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Brian Lickel promoted to Professor!

Brian Lickel will be promoted to Professor on September 1st! Congratulations!

Lickel's research focuses on how people interpret events in intergroup conflicts and how these interpretations affect their emotions, self-concepts, and support for different social and political policies. A key assumption in his work is that understanding people’s emotions is important for unlocking the processes that amplify or reduce intergroup conflict. 

Adam Grabell receives NIH K23 Award

Adam Grabell, Assistant Professor, starting Fall 2017 in the UMass Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has received an NIH K23 Award! This Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award will train Grabell to probe deliberate regulation in preschoolers ranging from low to severe irritability, over a period of rapid development, and connect findings to translational implications. Grabell’s current expertise includes differentiating the normal:abnormal spectrum of emergent psychopathology, with a focus on early disruptive behavior, multivariate statistics, and basic skills in acquiring and analyzing EEG and functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) data. His mentorship team, Drs. Harvey, Perlman, Wakschlag, Huppert, Grovetant, Deater-Deckard, and Fox, will provide expertise in child neuroimaging, emotion regulation, irritability, longitudinal design, and child treatment efficacy.

Bernhard Leidner receives tenure!

Bernhard Leidner has been promoted to Associate Professor, receiving tenure within the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program. Leidner's research focuses on processes of social identification and intergroup relations, primarily in the context of large social categories such as nations and ethnic groups. Specifically, his research is at the cross-road of the social psychological areas of norms and morality (e.g., moral disengagement in response to in-group wrongdoings), intergroup threat (e.g., threat-induced shifting of moral principles such as fairness or loyalty), and social justice (e.g., reparations after in-group wrongdoings; conflict resolution).

Nilanjana Dasgupta receives UMass Public Service Endowment Grant to work with Girls Inc. of Holyoke

​Nilanjana Dasgupta’s new project with Girls Inc. of Holyoke will study whether participation in a summer program has the potential to boost young female student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students will have the opportunity to Interact with positive role models while developing potential interests in STEM fields. Girls Inc. offers after school and summer programs focused on literacy and academic success, STEM, leadership and critical thinking, as well as health, wellness, and sexuality.

Maureen Perry-Jenkins Receives the UMass Life Science Moment Fund Award!

Maureen Perry-Jenkins, PhD, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Director of Center for Research on Families, UMass Amherst and Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMass Medical School have been awarded the UMass Life Science Moment Fund Award! This fund supports inter-campus projects based in clinical and translational research. Projects are envisioned to produce meaningful health outcomes while strengthening faculty-to-faculty networks within the University.

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