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  • 1. 1 Ashley A. (Pederson) Dennhardt Curriculum Vitae Academic Contact The University of Memphis 202 Psychology Building Psychology Building Memphis, TN 38152-3230 dennhardt.ashley@gmail.com EDUCATION 2010 Masterof Science, Clinical Psychology The University of Memphis, Department of Psychology Thesis: The Role of Individual Difference Factors in Predicting Alcohol- Related Consequences in College Students. Proposed: 12/16/2009. Completed: 5/7/2010 Chair: James G. Murphy, Ph.D. 2006 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Spanish University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa HONORS 2010 Morton Thesis Award  Amount: $500  Awarding Institution :The University of Memphis 2009 RSA Student Merit/Junior Investigator Award  Amount: $100  Awarding Institution :National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 2008 NIAAA/NIDA early career travel award  Amount: $750  Awarding Institution: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 2007-2009 Research Travel Awards  Amount (combined): $1000  Awarding Institution: University of Memphis, Dept. of Psychology CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2. Ashley A. Dennhardt 2 2008 – Present Graduate Clinician, Psychological Services Center, The University of Memphis (5 hrs./wk.) Setting: Conducting psychotherapy, intake assessments, and other psychological/psychoeducational assessments with individuals, writing intake/closing reports Duties: Conducting psychotherapy, intake assessments, and other psychological/psychoeducational assessments with individuals, couples, and families; writing intake/closing reports; responding to on-call emergencies. Supervisors: Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D., Theresa M. Okwumabua, Ph.D. 2007- Present ResearchClinician, Psychology Department, The University of Memphis Setting: Interventionist on two grant-funded projects: 1.) Enhancing College ETOH Interventions with a Substance-Free Activity Supplement, funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 2.) Behavioral Economic Moderators of Brief Alcohol Interventions in a Diverse Sample of College Students, Funded by the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation Training: Training for motivational interviewing (MI) took place over several months and included readings, training videos, discussions and role plays. Setting/Population: Brief Motivation Interventions (BMI) were conducted with heavy-drinking college students at the University of Memphis. Duties: Conducted BMIs with college student participants in the clinical trials in the HABIT Lab. One protocol involved a BMI that was focused on increasing motivation to reduce alcohol and drug use. The session goals were consistent with a harm reduction approach. A second protocol being utilized in an open-series used a BMI that was designed to highlight students’ academic and career goals as well as to increase substance-free activities in college students as a supplement to an alcohol BMI. Supervision: Met weekly for an hour and a half for group supervision meetings to discuss BMI sessions that had taken place in the previous week. Supervisors: James G. Murphy, Ph.D., Matthew Martens, Ph.D., Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, Ph.D. 2009- Present Mental Health Intern, Dr. Benjamin J. Hooks Job Corps Center (12 hrs./wk.) Setting: Job Corps is a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to at-risk youth ages 16 to 24. Duties: Co-facilitated groups for drug and alcohol use and sexual assault; provided individual therapy to students with a variety of presenting problems (e.g., history of sexual/physical abuse, depression, substance abuse); Developed materials for and conducted staff trainings Supervisor: Theresa M. Okwumabua, Ph.D.
