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Blaustein Featured on National Public Radio

Jeffrey D. Blaustein, psychological and brain sciences, is featured on National Public Radio show "The Academic Minute" where he talks about the pros and cons of estrogen blockers for treatment of breast cancer and what women should know about this type of treatment. He says it is important for women to know that estrogens have many effects on the human body, and some of those have a significant impact on quality of life. (The Academic Minute, Inside Higher Ed, 12/20/16).

Blaustein and Dasgupta honored at Twelfth Annual Faculty Convocation

Jeffrey D. Blaustein and Nilanjana Dasgupta, both from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Andrea R. Nahmod, Mathematics and Statistics are three of eight nationally acclaimed faculty members presented with the 2016 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity during the Twelfth Annual Faculty Convocation on September 30.

 

Nilanjana Dasgupta to Present in 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series

​Nilanjana Dasgupta PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been selected to present in the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.  Her talk is titled STEMing the Tide: How Female Professors and Peers Can Encourage Young Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Apply Now for CRF Fall Travel Awards, Deadline is Oct. 21

The Center for Research on Families will give out awards of $300 to a minimum of two graduate students who have written an outstanding paper or created an exceptional poster on issues of family research and will be presenting the paper or poster at a national research conference before December 31, 2016. The paper/poster must already have been accepted for presentation at the conference and the award money to be used exclusively for travel expenses associated with the conference.

Application Deadline: Friday, 21st October 2016
Notification: Mid-November 2016

Miriam DeFant is now Project Director for the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Program

Miriam DeFant '89 PhD, is the newly appointed Project Director for the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Program at Clinical and Support Options, Inc. Miriam is currently the director of CSO's Psychological Assessment Services, In-Home Behavioral Services, and the Center for Professional and Community Education (CPCE).

PBS Welcomes Susan Young as Director of Finance and Operations

The Psychological and Brain Sciences Department is pleased to introduce Susan Young, the department's first Director of Finance and Operations.  Reporting to the Chair of the Department, Susan will provide management and supervision for the financial and technical operations of the department and will be responsible for the financial and facilities activities that support the academic, research, and outreach missions.  As Chief Financial Officer, she will provide strategic analysis and forecasting of financial scenarios and will make recommendations for the development of new income streams.  

Jeffrey Skowron is now Vice President of Diagnostic and Assessment Services for Beacon ABA Services

Jeffrey Skowron '00 PhD, is now Vice President of Diagnostic and Assessment Services for Beacon ABA Services with offices in Sunderland MA and West Springfield MA. Jeffery provides autism spectrum disorder evaluations for children ages 4 and younger, as well as home and school-based consultation for children with ASD and other special education needs.

Michael Constantino Leads Study to Match Patients with Mental Health Providers

A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst clinical psychology professor Michael Constantino will launch a study this month to enhance mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a federal agency, recently approved just over $1.7 million in funding for the plan.

Constantino will collaborate with researchers and clinicians at the University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health. They will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability, convenience or self-reported specialty.

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