverse population including members of the military. Margie has developed expertise in the area of trauma, creating several clinical protocols.
She has served on a board of inquiry with the College of Psychologists and was requested to supervise psychologists who did not meet the standards of the profession.
Margie uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy. She clinically assesses each individual to determine what therapy(s) a person is likely to respond to. Margie employs traditional psychological therapies as well as somatic or mind body therapies. The latter therapies are particularly healing for traumatic responses that don’t necessarily do well with more conventional “talk” therapy.
Her interests lie in the convergence of cognitive psychology, the neurosciences, and neuro-imaging which now can inform on brain functioning.
2013: Lori Crosby
Lori Crosby earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Dominican College and her Psy. D. in 1995 from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology.
Crosby is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. She is Co-Director of INNOVATIONS in Community Research and Program Evaluation, Director of the Sickle Cell Behavioral Medicine Service, a Primary Supervisor for the O’Grady Residency in Psychology Program and a Fellow of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Crosby’s clinical work with families has been recognized nationally as she was an invited contributor to the NHLBI Workgroup that developed the 2020 Healthy People objectives for individuals affected by sickle cell disease (SCD), a chronic illness primarily affecting African-Americans in the US. She was also a member of the 2010 APA Presidential Taskforce on Advancing Practice which developed PracticeOUTCOMES, a database of outcome measures available to all APA practice members.
As a director and collaborator on more than 15 federal grants, Crosby has emerged as a leader in conducting research to transform the health care system for adolescents and young adults with SCD. She has also promoted community awareness by co-directing Cincinnati’s Annual Sickle Cell Research and Education Day event and directing the Community Leaders Institute which has leveraged more than $3 million in funding for health programs in the Cincinnati area. Crosby has held a number of leadership positions within the APA Society of Pediatric Psychology, US Health Resources & Services Administration, and currently chairs the Sickle Cell Statewide Advisory Committee.
2012: Adia McClellan Winfrey
Adia “Dr. Dia” Winfrey earned her Doctor of Psychology from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 2008. As a first-year doctoral student, she recognized the utility of integrating elements of hip hop culture with psychology. Her dissertation, Healing Young People thru Empowerment (H.Y.P.E.): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program for Black Adolescent Males, was one of the first to positively showcase hip hop culture.
As a pre-doctoral intern, Winfrey piloted the H.Y.P.E. curriculum
for addressing emotional management, healthy relationships, and goal attainment through hip hop and psychological theories. She developed an accompanying curriculum workbook and wrote H.Y.P.E.: Healing Young People thru Empowerment, published by African-American Images in 2009.
H.Y.P.E. has been implemented with youth through the Wisconsin Department of Juvenile Corrections, the City of Kissimmee, Florida, Parks and Recreation Department, several counties throughout the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, and countless therapy offices, classrooms, and community centers around the country. Winfrey has trained thousands of professionals and speaks nationally about the positive power of hip hop.
Winfrey promotes the internationally renowned H.Y.P.E. curriculum through her company Elevating Us, LLC. Within the last year, she has been featured on NPR, in JET Magazine, and endorsed by nationally syndicated radio personalities Tom Joyner and Michael Baisden. In 2011, she founded The H.Y.P.E. Movement mentoring program for high school students in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
A graduate of Wilberforce University, Winfrey is currently developing the Let’s Get H.Y.P.E. Hip Hop Empowerment college course and completing her second book, The H.Y.P.E. Life Pyramid, Teen Edition.
2011: Kelly Ducheny
A licensed psychologist, Dr. Kelly Ducheny obtained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) in 1993, with an emphasis in multicultural psychology and working with gay, lesbian, and bisexual clients. She returned to Wright State University after graduation as a Postdoctoral Fellow, teaching in the School of Professional Psychology and participating in the Center for Healthy Communities by introducing psychological services in a community-based health center. Kelly accepted a position at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology as Associate Director of Clinical Training in 1995 and was promoted to Department Chair of Clinical Psychology in 2000.
During the 13 years Kelly was at the Chicago School, she held leadership positions in state and national professional psychology organizations, chairing the 2007 National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) Conference at which a major component of NCSPP's educational model was developed. She served as a member of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA), chaired the 2008 and 2007 Accreditation Assemblies of the CoA, served as Chair of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) Sexual Orientation Section and Academic Section, and held the office of Vice-Chair of the GLB Committee for NCSPP. Kelly currently serves as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Howard Brown Health Center, 1 of 8 community health centers in the US specializing in serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV/AIDS impacted community. Among numerous clinical and research interests, she has focused on cultural competence and multi-cultural psychology; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues; assessment; interdisciplinary health care, professional development; gender roles and race in Disney animation; qualitative research; and immigrant and refugee mental health.
