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Future of Adoption Publication Series

Future of Adoption Publication Series

To help families and others interested in current research and thinking about adoption, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by professor and adoption expert Harold Grotevant are this spring releasing a series of 19 user-friendly papers on such topics as how adoptees are shaping post-adoption services, inter-country adoption, LGBTQ parent adoption, and planning and supporting birth-family contacts.

Rebecca Spencer featured as Spotlight Scholar in Research Next

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Does “sleeping on it” help us make better decisions? Are sleep disorders just a natural part of aging? How important are naps, anyhow? Rebecca Spencer, Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of the UMass Amherst Sleep Monitoring Lab is finding answers to these questions.

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Linda Tropp Named Chancellor's Leadership Fellow for 2019

Six faculty have been awarded Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowships for 2019, according to John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and Anna Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion.

linda tropp smiling in her office at umassTwo fellows, Melissa Wooten, associate professor of sociology and Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology, are working with associate chancellor Anna Branch in the office of equity and inclusion. These fellowships seek to cultivate future campus leaders by offering a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. In addition, fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year.

New Publication Discusses Practical Strategies in School Psychology for Professionals and Parents

portrait of gayle macklemA new book edited by Gayle Macklem (UMass Amherst, B. A., Class of ’63), Lessons from School Psychology: Practical Strategies and Evidence-Based Practice for Professionals and Parents has just been published. It presents practical advice and evidence-based strategies for school-based professionals and parents to utilize when dealing with challenging and worrisome behavior in children and adolescents. Structured around a series of timely topics facing schools today, chapters cover everything from bullying and racial incidents to substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Ann Marie Russell '01 Named Associate Provost for Data and Analytics

Ann Marie RussellAn alumna has returned to campus to take a lead role in efforts to create more data-informed decision-making about academic programs.

Ann Marie Russell, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001, is working in the newly created post of associate provost for data and analytics. Russell also received her master’s degree in social psychology and her Ph.D. in psychology and social policy both from Princeton University. Since 2013, Russell has served as the director of institutional research at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Tropp cited in toolkit for educators cultivating diverse classrooms

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The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank conducting research on the benefits of diverse classrooms, has developed a toolkit "Fostering Intergroup Contact in Diverse Schools: Strategies for Educators" based on the classification of intergroup contact outlined by Linda Tropp and Suchi Saxena, a consultant at the Silverman Center of Brandeis University. The toolkit focuses on methods of integrating students across race and class, and developing supportive relationships.

Understanding human behavior

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New institute provides fresh approach to the science of diversity

Human diversity is complex. It originates from factors such as biology, psychology, economics, and history that influence every facet of human experience—from health and work to education and environment—in ways that may confer advantages or disadvantages on people’s lives. Research on the science of human diversity is just as complex, residing in different departments, schools, and colleges and across disciplines. Bringing the players together from across campus and encouraging interdisciplinary efforts is the intent of the UMass Institute of Diversity Sciences

Winter 2019 Newsletter

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We invite you to read the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences Winter Newsletter! Featuring:

  • Faculty Profile: Lisa Harvey
  • Alumni Profile: Rebecca Ametrano, Clinical Psychologist
  • Finding clues to adolescent brain development
  • Faculty and students join forces, sharing their knowledge of teaching. PBS holds “Okteacherfest”
  • PBS Interviews New Assistant Professors: Bruna Martins and Evelyn Mercado
  • UMass Neuroscience Club reaches 10 years as RSO

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