  • 3. Ashley A. Dennhardt 3 1/2008 – 5/2008 Fitness and Weight Loss Motivational Counselor, Student Health 8/ 2008 – 12/2008 Center, University of Memphis Setting: Tigers Feel Great was an outreach program provided through the Student Health Center. The aims were to help undergraduate students make and maintain various health behaviors changes. As part of their program, undergraduates were given a brief motivational intervention to increase their motivation for changes related to eating healthy and being active. Duties: Conducted brief motivational interventions around fitness and weight loss with individuals and groups. Supervisor: James G. Murphy, Ph.D. RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 2008-present Project Director (20 hrs./wk.) Health, Addiction, and Behavioral Interventions Team, The University of Memphis Project Description: A randomized clinical trial of brief alcohol intervention for college students. Duties: Oversaw recruitment and retention of participants, ensured adherence to project protocols, supervised other RAs, created databases and monitored data entry, developed research presentations and papers from project data, conducted motivational interview sessions with participants. Funding Source: NIAAA Supervisor: James G. Murphy, Ph.D. 2007 – 2008 Graduate ResearchAssistant Health, Addiction, and Behavioral Interventions Team, The University of Memphis Duties: Screened students at the health center; called to recruit and schedule participants; completed training in Motivational Interviewing; conducted assessment, intervention, and follow-up sessions with participants; created and managed Access Databases; data Entry and cleaning; developed and organized lab website materials; trained & supervised undergrad student in the lab; wrote up abstracts for APA & ABCT conferences; co-lead focus groups to inform new intervention; conducted sessions in the ‘open series’ of a new intervention. Supervisor: James Murphy, Ph.D. 2006 –2007 Lab Coordinator Children’s Decision Making Lab, Psychology Department, University of Iowa Duties: Coordinated the running of research participants; ensured compensation of research participants; prepared data in SPSS for analyzing; ran t-tests and regression analyses in cooperation with graduate students; revised and submitted IRB documents as needed; trained and supervised undergraduate research
  • 4. Ashley A. Dennhardt 4 assistants on various tasks such as scoring personality inventories; wrote experiment protocol; performed literature searches using PsychInfo and Web of Science; contributed paragraphs reviewing the relevant literature to research articles in preparation. Supervisor: Irwin P. Levin, Ph.D. 2004 – 2006 ResearchAssistant Center for Marital and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa Duties: Acted as project coordinator for the Newlywed Study for 12 months. Trained to conduct semi-structured clinical interviews; helped with subject retention and data collection by speaking with couples over the phone, collecting the necessary information and sending out questionnaire packets; processed returned packets by calling couples to gather missing data and processing payment vouchers; utilized Remark templates to scan in questionnaire packets; worked with Excel and SPSS to create data sets and run correlational analyses; trained undergraduate and graduate students on all of the lab tasks listed above. Supervisor: Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. 2005 –2006 Honors Thesis - Independent ResearchProject, Department of Psychology; University of Iowa Description: The relation between change in marital satisfaction and health behaviors was investigated. One hundred two newlywed couples completed a measure of marital satisfaction at three to six months of marriage (Time 1) and again at 30-33 months of marriage (Time 2). Couples also completed a measure assessing health behaviors at Time 2. Duties: Wrote up grant proposals in cooperation with Dr. Lawrence to fund the research (and received a grant); performed extensive literature reviews in the areas of close relationships and health psychology research; ran correlational analyses utilizing SPSS; wrote a full manuscript and performed an oral defense. Supervisor: Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. PUBLICATIONS Levin, I. P., Weller, J. A., Pederson, A. A., & Harshman, L, A. (2007). Age-related differences in adaptive decision making: Sensitivity to expected value in risky choice. Judgment and Decision Making, 4, (2), 225-233. Lawrence, E., Pederson, A., Bunde, M., Barry, R.A., Brock, R.L., Fazio, E., Mulryan, L., Hunt, S., Madsen, L., & Dzankovic, S. (2008). Objective ratings of relationship skills across multiple domains as predictors of marital satisfaction trajectories. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25,445-466 . Murphy, J. G., MacKillop, J., Skidmore, J. R. & Pederson, A. A. (2009). Reliability and validity of a demand curve measure of alcohol reinforcement. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 17, 396-404.
