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Annual Psy.D. Dissertation Colloquium to happen virtually July 30

June 3, 2021

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Please join us at our annual Psy.D. Dissertation Colloquium where eligible Saint Mary’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Counseling Psychology program students will present their clinical dissertations. The event will be hosted on Friday, July 30, via Zoom from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year, 10 students will present their research. Saint Mary’s students, alumni, family, friends, and community members are all encouraged to attend. The program will be submitted to the Minnesota Board of Psychology for continuing education credits. As always, these continuing education credits are offered at no cost as a way to give back to the supportive training community of psychologists.

The Psy.D. Dissertation Colloquium is a significant achievement for our students and offers an opportunity to engage in scholarly discourse about the clinical application of counseling psychology.

Dissertations can be expensive endeavors and often require specialized software or compensation for participants. These expenses can be burdensome to our students, which is why supporting student research endeavors through small grants is central to the program. Equitable access to research through the embodiment of social justice is essential to Saint Mary’s and the overarching Lasallian mission.

Several students presenting their dissertations were assisted by the Solberg Dissertation Research Fund. In 2016, the Solberg Dissertation Research Fund was established through a generous gift in memory of Kris and Opal Solberg, parents of Dr. Kenneth Solberg, the first Psy.D. program director. Originally named the Fund for Psy.D. Dissertation Research (FPDR), the fund was renamed in 2021 following the retirement of Dr. Solberg.

To date, nine research grants have been awarded through the Solberg Dissertation Research Fund. Grant recipients presenting at this year’s colloquium include:

  • “The Impact of Follow-up Care on Psychiatric Rehospitalization: A Meta-analysis” by Paige Jablonski
  • “Cultural and Familial Predictors of Psychological Well-Being in Hmong Men” by Calvin Yang
  • “The Impact of Attitudes Towards Mental Illness of Prospective Juror Perceptions” by Alison Elavsky

Mark your calendars and join us for the entire event to show support for all students who are presenting their work. Details, including the program, information on continuing education credits, and the Zoom link, will be sent to those who register.

Register for the event

Questions? Email Dr. Kayte LaBore, dissertation coordinator, at