Session 4 4:00-5:00pm Posters

4:00-5:00 pm

Session 5: Poster Presentation and Reception

Refreshments and Drinks will be provided

Location: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Chicago Campus, 325 N. Wells Ave.


Presenter: Anna Rae

Title: How to Increase Safety for Military Spouses and Address Lethal Means

Summary: The role military spouses play in mitigating access to lethal means and misuse of lethal means in times of high stress cannot be under-rated. Once therapeutic rapport is established, assessing for safety is key. This presentation will explore common stressors military spouses experience, including how their role of being the first ones to see high risk behaviors in their active duty partners might affect them.


Presenter: Ashley Fortier

Title: Combating Suicide: Limiting Access to Lethal Means

Summary: As the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., suicide continues to be a public health crisis. Over half of annual suicide deaths in the country involve firearms. Risk factors for firearm suicide include male gender and serious mental illness. Limiting access to lethal means is one strategy to combat the epidemic.


Presenter: Rebecca Kopper

Title: Firearm Polices with Respect to People with Mental Illnesses

Summary: The rate of firearm fatalities continues to be on the rise in the United States. While government policies have been driven by the perception that those with mental illnesses should have limited access to firearms, research has shown that policies addressing those with violent tendencies would be more effective. 


Presenters: Erika Williams, Claire O’Connor, Stephanie Finne, Iniforme Ukulu, Tamara Rostein, & Dr. Cynthia Langtiw

Title: Targeted: The Implications of Toxic Masculinity and Gun Violence

Summary: The topic of gun violence is prevalent in our society today. Toxic masculinity may have a role to play in gun violence against women; while more research needs to be done on this topic, it is important to shed light on the gender issues that are involved in mass shootings.


Presenters: Mohammed Akhtar, Rachel Fiore, Elizabeth M. Power, & Rik Carl D’Amato

Title: A Person-Centered Approach to Produce Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities

Summary: As mass shootings in America are getting deadlier, the mental and emotional well-being of children falls to the forefront of concern. Within the Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) model, we advocate for youth to become the center of services and resources across multiple systems using specific interventions for at-risk and incarcerated youth.


Presenter: Danielle Bohrer

Title: Juvenile Gun Violence Offenders and Their Access to Mental Health Services in Chicago

Summary: Not provided


Presenter: Meridith Rimmer

Title: Assassination at Our Schools: The Effects of Mediatized Violence on Youth

Summary: Mediatized violence plays a complex role in our culture and youth. Research suggests that viewing images of critical incidents can lead to prosocial and/or deleterious effects. It draws attention to how images affect both the victim and perpetrators and how it’s received by survivors and wider audiences alike.


Presenters: Kerri Ronne, Lori Bradley, Karina Duncan, & Justyn Traynere

Title: The Effects of School Shootings on the Mental Health and Attitude Toward School Attendance of Suburban High School Students

Summary: Not provided


Presenters: Lucy Turek, Chelsey Elizabeth Dyer, & IP Student Contributors

Title: The Psychology of Our ‘Position’: An Exercise in Applying Cultural Competency Principles to Gain Awareness of One’s Own Position Prior to Taking a Stance on Gun Violence/Mass Shootings Implications and Prevention

Summary: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that since 2014, deaths by firearms have steadily increased every year. The alarming rate at which gun violence and mass shootings have increased was the impetus for examining gun violence. This presentation will identify how best to inform an objective understanding to formulate a ‘position’ on gun violence, implications, and prevention through applying cultural competence principles.