Department of Psychology
Current Department News
It gives me great pleasure to announce our senior staff member, Terry Klosterman, have been selected to receive CLA Outstanding Service Awards for 2013-14. This recognition includes a monetary award and a certificate of appreciation. Terry will be honored at the CLA Staff Appreciation Ceremony on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Please join me in congratulating them for their extraordinary work in furthering the mission of our department and the College of Liberal Arts. We are lucky to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals!
January 12th, 2015
It gives me great pleasure to announce our senior staff member, Guillermo De Pazhave been selected to receive CLA Outstanding Service Awards for 2013-14. This recognition includes a monetary award and a certificate of appreciation. Guillermo will be honored at the CLA Staff Appreciation Ceremony on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Please join me in congratulating them for their extraordinary work in furthering the mission of our department and the College of Liberal Arts. We are lucky to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals!
January 12th, 2015
Professor Mark Snyder has been invited to be a featured speaker at the University of Minnesota's "Minne-College" in Naples, Florida on January 17th, 2015. The title of his presentation is "Who Gets Invoted and Why: The Psychology of Volunteerism"
January 7th, 2015
Professor Alex Rothman received an NIH Award of Merit for exceptional advances in integrating cognitive, affective, and social processes into cancer control research at an event in November 2014 for his role as Co-Chair of the National Cancer Institute's Cognitive, Affective, and Social Processes in Health Research Working Group.
December 23rd, 2014
Mike Swenson's paper "Redefining the Eyewitness: An Examination and Proposed Solution to The Cross-Race Effect in Eyewitness Identifications" has been chosen as the First Place recipient of the Sharon Borine Award!
December 5th, 2014
Tori Simenec's paper "Investigating the Relationship Between Adverse Experiences and Memory in Children" has been chosen as the Second Place recipient of the Sharon Borine Award!
December 4th, 2014
Klara Manning's paper " A Comparison of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anorexia Nervosa: Examining the Gender Gap" has been chosen as the Third Place recipient of the Sharon Borine Award!
December 3rd, 2014
Associate Professor Wilma Koutstaal has been elected as a fellow within the society for the American Advancement for the Association of Science (AAAS). The announcement went out on Friday, and details can be found here:
Fellows will be honored for their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership at the AAAS annual meeting in February 2015. Congratulations to Wilma on this prestigious honor!
December 1st, 2014
Former Post-Doctoral Associate Nancy Segal - who served on Emeritus Professor Tom Bouchard's Twins Reared Apart project for many years - was featured in APA's Society for General Psychology newsletter The General Psychologist. An article starting on page 18 discusses Dr. Segal winning the 2013 William James Book Award for The Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart: The Science Behind the Fascination (italicize). She has now published multiple books on her experience here within the department - including Born Together: Raised Apart (italicize) - which staff can browse in the Central Office. The book provides an excellent summary of the early years of twin research at Minnesota.
October 24th, 2014
Graduate student Emily Allen (Auditory Perception and Cognition Lab, Advisor Andrew Oxenham) has been awarded a fellowship from the EU-funded Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Network to spend 6 months in Maastricht to pursue research related to the perception and neural coding of pitch and timbre.
October 23rd, 2014
Professor Deniz Ones commented on the increased scrutiny of workplace tests and their effectiveness in the article "Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?" featured on the website of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
October 20th, 2014
Assistant Professor Shmuel Lissek explains how evolution has impacted our threat response in the Washington Post article "It's highly unlikely that you'll become infected with Ebola. So what are you so afraid of?"
Link "It's highly unlikely that you'll become infected with Ebola. So what are you so afraid of?" to http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/10/05/nothing-to-fear-but-ebola-itself/
October 17th, 2014
Professor Rich Lee received a Presidential Citation from American Psychological Association President Nadine Kaslow for innovative thinking in translating science into practice. Professor Lee was specifically recognized for changing the face of Asian American research in psychology through his research on the international adoption of Korean children.
