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  • 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
  • Dr. Moin Syed has been elected as President of the Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF).

    SRIF is the premier international society for the study of identity development. Dr. Syed will begin his two-year term as President-elect in May 2015, followed by two years as President from 2017-2019. April 7th, 2015
  • Professor Traci Mann interviewed in BBC documentary series The Men Who Made Us Thin

    Professor Traci Mann was interviewed in the BBC documentary series The Men Who Made Us Thin ("Jacques Peretti investigates the connections between obesity and weight loss, confronting some of the men making a fortune from our desire to become thin"), which aired on tpt March 17th. Learn more about the show here or here.   March 18th, 2015
  • John Campbell Awarded This Year's Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award!

    John Campbell has been awarded the year's Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education Award!

    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. 

    John will be honored at an awards ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday, April 8th.

    Congratulations to John!
    March 2nd, 2015
  • Randy Fletcher Awarded the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award!

    Randy Fletcher has been awarded the Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award!

    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.

    The awards ceremony will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center on Wednesday, April 8th.

    Congratulations to Randy!
    March 2nd, 2015
  • Congratulations to Assistant Professor Chun Wang has been awarded the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division D Early Career Award

    Assistant Professor Chun Wang has been awarded the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division D Early Career Award.The award will be presented at the society's annual meeting in Chicago, IL between April 16th and 20th, 2015. Congratulations to Chun on this wonderful achievement!
    February 9th, 2015
  • Stephan Dilchert Receives Eastern Academy of Management's Early Career Achievement Award

    Stephan Dilchert, who received his PhD in I/O Psychology in 2008, has received the Eastern Academy of Management's Early Career Achievement Award. Stephan completed his doctoral work under the direction of Deniz Ones, and is now an Assistant Professor of Management at Baruch College of the City University of New York. February 3rd, 2015
  • Congratulations to Professor Gordon Legge who will Receive the Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research

    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!
    February 2nd, 2015

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