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  • In collaboration with Columbia University, Shmuel Lissek received an R01 from the NIH to study neural signatures of over-generalized fear in trauma survivors.

    In collaboration with Columbia University, Shmuel Lissek received an R01 from the NIH to study neural signatures of over-generalized fear in trauma survivors. September 22nd, 2015
  • Graduate Student Michael Wilmot Receives 3 Awards

    Michael P. Wilmot, a graduate student in our Industrial/Organizational Psychology area, recently received 3 competitive awards for his proposed dissertation, "A Quantitative Review and Synthesis of Five-Factor Model Meta-Analyses in the Behavioral Sciences". First, from the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP), he received a dissertation research grant for $3,760 to help offset direct research costs associated with conducting his dissertation research. Second, he received a Humane Studies Fellowship for $5,000 from the Institute for Humane Studies; the fellowship awards doctoral pursuits advancing ideas of liberty and peace at the highest intellectual levels. Finally, he was awarded the prestigious 2015 Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship in I/O Psychology from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO); each year, the $12,000 fellowship is awarded to one dissertation-stage I/O psychology doctoral candidate nation-wide who demonstrates exceptional research skills. Congratulations to Michael, and his advisor, Deniz Ones! September 22nd, 2015
  • Eugene Borgida elected to FABBS Board of Directors.

    Eugene Borgida has been elected by the FABBS Council of Representatives to serve as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences starting in January of 2016.  September 3rd, 2015
  • Borgida and colleagues awarded $310,368 for 2015-16 by the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI).

    Eugene Borgida (Psychology), Irina Stepanov (Masonic Cancer Center, Division of Environmental Health Sciences), Barbara Loken (CSOM, Marketing Dept.), and Dorothy Hatsukami (Psychiatry) have been awarded $310,368 for 2015-16 by the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct research on "Consumer perceptions of smokeless tobacco constituents as a function of public display format." September 3rd, 2015
  • Joseph D. Matarazzo Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Academic Health Centers

    William Robiner, Ph.D., ABPP of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Medical School, who is also the Psychology Internship Director at the Medical School, was Awarded the Joseph D. Matarazzo Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in Academic Health Centers by the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC) (Division 12, Section VIII). August 4th, 2015
  • Allison (Ally) Farrell, a graduate student in our Social Psychology area has won a 2015 Heritage Dissertation Award

    I'm pleased to announce that Allison (Ally) Farrell, a graduate student in our Social Psychology area has won a 2015 Heritage Dissertation Award from The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology. Ally was one of three award winners who was selected to receive a $1000 research grants. Congratulations to Ally and to her adviser, Jeff Simpson! July 30th, 2015
  • Congratulations To Professor Andrew J. Oxenham, who has been elected a Member of the ASA Executive Council.

    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! July 1st, 2015
  • Congratulations To Professor Pat Frazier who has been selected to receive the Charlotte Striebel Equity Award from the University of Minnesota

    Professor 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 Pat on this well-deserved honor! June 16th, 2015
  • Doctoral dissertation fellowships awarded

    The following Psychology department graduate students have been awarded doctoral dissertation fellowships for 2015-16:

    Allison Farrell
    Behavioral, Affective, Cognitive, and Physiological Consequences of Power in Relationships
    Advisers: Jeffry Simpson and Alexander Rothman

    Yingchen He
    Optimizing A Protocol for Reading Rehabilitation in Age-related Macular Degeneration
    Advisers: Gordon Legge and Sheng He

    Juraj Mesik
    Learning to adapt in the early visual system
    Advisers: Stephen Engel and Sheng He

    Shani Ofrat
    Familial Transmission of Externalizing Psychopathology
    Adviser: Robert Krueger

    Michael Wilmot
    A Comprehensive Review of Five Factor Model Meta-Analyses in the Behavioral Sciences
    Adviser: Deniz Ones

    June 16th, 2015
  • Psychology Graduate Students Awarded Sloboda and Bukoski Cup

    Anne Zhou (Counseling Psychology) and her teammates from Child Clinical Psychology and Public Health - collectively called Gopher Gold - won the Sloboda and Bukoski Cup at the annual Society for Prevention Research conference in DC. They presented on longitudinal data from the World Health Organization that examined the effects of Mexico's rollout of national health insurance. They beat out perennial powerhouse Penn State and it's the 2nd year in a row that a Minnesota team captured the Cup. Impressively, the entire team consisted of first-year graduate students. They were mentored by faculty in Psychology (Richard Lee), Family Social Science (Gerry August) and Public Health (Darin Erickson). June 16th, 2015
  • Psychology alumni Andrew Tix awarded "Distinguished Faculty Award"

