Meet our newest faculty member!

This year the Psychology Department welcomed a wonderful new faculty member, Dr. Gabrielle Filip-Crawford!

Assistant Professor Filip-Crawford is brand new to Minnesota, she came all the way from Penn State, where she was conducting research in a post-doctoral fellowship. Prior to that, she was in Arizona at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ– wish her well for the upcoming winter months here in MN!

She is not new to a women’s liberal arts college, she received her bachelor’s degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA. This type of institution appealed to her when she was 18, and still appeals to her now. She says the St. Kate’s community “is welcoming and supportive, and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of it.” When asked where she sees herself in 10 years, she said she wants to still be with us! We hope she will also be here with us as well, and we want to wish her the best of luck in her first year here at St. Kate’s!

Here are a few other questions we asked Prof. Filip-Crawford so you could get to know here a little better:

  1. What is your favorite part of St. Kate’s so far?

    This is an easy one; the students. Students here are engaged and excited about learning, and most of all they are curious. Psychology is not a clear set of facts to be presented in a lecture and memorized by students. Psychology is a constantly growing and changing field that is powered by people who keep asking, “Why?” I have found that the students here truly want to understand the “why” behind what they learn, and this is a big part of what makes teaching here a pleasure.

  2. Do you have any pets? If not, what is your favorite animal(s)?I have a pudgy grey cat named Thiebaud. My husband is an artist and named him after one of his favorite painters, Wayne Thiebaud. We’ve agreed that the next cat will be named after one of my favorite psychologists, possibly Gordon (for Gordon Allport) or Elliot (for Elliot Aronson).
  3. Where/ what is your favorite place to eat out in the twin cities area?So far I’ve been exploring the Longfellow neighborhood in south Minneapolis, near my house. I really enjoy The Blue Door, Merlin’s Rest, and Blue Moon Coffee. I love being in an area where I have so many good options within walking distance.
  4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?I’m not sure this counts as a traditional superpower, but I’d love the ability to understand all languages. We all have so much to learn from people from different backgrounds and cultures than ourselves, and being able to bridge that communication gap would be amazing. I love learning languages and have studied Spanish and Italian, but that can be a very slow process! For a more traditional superpower, it would have to be flight, not for any practical reason, but simply because it would be so much fun!
    Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
    English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies


On September 24th, Active Minds students Siri Dusek and Laura Berger and faculty member Anne Williams-Wengerd participated in the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) walk in Minnehaha. The walk raised $424,118 from 3,223 participants!


The NAMI walk was an opportunity for Minnesota communities, families, and institutions to come together to raise awareness about mental illnesses. Teams could sign up for free to participate, and also raised funds that would go to NAMI, which in turn uses the funds to promote awareness and be an advocate for families with members struggling with mental illness.

Laura thought it was a great experience seeing so many families show up with their extended families, all wanting to support one another in raising awareness about mental illnesses. Laura was also able to bring her dog, Beep, who is also a companion animal. Many other people were able to bring their dogs as well.

If you are interested in becoming an advocate for raising awareness about mental illness or want to become involved, you can email Active Minds at

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Non-Resident Student Picnic by Active Minds

Come one, come all- especially commuter students! Active Minds will be hosting a picnic this Friday, 10/21, from 2:00-6:00pm on the second floor of Coeur de Catherine. The picnic is being put on in order to connect commuter students to mental health resources at St. Kate’s.

Light refreshments and coloring pages will be provided, and there will be a guest speaker at 2:30pm! Bring any questions you may have about resources on or off campus or about mental health in general.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Student Internship Highlight: Alexis Dietl

Lexi recently interned with Mike Morris at his training gym, which he now runs right out of his personal garage. He trains people with the same methods he was taught when he 13 years old (Morris is now 55).

Lexi helped train people in the weight-training program, where she promoted the importance of mental strength, emotional support, and motivation to her clients. She also gave advice for weight-training and made judgment calls in order to help her clients achieve their goals.

Her background in psychology allowed her to connect with each individual. She states, “I feel as if my knowledge about human interaction made it feel more natural to try and connect with these individuals. I simply found ways to communicate with a wide variety of people.” She also used her psychology skills to launch a Facebook page and gain an online audience for Morris’ company.

Dietl learned an enormous amount during the course of her internship, but to sum it all up she says “you and your body will never able to do something unless your mind believes that you can.”

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

You & Graduate School: A Workshop

Interested in applying for graduate school at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for psychology? Then this workshop is for you!

The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 27th in Elliot Hall N219 from 6:00-8:00. The workshop will include a panel as well as breakout sessions with more specific information about funding opportunities, navigating the application process, expert tips, and being able to ask graduate students questions.

The event is free, but an RSVP from each student is required by Wednesday, October 26th, which can be done here.

For more information, see their flyer .

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

LearningRx Job Opportunity

LearningRx, located in Savage, MN, is a company that has a cognitive brain training program and is looking to hire new college grads with a background in psychology.

The program works with children and adults of all ages in training the cognitive skills the brain uses to think, learn, read, remember and pay attention through brain training doing intense mental exercises.

If you have any questions or wish to apply, contact Samantha Sisser at or (952) 226-1115.

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Interested in School Counseling?

The Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology (CSPP) program at the University of Minnesota is holding an information session on Tuesday, November 1st from 4:00-6:00pm at 325 Education Sciences Building, 56 East River Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55455.

The session is designed for interested students who might like to learn more about the M.A. program in Counseling, School Counseling, and College Student Personnel.

Students will be able to:

  • Meet the faculty and current students
  • Learn about CSPP program requirements and possible career paths and licensure options
  • Ask questions about the application process

RSVP at:

View their flyer for more information.

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies