Congratulations to quantitative doctoral student, Stephanie Lane! At the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2013 Stephanie was awarded the Student Undergraduate 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.”
Clinical 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.
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.
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
Nicole Fenton is the recipient of a Graduate Student Mentor Award from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research. This award was established to recognize and encourage mentoring of undergraduates by graduate students. Congrats, Nicole!
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|
Theresa 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.”
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.
James McGinley, quantitative graduate student, was recently presented with the 2012 Lyle V. Jones Award in recognition of outstanding scholarship and citizenship as a graduate student in the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory. Congratulations James!
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.
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.
Audrey 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!
Heather 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!
Kristjen Lundberg (Social) received the 2012 Tanner Teaching Assistants Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She will be recognized on Saturday, February 11th during the half-time ceremony at the UNC-Virginia Men’s Basketball game, tip-off scheduled for 1pm in the Dean E. Smith Center. Congratulations, Kristjen!
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.
Gretchen Sprow (behavioral neuroscience) is the recipient of the 2011-2012 King Research Excellence Award. This award honors Emeritus Professor Richard A. King for his many contributions to our Department over the years, including his lifelong commitment to research excellence.
Teon 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.
Jaclyn 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.
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, 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.
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.