Winter 2024 Newsletter

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Learn about the latest student, faculty, and alumni news in our Winter 2024 Newsletter!

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Highlights include:

  • Motivational Interviewing Beneficial as an Additive or Stand-Alone Therapy
  • To Make Science and Engineering More Diverse, Make Research Socially Relevant
  • UMass Social Psychologists Create Toolkit for United Nations Group To Facilitate Social Mixing Programs That Promote Migrant Inclusion
  • Catch Up With Our Student Clubs
  • Alumni Spotlights

Catch Up With Psi Chi

donutsThis semester Psi Chi has thoroughly enjoyed becoming more active, increasing its presence and engagement across campus, and interacting with new and existing members of the club.

Our Donuts & Cider fundraisers have been extremely successful. Freshmen and sophomore members of the club have gotten the unique opportunity to get to know the core e-board through this endeavor and club ties have strengthened! We will be continuing our fundraising efforts for the Spring semester every alternate Monday starting February 12th from 10AM-2PM in Bartlett Hall.

UMass Social Psychologist Linda Tropp Honored For Decades Of Research And Social Action

Linda TroppSocial psychologist Linda Tropp, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and faculty associate in the School of Public Policy, has been named the 2024 recipient of the Kurt Lewin Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action.”

Fall Semester Wrap Up from Diversity in Psychology Club President Katie Hogan

Katie HoganMy name is Katie and I’m a senior here at UMass, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. After graduating, I want to go to grad school and become an adolescent therapist. I was a part of the Diversity in Psychology Club (DIPC) before I studied abroad last semester and wanted to step up my role in the club as President upon coming back to UMass. I’m hoping to see more familiar faces with different psychological interests in our club so we can have a range of perspectives! I think psychology is so fascinating and has such a large scope that classes themselves don’t have the time to cover everything! Let me tell you a bit more about the club:

Our organization focuses on increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding multicultural/diversity/psychological/social justice issues whilst creating a space that flourishes upon open discussion, team bonding, and expanding cultural horizons.

Mohammad Atari discusses how often conversations about morality occur in everyday life

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Assistant Professor Mohammad Atari discusses his research about the frequency at which morality gets talked about in everyday conversations. “The answer was surprising...while many people think they talk much about morality, we did not find that in our naturalistic observations of everyday life,” he says. “People don’t talk about moral issues much in their everyday lives (they might still think about them, though).”