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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY NEWSLETTER

Jacobs Presented 62nd Harrington Lecture on

“Calm in the Midst of Chaos” on Sept. 11

Gerard (Jerry) Jacobs, Ph.D., professor of

psychology and director of USD’s Disaster

Mental Health Institute spoke about a balanced

approach to the pursuit of profit in liberal

arts higher education at the 62nd annual

Harrington Lecture. This lecture series features

a distinguished professor with long-standing

service to the College of Arts & Sciences and

blends insight into liberal education with the

faculty member’s work as a scholar. A faculty

member at the university since 1988, Jacobs

began work in disaster psychology in 1989 after

leading the psychological support for survivors

and families of passengers aboard Flight 232 after

it crashed in Sioux City. He was instrumental in

forming the Disaster Mental Health Institute

in 1993 with colleagues in the Department of

Psychology. In 2007, the American Psychological

AssociationBoardofDirectors awarded Jacobs the

prestigious International Humanitarian Award,

which recognizes extraordinary humanitarian

service and activism by a psychologist or a

team of psychologists. Other awards include the

2006 Distinguished International Psychologist

Award from the APA’s Division of International

Psychology, two APA Presidential Citations, and

honors from the Union for Psychological Science

and the American Red Cross.

Jerry Jacobs

Psychology Major Juggles Classes, Sports,

Humanitarian Travel

It wasn’t difficult for senior Chelsea Albus to choose psychology

as a major when she first came to USD four years ago.

“I guess I just always had a passion for helping people.” Albus

said. “I wanted a major where I knew I could get a job doing that.”

Over the past four years, the LeMars, Iowa, native has applied

her passion around the world on religious mission trips to Nigeria,

India, Haiti and Tanzania. On these trips, Albus participated

in service projects and has enjoyed interacting with people from

different cultures. Her psychology background helps her make the

most of these interactions.

“I’m interested in counseling and helping people and I’m also

interested in diversity,” she said. “I like to be able to talk to people

and relate to them and hear their stories.”

She heard plenty of stories during her first post-high school

educational experience in a cosmetology program. In fact, her ability

to relate to her customers influenced her decision to pursue a degree

in psychology. “In hair salons, you often hear a lot about people’s

problems,” she said.

Albus also runs on USD’s cross country team, where she said

she finds inspiration in the challenging sport. “Cross country is

extremely hard because it’s really just you pushing yourself,” she said.

“But it can be related back to any situation where you have to push

through things and work your hardest. When you start running,

you’re slow and can’t run very fast. You have to trust the process and

believe that anything is possible.”

After graduation in May 2015, Albus plans to attend a graduate

program in clinical psychology and continue her travels and service

in developing countries.

Psychology senior Chelsea Albus with children who visited an eye clinic where

Albus worked during a mission trip to Tanzania this summer.