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


Lane Receives SUTASA Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Congratulations to quantitative doctoral student, Stephanie Lane! At the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2013 Stephanie was awarded the Student Ulanendergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTASA) for her outstanding undergraduate teaching of quantitative methods. This award, designed and administered by the Executive Branch of UNC’s Student Government, recognizes professors who have “demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.” 

Jones Receives Sage Student Research Award

jonesClinical student, Shawn Jones, was selected as the recipient of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) 2013 Sage Student Research Award.  Each year, ABPsi and Sage Publications select one student to receive $1000 for the most outstanding research conducted by a student. Shawn was presented with the award at this year’s Annual Convention of the Association of Black Psychologists in New Orleans, LA in late July. He also presented his paper, entitled “Emotional Response Profiles to Racial Discrimination: Does Racial Identity Predict Affective Patterns?” (Jones, Lee, Gaskin, & Neblett, 2013) at a breakout session during the conference.

Quant Student Acknowledged with Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award

Jim McGinley, quantitative student, recently won the Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award.  This award is given by the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in recognition of outstanding biomedical and psychosocial research among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Jim won this award for his research on innovative modeling framework for ordinal adolescent alcohol use data.

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

Several Graduate Students of Psychology Receive External Awards

The following students have been awarded either an external fellowship or grant for the 2012-2013 academic year to aid them in their research.  They will be recognized at the 2013 Graduate Student Recognition Celebration in April hosted by the Graduate School.  Congratulations to all!

Courtney Cameron, Behavioral Erol Ozmeral, Cognitive
Lahnna Catalino, Social Christine Paprocki, Clinical
Domenic Cerri, Behavioral Elise Rice, Social
Cara Damiano, Clinical Jessica Solis, Clinical
Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, Clinical Gretchen Sprow, Behavioral
Steven Holochwost, Developmental Jonathan Sugam, Behavioral
Shawn Jones, Clinical Audrey Wells, Behavioral
James McGinley, Quantitative Bharathi Zvara, Developmental

Graduate Students Awarded Grants

mckimTheresa McKim, a graduate student of our Behavioral Neuroscience Program, was recently awarded an NC TraCS $2,000 grant for her research, “Addiction History and COMT Genotype are Independently Associated with Impairments in Learning and Replacing Arbitrary Stimulus-Response Associations.”


kahnJason Kahn, a graduate student of our Cognitive Program, recently received an NSF Grant to support his doctoral dissertation research, “Processing Fluency and Word Duration in Multi-Word Utterance.”

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.

Clinical Student Receives Randy Gerson Memorial Grant

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is pleased to announce that Christine Paprocki, M.A. is the recipient of the 2012 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant, which awards up to $6,000 for graduate student projects in family and/or couple dynamics, and/or multi-generational processes.

Christine Paprocki is a graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She studies the effectiveness of couple-based treatments for a variety of psychological disorders and physical health conditions. Ms. Paprocki will use her Gerson grant to fund dissertation research that will focus on excessive relationship-based reassurance-seeking (e.g., repeatedly asking a partner for affirmations of positive regard in order to reduce anxiety), and developing a brief intervention to address this maladaptive communication pattern in couples.

Clinical Graduate Student Awards

Over 1300 applicants apply to the Ford predoctoral competition for 60 awards across all disciplines.  This national competition recognizes applicants from a broad range of disciplines who have “demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”  Congratulations to Shawn Jones for receiving this prestigious award, and to Daniel Lee, Ashly Gaskin, and Michelle Gonzalez for receiving Honorable Mention.

Behavioral Neuroscience Student Excels

wellsAudrey Wells’ (Behavioral Neuroscience) recently published paper, “Interaction between the basolateral amygdala and dorsal hippocampus is critical for cocaine memory reconsolidation and subsequent drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior in rats” (Learn Mem 2011 Nov), has been selected for a Member of the Faculty of 1000 (F1000) review, which places this work in the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine. Audrey was also selected for a Society for Neuroscience travel award to attend the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies’ annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain. She is one of fifteen students from across North America who were chosen to receive this award. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Audrey!

