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June 13, 2017

Psychology Research Featured in Newsweek

An essay by psychology faculty member Dr. Holly Arrow and clinical graduate student Bill Schumacher has been reprinted in Newsweek. Their piece, “Explaining the ‘moral injury’ that leads to military veterans’ suicides”, was posted on Memorial Day. You can read their powerful discussion of guilt, moral injury, and the effects on military veterans here on the Newsweek website.

June 1, 2017

Celebration of Undergraduate Achievement this Friday

The department’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Achievement will be taking place this Friday, June 2nd, at 3:30PM in the 2nd floor atrium of the Lewis Integrative Sciences building.

In this event, graduating psychology honors undergraduate students present posters describing the research that they have conducted and share their results with attendees. This event is open to all!

See a list of the honors projects that will be presented here.

 

May 29, 2017

Psychology Research Featured in Cascade Magazine

Research by department head Ulrich Mayr, graduate student Jason Hubbard, and economics professor Bill Harbaugh was featured in the Spring 2017 edition of Cascade Magazine. The research featured studies altruistic behaviors using neuroimaging methods.

You can read the full interview with Dr. Mayr about this work on the Cascade website.

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.

 

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 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.

January 25, 2017

Fausey on Science-Community Partnership

Caitlin Fausey, PhD

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!

January 20, 2017

Fausey Presents Quack Chat, Jan 25

Fausey Quack ChatCome 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.

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.

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