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Accolades »Feature Film Wins Award “Crooked & Narrow,” the new feature film written, produced and directed by Neal Dhand, M.F.A., assistant professor of communication, was screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June, where it won an award for Best Editing. Shot in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, the 90-minute film is a psychological thriller with a heist at the center of the plot. Dhand, who has taught courses related to film and production at CHC for two years, helped create a film minor last year and also works with the TV club. He hopes to show the film at a Philadelphia-area festival this year.

The accreditation is a “big deal for our students,” she adds. “For the last 10 or 15 years, there has been a shortage of internship sites, and in order to earn a doctorate, you have to do the one-year internship, so students were getting all of their coursework done, and then there was a bottleneck.” In the fall of their final year, students apply to sites around the country, ranking their preferred location. The sites do the same with their choice of interns, and matches are made by computer in two rounds. CHC accepts applications only from CHC doctoral students in the first round of the matching process, thereby giving them a good opportunity to get an APA-accredited internship. Interning for a place that has such an accreditation is important, according to Manfredi. “There are unaccredited internships out there, but when you go to get licensed as a psychologist, or if you want to work for the federal government or for certain hospitals, they won’t accept your application if you don’t have an APA-accredited internship.” Nearly half of CHC’s doctoral students can be accommodated in the consortium’s internships if they choose to be part of it, she adds.

»Psychology Students Receive Awards Neal Dhand, MFA, on the set of “Crooked & Narrow.”

»APA Accreditation Benefits CHC’s Doctoral Students The Chestnut Hill College Internship Consortium has been accredited for seven years by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the first time in the history of CHC’s doctoral program. The consortium is composed of seven sites in the greater Philadelphia area that are dedicated to training doctoral students, including community mental health centers, a center specializing in those with traumatic brain injuries, another that works with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism, a college counseling center, and a site that practices general outpatient psychotherapy. “We place 11 interns every year at the seven sites,” explains Rosemarie Manfredi, Psy.D., assistant professor of psychology and former director of the CHC Internship Consortium. “Every doctoral student must complete a one-year, full-time internship for the sixth and final year of their doctoral program.”


Anthony Powell, M.S., who will receive his Psy.D. next summer, has won two awards. He received the 2016 Student Multicultural Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association for his contributions to the needs of the African American community and greater society. He was the only student in Pennsylvania to receive this award. Powell also was one of six recipients of the 2016 Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation’s Education Awards. He began an APAaccredited doctoral internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lexington, Ky., in July. Rosalind Lucien, a student in the master’s program is the first from CHC to receive the prestigious Minority Fellowship Program STAY Award from the American Psychological Association. STAY stands for Services for Transition Age Youth and includes a $6,000 stipend for one year, in addition to a variety of support and training services.

Anthony Powell, M.S.

Rosalind Lucien

Chestnut Hill College Magazine, Fall 2016  
Chestnut Hill College Magazine, Fall 2016