Successful Doctoral Dissertation Defenses:
Daniel Chapman, dissertation: “Three Investigations into the Dynamics and Implications of Identify Protective Cognition for Public Responses to Environmental Problems.”
Elina Kaplan, dissertation: “Hearing and seeing a speaker: How perceptual and cognitive factors modulate the dynamics of audiovisual speech perception.”
Katherine Newkirk, dissertation: “Maternal Postpartum Depression and Father Involvement Across the Transition to Parenthood.”
Shereen El Mallah, dissertation: “Conceptualization and Measurement of Adolescent Prosocial Behavior: A Two-Study Mixed Methods Investigation”. Shereen examined Latino/Latina and White young adolescents’ concepts of prosocial behavior, and how ethnic group and individual differences in prosociality were linked with differences in well-being in the transition to adolescence. Shereen is now a post-doctoral fellow, funded by a US Institute of Education Sciences training grant, at the University of Virginia.
Charisse Pickron, dissertation: “Two of the same? Infants' conceptual representation of faces based upon gender, race, and kind information”. Charisse examined infants' representations of individual faces that varied by humanness, gender and race. Charisse is now a post-doctoral fellow, funded by the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She is working with Dr. Jed Elison and will be continuing her research on perceptual and conceptual processing of social groups during infancy. She will also be learning both behavioral, eye-tracking, and electrophysiological measures.
Patrick Sadil, a fourth-year student in the Cognitive Psychology Program working with Dr. Rosie Cowell, was awarded the third annual Keith Rayner Memorial Graduate Student Research Award. Data from Patrick’s project, Visual Recollection: filling in the blanks for non-declarative information, will test key assumptions underlying theories that attempt to explain how people recognize something that they have encountered before—such as a person, an object, or a context. These results will offer insight into the relationship between the kinds of processes that support recognition and the kinds of information used during those processes.
Alice Coyne, a 5th year student in the Psychotherapy Research Lab, was awarded the 2018 Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29 of the American Psychological Association) Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award. Alice received this award at the APA Convention in San Francisco in August.
Sungha Kang, graduate student in clinical psychology, received a student poster award for innovative research from APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) for her project "Racial Differences in Parent and Teacher Perceptions of ADHD".
Alexandra Jesse and Jennifer M. McDermott have received tenure.
Lori Astheimer has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.