Biographical & Educational Background:
I was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. I earned a B.A. (2000) from Weber State University, www.weber.edu in Utah, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. I then earned an M.A. (2004) and Ph.D. (2007) in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University, www.niu.edu.
Clinical Psychology is an area of psychology dealing with chronic and/or severe mental illness. Clinical psychologists provide psychotherapy and conduct intellectual, psychological, and diagnostic assessments. My clinical interests are in the areas of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, domestic violence, and psychological assessment.
Undergraduate courses: Introduction to General Psychology, Human Diversity, Abnormal Psychology, internship/practicum. Graduate courses: Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Interventions, Group Therapy, Personality Assessment, Research Practicum.
My current research involves the use of fictional narratives to reduce symptoms of anxiety in clinical settings, and to generally facilitate the learning process in college settings. I am also involved in research on perceptions of physical and psychological aggression. I am currently working on a research project studying people who collect things.
Janit, A., Hammock, G., & Richardson, D. (2011). The power of fiction: Telling stories in abnormal psychology. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning . In Press.
Deaner, R. & Janit, A. (2009). Counseling female college athletes. In Kissinger, D. B., & Miller, M. T. (Eds.). College Student Athletes: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Wiemer-Hastings, K., Janit, A., Wiemer-Hastings, P. M., Cromer, S., & Kinser, J. (2004). Automatic classification of dysfunctional thoughts: A feasibility test. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 36, 203-212.
Janit, A. (1999). Forms meet archetypes: The theories of Plato and Jung discussed eye to eye. In J. Henderson (Ed.), Metaphor, 99, 28-39. Ogden, UT: WSU Printing Services.