Purdue Calumet Marriage and Family Therapy Students, Alumni Honored

For the fourth consecutive year, students and graduates of Purdue University Calumet’s marriage and family therapy master’s degree program have been recognized nationally and statewide.

National awards

Alumni Jonathan Kimmes of Winona, Minn. and Jennie Sawyer Murphy of Simpsonville, SC earned two of three annual research thesis awards presented by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Kimmes’ thesis is titled, “Self-Other Overlap as a Mediator between Dyadic Empathy and Relationship Satisfaction.” Murphy’s thesis focuses on “Caring for Aging Parents: The Influence of Family Coping, Spirituality/Religiosity, and Hope on the Marital Satisfaction of Family Caregivers.”

Also, Eilene Ladson of Columbus, Ohio received the AAMFT Master’s Student Minority Scholarship.

All will be recognized at the AAMFT national conference in October at Milwaukee, Wis.

State recognition

Other students claimed honors at the recent Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT) Conference at Indianapolis.

Dallas Dralle of Saginaw, Mich. earned the Graduate Student Research Award for her thesis, “The Roles of Religion, Spirituality, and Attachment in the Development of the Therapeutic Alliance.”

For poster presentations summarizing their research, Kelsi Kellen of Le Mars, Ia.; Gisela Leija of Troy, Mich.; Florence Lewis of Davenport, Fla.; and Ebtisam Yahya of Hammond earned first places.

Also, Kellen, Colleen Kelly of Minneapolis, Minn. and Anne Marie Schoenherr of Mt. Clemens, Mich. earned first runners-up recognition. Eric Goodcase of South Lyons, Mich.; Heather Marsicola of North Charleston, SC; and Natalie Stanish of Lake Zurich, Ill. claimed second runners-up.

“I am so proud of our students in the marriage and family therapy program who continue to take home awards for their scholarly work,” Program Director and Associate Professor Megan J. Murphy said.

Purdue University Calumet, a regional institution of some 9,000 baccalaureate and master’s degree students, is part of the world-respected Purdue University system. Purdue Calumet’s marriage and family therapy program attracts students from across the nation and internationally. Graduates enjoy a 100 percent employment placement rate and high acceptance into doctoral programs.