James F. Jakobsen Award Winner Spotlights, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Conference Winners!

At the 13th Annual James F. Jakobsen Conference, the following University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Students won awards for their graduate work. Please browse their profiles and get to know winners a little better.

Shannon Dyson

Shannon Dyson
Home State: 
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
I enjoy running, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and reading.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
With so many interesting courses being offered related to my field, the only challenge I have faced as a graduate student is deciding which courses outside the ones I am required to take would be the most beneficial for me in my future practice.
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. S.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Previous Degree [2]: 
M. S.
Degree [2] Area of Study: 
Clinical Child and School Psychology
Degree [2] Institution Name: 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Psychological & Quantitative Foundations
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
Ph. D.
Area of Specialty: 
School Psychology
Brief thesis project description: 
My thesis involves the development of the Stressful Parent Thoughts Scale which is a 34-item self-administered measure that examines the maladaptive and adaptive thinking of parents specifically relating to their parenting. This measure is useful in identifying cognitive distortions that parents have of themselves as parents or of their children.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
John Northup, Ph.D
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
I decided to go to graduate school so that I would have more opportunities to provide direct service to children and their families. I also wanted to build my skills in teaching so that I could teach at the university level.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
I chose to attend the University of Iowa due to the number of opportunities that are available for students. I was also drawn to the different types of research being conducted especially in my interest areas which I ultimately wanted to be involved in.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
My long term goals include working in a clinical or school setting providing service to children and their families with an emphasis on providing assessment and intervention for problem behaviors and parent training. I would also like to teach at the university level.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
My experience here at Iowa has allowed me to be involved in a variety of experiences which have shaped the professional I have become. My coursework and practicum experiences have really prepared me for the challenges of real world settings that I will be working in.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
2005-2006 Robert J. McLaughlin Psychology Honors Academy
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
I really enjoyed seeing all the work that other graduate students are doing throughout the university.