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Dissertation Defense in Doctor of Psychology Program

Program's first dissertation defense at 3 p.m. Dec. 11.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-7-2012

Mankato, Minn. – The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) degree program in school psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato, now in its fifth year as a five-year doctoral program, will host its first dissertation defense on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Psychology Doctoral and Clinical Center (located in University Square Mall, Suite 6).

Julene Nolan of Mankato, Minn., will defend her dissertation, titled “International and Cross-Cultural Application of the Good Behavior Game.” Nolan’s dissertation is based on a classroom behavior intervention for elementary students that she implemented in Belize. Nolan is the advisee of Kevin Filter, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s School Psychology Psy.D. Program.

While Nolan’s dissertation defense will be the program’s first, Filter said an additional three to five students will likely defend between now and April, resulting in the program’s first graduating class in May.

Media are welcome to attend the dissertation and are asked to notify Kevin Filter if interested in attending. Filter can be reached by phone at 507-389-5828 and by email at

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree program in school psychology at Minnesota State Mankato prepares students to attain certification to practice as school psychologists and/or pursue other doctoral level employment such as university teaching. The program is designed to meet the doctoral–level accreditation standards of the National Association of School Psychologists. The program consists of 106 semester credits typically completed over five years.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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