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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

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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

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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.

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