Ryan Jacoby Awarded a UNC Summer Research Fellowship

Ryan Jacoby, a Clinical Psychology graduate student, received a Summer Research Fellowship from UNC Graduate School.

Summer Research Fellowships provide summer support to doctoral students so they may focus exclusively on their dissertation research. The fellowship is intended to enable students to complete their degree more quickly and to support students who normally do not have funding during the summer.

Carrie Adair Awarded UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Carrie Adair, a Social Psychology Graduate Student, was awarded the Graduate School’s 2015 – 2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

The Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation. Each fellowship enables a student to focus full-time on research and writing. This improves quality of the work and shortens the time to complete the degree. The fellowship supports the student by providing a stipend, tuition, feels and health insurance for one academic year.

Arun Nagendra Receives Institute of African-American Research Grant

Arun Nagendra, a Clinical Psychology graduate student, was awarded a 2015 Summer Graduate Research Grant from the UNC Institute of African-American Research.

UNC IAAR fund projects that focus on the well-being and security of black communities anywhere in the world and are awarded to students working on projects concerning African-American or the African diaspora.

Ryan Jacoby and Patrick Powell Receive the Baughman Dissertation Research Awards

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Congratulations to 2015 Baughman Dissertation Research Award winners, Ryan Jacoby and Patrick Powell.

The purpose of this award is to promote and support innovative dissertation research in our department.

Ryan Jacoby is a Clinical Psychology graduate student. Her research aims to better understand optimal ways to deliver exposure-based therapy for  obsessions. She will compare the conventional gradual exposure approach to a novel approach emphasizing variability in exposure intensity to maximize  tolerance of anxiety and fear.

Patrick Powell is a Cognitive Psychology graduate student. His research examines age-related changes in cognitive functioning as individuals with Autism  Spectrum Disorder (ASD) enter middle and late adulthood.

Casey Calhoun and Sophie Choukas-Bradley: Clinical Psychology Award Winners

Casey Calhoun is the 2015 Rosa Swanson Award recipient. This annual award recognizes a member of the clinical psychology program who has helped to foster a warm, supportive, and nurturing professional environment.

Sophie Choukas-Bradley has been selected for the 2015 Wallach Award. The Wallach Award honors excellence in graduate school and superior accomplishment.

Calhoun and Choukas-Bradley will be honored on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Clinical Psychology Awards Ceremony.

Call for Nominations: Diversity Enhancement in Psychology Awards

Please nominate someone for a Diversity Enhancement in Psychology Award! Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students can make nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted. Four awards will be given, two in each of the two categories listed below:

Psychological Research with Diverse/Underrepresented Populations (e.g., by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.)

  • A psychology undergraduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research contributing to knowledge about diverse populations. This individual might or might not be a member of an underrepresented group.
  • A psychology graduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research contributing to knowledge about diverse populations. This individual might or might not be a member of an underrepresented group.

Psychology Researchers from Underrepresented Groups

  • A psychology undergraduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research and who is a member of one or more groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychology by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. This student’s research might or might not address issues of diversity.
  • A psychology graduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research and who is a member of one or more groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychology by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. This student’s research might or might not address issues of diversity.

Please nominate by April 17 one or more individuals through this Qualtrics survey link. You may complete the survey multiple times if you wish to nominate more than one person or a person for more than one award.

Unsure of which undergraduates to nominate? Attend the Celebration of Undergraduate Research in the Student Union from 1-3:15 on Wednesday, April 15.

Graduate Student Recognition in Psychology

The Graduate School will host its annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 9, 2015 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Research Poster Presentations will take place at 3 pm, followed by the Awards Ceremony at 4 pm.

Congratulations to the below list of Psychology Graduate Students that will be honored for their achievements!

