Clinical Professor and Director of Psychological Services, Dr. Erica Wise, is the recipient of the Fifth Annual APA Ethics Committee Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education. She was presented with the award at the annual APA Ethics Breakfast in August.
Dr. Neil Mulligan has been appointed the new Editor for the journal, Memory & Cognition
Drs. Enrique Neblett and Eleanor Seaton served as Chair and Co-Chair on the planning committee this year for the 19th Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill. Over seventy graduate students and faculty scholars from all over the country attended the four-day conference. This event offers the opportunity for graduate students in all fields of psychology to come together to present their ongoing research, gain professional development experiences, and network with other graduate students and faculty in a welcoming environment.
The following individuals in the department have recently been awarded new grants for their research:
- Sierra Bainter, Quantitative Student (sponsored by Dr. Patrick Curran), predoctoral fellowship from NIDA, Novel Application of Bayesian Methods for Modeling Substance Use Trajectories
- Dr. Kathleen Gates, Quantitative, R21 by NIBIB, Data-driven Approach for Identifying Subgroups Using fMRI Connectivity Maps
- Dr. Kathleen Reissner, Behavioral Neuroscience, R00 by NIDA, Contribution of Glial Glutamate Transport and Transmission to Drug Abuse
- Dr. Kurt Gray, Social, grant from University of California (sponsored by John Templeton Foundation), The Immortality of Morality
- Dr. Charlotte Boettiger, Behavioral Neuroscience, grant from The Foundation for Alcohol Research, Neural Circuit Bases of Impulsive Choice in Emerging Adults and Heavy Drinking Adults
- Drs. Beth Kurtz-Costes, Developmental, and Keith Payne, Social, R03 by NICHD, Children’s Implicit and Explicit Stereotypes About Academic Abilities
Dr. Regina Carelli recently accepted an invitation to serve a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse which provides advice to the Director of NIH. Dr. Carelli will be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.
Dr. Jennifer Arnold was featured in an article in Endeavors Magazine for her disfluency research. Click here to read the full article.
Dr. Jeannie Loeb has been selected this year by seniors of all disciplines at Carolina to speak at the Last Lecture Ceremony as part of the 2013 Senior Week. Dr. Loeb was widely praised for her ability to connect with students and her expertise in the field of psychology. The event will take place April 16th at 7 PM in Polk Place. To read more about the event, please click here.
Dr. Jeannie Loeb and Dr. Beth Jordan were featured in an article published in the UNC-CH College of Arts and Sciences spring magazine. Both were recognized for their creative efforts in blending online work, class discussion, and games in the introductory course, Psychology 101. To read the full article please click here.
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson recently wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Sunday New York Times and quickly became the most e-mailed piece in that day’s paper. “Your Phone vs. Your Heart” discusses how real positive social contact with others improves our overall health.
Additionally, Dr. Fredrickson appeared on CBS This Morning on April 3rd to discuss amongst a panel of other professionals the pros and cons of cell phone use. Please click here to watch a video clip from this portion of the show and to read some of Dr. Fredrickson’s tips on staying connected with others.
Dr. Eric Youngstrom was promoted to full membership in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Among other achievements, nominees for membership are evaluated on the excellence of their scientific contributions.
Following the success of her first book, Positivity, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Distinguished Professor, releases another groundbreaking book entitled, Love 2.0. Using research from her lab here at UNC, her newest publication is intended to reinvent how we look at and experience our most powerful emotion: love. Her latest work is featured as the leading spotlight story in a write-up entitled, “What’s love got to do with it?” on UNC’s main website.
Assistant Professor, Dr. Kristen Lindquist, was quoted in an article published in the Financial Times that discusses social media and addiction. Click here to gain access to the full article. Also, the work of Distinguished Professor, Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, and her lab provided the basis for an article published in Wired Magazine that discusses happiness in the workplace. Click here to read the full article.
A study, jointly published by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Distinguished Professor, and alumna, Dr. Bethany Kok, was recently the focus of an article in The Economist. “Think Yourself Well,” discusses how positive emotions are linked to physical health. Fellow Tarheel contributors to the study include Professor Sara Algoe, Kimberly Coffey, Lahnna Catalino, and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk.
A blog entry written by Dr. Jeannie Loeb, one of our Senior Lecturers, was recently featured by Johns Hopkins University Libraries. The Johns Hopkins article mentions UNC’s Center for Faculty Excellence blog on 100+ Tips for Teaching Large Classes. The CFE blog includes Dr. Loeb’s “Tip #27: Discourage Cheating by Providing Moral Reminders and Logistical Obstacles,” which is chock full of solid suggestions of ways to discourage cheating.
Dr. Patricia Garrett-Peters, Research Assistant Professor in Psychology and an Investigator at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, was recently recognized for her graduation from the Carolina Center for Public Service Faculty Engaged Scholars Program. Eight scholars, representing various disciplines across campus, were honored at the ceremony for their engaged scholarship and community partnerships.
