Holly Laws Named Director of CRF Methodology Consulting Services

Holly Laws has been named Director of the Center for Research on Families (CRF) Methodology Consulting Services (MCS). MCS provides consultation in study design and statistical analysis. This team has particular expertise in methods for analyzing non-experimental data that arise in studies of families and dyads, with an emphasis on multi-level modeling, structural equation modeling, and analysis of nested and longitudinal data. MCS also offers free statistical seminars and a limited amount of free methodology consultation services to graduate students and faculty on campus. Laws hopes to expand the specialized methodology workshops that CRF offers, reaching a national audience through consulting and providing online tools.

New Book "Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement", Edited by Linda Tropp

A new book, "Making Research Matter: A Psychologist's Guide to Public Engagement", edited by Linda Tropp, has been released. Faculty from UMass Amherst (Amy Schalet, Sociology) and UMass Lowell (Meg Bond, Michelle Haynes-Baratz) have also contributed to this book.

Faculty Spotlight: Joseph Bergan

Research Area: Behavioral Neuroscience; Faculty page

Joseph Bergan grew up in northern Minnesota—a setting that naturally fostered an interest in the natural world. Early interests in medicine, geology, and mathematics gave way to neuroscience during his first year at Macalester College. “Neuroscience has the questions that interest me most in science. You are studying how the brain works, how we interact and perceive the world. How we behave, feel, and think. Those questions are really interesting to me. It is a privilege to get to study these questions and introduce students to these concepts for a living.” says Bergan.

PBS Welcomes Adam Grabell

Research Area: Clinical Psychology; Faculty page

What is the focus of your current research?

The question that my research focuses on is: “How does emotion regulation work in early childhood and what are the parts of this system that contribute to the most common forms of emerging psychopathology?”

PBS Welcomes Marcela Fernandez-Peters

Research Area: Behavioral Neuroscience; Faculty page

Originally from Costa Rica, Marcela Fernandez-Peters was inspired by the great diversity of wildlife that exists there. She developed a desire to learn about the different adaptations and behaviors of native animals. After majoring in Biology at the Universidad de Costa Rica, she began to concentrate on the world of animal communication.

PBS Welcomes Holly Laws

Research Area: Clinical Psychology; Faculty page

Holly Laws, Lecturer and Research Methodologist, developed a significant interest in social justice work after graduating from Wesleyan University. She spent time performing service through Habitat for Humanity and working with educational reform non-profits in New York. She worked on research teams, handling qualitative interviews and finding out more about the relationships between children, their families and schools.

Rebecca Spencer Receives $2.64 Million from NIH for Preschooler Sleep Study

Neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $2.64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore, in a series of laboratory and preschool-based studies, whether mid-day napping benefits learning in young children and helps them cope with emotions.