Professor Tim Wilson Awarded Inaugural John Thibaut Award

University of Virginia Professor Tim Wilson was recently awarded the inaugural John Thibaut Award. The John Thibaut award is given by the social psychology graduate students for inspiring research in social psychology. The award is named after the influential social psychologist and former UNC Professor, John Thibaut.

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Graduate student Elise Rice awards Professor Tim Wilson the inaugural John Thibaut Award.

Dr. Mitch Prinstein Named the “John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology” at UNC

Congratulations to Dr. Mitch Prinstein who has been named the “John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology” at UNC. A distinguished professorship (endowed chair) is a wonderful honor, and most people would agree that it is the highest recognition that a university bestows upon a faculty member to acknowledge that individual’s contributions to research. Mitch makes major contributions to our University and the field in the areas of research, teaching, and service, and he clearly merits this recognition. Mitch will continue in his role as Director of Clinical Psychology, now with an enhanced title.  UNC names many of its distinguished professorships after former faculty who have made noteworthy contributions to the university. Professor Van Seters is a former professor of religious studies at UNC.

UNC-CH Psychology Professors Awarded Grant from Lumosity

Drs. Joe Hopfinger and Katie Gates were recently awarded a $150,000 human cognition grant from Lumosity (Lumos Labs, Inc.).  The grant will support research that investigates changes in brain connectivity from cognitive training through group and individual fMRI analyses.

Dr. Hopfinger is a professor of cognitive psychology and Dr. Gates is a professor of quantitative psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Lumosity is a cognitive training and neuroscience research company.

See press release here and a short article from the Herald Sun here.

Dr. Enrique Neblett Receives Inaugural IAAR Faculty Fellowship

The Institute of African American Research recently announced the two recipients of the first–ever IAAR Faculty Fellowship: Enrique Neblett and Alvaro Reyes. Both are UNC faculty members. They will be fellows with the IAAR for the academic year 2014-2015, during which time they will work on developing or completing their individual research projects.

Enrique Neblett, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, will be a tenured associate professor of psychology by Fall 2014. On faculty at UNC since 2008, his research includes attention to racism-related stress, well-being and health status among African American youth. While at the IAAR he will conduct a longitudinal pilot study investigating the psychological well-being during early adulthood in two cohorts of African American college freshmen. Neblett will also work on writing a research grant to support a study on racial identity and racial discrimination among emerging adults.

Both fellows will give a public talk about the projects that they are pursuing during their tenure at the IAAR. The dates for these talks will be announced in late summer 2014.

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.

For more information, click here.

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.

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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.