Click here to view the full article by the Carolina Center for Public Service.
The College of Arts and Sciences has awarded more than $50,000 in grants for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in 2012-13. Jennifer Arnold (Associate Professor, Cognitive Psychology) and Mark Klinger (Health Sciences) were awarded $10,000 for their project: Speaking Naturally: The Production and Comprehension of Prosody in Individuals With and Without Autism. This project will identify specific language mechanisms that are impaired in children and adolescents with autism. This experiment will support a broader proposal to be submitted to NIH.
Dr. Steven Buzinski, Lecturer and Director for Undergraduate Research in Psychology, received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2011. An award-winning graduate teaching assistant and Lilly teaching fellow at the University of Maryland, Dr. Buzinski subsequently secured a one-year post-doctoral teaching fellowship at Lebanon Valley College. He now joins the Department of Psychology as a lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Research. A social psychologist by training, Dr. Buzinski has research interests in self-regulation, prejudice, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His personal interests in food and travel were facilitated by his love of basketball. After his college basketball career, Dr. Buzinski spent a year as a Washington General, battling the irrepressible Harlem Globetrotters across Europe, Asia, and the United States, amassing a professional record of 0-176 before returning to his academic pursuits.
Dr. Desiree Griffin, Lecturer and Psychology Club Advisor, is originally from Mobile, Alabama, and she was raised a die-hard Alabama fan. Therefore, it was only natural that she attend the University of Alabama for her undergraduate education. She decided to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and stayed at the University of Alabama to work with Stan Brodsky because of his significant contributions to the field of forensic psychology. She and her husband, Michael, moved to Durham, North Carolina in 2010 so she could complete her clinical internship through the UNC Department of Psychiatry. After falling in love with this area they decided to stay and raise their son, Andrew, to be a Tar Heel fan. She took a clinical position with Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute where she worked with individuals receiving treatment after being found not guilty by reason of insanity. Now, she is very excited to begin working as a lecturer in the Psychology Department at UNC where her teaching focus will be on clinical and forensic psychology.
In January, there was a 5-day film shoot held at the UNC Psychology Evergreen clinic, directed by Robert Griffiths of FireDancer Productions (Carbondale, CO) and produced by Sharon Shepard-Levine of Twin Start Productions (South Orange, NJ). The shoot was done as part of the Recovery After An Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) study. The RAISE project is examining the effectiveness of comprehensive treatment services (individual therapy, family therapy, supported employment, and medication management) compared to standard treatment for individuals who have just experienced an initial schizophrenia episode. This study is being conducted in 17 states and aims to recruit over 400 individuals. It is the largest psychosocial treatment study for first episode psychosis ever funded by NIMH!
Dr. David Penn (Site PI; member of the RAISE executive committee; wearing tie), and Dr. Piper Meyer (Research coordinator; first row on left), with the film crew. Drs. Penn and Meyer completed the film shoot with members of their lab (Elizabeth Bowman, Ben Buck, Kelsey Ludwig, Charles Olbert and Adrienne Nye). The aim was to create training videos for the therapy program (Individual Resiliency Therapy; IRT) developed by Drs. Penn and Meyer, and colleagues from RAISE. Hopefully, these videos will be available on the NIMH website, which should facilitate the dissemination of IRT to clinicians around the country.
Jon Abramowitz, Editor-in-Chief, just launched a new journal, Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders.
Carol Cheatham, Ph.D., developmental cognitive neuroscientist with the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), was recently invited to appear as featured speaker with an international public education campaign. The campaign, sponsored by Abbott Nutrition, makers of Similac infant formula, was designed to establish greater awareness of proper nutrition for pregnant women in Vietnam and Singapore. In her role at the NRI, Cheatham studies the effects of nutrition on memory and attention from prenatal months to preschool years, making her the ideal resource to share the science behind prenatal diet recommendations in this campaign.
Cheatham was warmly received as featured presenter in a lecture tour, which was a primary part of the broader, multi-national education campaign, with the ultimate goal of enhancing infant and child health levels in these countries.
On the tour, Dr. Cheatham addressed health professionals, including OB/GYN Physicians in Singapore and midwives in Vietnam, the primary healthcare support during pregnancy and delivery in that nation. To help cascade the message even further to the public, Dr. Cheatham and the other lecturers spoke directly to the media in Vietnam, encouraging increased communication throughout the nation about nutrition.
Eric Youngstrom, Professor, has been appointed as the Chair of the Child Bipolar Disorders Task Force of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. Eric has also been designated as one of the three authors on the update of the Practice Parameters for Bipolar Disorder for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Jon Abramowitz has been named as the inaugural Editor of the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and Mitch Prinstein has been named as the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.