We enjoy sharing the news, accomplishments, and
projects of current faculty and students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology
(SEP) program as well as those of past students! These are some of the high points for this
academic year, but if you wish to look at the history of past happenings then
BSU Class of 2016 Alumni update:
Brianna Leitzelar began her doctoral program in Kinesiology with an Exercise Psychology track at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.
Nate McGee began a Masters program in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
Kara Holtzclaw began working as a school-based therapist in Indianapolis, IN.
COUNSELING INTERNSHIP POSITIONS
The third-year students in our program are all doing an internship for their counseling psychology Masters degrees. Here is some information about their internship!
Jorge Ballesteros: He is doing his internship at the Ball State Counseling Center, working with undergraduate and graduate students. While it has only been his first semester at the Center, it has been an eventful and rewarding experience.
Andy Walsh: He is serving as a counselor in Butler University's counseling center. He sees client's mostly presenting with depression or anxiety issues, but with a wide range of causes and previous mental health concerns. It's an extremely interesting and enjoyable experience for me and he honestly could not be happier with his time here so far.
Nile Brandt: He is at the IU Ball Memorial Cancer Center, where he serves as a Mental Health Counselor. He provides counseling to patients or family members of patients, complementary of the Cancer Center, who may be experiencing problems dealing with the disease. Additionally, in collaboration with the Cancer Center Exercise program, he provides exercise adherence consulting to patients in an attempt to eliminate barriers (psychological and physical) that prevent them from exercising.
Alex Wallace: He is currently a Chaplain Intern at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. He works to assess and meet the spiritual and emotional needs of a multitude of patients and hospital staff from all over East Central Indiana.
Kelsie Payne: She works at Centerstone, which provides home-based counseling to the local community. She enjoys the fact that she gets to see a variety of clients in a variety of settings, which allows her to expand her ideas and understanding of counseling differently from what we typically think of about the field. Every day is a new challenge.
Graduations & Future Plans:
Jorge Ballesteros will graduate with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He will attend University of Houston's Counseling Psychology PhD program.
Kelsie Payne will graduate with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Andy Walsh will graduate with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He will attend University of North Texas's Counseling Psychology PhD program.
Alex Wallace will graduate with an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and an MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Nile Brandt will graduate with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He will attend the University of Utah's Counseling Psychology PhD program.
Alex Bureau will graduate with an MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology
Lauren Dalicandro will graduate with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Dylan Danowski will graduate with an MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Shelby Morphew will graduate with an MS in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Alee Wade will graduate with an MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Sarah Wheat will graduate with an MA in Social Psychology and and MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology. She will be attending West Virginia's Sport & Exercise Psychology doctorate program.
Awards and Honors
First-year Ali Kanan was awarded the Cohen Peace Fellowship for his thesis titled, "Sport Coaches and Teachers as Valuable Stakeholders in Creating Positive Peace in Conflict Area"
Second-year Alex Bureau was awarded an AASP Seed Grant for his thesis exploring passion for exercise. He was also awarded an ASPIRE research grant.
Nile Brandt, Andy Walsh, Jorge Ballesteros, Alee Wade, Shelby Morphew, Sarah Wheat, Alex Bureau, and Lauren Dalicandro were all awarded ASPIRE travel grants.