  • 5. Ashley A. Dennhardt 5 MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED Buscemi, J., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Dennhardt, A.A., & Skidmore, J.R. (under review). Help-Seeking for Alcohol Use in College Students: Correlates and Preferred Methods. Murphy, J.G., Dennhardt, A.A, Skidmore, J.S.,Martens, M. M.,McDevitt-Murphy, M.E. (under review). Computerized versus Motivational Interviewing Alcohol Interventions: Impact on Discrepancy, Motivation, and Drinking. Skidmore, J.S., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M., Dennhardt, A.A. (under review). Alcohol-Related Consequences in Black and White College Students. Dennhardt, A. A. & Murphy, J. G. (under review). Associations between Depression, Distress Tolerance, Delay Discounting and Alcohol Related Problems in Caucasian and African American College Students. PRESENTATIONS, peer-reviewed Pederson, A. A., Skidmore, J.R., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E. & Monahan, C.J. (2008, August). Behavioral economic predictors of motivation to change alcohol use. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, USA. Skidmore, J.R., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Monahan, C.J., & Pederson, A.A. (2008, August). The effect of next-day responsibilities on demand for alcohol. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, USA. Monahan, C.J., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., Bracken, K.L., Fields, J.A., Pederson, A.A., Skidmore, J.R., & Williams, J.L. (2008, August). Trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms among heavy-drinking college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, USA Pederson, A.A., Skidmore, J.R., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Murphy, J.G. (2008, November). Develop Discrepancy about what? Identifying Discrepancy Domains Associated with Motivation to Change Alcohol Use. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL, USA. Skidmore, J.R., Pederson, A.A., Monahan, C.J., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Murphy, J.G. (2008, November). The Role of Ethnicity in Brief Alcohol Interventions with College Students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL, USA. Skidmore, J.R., Murphy, J.G., Pederson, A.A., Avery, M.L., MacKillop, J. (2008, November). Further Evaluation of the Validity of Naturalistic Behavioral Economic Measures of Alcohol Reinforcement. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • 6. Ashley A. Dennhardt 6 Pederson, A. A. Skidmore, J.R., Martens, M. P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. M., & Murphy, J.G. (2009, June). Changes in discrepancy ratings associated with a computer intervention vs. a motivational interview. Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA Skidmore, J.R., A.A. Pederson, A.A., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., & Murphy, J.G. (2009, June). The Relations between Sensation-Seeking and a Behavioral Economic Measure of Alcohol Demand. Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA. Murphy, J.G., Skidmore, J.R., MacKillop, J., Martens, M. P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. M., & Pederson, A. A. (2009, June). A behavioral economic measure of the relative sensitivity of alcohol demand to next-day responsibilities. Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA. Lang, K. P., Pederson, A. A., Skidmore, J. R., Monahan, C. J., & Murphy, J. G. (2009, November). Identifying the positive effects of drinking in a college population. Poster presented at the 2009 annual convention of the Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, TN. Peck, K.R., Buscemi, J., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., McDevitt- Murphy, M.E., Pederson, A.A., Skidmore, J.R. (2009, November). Characteristics of College Students who Seek Help for Alcohol Problems. Poster presented at the 2009 annual convention of the Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, TN. Bracken, K. L., Murphy, J. G., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Martens, M. P., Pederson, A. A., & Skidmore, J. R. (2009, November). Substance use and nonsuicidal self-injury in a college sample. Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA. Skidmore, J. R., Pederson, A. A., Martens, M. P., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., & Murphy J. G. (2009, November). The relations between ethnicity and proximal response to a brief alcohol intervention. Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, NY. Pederson, A. A, & Murphy, J. G. (2009, November). Ethnicity moderates the relationship between delay discounting and substance abuse. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY. Buscemi, J., Murphy, J.G., Martens, M.P., McDevitt-Murphy, M.E., Pederson, A.A., Skidmore, J.R., & Peck, K.R. (2009, November). Help-Seeking for Alcohol Use in College Students: Correlates and Preferred Methods. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY. Lang, K.P., Pederson, A.A., Monahan, C.J., & Murphy, J.G. (2010, June). The Relationship between Sensation-seeking and Positive Consequences of Drinking in a College Population. Poster presented at the annual scientific meeting of The Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX Pederson, A.A , Murphy, J.G., Skidmore, J.S.,Martens, M. M.,McDevitt-Murphy, M.E. (2010). Computerized versus Motivational Interviewing Alcohol Interventions: Impact on Discrepancy, Motivation ,and Drinking (2010, June). Poster prented at the annual scientific meeting of The Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX. Murphy, J. G., Skidmore, J. R., Pederson, A. A., Martens, M. P., & McDevitt-Murphy, M. E. (2010, June) Behavioral Economic Mechanisms of Change in Brief Alcohol Interventions.
