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Mickey (Marie) Crothers

Mickey (Marie) Crothers

Degree: Ph.D. Ohio University
Area: Clinical Psychology
Position: Professor
Office: HHH 257
Phone: (715) 836-5499
Email: crothemk@uwec.edu


 

Dr. Crothers joined the Department of Psychology in 1997, after completing her MA in Clinical Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University, and her predoctoral internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium. She teaches two of our core Psychology courses, including the Intro course for newcomers to Psychology, and the "Big Issues" course for Psychology majors who are finishing their senior year. As a clinical psychologist, her specialized areas of professional expertise come into play in courses like Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Counseling. She also teaches counseling skills courses in our School Psychology graduate program.

Dr. Crothers' research interests arise from her ongoing practice as a clinical psychologist. In the past two years, she has begun to focus on mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. She works with a small group of undergraduate student research collaborators. At its inception a couple of years ago, this Positive Psychology Research Team began by conducting basic research to identify some of the key psychological variables that are associated (either directly or inversely) with mindfulness in healthy young adults. In the past year, the team has focused in on some specific variables that have been identified as cross-cutting themes across numerous kinds of psychological difficulties. Researchers and clinicians have noticed that many of the psychological disorders share a couple of "common denominators:" difficulty tolerating distress, and difficulty regulating emotions. Mindfulness training appears to be a promising approach to helping people strengthen their skills in these two key areas. Going forward, the research team intends to develop a brief mindfulness-based intervention with the hope that it will make a meaningful difference in the lives of people coping with anxiety. Dr. Crothers and her student collaborators have presented their findings at local, regional, national and international scientific venues. The most exciting of these has been their poster presentation at the World Congress on Positive Psychology.

Beyond sharing knowledge in the classroom setting, Dr. Crothers enjoys engaging with students in more intensive contexts. She is deeply committed to supporting the success of her students and advisees and often works with undergraduate student academic apprentices. In her scholarly work, she includes her student collaborators in all aspects of the scientific process, from learning through reviews of current literature, to developing and refining research questions, designing methodologies to pursue answers to those questions, and sharing findings with the broader scientific community. Across all of these different interactions with students, she finds great enjoyment in seeing them progress across the course of their college careers, and beyond.

Following is a list of presentations from Dr. Crothers' lab in the past two years. You'll notice that in all cases, student collaborators are included as co-authors, and in most cases, they are featured in the most prominent authorship positions:

Crothers, M. K., Donovan, Z., Geis, H., Selvanathan, H., Gugel, T., Schneider, C., & Felder, L. (2015, June). Mindfulness and related psychological variables as predictors of anxiety and depression in young adults. Poster presented at the World Congress of Positive Psychology, Lake Buena Vista, FL. 

Geis, H., Gugel, T., Donovan, Z., Schneider, C., Felder, L., & Crothers, M. K. (2015, April). Inverse correlates of mindfulness in young adults. Poster presented at the National Council for Undergraduate Research. Cheney, WA. 

Donovan, Z., Gugel, T., Geis, H., Schneider, C., Felder, L., & Crothers, M. K. (2015, April). Positive covariate of mindfulness. Poster presented at the UW System Symposium. Milwaukee, WI. 

Gugel, T., Donovan, Z., Schneider, C., Felder, L., & Selvanathan, H. (Crothers, M. K. as Faculty Mentor) (2015, April). Correlates of mindfulness in young adults. Poster presented at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in  Research & Creative Activity. Eau Claire, WI. 

Selvanathan, H., Donovan, Z., Gugel, T., & Crothers, M. K. (2014, April). Positive psychological correlates of mindfulness in healthy young adults. Poster presented at the National Council for Undergraduate Research. Lexington, KY.

Gugel, T., Geis, H., Donovan, Z., Selvanathan, H., & Crothers, M. K. (2014, April). Negative psychological correlates of mindfulness in healthy young adults. Poster presented at the UW System Symposium. Milwaukee, WI.

Browne, E., & Landwehr, A. (Crothers, M. K. as Faculty Mentor) (2014, May). Perceptions of military students on campus. Poster presented at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research & Creative Activity. Eau Claire, WI.

Donovan, Z., Selvanathan, H., Gugel, T., & Geis, H. (Crothers, M. K. as Faculty Mentor) (2014, May). Psychological correlates of mindfulness in psychologically healthy young adults. Poster presented at the UW-Eau Claire Celebration of Excellence in Research & Creative Activity. Eau Claire, WI.