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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!

June 23, 2016

Prof Azim Shariff’s work on driverless cars in Science and the NYT

By IYAR Rahwan/M.I.T. on Publish Date June 23, 2016

Dilemma of Driverless Cars. By IYAR Rahwan/M.I.T. on Publish Date June 23, 2016

Azim Shariff’s latest Science paper, “The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles,” discusses the moral dilemmas presented by driverless cars. See the writeup in the New York Times here:

People say that one day, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, they’d like to be passengers in self-driving cars that are mindful machines doing their best for the common good. Merge politely. Watch for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Keep a safe space.

A new research study, however, indicates that what people really want to ride in is an autonomous vehicle that puts its passengers first. If its machine brain has to choose between slamming into a wall or running someone over, well, sorry, pedestrian.

In this week’s Science magazine, a group of computer scientists and psychologists explain how they conducted six online surveys of United States residents last year between June and November that asked people how they believed autonomous vehicles should behave. The researchers found that respondents generally thought self-driving cars should be programmed to make decisions for the greatest good.

Sort of. Through a series of quizzes that present unpalatable options that amount to saving or sacrificing yourself — and the lives of fellow passengers who may be family members — to spare others, the researchers, not surprisingly, found that people would rather stay alive.

June 14, 2016

Our amazing students featured by the graduate school

The scholarship of our amazing students is featured on the graduate school’s homepage:

Jessica Flannery: How adolescent brain responses may predict future risk-taking behaviors

Jennifer Gómez: A Promising Scholar’s Path from Ballet to Her Own Theory about Culture and Betrayal in Trauma

Carly Smith: Clinical Psychology PhD Alumna Lands Tenure Track Position at Penn State

Plus, six of our graduate students were recognized with awards from the graduate school.

Our amazing grads

Clockwise from top-left: Jessica Flannery, Jennifer Gomez, and Carly Smith. Icon created by Edward Boatman from Noun Project.

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