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Caitlin Dzikon, PhD
Dr. Dzikon is a core faculty member and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Health Psychology. She teaches a variety of courses, serves as an academic advisor for psychology students, and oversees extra-curricular student activities such as Psychology Club.
Dr. Dzikon is trained as a clinical psychologist and working towards licensure so that she may serve as a therapist and clinical supervisor at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. She plans to continue to conduct research related to neuropsychology and blind rehabilitation.
• PhD and MS in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2009
• BS in psychology from North Dakota State University
Dr. Dzikon received training in college teaching while completing her degree at the University of North Dakota (UND) and taught several classes as an adjunct. She went on to serve as a visiting assistant professor at UND, where she helped implement a student-support program called Students Supporting Peers in Laid-Back Listening (Student S.P.I.L.L.) and conducted research on neuropsychological assessment. She has also taught at Trinity Lutheran College and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
Courses Taught at Bastyr: Aging: Biopsychosocial Perspectives, Social Psychology, Multicultural Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Experiences in Natural Health Arts and Sciences.
Previously Taught Elsewhere: Abnormal Psychology, Behavior Modification, Research Methods in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Helping Skills, Introductory Psychology (Honors), Personality Theory, Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology, and Conflict Management.
Dr. Dzikon's clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, adjustment to brain dysfunction, and blind rehabilitation. She received training from the North Dakota School for the Blind, where she helped develop a behavioral treatment program addressing the needs of visually impaired children. Dr. Schultz completed her clinical internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she provided neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy to adults with recent vision loss at the Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Dzikon's professional interests include serving as a mentor and guide for students as they develop their knowledge; understanding and improving the biopsychosocial functioning of people with visual impairments and brain dysfunction; and bridging the gaps between neuropsychology and blind rehabilitation.
Dr. Dzikon is also committed to staying active within her local community and volunteers with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound, a non-profit that uses running to empower young girls to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Dzikon describes her approach to education as a constructivist philosophy: She believes that people create their own meanings by combining information with experience. As an instructor, she sees herself as a guide who helps students develop their own meanings by helping them to activate previous knowledge, gather new information, and integrate these to create understanding. She believes in active learning and strives to continually develop new activities to help students learn about psychology.
In her clinical work, Dr. Dzikon uses a cognitive-behavioral approach. She believes that people can make healthy changes in their lives by addressing the factors that maintain their thinking patterns and their current behaviors. She often utilizes information from neuropsychological assessments to help clients use their cognitive strengths to remember and apply therapeutic information to their daily lives.