External Award Winners:

Name Department First award Second Award
Carrie Adair Psychology Mind and Life Institute 1440 Award for Real-World Contemplative Research
Sierra Bainter Psychology NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Donte Bernard Psychology Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Jon Casachahua Psychology National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health Related Research Program
Domenic Cerri Psychology NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Yen-Ping Chang Psychology The Taiwan Ministry of Education Study Abroad Scholarship
Sophia Choukas-Bradley Psychology American Psychological Foundation Henry David Research Grant
Melanie Fischer Psychology American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
Teague Henry Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Mary Higgins Psychology National Institute of Mental Health Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program
Adam Hoffman Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology Graduate Research Grant
Suzannah Isgett Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Ryan Jacoby Psychology Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Graduate Student Research Grant
Keenan Jenkins Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Shawn Jones Psychology Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
Yang Liu Psychology ETS Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program
Brett Major Psychology Mind and Life Institute 1440 Award for Real-World Contemplative Research
Jacqueline Nesi Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Adrianne Pettiford Psychology RTI International Professional Development Award
Chelsea Schein Psychology NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Kelly Sheppard Psychology Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Grant
Jessica Solis Psychology NRSA Fellowships for Minority Students (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse

Stephanie Salcedo, Elizabeth Reese, and Tate Halverson: NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Stephanie Salcedo, Elizabeth Reese, and Tate Halverson! Stephanie Salcedo and Elizabeth Reese are both recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Tate Halverson received an Honorable Mention for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

 

Ryan Jacob Selected for the SSCP Outstanding Student Clinician Award

Ryan Jacoby, a Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, has been selected as a recipient of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology’s Outstanding Clinician Award.

This award is intended to recognize outstanding graduate students who are providing exceptional contributions to the field of clinical psychology through their clinical work. Winners are selected based on interest, dedication, and exceptional performance in clinical work.

Stephanie Salcedo and Shawn Jones Awarded 2015 Ford Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to Clinical Psychology graduate students Stephanie Salcedo and Shawn Jones! They were selected as recipients of the 2015-2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships.

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program is a national competition that 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.

Shawn was awarded the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which provides one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree. Stephanie was awarded the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, which provides three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree.

Nicholas Wagner and Marie Camerota Receive Research Grant

Congratulations to Developmental Psychology graduate students Nicholas Wagner and Marie Camerota! Wagner and Camerota have received a Pilot Research Grant from the Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Control for their study on electronic cigarettes.

The study investigates the perceptions, prevalence, and patters of use of electronic cigarettes among pregnant women. With the collection of umbilical cord samples, the study compares levels of nicotine exposures between mothers who use tobacco cigarettes and those who use electronic cigarettes.

Apply for the Baughman Dissertation Research Award

With this announcement, the Department of Psychology invites applications for the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award. The purpose of this grant is to promote and support innovative dissertation research in our Department. Two awards of $6000 each will be made to provide summer support for advanced graduate students whose dissertation projects are underway. The expectation is that award recipients will devote their summer to working toward completion of their dissertation project, as opposed to accepting other employment (e.g. summer teaching).

Interested graduate students should submit a proposal (double-spaced, size 12 font) that is 2 to 4 pages in length, not including references. It should outline the proposed project, including an explanation of the questions addressed, the planned methodology, and the intended unique contribution to the field. Proposals will be reviewed by faculty representing multiple areas within the Department, so write to a broad audience and avoid jargon and unnecessary technical terminology. Proposals will be judged on the basis of the scientific rigor, novelty, and importance of the research, the clarity of presentation, and the applicant’s overall record of academic achievement.

It is required that applicants have successfully defended the dissertation proposal by May 1, 2015. In a cover letter, give the date on which your proposal was successfully defended, or when you expect the defense to occur. The award will not be made if this deadline is not met.

The application consists of (1) the cover letter, (2) the research proposal, and (3) a current curriculum vitae. If you are planning to apply, please let Dr. Charles Wiss know via e-mail by March 16 (fcwiss@email.unc.edu). Submit digital copies of the application materials to fcwiss@email.unc.edu by 4:00 pm, March 23, 2015. Awards will be announced in mid-April.

