STEPHANIE MIODUS, MA, MEd
PhD Candidate in School Psychology
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in School Psychology at Temple University and a pre-doctoral intern at New Alternatives for Children. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and M.Ed. in School Psychology from Temple University.
Clinically, I am interested in supporting children with autism, I/DD, and PTSD, as well as other mental health conditions. I am also interested in working with youth who have experienced trauma, and who have been involved in the child welfare/foster care and juvenile justice systems. My main research interest is the school to prison pipeline for children with autism and alternatives to harsh disciplinary practices in schools that push children out of classrooms and into the justice system. I am currently working on my dissertation which is a mixed-methods study focused on justice-involved youths' perceptions of the mental health care they received while incarcerated.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Report of the 2020 Interdivisional Immigration Project Commissioned by the CODAPAR American Psychological Association, 2021
Official Statement from the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, 2020
Interactive Discussion at SPSSI Conference, 2022
Poster Presentation at Temple University School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and ABA Virtual Conference, 2022
Poster Presentation at International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 37th Annual Meeting, 2021
CE Webinar for Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2021
Beneath the Surface: Becoming Aware of and Coping With Your Underlying Emotions
Webinar for Latin American Leadership Academy, 2020
Honors, Awards, & Grants
American Psychological Association Division 1 Presidential Trio Award (2022)
University Fellowship, Temple University College of Education and Human Development (2018-2022)
Miodus, S. (2021). Justice-Involved Youth Perceptions of Mental Health Care Services in Institutional Settings. SPSSI Grant-in-Aid. Awarded: $1000
Miodus, S., Cadenas, G.A., Morrissey, M.B., & Cárdenas Bautista, E. (2021). Building Immigration Advocacy Consortia: Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice. APA Division 48 Small Grant Award. Awarded: $3000
Appointed to serve on Technology Pillar for American Psychological Association Summit on the Future of Education and Practice (2021)
Dr. W.M. Polishook Tribute Fund Commencement Award, Temple University College of Education (2020)
Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellowship, The Pinkerton Foundation (2017-2018)
Leadership & Advocacy
I am involved in local, state, and national psychology leadership, including serving as the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Graduate Student Advocacy Chair, and am also a Certified Americans with Disabilities Act Advocate. I am passionate about advocacy on issues related to mental health, education, disability rights, immigration, and the justice system. In my work, I seek to uplift and amplify the voices of those who are directly impacted by these and other systems.
Some of my other current leadership roles include American Psychological Association Division 1 Executive Committee Student Representative for which I was spotlighted in The General Psychologist Fall/Winter 2021 issue (p. 9); and American Psychological Association Division 37 Diverse Racial Ethnic and Multicultural (DREAM) Special Interest Group Executive Committee, where I compiled a Guide of Anti-Racism Resources for Parents and Professionals Working With Children and Families.
I am also committed to efforts to expand opportunities and create inclusive spaces for those who are underrepresented in the field of psychology, and as American Psychological Association Division 46 Student Committee Co-Chair, co-created the Grad Stepping Program, an initiative to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented students.
I also have non-profit leadership experience and am currently Executive Director of a non-profit I co-founded, Stocking Hope.
Certified Level 1 in the Resilience Builder Program® (Alvord, Zucker & Grados, 2011)
I have experience teaching, as instructor of record, courses on child development, mental illness, and interpersonal communication.
Students have noted:
"The instructor created a nice and comfortable environment for students of all different backgrounds."
"Stephanie has a great attitude and it was really interesting to hear about her own studies."
"This class was always inclusive and inviting, and I enjoyed being in this class."
"Our professor was extremely accepting and created an environment where we could talk about difficult topics without being judged."
"Professor was accessible, organized and very kind. This has been one of the most useful courses I've ever had."
"Stephanie is an excellent instructor that really cares for her students, and makes learning about psych fun. She is very engaging during class and makes fun activities that help us gain different perspectives on different topics/ issues."
"Steph was unbelievably kind and always made herself available."
"I loved how passionate Stephanie is about all the topics discussed in class. I could clearly tell she was very interested in the subjects discussed in class. She is very respectful and helped me become more aware of things."
"What I think was the most helpful was how organized Stephanie is and how quickly she responds to emails! She is extremely efficient with communication and is very helpful."
"She was a good teacher and always had a positive energy about her that encouraged me to engage in class."
"She was very well versed in the subject so she was excited to share that knowledge and she did it in an innovative way."
PhD Candidate, School Psychology (Expected 2023), Temple University
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate (Expected 2023), Temple University
MEd, School Psychology (2019), Temple University
MA, Forensic Psychology (2018), John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BA, Psychology (2016), University of Pennsylvania