Enrique Neblett Selected as Diversity Education & Research Center Faculty Fellow

Enrique Neblett has been selected as a Diversity Education & Research Center (DERC) Faculty Fellow. DERC Faculty Fellows are tenured, tenure-track, fixed-term, or post-doctoral scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to teaching, research, and service and a commitment to diversity and inclusion at the University of North Carolina.  The purpose of the DERC Faculty Fellows program is to engage faculty who are interested in advancing diversity and creating an inclusive campus climate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through 1) assisting with and advising Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA) on existing and/or new programs and initiatives and 2) through the research or project of the faculty member. As a Fellow, Dr. Neblett will work with the other Faculty Fellows, DMA Staff, and the Center for Faculty Excellence to develop a Faculty Learning Community focused on Diversity in the Classroom that will be offered during the 2014-15 academic year. He will also assist the Director for Diversity Research, Assessment, and Analytics with the design of the 2014 UNC Campus Climate Survey.

2014 University Teaching Awards

The University announced the recipients of the 2014 University Teaching Awards, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence.  A special insert on the winners will appear in the April 16 issue of the University Gazette.  Award winners from the Psychology department were:

  •  Anna Bardone-Cone, William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Enrique Neblett, Chapman Family Teaching Award
  • Viji Sathy, Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Daniel Harper, Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants


UNC-CH Psychology Featured in Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

The Department of Psychology at UNC-CH was recently featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine. Click below to read an article on the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology and a story about the science of addiction, featuring Drs. Don Lysle, Gina Carelli, Todd Thiele, Stacey Daughters, Patrick Curran, Dan Bauer and Andrea Hussong.  Additionally, Dr. David Penn’s schizophrenia research is highlighted.  Lastly, there is a quote from Dr. Kelly Giovanello about a proposed minor in neuroscience.


UNC Hosts 19th Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology

IMG_9767 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. 

Grants Awarded

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

Carelli Appointed as Member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse

carelliDr. 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. 

Senior Lecturer of Psychology to Speak at Senior Ceremony

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.

PSYC 101 Instructors Recognized for Interactive Instruction

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.

“Your Phone vs. Your Heart”

fredricksonDr. 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. Fredrickson Releases Second Book, Love 2.0

love2.0Following 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.

Please click here to view a short video of Dr. Fredrickson discussing Love 2.0 in more detail.

Professors Credited in International Periodicals

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.

UNC Collaborative Study Receives Global Recognition

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.

Blog Entry on “Teaching Tips” Recognized by Johns Hopkins University

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 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.

Professor Acknowledged for Involvement in Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

garrett-petersDr. 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.

CAS Awards Grant to Cognitive Professor

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.

The Department Welcomes New Lecturers

buzinskiDr. 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.

griffinDr. 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.