  • 7. Ashley A. Dennhardt 7 Invited presentation at the presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Mechanisms of Behavior Change Preconference, San Antonio, TX Pederson, A. A., Murphy, J. G., Skidmore, J.R. (2010). Distress Tolerance, Depression, and Alcohol-Related Consequences in College Students. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2010 International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism World Congress in Paris, France. Skidmore, J. R., Murphy, J. G., Martens, M. M., Read, J., Pederson, A. A., and Merrill, J. Alcohol-Related Consequences in Black and White College Student Drinkers. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2010 International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism World Congress in Paris, France. Buscemi, J., Murphy, J.G., Yurasek, A.M., Pederson, A.A., Martens, M.P. A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Motivational Intervention for Obesity in College. Presentation accepted for presentation at the 2010 annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA. PRESENTATIONS, not peer-reviewed Pederson, A. A. (2009, November). Examining the Efficacy of Brief Alcohol Interventions for At-Risk Students Identified through Introductory Courses. Presentation for the Deans and Directors of Student Affairs, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. GRANTS SUBMITTED 2005 IREU (Iowa Research Experience for Undergraduates) Mentor: Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. Status: Funded by the University of Iowa at $3,000 2005 Ashley A. Pederson, Principle Investigator “Marital Satisfaction and Physical Health: Do Health Behaviors Explain the Link?” Submitted for University of Iowa Senior Thesis Grant Mentor: Erika Lawrence, Ph.D. Status: Funded by the University of Iowa at $500. SERVICE 2009 Supervised reviewer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
  • 8. Ashley A. Dennhardt 8 2008 Supervised reviewer, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs Victims to Victory 3K walk Walked to help raise awareness of the need for services to help homicide victims rebuild their lives. . 2003-2007 Crisis Counselor, The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa City, Iowa Duties: Completed crisis intervention training program; provided counseling on the phone and in person to individuals in emotional or material crises; responded to clients in a non-judgmental and supportive manner; kept records of all contacts; attended training sessions to improve counseling skills. 2002-2004 Compeer Volunteer, Mid-Eastern Iowa Community Mental Health Center, Iowa City, Iowa Program: Compeer Inc. is an international, non-profit organization that helps adults and children overcome the devastating effects of mental illness, such as loneliness, low self-esteem and isolation – through friendship Duties: Completed the Compeer training program; met weekly with a person in the community with mental illness to provide friendship; attended mental health awareness events with my Compeer friend; attended a therapy session with my Compeer friend (at her request) to help me understand her diagnosed condition (selective mutism). WORKSHOPS 4/2010 “Using Motivational Interviewing Strategies and Techniques to Help Patients Change Risky/Problem Behaviors” Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D. 3-hour workshop at The University of Memphis 2009 “Skills Lab Workshop” Neil Aronov, Ph.D. Ongoing training (8 hrs./month) in psychotherapy skills. 11/2008 “Strategies of Grief Therapy: A Meaning Reconstruction Approach” Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D. One-day Workshop at The University of Memphis 10/2008 “Revisiting and Re-imagining Loss: Complicated Grief Therapy Workshop” Katherine Shear, MD. Two-day Workshop at The University of Memphis. 9/2008 “Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much – Using The NIAAA Clinician’s Guide Workshop
  • 9. Ashley A. Dennhardt 9 Professional Workshop at the 2008 American Psychological Association Annual Meeting. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS American Psychological Association (APA) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Tennessee Psychological Association (TPA) Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)

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