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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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Dr. Michael Posner on the left and the cover of his book on the right

Dr. Michael Posner wrote a memoir!

May 30, 2022 — Read about how professor emerit, Dr. Mike Posner, helped found the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience in his recent memoir Developing a Brain: A Life in Psychology. Dr. Posner is the founder & coordinator of the Brain, Biology and Machine Initiative here at UO and one of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, according to an article by the American Psychological Association.

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Left side: Dr. Paul Slovic receiving an award on stage. Right side: Dr. Slovic similing with award

Dr. Paul Slovic wins Bower Award!

May 12, 2022 — Dr. Paul Slovic has recently joined Marie Curie, Orville Wright, Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein as a Franklin Institute Award laureate. The Franklin Institute Awards Program, dating back to 1824, is the oldest one in the United States. Each year a committee chooses a different field for the Bower Award, which is the only Franklin Institute award with a monetary prize as well as a gold medal. Given the field chosen for 2022 – decision making, it comes as no surprise to most of us that Dr.

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Dr. Nick Allen

Dr. Nick Allen weighs in on adolescent mental health

April 21, 2022 — Professor Nick Allen used his expertise in adolescent mental health and social media to weigh in on a few important conversations covered in the New York Post and Healthline. The New York Post article delves into the potential impact of Mark Zuckerburg's metaverse on mental health. It describes a number of potential benefits (e.g. increased accessibility to therapy) and potential harms (e.g.

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Painting of Dr. John Myers

Dr. John Myers will join us in the fall as new methods instructor!

April 21, 2022 — Students can expect a new face in the department this fall as Professor Myers will be teaching Scientific Thinking, Research Methods, and Statistics. Any who take these classes can expect a dynamic teacher, as his favorite part of teaching is interacting with his students, both in the classroom through discussions and outside of the classroom. He's currently teaching at the Northern Arizona University, but this fall won't be the first time that he's been on the UO campus. Dr. Myers actually completed both his undergraduate and masters programs at the University of Oregon.

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Dr. Melynda Casement

Dr. Melynda Casement funded to study how sleep impacts mental health in adolescents and young adults!

April 8, 2022 — Got enough sleep lately? Well two newly-funded projects from Dr. Melynda Casement will evaluate whether insufficient sleep and stressful life events contribute to symptoms of depression and alcohol use disorder (AUD). In order to examine this, they will enhance sleep duration and timing and measure its impact on reward- and stress-related brain function. These projects will be the first to run in the new “sleep pods” in the basement of Straub Hall.

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