Christina Metevier selected for CNS Outstanding Advisor Award

We are excited to announce that Professor Christina Metevier has been selected as this year’s recipient of the CNS Outstanding Advisor Award for her exceptional contributions to undergraduate advising in PBS.  Students who have worked with Professor Metevier in the advising office and the classroom know firsthand that this recognition is very well-deserved given her endless enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to student success.  Congratulations Christina!

Joonkoo Park selected as APS Rising Star

Joonkoo Park, assistant professor in Developmental Science, has been selected as a 2016 Rising Star in the Association for Psychological Science!  APS Rising Stars reflect the best and brightest of psychological science, and we are very proud to have him on our faculty.  Congratulations Joon!

Aggie Mitchkoski retires from PBS

January 27 was Aggie Mitchkoski's last day with us in PBS.  She's retiring after 16 years of dedicated service and friendship.  We will miss her dearly, but wish her well in all of her new adventures!

Rudd Adoption Research Program to Offer 2017 Summer Institute

The Rudd Adoption Research Program will offer a Summer Institute, planned for May 21-26, 2017 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This summer institute is for graduate students and recent PhDs who are planning careers in adoption research. Topics will include data organization and management, longitudinal analysis, analyzing family and couple-level data, considering culture in adoption research, community engagement, and translation and dissemination of research findings. The methodological topics will be interspersed with discussions of adoption in global perspective, balancing the personal and professional, the history of adoption, research funding, and more.

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

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.