Jessica Anderton Reynolds, PsyD
"I very recently completed my postdoctoral training hours, and passed the licensing exams for Florida . I am still employed by my post-doc supervisor (Bloomfield Psychological Services) and I am considering options for the future. In my current position, I provide individual and group therapy to people involved with Federal Probation Services, and also for people involved with the Department of Children and Families (child protective services). In addition, I conduct evaluations of parental fitness, and assist with child custody evaluations. I very much enjoy the variety and the challenges in this position. I felt extremely well prepared by the C-I program, both in terms of specific clinical skills and by the open-minded, non-reductionistic approach to our training. On a personal level, I got married last year, and now have an 8-year-old step-son in addition to my own child Bobby (now 15). We bought a house, taught Bobby to drive (gulp) and taught the little one how to skateboard. It has been a full and eventful year."
Dr. Rose Flory, Psy.D.
"As a 1999 graduate, I became licensed as a clinical psychologist in 2001. I have worked as a supervisor at a home for women with mental illness, taught a class at Blue Ridge Community College, taught a number of ASAP (Alcohol Safety Awareness Program) classes, worked as a relief staff member for Community Services Board, and started a small private practice in my home. For the past two years, I have offered a free weekly support group for women with eating issues. This spring, I plan to make my six acres more wildlife-friendly by adding a pond, trees, and grasses. Thinking back on my time in the program, I am most grateful for the support and encouragement I received from professors and peers--to be myself, to continue on my journey, and to make a contribution to my community."
Judith Wheat, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
"I joined the Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency Program (SVFPRP) in 1998 as one of the core faculty was recently promoted to Associate Professor. I was licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in 2000. The SVFPRP is a medical residency affiliated with the Family Medicine Department of Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia . We have an intern year site at Winchester Medical Center as well as a community based clinic site in Front Royal, Virginia for all three post-graduate years. This is a Health Psychology oriented role where I work in conjunction with a Psychiatrist and other Family Physician faculty to train a cadre of 16 Resident Physicians in interviewing, communication skills, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness that presents in an undifferentiated manner in a primary care medical setting. The curriculum includes lectures and didactics in psychopharmacology, brief therapy, family systems, psychological assessment, substance abuse, domestic violence, crisis management, complementary and alternative medicine, and leadership training. The three years of training further emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to management of serious and chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hyperlipidemia, and other conditions that are best managed with a holistic approach. Along with teaching responsibilities and seeing patients during their medical visits, I also maintain a small private practice in conjunction. I recently created and produced a chapter on Keeping the Family in Family Medicine for a training CD that is used by the VCU Department of Family Medicine to introduce medical students to the diversity of the Family Medicine specialty. I have also developed the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) used by our program to observe and assess first year Resident Physicians as they interact with standardized patients. A major part of this assessment activity requires recruitment and training of standardized patients who present with complex symptoms related to co-existing emotional and physical conditions. As you know, on average, sixty percent of emotional conditions are seen first by primary care physicians. Our residency program has been cited at the national level for our dedication to provision of educational opportunities that prepare our graduates to manage and coordinate care for patients with complex mental illnesses. This has been an exciting and rewarding career path that highlights how the JMU C-I program and the PsyD degree well-prepared me to not only create but successfully implement the Behavioral Health curriculum for this training setting. Please visit us on the web at www.valleyhealthlink.com/residency_program/index.html."
Pam Throck-Morton, Psy.D.
"I work as a Licensed clinical psychologist and clinical director at New Lifestyles in Winchester , VA. Also, I serve as an Assistant professor at JMU, which will be my 12th year of teaching (including TA assignments). Additionally, I work part-time in private practice."
Christina Connolly-Wilson, Psy.D, NCSP
"Following my excellent preparation in the JMU School Psychology program, I graduated from the C-I program in May 2005. I was married on 8/12/06 to Greg Wilson in Baltimore , MD. I currently live in Gurnee , IL , which is about 40 miles north of Chicago . I am working with the Waukegan Public Schools as a school psychologist and as the District-Wide Crisis Team Leader. I am also one of three trainers of the PREPARE Crisis Intervention Model in the state and one of 20 in the country. The program at JMU has helped me to expand my roles as a school psychologist to not just conduct assessments and consultations, but to be able to conduct therapy as well with the students that I serve. I also have a broader understanding of mental disabilities, systems theory, and conducting unique socio-emotional assessment tools like the Rorschach."
Brendan Kiernan Psy. D.
“After obtaining my Psy.D. in the C-I program, from the first Clinical/School graduating class in 1997, then license as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of Alaska, I continued to work as a School Psychologist in the Juneau Public Schools, while also beginning then maintaining a very busy private practice primarily working with adults, couples and families, from 1998 until 2011. From 2008 until 2011, I also became a mental health leader in the State of Alaska, obtaining grants and working with the Governor, state and local politicians, state and local mental health administration and providers, and the Alaska Native community in addressing the Country's highest rate of suicide; by organizing and leading statewide and community based coalitions to develop prevention, intervention and postvention strategies and efforts. In addition I became very involved in global social/economic/mental health/political issues impacting the Alaska Native population which has the highest prevalence rates of DSM-IV-TR mental health disorders with the confounding complicating variables of substance abuse, child maltreatment, sexual abuse, poverty, homelessness, illiteracy rates or any other social ill imaginable relative to any other population in the country. A great deal of work focused on addressing the inter-generational trauma and grief so prevalent among Native Americans.
After serving Alaska and Juneau for 22 years, my wife, two children and I decided to see and work in another part of the world. In August of 2011 we accepted jobs at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kris as an elementary special education teacher, I as their School Psychologist for approximately 1000, 6th through 12th grade students. It has been a fascinating multicultural mental health experience to say the least. Although an English speaking IB diploma school, students and families are from over 60 countries throughout the world, bringing together a multitude of languages, values, cultures, experiences and world views. I find my great JMU training and years of experience in the clinical as well as school psychology fields extremely important given the very limited community based mental health services available in Malaysia. The majority of students families work for embassies, state departments, or corporations, and they travel the world, moving from location to location, or international school to school every three years. The experience which I absolutely love, as every day brings a new and exciting professional learning challenge, is only enhanced by the professional and family travel to Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Vietnam, Borneo, Laos, India, and China.
I obviously love JMU and the Shenandoah Valley, living and attending school there on and off for over fifteen years, as I also obtained Ed.S. (88), and Masters (86) in School Psychology, and BA (79) in Special Ed. all from our beloved JMU. A large part of my heart remains in the valley and with all the wonderful professors and colleagues I was so fortunate to work with and share time with in such an intimate program and profession. A special hello to Doug Brown, Jerry Benson, Harriet Cobb, Ed McKee, Jack Presbury, Anne Stewart and Patty Warner. “
- May 3