2010: Brad Klontz
Brad Klontz, Psy.D., graduated from Wright State University in 1999 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is the co-founder of Your Mental Wealth (TM). He is a clinical psychologist, addictions specialist, consultant, speaker, peak performance coach, researcher, author, and internationally recognized expert in financial psychology. Dr. Klontz was awarded the 2009 Innovative Practice Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association due to his application of psychological interventions to help people with money and wealth issues and his innovative practice in financial psychology for practitioners across the country. He is a former president of the Hawaii Psychological Association and serves as the president of Coastal Clinics, Inc., based in Hawaii, which provides psychological services to children and families through the Hawaii Department of Education and Department of Health.
Dr. Klontz is also a principal investigator and research associate for Northwest Media, Inc., which creates innovative social learning and educational products for at-risk youth, parent training, and service providers. Leveraging his expertise in working with parents and teens, H&R Block has partnered with Dr. Klontz to help teach teens financial fitness and prepare for life after high school in the Dollars & Sense personal finance in-school curriculum and online resource center. In addition to being an accomplished researcher in the psychology of money, with Dr. Ted Klontz he co-authored The Mind Over Money, Wired for Wealth, The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Facilitating Financial Health. He’s also been featured on ABC News 20/20 and Good Morning America, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and hundreds of other national and international media outlets and professional magazines and journals, including his Mind Over Money blog for Psychology Today.
2009: Larina Kase
Larina Kase, M.B.A. ’02,Psy.D.’03, a professional public speaker and author, is the College Outstanding Alumni Award winner from the School of Professional Psychology.
She is a recognized expert in peak performance, anxiety and stress management, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Kase has a doctorate in psychology and masters in business administration, and her unique approach is regularly seen in media such as Inc., Entrepreneur, SELF and on national TV and radio. She is the author or coauthor of 7 books including The New York Times bestseller, The Confident Speaker. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and executives from companies such as Verizon, Intel, Morgan Stanley, & Ernst & Young.
Based in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Kase has provided motivational keynotes and seminars for various organizations across North America. Meeting planners and audience members call her presentations "energizing", "inspirational", "useful and helpful", "humorous", and "enjoyable".
La Pearl Logan Winfrey, Ph.D., professor and associate dean for clinical training in the School of Professional Psychology, nominated Kase for the College Outstanding Alumni Award. Winfrey said Kase "was a fabulous student – good critical thinker, very organized. She could juggle multiple balls with ease".
2008: LaMaurice H. Gardner
When LaMaurice Gardner finishes his day job as a Veterans Affairs psychologist, his work day may not be over. He just might get a call in the middle of the night to respond to a barricaded gunman or a suicidal subject. Gardner is also a police psychologist with several law enforcement agencies in the Detroit area and a reserve Lt. Deputy and SWAT tactical officer with the county sheriff’s department. He also teaches at two police academies, and maintains a part-time clinical private practice.
“My day job is routine, as I provide psychological services to veterans, who certainly deserve it. However, my role as a police psychologist is anything but routine,” he explains.
Gardner has police training in critical incident stress debriefings, hostage negotiations, and special weapons and tactics that relate to his clinical expertise in suicide intervention, psychopathology, post-traumatic stress disorder, and workplace violence.
His police duties originated from his private practice, where he first treated officers. “I enjoyed working with the police, so I put myself through the police academy and began working as a reserve officer.” The more he got involved, the more he wanted to learn.
Gardner has been shot at twice, but downplays the violence. “The officer’s job is to serve and protect society…. My job is to serve and protect the officers.” On one occasion he talked someone out of jumping off a bridge, and on another call he convinced a subject to surrender after being barricaded in a car with an AK-47 rifle. He said dealing with the shooting or death of a police officer, or a failed child rescue, constitute his most difficult assignments.
Gardner would like to see expansion in the field of police psychology. “Law enforcement is a profession that is in dire need of more clinical resources,” he said.
2007: Janet Cummings
Janet L. Cummings, Psy.D. ‘92, president of the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation of Reno, Nevada, is the College Outstanding Alumni Winner from the School of Professional Psychology. Named for her parents, the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation is a nonprofit educational and research institute dedicated to excellence, innovation, and the importance of behavioral health services, especially as they pertain to integrating behavioral health with primary care. The foundation funds a number of internally generated research, educational, and demonstration projects.
Janet also has an independent psychology practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the secretary/treasurer of the University Alliance for Behavioral Care, Inc., and is on the board of directors of the Cummings Foundations for Behavioral Health, Inc. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and theForest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. Cummings co-authored six books with her father and published numerous articles and book chapters on such topics as fetal alcohol syndrome, managing suicidal patients, holistic and alternative medicine, and treating substance abusers. She produced a teaching video. A Psychological Autopsy, used by Wright State’s School of Professional Psychology, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, and the Suicide Prevention Center, Inc., of Dayton.