Congrats to Jennifer Gómez, Jenn Lewis, Laura Noll, Alec Smidt, and Pam Birrell for winning the 2016 Richard P. Kluft Award for the Best Article in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation! The paper is entitled “Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care” and is available for free through this year.
Gómez, J. M., Lewis, J. K., Noll, L. K., Smidt, A. M., & Birrell, P. J. (2016). Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 17(2), 165-185.
From the award commendation:
This article provides an excellent framework for understanding the complexities of working with survivors of trauma. It successfully describes the danger in pathologizing reactions to extreme stress and discusses an adaptive treatment model, relational cultural therapy, that emphasizes the importance of the relationship when working with survivors. The article incorporates both empirically supported treatment options as well as influences from all spheres of the socioecological model, including the importance of empowerment, in treating individuals who have experienced complex trauma.
A team of graduate students, postdocs, and affiliated faculty hosted the Eugene site of BrainHack Global, 2017. Brain Hack brings teams of scientists and programmers together to develop code to address outstanding scientific challenges. From the Brain Hack site:
Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers from across the globe and a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience. Year after year, global Brainhack events have brought together researchers to participate in open collaboration, and regional Brainhack events keep the momentum going throughout the year. Brainhack Global 2017 will unite several regional Brainhack events throughout the world during March 2-5, 2017.
Great work, team! We look forward to seeing what you built this weekend!
Professor Paul Slovic is featured in the most recent edition of Cascade magazine, for his work on how vast numbers can lead to desensitization in the context of human tragedy. As Dr. Slovic explains on his website, “Due to psychic numbing, our sympathy for suffering and loss declines precipitously when we are presented with increasing numbers of victims.” Read more about how Dr. Slovic studies the “arithmetic of compassion” and how it can affect human behavior in the Cascade online magazine, page 29.
Every February, the University of Oregon celebrates the research achievements of its McNair Scholars during the McNair Symposium. These achievements are made possible by faculty mentors who guide scholars through scholarship activities and help prepare them for the challenges and culture of graduate school.
McNair Scholars participate in paid summer research internships in their fields of study. During the internships, students are involved in original research culminating in a presentation of their findings. Held winter term, the McNair Symposium provides a public forum for students to share their work with peers, mentors, faculty and staff, family members and the general public.
On February 15, 2017, the Department of Psychology recognized five McNair Scholars:
Kristina Lowney – Feelings of Belonging and Future Persistence in STEM
Dr. Sara Hodges, Mentor
Tonya C. Hansberry – Sequelae of Maternal Trauma: Attachment Relationships and the Development of Empathy in the Next Generation
Dr Jennifer Ablow, Dr. Jeffrey Measelle, Xiaoning Sun, Mentors
Megan Carson – Age difference in a “Short Long-term Memory” System for Visual Information
Dr. Ulrich Mayr, Atsushi Kikumoto, Mentors
Bradley M. Boyce – Passive Carryover and Conflict Triggered Regulation: Differences in Early Visual Components
Dr. Ulrich Mayr, Dr. Don Tucker, Mentors
Stefani Paige Evans – Mother-Preschooler Interactions Measured Using the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior
Dr. Maureen Zalewski, Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, Mentors
Visit the UO McNair website for more information on the McNair Scholars Program.
On Saturday, February 18th from 11:00AM-3:00PM, Eugenians are invited to bring their families to Living Lab Day at the Science Factory. This event is being co-sponsored by the Psychology Department’s own Team Duckling in order to teach children about developmental science and the magic in their own brains. Visitors will be able to participate in studies, engage with mind and brain activities, and learn more about scientific research.
Professor Caitlin Fausey presents a Guest Viewpoint in the Register Guard about the future of developmental science:
“Let’s dream big. A forward-looking spirit in the Eugene-Springfield area is strong, and the moment is right for collaborative innovation in developmental science. I envision a partnership preschool, outfitting rooms with the latest and greatest sensors, innovating in a safe space, and building a community of caregivers, educators and scientists jointly discovering more about how to build a brain.
One of the most exciting aspects of this new data science for development is how it brings folks together — children, parents, educators, engineers and scholars across disciplines.”
Excellent, thoughtful piece, Professor Fausey!
Come hear Assistant Professor Caitlin Fausey present a Quack Chat talk next week! She’ll describe what her research capturing day-to-day scenes that babies encounter is unveiling about the incremental steps that build the human visual system.
“One major way that we learn about the world is through our eyes,” Fausey said. “They capture our visual universe. Over the first few years of life, our bodies and activities change and so does our view of the world, literally — with taller bodies, longer arms, greater mobility and emerging social skills, the world that meets our eyes changes dramatically.”
Her talk will unveil three new discoveries about how the visual universe of babies comes together.
Her talk will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Erb Memorial Union’s Falling Sky Pizzeria.
We have some great news!
Professor Elliot Berkman received the 2017 Early Career Award from the Social Personality & Health Network for his work integrating social and personality psychology and health behavior research. Congrats, Dr. Berkman!
The award was announced at the annual Social Personality Health preconference to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting in San Antonio, TX.
The National Center for PTSD has adopted the listening skills from research by Melissa Foynes (PhD, 2010) and Professor Freyd to be part of the VA’s PTSD family coach mobile app. The intervention was developed in Freyd’s Dynamics Lab to help family and friends be more effective listeners for loved ones with PTSD.
Congratulations, Drs. Foynes and Freyd, on this excellent translational science that is leading to real quality of life improvement for veterans and their families!