    Andrew Tix (PhD '02) was honored last Spring with the "Distinguished Faculty Award” from the graduating students of Normandale Community College. This Spring, he was named an “Outstanding Educator" by the Minnesota State Colleges and University system in recognition of exceptional commitment to teaching, continuous professional development, and service to students, his college, profession, and system. May 8th, 2015
  • Psychology alumni Donald Eggerth awarded Dorothy Booz Black Award

    Donald Eggerth (PhD '97) was awarded the Dorothy Booz Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology by Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. The Booz Black award is given to encourage and reward outstanding research and practice in counseling health psychology. Dr. Eggerth was nominated and awarded the Booz Black for his contributions in research and practice of counseling health psychology with a focus on health-related processes and outcomes.

    May 8th, 2015
  • Andrea Miller ('15) Wins Burton Award for Legal Writing

    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. Congratulations to Andrea on this achievement!

    APRIL 16, 2015 - The Burton Foundation has announced that Andrea Miller ('15) is the winner of a 2015 Distinguished Legal Writing Award—one of just 10 students from U.S. law schools to be so honored. Miller is both a J.D. candidate at the Law School and a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. Her winning paper is entitled "The Separate Spheres Ideology: An Improved Empirical and Litigation Approach to Family Responsibilities Discrimination."

    "Andrea's article is another great example of the excellence of the Law School's writing program," said Professor Brad Clary ('75), who selected Miller's paper for submission. "It's well-researched and well-analyzed. It gets to the point, and it talks about things that matter."

    In discussing her article, Miller explained that family responsibilities discrimination "is discrimination on the basis of a person's real or perceived caregiving responsibilities. Although it is sex discrimination under Title VII, it receives inconsistent treatment in federal courts. My paper argues that the separates spheres model of discrimination can help the courts to adopt a more coherent, evidence-based understanding of family responsibilities discrimination—which can affect men as well as women—and empower employers to prevent such discrimination in the workplace."

    Miller graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2009. After completing her J.D. and Ph.D. this academic year, she will be a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She is a managing editor on the Minnesota Law Review, a student instructor of legal research and writing, a Robina Public Interest Scholar, and president of the University of Minnesota chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She has worked as a research intern for Minnesota Women Lawyers, as a law clerk for Gender Justice, and as a law intern for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

    Miller will receive her Burton Award at the foundation's annual gala, to be held June 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. United States Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will also feature a performance by Kristin Chenoweth, winner of both Emmy and Tony awards.

    The Burton Foundation was established by William C. Burton, a former New York state assistant attorney general and a strong advocate of plain language in legal writing. In the 16 years that the foundation has sponsored its highly regarded national legal writing awards program, the Law School has had 8 student winners.

    Miller is the Law School's eighth student winner in the sixteen years of the competition. The seven previous legal writing honorees are: Phillip Walters ('12), Eva B. Stensvad ('11), Noreen E. Johnson ('09), Emily C. Melvin ('08), Dan Robinson ('07), David Leishman ('06), and Kari M. Dahlin ('01).

    May 7th, 2015
  • David Wark Family Prize in Clinical Hypnosis

    David Wark, PhD, ABPH, is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota , a former President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a former Board Member of both the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the International Society of Hypnosis. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis.

    Please download the announcement regarding the David Wark Family Prize in the area of clinical hypnosis.

    The attachment announces an award for an original paper that both advances neuroscience knowledge and enhances the practice of hypnosis. Initially, the award is $5,000.00.
    April 30th, 2015
  • Professor Deniz Ones co-authored article in American Psychological Association

    The article, "Study: Older Workers Bring Valuable Knowledge to the Job" co-authored by Professor Deniz Ones can be found here: April 16th, 2015
  • Congratulations to Talle Family Scholarship recipients!

    The Department of Psychology is very pleased to announce that two of our junior honors majors, Erin Begnel and Manju Connolly, were awarded the prestigious College of Liberal Arts Talle Family Scholarship for 2015-16. Talle Family Scholars exemplify what a liberal arts education makes possible and provide powerful evidence that CLA is a destination college for talented, motivated students. Ten awards were made across the College; a message from the Dean is attached here. The awardees receive full tuition scholarships to support them in their senior year. Both Erin and Manju excel both within and outside of the classroom.   April 16th, 2015

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