Around Webster: McMullen to APBS Board; Thomas’, Mansager’s Psychology Text; Eliceiri on Religion

| June 20, 2014

Recent professional news and honors for Webster University community members include:

McMullen Elected to Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board
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Victoria McMullen

Victoria McMullen, associate professor in the School of Education, has been elected to the executive board of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). APBS has a membership of 900 with chapters in several countries. She presented at their first conference in 2003 and wrote an article, which appeared in the first issue of their Journal of Positive Behavior Inventions in 1999.

“Positive behavior support involves the use of research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease behavior problems,” said McMullen. “My particular area of expertise is known as tertiary support and is typically provided to individuals having significantly challenging behavior that interferes with them achieving a reasonable quality of life.”

McMullen will serve a three-year term on the board and will serve on their dissemination committee.

Thomas & Mansager Collaborate on Introduction to Psychology Text
Ros Thomas and Mansager

Ros Thomas and Erik Mansager

Geneva professors Ros Thomas and Erik Mansager contributed to the 16th edition of Atkinson & Hilgard’s Introduction to Psychology text. In the “Seeing Both Sides” debate, the authors present a research driven and divergent perspective on a current hot topic of debate: Are there universal or distinct reactions to coping with stress? This classic text is widely used on both sides of the Atlantic and by psychology students at Webster U.S. locations and Webster Geneva.

Thomas and Mansager have collaborated on projects since 2006 when the Summer Lecture Series focused on parent education. Since then they have demonstrated the benefits of collegiality between administration (Thomas, head of psychology and counseling in Geneva) and faculty (Mansager, adjunct faculty). “We have enjoyed collaborating and planning educational activities for the undergraduates and graduates in the [Psychology and Counseling] department,” Thomas said.

“This joint writing venture is the logical extension of our team work,” Mansager added. “We’re glad to contribute so directly to the education of psychology students beyond our campus.”

Eliceiri Presents at Annual Conference of Information and Religion

Rebecca Klemme Eliceiri, access services clerk in the Emerson Library, presented ”Zotero for Faith Communities: Encouraging Faith Thinking and Sharing Through an Information Management Tool” in early June at the Annual Conference of Information and Religion.

The conference was hosted by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion, a research initiative of Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science, and featured 24 paper presentations and three posters. Scholars from seven countries delivered papers in tracks for Librarianship, Information Technology and Research.

 

 

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