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The International Perspectives on Disability class visits TILL

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Students in the International Perspectives on Disability faculty-led study abroad program traveled to the Charlestown location of Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL), a non-profit organization providing residential, clinical, and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. The students were welcomed in the after school program facilities and given a tour of newly constructed group homes for adults with disabilities. The UMass students will be traveling with 15 participants from TILL to Scotland this August to attend the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) conference.

Adam Grabell joins 2019-20 class of Family Research Scholars

adam grabellAdam Grabell, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, has joined the 2019-20 class of Family Research Scholars established by The Center for Research on Families (CRF). Each academic year six UMass Amherst faculty members are selected to participate in the program based on their promising work in family-related research. They participate in an intensive year-long seminar that provides concrete skills for successful grant submission, peer and faculty feedback on their developing proposals, individualized methodology consultation with CRF faculty, and renowned experts and guidance on funding sources. The current group is the 16th cohort in the program's history.

Grabell’s study will test whether data collected from wearable and contactless devices can be used to detect child tantrums that indicate risk for mental disorder and predict the onset of a tantrum before it occurs in real time. The proposed study has the potential to move the field toward a future of artificial intelligence-assisted, home-based, early mental health detection and treatment.  

Psi Chi Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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This year the UMass Amherst chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology, celebrates their 40th anniversary! Chartered in 1979, Psi Chi at UMass is made up of undergraduates dedicated to personal growth and academic excellence. This community upholds their mission of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

The Boltwood Project helps 'Spread the Word'

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The Boltwood Project, Best Buddies, Special Olympics and Autism Speaks banded together to help spread the word about inclusion on March 6th, "Spread the Word" Day. They worked together to help people take the pledge supporting the cause. Spread the Word is a Special Olympics organization that began their mission to end the use of the r-word. They have now expanded their mission to spreading inclusion, both in language and in society. UMass students will continue to help spread this message through the above organizations.

Alumni attend Interdisciplinary Directions in Psychology

a group of recent alumni gather onstage to attend a psychology class

We had a great group of alumni attend "Interdisciplinary Directions in Psychology", sharing their personal experiences after college and giving great career advice! Individual spotlights coming soon! If you have an alumni story to share, visit our Alumni Updates Page.

Pictured left-right: Jawad Awan, Michael Stornanti, Casey Gavin, Caedyn Busche, Alicia Dryburgh, Melisa Joseph, Brianna Albanese, Sutton Bradbury-Koster, Seth Wilson, and Christina Metevier.

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

rebecca spencer in front of mri scanner at umass

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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