Psychology Department: Alumni

Jaclyn M. Petrus (B.A. 2007, (Magna Cum Laude)

A 2001 graduate of Punahou School, Jaclyn is using her bachelor's degree as a stepping stone to a master's degree. "I plan to apply to graduate school to pursue clinical psychology," she said. "I hope to become a clinical psychologist, although I would also love to teach at the university level and eventually publish some articles." Jaclyn started college on the East Coast, but returned to the islands after deciding to pursue her education closer to home. She transferred to HPU and became active in various mental health organizations. She proved that she is able to handle a full plate – earning a 3.94 cumulative grade point average and a 4.0 in her major while volunteering at Hawai'i State Hospital, serving as president of the Psi Chi psychology honor society, authoring a handbook on eating disorders, and participating in campus activities.

"I would recommend HPU because it is very hard to get lost in the crowd, as could happen in larger universities," she said. "The professors are extremely invested in each student's education and success."

Diana Daniella Fries (B.A. 2007, Magna Cum Laude)

Diana has been accepted into the Forensic Psychology doctoral program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and started in January 2008. She is from Germany, a President's Host, and graduated a semester ahead of schedule with approximately a 3.9 GPA (and 4.0 in her PSY courses). Ms. Fries began accumulating clinical and community experiences while spending the summer at home in Germany. She interned with a clinician, working with children of all ages, helping to implement the WISC-III and therapeutic treatments with a population of children with math, reading, and writing problems, as well as children with anxiety disorders. She was enrolled in our capstone Counseling and Community Practicum, volunteering hours at the Community Assistance Center here in Honolulu.

Kristi Aucoin (B.A. 2005)

Kristi is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in Honolulu.

Danielle Lueck (B.A. 2005)

Danielle and her husband had a baby girl recently, born in March 2006!

Jaclyn Standeven (B.A. 2004)

After graduating from HPU in Spring, 2004 with a BA in Psychology, Jaclyn returned with her husband to Maryland. In Fall, 2005, she began the MA program in School Psychology at Towson University. While a student at HPU, Ms. Standeven earned membership in our chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society and repeated placement on the Dean's List for her academic successes. In addition to being a full-time student, she worked at a local restaurant. As she put it recently,

"Something in me came alive during my two years at HPU. I found myself excited about studying and participating in class discussions."

Her studies as a psychology student and other experiences working with children have also confirmed her desire to become a School Psychologist. As she wrote,

"What better way to reach these children in need than in their school setting?"

Desiree Santana (B.A. 2004)

Desiree, originally from O'ahu, is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in Honolulu.

Luana (Knight) Rasmussen (B.A. 2003)

A native of Hawai'i, Luana is part Filipino, Samoan, Latvian, Hungarian, Russian, and German. In addition to getting married recently, In Spring, 2006, Luana earned her Master's degree in Education-School Psychology from Alliant International University (also known as California school of Professional Psychology). She must now complete a year internship with San Diego City Schools before getting her PPS credentials. Luana's strong performance in the classroom placed her in several National Honor Societies, including Alpha Chi, Sigma Delta Mu (Spanish Honor Society), and Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society). She made HPU's Dean's List every semester and was a recipient of the prestigious HPU Presidential Scholarship all four of her years here.

Lymaraina (D'Souza) Bohannon (B.A. 2002)

Miss India 1998

While a student, Lymaraina had this to say about HPU and the Psychology Program: "My first introduction to Hawai'i was during my participation in the 1998 Miss Universe contest in Honolulu. I fell in love with Hawai'i immediately. The diversity of the people of the islands is amazing. Then I found out about HPU through some students I met and learned that the University was even more diverse. Four years of living and learning with students from so many cultures will prepare me more for life than anything I could imagine. The faculty and staff have been extremely helpful, and I feel as if I'm receiving a practical education. I look forward to my time at HPU. I'm learning more than I thought possible both in and outside of the classroom." Lymaraina is currently at Argosy University in Washington DC.

Petra Matjan (B.A. 2002)

From Croatia, Petra recently completed her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She works in San Diego, as a clinician in a residential Comprehensive Adolescent Treatment Center. She is also working on her MFT licensure and is planning on earning a Ph.D. While at HPU, Petra was awarded an HPU Presidential Scholarship.

Mooketsi Maphane (B.A. 2001)

Originally from Botswana, Mooketsi is currently working on a Masters Degree in a Ph.D. program in Industrial/Organization Psychology at Springfield College in Massachusetts. While at HPU, Mooketsi was active in independent research programs with HPU faculty members.

Yukiko Hayashi (B.A. 2002)

Yukiko hails from Japan, and is now working on a Masters Degree in the Community and Culture Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Forest Wells (B.A. 2004)

Forest is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Candice (CJ) Sutton (B.A. 2005)

CJ is from Quakertown, PA, and has returned to Honolulu to start the Masters Degree program in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in Honolulu in Fall, 2006. Currently in her 3rd year in that program, she is about to start her Intervention Practicum after completing a Diagnostic Practicum at Queen's Family Treatment Center with Dr. Jan Tanner.

