Personal Life Update 6
It's been awhile since I've last posted, but it has been for good reason. As is the usual in grad school, my schedule was shifting quite a bit over the last several weeks, but I've finally gotten things back into a more consistent routine. Now that I've reached this point, I'm finding myself more motivated (and able) to tackle several things, including my dissertation, some manuscripts (which I always seem to talk about, but never finish), and more posts for my site.
So what have I been up to that kept me so busy? One of the biggest things has been gaining hours at DePaul again thanks to some grant funding. My work is with my two main supervisors, and includes looking at physiological data again, as well as helping with some new upcoming things. I'm still learning about these new things, so I can't say too much just yet, but it should be pretty exciting!
Oh, and that physiological data? I presented some of my findings with it at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference today! The picture at the top of this post shows me with the poster (my shirt matching the poster was completely unintentional; blue is just my favorite color, if you haven't already noticed), and the poster itself is available on my research page. I wasn't able to stay at the conference for very long, but it was nice to see some colleagues and to view what research others are working on (which helped increase my motivation to get more of my own research done).
In addition to the work at DePaul and the ABCT conference, I have made some other professional progress. I am mentoring an undergraduate student at UofC this year, and we put together a submission for the Midwestern Psychological Association conference that will be in 2016. At the end of last month, I also went to Delaware with a few other externs to receive training in how to work more effectively with the families of youth recently diagnosed with cancer. The training was generously covered by the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic in Comer, as part of the wonderful and ongoing effort by the medical care providers in the clinic to treat patients and families wholly, and I have already started to use some of the skills with families.
With all of that done, writing for my dissertation has finally begun! My main focus thus far has been literature review (and I'm being reminded of just how inefficient the current process is for gaining access to PDFs of articles) and establishing the framework for the document itself. Part of that has been using the tools in MS Word more than I have in the past, thanks to this great video:
Thanks to that video, I've got a lot of the busy work involved in writing a long document automated, such as maintaining the formatting, table of contents, and the references (the latter being handled by Mendeley). And I've been able to type more easily thanks to the new ergonomic keyboard I got, after my other keyboard stopped working (after only having it a year; we'll see if Logitech will replace it for me).
In other random news, I'm hoping to get a bit more active on G+ again. Several people every day start to follow my Psychology collection, and I want to be able to provide them with more posts to see and engage with. The APA has also put out a request for some members to help with moderating their G+ community, and I've applied to be one of the moderators, so I may have some involvement with that as well!
Coming up, along with making progress on all of the usual things, I will be starting in my position on the student board of the Society of Pediatric Psychology in January, which will be great. There are also some tools I hope to test out soon, and if I like (and especially if I switch to) any of them, then I may write some review posts.
There are several posts I have plans for, but I also want to make sure the posts and resources on this site are as helpful for others (families, grad and undergrad students, people generally interested in psychology) as possible. If you have any ideas of posts that you'd like to see, let me know in the comments or using the Contact Me button at the bottom of this page! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, and as always, you can provide feedback 100% anonymously if you like.
With that, I'm going to wrap up this post. Until next time!