Dr. Megan Wrona

Dr. Megan Wrona
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Expertise 

  • Clinical psychology
  • Adolescent therapy 
  • Cultural adaptation 
  • Community-based services 

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Utah, 2013 
  • M.S., Educational Psychology, University of Utah, 2010 
  • B.A., Political Science and Russian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000

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About Dr. Megan Wrona

Megan Wrona is an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2015. Dr. Wrona researches the associations among acculturation and acculturative stress and substance abuse treatment outcomes for Latino adolescents. She completed a post-doctoral residency at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, working with adolescents and children with acute psychiatric issues. She also worked throughout her doctoral program with the Validating Interventions for Diverse Adolescents program, work funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. At Fort Lewis, Dr. Wrona is the psychology faculty liaison for the Four Corners Master of Social Work program in collaboration with the University of Denver.

Prior to Fort Lewis, Dr. Wrona was a psychologist at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, where she worked with young adults and adolescents. She is a licensed psychologist in Colorado and Utah. Dr. Wrona is a member of the American Psychological Association and its Counseling Psychology Division. 


Selected Publications

Wrona, M., & Burke, B. (2019). Treatment of antagonism: Motivational interviewing. In J. Miller & D. Lynam (Eds.), The Handbook of Antagonism: Conceptualizations, assessment, consequences, and treatment of the low end of agreeableness. Elseiver.

Wrona, M., Tidwell, N. & Burke, B. (2018). It's H.I.P. to go beyond the classroom: Developing service learning courses for high impact practice. In S. Baker (Ed.) Teaching tips: A compendium of conference presentations on teaching, 2017-2018. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Website: https://teachpsych.org/resources/Documents/ebooks/teachingtips3.pdf

Becker, S.E., Jones, J., Peil, J., & Wrona, M. (2017). Pursuing an academic career: Exploring options during graduate school. Eye on Psi Chi, 22, 1.

Burrow-Sanchez, J. & Wrona, M. (2013). Treating Adolescent Substance Use. In L. Grossman & S. Walfish

(Eds.), Translating psychological research into practice. New York: Springer Publishing.

Burrow-Sanchez, J. & Wrona, M. (2012). Comparing culturally accommodated versus standard group CBT for Latino adolescents with substance use disorders: A pilot study. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 4.

Burrow-Sanchez, J., Martinez, C., Hops, H., & Wrona, M. (2011). Cultural accommodation of substance abuse treatment for Latino adolescents. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 10, 3.


Selected Presentations

Tidwell, N., Burke., B., Mira, W., & Wrona, M. (2019). Developing impactful and practical service-learning opportunities for psychology undergraduates. Panel Presentation conducted at the 18th Annual Conference on Teaching presented by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Denver, CO.

Antonio, O.*, Tsosie, S.*, & Wrona, M. (2019). The development of a student club for Indigenous psychology students: What is the effect on perceived belongingness? Poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Convention of the Society of Indian Psychologists, Logan, UT.

Warmouth, K.*, & Wrona, M. (2018). The Effect of Injury on Perception of Athletic Identity. Poster Presentation at the 88th Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Musson-Rose, D., Martinez, C., Wrona, M., Pace, B. & Baskett, L. (2016). Multicultural considerations when serving traumatized populations. Panel discussion at the 20th annual Critical Issues Facing Children and Adolescents conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Burrow-Sanchez, J., Wrona, M., Varela, A., Hoover, S., & Ortiz, C.* (2012). Culturally accommodated CBT for Latino adolescents with substance use disorders. Poster presented at the 120th annual American Psychological Association convention, Orlando, Florida.

Wrona, M., Hoover, S., Varela, A., Frausto, K.*, & Burrow-Sanchez, J. (2011). A clinical tool for assessing  the therapeutic environment for adolescents in group treatment: The Adolescent Group Environment Scale. Poster presented at the 119th annual American Psychological Association convention, Washington, DC.

*Denotes undergraduate research students