Ella Tweedie (B.A. 2004)

Ella is from Honolulu, HI, and is living in Los Angeles and has been working since Fall 2005 on her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine, concentrating on the MFT license. This program has an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is about 1/3 of the way through her program and says, "I am enjoying it very much. The instructors are great and so are the classes." Ella also works as a behavioral therapist for a private company, doing behavioral therapy in schools as well as play therapy at their clinic and the client's home. The main work load is for children with autism but she also has a client who is emotionally disturbed. "It is exhausting but extremely rewarding and definitely gives me valuable experience for the future."

Rose-Laure Brunette (B.A. 2005)

From Haiti and New York City, Rose is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Jolette Apela (B.A. 2004)

Jolette is from Hawai`i and worked while she was a student at the Faculty Support Office on the Downtown Campus. In the Fall of 2004, Jolette began the Master‟s degree program in Counseling at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Marisa (Seril) Sikon (B.A. 2005)

Marisa, of Wahiawa, HI, was the first graduate of a scholarship program established by the Bank of Hawai'i called the 2nd Century Scholars Program. She recently married and began a new job as a skills trainer at The Institute of Family Enrichment here on Oahu.

Tanisha Payton (B.A. 2003)

Tanisha is from San Jose, CA. She worked on campus in the Graduate Studies Office after earning her Psychology degree and left in August 2005 to pursue bigger and better things.

Terri Wilson (B.A. 2005)

Terri, a member of the HPU chapter of Psi Chi and a recent graduate, is currently working on a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in Honolulu, specializing in forensics. This fall (2006), she is working on her diagnostic practicum at the CMHC and says that she is "having a blast!" She reports that she has been able to work on some great cases, including work in court.

Mariner Hawkins (B.A. 2006)

Mr. Hawkins hails from Alaska and is planning on returning there to enroll in the Clinical Psychology graduate program at the University of Alaska.

Nevin Drsicoll (B.A. 2006)

From South Burlington, VT, Nevin had a successful career as a professional snowboarder before coming to HPU to get her degree in psychology. She‟s a two-time Junior World Champion in the sport. Nevin began the MA in School and Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Vermont in Fall, 2006. She reported recently that "I love my classes, they are so good! One is a group session, which I am really excited about. There's a lot of reading and writing papers, but I think I'll be fine. All of the professors are great, and I'm pretty excited so far."

Fredrick Tunval (B.A. 2006)

Fredrick is from Sweden and has been accepted into the MS program in Neurosciences and Education in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College of Columbia University. He will begin this program in the fall of 2007.

Sabrina Dixon (B.A. 2006)

Sabrina will be attending Alliant International University in San Diego starting Fall, 2006, working toward her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Upon completion, she wishes to work in the field, specializing in therapy with adolescents. The fall 2005 semester has commenced at AIU and Sabrina says, "I am enjoying my classes so far. I am now a practicum trainee at Harmonium and I am looking forward to gaining this clinical experience."

Leanne Fox (B.A. 2006)

From Southern California, Leanne will begin attending the Clinical Psychology program at Argosy - Honolulu in Fall, 2006. She plans on earning both their Masters Degree and Psy.D., with an emphasis in Diversity in Culture. After gaining licensure upon completion, she would like to work in the Native Hawaiian community in the marginalized areas of the islands.

Jacobeth Elilai Tackett (B.A. 2006)

Jackie graduated with honors (Cum Laude) and has been accepted into the MA program in Marriage and Family Therapy at George Fox University and begins Fall 2006. After graduating and before heading off to Oregon for graduate school, she continued to teach preschool here in Honolulu.

Dana Marie West (B.A. 2006)

Dana moved to Colorado after graduation and started school at the University of Colorado in Boulder to get her prerequisites in Math and Biology for medical school. "So far it's going really well," she says. "I'm majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology ... it's a little scary, but I love it! I'm hoping to get into a medical school in the next couple of years. If it's going to be more than two years, I'll most likely just get into a master's program. We'll see."

Allison M.B.C. Gray (Magna Cum Laude, B.A. 2006)

For two years before she graduated, Allison served as the President of the HPU chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology. In Fall, 2006, she began work on her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University in Honolulu and reports that it is going well and that she loves it!

Ariana Celeste Griffith (Cum Laude, B.A. 2006)

Ariana returned to Colorado after graduating and is currently working for a marketing research firm. While a student here, Ariana played the role of "Mariane" in the HPU production of The Miser.

Darlesia N. Smith (B.A. 2006)

Darlesia had an incredibly busy summer after graduating in May. She had her baby girl, Nala, on July 23rd (7lbs and 6oz), packed her oldest son off to college, and still had the time and energy to begin the MA in Counseling at Chaminade University in Honolulu.


Articles written and compiled by Brian R. Metcalf, Ph.D.