Alumni Share Their Expertise with Students & Faculty
Three psychology department alumni have recently come back to share their unique knowledge. In our new Professor-for-a-Day program, alumni serve the role of professor and provide their cutting-edge knowledge to Mizzou students.
Professor-for-a-Day Lynn Rossy
If you invite two people for lunch and they say they cannot come, yet you see them together having lunch later that day, do you assume that you were snubbed and later return the sentiment? Not if you have been practicing mindfulness successfully and have learned to be in the present moment without coloring each occasion with your own hopes and fears, according to Lynn Rossy, BA ’95, MA ’96, PhD ’02 clinical psychology. Rossy, who has been teaching mindfulness and yoga in Columbia, Missouri, returned to the Department of Psychological Sciences on Oct. 29, 2019, as Professor-for-a-Day. She had brunch with interested undergraduates, talked to classes focused on related topics, met with graduate students aspiring to clinical careers, and talked about mindfulness to Psi Chi members. Rossy was met with great enthusiasm for the fresh perspective she brought to the aim of being happy in life and also for the useful advice she offered to students hoping to enter the psychological helping professions.
Professor-for-a-Day Dana O’Brien
On April 29, 2019, Sedalia native Dana O’Brien, BA ’97 psychological sciences, executive vice president of food and agriculture at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, served as Professor-for-a-Day. O’Brien spoke to students throughout the day about how his Mizzou education provided a foundation to be a successful professional and also how biotechnology innovations are helping feed the world and creating environmentally sustainable farming practices. “My career has taken me from serving Missouri Congressman Ike Skeleton to a major trade association that represents companies creating biology-driven innovations to solve society’s biggest global challenges,” said Mr. O’Brien. “It has been a rewarding journey that is due, in part, to my Mizzou education, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to discuss with my fellow Tigers how their undergraduate study can open many new doors.”
Psychology & Law Expert Dan Claiborn Gives Valuable Information to Mizzou Undergrads
What would a psychologist need to know if giving expert testimony about whether somebody had committed a homicide? This was the type of question that MU alumnus Dan Claiborn, BA ’69 psychological sciences, PhD ’75 counseling psychology, asked when he returned to talk to students in Introduction to the Psych Major about career possibilities in forensic psychology. The presentations were much appreciated, even drawing in students from outside the class. Claiborn also gave a talk titled “Interested in Forensic Psychology?” to undergraduate Psi Chi students. Claiborn is a court psychologist in Kansas City, Missouri.