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Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology is currently accepting applications

  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Contract Assistant Professor position in the area of Counseling Psychology
  • Contract Assistant Professor position in the area of Clinical Psychology

More details can be found here.


Spotlight News


NIH Brain Initiative Grant Awarded to CBS faculty Daniel Schmidt and Associate Professor Mark Thomas

Thomas and Schmidt

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the award recipients for the second round of BRAIN Initiative awards. Of the more than $80 million set aside for BRAIN awards in 2015, CBS faculty Daniel Schmidt and Medical School faculty Mark Thomas received an award in the amount of $1.1 million over three years. Schmidt and Thomas will use their BRAIN award to create and implement engineered adeno-associated viruses that provide researchers with the ability to selectively infect specific cell or tissue types. Congratulations to Mark Thomas!


Regents Professor William Iacono and Professor Monica Luciana receive NIH Grants for Landmark Study on Youth Substance Abuse


Regents Professor William Iacono and Professor Monica Luciana of the Pat FrazierDepartment of Psychology have received a grant from the National Institute of Health as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The University of Minnesota is one of 11 research project sites to be supported.

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow approxiIaconomately 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 to 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, and brain structure and function using advanced research methods.

The ABCD Study will seek to address many questions related to substance use and development that will help inform prevention and treatment research priorities, public health strategies, and policy decisions.



Associate Professor Nathan Kuncel and Professor Paul Sackett have been named the 2016 recipients of the Jeanneret Award for Excellence

Pat Frazier

Nathan Kuncel and Paul Sackett have been named the 2016 recipients of the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The award is for their article "Resolving the assessment center construct validity dilemma (as we know it)", published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Congratulations to both of them!



Professor Pat Frazier is part of a team of researchers and practitioners who have received a $41,000,000 grant from the Department of Justice's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Pat Frazier

The purpose of this initiative is to reduce or eliminate the number of sexual assault kits that go unsubmitted or untested and to help communities improve their response to sexual assault through the implementation of collaborative community Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs). Professor Frazier will assist with training related to victim-centered care. She will be collaborating with Dr. Linda Ledray who is an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the founder of the SANE-SART Resource Service. More details on the project can be found here: Congratulations to Pat for advancing this important work!


Congratulations To Professor Andrew J. Oxenham, who has been elected a Member of the ASA Executive Council.Chun Andrew Oxenham


Professsor Andrew J. Oxenham has been elected a Member of the Executive Council for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). The ASA is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Congratulations Professor Oxenham!

 


Congratulations To Professor Pat Frazier who has been selected to receive the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the University of Minnesota

Pat Frazier

We are very pleased to tell you that Pat Frazier has been selected to receive the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the University of Minnesota. The award "... annually recognizes a University of Minnesota faculty or staff member of any gender who goes above and beyond daily responsibilities to promote access for the common good, to undo bias and discrimination, or to build capacity for diverse and equitable campus communities" (this description is from the Women's Center website).



Congratulations To Professor Gordon Legge Who Will Receive The Helen Keller Prize For Vision Research

Gordon Legge

Professor Gordon Legge has been selected to receive the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research. Helen Keller Laureates are selected by an international panel of biomedical researchers and physicians. The Prize ceremony occurs at the annual convention of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May. Congratulations, Gordon!




Congratulations to Graduate Student Andrea Miller ('15) Who Wins Burton Award for Legal Writing

Andrea Miller

We are very proud to announce that graduate student Andrea Miller (Social Psychology program, advised by Gene Borgida and Chris Federico) has won the Burton Award for Legal Writing. This is a prestigious award that Andrea has received for a law review paper that brings social psychology to the area of family responsibility discrimination law. Details here. Congratulations to Andrea on this achievement!



Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Irv Gottesman awarded with the 2015 CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement award!


We are very pleased to announce that Irving Gottesman has been honored with the Irving Gottesman2015 CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) award. The CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement (ANA) program was created in 1994 as part of the college's 125th anniversary to celebrate and honor the significant achievements and contributions of its alumni. All ANA honorees have been nominated by CLA alumni, faculty, and staff. Of the college's 120,000 living graduates, approximately 1,300 have been selected as recipients. By honoring its alumni, the college recognizes and celebrates not only their singular accomplishments but also the collective depth and breadth of their interests, talents, career paths and achievements in all sectors of society.


Traci Mann

 

Professor Traci Mann is featured in UMN Brief, for a Star Tribune article featuring her research "Inside the myth-busting lab of food psychologist Traci Mann" by: Allie Shah.

 



Congratulations to Professor John Campbell Awarded This Year's Outstanding Contributions To Postbaccalaureate, Graduate And Professional Education Award!(AERA) Division D Early Career Award


John Campbell

This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in graduate and professional education. By Regents' policy, the award selection process is administered by the Provost's Office; a selection committee is convened and SCEP approves the final awards. As you know, John served as our DGS for many years, has directed the I/O area, and has an admirable history of advising students toward successful careers. His former students wrote glowing letters in support of John's nomination. The title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" or "Distinguished University Teacher" is conferred, and John will receive a one-time $15,000 award.


Congratulations to Associate Professor Randy Fletcher Awarded the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award!

Randy Fletcher

Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of teachers for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education. By Regents' policy, the award selection process is administered by the Provost's Office; a selection committee is convened and SCEP approves the final awards. As a recipient of this award, Randy joins members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT). The title "Distinguished University Teaching Professor" or "Distinguished University Teacher" is conferred upon recipients together with a one-time $15,000 award.



Engdahl Family Research Fund in the Department of Psychology


The Department is very pleased to announce the creation of the Engdahl Family Research Fund in the Department of Psychology. The establishment of this fund is due to the generosity of our friend and colleague, Dr. Brian Engdahl, and his family.

The fund will support faculty research in the Department of Psychology. The goal is to provide moderate amounts of seed funding for projects that meet the following objectives:

  1. The work includes both behavioral and neuroscientific elements
  2. The work has the potential to yield findings that will improve quality of life on individual and/or societal levels
  3. The work is cutting edge and transformative
  4. It is interdisciplinary in nature
  5. It is not necessarily work that is immediately fundable through federal sources

We are extremely grateful for this gift to our department and for the Engdahl family's support of our research mission.



The Department of Psychology is happy to announce our undergraduates who have received the Sharon Borine Award for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015.

Fall 2015 Winners

Sekine Ozturk - "Neurocognitive Testing for Identifying Treatment Biomarkers in Adolescents with Major Depressive Disorder"

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Christopher Hollowell
- "N100 and P300 components in schizophrenia patients, bipolar patients, and their first-degree relatives"

Julie Stuart- "Who Intends to Spread Their Environmental Behavior? Comparing Environmental Attitudes and Moral Beliefs"

Spring 2015 Winners

Annika Utgaard - "Unintentional Side Effects: Facebook and the Effects of Social Comparison on Body Image and Comfort Food-Seeking Behavior"

Linnae Baird - "Marijuana's Effects on Tobacco Use Onset, Frequency, and Addiction in Adolescents"

Christopher Schott - "Perceived Social Support as a Moderator of Alcohol Abuse in PTSD Population"

Learn more about the Diversity in Psychology Initiative here

The Department of Psychology is home to internationally known scholars with research expertise in ethnic minority mental health, inter-group relations, educational disparities, cross-cultural psychology, women's health, physical disabilities, adoption, and more.

Check out our new Diversity in Psychology brochure PDF


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