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Dr. Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff

Dr. Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff explains the impact of stress on puberty

September 27, 2022 — Dr. Elizabeth (Birdie) Shirtcliff, who joined our department last February, used her expertise in stress and sex hormones to weigh in on a conversation in Discover Magazine examining the causes of early puberty. Dr. Shirtcliff researches hormones by analyzing noninvasive biospecimens like saliva and hair in the Center for Translational Neuroscience and UO Biomarker Cluster.

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Dr. Chanel Meyers

Meet Dr. Chanel Meyers, New Assistant Professor in Diversity Science!

September 6, 2022 — The department’s Diversity Science Search found a true gem in Dr. Chanel Meyers, whose research focuses on the role diversity plays in intergroup processes.  Born and raised in Hawaii, Dr. Meyers experienced culture-shock when she moved to the “mainland” U.S. to earn her B.S. in psychology. This experience of culture shock, as well as her experiences as a multiracial individual, led her to question how racial diversity impacts the way we deal with race and identity.

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Sarah DuBrow Memorial Symposium and Memorial Service

August 24, 2022 — This past July, Dr. Sarah DuBrow’s friends, family, and colleagues flew into Eugene from all over the country and gathered on the UO campus to honor her life, both academic and personal. Dr. DuBrow died in February of an aggressive form of cancer, leaving a big hole in our department and our hearts.

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Door to Psychology Clinic

Research-based Training at the Psychology Clinic

August 23, 2022 — On the south side of Straub is a small door leading to U.O.’s Psychology Clinic, where clinical students receive high quality training and clients get gold standard, evidence-based treatment. Clinical training begins in students’ second year with a core practicum in which they learn how to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a common type of talk therapy that helps clients identify and correct inaccurate or negative thinking.

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Cambodian Family

UO Researchers in Cambodia testing benefits of maternal Vitamin B1 supplementation for infant development!

August 11, 2022 — Dr. Jeffrey Measelle and Dr. Dare Baldwin, along with a team of UO graduate and undergraduate students, collaborated on a clinical trial led by Dr. Kyly Whitfield testing the efficacy of thiamine (Vitamin B1) supplementation in promoting developmental thriving for infants. Thiamine deficiency, common in Cambodia, is a threat to infants’ survival and well-being, putting them at risk of impaired neuro-cognitive development. Dr. Baldwin, Dr. Measelle, and their team helped to train Cambodian staff to collect measures of neuro-behavioral functioning and caregiver-infant interactions.

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Dr. Mariah Kornbluh

Meet Dr. Mariah Kornbluh, New Assistant Professor in Developmental & Community Psychology!

July 25, 2022 — With a background in participatory action research and developmental psychology, Dr. Kornbluh is bringing a fresh perspective into our department this fall. For those unfamiliar with participatory action research, it is an approach to research where the researchers and participants work together to understand a problem and work towards solutions. Dr.

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Lindsay Rait and Erika Moe

Faculty Research Mentor Award for Sarah DuBrow

July 13, 2022 — Before her death shocked our department earlier this year, Dr. Sarah DuBrow was providing exceptional mentoring to her students. At the Undergraduate Research Symposium in May 2022, Sarah’s husband, faculty member Dr. Ben Hutchinson, accepted a faculty mentoring award on her behalf from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE). 

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Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer on the left and a collage of Team Duckling on the right

Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer and Team Duckling receive Outstanding Research Awards!

June 8, 2022 — Psychology sparkles with the announcement of Outstanding Research Awards from the UO's Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation!! Congrats to Jennifer Pfeifer, recipient of the Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research Award. Dr. Pfeifer recieved this award for her leadership and advocacy in creating a more diverse and inclusive environment. And another huge congratulations to Team Duckling and Caitlin Fausey, recipients of the Impact Award, which recognizes outstanding broader public engagement activity!

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Dr. Ahmar Zaman holding a baby

Dr. Ahmar Zaman joining this winter as new clinical instructor!

June 8, 2022 — If you take the undergrad Psychopathology course next year, you’ll be among to meet our new faculty member: Dr. Ahmar Zaman. If you find his class hard, no worries! One of his favorite parts about teaching is helping students experience that lightbulb moment where the concept really clicks. Dr. Zaman is passionate about helping his students grow and pursue their dreams: “I love hearing stories from students about how my classes or mentorship has inspired them to pursue a specific project or career trajectory that they had not considered prior.”

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Dr. Slovic on the left, Dr. Tucker in the middle, and Dr. Allen on the right

Faculty in the Press!

June 6, 2022 — Several of our illustrious faculty have been featured in the news recently! In a New York Times article titled "The ‘psychic numbing’ of mass tragedies," Dr. Paul Slovic describes why psychic numbing happens and how to overcome it.

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