January 10, 2022 — 2021 was a big year for doctoral student Heather Anderson! Anderson received the University of Oregon's Women in Graduate Science's Parenting Award and the Psychology Department's Graduate Student Teaching Award. These awards helped offset the costs of teaching and conducting research while parenting a young child during a pandemic. Anderson also published an R package that furthers data science in developmental psychology by expanding researchers’ ability to use the Language Environment Analysis™ system.
December 16, 2021 — Doctoral student, Alexis Adams-Clark has been awarded the David Caul award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation for her research entitled "University Responses to Campus Sexual Violence and Students' Dissociative Symptoms A Longitudinal Study." This award will fund a portion of her dissertation work on campus sexual violence and institutional betrayal. Congratulations, Alexis Adams-Clark!
December 12, 2021 — UO Psychology Professor Paul Slovic has been recognized with an award from the Franklin Institute, as part of an award program for excellence in science and technology that goes back to 1824. Previous Franklin Institute honorees include Nicola Tesla, Marie Curie, and Jane Goodall, among others. Specifically, Prof. Slovic is the recipient of the 2022 Bower Award for Achievement in Science, which comes with a $250,000 prize.
December 12, 2021 — Dr. Dasa Zeithamova has received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The 6-month Fellowship will fund her sabbatical research stay at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin where she will be focusing on memory generalization across the lifespan. Congratulations, Dr. Zeithamova!
December 12, 2021 — Congratulations to Dr. Matt Smear for a recently funded R01 from the BRAIN initiative! The questions motivating this grant include: 1) How does the mouse olfactory system extract spatial information from odor stimuli? and 2) How do mice incorporate olfactospatial information into their cognitive maps during exploration of an environment?
December 12, 2021 — Our Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code change has been approved for both our undergraduate and graduate curriculum. This change, from the old "42.0101 – Psychology, General", to the current "42.27 – Research and Experimental" code reflects the strong STEM emphasis in our department's curriculum. This is a major win for international students as it impacts eligibility for Optional Practical Training. Special thank you to Lori Olsen, Shijing Zhou, and Drs. Melynda Casement, Nash Unsworth, and Jagdeep Bala for making this change possible!
December 12, 2021 — Dr. Sohna Shook has joined the Center for Translational Neuroscience as a career lecturer for the Online Master’s Program. Dr. Shook is a licensed mental health professional, certified play therapist, and trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. She has worked in private practice, schools, treatment facilities, jails, and community mental health centers. Welcome, Dr. Shook! We are so excited for you to be joining us!
December 12, 2021 — Huge congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Allen who was recently named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)! Fellows status is awarded to APS members "who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application". You can read more about the fellows on the APS website. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Dr. Allen!
December 12, 2021 — Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer was recently interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting "Think Out Loud" about how anti-black racism impacts adolescents. Dr. Pfeifer is a part of the National Scientific Council on Adolescence report which offers suggestions for supporting teens experiencing racism. Listen to the interview here!
December 8, 2021 — The UO Psychology Department welcomes Jeff Davis, our new undergraduate coordinator! (He's the new Arnita, or before that, the new Cindy.) Jeff hails from Corvallis and previously worked at Oregon State, but the Psychology Department is way too mature to hold any feelings of inter-state rivalry (go Ducks!...). Three things you should know about Jeff: He's been married for 20 years; he drives a Suzuki V-Strom motorcycle, and he's written a fantasy novel! Say hi to Jeff the next time you find yourself in the main Psychology office in Straub!