Graduate School Awards Psychology Grad Student Dissertation Award

LasseterHeatherHeather Lasseter (Behavioral Neuroscience) was awarded a 2012 Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in the area of Social Sciences from The Graduate School. This is only the second time a graduate student from Psychology has received this award since the award was established. Heather will be honored at the Graduate School’s Annual Student Recognition Celebration on April 3, 2012. Congratulations, Heather! 

Graduate Students Receive Departmental Awards for Research

Ryan Jacoby (Clinical Program) and Elise Rice (Social Program) are the 2011-2012 recipients of the Knowles-Dashiell Award. Jenna Clark (Social Program), Chris Foster (Cognitive Program), and Nicholas Wagner (Developmental) are the 2011-2012 recipients of the Chase-Dashiell-Crane Award. These awards are intended to be used for research expenses.  

Psychology Lab Manager Named a Carolina Covenant Scholar

teonbrooksTeon Brooks, right, manager of the Language, Cognition and Brain Lab of Psychology Professor Peter Gordon, was named a Carolina Covenant Scholar.  In the photo, Teon attaches electrodes to a cap worn by Matt Lowder. The electrodes feed electrical activity generated by the neurons of Lowder’s brain into a computer, where it can be observed on a monitor.

Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award Receipients

old wellJaclyn Hennessey Ford, (Kelly Giovanello, Advisor) and Melissa Jenkins (Eric Youngstrom, Advisor) are the 2011 recipients of the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award.  This award honors Earl and Barbara Baughman for their many contributions to our Department over the years, and provides partial summer support to these students as they continue their work on their dissertation.  Jaclyn’s research focuses on autobiographical memory retrieval in healthy older adults and older adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairments (early Alzheimer’s). Jaclyn is specifically interested in identifying circumstances under which older adults do and do not exhibit impairments in their autobiographical memory retrieval relative to young adults. Melissa’s research includes developing and testing the effects of an intervention for improving clinical judgment. Specially, her study will investigate the impact of a new intervention on reducing cognitive-based errors that contribute to the misdiagnosis and over diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder.

Clinical Psychology Awards Ceremony

The Clinical Psychology Program Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, April 25th in Davie Hall. The Department congratulates each student and faculty member listed below on their achievements:

  • John Guerry received the 2011 Martin S. Wallach Award for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology. This award was voted on by faculty.
  • Don Baucom and Laney Margolis received the M. David Galinsky Clinical Supervision Award. This award honors mentors who challenge us to think richly, deeply, and flexibly about the art of clinical work and those we aspire to serve. This award was voted on by the outgoing class.
  • Carlye Kincaid received the 2011 Rosa Swanson Award. This award is presented annually to the student, staff or faculty member within the Clinical Psychology Program who has helped to foster a warm, supportive, nurturing and enjoyable professional environment. This award was voted on by the entire Clinical Psychology program.
  • Ryan Jacoby was named the 2011 David and Maeda Galinsky Fellow. Ryan will begin the Clinical Psychology program in the fall, advised by Dr. Jon Abramowitz.

Jeannie Loeb & Erika Bagley Receive 2011 Tanner Awards

Jeannie Loeb, Lecturer and Director for Undergraduate Research in Psychology, was awarded the prestigious 2011 Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching. Erika Bagley, Developmental Graduate Student, was awarded the prestigious 2011 Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for her outstanding contributions as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to undergraduate teaching. Both recipients were recognized at the February 6th basketball game during the half-time ceremony.

Gottfredson Awarded 2010 Lyle V. Jones Award

Quantitative graduate student, Nisha Gottfredson, was recently awarded the 2010 Lyle V. Jones Award in recognition of outstanding scholarship and citizenship as a graduate student in the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory. Nisha’s research focuses on the development and application of statistical models for the study of change over time.