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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!

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.

January 19, 2017

Berkman Wins Early Career Award in Health Psychology

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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.

January 9, 2017

Freyd Dynamics Lab Research Applied in VA PTSD App

PTSD Family Coach Mobile App

PTSD Family Coach Mobile App

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!

Read more about the research here, and about the VA’s National Center for PTSD’s mobile apps here.

December 13, 2016

Annual Newsletter Released

Psych By The Numbers

Psych By The Numbers

We’re excited to share the Department of Psychology’s Annual Newsletter for 2016! This was a great year for the department. Highlights this year include our innovative Faculty GO! Research Proposals, celebrations of the careers of Helen Neville and Marjorie Taylor, awards and honors for our fantastic graduate students and faculty, and the inaugural edition of the new alumni news and updates section.

Read the whole thing below. We look forward to hearing from you again next year!

September 17, 2016

Neville’s Research Featured on PBS

PBS NOVA: School of the FutureResearch from Helen Neville’s Brain Development Lab is featured on a new PBS NOVA film, School of the Future. The film highlights the Health & Human Services project, the two-generation approach of the work, and the way it uses selective attention as a neurobiological target for intervention.

You can read more here, and watch the full video here.

July 27, 2016

College of Arts and Sciences Award Winners

AwardsRecipients of 2016-17 CAS Scholarships are:

Carolyn M. Stokes Memorial Scholarship: Colton Christian
Clarence and Lucille Dunbar Scholarships: Danielle Cosme, Erik Knight, Marcus Mayorga, Matthew Robison
Marthe E. Smith Memorial Science Scholarship: Kathryn Iurino

Congrats to our award-winning graduate students!

Prof Srivastava’s Research Featured in CAScade

What's in a Tweet?

Prof. Sanjay Srivastava’s collaborative NIH-funded research on mental health and social media are featured in this quarter’s CAScade magazine:

Srivastava studies how personality affects and is affected by the social environment. He said outcomes of the project could include information about how mental health indicators vary over time and between communities and regions; how major events such as disasters and mass shootings affect community mental health; and how social media might be used for individual-level screening and diagnosis.

“There are mental health variables that are common experience—depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress,” Srivastava said. “We’re interested in individuals but also, at a more collective level, communities. What kind of difficulties are they having, and can we use that to do better health research and policies?”

July 5, 2016

Robyn L. Gobin (PhD, 2012) Named 2016 Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award Winner

Robyn Gobin

Robyn Gobin (PhD, 2012) has won the 2016 Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist Award

At the National Register’s spring meeting, the Board of Directors voted to present the 2016 Judy E. Hall, PhD, Early Career Psychologist Award to Robyn L. Gobin, PhD.

The award is named after Judy E. Hall, PhD, the Executive Officer of the National Register from 1990 to 2013. The award recognizes excellence in a National Register credentialed psychologist with fewer than ten years of postdoctoral experience, and the associated $2,500 stipend supports a project that advances the mission, vision, and values of the National Register.

Congrats, Robin!

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