Dr. David Penn was the 2013 recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. He will be recognized with this prestigious award on November 9th in Atlanta. The award is for the role he played in inspiring a former UNC doctoral student, Dr. Dave Roberts, to work with him to develop a new psychosocial treatment that improves the social functioning of people with schizophrenia. The College of Arts and Sciences recently published an article about Dr. Penn entitled, “Making a Difference in the Lives of Schizophrenia Patients.”
Dr. Kurt Gray, along with his collaborators, received the 2013 SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize (see citations) for their 2012 Psychological Inquiry article entitled, Mind Perception is the Essence of Morality. This prize recognizes the most theoretically innovative article, book chapter, or unpublished manuscript of the year. It honors theoretical articles that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology.
The following individuals in the department have recently been awarded new grants for their research:
- Dr. Carol Cheatham (Developmental), K01 from NIAAA, provided to study the ability of coline to ameliorate the effects of fetal alcohol exposure and the epigenetics involved in such an effect in a rodent model.
- Dr. Todd Thiele (Behavioral Neuroscience), R01 from NIAAA, The Role of Corticotropin Releasing Factor in Binge-Like Ethanol Drinking.
- Dr. Deborah Jones (Clinical), R01 from NIMH, Technology to Enhance Treatment for Early Conduct Problems in Low Income Families.
- Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes (Developmental), NSF award, Collaborative Research: Parenting for STEM Success in African American Families.
- Dr. Sara Algoe (Social), John Templeton Foundation in collaboration with Clark University, Picture This: Bringing Joy into Focus and Developing Healthy Habits of Mind.
- Dr. Regina Carelli (Behavioral Neuroscience), R01 from NIDA, Neurobiological Investigation of Decision Making in Rats.
- Carrie Adair (Social Graduate Student), 1440 award from Mind & Life Institute, Mindfulness in interpersonal judgments and relationships in daily life.
- Jenn MacCormack (Social Graduate Student), APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship, Hanger: Hunger as Affect Induction for Anger.
- Dr. Lori Hoggard (Clinical Postdoc), Postdoctoral Fellowship from NSF, Racial Discrimination, Coping, and Underlying Processes in African American Young Adults.
- Dr. Laura Widman (Clinical Postdoc), K99 from NICHD, Reducing HIV Risk Among Adolescents.