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.  

Michael Constantino Leads Study to Match Patients with Mental Health Providers

A research team led by University of Massachusetts Amherst clinical psychology professor Michael Constantino will launch a study this month to enhance mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a federal agency, recently approved just over $1.7 million in funding for the plan.

Constantino will collaborate with researchers and clinicians at the University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health. They will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability, convenience or self-reported specialty.

Michael Constantino voted President-elect of Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

Michael Constantino, professor of clinical psychology and director of the department of psychological and brain sciences’ graduate program, has been voted president-elect of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, a division of the American Psychological Association. His term as president-elect will begin in 2017 and as president in 2018. This will be Constantino’s second time serving as president of a professional organization; he was president of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research from 2013-2015.

Nilanjana Dasgupta Gives NSF Distinguished Lecture on Women’s Success in STEM Fields

​Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta, psychological and brain sciences and director of the College of Natural Sciences’ faculty equity and inclusion initiative, recently gave a distinguished lecture at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., as a guest of the agency’s directorate of social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

Dasgupta’s research has focused in part on understanding the subtle ways in which stereotypes influence young peoples’ choices of academic majors and careers and identifying how to change them. In particular, she focuses on girls and women who have full potential to succeed in careers in science, technology, and engineering, and why they may choose not to pursue such careers.