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Alumni News

Recent Graduate News:

Michael Sladek, a 2013 graduate, has his honors thesis, "Development and Validation of the Male Body Talk Scale: A Psychometric Investigation" in press and available online.  Read it here...

Recent Northwestern Psychology Ph.D.s Donna Jo Bridge and Joel Voss examine the blending of past and present in our memories. Read it here...

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More Alumni Updates:


Kris Gardiner-Barry BA ‘95 has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist in a federally qualified health clinic for the past eight years in the tiny mountain town of McCloud, CA. She and her husband live in Mt. Shasta, CA.

Gayle Bessenoff, PhD ‘98, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University. She teaches courses in social psychology, research methods and psychology of women at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research includes aspects of feminist psychology (gender norms, violence against women, body image, self-esteem) as well as issues surrounding stigma of marginalized groups (e.g., overweight individuals, LGBT youth). She is also currently the concertmaster of the Hamden Symphony Orchestra in Hamden, CT.

Cindy Pury, PhD '97 is a Professor and the Undergraduate Coordinator of Psychology at Clemson University. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.


Sara Rubin, BA ‘02, is currently pursuing a School Specialist Degree in school psychology from Illinois State University as a graduate student to Dr. Mark Swerdlik. She has been the first year and second year recipient of the Audrey J Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology.

Jerome L. Rekart- MSc ('02) and PhD ('05) has recently published his first book, The Cognitive Classroom (Rowman and Littlefield Education).

Edward Oriole BA ’05 is employed by Old Irving Park Community Clinic as a therapist for uninsured patients who access the clinic. He graduated with his masters from the The Family Institute at Northwestern in 2008 and earned his clinical professional counselor license in March 2012.

Adam Paoli Sr., BA ‘05, works as a financial strategist for The Heartland Group. He runs a financial services practice, educating clients on how money works and how to implement innovative, non-traditional strategies with traditional financial products. In January 2013 he assumed the role of President of the Northwestern Gridiron Network, the booster club supporting Northwestern Football. His son, Adam David Paoli, Jr. was born in March 2012.

Gregory Olmsted BA ‘08 is a first year emergency medicine resident at the Maricopa County Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. After getting his bachelors from Northwestern he graduated from Rush Medical School in June 2012. He was thrilled to match at his first choice of Maricopa County Hospital.

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