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Faculty Spotlight: Debra Hamilton, PsyD

May 9, 2018

Debra Hamilton, PsyD (’17) joined MSP as an adjunct faculty member in January.  Dr. Hamilton was kind enough to answer a few questions for our Faculty Spotlight below: Where did you grow up? I’m a southerner at heart, even had the southern drawl, being born in Virginia, but I grew up in Houghton Lake, MI,… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: The Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award

May 2, 2018

Each month Dr. Diane Blau, MSP President, shares what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding The Michigan School and the field of professional psychology.  The Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MSP) was honored to receive the Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award for 2019 from the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the… Read More



Autism Awareness Month

March 30, 2018

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Over the course of my career as a clinical psychologist, access to evidence-based treatment for children in Michigan with autism spectrum disorders has undergone tremendous change. My job responsibilities in the 1990s included conducting diagnostic evaluations of young children as part of a multidisciplinary team at Beaumont Hospital. In that… Read More



Continuing Ed Preview: LGBTQIA+ Moving Beyond the Acronym

February 22, 2018

MSP welcomes Melissa Farrell, PsyD, adjunct faculty member, on March 16, 2018 for a Continuing Education workshop, “Treating Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth” (3 CEUs).  Workshop participants will be introduced to clinical work with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families including the terms, techniques and concepts used to understand clients and work most effectively. … Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Foster the Future

February 1, 2018

Each month Dr. Diane Blau, MSP President, shares what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding The Michigan School and the field of professional psychology.  Last fall, I presented a Matching Gift Challenge of $150,000 to the MSP community to Foster the Future. Foster the Future of a school that is growing – growing… Read More



Building Awareness and Preparing for Action: Domestic Human Sex Trafficking

January 10, 2018

As part of the 2018 Continuing Education (CE) Series at MSP, Core Faculty member Ann Smith, PsyD will offer a workshop entitled “Building Awareness and Preparing for Action: Domestic Human Sex Trafficking” on January 31 on campus.  Dr. Smith offers the following as a workshop preview.   I am still struck by the looks of disbelief mixed… Read More



The Game is On: Live Action Role-Playing Today

In 2006 I completed my dissertation[i] which studied individual’s experience of personality and identity through playing a sustained, self-generated character in the venue of Live Action Role-Playing (LARP). About 6 months after my work was complete, I left the LARP community. At the time, there didn’t seem to be much academic interest in this topic,… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Footprints

January 9, 2018

Each month Dr. Diane Blau, MSP President, shares what’s on her mind and in her heart regarding The Michigan School and the field of professional psychology.  When a new year begins, it provides the opportunity to reframe our perspectives, and re-direct our inner compasses. Like freshly fallen snow, it offers a blank canvas upon which… Read More



Reflections from President Blau: Alum to Alum

December 5, 2017

As The Diane Blau Matching Gift Campaign draws to a close on December 31, 2017, President Blau reflects on the way every alum of our institution – whether you attended the Merrill Palmer Institute, the Center for Humanistic Studies, or MSP – is united in a shared legacy of learning in humanistic psychology.  And, a… Read More



Joseph White, PhD Memorial

November 28, 2017

Joseph L. White, PhD had a profound impact on the field of psychology during his lifetime.  Among his many accomplishments, Dr. White was Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine and was a founding member of the Association of Black Psychologists.  Throughout his career, Dr. White focused on supporting people of color and “championing… Read More