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April 26, 2017

Quack Chats featuring Dr. Paul Slovic

Syrian refugees at a railway station in Hungary (Alexandre Rotenberg,

Dr. Paul Slovic will be giving a “Quack Chats” talk on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00PM. The event will take place in the Falling Sky Pizzeria on campus (in the Erb Memorial Student Union building).

Dr. Slovic will be discussing his work on the emotional ‘numbing’ that is experienced when tragedies affect large numbers of people; “One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” The title of his talk is “Genocide and the Arithmetic of Compassion”. You can read more about the event in Around the O or attend at 6:00PM at Falling Sky Pizzeria.

April 18, 2017

28th Annual Fred Attneave Lecture, featuring Dr. Mara Mather

The 28th Annual Fred Attneave Lecture will be taking place Friday, April 21st at 2:30PM in room 101 of the Jaqua Academic Center.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Mara Mather, PI of the Emotion and Cognition Lab and Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. Dr. Mather studies the role of emotions in memory and cognition and will be presenting her work in her talk, “During intense or emotionally arousing moments how does the brain know what to encode?“.

To learn more about Dr. Mather’s work please visit her lab website. See the flyer below for more details on the talk. We hope to see you there!

April 13, 2017

Psychology’s Graduation Ceremony Information

When:  Monday, June 19th, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Where:  EMU Green (Grassy area located between the north end of Straub Hall and the EMU)

Tickets for Psychology’s Ceremony:  Not required.  Seating is first-come, first-served.  ADA seating is by reservation only.

Length of Ceremony:  Approximately 90 minutes

New in 2017 — Tickets Required for University Commencement Ceremony:  Due to limited capacity, graduates will need to register to reserve their seat at the University Commencement Ceremony if they are planning to attend.  Tickets will be required for guests.  Registration for the UO’s event will begin on Monday, April 10, 2017.  Guest tickets are free but are limited.  Please see for full details.  The UO’s website is updated frequently, so check back several times as changes in information may occur.

Cap and gown ordering information can be found here:

Travel Lane County’s page will be updated frequently regarding lodging information for commencement.  You can check for available rooms with this link:

Information and assistance for guests and/or graduates who need accessible seating and/or parking or ASL sign language interpretation for the University of Oregon’s ceremony can be found at:

General Information

Psychology’s ceremony will take place on the EMU Green on Monday, June 19th at 12:30 p.m.  Our department does not have a processional.  Graduates will sit in the first six or seven rows nearest the stage.  Graduate and guest seating is first-come, first-served.  Please plan accordingly in case of rain (and the possibility of a sunny day since there isn’t any shade) as our ceremony is an outdoor venue.  If guests or graduates need accommodations for the ceremony, such as accessible seating/parking or sign language interpreters, please call or email Cindy Salmon by June 1st —; 541-346-4952.  Requests made after this date may not be able to be accommodated.  Accessible seating is by reservation only and will be limited to three or four seats per family to accommodate those who need the seating.

If you have other questions regarding Psychology’s ceremony, please contact Cindy Salmon at 541-346-4952 or or Amy Stapleton at 541-346-4921 or

All students are encouraged to participate in the Duck Grad Parade, which is part of the University of Oregon’s ceremony.  Line up begins at 8:15 a.m. in front of Johnson Hall on 13th Avenue.  The parade processional begins its journey to Matthew Knight Arena at 9:00 a.m., and the opening remarks for the ceremony should begin at approximately 9:30 a.m.  Guest tickets are required for the university’s ceremony.  Students are not individually recognized at the UO’s ceremony nor do student names appear in the printed program.


The University will provide free shuttle buses from Autzen Stadium to the main campus, running from 7:00 a.m. to approximately 6:45 p.m.  All commencement guests should plan to park at Autzen Stadium and ride the shuttle bus.  Guests and students with ADA permits only will be able to park in the Columbia Garage, which is underneath the Ford Alumni Center.  A shuttle will be available from the Columbia Garage to take guests around to the various drop-off sites on campus.  For guests needing wheelchair accessible shuttles please check with a volunteer at the Columbia Garage shuttle area.  For Psychology’s ceremony, the nearest shuttle drop-off will be at 15th and University in front of the Student Recreation Center.  Golf carts will be available from there to take ADA guests to the EMU Green.  Please check in at the nearest information booth to request golf cart service if necessary.  Guests without ADA placards but with limited stamina/mobility may be dropped off on Villard Street for shuttle service to campus drop-off areas. Please check the UO’s Commencement website for parking updates at:

Commencement Photography

GradTrak® by Graduation Images is the official photographer for all University of Oregon commencement ceremonies.  A member of their staff will take a photograph of each graduate receiving a diploma cover. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Pictures are normally available online within 48 hours of the ceremony. Any questions regarding graduation photos can be directed to 1-800-261-2576. If you wish to view photos online, please see the GradImages website at:

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April 6, 2017

Professor Freyd’s Work is Focal Point of Sociology Conference

The 88th annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association featured Dr. Jennifer Freyd’s work as the conference theme. “Institutional Betrayal: Inequity, Discrimination, Bullying, and Retaliation in Academia” includes thematic panel discussions on institutional betrayal, a component of Dr. Freyd’s betrayal trauma theory which she describes as, “wrongdoings perpetrated by an institution upon individuals dependent on that institution, including failure to prevent or respond supportively to wrongdoings by individuals (e.g. sexual assault) committed within the context of the institution.” Dr. Freyd herself will be featured as a speaker during the event, as part as the “Institutional Betrayal and Gender Shrapnel in Academia” discussion with Ellen Mayock, author of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace.

Dr. Jennifer Freyd

You can read more about Dr. Freyd and her work on her lab’s website, about the influence of Dr. Freyd’s work on the conference on Around the O, and about the full roster of events on the conference website.


April 3, 2017

Psychology Graduate Students Receive UO Awards

Several of our graduate students received well-deserved awards from the University of Oregon. Congratulations to the following winners!:

  • Michelle Fong, recipient of the Betty Foster McCue Fellowship for Human Performance and Development and recipient of the UO Disseration Fellowship
  • Katherine Hagan, recipient of the Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award
  • Elizabeth Loi, recipient of the Gary E. Smith Summer Professional Development Award
  • Rita Ludwig, recipient of the Sandra Morgen Public Impact Fellowship
March 17, 2017

Psychology Graduate Students Win NSF Awards

AwardsThe National Science Foundation afforded the University of Oregon 6 graduate research fellowships this year, and psychology graduate students took home 3 of them. Congratulations to Krista DeStasio, Sarah Horn, and Jonathan Saunders on their well-deserved awards!



March 9, 2017

Psychology Team Wins Kluft Award for Best Paper

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. 

Congrats, team!

March 7, 2017

UO Psych Team Hosts Brain Hack 2017

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!

February 21, 2017

Professor Paul Slovic featured in Cascade Magazine

UO Psychology professor Paul Slovic at his desk.

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.

February 16, 2017

University Recognizes McNair Scholars at Symposium

McNair SymposiumEvery 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


Congratulations Scholars!


Visit the UO McNair website for more information on the McNair Scholars Program.

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