Vanessa Volpe Receives APAGS Basic Psychological Science Research Grant

Congratulations to developmental graduate student, Vanessa Volpe, who has received a Basic Psychological Science Research Grant for diversity-focused research from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APASGS)! The intent of this grant is to fund innovative psychological science research projects. Vanessa will be awarded $1000 towards her research that examines coping strategies and vagal regulation as potential mechanisms through which racial discrimination may translate into health outcomes for Black undergraduate students​.

Vanessa Volpe Named the Inaugural Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar

Congratulations to Developmental graduate student, Vanessa Volpe, who was recently named the inaugural Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar as a part of the 2015 Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship. The Emerging Scholars Fellowship is a program dedicated to supporting behavioral health research by graduate and undergraduate scholars. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for students to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.

Developmental Graduate Students Win Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Prize at APA SPSSI 2014

Congratulations to developmental graduate students Adam Hoffman, Liz Adams and Katie Perkins who won the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Prize for the best poster presentation at the APA SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) 2014 Conference. The prize is given by SPSSI in conjunction with Sage Publications. The poster was entitled, “The Stability and Bidirectional Influence of Race Centrality in Black Youth and Their Parents.”

Jazmin Brown-Annuzzi Receives Christopher R. Agnew Research Innovation Award

Jazmin Brown-Annuzzi, a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program, was recently recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Christopher R. Agnew Research Innovation Award.  The Social Psychology faculty unanimously voted to recognize her for her highly innovative research on subjective social status, as exemplified in her article entitled “Objective and subjective socioeconomic status and health symptoms in patients following hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation,” which will soon appear in the Psycho-Oncology.

Erin Cooley Receives Chester A. Insko Best Publication Award

Erin Cooley, a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program, recently received the Chester A. Insko Best Publication Award.  The Social Psychology faculty unanimously voted to recognize her for her article entitled “Implicit bias and the illusion of conscious ill will,” which appeared in Social Psychological and Personality Science in 2014.

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.

UNC students awarded prestigious NSF fellowships

Donte LeShon Bernard (clinical), Teague Henry (quantitative) and Adam J. Hoffman (developmental) are three of 23 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. An additional 25 Carolina applicants were accorded honorable mention in the competition.

NSF fellows receive three years of support from the agency, including a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution, international research and professional development opportunities and access to a supercomputer. Currently, 71 Carolina graduate students are being supported with NSF GRFP fellowships.

“Carolina’s talented graduate students who work alongside our esteemed faculty make significant contributions in teaching and research at our great University,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We thank the National Science Foundation for supporting these promising scientists and engineers who are developing important, new ideas for North Carolina and the world.”

NSF received more than 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition and made 2,000 fellowship award offers. Fellowship recipients may choose to continue their research at their current institution or transfer to another U.S. university.

Kent Mung-Hao Lee (social) and Katherine Aidan Perkins (developmental) received honorable mentions.

The full list of external fellowship awardees can be found here.

Psychology Students to be Honored at Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration

The Graduate School will host its annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 24th at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.  Research poster presentations will take place at 3:00 pm., followed by the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm.

Below is a list of psychology students who will be honored for their achievements.  A big congratulations to all!

Internal Award Winner:
Melissa Jenkins, Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

External Award Winners:

  • Carrie Adair, Mind & Life Institute 1440 Award
  • Sierra Bainter, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • John Casachahua, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
  • Domenic Cerri, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Cara Damiano, Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship and International Meeting for Autism Research Travel Grant
  • Adam Hoffman, Psi Chi Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant
  • Suzanne Isgett, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Keenan Jenkins, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Shawn Jones, Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Jason Kahn, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
  • Jennifer MacCormack, APAGS/Psi Chi International Junior Scientist Fellowship
  • James McGinley, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Jacqueline Nesi, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Erol Ozmeral, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Elise Rice, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Chelsea Schein, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
  • Jessica Solis, NRSA Fellowships for Minority Students (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Audrey Wells, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Bharathi Zvara, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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.