Our WPO family is growing

Welcoming Sonia Sherry and the newest WPO intern stars.

Our WPO family is growing

WPO would like to welcome Sonia Sherry to APA. She joined the office in March 2013 as a temporary WPO assistant and has quickly jumped in to provide much needed administrative support to the work of the office. Sonia has years of experience in administrative support and office management. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and will soon start her pursuit of her graduate degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. We are thankful to have her in the WPO.

Newest stars in the world of WPO interns

The Women’s Programs Office would like to welcome the newest stars of its internship program for the summer of 2013. We welcome Meghan Levy. Meghan comes to us from Tulane University. She is a bright up-and-coming junior with a background in political science. Meghan will work with us on the sexualization of girls, surviving and thriving, and pyschology as core a science, technology, engineering and mathematics discipline (STEM).

On June 17, we welcomed Scott Pine from Santa Monica Community College. Scott is a third-year psychology major at Santa Monica Community College. Just recently, the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation announced that Scott is one of 73 students selected nationally for the prestigious JKC Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest of its kind, granting him up to $30,000 for the next three years to pay for all school-related expenses at the university of his choice. Here is a short statement from Scott in anticipation of his upcoming internship with WPO:

“I am excited to intern at the Women’s Programs Office. I have always been interested in the practical applications of knowledge. As such, I hope to learn the ways in which psychological research can better inform our country’s public policy system. Understanding the interface between public policy and research is important to me, for I hope to one day produce socially relevant research in the public’s interest.”

Scott will work on the trafficking report as well as the Leadership Institute and CWP.

In the month of July, we will welcome Heather Durban. Heather is currently a fourth-year doctoral clinical psychology candidate at Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa. She has been actively involved in her doctoral program serving as the president of the Student Psychological Association (SPA) since April 2011 and co-chairperson for an annual Families and Couples Conference in 2011 and 2013. Her areas of interest include forensics, severe mental illness, underserved populations and assessment. The focus of her dissertation is human sexual trafficking within the United States. Currently, Heather is training to participate in the SMART Ride 10 in November 2013, which is a 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West to raise money to help individuals with HIV obtain services. Heather will work on the sexualization of girls and trafficking, as well as other initiatives for Women’s Programs.

We are very glad our interns are here. Please take the time to introduce yourself and welcome them to APA.