Upcoming Events

*All speaker events take place at 8 p.m. in RNS 356 A&B.

April 8, 2014

Susan Jenkins, M.D.

Susan is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and the Medical Director of the Bluestem Center. The Bluestem Center provides diagnosis and treatment of complex learning and behavior problems. Bluestem also provides assessment and treatment of developmental, emotional, and social difficulties. After graduating from St. Olaf Susan attended the University of Chicago-Pritaker School of Medicine. She completed seven years of residency training at the University of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic in pediatrics, psychiatry, child psychiatry, and psychopharmacology. She co-authored The Biology of Star Trek and A Pocket Reference for Psychiatrists. Areas of specialty include ADHD and other Neurodevelopmental disorders.

April 17, 2014
(will take place in RNS 410)

Patti Anderson

Patti will be speaking about animal-assisted therapy. She is a therapy animal trainer at the Animal Humane Society, and the owner of Doggone Good Life Coaching. She also teaches Animal Assisted Therapy courses. Patti received her Master’s in Education from Washington State University, and was a school counselor in the Hopkins school district in a wide variety of settings. She has also facilitated groups for emotionally at-risk teens.

April 22, 2014

Heather Goss, Ed. S

Heather is a School Psychologist at Blue Heron Elementary School, in the Centennial School District. She has also worked as a Residential Counselor as well. Heather attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

April 24, 2014 (7-8pm, RNS 410)

(cosponsored by the Wellness Center & Psych Club)

Dr. Haley Fox, Minnesota Sex Offender Program, DHS, in St. Peter, MN and is an executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Haley specializes in the integration of the arts into mental health treatment and has experience in expressive arts therapy, music therapy, and art therapy. After graduating from St. Olaf, Haley received her M.A. from Lesley University Division of Counseling and Expressive Therapies in 1988 and her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University School of Professional Psychology in 2005. She does work with arts-based psychotherapy, forensic psychology and the treatment of sexual abusers. She currently works on career-life planning in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, DHS, in St. Peter, MN and is an executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

May 1, 2014

Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD

Diane is a professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Her three main lines of research include sports medicine psychology, youth sports science, and physical activity science. Recently, Diane was the principal investigator for a federal funded study that trained youth soccer coaches in Uganda. She received her M.S. in Physical Education from Springfield College, and her PhD in Physical Education from the University of Oregon.

May 15, 2014 (Reading Day)

Ice Cream Social


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Two Psychology Majors awarded Fulbrights

Kelsey Klein and Brynn Rathjen St. Olaf Psychology Majors have been named Fulbright fellows for 2013–14.

globeThe Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the Department of State and awards more than 1,500 grants to U.S. students every year. The program operates in more than 140 countries, seeking to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries” and “contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” Program participants are chosen based on many factors, including leadership potential and academic merit. 

The Fulbright recipients and their projects:

Kelsey Klein was awarded a  study/research grant. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.  The title of Kelsey’s project is:  Factors Affecting Outcomes of Cochlear Implant Users in Norway and this project will investigate the factors relating to the variable outcomes of cochlear implant (CI) users in Norway. In collaboration with the University of Oslo and the Oslo University Hospital, data will be gathered through various cognitive tests and self-report surveys. The results of this project will influence the structure of clinical treatment and rehabilitation for CI users.grouip

Brynn Rathjen was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). This award places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.  Brynn will be using her experience leading and working with children, she will be an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia helping students develop English skills and providing American cultural knowledge. She will also get involved in community activities such as athletics or musical groups and work to connect with Malaysian culture.



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