October 15th, 2014
Professor Traci Mann's recent study on the effect of comfort foods on our mood was discussed in the NPR article "Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All".
Link "Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All" to
October 15th, 2014
Emeritus Professor Irv Gottesman was interviewed for an article on CLA's website titled "Causing ripples, making waves." His career and accomplishments are discussed.
Link "Causing ripples, making waves" to http://cla.umn.edu/news/makingwaves.html
October 10th, 2014
Emeritus Professor Gail Peterson was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Behavior Analysis. He has taught groundbreaking classes in Applied Behavior Analysis to several thousand students, and his career has been responsible for initiating the careers of the largest number of behavior analysts in Minnesota.
Link "Lifetime Achievement Award" to http://psych.umn.edu/assets/pdf/news/PressRelease_Peterson.pdf
October 10th, 2014
Research by Emeritus Professor Ellen Berscheid, Professor Mark Snyder, and former Psychology graduate student Allen Omoto on close relationships was featured on the Sept 29 episode of the CBS hit show "The Big Bang Theory". For more on how their research fit into the plot of the show, see http://bigbangtheory.wikia.com/wiki/The_First_Pitch_Insufficiency
October 2nd, 2014
Jennifer Filson Moses
Advisors: Mark Snyder and Marti Hope Gonzales
Dissertation Title: Social Identity in Close Relationships
Eva Susanne Gabrielsen
Advisor: Mark Snyder
Dissertation Title: Longitudinal Intergroup Contact Model Comparison at the Multicultural High School United World College Red Cross Nordic
Michal Reifen Tagar
Advisors: Eugene Borgida and Christopher Federico
Dissertation Title: Why Disagreement Obstructs Constructive Dialogue: The Role of Biased Attribution of Moral Motives
Advisor: William Iacono
Dissertation Title: Understanding Social Role Contributions to Antisocial Behavior in Adolescence and Adulthood: A Genetically Informed Approach
September 30th, 2014
Former graduate student Sandra Davis (Counseling, 1973), co-founder and immediate past CEO of MDA Leadership Consulting, was recognized by the George Family Foundation as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities in an event on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Davis and other honorees were recognized at the “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The event celebrated women in the Twin Cities who have served as CEO, board chair or president of prominent companies and organizations in the community. Of the 84 honorees, Davis is the only one to head a leadership development firm.
September 11th, 2014
Professor Gene Borgida was quoted in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on implicit racial bias in the treatment of a man accused of trespass in a public area of the St. Paul skyway system, subjected to Taser, and taken to jail - all while waiting to pick up his children. To read the article and watch the video of the incident, visit here.
September 5th, 2014
Professor Traci Mann's research was discussed in Yahoo! News article "Obesity research confirms long-term weight loss almost impossible". Traci indicates that maintaining weight loss is highly unlikely for most individuals.
September 4th, 2014
Professor Jeff Simpson's research on how couples deal with insecurities was featured in The Huffington Post article "The Buffer Zone: Romance and Insecurity". Among the findings: insecurity doesn't have to be a relationship death sentence.
September 4th, 2014
Emeritus Professor Gloria Leon was appointed Chair of the NASA Standing Review Panel, Behavioral Health and Performance Scientific Element, reviewing research progress on NASA-funded projects.
September 4th, 2014
Professor Andrew Oxenham was elected to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS). CORLAS is dedicated to the pursuit of scientific advances in the broad field of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. Membership in this international honor society is by invitation only, and is limited to 6 non-clinical members from the U.S.
September 3rd, 2014
We are pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Nate Helwig to the Quantitative/Psychometric Methods area of our Department! Nate comes to us from the University of Illinois's Department of Statistics. He will be splitting his time between the Department of Psychology and the School of Statistics (Psychology will serve as his tenure home). In Elliott Hall, he can be reached at N650 (office), N612 (lab), 612-624-8363, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help us welcome Nate to the Department!
August 25th, 2014
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