Students recognized at UHV Psychology Student Conference

Students, faculty and community members heard the latest in psychology techniques and research, and students showed off their work in a poster contest at the recent second annual UHV Psychology Student Conference.

“This was a way for students to get information about the licensing process and interview tips, as well as scout for area job openings,” said Anitra Shelton-Quinn, assistant psychology professor and director of the UHV school psychology program. “We covered areas that psychologists deal with on a daily basis, including depression and bipolar disorder, community services and techniques used by psychologists to treat disorders.”

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Anitra Shelton-Quinn

Shelton-Quinn said graduate students Thelissa Edwards of Fresno, Aimee Arnold of Rosenberg and Stacie Presley of Bay City joined Delores White, visiting instructor and UHV alumna, on a panel that gave information to students about various work topics.

The Multipurpose Room at the UHV University Center was filled with student posters, which were judged on originality, clarity of presentation, verbal presentation, depth of knowledge, degree of understanding and relevance to the field of psychology.

Winners were:

Student Choice – “Play Therapy” by Gail Beal and Monyce Slocum, both of Houston; Kathryn Feagins of Katy; and Phelicia Watson of Pasadena. First runner-up, “PTSD and Veterans” by Johanna Rohan of Victoria.

Best Oral Presentation – “Multicultural Competence Assessment in School Psychology” by Thelissa Edwards of Fresno; Laura Murphy of Houston; and Janae Walker of Kemah. Second place, “Bookworms: Bibliotherapy in School Settings” by Candace Lerma and Jeanette Tello, both of Victoria; and Diana Stevens of Converse.

Best in Competition – “Play Therapy.”

Participants also received information from brochures and handouts.

“Student psychology is a growing area for our school, and Dr. Shelton-Quinn and other faculty are doing outstanding work to help get our undergraduates and graduate students relevant, topical information,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. “This conference is important for the students in that they gain the latest information and make contacts with the community.”

For more information about the program, contact Shelton-Quinn at

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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