Division E – Counseling and Human Development

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Division E represents researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in Counseling and Human Development. Division E members engage in research focused on critical educational, social, and psychological issues facing individuals across the lifespan, and are committed to social justice. Alaina Flannigan, the Senior Graduate Student Representative, is a 5th-year doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focuses on modeling developmental, interpersonal, and environmental effects on academic achievement and resilience for foster youth. She also enjoys playing board games, doing Cross Fit, and teaching Zumba cardio fitness classes. Caitlyn McKinzie, the Junior Graduate Student Representative, is a 2nd-year doctoral student from the University of Central Florida. She is also a practicing mental health counselor in the Central Florida community, providing individual counseling to adults and adolescents presenting with various mental health concerns. Her research interests include neurofeedback training, anxiety, self-efficacy, and preparing novice counselors. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys spending time playing fetch with her labradane (Molly) and exploring the great outdoors.

Division Updates / Upcoming Events

Division E Fireside Chat: “Bringing Mental Health into the Classroom: Policies, Programs, and Practices for Resilience”

Sunday, April 30th  2:15 – 3:45pm | Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Rm 218

As students strive to be successful in the years of their primary and secondary education, barriers that originate outside of the classroom often hinder progress. Mental health is a concern for many students who may experience trauma, such as bullying or victimization, involvement in the child welfare system, immigrant status, or general isolation and exclusion from the schooling process. Policies, programs, and practices that address mental health inside and outside the classroom can help students succeed. This fireside chat focuses on ways educators and researchers are working together to address sources of trauma for students by understanding the educational risk trauma poses, providing trauma-informed instruction, and cultivating positive school cultures.

Business Meeting, DivE In Seed Grant Competition & Graduate Student Poster Session

Saturday, April 29

Poster Session: 6:30pm – 7:00pm | Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Rm 214 A

Business Meeting: 7:00pm – 8:00pm | Convention Center, Meeting Room Level, Rm 214 A

A poster session for Division E graduate students who will be presenting completed or proposed research projects. Network, socialize, meet new colleagues, and connect across institutions. Refreshments will be provided. Join us for our 4th annual “DivE In” Seed Grant competition and Division E Business Meeting. The “DivE In” competition follows the graduate student poster session and Division E committees will also give brief updates.

Graduate Student Social

Saturday, April 29th  9:00pm – 10:30pm | The Davenport, Zen Room

Join your grad student representatives and fellow students from Divisions E and C and the Motivation SIG. Drink ticket provided.

Getting Involved
We are continuing to seek out graduate students who are interested in acting as campus liaisons for Division E. This position will allow you to assist with our programmatic efforts at AERA and will automatically allow you to hold a leadership position at your university disseminating information to graduate students. The roles and responsibilities of serving as a liaison include, but are not limited to, the following: Assist in Division E efforts to increase graduate student awareness of both AERA and Division E; Disseminate information on Division E related activities and objectives on your campus If you would like to volunteer to become a liaison, please contact Alaina Flannigan at aeflannigan@utexas.edu. We will be seeking applications from graduate students interested in being a Graduate Student Representative for Division E. The position is for two years, one year as the junior representative and another year as the senior representative. As the graduate student representative, you will have a chance to work with various people in Division E as well as the Graduate Student Council of AERA. Some of the duties involved include: · Plan and coordinate a Fireside Chat for the AERA annual meeting · Write a submission for the Graduate Student Council newsletter · Engage in outreach and communications to expand membership · Plan and organize the Division E graduate student poster session Division E has traditionally had one graduate student in counseling and one in human development for the two graduate student representative positions. This year we will be looking for a graduate student focusing on human development. The call for applicants will go out in January 2017. If you would like to know more about the position, send questions to the current junior representative Caitlyn McKinzie at cmckinzie@knights.ucf.edu.


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