PLTC Student Section
Benefits of Student Membership
- Student membership is FREE for the 1st year!
- Subscription and online access to the Clinical Gerontologist (see the Members Only page for a link to this journal)
- Annual meeting held at the American Psychological Association or Gerontological Society of America conventions
- Excellent networking opportunities with clinicians & researchers nation-wide
- Opportunity to apply for the Student Research Award (see Awards on this page) which includes a cash prize ($300) and a commemorative piece.
- Get connected with a mentor through PLTC’s Mentoring Program:
- The Mentor Relationship:
The mentor and mentee will work together to choose specific areas that the mentee would like to focus on during the specified time period. The mentoring relationship is not supervision nor is it psychotherapy. The relationship can be as simple as being the "go-to" person when the mentee has a question, and as intimate and familiar as sharing dinner and dreams together. The power of the mentoring relationship lies in the building of self-esteem, confidence and direction, both personally and professionally, through the sharing of ideas and the expansion of possibilities
- The benefits for Students and Early Career Psychologists of a formal mentoring program are:
- Professional identity development
- Life and/or professional goal setting
- Career development
- Enhanced networking skills and development of a larger resource base
- Development of business and marketing skills
- Enhanced self awareness, self efficacy, and job satisfaction
- Knowledge regarding the practical application of ethical standards
- Increased awareness of current issues affecting the mentor’s practice
- Opportunities for supportive, nonsupervisory discussions of challenging situations
- The Mentor Relationship:
Internship and Fellowship Listings with an Emphasis in Geropsychology and Long-Term Care:
Student Research Award Information
The PLTC Student Research Award is an annual award for graduate and post-doctoral students who submit a manuscript about a completed project relevant to long term care (including geropsychology as relevant to long-term care). Completed projects may include quantitative and qualitative research projects, literature reviews, program evaluation studies, intervention studies, and formal needs assessment. Calls for award submissions occur each spring through the PLTC listserve, and submissions will be accepted from student members of PLTC. The award includes $300 and a commemorative piece that will be presented at the Annual APA Convention. For further information, please contact Craig Schweon, Ph. D., Chair of the Research Committee at .
Past Award Winners
Brian Ludwin, M.A. -- University of Louisville
Co-Winner Elizabeth A. Dinapoli Ph.D. -- University of Alabama
Co-Winner Katalina Zackoscielna, M.A. -- University of Alabama
Evan Plys, M.A. -- University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Christine M. Etzrodt, M.S. -- Immaculata University
Weston Donaldson, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Honorable Mention: Amanda Foster, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Honorable Mention: Allison A. Jay -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Krystle Balhan Archibald -- Colorado State University,
Natalie Brescian -- Colorado State University
Mentor: Tammi Vacha-Hasse, Ph.D.
Kate L. Martin -- Colorado State University
Runner-up: Laura L. Phillips -- University of Alabama;
Susan Fisher, M.A. -- University of Alabama
Fisher, S. E., Burgio, L. D., Thorn, B. E., Allen-Burge, R., Gerstle, J., & Allen, S. J. (2002). Pain assessment
Deborah Heiser, Ph.D. -- Isabella Geriatric Center, New York, NY.
The current student representatives to PLTC are Laura Farley and Brian Ludwin. Please feel free to contact them if you have questions or want more information about student membership.
Laura Farley, MS, GCGHP
Laura is a 5th year PsyD doctoral candidate earning her psychology degree from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology in Hillsboro, OR. She is completing her degree with an internship at Aspen Pointe Behavioral Health in Colorado Springs, CO. To better serve older adults, she earned a Graduate Certificate of Gerontology for Health Care Professions requiring 15 months of interdisciplinary education. Laura’s gero related research and career interests are broad: decreasing the gap between specialized geropsychology providers and the exponentially growing older adult population, addressing the proliferation of psychopathology for those living in long-term care, and preventing attrition for those who choose a geropsychology career path. Currently, she is conducting research that aims to identify factors that contribute to career longevity for gerotherapists. Laura has a 30 year history of working with older adults in various capacities. She brings her energy and love for the work to her positon with PLTC. Laura looks forward to collaborating with the newly formed Student Leadership Task Force (SLTF) in identifying and executing SLTF objectives. Please contact her at .
Brian Ludwin, Ph.D.
Brian completed his clinical psychology graduate studies at the University of Louisville under the mentorship of Suzanne Meeks, Ph.D. He completed his internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and is currently a post-doctoral at VA Boston with a focus in geropsychology. His clinical interests include working with individuals with cognitive impairment and associated emotional and behavioral difficulties. His research has principally focused on the psychological factors that influence nurses’ decisions to utilize psychosocial vs. pharmacological treatments with individuals with dementia. Please contact him at .
Student Leadership Task Force
The Student Leadership Task Force (SLTF) is a newly formed PLTC group with a primary goal to encourage student engagement in the provision of psychological services in long-term care. The Task Force’s initial foci have included increasing recruitment, engagement with PLTC committees, and access to resources, including mentorship.
Articles, Books, and Resources about Geropsychology and Long-term care