Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Online Distance Learning Program Earns Platinum Honor
The Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) was honored with the 2007 Platinum Award for Online Distance Learning Programming from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the world's premier distance learning association. Each year their prestigious, global awards honor major accomplishments in distance learning and highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite, and blended-learning delivery technologies.
Doctor of Psychology Program Celebrates 20 Years
GSEP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at a special ceremony in October. Alumni and current students of the Psy.D. program gathered along with faculty, staff, and administrators to commemorate 20 years of educating and training service-oriented psychologists who are dedicated to embodying the University mission in their service to others.
Pat and Shirley Boone Endow Center for the Family
Legendary entertainer Pat Boone and his wife Shirley, longtime Pepperdine supporters, funded a $3 million endowment in support of the University's Center for the Family. Founded in 1996 as a branch of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the Center for the Family is a community outreach program that promotes healthy relationships and strong families. It provides resources to encourage and equip young adults, couples, parents, and families in their relationships.
Sultanate of Oman Invites Professor of Education to Speak to Ministry of Education
Diana Hiatt-Michael, professor of education, visited the Sultanate of Oman to discuss family-school-community partnerships at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy and Oman Ministry of Education. A U.S.-Middle East Educational Partnership Grant was secured by the Oman Ministry of Education to finance her trip.
Psychology Professor Publishes New Text
Psychology professor Lou Cozolino authored a new book titled The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain (W. W. Norton). In the text Cozolino demonstrates how brains are highly social organisms. Balancing cogent explanation with instructive brain diagrams, he presents an atlas illustrating how the architecture and development of brain systems—from before birth through adulthood—determine how humans interact with others.