Student Spotlight: Kylie McColligan


Autumn Granza, Community Editor

Kylie McColligan

Third year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program

Hometown: Scranton, Pa.


Q- How did you begin working on the Pediatric Mental Health Task Force?

A- In December of 2011 I began working with Dr. David Palmiter on one of his projects called the Pediatric Mental Health Task Force. This task force was a presidential initiative, with Dr. Palmiter serving as the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s president from June 2012-June 2013. The purpose of this task force was to design and implement a mental health screening initiative in pediatric practices throughout Pa. The task force consisted of members of the Pa. psych association and the Pa. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. I was the only student member.


Q- When was the first time you presented some of the projects’ findings?

A-In June 2013 I presented some of our findings at the Pa. psych association convention which was held in Harrisburg. I presented with a pediatrician and two Pa. psychologists.  


Q- When did you present in Hawaii and what was the presentation like?

A- Acceptance to the American Psychological Convention is a relatively competitive process. Not everyone is accepted, so there is a selection process. Our proposal was submitted last fall sometime and we found out it was accepted in February 2012. I worked with Dr. Palmiter in developing the proposal for the convention. On July 31, I presented the rest of our findings at the American Psychological Convention which was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our presentation was in the form of a symposium and basically consisted of a PowerPoint, speech, and open discussion. I presented with Dr. Palmiter and two other Pa. psychologists. I presented the results of our six-month mental health screening initiative.


Q- What is the American Psychological Association Convention? 

A- The APA convention is a national convention and it was my first time attending the convention. Aside from presenting, there are so many activities for students such as research poster sessions, workshops, symposiums, and activities designed especially for grad students. So all around, it’s a fantastic opportunity for professional networking and growth.


Q- Are there any other activities you are involved in at Marywood? 

A- My other involvements include holding a graduate assistantship position in the psychological services center and serving as the State Advocacy Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association of Graduate Students board of directors.